VBS for Everyone

VBS for Everyone

Summer is just around the corner which means vacations, beach trips, and, of course, VBS! Some families plan their vacation schedule around this beloved summer tradition. But is your church prepared to welcome all children, including those with special needs? Children with disabilities, exceptionally-abled, or special needs, no matter the term you use, there will…

The bridge that is: Vacation Bible School

The bridge that is: Vacation Bible School

Here’s how important Vacation Bible School is: Plus, almost everyone who’s ever lived near a church building knows: this is THE thing churches do in the summer for kids.  Which means, if you’ve been around the church world long enough, you’ve probably heard some good, Christian people actually complain about how “that family” always finds…

How to Support the Bi-Vocational Pastor

How to Support the
Bi-Vocational Pastor

If you have bi-vocational pastors at your church, you’re not alone. More and more responsibility is being taken on every year by these heroes of ministry. The question is: what can we do to support them and ensure their longevity? Researcher Thom Rainer called the bi-vocational movement “a true revolution in the church.”1 He estimates…

5 Steps for Welcoming Families with Special Needs

5 Steps for Welcoming Families with Special Needs

It’s Sunday morning. Everything is ready. Materials are prepared, worship is cued, and volunteers are in place. Then it happens. One child’s behavior sends your morning off the rails. So much for well-made plans.  All children deal with behavioral issues now and then, but what if that behavior tells you something else? What if the…

10 Tips for Riding the Roller Coaster of Reaching Young Adults

10 Tips for Riding the Roller Coaster of Reaching Young Adults

You’ve been waiting for what seems like an eternity. You’re antsy and even a bit sweaty. You’ve replayed this moment countless times in your mind. The minutes crawl, your heart races and your mind wanders. What will it be like? How fast will I actually go? What if I throw up?  Suddenly, you realize ……

3 Questions To Ask Before Planning Your Next Youth Ministry Event

3 Questions To Ask Before Planning Your Next Youth Ministry Event

More than ever, pressure is being put on ministry leaders to “bring people back” to church. As I’ve spent time with youth ministry leaders over the past year, I’ve noticed that the idea of large-scale youth ministry events being the fix-all solution has seen a resurgence amongst churches of various denominational backgrounds and sizes.  The…