Category Archives: leadership

Christ must be the gospel of family ministry

There is a warning, or a concern, I have for the leaders of family ministry. It is a temptation that can overcome anyone, no matter what their ministry focus, but I see it constantly creeping into posts, books, and sermons … Continue reading

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The family model and the angry pastor

The reason many clergy are depressed is that they are angry. And the reason that they are angry is that they are consistently victimized by dysfunctional bullies who wield power inside the church. The preceding quote is from Thomas Bandy’s … Continue reading

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7 Reasons a children’s leader cannot create family ministry

The good news is that the family model of ministry is growing around the country. This means more churches are working to connect discipleship to the home and more people are finding the church to be a necessary family. I … Continue reading

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For Nurturing Children and Churches: Why Safe is Not Always Better

Parents are tasked with protecting their children. Church leaders, likewise, are responsible for protecting their church. In both of these cases, protecting does not mean taking the safe way all the time. Parents should put their kids in child seats. … Continue reading

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12 really practical ways you can mix generations without scrapping age-directed ministry

God established the Church as a family. Families are mixes of people from every generation. Unfortunately, few churches demonstrate this. The age-graded model of ministry works well as a faith factory, a way of getting everyone something that relates immediately … Continue reading

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3 Reasons to Stop Using the Word Volunteer in Church Ministry

Volunteer: a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. Volunteers are great. Having worked in children and family ministries all of my career, I respect those who serve consistently. However, I think we … Continue reading

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Practical ideas for making the church non-consumable

A few days ago I was talking with a friend who has a family ministry and reads my blog. He said he likes the concepts that I’ve been sharing on my blog but is struggling to understand how to apply … Continue reading

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Christian maturity won’t come when you “get more” from your church

Carey Nieuwhof has a great post called Why We Need a Different Kind of ‘Maturity’ in the Church. In this post he points to the issue of people church hopping because they don’t think their current church is helping them to … Continue reading

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Two things we should learn from 1 Timothy 3:4-5

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he … Continue reading

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Unbranding your children’s and youth ministries

CrossTrainers, King’s Kidz, Area 56. Often churches like to name their ministries for children and youth. Names provide a cute way of bringing the groups together and giving a common identity. But should churches give ministries their own brands? While … Continue reading

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