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Guest Post: Can We Train up a Child not to Ditch Church?

Here’s another post from my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). Janelle is a writer who equips Christian parents to raise their kids with faithful confidence. I hope you’ll enjoy reading her tips on keeping kids engaged with the church.   We’ve all […]

How to Be a Culturally Relevant Church

As someone who’s been in and around churches for my whole life, I have seen more than a few church fads come and go. I’ve seen four generations wield influence and felt the seismic shifts each time the concerns of a new generation become paramount. But some things don’t change all that much. And in […]

16 Resources for Mental Health Ministry

If you’re in ministry, people come to you with all sorts of needs and concerns. We know you’re no superhero, as much as you might want to fix all that troubles the folks in your care. Sometimes you don’t even have answers. But most of time you know there’s something you can offer: a prayer, […]

Who Are You Unintentionally Mentoring?

In my work as a writer and editor, I don’t always think about the people I’m serving; I sometimes get lost in the details—deadlines, choosing my words carefully, and matters of grammar and punctuation. But when I lift my thoughts and consider the people who read what I produce, I enjoy thinking about the impact […]

How Small Groups Can Help People Affected by Mental Illness

Most people don’t talk much about mental illness. And because of this silence, many of us have the misconception that mental illness is something rare, something that happens to unusual people at the margins of society. We couldn’t be more wrong. Every year in the United States, more than 20 percent of adults suffer from […]

Your Most Important Leadership Strategy

So you have a shelf full of leadership books, and you’ve read them all. You’re looking forward to the next leadership conference, where you will seek ideas, inspiration, and some networking opportunities. You’ve taken several assessments to understand both your strengths and your weaknesses. You’re open to feedback, you’ve learned to delegate to others, and […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

Guest Post: Become a More Resilient Leader

I hope you’ll enjoy this post from my friend Amy Jackson (you can learn more about her and her work at the end of this post). Amy is an editor, a writer, and a leader of leaders. If you’re a woman in church leadership, you’ll want to check out WomenLeaders.com, one of the websites she […]

Planning a Retreat? We Can Help!

Are you looking for speakers, or a great idea, for an upcoming retreat? You came to the right place–for both. I’m excited to announce I’m partnering with spiritual director and retreat queen Jen Manglos. We’re working together to develop and offer weekend retreats, and we’re willing to come to you. Here’s what we provide: • […]

The Problem with That Big Sunday Morning Show

I was at a Christmas Eve service–just a few weeks ago–when I finally figured it out. We were out of town for the holiday, and this was just another megachurch in another American metropolis, looking and feeling and sounding exactly like most of the other big evangelical churches we’ve seen in recent years, singing the […]

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