ministry

August 26, 2015

Make Ministry Simple, Not Easy

Today’s post is written by Jeffrey Kranz and sponsored by Disciplr, a new interactive curriculum platform for KidMin leaders. Check out their free ebook for Sunday school teachers! It’s a blessing and a curse to be a leader in this day and age, isn’t it? It’s a blessing because it seems like almost every area of life is getting easier. It’s a curse because you’re expected to make things exponentially easier for your volunteers, too! That makes sense, though. Almost everything is getting easier. I can’t remember the last time I had to ask for directions. (Thanks, Google!) I can […]
March 31, 2015

How Do You Know If You Are Called To Full-Time Ministry?

Several weeks ago I received an email from a fellow Kids Ministry leader.  He asked, "Can you help me as far as my calling?  How did you know you were called?  How can I affirm my calling?"  Such great questions - and I have to admit, I was a little intimidated.  I wanted so hard to give the "right" answers to his questions - so I kept thinking and thinking (and putting off writing about it). I finally realized that there really isn't a "right" answer.  However, I can share from my experience and the experiences of others to share […]
November 3, 2014

The Most Rewarding Ministry Program I Have Ever Started

I was looking through some old photos this weekend and came across the picture above.  It's a shot from thirteen years ago that features our 2001 C.I.A. team.  C.I.A. stands for "Christians In Action."  C.I.A. is our Summer Discipleship/Leadership Program for 4th & 5th graders.  As I looked at it, I realized that two of the eight members of that team are on our Pastoral Staff here at First NLR. C.I.A. has been one of the most effective programs I have ever started in my 23 years of Kids Ministry!  We just celebrated our 15th graduating class.  The graduates of CIA […]
October 31, 2014

The Unmistakable Benefits Of Longevity In Ministry

Today is October 31, 2014.  It was exactly 15 years ago that my wife, Cherith, and I came to Arkansas to be the Kids Pastors at First NLR.  What a ride it has been!  We have been blessed to serve under two incredible pastors, Dr. Alton Garrison (the first 18 months) and Rod Loy (the past 13.5 years).  To serve on such an incredible team (many of whom have been along for MOST of the ride as well) is more of a blessing than I could describe. There's something to be said about longevity in ministry - especially longevity in […]
August 20, 2014

5 Things Every Ministry Leader Should Be Doing With Their Family

This week I got an email from a fellow Kids Pastor.  It said, "How hard do you push your children? On those days when someone from the church has been extremely rude, or when a party took place on a Saturday night and Sunday morning my kids show up and have to clean before worship service can even begin, or when they are just plain TIRED. Everyone gets frustrated from time to time because we are dealing with humans.  How do I, as a mother, know when I'm pushing them too hard.  The LAST thing I want is for them […]
May 5, 2014

5 Things That Will Destroy Ministry Momentum

We all love those moments in ministry when everything seems to be clicking.  The team is rocking, the place is growing, the numbers are climbing, and the morale is as high as its every been.  It's what many leaders call "The Big MO" - a.k.a. MOMENTUM! Momentum in ministry should NEVER be taken for granted.  You never know how long it will last.  You want to make the most of it and capitalize on it.  If you aren't careful, you might lose it.  Here's a quick hit list of some of the biggest MOMENTUM KILLERS. 1)  PRIDE - There is nothing […]