7 Days

The big day is only 7 days away! In case you haven’t heard, we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our 2nd child, Macy Kate. As we prepare to welcome Macy into our world, I began to think about the ways my life will change.  Here’s what I know so far:

More Life

Our life is fun.More life means more fun, right?

Jerry Seinfeld said it best when he said, “Having a 2-year-old is like having a blender with no lid.” Even in the chaos, we’ve managed to create a semi-normal life in our home. We’ll call it our ecosystem. Now, I’m not a scientist, but I know that it is dangerous to throw a new living thing into an existing ecosystem. That one additional creature totally changes the ecosystem. That’s what we’re doing by bringing home another baby. We have developed routines and habits that will likely be changed by this new life. This new life will take center stage at 2 a.m. just as much as it does at 2 p.m.!  But with new life comes new excitement! I’m looking forward to adding even more life to our already fun and full lives.

More Love

I love my wife more than anything on earth. Maggie is right behind her. And now we get to add Macy to the mix.

As a husband, I’m looking forward to loving my wife and caring for her needs as a mom of 2. As a daddy, I’m looking forward to showing my daughters how much I love their mother and how much I love them. I’m also looking forward to teaching them how to reflect Christ’s love in their world. And in addition to all of that, I’m looking forward to watching love develop between Maggie and Macy as sisters. This is a new love for our house, so it should be exciting to watch it develop.

sharing love with another child and teaching her to love by the way I . I’m excited because we, as parents, will get to show our love for her and teach her to love. But I’m even more excited to watch love play out between her and Maggie as sisters.

Dana & Maggie



Think-Tank.final-logo1I’m on my way this morning to Nashville for a “Think Tank” with Lifeway Christian Resources. We will be discussing curriculum for children, students, and adults. I’m really excited to be a part of this process.

I have shared and taken ideas from so many of you that read this blog. You write, create, and implement curriculum that is working in your context. As we dream and talk about curriculum at this “Think Tank”, I would love to hear from you about what works, what doesn’t work, and what pieces you would include in your ideal curriculum.

If you’d like your ideas included in this meeting, please leave a comment to one or all of the following questions:

  • What does your dream curriculum look like?
  • What balance of small group and large group to you believe works best?
  • What topics are most important for each age group (preschool, elementary, preteen, student, college, adults)?
  • If you could teach through a book of the Bible to the above age groups, which book would you choose?
  • What is the best way to teach through a book of the Bible (verse-by-verse, chapter summary with key verses, main points/themes of the book, etc)?
  • When looking to purchase curriculum, what is one factor that makes or breaks it for you?
  • Do you prefer curriculum to offer a scripted teaching plan, a teaching outline, or a study guide for teachers to create their own lesson?

Feel free to leave another and all other thoughts that you feel are important to consider!

I Love My Church

March 5, 2013 — 6 Comments

sph-missionsThings have been extremely busy lately, but exciting. I’m so thankful for the way God is working on me and working around me. I’m getting to see so many cool things.

I love my church. God is doing so many exciting things at Fellowship and even more great things are coming soon! Here are some statistics that God us using to stir our hearts:

The population of Little Rock and the surrounding cities/suburbs is: 877.091 people
The number of churches in the Greater Little Rock area is: 780 churches
The average church attendance is: 75 attendees

If you (generously) doubled the average attendance for churches in the Greater Little Rock area to 150 attendees, there would still be 760,000 people without a church home.

And here is why I love my church:
Our church has gotten serious about seeing a movement of discipleship in the Greater Little Rock area. There are groups forming all over the city in homes, on school campuses, and in offices. The focus on discipleship is opening even more opportunities to reach the Greater Little Rock area! I cannot wait to see what God does as we work to reach the 760,000!

For more on our mission and D-Group strategy, check out this video…
Making Disciples–Fellowship Bible Church

partner with parentsReggie Joiner said it best. What happens at home is more important than what happens at church. I’m a firm believer in finding ways to equip parents to disciple their children. But I’ve found that partnering with parents is different in preteen ministry than it is in children’s ministry.

In children’s ministry, it’s easy to see the influence a parent has over their child. A parent is able to almost complete control in the life of the child. Much like a coach instructs an athlete, the parent calls the plays and expects the child to execute them. I-formation 26-Fake X-Go—Fake the handoff to the fullback, Pass to the X receiver on the go route.

As children move into the preteen years, the parent becomes more like a cheerleader. Instead of calling the plays, they are shouting directions in the form of encouragement. Defense! Defense! Hold that line! Push ‘em back! Push ‘em back! Way on back!

Preteens experience a new level of independence. They begin to make decisions and plans for themselves, but they still desperately need the influence of a parent. How can we equip parents to disciple their preteens during this season?

I believe partnering with parents in preteen ministry is different because it needs to follow the 90/10 Principle.

What is the 90/10 Principle? Simply put, the parent must continue to engage their preteen to guide their spiritual growth (90%), but we must also encourage the preteen to turn to their parents for guidance (10%). Preteen ministry must equip parents as the disciple AND help preteens seen the value of their parents influence. This involves speaking highly of parents in front of their kids, deferring to parents on sensitive subjects, and developing relationships with parents just as much as the preteens in your ministry.

We’re experimenting with this idea in our preteen ministry. I’ve also seen some other ministries doing great things with the concept. Stay tuned this week for more details and ideas on how to use the 90/10 Principle in preteen ministry.