God is on the Move: Mark Holmen {The Gathering}

God is on the Move: Mark Holmen {The Gathering}

We've got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that Christianity is declining.   However, there are two religions that are growing.  Mormonism and Islam. Let's take a closer look at these things. When it comes to Children's Ministry, clearly Christianity is coming out in the lead.  Look at our resources! When it comes to Youth Ministry, Marriage Ministry, and even worship -- Christianity is ahead of the game. So what are we doing wrong? We've neglected lifestyle … [Read more...]

God is With Us {The Gathering} Megan Fate Marshman

God is With Us {The Gathering} Megan Fate Marshman

Today, with Megan Marshman (who I love hearing from, by the way), we're going to be looking in the book of John. Have you ever thought about how MUCH God the father loves Jesus? Think about it. How much does God love his son? Perfectly, right? John 15:9 says, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.  Now remain in my love." Wow. That's a lot of love. God loves you so deeply.   He wants to be with you. In community with you.    In a real relationship with … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Packing!

Let’s Get Packing!

I'm so excited to be headed to The Gathering tomorrow morning.  Hosted by David C. Cook, this conference (if you can call it that) has been such a source of inspiration, encouragement and refreshment to me over the last few years.(Check out this post for more details on why I love the Gathering).  Check out this year's line up and all the details here.  I'll be live blogging and tweeting (@lrwhitney) from The Gathering, so stay tuned for fresh content from myself and the rest of the social … [Read more...]

God in Action VBS (Review)

God in Action VBS (Review)

With a glimpse of warmer weather today, I'm finally starting to think of summer and of course, for many churches, that means Vacation Bible School!  Our church doesn't run a traditional VBS (read about that decision here), but I do love using VBS curriculum to shake things up a bit in the summer and bring some fresh energy to the program.   I know the Vacation Bible School model is still hugely effective for many churches, so I wanted to be sure to share this incredible program with … [Read more...]

Introducing: God in Action VBS Program

Introducing: God in Action VBS Program

Have you recovered from this year's Vacation Bible School extravaganza yet? Are you energized by the conversations and experiences you had during this summer's big event?  If so, it's time to start thinking about next year!  :)   I know! I know!  It still seems like a long way off, but I couldn't wait to tell you about David C. Cook's new God in Action VBS program!  Newly released this year, this Vacation Bible School is packed with adventure, excitement, and a whole lot of fun! As you … [Read more...]

Tru Sunday School (Now on DVD!)

Tru Sunday School (Now on DVD!)

If you haven't checked out the Tru curriculum from David C. Cook, now it is easier to use than ever before with Tru DVDs.   We've been using the original Tru curriculum this summer in our Children's Church program and I have loved both the format, the content and the philosophy present in Tru. What is the Philosophy of Tru? I was able to hear first hand the heart and philosophy behind Tru curriculum while I was at the Gathering conference in 2012.   If I had to sum it up in a nutshell, I … [Read more...]