Seven Ways Every Church Should Fight For The Next Generation

The church is an organization that exists for those not yet in it. The very reason for the church is to connect with people, preach the gospel, and be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. The single largest organization on the planet is by far the Christian Church with approximately three billion … Read more

“HOLDING THE ROCK” – BALANCING CHURCH WORK AND HOME LIFE IS IMPORTANT

This past week and weekend were hectic. Long day, lots of details. Forty-eight invigorating hours of ministry work between Thursday evening and Sunday evening. I was mentally distracted at home. For part of that time, my wife and kids were with me.  In another part, they were off doing other activities while I was busy. … Read more

Five Ways Ministry Events Can Help Your Church Thrive

For several years, Harvest Conferences has been in existence to provide opportunities for children, students, and leaders to grow. You may be tired of hearing me say this, but gathering with the larger church is part of a healthy plan for anyone in your congregation, especially the younger generations.  Day in and day out discipleship, … Read more

ONE THING CHRISTIAN PARENTS CAN DO TO BUILD FAITH INTO THEIR CHILDREN

Church is important. Gathering for worship is an anchor for anyone who follows Jesus. But when it comes to building faith in your kids, Christian parents can’t rely on the church alone. It’s a mathematical situation: the church has maybe two or three hours with your kids a week and the home has the other … Read more

INSPIRE OTHERS TO NEW LEVELS BY SPEAKING GREATNESS

How can you inspire others to reach new levels instead of obeying through fear? By speaking greatness. Speaking greatness helps a person want to achieve great things in life and not disappoint the leader or coach. What does speaking greatness require?  We must believe that each person is valued, loved by God, and created with … Read more

Two POWERFUL QUOTES For Parenting –– From Billy Graham

I recently ran across the book, Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham.  It’s a great little book with quotes organized by topic (age, anxiety, money, prayer, life, and others).  I took note of two great quotes from the parenting section: “Parents, pray that God may crown your home with grace and mercy.” “What a blessing … Read more

WARNING FOR MINISTRY LEADERS: YOUR ATTITUDE IS CONTAGIOUS

Pastors, worship leaders, and next-generation ministry leaders build the culture of attitude – positive or negative – in the leaders and the church. Your attitude is contagious. No ministry or leader is perfect and you will experience tough seasons and situations. But it’s important to keep a positive attitude. As Winston Churchill said, “I am … Read more

PRACTICAL COMPONENTS OF BLESSINGS FOR YOUR CHILDREN (AND GRANDCHILDREN)

The idea of blessing is powerful in the Old Testament. Issac blessed Jacob. Even though Jacob tricked Isaac into thinking he was his older brother, Issac couldn’t take the blessing back. He had given it to Jacob and it was done (Genesis 27). When Jacob was older, he blessed Joseph’s two sons. Much to Joseph’s … Read more