Anyone who is running a ministry has often experienced the challenges that come with motivating or encouraging the congregation to become more active in the church. From Bible studies to outreaches, there can often be a lack of engagement or participation among church members who only attend on Sundays. If you want to increase active
  Well, I guess we’ve all heard the news about Joshua Harris and Shannon Bonne.   According to Slate, “Josh Harris, the author of a wildly popular manifesto on abstinence before marriage, is separating from his wife—and reevaluating his legacy.”   Now, before we start throwing stones or painting our strike signs, let’s take a
My lament:   Waiting. No one likes waiting. Maybe least of all me. I’ve waited for my entire life to see your Church reflect your heart to see men and women lead your people. Equally. With skillful hands and integrity of heart .  I’ve waited for your Church to wake up and get it
  Donation letters don’t work anymore. So, what should we do? How do you connect with people and give them opportunities to support your youth ministry?   Anyone who works in their church’s youth ministry knows how hard it can be to raise the funds you need to manage a growing and active group. Unfortunately,
It’s Okay   I believe that this is extremely important for someone that struggles with an addiction to know. But you can’t confuse this with it being okay to keep abusing the thing or substance of your choice. When I say “it’s okay”, I mean that it’s okay that you are struggling. It’s okay because
  Seekers often come to church with the expectation that they’ll find their spiritual home. Nevertheless, they need reassurance. Unfortunately, Christians who have been raised in the faith since childhood often assume that everyone knows everything there is to know about their religion. Taking a step back and looking at it with fresh eyes from
The years after college can be some of the most uncertain, unstable times of life. Recent graduates grieve the loss of community, quest...
Joy vs. happiness. Is there really a difference?   It’s finally hit you. After weeks, months or maybe even years of believing that you have it all, you are left searching. Maybe for your parents, but not for you. That job you were so excited to get, it now leaves you drained. All the sports
  Can the church find hope again?   I’m heartbroken, in shock and saddened. Rachel Held Evans, one of the pinnacles of Progressive Christianity, met Jesus face-to-face yesterday. She dared us to see the world from the stance of Christ and be His hands and feet.   Her words are threaded throughout my thesis and
  When a friend or a loved one is struggling with addiction, they can believe that there is no hope for them. They might think that their addiction is what defines them and that there is no path out. It’s not your responsibility to decide whether or not they get sober, but you can use