Youth Winter Retreat

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 by

This weekend with our students was life changing for many.  Though most, if not all, have accepted Christ, this life change had more to do with their IDENTITY; facing who they think they are and learning who God sees them as- a child of His.  Our theme was IMITATE: Choosing to Follow God.  Because it

Spiritual Home Makeover

Saturday, 23 January 2016 by

  There’s one topic that gets me more excited than anything else and that’s FAMILY. I have been a student of Family Ministry over the past two years but for the past decade I have wondered what it means to minister to my own family.  As it is, I would never win an award for

This past Sunday I spoke on the importance to ABIDE.  If you’re familiar with the phrase “Welcome to my humble abode”, than you can see that to “Abide in Christ” is not simply to remain, but to make a home in Him.  He desires to be your source of safety and your place of retreat. 


Thursday, 08 October 2015 by

There is so much to cover when I talk about “marriage”.  Being in Genesis for this series, THE START, I wanted to use the analogy of a garden to the marriage relationship.  In very similar ways to a garden, our marrriages require good soil, constant nutrients, and much light.  Even with all that, patience is

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2015 KidMin Conference

Thursday, 01 October 2015 by

My wife and I just returned from this year’s KidMin Conference held in Chicago, IL September 25-27.  Over the last three years we have held leadership roles that have included leading panel discussions, hosting or facilitating connect groups, and assisting at their prayer & counseling center.  We love the opportunity to learn from others as

Students Who Pray

Thursday, 03 September 2015 by

One of the hardest things for any youth who spends a life-changing week at a church camp or conference is returning back to the unchanged routine of life.  To help our students through the highs and lows of this summer, we walked them through an understanding of their experience and identified it to be rooted

Disciples Making Disciples

Friday, 14 August 2015 by

  One of the greatest rewards I have in working with Children & Youth is teaching them how to live out their faith and influencing what they think and believe.  The icing on the cake for me, however, has to be when I see our youth step in to a role of helping in our

KidMin Cares

Monday, 09 March 2015 by

Recently, our very own Gene & Tisha DeKeno were published in Children’s Ministry Magazine.  They are not only leaders of our Children & Youth Ministries here at Heights, but also recognized leaders within their fields of ministry. Their article can be read at and is provided below. Ever wonder what it’s like to attend

Family Worship

Thursday, 26 February 2015 by

The first Sunday of the month we are directing children (K-5th) to join their parents in the main sanctuary for our worship service.  There is a purpose for this:  we want 1)to support family togetherness, 2)for children to be witness to their parents faith in and love for God, and 3)to establish a base for

EPIC Winter Youth Retreat

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 by

On February 13th, five brave youth workers ventured to Glorieta Camps with 29 students for a three-night, four-day Youth Winter Retreat.  The theme was EPIC, so naturally we were going to have to elevate our food, our fun, and our teachings. The weekend was packed- at mealtimes, we had 4star restaurant-quality food; for activities, students