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…

A Dark Postpartum Night

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

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

Lofty Expectations at Christmastime

Christmas in Texas is a big deal. For me, it’s a three day long affair, and the whole family shows up - grandparents, aunts, uncles, first-second-and-third cousins. And as our families grow, great-grandkids are in the mix. Potluck, loud laughter, fishing in the pond out back - because the pond is never frozen, y’all. Four … Continue reading Lofty Expectations at Christmastime

Some exciting news!

“God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:27 (CEB) Neil DeGrasse Tyson gets unusually excited when he explains how humans came into being. Our molecules can be traced to the stars that exploded billions of years ago, scattering gas clouds that … Continue reading Some exciting news!

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