My name is Sam Luce and I have been a pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica NY for the past 17 years. 14 of those years serving as children’s pastor. Currently I am serving as the Utica Campus Pastor and the Global family pastor. This is my personal blog it is focused on leadership, children’s ministry and creativity.
I write about things I am passionate about, the power of the gospel, becoming a better leader, ministering to kids, technology, humorous anything, and being the best dad and husband I can be.
Through each blog post it is my goal to be to each of you what I wish I had when I was starting out in ministry. I desire to help you grow as a leader and avoid some of the bone headed mistakes I learned am still learning along the way.
You can expect around 2 to 3 blog posts a week. If you would like to subscribe to my RSS feed or via email I would appreciate it. Thank you for your time feel free to jump in and leave a comment on any of my posts. I would love to hear from you.
Here are a few of my more popular posts
1. How to communicate so kids can understand
2. 4 ways to clarify the gospel when communicating to kids
3. Two new ideas I am trying to connect with parents
4. Bible Lessons
5. What the gospel demands of parents
6. How to customize Facebook for your Ministry
7. Helping your kids love the Bible: Stay one Bible ahead
8. What is Bible Bucks 2.0?
9. Self-esteem is ruining your kids
10. Top 25 iPhone Apps for kids
I attended Portland Bible College in Portland Oregon where I graduated in 1997 with a BA in Theology, upon graduation I became the children’s pastor at the same church for over 13 years. I have done children’s ministry for the last 23 years. In those years I have seen kids ministry grow and change tremendously.
I am currently a contributing editor to K! magazine, serve as chairman of INCM, co-authored “The Eric Trap”, have been involved in several book projects, and been blogging here since 2007. I have spoken at conferences and have done some consulting and coaching. My real passion lies in preaching the gospel, building and strengthening the local church in any way possible because I believe in creating environments where life change can take place. I truly believe that the local church is the hope of the world.
I have been married to my beautiful wife for 15 years together we have 4 beautiful children ages 9, 7, 5 and 18 months. We currently live in Upstate New York.
When not writing on this blog or working at the church, I enjoy reading, racquetball, writing, photography, watching movies with the family.