Advocate | Spring 2015
What Every Leader Needs to Know

What Every Educator Should Know – But First You Have To Ask! 

What Every Educator Should Know – But First You Have To Ask! 

By: The APCE Advocacy Team We have all been there—or will be some day. You are dry-mouthed, nervously seated before a group of church members you have never met before who have the title of Director/Minister of Christian Education Search Committee. After some...

If Only I Knew…

If Only I Knew…

By: Karen Horst So, one night I went to sleep, and the world changed around me.  How could I ever have imagined that the landscape for Christian Education would be so dramatically different compared to when I first started working in the field?  If only someone had...

Retreat!

Retreat!

By: Susan Hetrick Once the province of mystics and monks, spiritual retreats have become common practice in mainstream Christian churches. However, in some cases, mystics might have a tough time recognizing what passes for a retreat today. I was invited to speak at a...

Is there Anybody Out There I Can Talk to?

Is there Anybody Out There I Can Talk to?

By: Karl Westerhof “I mean, like, you know, somebody who’s wise and experienced, and who gets me?” Are you talking about a pastor?  A therapist?  A guru? “I think I want a mentor.” Whatever made you think of that? “I don’t know; I just hear about mentoring from...

My First Five Years…

My First Five Years…

By: Nakisha DeJong The words “God doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called” hold a special significance in my life. Growing up in the church, I was exposed to the drama and conflict  that often come with helping in ministry, so I told God I never wanted to...

An Educator Survival Kit

An Educator Survival Kit

By: Anne Wilson Are there days when you feel like you’re barely hanging on?  Do you ever feel like you don’t have the energy to attend another meeting? After a tough Sunday morning, do you wonder where to turn for renewal and strength? Being an introvert I don’t often...

Reflections on a Sabbatical

Reflections on a Sabbatical

By: Priscilla Andre-Colton I’m lucky enough to be working in a church that includes their educator in the sabbatical policy.  The policy provides that after six years, one is granted a three-month sabbatical.  I decided to take mine in the fall---after all the Rally...

Resources Leaders Need to Survive

Resources Leaders Need to Survive

By: Mary E. Speedy Imagine all your books and resources disappeared overnight!  What would you need to replace? Since everyone’s  list of favorite resources is different, I asked a number of trusted friends and co-educators what they would do if faced with this kind...

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