At our annual Ideas to Impact Conference earlier this year, I met a PDS client named Diane Geschwind, who works for St. Christopher’s Parish in Baldwin, N.Y. Diane talked to me about why she works for the church. To her, it boiled down to connecting with people. That’s what the church is about.
Here’s a story about how one of our clients, Faith Christian Center in Jacksonville, Fla., handles some of the technology demands of a modern ministry. The Problem: A single-platform solution just won’t work for this dynamic ministry The main campus of Faith Christian Center is located in Jacksonville, Fla., but it also operates 7 affiliate… Continue Reading »
The bleeding out effect is simply what happens when those who are hurting, lost, or wounded (bleeding) come to the church seeking a solution to stop their bleeding. Those individuals never receive what they are seeking from the church and they seep out of the church through our gaps.
Even Moses faced opposition when he came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments! Why do we think it’s so bad that we’ll face opposition – or even step on congregants’ toes – if we change the way we’re doing things?
When you think of change—implementing something new, shifting something existing or removing something old—what do you feel? Do you get excited? Are you hesitant or scared? Here are a few ways to make change more effective in your community.
I remember the days when I was on church staff and if you’re anything like me it wasn’t uncommon to periodically find myself feeling overwhelmed, and perhaps even a bit discouraged. Not because I didn’t like what I was doing but because some of my projects and/or workload seemed like I was making absolutely no progress.
Surely, between prayers, devotions and encouraging sticky notes, the church is the best place to not have conflict at all! But then you actually get that job in the church, and your first conflict slaps you out of your lovely heaven-on-earth sentiment of ministry.
With Easter coming, we know churches are preparing for one of the biggest-attendance days of the entire year. There is so much to consider – from music to décor to parking! But one key element that simply can’t be overlooked is security.
We recently updated a ministry guide about child security, and below I’ve used the ministry guide to outline great information in a few key areas, along with best practices on security for children’s ministries.
Through my short four years as a staff member at a megachurch, I learned very quickly through bumps and bruises that the only way to get folks to follow you in what you’ve been called to do in any ministry is to possess one key ingredient.