Equipping people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture


Why do you take teens and preteens on missions trips?

By | 2016-10-18T14:00:19+00:00 February 11, 2016|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

preteen.on.missionWe often ask leaders who are planning a youth, preteen or family missions trip, “Why do you want to take your young people on a missions trip?” And the answer is almost always the same: “Our young people need to learn to give.”

We don’t think that’s the right answer. In this context, we may actually be misleading our kids. It may be wrong to focus on [...]

HEY! UNTO YOU A CHILD IS BORN!!!! But who will tell the 2.3?

By | 2016-10-18T14:00:33+00:00 December 17, 2015|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

Our family has a favorite Christmas story that we either watch or
Christmas-Pageant1read each year: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson. As the story begins, the pending doom is immediately clear:

The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers [...]

Family Ministry Will Never Work, Unless…

By | 2016-10-18T14:02:12+00:00 March 4, 2015|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Staff Blogs|

What truly impacts families in our churches…and what doesn't?family

While much of the dialog today would make one think that “family ministry” is a new discovery, it has been around in various forms for a long time (it was certainly needed way back when Adam and Eve first found out that brothers don’t always get along). We remember discussing family ministry over thirty years ago in seminary. Sadly, while much has been [...]