What is Family Ministry?

“Family Ministry” has become a very popular term in the church world, with definitions that range from one extreme to the other. Often, it is defined as age level ministries for children, youth and their parents/guardians, or equipping parents to tackle their role as primary faith formers in the home. While children, youth and their parents/guardians are a vital part of this definition, the...
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I wonder… Stats and Thoughts on Poverty, Homelessness & Family Ministry

I just finished reading the Report Card on Child Homelessness provided by the National Center on Family Homelessness. While my thoughts are still fresh, I invite you to struggle through some data and questions with me. 2.5 million children in America – one in every 30 children – go to sleep without a home of their own each year. When you review the data, you will see that Indiana...
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Numbers That Count

I have had many conversations about numbers this month… most of them are talks with leaders who are bummed about declining attendance numbers, some are talks with leaders who are excited about record high attendance numbers. I have to be honest, I like numbers. I am kind of a geek when it comes to studying them. I appreciate attendance records. I pay attention to statistics and really...
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STANDING IN TALL GRASS… A REFLECTION ON FEAR & FAITHFULNESS

I don’t know why, but I am absolutely terrified of walking through tall grass! To be clear – the very idea of stepping in tall grass produces take my breath away, panic, heart pounding fear! I know… It’s pretty dumb! I suppose it isn’t so much the grass I fear but what could be lurking in the grass- fear of the unknown – snakes, giant spiders, big hopping...
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GUEST POST: Kicking Off Another Ministry Year (Part 2)

In this 2 part guest post, Stephanie Riebe and Joe Garrison of Castleton UMC in Castleton, Indiana share ideas on how to launch a great youth ministry year! In the first post, Stephanie shared 2 key events to get everyone informed and excited about the ministry year. In this post, Joe shares three things he believes help provide for a successful kickoff to school year ministries within the...
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