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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...]

Ten Changes for Tru

Ten Changes for Tru

One of the excited things about The Gathering is the "Big Ten" announcement about all the things that are in the works for Tru.  In case you couldn't make it, I wanted to fill you in! #10: HomeFront is completely Redesigned! The HomeFront monthly now comes in cool magazine format, and the e-magazine format is in the works so you can grab it on your e-reader as well.  The HomeFront weekly is less text heavy and a lot more fun to read! #9: God in Action VBS We love the idea of Go Big VBS and … [Read more...]

Interview with Dr. Gregg Jantz {The Gathering}

Interview with Dr. Gregg Jantz {The Gathering}

For the last keynote speaker at David C. Cook's The Gathering, Tommy Larson did an interview with Dr. Gregg Jantz, author of over 22 books, including his latest release, "The Stranger in Your House".    Here are some of the questions and answers from the very interactive session. Q: What happens when the line between pastoral care and professional help gets blurry? A: As ministry leaders, we want to speak to their soul, or speak to their heart.  We have to be careful not to create a … [Read more...]

Backstage with Chris Brown

Backstage with Chris Brown

Last night, fellow blogger Amy Dolan and I got to catch with with keynote speaker Chris Brown for a few minutes after his super story telling session.  After being so impressed with his Jonah series (from several years back) and now again tonight, I wanted to know about his preparation process.  Large Group sessions are a big part of what I personally do for Children's Ministry and I would love to make God's Word come alive to the kids the way Chris made it come alive to the audience last … [Read more...]