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Shelli Haynes

Shelli serves as assistant Youth and Family minister at Red Hill Lutheran in Tustin, California. She has been a DCE in Southern California churches for 21 years! Shelli holds a BA from Concordia University in Irvine and a MA in Family Ministry from Concordia University in Seward. Shelli is wife to Travis and mama to two daughters, Megan and Mandy. She and her family love the beach, backyard badminton, and Giants baseball.

Recent Posts by Shelli Haynes

Finding Balance during Transitions between Ministry Seasons

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a . . .

(Ecclesiastes 3:1–4 ESV)

Looking at the to-do list on your desk or your phone might cause you to think the writer of Ecclesiastes had it wrong.

Finding Satisfaction in God in Your Ministry

I’ve been pondering the phrase holy dissatisfaction lately within my ministry context. Many of our ministry volunteers express a longing for more impact in our kids’ and students’ lives but wonder how to step into the gap. I have been reading and praying through their longing as I lift them up, and the term holy dissatisfaction continually crosses my mind.