• ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry

    From the Mouths of Babes

    The night started like any other. The flurry of activity; getting my son from school, figuring out what to do for dinner and still managing to get to church in time to help set up for Wednesday night activities. While it started normal enough, it did not end that way. The trip home seemed like any other. Kim and I were chatting about miscellaneous stuff while our son did his thing in the back seat and our 3 year old daughter was happily talking to herself, while we basically ignored her. Then it happened. For a brief instant my wife heard what my daughter was saying. She was reciting the…

  • ** Reviewed,  Christian Living,  Family Ministry,  Leadership,  Pastoral Leadership

    Pray For New Skin

    “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined.” Luke 5:37 NIV When Jesus said this, the people listening would have understood what he meant. See new wine is poured into the wineskin before it has fermented. During the process of fermentation the wine will expand. If it is in a new wineskin that is no problem because the new wineskin is still pliable. However, old wineskins have lost their pliability. Therefore, if you pour new wine into them, they will burst when the wine ferments and expands.…

  • Pursuing Your Calling

    Pursuing Your Calling: Light of the World

      “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14a One of my fondest memories of childhood is from Christmas. I remember lying in my bed and looking out into the hall watching as the multicolored lights flashed down the hall. To this day there is something special about a Christmas tree with multicolored lights. The way that the tree lit up the hall outside my bedroom you would have thought that the tree was in the hall, or at least right at the end of it, but it wasn’t. The tree was actually down the hall, around the corner on the other side of the living room. That’s the…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry

    Are There Silos Within The Ministry You Lead?

    A silo is a tall cylinder found on a farm. This is used to store stuff, and to keep it separate. I have heard a lot of talk about ministry silos within the church. If you’re in ministry, then you know what I am talking about. Maybe you have never called them that, or heard the term, but you have seen it. Ever see a youth pastor and children’s pastor fight over the budget? Or maybe over the use of the bus. This may be the extreme, but this does happen. It can be as simple as the leader of one ministry not being sensitive to the needs of another.…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry

    Hey Pastor Matt!!

    Recently I was thinking about a time the really meant a lot to me as I moved into children’s ministry. See, a couple years ago we held out first ever Winterfest. It was a lot of fun and a great event, but that is now what made it so meaningful. You see, while I was running around setting things up and looking for the emergency power strip that would mean the different between serving hot apple cider or not, I was reminded why I enjoy being a children’s pastor. During the last minutes leading up to the beginning of the event I went behind the worship center to our storage…