By Daniel and Stephane Stegeman When our twin daughters turned 4 (back in 2014), we were torn in terms of how best to educate our children. Daniel grew up in the public school system, while Stephane was mostly educated in Christian schools. Both were options for our kids, but we also had concerns. Around that same time, […]Read More Our Journey to Homeschooling
Hard to believe, but this past May marked my 10thanniversary in pastoral ministry. This has been a deeply gratifying and rewarding experience and I am grateful to God for His call upon my life. While in some ways I am still just a beginner in ministry, there have been many lessons learned during my first […]Read More Some Lessons Learned From 10 Years of Pastoral Ministry
I have always been fascinated by the bible passages where the call of God is given directly to His chosen servant. Let me give you a few examples. Moses: “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. But Moses said to God, Who […]Read More The Call of God
A few months ago, my wife Stephane came up with some parallels between discipleship and nursing. I thought they were insightful and decided to pass them along to you. 1. Both must take place often. Mothers know that every few hours, her baby must be fed. The baby only has a small stomach and therefore […]Read More Some Parallels Between Discipleship and Nursing
A key element in the apostle Paul’s ministry strategy was to reproduce himself in others. Perhaps this strategy is most clearly seen in 2 Timothy 2:2 where Paul writes, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” This […]Read More A Multiplying Ministry
In a few weeks, our son John will turn 1. The pace of his growth has been breathtaking, but especially of late. It seems like every week, he reaches a new milestone. It has been fascinating (and fun) for my wife and I to watch this remarkable growth, along with the growth of our twin […]Read More Are You Growing in Your Walk With the Lord?
As a pastor, I have discovered that just the thought of “family worship” or “family devotions” can be overwhelming to Christian parents. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is because parents think they need to duplicate the Sunday morning worship service. The reality is that family worship doesn’t have to be complicated. Quite simply, […]Read More What is Family Worship?
I have always been a late adaptor when it comes to technology and social media. For example, I waited several years before joining Facebook. When I finally joined back in 2009, one of my college friends joked, “Welcome to 2006, Dan!” Well, after several years of holding out, I finally decided to give another social […]Read More Twitter, Social Media, and True Influence
In my estimation, evangelical churches today are failing when it comes to training up the next generation of men and women. We are not mentoring and discipling younger Christians the way we should be. Discipleship happens in a number of different ways and contexts, but an important component of that is in person-to-person relationships. While […]Read More Training up the Next Generation of Christ-Followers
“What’s the difference between mentoring and discipleship? They are closely related, but not exactly the same. Both involve instruction based on a relationship. But discipleship involves a call, a direct invitation from the teacher that borders on a command. Jesus told the fishermen Peter and Andrew, “Come, follow me,” and “at once they left their […]Read More The Difference Between Mentoring and Discipleship