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Some Tips on Germs and Working with Kids

This article first appeared at Wesleyan Kids on January 11, 2014 My body encountered a strain of strep that it had never seen before and it knocked me down for a week prior to Christmas....

I Desperately Want to Matter

From a journal entry dated July 30, 2017: At the moment, I feel insecure. All day I have not felt important... that I am not a good leader... that I'm not cool enough... that I'm not...

What Are You Building Your Life On? (part 2)

I was offered two weeks in a row to teach at Hayward Wesleyan. The first week was called: What Are You Building Your Life On? I originally was planning on talking about the foundation we...

A Children’s Ministry Competition Disaster

How does a connect-the-dots activity, made into a contest, where a prize is involved, become a disaster? I’ll tell you… I wanted to do a game with the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students when we...

Why Chairs Are Important in a Teaching Environment

“Do you think we should not use chairs today? I’ve seen children’s ministry in churches where they didn’t have chairs and the kids had room to move around and sing.” This was a question I...

Report to the Church Board on Ten Years in Ministry at Hayward Wesleyan

The following board report was from July 2013, which was one month past my 10-year anniversary of working at Hayward Wesleyan: Board Report Pastor Jeremy Mavis // July 2013 10 years ago, I started working @ Hayward...

What Are You Building Your Life On? (part 1)

About a month ago, I did a teaching with the middle school students with these two thoughts: What are you building your life on? (Matthew 7:24-27) What are you building your life with? (1...

Five Ways I Have Observed Ministry is Like Farming

This post first appeared at Wesleyan Kids on March 15, 2014 This past week, Hayward Wesleyan Church hosted a "leadership summit" where we invited all the leaders of our church (those serving in all the...

Questions Children Ask about God and the Bible

I’m always trying to exegete our current culture—both the good and the bad—to get an idea what effect it is having on the children and teenagers I and our small group leaders interact with...

Such an Incredible Mind Wrote Children’s Stories

[vimeo 56037245 w=640 h=360] "A STORY IS HOW YOU CAPTURE A CHILD’S HEART." Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the Jesus Storybook Bible, talks about her appreciation for C.S. Lewis. "SUCH AN INCREDIBLE MIND WROTE CHILDREN’S STORIES." I appreciated Jones' words...

7 Skills Every Kid Needs to Learn in the World Today

[vimeo 53913251 w=900 h=675] "THE WORLD NO LONGER CARES HOW MUCH OUR STUDENTS KNOW. KNOWLEDGE IS A COMMODITY. WHAT THE WORLD CARES ABOUT IS WHAT THE KIDS WILL DO WITH WHAT THEY KNOW." Critical thinking and problem solving....

The Power of Stories (from Books)

[vimeo 56035464 w=640 h=360] Sally Lloyd-Jones on Parenting Children Into the Christian Worldview Story "IF A STORY CAPTURES OUR CHILDREN, THEN NOTHING ELSE COMPETES." Stories from books seem to capture a sense of wonder, adventure, a "secret...

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