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It’s 12/24/13 – Read This Now!

Stephanie Caro —  December 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

For my friends desperately getting through a crazy day while serving a church, my Top 5 Tips for surviving today:

1) If the copier breaks down at your church, forget about the bulletins for tonight. Someone announces what’s next anyway and Jesus still comes.

2) If there is even the SLIGHTEST chance of wind or drizzle, save yourself the trouble of the luminaries. Jesus still comes.

3) Give up the search for that present. Seriously. Download a picture and gift card to purchase it, stick them in an envelope and let it all go. Jesus still comes.

4) Worried about your sermon tonight? Come on…you know the Scripture. You know the story. Set it all aside for now and do what Oswald Chambers says: “Let the Spirit set the Word on fire.”

5) Dress comfortable. Wear a robe.

Jesus still comes.




Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

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Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!

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