Dear Parents: Here’s Some Language You Can Use with Your Children

I just sent this letter to the parents of our Followers students regarding what happened with the story we interacted with this past Monday. Followers is an after-school program that Hayward Wesleyan Church does...

An Experimental Approach to Teaching the Bible with Children

This year (2015-2016) in Followers, we are storying our way through the book of 1 Samuel. I'm trying an experiment. Our culture is quickly and surely heading to a post-Christendom society. In essence what this means is...

Fostering Gratitude in Students

A few years ago, hwcYouth's youth group went on a trip to Camp Forest Springs (CFS) and participated in their High Ropes Course (I've already shared a few stories from this trip here and...

Children, Youth and Family Discipleship // Seminar

The Wisconsin District of the Wesleyan Church added a few new elements to their annual conference. One of them was a couple of breakout session opportunities. They offered four workshops, with four different presenters...

Intentional Leaders Imitate Jesus

I've been thinking a lot lately about discipleship and ministry and life. It all started a few years back when one of my colleagues in ministry, Pastor Loretta Sunderland, and I were looking over the...

Reflections on Being a Kids Camp Counselor

For the last several years, I have directed a Kids Camp. I ran all the operations, led the staff, tried to keep everyone safe, and managed the environment and expectations of all those involved....

The Cottonmouth Children’s Book Series

Tim Keller shares an applicable story related to substitutionary atonement (fitting for a children's book review, right?!): What if you and a friend were walking alongside of a river and your friend looked over at...

How Do You Respond When Things Are Out of Your Control?

Recently we took our Youth group to a High Ropes Challenge course in the area. There ended up being a miscommunication issue that caused a misunderstanding with the logistics related to everyone in our group...

Overcoming Fear on a High Ropes Course

Recently we took our Youth group to a High Ropes Course in the area. One of the four groups had a student that was having some difficulty with her confidence. To put it more accurately, she...

The “Two-Party Transfer” Idea in a Discipline Moment

Winters can be harsh in Hayward, WI. A combination of lots of snow and below zero temperatures can begin to wear on people. That's why Spring is so welcome to us. We love the...

How I Handled a Disruptive 6th Grader // A Template

One night at Youth group there was a 6th grade guy that got in trouble during a small group. The small group leader can take care of most discipline issues themselves, but when they come...

Five Stages of Spiritual Growth // Infographics

These infographics describe in more detail the Five Stages of Spiritual Growth as mentioned in the Real Life Discipleship Manual. I created 5 separate infographics that are designed for 11x17 paper. The Spiritually Dead Ephesians 2:1-5 The Spiritual...