What Kind of Guests Are You Expecting?

This month, our church is completing an overhaul of our assimilation system. We are evaluating and improving everything that first-time guests experience from the moment they drive their car onto our parking lot to the point when they call our church “home.” To be honest, I didn’t think it would be this hard–although the hardest […]

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That’s What Christmas is All About, Charlie Brown

Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas

Merry Christmas from the McVeigh family!

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Transitions: New Position, New Blog (Just in Time for the New Year)

The past few weeks have brought some changes for our family–which is part of the reason the blog has a new look. I’m recovering from knee surgery, and my recovery time has provided some time to make the switch from Blogger to a hosted WordPress site. Here’s the reason for the change: A few weeks […]

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10 Ideas for Developing Student Leaders

Last week, I posted 10 ideas for developing leaders on your youth ministry team. The list was focused on developing adult leaders on our teams, but you and I know it’s important to develop student leaders, too. Here are 10 ideas for developing student leaders in your youth ministry: Ask a student to share their […]

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10 Ideas For Developing Leaders on Your Youth Ministry Team

Starting in January, we’re going to try an experiment that will give a few people on our youth ministry team an opportunity to gain some additional training and experience in speaking “up front” to teenagers. The books our teaching team will read together arrived in the mail this week, and it got me thinking about […]

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Free Thanksgiving Youth Group Lessons and Games

Looking for content for youth group leading up to Thanksgiving? The folks over at youthministry360 have just launched another round of free resources, just in time for Thanksgiving. They’re giving away 4 different Thanksgiving Bible study lessons, PLUS a set of Thanksgiving games. These resources will help you lead students to reflect on what it […]

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Make Your Kids Glad That You’re a Pastor

October was a crazy month for our family for a number of reasons, and this past weekend was the first weekend in a while that felt “normal.” I took the opportunity to do something with my two daughters they had been asking to do for a while: go on a behind-the-scenes tour of our church […]

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Lead So They Won’t Miss You

A couple of circumstances in the past few weeks prevented me from doing some things in ministry that I had been looking forward to. The first one was at our annual fall retreat, which might be my favorite event we do all year. A few days before the retreat, I got sick with a bad […]

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Video of the Week: Waterboy with down syndrome scores touchdown

Such a cool picture of grace…especially from the opposing team. Check it out:

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