Opening Session: The Gathering

Opening Session: The Gathering

Are you ready to get started?  For this first general session, we'll hear from Mike Erre, author of Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God. The theme for The Gathering this year is: Connecting to The Source. So often, those in ministry go and go and go until there is simply no energy left... no power for anything.  We're so busy scheduling reminders and running to fix potential problems that we forget to recharge.  We forget to plug in The Source.   We … [Read more...]

Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley {Book Review}

Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley {Book Review}

Ever since I discovered Kelly Pulley's work via The Magnificent Tales series, I've been a big fan.  I love his lyrical style of writing and the illustrations are terrific. A great blend of cartoon appeal while still being somewhat realistic (though the curly beards are a little intense sometimes!)  So when I was asked to take a look at the latest addition to the series, Treasury of Bible Stories, I was happy to jump on board.  Take a … [Read more...]

A Pirate Fairy and a God Who Saves

A Pirate Fairy and a God Who Saves

We've been going through the God in Action Vacation Bible School curriculum on Wednesday nights.  It's a super great program and even though our church doesn't officially do VBS any more, I love to use these types of curriculum for the great theme and coordinating games and crafts. The kids have been loving the God in Action series. This week's theme was God SAVES.  It focused on John 3:16 and emphasized that God would do whatever it takes to save us and restore the relationship that sin … [Read more...]

Terrific Bible Study Resource: The BE Series

Terrific Bible Study Resource: The BE Series

Recently, we've been on the hunt for new Sunday School curriculum.  A few years back, we went to an church-wide curriculum program with The Story and it was met with rave reviews. After The Story, we gave LifeWay's Bible Studies for Life curriculum a try.  It's pretty safe to say that one tanked.   People couldn't really connect to the material and discussions were seriously stifled.  Thus, we're on the hunt again for Sunday School curriculum.  People loved the concept of The Story and … [Read more...]

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...]