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...

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...

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...

Want vs. Need

Article originally appeared at Wesleyan Kids on May 12, 2014 One of my good friends is an elementary gym teacher. If he were to ask his students what they wanted to play during gym class,...

The Process of Proposing and Building a Bouldering, Rock Wall for Hayward Wesleyan Church

When we built an addition on to the Hayward Wesleyan Church, I knew that I eventually wanted to install a bouldering/rock wall along the back wall in the new, large programming room. However, I...

Power of Stories

[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...

4 Questions to Evaluate a Program or Ministry

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 17, 2014 This past Monday my children's ministry coordinator and myself hosted a post-op on our after school program called Followers. There were some opinions and suggestions voiced...

Stained or Painted with the Gospel?

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 29, 2014 Jared Martin shared an amazing insight a while back. I've reordered the question: Are we stained or painted with the gospel? I think for many who teach children, we...

Sustainability In Ministry (Life)

Matt Norman wrote an article a while back using a great metaphor: Football. I remember watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play. One of the players caught an interception and ran it all the way back,...

Dear Parents, “Please Challenge Your Children (and Yourself)”

Dear Parents, I was recently talking to a mother of a 7th grade student who was sharing with me that her son didn’t want to come to Sunday school and Youth group at church. “Every Sunday...