Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Surviving Youth Ministry With a Young Family

New piece went out yesterday for Simply Youth Ministry's SYM Today email:

"Over the past year and a half, we’ve added two children to our family. One is our adopted 18-month-old son and the other is our newborn daughter, just seven weeks old. It’s been a crazy adjustment, to say the least. We’re working each day to try and figure out life with two small children, plus an entire youth group. We know it takes balance and patience, but in all honesty it’s a struggle to make everything work. There are a lot of days we just want to run away! Here are four things we’re trying to focus on as we enjoy/survive youth ministry and a young family..."

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Scheduling With Your Spouse in Mind

We're really excited about the chance to write regularly for Simply Youth Ministry's SYM Today email. Currently, we get to write pieces about Marriage, Family and Ministry every other week.

If you are interested on getting these daily youth ministry emails directly to your inbox, click here and you can either create an account (left side of the page) or just provide your email (right side of the page). 

Our first piece, went out on July 9th:

Youth ministry schedules can be hard on marriages and families. Not only are there a million youth events and programs to attend, but many youth pastors and their families are also expected to be involved in the everyday life of the church. Youth workers can easily find themselves far too busy and with spouses and children desperate for time and attention.

As with anything else in life, there's no magic fix or specific formula for working out a healthy youth ministry schedule. But here are some general ideas to keep in mind when dealing with your ministry calendar.

To keep reading, click here:
http://www.youthministry.com/articles/families/scheduling-your-spouse-mind
Our goal of this blog is to share stories (both good and bad), thoughts and insights about our marriage and we would love for you to jump into the conversation.

The goal is to provide three things:
1) HOPE for struggling couples that they are not alone.
2) GROWTH in our marriages and our understanding of marriage.
3) ENCOURAGEMENT to keep loving your spouse unconditionally.