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4 Lessons from 4 Years at Samaritan’s Purse International Relief

4 Lessons from 4 Years at Samaritan's Purse

In July, I celebrated my four years of working at Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. Congratulations to me! In addition to that, a couple months ago I received a promotion. Congratulations to myself again! Before I get into what that means, let me say a few words about Samaritan’s Purse in general.

What’s Samaritan’s Purse International Relief?

In the Christian world, Samaritan’s Purse is often looked at as a legendary type of organization. Our leader, Franklin Graham, makes the news quite often. Whether it’s Facing the Darkness of Ebola in West Africa or being asked to comment on how a political decision affects people of faith in the United States, he’s outspoken and unashamed.

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7 Ministry Principles Your Volunteers Need to Know

7 Ministry Principles Your Volunteers Need to Know

If you’re in church ministry, then you are absolutely dependent on your volunteers. You won’t survive a Sunday without them! This isn’t just true for Children’s Ministry, but for any ministry in your church. Leading volunteers isn’t what they can do for you or for your ministry, it’s about partnership. At Operation Christmas Child (A Project of Samaritan’s Purse), we have thousands of volunteers who serve with us every day, every week, and every month.

As I think through the types of things volunteers should know, there are hundreds, if not thousands of them. However, here I’ve boiled it down to 7 high level principles that your volunteers need to know in order to be successful. This isn’t an exhaustive list, I could’ve gone on forever, but knowing these 10 principles will move your volunteers toward success.

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Reasons Kids Wild Out in Children’s Ministry

Reasons Kids Wild Out in Children's Ministry

If you’ve been in Children’s Ministry for just one month, maybe even just one day, you’ve had some trouble on your hands. You’ve had kids that were straight up wild’n out. Don’t know what wild’n out is? It’s similar to the word, “crunk”. I was going to post a link to the Urban Dictionary meaning of it but the examples and related terms really took a nosedive, so I decided against it.

So here we are, it’s Sunday Morning and you are ready for a great day of ministry to the kids in your church. Your awesome volunteers are all there and everything is ready to go. However, the train starts to derail and things quickly spiral out of control. Little boys wouldn’t stop running around, little girls wouldn’t stop talking to each other, all this before your teacher even starts.

Are you mentally reliving this? When this happens, you have a choice to make. You can get angry, you can get frustrated, you can quit, cry, or just keep going like nothing is happening.

Let’s briefly talk about why this may be happening.

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Predictions for the 2020 Church

Way back in 2012, I wrote a series of blog posts titled “Predictions for the 2020 Church.” The purpose of this series was to explore the ways working at churches will have changed over the following 8 years. In this post, I’m going to go through all 11 predictions and let you judge how close I am to accurate predictions.

Here’s a list of the 11 blog posts and links to the original posts.

  1. Reputation Capital
  2. Mobile Devices
  3. Talent Shortage
  4. Social Network Recruiting
  5. Reinvention of Offices
  6. Hiring Entire Teams
  7. Blogging for Ministry Leaders
  8. Video Games, Simulations, and Alternative Reality
  9. A Global Network
  10. Lifelong Learning
  11. Work-Life Flexibility

They’re short blog posts, probably averaging about 200 words each. So in this post I’m going to put them on here in their entirety and quickly recap what the results are.

Predictions are in H2 (large font) in order to make them easy to scroll to.

Results are in H3 (slightly smaller than H2) for the same reason.

Let’s get started.

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How to Appear Calm while Freaking Out

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Do you have a tendency to freak out? Are you a leader? Let me ask you a better question. What do you do to appear calm while freaking out on the inside? I’d like to say that leaders don’t freak out, but that’s just not true. Leaders do freak out, but the best leaders have the experience and wisdom to navigate even the most difficult challenges. This either makes them stay calm through the storm or allows them to give the appearance of calm through the storm.

I’d like to share with you tips to appear calm while freaking out on the inside. These tips are in no particular order on focus on the appearance of being calm.

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3 Things to Consider in a Children’s Ministry Curriculum

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As a Children’s Ministry leader, your job isn’t easy! It’s your passion to help children become life long followers of Jesus. Part of that is getting kids excited about the Word of God. Over the years as I’ve been involved in Children’s Ministry, I’ve developed a passion for equipping those who equip others. I’ve also seen how critical curriculum is when it comes to Children’s Ministry, and along the way, I’ve researched and chosen my fair share of curriculum. I’d like to share with you 3 things to consider when choosing a Children’s Ministry curriculum.
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Simple Ministry versus Easy Ministry

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I once heard a pastor friend of mine describe the difference between Apple and PC as this. Using an Apple product is like driving an automatic car, it’s what most of the population needs. Using a PC is like driving a stick shift, it does much more but is more complicated that what the majority of people need.

When speaking of volunteer management, what you really need is simple ministry, not easy ministry. Don’t mistake simple ministry for being easy and don’t mistake easy ministry for being simple. There’s a stark difference.

I’d like to share with you the difference between simple ministry and easy ministry. The difference is stark but still easy to miss.

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