Monthly Archive: November 2012

4 Keys: Cultivating a Healthy Heart

“Your heart is the most important leadership tool you have. It is not your experience, knowledge, or skills. It is your heart that matters most of all.” 1 Technology can be a wonderful tool. However, everywhere we turn, we are overwhelmed with the negative effects of social media. In a time when temptation is rampant, it is more important than ever to give your kids …

The Christmas Scandal

Free Christmas Resource (PDF): Click Here God’s plan for our lives often winds through dark and painful valleys—but ultimately leads to a glorious conclusion. The Christmas story confirms this. Let’s revisit the scene as it very likely played out in both Nazareth and Bethlehem: Share with friends...

Training Kids Without Losing Your Cool

How can we discipline our children without losing our composure in the process? The Bible instructs parents to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). This verse offers tremendous encouragement to anyone raising children. The primary idea behind the phrase “train up” is to provide a systematic or complete training …

10 Tips: Engaging Parents in Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministry is about kids, of course, but it also involves reaching out and connecting with parents and volunteers. So how do we solidify relationships with moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians? Keith Tusing is a Family Ministries Pastor with 20+ years of experience serving churches in Texas and Arizona. Keith recommends 10 ways to effectively engage parents. __ Some of the best advocates for our …

Sticks, Stones and Sarcasm

Remember the nursery rhyme we learned as children? “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Even as children, we knew that the rhyme was not true! The words that people said and the way they were spoken did hurt—often leaving deep, painful scars that might last a lifetime. Words matter. Words can build up, or words can tear down. …