Category Archives: Blog

Teaching Kids To Love Themselves

A child’s self-image is the biggest determining factor in their happiness and overall success in life. A parent’s responsibility is to build their child’s self worth and give them the confidence they need to succeed, but our churches are full of kids whose parents don’t do this. Jesus told us to “love our neighbor as yourself.” Most of […]

Healing Broken Children

Are there broken kids in your class? Who is the unhappiest girl in your class? What about the worst behaved boy in your class? Do you know why they are unhappy or behave the way they do? Maybe they lost somebody they love or possibly their parents just split up. They may not even be able […]

Seven Habits of Unhappy Kids

  Unhappiness is a habit that starts early in life and continues into adulthood. “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 (AMP) If we can teach our kids to recognize these seven unhappy habits and give them to tools they need to change it […]

I have two questions for you

Question #1: Who is your mentor? I met my mentor, Willie George, in 1978 when I was attending Bible College. God used Pastor Willie to pioneer the ministry of the “children’s pastor.”  I’m sure Willie George wasn’t the first guy to think of the concept, however there is no doubt that God used him to bring […]

Inspiring Creative People

To inspire creative people a leader must create a synergistic environment. Synergy means, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” One of the greatest examples of a synergistic leader is Stan Lee, who is credited with creating the Marvel Universe including Spiderman, X-men, Avengers, Fantastic Four and many more. The real genius […]

Are You Thinking of Quitting?

It was July of 1967 when I read my first comic book, “Amazing Spiderman #50”. In this dramatic issue Peter Parker decides to quit being Spiderman.  He is struggling with balancing college life, super hero life and his dating life. Peter makes a decision to give up the super hero lifestyle. Almost immediately there is […]

What is Your Core Values?

By Lance McKinnon I am a twenty-five year old children’s pastor who’s spent my entire life in church. My parents are in ministry, grandparents, great grandparents, great great…   You get the picture, right? I have been a part of ministries that were dying as well as those that are thriving. I have noticed one thing in […]

Are Your Going to See the Noah Movie?

There is a flood of controversy surrounding Paramount’s new movie “Noah” opening in theaters March 31. When I first saw the trailer I was blown away. I was looking forward to seeing “Noah” with great anticipation. I posted a link to the trailer on my Facebook page and was surprised to get negative comments concerning the movie. In case […]

The Comparison Game

Last Thursday I listened to Rick Warren speak at Seeds Conference. It is a creative conference annually hosted by Church On The Move pastored by Willie George. Rick Warren spoke to three things as leaders we need to do: Never stop learning. Never compare ourselves to others. Never give up.

The Wall is Down

Two years ago I had a great job at a good church. I had served in children’s ministry for 30 years and was making a good salary at an influential church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had helped the church grow from 1,000 people to over 5,000 members. At 52, I should have been content to coast into retirement, but […]