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Visual Luke In Their Hand

Tonight, there's a Momma in her kitchen, frantically trying to pull food together for her family before they head off to soccer practice, and her little girl comes in asking her one of those great kid questions about Jesus and why she (the Momma) believes in him. This...

The Lasting Impacts of Summer Camp

The camp high. I hear about it all the time. Even the most ardent camp supporters grudgingly acknowledge its existence. But what is it, and how large are its effects? We have all seen the smiling faces on the last day of summer camp. We have heard the stories of...

The Art of Digitally-Engaged Ministry

Do you remember junior high art classes? They usually wanted everyone to get at least a base of knowledge and skill when it came to creative arts. While it wasn't all that long ago that I was there, things have changed already, of course, and class options like...

Transforming Relationships

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou I felt safe and accepted. On numerous days in the heat of Texas summer you would find me, my brothers, and some...

10 Questions about the Dance of Leadership

The first day of the Vibrant Faith Summit focuses on Adaptive Leadership. Here is a preview of some of the topics we'll cover. How we understand leadership greatly impacts how we exercise it. Building on John Maxwell’ s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, James Kouzes...

Learning new dance steps as a leader

We've found that adaptive leadership is essential to 21st century faith formation. We'll be talking more about it at the Vibrant Faith Summit, but here is a sneak peak. Adaptive leaders recognize that there are many ways to exercise leadership, and seek to increase...

Learning to P-A-S-S

A guest post by Heather Roth Johnson Have you ever asked a Bible story question to a group of Elementary Sunday School kids? Sometimes you get a brave soul to answer. But often, the question is met with blank faces and shrugged shoulders. One Sunday, I gathered up a...

Learning + Community

Do you remember kindergarten? Just last week I had "Kindergarten Round-up" with my 5-year-old. As we met some of his teachers and walked through the building, my mind was wandering around the classrooms from my childhood. In my mind's eye, my freckle count...

Grieving the loss of church as we knew it

Like you we are stunned at how quickly and profoundly our world has changed, and how many of those changes have upended so much of "what works" for the formation of faith. We too are grieving that the formational systems that churches put in place for the last 100...

Catching UP to God

What if you used 2017 to clear away what distracts you from helping people of all ages to be formed by the Spirit of God? You see, as ministry leaders we often run as frantically as our people to try to keep up--especially in a time of great change, like what we...

This Year, Why Not Lay It Down?

New Year's confession: I am a fixer. For anyone who knows me well, I am just stating the obvious, no real confession needed. Drives my family NUTS. JUST NUTS. And over the years, I have seen that many other people who are drawn to ministry are fixers too. You too? A...

What is the Change You Seek?

One of the most powerful stories in the Bible is when Jesus encounters a blind beggar through the crowd. The beggar was seeking much needed change, to receive his sight. I'm intrigued at how Jesus asks him a very simple question, "What do you want me to do for you?"...

Do You Welcome Resistance to Change?

Someone once said that the way you know you are doing something right is when you make someone mad. Well, you probably aren’t a leader in ministry just so you can make people mad, but there is some truth to this statement. Resistance when you change something as a...

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