Parenting Seminar #5 – Grief

Our latest Saddleback Kids Parenting Seminar focused on the challenge of grief facing children. Sadly, more and more children in our ministry are dealing with the loss of extended family, friends, siblings and parents. The need for additional parenting support, especially founded on God’s Word, is critical in this time of loss. Kathleen and Kristina Fucci share from an extremely personal and real perspective about the struggles and the triumphs in moving children through grieving.   … [Read more...]

We Live or Die Together

While reading 2 Corinthians 7, a thought came to me that I wanted to share with you. The end of verse 3 says “…we live or die together with you.” To give you some context, the Apostle Paul has already had some very direct and  tough conversations with the believers in Corinth. Some of them were struggling badly and Paul was trying to lead them towards spiritual health and maturity which meant he had to confront some issues, offer guidance and coach these new believers. He loved them too much to … [Read more...]

Parenting Seminar #2 – Divorce Care

As we continue to partner with parents, next on the line-up is the Parenting Seminar on Divorce Care. Megan Wessberg oversees Saddleback Kids’ Grades 4-6 Weekend ministry and has a huge heart for kids going through divorce. This heart passion and connection to this age, stage and situation led Megan into overseeing our Divorce Care for Kids. Megan leads from a place of personal experience, wise counsel and compassion to parents who have gone through, are going through or may even be considering … [Read more...]

I’m Sorry, But It Was Funny! 

I am standing in front of the Children’s Ministry Center at Saddleback after one of the Easter services. There were some kids running around the outdoor baptismal pool just about 20 feet away. This is a common scene at Saddleback. We have a waterfall and a small stream close to the baptismal pool and, as you can imagine, kids love to play in and around the water features. Well, I turned my back to talk to someone and I heard a loud splash. That can only mean one thing…one of those kids fell … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know How to Pray, No One Ever Taught Me How

Recently I saw the movie “Gravity” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I am a NASA freak so I will see anything connected to NASA or space. However, I was skeptical of “Gravity” after seeing the previews. My initial feeling was to skip this one because in the preview Sandra Bullock's character cried while in the middle of a mission in space. We all know astronauts don’t cry! Well, my wife and son Matt wanted to see the movie so we went. While I recognize I am not a movie critic, I … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 4: Take Time to Think

In part 4 of this series I want to share a valuable lesson that is actually a discipline that I am still trying to master…the discipline of intentional thinking. Because of the busyness of life and ministry I can tell you this, if you are not taking time for intentional thinking then it is probably not happening. If that is the case, there are probably brilliant ideas lingering in your mind just waiting for the opportunity to be released. Years ago I read a book written by John Maxwell … [Read more...]

Sector 5 – Day 5: Purpose

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Hey guys, here is the final teaching outline and video testimony for our summer event called Sector 5. There were so many components to this event, but I thought you might like to see the teaching material. I can share some of the games and other stuff later on. Hope you find this helpful. Key Verse: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) Day 5: Key Dimension - Purpose Truth – I was … [Read more...]

Sector 5 – Day 3: Self-Worth

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Hey guys, here is the teaching outline and video testimony for Day 3 of our summer event Sector 5. Hope it gives you some great ideas. Key Verse: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) Day 3: Key Dimension – Self-worth Truth – You are God’s Masterpiece. God created you the way you are for a reason. The enemy is trying to steal my Self-worth Bible Story - Gideon Application … [Read more...]

Sector 5 – Day 2: Faith

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Here is the teaching outline and video testimony for Day 2 of our Summer event Sector 5. Key Verse: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) Day 2: Key Dimension - Faith Truth – I believe God’s Word. I know God loves me and He sent His son Jesus to die for me. (We shared the plan of salvation on day 2) The enemy is trying to steal my Faith and make me doubt. Bible Story – The two … [Read more...]

Sector 5 – Day 1: Security

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I thought I would share with you guys the lessons we taught the kids each day at our Summer event called Sector 5. My previous post explains the event so I’ll simply give you the big picture of what we taught. One of the cool things we did was show a video testimony each day that featured one of our elementary age kids. It was a pretty simply concept but was incredibly effective. The kids loved them! I’ll attach the corresponding video testimony with each days lesson...check it … [Read more...]