This summer led to a new experience for our family: swim team. To be honest, this was about the farthest thing from our minds as we started summer with two non-swimmers. But our oldest was eager to jump off the diving board, and that required swimming the length of the pool. When school let out, […]
A few years ago, I had my first swim team experience as a sideline cheerleader. I had a few kids at camp return home to swim in a meet the evening camp ended. So, as any good kids pastor would do the night of returning home from camp, I promised to show up to the […]
What you do matters, and it’s important to celebrate and remember. Remember what you trained about at the beginning of the year. Remember why you do what you do. Remember why it’s important to lead small.
We have started a new phase in our house. Elementary school. And it is a fascinating place to be. My daughter went to a Christian-based preschool, housed in the church where I am a part of the staff team. So over the years, I have come to know the teachers, the families, and the kids. […]
Last month, I was asked to lead our school’s See You at the Pole morning of prayer. My immediate response was gratitude for being asked. Then it turned to, “What does this entail? Do I have time for this?” And I thought back to conversations I had been engaging with over the past six months, […]
Kids are kids are kids. The first step to being loved is to be accepted. We quickly learned in Haiti it is a privilege to attend school, and this school shows kids they matter.
A few weekends ago, we hosted 10th-12th grade girls at our house for DNow weekend. Aaron commented he has been a participant in DNOW, led DNOW as a small group and worship leader, run DNOW as a youth pastor, and now he’s hosting. It has come full circle for him. I was “married to a youth pastor” […]
Life for young adults is hard. Adolescence starts earlier & ends later, so it lasts longer. Pressures have increased. Here’s how you can help your younger people persevere.
Today, I went for a run. I’m not a runner. Nothing about me says run or runner. But today I ran. Well, it was more like run for a bit, walk a longer bit, run for a bit, walk a longer bit. I’m really a walker. I like to move. Today the sun peaked out […]
Do your knees shake and your breathing get heavy when you think about having “the talk” with your kids? I, most certainly, am not ready. Thankfully, it’s still years away… …except it probably isn’t anymore. I recently heard on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast (episode 121 link) that kids as young as 11 are exposed […]