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Promoting Church Unity Through Summer Fun

Jennifer Byrd June 29, 2018

The summer months on the church calendar can often feel empty. Many youth ministries take a break from their regularly scheduled meetings, which leaves parents looking for connection and activities for their middle and high schoolers. The long, hot summer days can also leave scheduling gaps for the senior adults in your congregation. The summer… Continue Reading »

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Is Your Church Helping People Experience God Through Worship?

Jennifer Byrd June 15, 2018

I was listening to a podcast recently and the gentleman being interviewed made a point that made me pause. He remarked that our pastors and worship leaders need to remember that the people they are leading and teaching do not necessarily experience God the same way they do. This is such an obvious point but… Continue Reading »

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Building Your Ministry Team: Selecting the Right People

Jennifer Byrd May 16, 2018

As church leaders, we cannot accomplish all that God has given us to do without a team of qualified people serving around us.  We need others to work alongside, contributing wholeheartedly to the expansion of God’s Kingdom.  Building the right team of people around us, however, is not always easy nor automatic.  It takes time… Continue Reading »

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5 Things to Consider to Set Seniors Up for Success

Jennifer Byrd April 26, 2018

As the end of the school year approaches, many families are both anticipating and dreading the date on their calendars that marks their high schooler’s graduation. As a parent, I fully embrace what a joyous yet bittersweet day this is in the life of a family as we celebrate the graduation of our seniors. As… Continue Reading »

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How to Help Members Find the Right Place in Ministry

Jennifer Byrd April 9, 2018

As church leaders, one of our goals is to help the members of our congregation grow in their relationships with Christ and get involved in meaningful ministries that align with their gifting, experiences, and abilities.  For many of our people, this is not an easy thing.  They need our guidance and assistance to help them… Continue Reading »

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Principles of Church Growth: Clarifying Vision and Mission

Jennifer Byrd March 2, 2018

Clarity is something people crave.  Few people are satisfied with ambiguity or fuzziness in different areas of life.  Take our eyesight for example.  We all want to see the world around us clearly.  Clear sight helps us to know where we are going, as well as helping us to avoid hazards or obstacles along the… Continue Reading »

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Principles of Church Growth: Creating Ownership

Jennifer Byrd February 27, 2018

Creating growth in the local church is not only the responsibility church leaders have.  While the leaders are often the ones to establish the vision and set goals for any desired growth, the members of the  congregation must buy in and actively participate in achieving the goals.  The personal investment of members is essential to… Continue Reading »

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Principles of Church Growth: Setting Goals

Jennifer Byrd February 19, 2018

Setting goals is an important part of being successful.  Very seldom does success come randomly or by accident.  Success very often requires intentionality and planning.  This is true when considering church growth as well.  What kinds of goals should church leaders consider?  How do we make it about the people and not the numbers?  How… Continue Reading »

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Short-Term Missions: Part II – Benefits for the Host Church

Jennifer Byrd January 24, 2018

In Part II of our four-part series on short-term missions, we look at the benefits for the host church.  In general, short-term involvement can be a huge encouragement to Global South churches. It can also serve as a catalyst for the church’s ability to build trust in a community.  Many times short-term missions can have… Continue Reading »

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