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The Importance of Prioritizing Rest as a Leader

John Gilman June 27, 2017

There are times we begin to feel depleted, empty, running out of steam. If we are even a little self-aware we can see the signs within ourselves. We become easily irritated, quick to become critical, find ourselves complaining, feeling extremely pessimistic, unusually tired. Our body has unique ways of sending out signals warning us that… Continue Reading »

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Outreach 101: 5 Keys to Discipleship and Growth

John Gilman May 18, 2017

Many churches are continuing the push to reach new people as they realize the need to engage the millennial generation.  These efforts can certainly be evaluated with mixed reviews as most churches are plateaued and declining.  This is concerning, but what must the church do to solve this issue? The answers may seem complex, but… Continue Reading »

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Cultivating a Well-Rounded Ministry

John Gilman May 4, 2017

Piloting a helicopter demands one’s complete attention to control the madness of the multiple parts of the machine. Pilots lean on 3 dimensional thinking to navigate the constant roll, pitch and yaw and move in the desired direction. It reminds me of the skills needed to operating a successful church. Cultivating a well rounded ministry… Continue Reading »

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10 Easter Celebration Do’s and Don’ts

John Gilman April 13, 2017

Easter weekend is arguably the biggest worship service of the year for most churches. A considerable amount of planning should go into all that is happening on this big day. Why is it so important? First, it is the day that Christ-followers celebrate the empty tomb and that Jesus arose from the dead – can’t… Continue Reading »

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7 Steps to Launching A Successful Ministry

John Gilman February 21, 2017

Don’t fly a plane before it’s built. Don’t move into a house that’s under construction and don’t launch a ministry before it’s ready. I’ve seen many people with a love for God and a heart for people launch ministries with enthusiasm that haven’t lasted. I’ve seen small groups fail, youth outreaches come and go, churches… Continue Reading »

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Pointing to God’s Love this Valentine’s Day

John Gilman February 14, 2017

February is traditionally known as the month of love.  Valentine’s Day certainly gives us an opportunity to show those special people in our lives how much we love and care about them.  This day seems very important to people based on a few key spending statistics.  Here are some raw numbers: •    $13.2 billion –… Continue Reading »

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Your Church: The Good, the Bad, and the Cheesy

John Gilman February 2, 2017

Valentine’s Day is a secular celebration that has little to do with the 3rd century saint it’s named after, but you can leverage the natural rhythm of culture for your congregation or community. A simple Google search brings up tons of “churchey” Valentine’s ideas. Here are some for your church. Some are innovative … and… Continue Reading »

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Reaching the Selfie Generation

John Gilman January 18, 2017

The Selfie Generation lives by the motto, “this is our world and everyone else is just living it.” We are the Selfie Generation. Selfies dominate social networks. Kids take selfies, parents take selfies, and even our president takes selfies. People take far more pictures of themselves than they do of others. We are the centers… Continue Reading »

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