Faith When It’s Difficult

The past couple of weeks remind us why our souls long for heaven. Shootings and fires. Grief and worry. The list feels long, and this is difficult. As those made in the image of God, we look at this and know this isn’t how it was meant to be. We long for the day when all the brokenness and wrong … Read More

Use Your Voice

We all have talents and skills. Some of us are musicians, artists, bakers, cooks, handy with tools, and more. We all have strengths and gifts. Some of us can teach with clarity and authority, lead worship with joy and passion, provide administrative support with vision and order, and more. We ALL have a voice. To use our voice and to … Read More

Ever Feel Like There’s Not Enough?

I have a confession to make about a birthday party I threw for my oldest son 5 years ago. It was his first birthday, I was a new mom, and serving in ministry full time. For his birthday party, we chose an airplane theme, and you can bet I turned my house into a vintage airport. Pinterest exploded on this … Read More

The Biggest Battle You Face

It’s not a lack of volunteers. Although, it can definitely feel like it when they are all on vacation. The biggest battle I see leaders facing today is this: the battle for your faith. In life and in ministry, we juggle multiple roles, responsibilities, and relationships. It’s no wonder we can feel overwhelmed or overworked sometimes. When this happens, our … Read More

What Great Leaders Know (and how you can do those things this week)

About 40 years ago in Colorado, a few children’s ministry leaders serving faithfully in their communities had a realization. They needed each other. Sure, they could probably white-knuckle through the journey of shepherding kids and families for a bit, but not for the long haul. So they planned, they invited others, and they gathered. It was there that community was … Read More

Letter to the Community

Hi family! I’d much prefer grabbing an iced coffee and sitting across from you than a letter like this. I’d love hearing your story and learning about your ministry, and my heart would jump at the chance to see your eyes as we talk about where this community is heading. For now, I hope this quick note will do to … Read More

3 things that are changing for CPC19!

Happy Spring!!! It is on the way here in the Midwest where our office is located (If you’re ever in Chicago, come visit us!). You can feel that newness is right around the corner- life is going to come back to the trees, the grass, the flowers, and everyone is going to begin to emerge from hibernation in full force. … Read More

What did 5 Kidmin Leaders think about CPC18?

Oh friends, I wish I could take a couple of days to tell you the stories of the ways God moved in this beautiful community at CPC18! The spirit was expectant and sweet, the relationships formed were precious, and the way we returned was an unleashing… And that’s the whole reason we gather, yes? I mean, obviously we love the … Read More

Lingering When You Would Have None of It

It’s Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day and the internet is having fun figuring that one out. 🙂 I’ll leave the meme’s to handle this one. Earlier this week, our team was sitting around the table for morning devotions as we do each morning, and our Bibles were open to Isaiah 30:15-18. We were preparing our hearts for this season of … Read More

Navigating the Frontiers

As children’s and family ministry leaders, we know that what we’ve been entrusted with can feel like a frontier… and the frontiers take faith. It is by faith we not only move forward, we RUN. Next January, we are looking to the beautiful truths of Hebrews 11 and 12 for CPC19… And in doing so, we are embracing the theme “By Faith.” … Read More