One of the biggest challenges for a family engaged in ministry is learning to balance church activities, marriage, kids, extended family, finances and all the needy people who seem to come along with the job. Leading a church, or just a ministry area can be a 24/7 endeavor.
Over the past twelve years, I’ve served on staff at three different churches. More times than I can count, I have said the words, “If I only had more ____________, I would be able to make a greater impact in my area of ministry.” Every time I made that statement I really believed that was the answer to my struggles.
Valentine’s Day happens on February 14 every year. In 2018, that day also happens to be Ash Wednesday. These are two pretty different holidays. Valentine’s Day mostly involves excess—cheesy love songs, over-the-top romance and elaborate gifts. Conversely, Ash Wednesday is primarily about moderation. It marks the start of Lent, when most people give up something for 40 days.
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Each month, we’re profiling a church leader just like you. This month, we’re featuring Stephanie Porter. Stephanie has been the Director of Next Generations and Family Ministries at Eagle Rock Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Calif., for the last three years.
The end of the year provides us with the opportunity to evaluate our year and our marriages. While we should certainly seek to grow all year long, the end of the year provides that good reminder to take stock on the last year. What can you do to not coast in your marriage in 2018? How can you make 2018 a year of growth and not a year where you plateau or even decline?
The United States is expected to spend $18.2 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2018. There is something great about this borderline mandatory celebration of love.
Marriage is a great bridge from the world into the church. Because you don’t have to love Jesus to want your marriage to work.
As a leader, one of the hardest things to do is to lead people through the process of change. The reality is that change is happening around us all the time. If we don’t change, we’ll be left behind.
Search Google for time management tips and youll see 365 million possibilities. No matter the vocation, finding ways of doing good with our lives while we do good with our hands is something we all long for. I’m still learning, but there are a few things I’ve discovered along the way on keeping work at work.
Large Group Experiences can be time and labor intensive. However, I know that Large Group Experiences produces a dynamic that make the time and effort worth it, especially if they are intentionally designed.
So youre planning something awesome for the couples in your church. You wanted to do something that will make a great memory, seriously invest into marriages and get wide-eyed husbands off the proverbial hook. Now you’re days away from making it happen.
When I started marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. Some have a plan, others are asking, How do I get started?
As leaders in the church, we are to constantly be giving away the most basic thing that we possess: our leadership platform. When a leader encourages and equips their volunteer team to lead in their place, amazing things can happen.
Marriages touched by infertility are also found throughout our churches. One out of every eight married couples struggles with unwanted childlessness. How do you minister to those who are hurting and sometimes overlooked?