In church leadership it’s easy to make assumptions. None is so dangerous as underestimating the reality of the “summer slump” – a time when people, money, and participation all seem to vanish in the summer steam. I was speaking to a pastor friend of mine who told me about his first summer as a lead… Continue Reading »
As spring break comes to a close, everybody now looks ahead to school getting out and summer plans. For church leaders, this should be a time when activities amp up in your student and children’s ministries. Hopefully, all summer camps are already on the calendar and families have committed to this life-changing week for their… Continue Reading »
I grew up near the ocean and spent many days at the beach. Whenever friends or family would come to visit, we’d take them to the shore and we’d share some safety tips. Don’t forget your sun screen, don’t swim out too far, don’t touch a jelly fish (some of them sting), and don’t fight… Continue Reading »
When summertime hits, people go places. Beaches, amusement parks, lakes, cabins, vacation homes; you name it, people go there. They want to be out and about, shaking off that cabin fever that’s plagued so many for too long. It seems like people go everywhere more, except to your church’s small groups. People want a break… Continue Reading »
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” ~Shakespeare. “back to life, back to reality” ~Soul II Soul a 90’s dance sensation The Summer Slump won’t last forever. As the weather cools, the vacations will end and people will settle back in their routines. Your job is to be ready for them the minute reality… Continue Reading »
“The rhythm is gonna get you.” -Gloria Estefan Every industry has rhythms, and successful leaders identify these rhythms and position their organizations to thrive during the highs and to survive the lows. Bad leaders ignore these rhythms and fail. The beginnings of spring and fall are exciting times for pastors because they are key times… Continue Reading »
In case you aren’t aware our summers down here in SC are hot, hot, hot. In the middle of July and August it’s so hot and muggy that you can break a sweat walking to the mailbox. We have days that start out with 88 degrees and by mid-afternoon the heat index can easily reach 114 degrees.