Family Fun Night: Dinner & A Movie

For our first Family Fun Night, I thought we'd start as simple as possible, with a movie. I chose Wall-E because I love it, but also because it is packed full of conversation topics for all ages. Feel free to use my discussion guides attached below. An idea for families with really young children Discussion… Continue reading Family Fun Night: Dinner & A Movie

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Family Fun Nights

This summer we're doing something a little different for our Hope family - Family Fun Nights! I made two invites, a brochure and an email invite. The hope is to not only offer fun and fellowship opportunities for all ages of our congregation, but to also exemplify how moments as simple as these can connect… Continue reading Family Fun Nights

Faithful Families

  Faithful Families is a thoughtful, practical guide to teaching by doing - to integrating prayer, tradition, Scripture, and ritual into the routines of a normal, busy family. - Rachel Held Evans A few years ago I began a project that I called a 40 Day Sabbath, or A Sabbath Experiment. In this experiment, I… Continue reading Faithful Families

Growing Young Book Review

I am a youth minister because I love the church. One reason I fell in love with Growing Young from the first page was because it's all about the church. It's all about the intrinsic link of loving the church and loving young people. Not only is this a book with compelling statistics, it is… Continue reading Growing Young Book Review

Growing Young, Chapter 8 Reflection

Growing Young in Your Context Context is critical. Never forget that while we may learn from the experiences of others, how what has been learned is lived out in your context will most likely look very different. A strength in one congregation's experience with the "Growing Young Wheel" may be the commitment that is most… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapter 8 Reflection

Growing Young, Chapter 6 reflection

Prioritize Young People (and Families) Everywhere This chapter is important because it cuts to the heart of it all. The idea of prioritizing young people and families remains just that in many churches, a nice idea that is an assumed reality without being followed up by intentional action. As someone who has dedicated their lives… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapter 6 reflection

Growing Young, Chapter 5 Reflection

Fuel a Warm Community It wasn't the preaching or teaching. It certainly wasn't the building or the worship style. It was the life shared among the congregation that drew them in (164). As a Pastor's Kid, lifelong Christian, and leader in the church for as long as I can remember, I've been to quite a few… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapter 5 Reflection

Growing Young, Chapters 3 & 4 Reflection

Empathize with Today's Young People & Take Jesus' Message Seriously Growing Young is a book that can be easily read in small bites. Each chapter stands alone with its own message and data to be mulled over. However, they are part of a greater message and it is helpful to remember that they are pieces to… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapters 3 & 4 Reflection

Love Beyond Measure

September 25, 2016 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Thought for the Week: Psalm 146 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.  I was born with a song in my heart. This probably has a lot to do with the… Continue reading Love Beyond Measure