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“Next Gen is the Now Gen”

This profound truth of the Now Gen comes our friend Pastor Erick Penn in Three Rivers, Michigan. We worked with Erick and his team to develop and strengthen their children’s and youth ministry to come under the larger umbrella of…

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Next Gen Ren

Renovation:  the process of improving a process or making something new. Renovation Island is an engaging HGTV series. Canadians Bryan and Sarah Baeumler work to restore an abandoned resort on a small island in the Bahamas. The resort property, with…

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Reaching the Community While Stuck at Home?

Overwhelmed. Bored.  Fearful. Looking ahead to opportunities in the future. We may feel all over the map when it comes to how we continue to deal with the unprecedented reality of COVID-19. In the first couple of weeks of the…

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Focus and Funding

We recently attended the Northwest Ministry Conference in Seattle with great general sessions and breakouts. I especially enjoyed the sessions with Carey Nieuwhof.  In one session, he stated “you fuel what you fund.” He was focused on the importance of…

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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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Ministry Halftime

Jay Hostetler, February 3 As another football season ends, I have been reflecting on the many amazing games I witnessed. The most interesting occurrence for me is the way that teams make a second half comeback. These comebacks are often…

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Ministry Fixer Upper

Jay Hostetler Growing up I wasn’t gifted in the area of fixing things. My mechanical skills are still limited! Fortunately, my wife Donna has awesome mechanical skills for necessary home projects. Her interest in projects has led her to become…

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Warm Welcome?

Donna Hostetler, May 10, 2016 Mother's Day was a beautiful day though Jay was out of state. I arrived at a local church we’re working with to provide temporary oversight of their children’s ministry while they are in a leadership…

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The Sweet Smell of Spring

Donna Hostetler, April 4, 2016 “Spring cleaning” is on! It’s also a great time to take a look (and smell) at your children’s ministry or student ministry areas. As consultants we arrive at a variety of facilities and see what guests…

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NextGen or Next Genocide

Jay Hostetler, August 10, 2015 Much is happening in the world of NextGen ministries in today’s church landscape. I have been privileged to consult with churches that are making great gains in establishing values for focusing on effective ministry to…

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