• ** Reviewed,  Leadership,  Pastoral Leadership

    Is Your Ministry KEEPING You From Ministering?

    At first glance this may seem like a strange question. I mean we minister THROUGH our ministry, right? Well track with me for a minute while I become a bit vulnerable. I just finished watching some old episodes of the TV show Undercover Boss. The gist of the show is to take the CEO of a major corporation and put him or her in a series of line level positions to allow him to get a better appreciation for the people that keep the company running. In each of the cases that I watched, the CEO went into the experience thinking that it would be about one thing and ended it…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Parenting and Family Life

    GPS: Expectations

    Over the past few weeks I have been working on a series called Greatest Parenting Struggles (GPS). For links to all of the posts in this series go HERE. This series is based on comments from some of my Facebook friends when I asked them to tell me about the greatest struggles they face in raising their kids. Here is today’s post struggles: Shellie wrote: “Also not putting on extra expectations.” As a parent it is important to set expectations for our children. However, it can be difficult to know HOW to set these expectations. I mean how do we ensure that the expectations we set are not to great.…

  • ** Reviewed,  Miscellaneous

    If My People…

    This is another post that I originally wrote for kidmin1124.com. I hope that you will read this and accept the challenge that I pose at the end of this post. I will be praying, will you? I set out today to right the second in my “I Can’t Dive” series, but this message was laid on my heart and I have to share it. Today as I stood in a local glass shop getting pricing for a new mirror for my car I heard on the news about a man in Nevada that walked into an IHOP and had killed several people. I was both saddened and outraged. I was…

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    Book Review: AHA by Kyle Idleman

    This post is a review of Kyle Idleman’s new book, AHA Awakening, Honesty, Action. You can find the book HERE. There are moments in our lives that forever change who we are. Moments like this have the power to change the course of our lives FOREVER. Kyle Idleman calls these AHA moments. Let’s face it, left to our own devices we WILL get into trouble. It’s in our very nature, without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we simply can’t help ourselves. This truth can lead us to greater and greater trouble. As we move further from God and closer to disaster God often sends us messages, trying to get our…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Leadership

    Are Regional Conferences Worth It?

    This is a post that I originally wrote a couple years ago for Kidmin1124.com.  I am still a big fan of these smaller, regional conferences. Read the reasons why below. A couple weekends ago I attended the Chosen conference, in Fort Myers, FL. This was not a huge conference full of presenters that you would know. There were not hundreds of people in attendance.  It was not put on by a big, international children’s ministry organization. On top of that it only cost $12. How good could the conference really be? Before I go any further let me say that I have not been to any of the big, national…