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To VBS and Beyond: 4 Principles for VBS Follow Up

Keith Hudgins May 21, 2018

All of you remember the now famous words of Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story.”  Sometimes when you think about VBS, you feel like you are on a journey to infinity…and beyond!  Planning for VBS usually begins around 6 to 8 months in advance of the event.  There are themes to consider, costumes to make, sets to build, volunteers to… Continue Reading »

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Going Above and Beyond!

Meredith Mahon Morris May 18, 2018

Average.  Normal.  Common.  Usual.   Those words don’t usually describe someone who goes above and beyond. In and of themselves, these are not bad words.  In fact, in some ways they can be good words.  Take the word “average,” for example.  By definition it means that roughly 50% are better than you, but at the same… Continue Reading »

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Happy (Late) National Superhero Day!

John Gilman May 4, 2018

In case you didn’t know, April 28th was National Superhero Day. While I’m not one to celebrate all of these unusual new holidays that highlight random things such as National Pancake Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, or National Spaghetti Day, this one actually has me interested. There is certainly no shortage of movies about superheroes…. Continue Reading »

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Realm Pathways: When Ministry is Stuck in Neutral

Keith Hudgins April 11, 2018

Ever feel like your ministry is stuck in neutral? You have a vision. You have a plan. The problem lies in the execution.  It reminds me of a song called “Everybody Said (But Nobody Did)” by Acapella. Here is the chorus: Everybody said that anybody could do, The important things somebody should do, Everybody knows… 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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4 Early Steps to VBS Success

Meredith Mahon Morris April 4, 2018

Spring is upon us, and summer is right around the corner. This brings the anticipation of sunshine, beach excursions, and for most children’s ministry leaders, it also means Vacation Bible School! It may feel early to begin the planning process, but there are at least 4 things you can put in place now to help… Continue Reading »

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5 Things First-Time Visitors Want Your Ministry to Consider

Rachel Ankers December 19, 2017

Christmas means decorated trees, holiday parties, Advent wreaths, and for most churches, lots of visitors. Christmas is one of the times each year when attendance at most churches is highest. Many people only attend church in a calendar year for a Christmas service. This means that our Christmas services are extremely important and can have… Continue Reading »

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Valuing Volunteers: The Key to Volunteer Retention

Jennifer Byrd November 16, 2017

Many churches, missions and non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to accomplish their goals.  Volunteerism reduces payroll costs and can be an effective way to engage more people in the important work of the Kingdom of God. Working with those volunteers can present some unique challenges, though.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind… Continue Reading »

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4 Simple Steps to Move Your Church Toward Inclusion

John Gilman October 26, 2017

A trending topic in our nation is inclusion. This conversation has begun to slowly cross over into our churches as well, particularly regarding individuals with special needs. October is Down Syndrome awareness month and places the spotlight on the 1 in 700 babies born every year with this diagnosis. Churches are becoming more aware of… Continue Reading »

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