Tag Archives: church

The Illusion of Innocence Lost

This past week, my church held a  sexuality workshop for our 5th graders and their parents called Created by God, a three-day Christian-based sex education curriculum. I never realized how multifaceted the feeling of anxiety was until I saw the parents arrive at the orientation meeting the first night. The attitudes of parents ranged anywhere from being hesitantly thankful that the church was ...

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5 Creative Ways for Students to Share Love on Valentines Day

  Teenagers LOVE Valentines day. They love to give valentines and they love to receive valentines. But for some students, being single on Valentine’s day can be an embarrassing and traumatic experience. The single students can feel left out when it comes to their peers’ social media postings of massive teddy bears and carnations. Some begin to think that they ...

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Make Your Church an Apple Store

A couple weeks ago Apple was recognized again as having the most profitable retail space per square foot in the world.  They topped the second place company (Tiffany Co.) by almost double!  Though I’m sure your church administrator would like to increase your tithing per square foot, I think there is a lot more that we learn. 1. Apple stores ...

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5 ways to visit a church like you’re not a complete idiot.

We’ve been going about this all wrong. Churches double themselves up in knots trying to please the specific whims of how individual visitors like to be greeted. Most of the time they get it wrong. They over-greet people that would prefer to quietly observe and be left alone and accidentally leave alone people that need their hand held all the ...

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An Insider’s Look at the Outsider

 “I haven’t done that in a while”, I said as my wife and I left the worship service.  We had just finished worshiping at a local United Methodist Church and were leaving the sanctuary.  As my wife exited the sanctuary, she turned right down the hallway.  “Okay, you go that way and I’ll go get our daughter”, I said jokingly. ...

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Unexpected Weather Delays

A tornado destroyed our Arlington, Texas, church building today.  It’s crazy to try to get my mind around that.  I’m sharing a few pictures with you, but what I’ve really got to share is this awesome story about our Church.     After I picked my three kids up from school, we stopped by the church to see the damage ...

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From Community to Commodity

“Expectations of community and true community are never the same thing. You have to get rid of the first to find the second.” I ran across this quote the other day and for some reason it really convicted me.  It made me consider what it means to practice true community.  As a youth worker, I strive to create a nurturing ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 6: Get Your Light- Church > Being a Light to the Nations

                This is one of several sessions in the Soul Fire curriculum that has been posted for YouthWorker Movement use.   Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, a recent newspaper & a recent magazine, poster board, (1) glue stick, scissors   Key Scripture: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I ...

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