Guest Post – Empowering Children’s Ministry

Baptism by fire, that’s the phrase right? Yep, that’s what it is. And that’s how my official ministry to children started off.

Newly appointed Assistant Preschool Director, I walked in that first Sunday on the job ready to take on the world. Snacks were stocked and coloring pages were passed out; worship hour was starting. Still getting my bearings on the ins and outs, the preschool director gave me my first official task.

“Go get Sally; she must have forgotten it’s her turn in the preschool class today.”

I was so on it. Well, I was until about halfway down the aisle I realized the congregation had just been asked to take a seat. Now, a little timid since I had to walk all the way down the aisle to Sally, I picked up the pace. I found her, leaned in, and quietly whispered,

“I think you forgot, today is your day in preschool.” I held up the schedule in my hand as proof.

“Um, no. I need to be in here today. This is more important,” she replied.

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Memorial Day Devotional

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Memorial Day has come to signal the beginning of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with cookouts and get-togethers with family and friends. In the excitement of the day it is imperative that we remember those who have paid the greatest price to ensure our freedom as a nation.

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Guest Post – Simple Sermon Strategies that Work

The preacher or pastor is expected to be skilled in designing anywhere from one to three or more sermons per week. Hopefully, we take the expectation of being experts of sermon design, or “displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training experience” (Merriam-Webster definition) seriously.

When designing a sermon, there are some important aspects to consider.

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Guest Post – Give Him Just One

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People. We are used to multi-tasking, having our minds and lives firing in five different directions. At times we DO find ourselves on overload. When we do, what do we tend to do? And do well? Criticize ourselves. I am reminded of a time when I sat among a small group of gals in a Bible study setting. In that discussion time we were sharing our goals for the study. There was a mother of 4 small children who always need her attention.

In her frustration and complete weariness, she shared in depth about not having enough time for daily devotions and Bible study. She felt defeated and was basically giving up. Those in the group kept trying to help with creative ways to carve out enough time. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier, or even when they napped. This young mom was nearly in tears. I just sat and listened. This group was more worried about the quantity of time, rather then the quality.

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Guest Post: To the Weary Pastor’s Wife

There is no seminary course or Scripture reading plan that prepared me for being a pastor’s wife. Sure, there were tools that I was given and questions to think through. There were communication pointers and some wise words from those that went before me and somehow survived, but they didn’t really expound on how ugly the wrestle with temptation to shrink back would be. Or how maybe on the rough days even the temptation would be to just quit.

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Guest Post: Invest in Fertile Relationships

Most of the time I battle with a complete sense of exhaustion. As a pastor, there are almost endless requests made for my time and energy. This is part of the calling, part of the job. Cognitively I appreciate it. Apart from the sinful temptation of pride (feeling good about being needed), I am humbled by the position and platform that God has placed me in and the responsibility to care for others, to care for their souls. The problem is that this constant withdrawal can lead to burn out or maybe worst – bitterness.

We have all been in seasons where we fake caring. We go through the motions and smile but, honestly, on the inside, we are far more concerned with the weather than we are the person in front of us. All of us would agree that is no place we want to be.

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