When I was a Kids Pastor in a local church, I often wondered how to get parents and their kids in the same room to actually grow together. Sure, worship is intergenerational in nature, if the kids don't leave for kids church, but I found there was a disconnect between Sunday School programming and incorporating … Continue reading Want families to grow in discipleship together? Try Superhero Family Serve Day!
And just like that, it's time for Back to School. BUT - Didn't you just kick off summer? Wasn't VBS like, two weeks ago? Didn't you just do all the mission trips and all the camps and all the fun days at the pool?? In all my years of KidsMin and Youth Ministry, I've learned … Continue reading The #1 Way to Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back
Dear Pastors, Kids Ministry Directors, and VBS Directors in the Great Plains Conference: Over the weekend, Group’s Vacation Bible School curriculum was the topic of much social media discussion and debate. Group describes its theme, Roar!, as an “epic African adventure [that] engages the whole heart.” At first glance, the theme appears to take on … Continue reading When your VBS curriculum surprises you…
This is the most vulnerable piece I've ever written. Please be gentle. This past year has been - by far - my most difficult year. Professionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically. As a pastor, it's difficult to be transparent, and it's even more difficult to connect with people on just a basic human level (you know, … Continue reading A Dark Postpartum Night
Back in 2016, after another instance of police brutality, I decided to speak out in some way. Surely the truth is clear enough? It was one Facebook post. But we all know how this one goes. I anticipated some pushback; it was social media, after all. But what I didn’t expect was the onslaught of … Continue reading Thousands of Years of Quitting on the Truth
Y'all - it's official. Last week, I was ordained as a deacon in full connection in the United Methodist Church! My ordination was the culmination of years of twists, turns, roadblocks and whiplash. It was the culmination of years of God beckoning me closer to God and neighbor and further from my comfort zone. It … Continue reading What happens when you say “yes” to God
I don't usually write poetry, but I did the other day. Fathom Mag solicited submissions for poems or essays from the perspectives of unnamed biblical characters, and I tried my hand at some poetry. It was a contest I didn't win, but I thought I'd share my submission with y'all. Here's my last two coins, … Continue reading My Last Two Coins