Don’t Offend One, Don’t Despise One, Don’t Lose One

Today for Leadership Journal I speak with Larry Fowler, the executive director of global networking for Awana and Kidzmatter. I'm a huge fan of Awana, having grown up in it and now seeing my children through it. It's a powerful ministry that helps ground the truth of Scripture into the hearts of children. Today I talked with Larry about children's ministry. Your newest book talks about seven principles of effective children's ministry, and they are all based on Scripture. So give me an example—what would change if we used Scripture as the designer? If we did children's ministry according to Scripture, then parents would be primarily responsible for their child's spiritual growth, and we would assist them, not the other way around. Parental spiritual leadership is pretty much on everyone’s radar right now. A concept that ministry leaders aren’t thinking about is what I call the significant “one”. Jesus, in Matthew 18, repeats...

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Friday Five Interview – Bill Giovanetti

A few months ago, through mutual friends and/or Facebook, I had the privilege of meeting Bill Giovanetti, Senior Pastor of Neighborhood Church in Northern California. I began reading his blog and then I had the privilege of reviewing his book, How to Keep Your Inner Mess from Trashing Your Outer World. I found it to be a powerful book on the inner life of a Christian, one of the best I have read in a long time. Bill really gets it when it comes to the two natures, sin in the life of a believer, and the crippling effect of religious legalism.

Bill and I have chatted via email and Facebook since I’ve read his book and I discovered that his ministry roots originate here in the Chicago area.