F. A. R. F. // Family, Academics, Recreation, and Friends

A couple of years ago we were teaching the high school students how to engage in basic conversational skills. Then we had them practice...

Overview of the Five Thresholds

The Five Thresholds The Five Thresholds is training material on disciple-making from InterVarsity college ministries. This is what IV has to say about the Five Thresholds: "This...

Student Information Half-Sheets

I'm always trying to make signing up for things as efficient as possible, but in order to communicate with our youth group participants and...

Understanding Approaches in Ministry

This article first appeared at Wesleyan Kids on September 17, 2013 I’m noticing various approaches in ministry lately. Traditional, contemporary or blended worship services. Seeker...

Lifeguards: A Parable about the Presence of Authority

This article first appeared at Wesleyan Kids on December 9, 2013 There is a municipal water park in Spokane, WA that my daughters like to...

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...

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...

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...

Report to the Church Board on Ten Years in Ministry at...

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...

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...

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...

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...