Author Archives: Lauren Rutland Hightower

A Texas native, Lauren has served as the Children’s Minister at University Church of Christ, Shreveport since February 2013. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.S. in Child and Family Development in December 2012, and is currently working toward a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. She is married to Ray and together they have two dogs, Gus and Belle. She has an identical twin sister and older siblings who are also twins. Her areas of interest are church leadership, spiritual formation, and pastoral care. She considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys finding ways to apply these areas of interest in her current setting as a children’s minister. She may be contacted by email at [email protected]

3 Steps to Keep Your Children’s Ministry Clique Free

It was during our most recent Fall Retreat weekend when I stood from a noticeable distance as I observed one 4th grade girl say to another, “No, we’re still friends with you. We just don’t want you to sit by us right now.” I knew in that moment that my sweet babies, who…

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An Invitation for Children to Participate in Worship

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss John Westerhoff III, a faith development theorist, offers valuable language to redefine childhood. “Perhaps,” he argues, “it would be better if we stopped using the words children and adolescents, and talked about people and the different characteristics they share at different times in…

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The Samaritan Woman and the Church’s Response to #MeToo

At the site of Jacob’s well, which is still in existence today, Jesus met a Samaritan woman on his way back to Galilee and asked her for a drink of water. We find many discrepancies at play within the breadth of this narrative and its culture: local women did not draw water alone,…

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