7 Survival skills every kid needs

I recently read a book called the “Global Achievement Gap” by Tony Wagner he mentioned the 7 skills every kid needs to learn to be successful. It was an incredible read. Tony is very insightful, and his ideas very thought-provoking. What’s incredible is that many of them are not being produced by our current educational environments. This post is not about the evils of common core though I am not a big fan. As a parent, it is easy to feel powerless and frustrated by the fact we can not control the outcome of our kids.

The Gathering 2014

the gathering conference

I am excited to be a part of “The Gathering” this year. They have a great line up of speakers I have the privilege of blogging my experience there. I have had the privilege of attending several different kids ministry conferences over the past few years. One that I have never gone to but have always wanted to was David C Cooks Gathering. I will have to admit that getting a snow storm in mid march does make southern California sound much sweeter, as well.

4 Things Every Decision Needs


I love Peter Drucker he was in many ways a man before his time. I try to re-read his management classic “The Effective Executive” each year. One of the things I am struck with every time I read it is the realization that I often make decisions that really are not decisions they are emphatic hopes. Love how Drucker gives 4 things every decision needs before it can be considered a real decision. I hope this helps you as much as it helps me.

Every Decision needs:

Very excited to be speaking at the Vault Conference. I have known the pastors of the church who host this event for over fifteen years. I have seen all that God has done in their church over the years and how God has used them in Canada and the North East. I am honored to be speaking at Vault about getting back to the Basics and why we should Never Serve alone.

Sunday after the event I will be speaking on what the Gospel Demands of Parents at the Lifecentre Blackburn campus. If you are from the Province of Ontario please do what you can to bring your team I would love to meet you. Hope to see you there!

Date: April 5, 2014
Event: Vault Conference
Topic: Back to Basics
Sponsor: The Ottawa Network of Children & Family Ministries
Venue: Cedarview Alliance Church
(613) 824 -5393
Location: 2784 Cedarview Rd.
Nepean, On
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Does the church still matter?

The Barna Group has released a new series of books that address pressing questions. In this book they address this question through research provided by Barna and Jon Tyson’s pastoral perspective.

51% of people don’t think it’s important to attend church.

I was drawn to this book because I believe what you believe about Jesus and what you believe about the church are foundational and fundamental to faith.