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NEXT Church is teaching elders, students, educators, church members, youth leaders and ruling elders who care about the flourishing of the church of Jesus Christ in ways that are relevant to our communities.


Stuck in the Snow and Rescued by Unexpected Angel

This was a morning of many failures. I never made it to the church where I was scheduled to preach. Luckily, they had a backup plan due to the poor weather conditions. I failed to know my own limits. I had fooled myself into thinking if I set my mind to something I could accomplish the task at hand. But in reality I have had no life experience to help me navigate these roads in the snow. And though I work in a prison and make it my task every week to offer grace, and love to all people no matter what is in their background, I made assumptions about the angels who rescued me because of a political sticker.  

Getting It Right Sometimes Takes a Few Tries. And That's Okay.

Mistakes are the holy stone in the shoe of perfection. Mistakes pierce the ego that says, “I must get this right,” and offers the assurance that we all are in this together. Big and small, forgivable and painful for years, mistakes are going to happen. Our best hope is to prepare and do our best.

Children's Ministry, Failure, and Why Sometimes It's Okay to Bail

“Now, remember, Steven, if you run into any trouble out there, you can always bail. There's never any shame in bailing.”-Greg Universe The quote above comes from Steven Universe, a children’s cartoon that often promotes messages about healthy emotions and decision making to children and adults alike. It comes from Greg Universe, father of the title character, right before his son attempts something that is both very exciting and unlikely to work. Although his words are few, his message is profound: sometimes, even when we don’t feel like we should, it’s okay to stop. It can be better to abandon the plan than to try and force yourself into something that you know just isn’t going to be worth it.