5 steps to more effective children’s ministry

This sobering article, Has the sun set on Sunday school?, ran in USA Today highlighting staggering declines in attendance. Sunday School is an old concept that has, unfortunately, not evolved much since the 18th century as chronicled in “Who Likes Sunday School?” Sure, we now have colorful environments, flat screen TV’s, and current music, but we are still using an outdated paradigm. If […]

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Dressed in Overalls: work hard to invest in the eternal

Working in the field

The key word for OneHope this year is execution. I’ve been praying and thinking a lot about what successful execution looks like in the context of the plans and efforts slated for our upcoming ministry year. This unattributed but often-quoted maxim sprang to my mind: “A mediocre strategy well executed is better than a great strategy […]

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Hacking for Jesus

Have you ever heard of a hackathon? Me neither, until a few weeks ago. And I’m nervous to talk too much about the concept here because it’s pretty controversial. I mean, come on, anytime you gather a bunch of creative, innovative, techie Christians competing for cash prizes to help fund their unique, niche, newfangled ministry […]

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Spiritually Homeless Youth

Spiritually Homeless Teen

In his book You Lost Me, David Kinnaman—president of the Barna Group—divides once church-going Millennials into three types of spiritual journeyers: “nomads,” “prodigals” and “exiles.” Despite church homes stalwartly flashing the “welcome” sign, many youth are exiting the building to strap on backpacks and opt for a mobile life, leaving them spiritually homeless. The next generation […]

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