11 Questions to Help You Evaluate Small Groups—Chris Adams
The core of many women’s ministries is small groups that are Bible study focused. Perhaps you have been doing these kinds of groups for years, and it’s just part of the DNA of your ministry. The end of the year is a great time to evaluate what you have been doing to see if you need to change, add, or stop anything in the way you are serving and leading your groups. Look at what has been accomplished and take a moment to evaluate the effectiveness and options.
Winner, Winner, Christmas Dinner—Lori Berry
I like to win. I like to be the best at whatever I’m doing. So when I see the amazingly creative, crafty, handmade, thoughtful things you do with your family and share in pictures on Facebook, I feel…well…violent.
Nothing else motivates me like competition. It’s how I’m wired. My husband is even more competitive than I am, followed closely by our kids. Family game night at our house commonly ends with someone either in tears or stomping away since none of us are OK with losing. (You don’t even want to know what happens during a rowdy round of Bible Trivia!)
My competitive strengths have served me well in school and in the workplace. I can hit a deadline, reach a goal, and knock out the competition. However, there are times when my competitive spirit needs to be tamed. Like the holidays, for instance.
Reaching Out to Singles During the Holidays—Mary Margaret
“Mary Margaret and Guest” is how all of the wedding invitations in my mailbox are addressed. Oh, Guest, where are you?! I’d love to take you to my work Christmas party, the Christmas concert at church, home for Christmas with my family, and be my date on New Year’s Eve. It seems like this time of year, I’m hyper-aware of the fact that I’m single. Ugh.
I love my job, I travel all the time, and I’ve got fantastic friends, but it’s hard to be single during the holidays. I wish I could explain why, but it’s just harder than the rest of the year for some reason, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. On Thanksgiving I tweeted, “Another thing I’m thankful for… No one today has said, ‘I just don’t understand why you’re still single.’” Good grief, this is a terrible thing to say, and I wish I could say that it has never been said to me, but I can’t.
In college, Jim Henson was making the equivalent of $750,000 a year. How, exactly? Commercials. He and his business partner, Jane, would do short promotional spots with homemade puppets, and big brands were paying top dollar for the exposure.
The future was bright for these two. But there was just one problem: Jim didn’t think puppeteering was “real art.” In fact, neither he nor Jane took their current career trajectory seriously. It was just something fun to do on the side that happened to pay well, very well.
5 Joys of Being an Empty Nester—Ron Edmondson
I have to be honest. I was a reluctant empty-nester. Cheryl and I love our boys and them being at home was one of our greatest joys in life. Walking in the door and being handed a football to throw or a soccer ball to kick was often the best part of my day.
Thankfully, we were intentional as parents and in our marriage. Now, we are reaping the reward of that intentionality. We raised our boys to be independent and they are doing it well. They still “need” us, but they aren’t dependent on us.
At the same time, we protected our relationship, so we truly enjoy our time together – always have – still do.