VIDEO: Nicaragua Family Rhythm Conferences 2015

3 11 2015

The teaching of Family Rhythm goes beyond good parenting practices, which it does well. Family Rhythm acknowledges the pain and disconnection, or you could say the absence of rhythm, in our relationships and holds out the hope that we can continuously move closer to better and better relationships by getting caught up in the simple Family Rhythm story (see here). Simple pattern changes over a long period of time can take us either down a path of asynchronous relationships or increasing connection.

Family Rhythm seeks to show families simple ways, ideas, patterns or habits that daily increase the peace and wonder they experience.

Close to 50 people came from around Nicaragua to hear this teaching. The encouragement we all shared as we worked together will, I believe, linger for a long time in our minds and hearts. Young moms and dads, grandparents, pastors, ministry leaders and others came with great enthusiasm and energy as we shared stories, experiences and ideas for daily improving the direction our families are heading.

Here’s a short video I put together that inspires me, as one mom put it, “to grow in the love of Christ.”

Be Prepared

7 10 2014

Real life-change doesn’t happen by accident. Take some time this week to really prepare yourself for your interactions with children. Spend time alone praying “God search my heart and know my thoughts. Read Scripture and consider the age-appropriate words you can use to speak it to children. Get beyond the bare minimum or the accepted norm and really go for it! Our children are worth it.

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3 Quick Wins for Kids’ Ministry | The Resurgence

10 01 2012


3 Quick Wins for Kids’ Ministry | The Resurgence.

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Kidmin Equipping Event Recap (With Aaron Reynolds)

22 09 2010

This past weekend our church had the privilege of hosting Aaron Reynolds, creative children’s ministry trainer. I wish I could box up the event and deliver it live to anyone who was not able to attend. There’s a lot in this entry so I’ll give you a summary so you can get to what you’re most interested in. This entry is broken up into the following sections:

  • Meeting Aaron Reynolds
  • Arrival in Sarnia
  • Recruitment
  • Preschool Teaching
  • Friday Leadership Discussions
  • Transformational Teaching
  • Transformational Relationships
  • Departure
  • Collection of Tweets and quotes from the Weekend
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Aaron Reynolds’ Children’s Ministry Equipping Event

12 08 2010


For more information and to RSVP for this “must attend” event with Aaron Reynolds go to my Facebook event page or contact me at



9:00am – 12:00           “The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School” (Large Group Teacher focus)

12:00                           Lunch

1:00pm – 1:30pm        Ooze: Creating Children’s Ministries that Overflow with Excellence

1:30pm – 3:00pm        Creating Transformational Small Groups

Why You Can’t

13 05 2010

Sonora, my little girl, is a lovely little princess. As most people know I’m not into pink that much, so this is a stretch for me, but I dig her looking pretty for me!

We’ve put her into gymnastics and she loves to go. I went to watch her one time and I could tell she was having a blast. But something irked me a little. On the one bar where she had to hang with her hands and reach up with her heals to touch the bar, she barely lifted her feet and then said, “I can’t.” Katie, her patient and helpful instructor, was helping another child and so couldn’t come back to help Sonora. Sonora waited until Katie said to leave it and come. Read the rest of this entry »

Role Play with Kids

28 04 2010

The following is from Family First:

Want a valuable tool to teach your kids how to interact with others?

Last night, as I stood at the kitchen sink, my son tried to push me aside, without saying a word.  Well, rather than just correct him, my wife and I decided to employ a little role-play.  As I stood at the sink again, she played the role of my son and said, “Dad, will you please excuse me?  I’d like to wash my hands.”  I said, “Sure, come on in.” and then moved out of the way.  You see, telling our kids how to do something may not always work, but teaching them by example can work wonders.  To see what happened next, check out my blog.

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