The #1 Way to Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back

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

When your VBS curriculum surprises you…

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…

Thousands of Years of Quitting on the Truth

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

What happens when you say “yes” to God

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

Celebrating the Light for Church Leaders

Dear pastors, teachers, worship leaders, and Christmas Eve servants, I get it. Christmas Eve is a long day. Especially this year. Sunday morning AND Christmas Eve? Who decided that was a good idea?! If you're anything like me, Advent comes and Advent goes, and before you know it, it's Lent. Not much time to just … Continue reading Celebrating the Light for Church Leaders

Dear Graduates: Advice from a Millennial

Dear Graduates of 2017, Congratulations! You made it! You could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now you're out of the tunnel completely! You're done. You took all the tests. You wrote all the papers. You did your time. On to the next chapter, friends. Transitioning out of high school is … Continue reading Dear Graduates: Advice from a Millennial

Reaffirming my Baptismal Covenant

OK, so I lied. Instead of writing about 3 R words, I’m doing four. Deal with it. When Jesus lovers are baptized into the Christian tradition, they take on a new identity – one that renounces the spiritual forces of wickedness, rejects the evil powers of this world, and repents of your sin. That’s really … Continue reading Reaffirming my Baptismal Covenant

That Dirty “R” Word – Repentance

The other day, I talked about the first two R words in the baptismal covenant: renounce and reject. For someone like me, who is called to written word as a deacon in the United Methodist Church, the first two R’s are really easy. I see injustice, and I tell people about it. Sometimes loudly. What’s … Continue reading That Dirty “R” Word – Repentance

Renounce and Reject

I don’t have cable. I waste enough time on Netflix, and I get enough bad news on my Facebook feed everyday. Social media brings out the monster in just about everyone. Scroll for like, five minutes, and it’s easy to see that something has gone wrong in this world. Corruption, murder, terrorism, racism, Islamophobia, genocide, … Continue reading Renounce and Reject