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03 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Getting the Wrong Things Ready

Getting the Wrong Things Ready

Getting the Wrong Things Ready

It seems like every year, the holiday season gets busier and busier. What was once Black Friday is now Black Thursday, which used to be Thanksgiving. What was once 2 additional Christmas Eve services is looking like it’ll need to be 4 this year. The simple appreciation dinner for your volunteers has grown with success […]

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Why your Imagination matters in ministry

Why your Imagination matters in ministry

During my seminary years I worked as a trauma MRI tech at a University Hospital in South Carolina.  On one of my first days at work, the mentor assigned to oversee me shared a profound insight: one of the greatest assets in saving patients’ lives was our human imagination. She was so right!  Over the […]

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19 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Spirituality of Missing Spoons

The Spirituality of Missing Spoons

The Spirituality of Missing Spoons

Several years ago I went to a women’s retreat.  It is a huge event.  I was there to learn, but also to teach an afternoon workshop – on spiritual formation.  Remember that fact – it will be important as my sad story unfolds. There was a Starbucks close to our hotel, so during a break, […]

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12 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Busy, Burnt, or Just Don’t Buy It

Busy, Burnt, or Just Don’t Buy It

Busy, Burnt, or Just Don’t Buy It

During my middle and high school years, I attended a large Christian camp one week each summer. While I have fond memories of giant earth ball games and the zipline that sent me flying over the lake, I reflect often on the ways that I was challenged during those formative summer experiences. One summer in […]

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05 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Stare

The Stare

The Stare

I’m going to make a confession. My confession may cause you to stop reading this blog or it may make you happy, happy, happy. I don’t watch many television shows but when I do I pick high quality ones like, “Duck Dynasty.” I know, I just lost some readers. You, on the other hand are […]

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7 Things I Learned About Parents

7 Things I Learned About Parents

A big thanks to Dan Puz for leading our equipping event last Thursday, and thank you to everyone who came out to LBC to be part of the conversation. We had countless churches, community centers, and camps represented in the crowd, and it was simply incredibly to see so many people passionate about engaging the […]

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Thoughts from a Youth Pastor Turned Parent

Thoughts from a Youth Pastor Turned Parent

From the Eyes of a Parent The Ritchie’s were an amazing family.  They had four teenagers in our student ministry at the same time.  You heard me correctly, four!  One senior, one junior and twins in their freshman year.  Wow!  They were one of those families which certainly didn’t need my help as a youth […]

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4 Ways to Start Partnering with Parents

4 Ways to Start Partnering with Parents

Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to share a post from guest writer Dan Puz! Dan will be leading our upcoming equipping event “Partnering with Parents” and we’re excited to offer you a little preview of some of the great ideas we’ll be hearing about at that event. For more info about the equipping event, please […]

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08 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on How to have a Spiritually Formative Conversation

How to have a Spiritually Formative Conversation

How to have a Spiritually Formative Conversation

A few years ago, I was talking with a good friend on the phone.  She was co-leading a support group and told me she was considering dropping it.  I knew she was gifted and that she had long looked for a place to serve, so I asked her if she knew why she wanted to […]

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01 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Boat, the Night, and the Sea

The Boat, the Night, and the Sea

The Boat, the Night, and the Sea

A Boat, Night and the Sea I had just finished eating dinner on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Throughout the meal, our group enjoyed an absolutely stunning sunset, and now, the time had come for something I waited for my whole life, a ride across the Sea of Galilee at night.  I […]

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