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NextGen Ministry, Part 2

By Jeff Jamba How to do NextGen Ministry well when your church is not large enough to have a NextGen or Family Pastor: Okay, hopefully you’ve rallied a team since my previous blog and have 6-8 people who are willing…

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Ready for NextGen Ministry?

by Jeff Jamba How to do NextGen Ministry well when your church is not large enough to have a NextGen or Family Pastor: Someone recently asked me a great question: how can we develop a NextGen ministry if we are…

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Are You Connected?

While I waited in an office today for an appointment I observed a young girl ask the receptionist for the WiFi password.  She too was waiting for her mom to get done at the office. I thought about the reality…

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Seasons of Ministry Balance or Fatigue

Once the fall season kicks into its own rhythm, it's easy to assume there's a moment to relax, enjoy the seasonal changes along with a latte--spiced pumpkin of course. And just then, you realize Christmas isn't too far away. We…

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It’s Summertime and the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

I love summer, the opportunity it brings for golf, beach trips, and late sunsets. Recently I enjoyed an evening outside watching grandsons toss a frisbee as adults shared small talk on a cool Michigan night. Soon to follow was the…

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3 Ways to Support the Lead Pastor in the Summer

It’s mid-July and I remember it well after decades of being a full-time staff pastor. Is your lead pastor away on sabbatical, study leave, or an extended vacation? I can certainly write much about my summer ministry experiences, i.e.: Keeping…

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Exciting, Growing Spaces

We love the excitement that surrounds breaking ground and growing spaces for children’s or student ministries. Today we walked and taped the added space of a church expanding. We dreamed with leaders about the halls, the walls and ceilings, the…

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The Towel

How do you measure the impact of Next Gen or Children’s ministry? Sunday was Baptism Sunday at our church—my favorite. I love seeing individuals who are ready to profess their faith. There were many students and a few children who…

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