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February 27, 2020

Inside this episode:

The Secret to Leading a Growing Family Ministry:

  1. Build learning into your existing schedule.

  2. Get around other leaders.

  3. Ask a lot of questions.

Action Step:

  1. Look at your schedule.

  2. Determine a weekly learning time slot.

  3. Te...

March 5, 2019

In my last post, I explained this idea of "one less step." You can read it here if you missed it. It's the idea of doing the legwork for the parents in your ministry to better set them up for success. So let ME help YOU! 

Today I'd like to highlight 3 of my favorite res...

September 27, 2018

I recently read in a business book about the concurrent release of two digital book readers, the Sony Reader and the Kindle, several years ago. One was a clearly better product than the other in terms of greater capacity and capabilities; however, the dividing line was...

September 25, 2018

“We’re partnering with families.”

This phrase gets thrown around a lot these days: at conferences, in strategy meetings, and church mission statements. It seems to sound important—like the right thing to say. I get it...we've named it a core value of our ministry at Hop...

January 16, 2018


Lead Small is a phrased coined by Orange that promotes the idea that every child, student and adult needs to be surrounded by a strategic group of mentors and peers to connect with as they grow in their faith. 

So why do I think it is impor...

January 9, 2018

Family Ministry is a newer phrase used in church world to represent how a local church serves families. In the local church (in America at least), that has taken on a variety of looks over the years, but can mostly be broken up into 2 categories.



December 5, 2017

As everyone who works in ministry knows, it’s hard. And crazy. And hard.

You never get it all done and every week there is a struggle to balance the urgent things with the important things. Consequently, it’s easy to fall into the trap of shifting into cruise and managi...

November 28, 2017

Let's start this week with a little bit of fun!

Gum maker Wrigley’s Extra surveyed 1,000 parents of kids ages 11 and under to find out what makes children smile.

The top 10 happiness triggers included (in no particular order):

  • Watching a favorite TV show

  • Telling...

October 11, 2017

“Do you have a minute?”

“Could I ask you a quick question?”

“Could you help with something?”

…And before you know it, your time is gone. Story of my life…

We’re wrapping up our 5 Weeks | 5 Challenges series today by talking about our time. It’s probably our most precious c...

October 4, 2017

In 1 Timothy 4:11-12 we read:

These are the things you must insist on and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Paul writes to Timothy and urges him to be an example. The word example c...

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