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It's Just Once A Year... All Year Long

A friend of mine, Joseph Britain, who has worked in the church world for over 30 years tells me often how the church has a knack for over-booking the calendar. When it comes to using our time in serving, he says, “Well it’s only one time a year…all year long!” Pastors in particular are often not careful in guarding families’ schedules or in teaching people about rest.

Rest in the Midst of a Busy Season

Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, but especially for church leaders. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, along with planning various events and outreach activities, it can be difficult to actually enjoy the season. If we truly want to enjoy the holidays, we must be intentional about building in time for rest. Today, I want to highlight three different areas we should focus on ...

How Important is the Church Nursery?

Whenever I talk with ministry leaders about the idea of cradle-to-grave discipleship , many assume I’m highlighting the importance of kids’ ministry. But is it possible that your church’s nursery is the most important place for spiritual growth? Unfortunately, the nursery is often seen as a glorified babysitting service in many churches. Because we don’t see the tangible results of our efforts like we do in kids’ ministry, we can quickly start to believe the myth that the nursery doesn’t matter as long as babies are changed and happy when their caregiver arrives to pick them up.

Family Experiences and Faith

As a young children’s pastor and dad back in the 1970s, I adopted the habit of asking Christian parents of teenagers what they were doing to insure their sons and daughters would live for Christ. I was ready to incorporate any idea that seemed reasonable in order to transfer my love for Jesus to our children. Some ideas worked wonderfully, others not so well.

Overscheduled Kids

We live in an era filled with pressure to keep our kids busy. It used to be that kids kept themselves busy. Starting in the 20th century there was a huge movement to make sure our kids are constantly involved in some sort of activity all the time. This is causing unnecessary stress on not just us as parents, but on our kids.

The Talk

Most parents struggle when it comes to talking to their kids about sex. Sadly, some parents simply never muster the courage to have “the talk” with their kids. With the prevalence of Internet pornography and children who are immersed in a culture that is preoccupied with sex, the parental voice in the lives of kids is invaluable. When parents go silent, kids learn about sex in ways that can have lifelong negative consequences.