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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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Transitioning with a Coach

Last year I took my first position as the Children’s Ministry Director at a growing church plant that was almost 4 years old. I was eager to get involved with the kids and the volunteers, but had no idea some…

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The Key to Winning

Rob Chagdes, Prairie Lakes Church, Cedar Rapids, IA I had only been a varsity softball coach for two weeks when I learned I was lacking a key element of a coach.  I didn’t know how to make them better softball…

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Who’s in My Corner?

My name is Chad Hoffman. I was sitting 5 years into ministry, broken down, raw, and ready to throw in the towel.  In that moment, I had just been dealt one of the hardest blows of my ministry career, and the ref…

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Equipped to Serve

My name is Brett Wiersma, and I am a middle school youth pastor in Pella, Iowa.  The church that I work for is quite large and when I first arrived here five years ago, I was TERRIFIED!  I was seven…

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Advice from a Winning Coach

Jay Hostetler, April 19, 2017 The UCONN Huskies’ ladies’ basketball team performance has been unprecedented. They have experienced historical winning streaks spanning seasons of competition. They have had the good fortune to acquire top talent to the program for many…

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The Impact of Kids

Jay Hostetler, February 14 For four decades, I have had the amazing experience of spending much time in ministry with kids. My memories run deep with observing kids react to one another and with adults. I remember a flight where…

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The Gold Medal Coach

Donna Hostetler, August 8, 2016 Last night Jay and I watched the Olympics 4x100 men’s freestyle relay swimming event with the team of Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held and Caleb Dressel. It was an exciting event watching them swim,…

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Ministry–Major League Team Ready?

Donna Hostetler, March 29, 2016 Major League Baseball’s spring training is in full swing and the season is just around the corner! I love baseball! I grew up on baseball. I was born in St. Louis and went with my…

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Coaching

Jay Hostetler, January 29, 2016 Coaching is a continuous cycle. The Alabama Crimson Tide recently posted yet another National Championship in college football. Coach Lou Saban was interviewed on a sports program the morning after the game. He was, of…

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