The Importance of Family Blessing

Blessing your family and empowering families in your ministry context to bless their families is a powerful, Biblical practice. I’ve found it helpful as I craft a blessing to identify a person and ask the Holy Spirit how they are working in the person’s life, particularly what environment of spiritual formation is the Holy Spirit at work? I’ve taken the … Read More

Encounters: At the Empty Tomb

One year, I went back and counted the number of adult services I had attended. 6. That’s it. Some of you reading this right now are gasping because 6 is pretty low. Others are reading this right now and are a little jealous because 6 is how many services you’ve been to in 6 years. No matter how many services … Read More

Encounters: At the Table

My Grandma Josie’s table was always set with a lace tablecloth. Most of the time my Grandpa Gene cooked the meal, but my grandma took care of the table. There was always a plate with bread and a ceramic butter dish. And lots of laughter and repetition, because Grandpa had trouble hearing. All at Grandma Josie’s table. My Grandma Joanna … Read More

Encounters: Q and A

This Holy Week, we are journeying together through the encounters of Jesus. Today we get to look at how Jesus interacts  with the religious leaders of his day, particularly their questions about his authority. I love the questions my kids ask me. I have spent the last year driving my older girls to a homeschool group near the office at … Read More


John the Baptist. You know all about him. Desert dweller. Different diet. In fact, we’ve seen the Daniel Diet fad and the Paleo Diet grow in popularity, but I’ve never heard anyone do a series of videos on the John the Baptist Diet Plan of locusts and honey. John the Baptist’s outfits were unrefined. He didn’t shop at Macy’s, or Target, … Read More

Encounters: On The Shore

Leading up to Luke 5, Jesus has been speaking the word of God in the desert, the temple and the synagogue, driving out an evil spirit, and healing the sick. Up to this point in the story, Jesus did not have any disciples. I guess I always thought that when Jesus started his public ministry, the first thing he did was go out and … Read More

Encounters: On the Mountain

Where did you come from? What community of faith shaped your spiritual journey? I grew up in a vibrant church that was continuously expectant for encounters with God. Theologically and practically, meeting with God, sensing His Spirit, and hearing His voice were part of the church culture. Now, I do not know how you grew up. I couldn’t guess the type of … Read More

Free Follow Up Resource from our friends at Let the Little Children Come

Our friends at Let the Little Children Come have created a must-have resource to help you follow up with kids who make a decision to trust Christ. It’s called: Welcome to the Family: A Follow-Up Book for Children. This book is written to help children grow in their new-found faith.Welcome to the Family: A Follow-Up Book for Children is uniquely … Read More

Jumpstart Your Bible Reading in 2017!

If I could influence children’s ministry leaders in only one direction, it would be to become regular readers of God’s Word. I’ll admit it – I struggled in this area for years. I did not love to read the Bible (in fact, I actively avoided it). But through the influence of a senior pastor and church culture that embraced Bible … Read More

Surprised by the Gift

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A few weeks ago my church started a series called, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Together we looked at the way each Gospel tells the story of Jesus. I’m always looking for striking things when I read and study God’s Word, so what stood out as I read through … Read More