Choosing Wonder Over Answers

Amanda Leadership, parenting, Spiritual Formation

94% of people choose to follow Jesus before they are 18 years old according to Barna Group.  For some people, this incites fear and almost emergency-like responses in the way they communicate with young people and children today.  It’s easy to believe the odds are against us when we see a statistic like that. However, we actually don’t have to …

Why leading kids grows my faith

Amanda Leadership, parenting, Spiritual Formation

This past month VictoryKids have been learning about seeking peace with others and finding peace with God.  We defined peace as “caring about others more than winning a fight.” I was particularly touched this month by the lesson of Abram and Lot. Abram kept his word and sacrificed when he didn’t have to for the sake of peace with his …

VBX is coming – why it matters to your family NOW

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It’s January – I’m talking about July.  Why should you be thinking about VBX now? Vacation Bible Experience at Victory is one of our biggest outreaches of the year to families in our community.  I’m the product of Vacation Bible School – I wouldn’t know Jesus without a neighbor taking me to VBX. Families in this area make their vacation …

Let’s commit to being present.

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I find myself often picking on kids and teenagers about their cellphone/tablet usage and accusing them of being zombies, slaves to their screens.  Honestly, though, I’ve been observing adults in the same zombie-like state lately.  And if I’m very vulnerable, I’m often that slave. Recently, I’ve found myself encouraging my leaders to unplug during Sunday service, although I’m fighting the …

What does it mean to be a Christian leader?

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Yesterday we had our VictoryKids semi-annual leadership meeting.  We reviewed the Scripture in 1 Timothy for the qualification of overseers and deacons, which I translate to the qualifications of a Christian leader.  When I first read the qualifications, I thought, “I’ll never be this. I’m never going to make this mark.”  Blameless? How am I ever going to be blameless?! …

Lessons on teamwork

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This summer didn’t turn out the way I thought it would (mind you, I’m writing this in the beginning of August).  I thought I would power through a summer with a fabulous and earth-shattering Vacation Bible School at our church and hop on a plane two hours later to do it again in Cayo, Belize. Granted, those things did happen. …

An attitude of gratitude

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Although that sounds cheesy, I must admit that so much changes when we approach life, our walk with God, and others with gratitude first. It’s also how to approach being a leader. It’s easy in your workplace, family, friend group, neighborhood, or wherever you have relationship to fall into a rut of thinking you’re the only one who does the …

Determination with middle schoolers

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We’ve been talking about determination in our Elementary school curriculum during the month of May.  Determination is important when following Jesus because He never promised that life would be easy and we need to have the commitment to finish the race – and even finish it well. Here’s the video that explains what we’ve been up to this month so …

Lasting Impact

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Do you ever wonder if Kids’ Ministry has a lasting impact?  Does it matter?  It sure mattered in my life.  I was gifted a mentor in Carol many years ago.  Recently, I got to reflect on that gift in writing a letter to her bone marrow donor.  Jesus healed her from leukemia, but the journey wasn’t easy and it was …