Much has been written about the impact of social media—and the Internet in general—on adolescents and their self-image, especially young girls. But 2020 has thrown multiple curveballs our way, such as the rapid lowering of the average age of kids getting online, and the rapid increase of the time kids spend online.
And I’ve noticed people in small churches can carry an inferiority complex about what they’re able to offer. They try (and fail) to emulate big churches without the big budget, big facility, big staff, professional musicians and actors, and hologram capabilities to deliver perfectly curated sermons from any location in the world.
When it comes to the Bible, preschoolers might miss a few details. Just remember, they aren’t overthinking it. They are imagining it.
In experiencing both models extensively, I definitely have strong opinions about which method I’d choose to utilize. I know this can be a divisive topic. I also recognize neither one is perfect and there are great benefits to both. From my experience, I’d use small groups over Sunday School every time. Here are five reasons why.
As ministry leaders, we’re trying to find a new ministry norm. We’re trying to instill hope, truth, and love to the families in our community—all while caring for our own family. Oh, and did I mention some of the most important people in our ministry? Our small group leaders—or as we like to call them, SGLs.
Now or very soon, most churches will be able to worship again in person. When that time comes, it’s so important that you have a clear plan outlined to help ensure that every family remains safe and healthy. Hear how you can prepare your church to re-open.
As you reopen your church doors, try to open as many doors as you can to your families. Keep the open doors open, open the predictable ones, but also try to open some new ones.
In this digital age, there’s no denying space must be made for learning to effectively engage those in your sphere of influence in new ways. Nearly every school, corporation, non-profit, and restaurant has determined their strategy for meeting people where they are digitally. Your church is no exception.
Creating a strategy energizes an entire ministry. It gives purpose to every event, every gathering. It centers your ministry around an approach that makes the things that matter most, matter most. We define strategy as a “plan of action with an end in mind.” Creating a strategy starts with asking:
If you have little ones, you know how challenging summer can be. When you’re not on vacation or sending your preschooler to day camp, it’s all on you to keep them engaged and learning throughout those summer months.
We recently asked some ministry leaders to share what they’re currently doing to support and partner with families with children with special needs during this time. Here are some main takeaways and practical ideas from that conversation.
As an organization, when the COVID-19 outbreak first began, we made a statement: “We are all in this together.” And we really meant that. So here’s what’s next.