July 23, 2013
This summer God has been opening many doors for me to speak at various camps. From Indiana to New York, I’ve had the privilege of speaking God’s word to many campers. This week I happen to be at Niagara Bible Conference & Camp up in Appleton, New York. The camp is located right on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is an older camp facility but has great charm and history. My friend Tim is the Executive Director and the camp is affiliated with Global Outreach Mission.
We have 50 jr. campers here and I’m excited to see what God is going to do. Summers are so much fun and we get out to enjoy all of God’s creation. The sunrise and Sunsets here are amazing and I love seeing God’s handiwork on display, as it shouts to all who take time to sit and enjoy it “I LOVE YOU!” So thankful for Jer. 31:3 that reminds us of his everlasting love for us. I pray as I speak this week that Gods love will ring true in the hearts of those who don’t know him.
Take time this week to stop and pray for those who are ministering this summer and for them to continue to declare God’s Love!
I’ll share more of my adventures with some pictures later.
Have some summer fun on me today!
January 6, 2013
I have decided to try to get back to the basics in 2013. I want to get back to a way of doing things where I truly keep the right priorities and focus and live a life the way God truly intended. Like the picture above, the idea may seem like a good one, but it’s not always the best. I can’t say that I’m going to build a desk for my treadmill, so I can work while exercising, but I do want to get back to a healthy personal lifestyle so I can lead well. It also reminds me that I need to think things through in a better way this year.
As leaders we are all susceptible to getting on the treadmill and rolling along doing the same things or using pre-packaged everything that requires very little prep or creativity. I would challenge every leader reading my little blog to consider what you are doing and where your investing your time. Is it really important in the scope of eternity? Is it the best use of your time and resources?
I want to lead a ministry that is doing things right and keeping the main thing the main thing!
So what are your top priorities this year?
Weight loss? better devotional life? resting more? finding a new curriculum? finding new volunteers?
I want to encourage you that one of your goals should be learning a new skill or sharpening an old one! Thanks to Michael Chanley and CM Connect I am going to offer to 10 people a FREE one month trial of CM+ This is the Brand New training resource that is coming from the amazing folks at INCM and CM Connect. How can you get one? Be one of the first 10 to leave a comment and tell me: What is the ONE thing you want to change personally and professionally (ministry) That’s it! Nothing too difficult! This ends Jan 8th!! So don’t wait. Sharpen your skills, Get off the treadmill and try something new or just get back to the basics.
November 16, 2012
After finishing the Kids Ministry Collective radio program, I was thinking further about the last question posted by one of our guests. The question was, “what do you do if you don’t have support from the leadership in your church towards the kids ministry? What if they only view it as babysitting?” These questions are never easy and often times the common answer is to “find a new church!” While that is the easy answer its not always the BEST answer.
Sometimes we as leaders need to stand firm and draw a line in the sand on behalf of families. If God truly called you to that ministry, running is not an option. Stand and fight or those kids. Work harder to shine the light on just how important kids ministry is to the church. I have consulted with many churches that have nothing but white hair left and they are dying. Often times its because they devalued the kids area and no one fought for the kids and so they left.
I believe there are times to leave but I also know there are times to stay put and endure whatever you have to for the sake of the children. If we don’t who will show them, they are worth it.
I believe kids are worth fighting for. Someone did it for me!
What are you standing for!