I can honestly say that our 2012 conference was one of the best yet. Some said it was the best! But what’s really exciting is that the 2013 is already shaping up to be a winner. First off, let’s just say this: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Enough said? But we’re also rounding up some very… Continue Reading »
ideas to impact
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.
Our meeting in Atlanta last week has to be the best conference ever – this year’s attendance of 850 clients was a record year. We were able to take more of our staff this year and when you include clients, staff, and exhibitors, there were 1000 people at the conference.
I am a planner. I am not really a “fly by the seat of my pants” person. So, with that I have a philosophy on packing. If I leave for a trip on Wednesday, I like to have everything in the suitcase by Monday night. I have had to start this process of pulling out… Continue Reading »
Thinking about implementing check-in at your church? This post, written by Ideas to Impact Conference speaker Bill Sanders, is a must-read! Having become a father for the first-time this past year, I have a new respect for parents who can roll four children out of bed, get them dressed, put them into the car, and… Continue Reading »
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.
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.
Websites and email can be down for a variety of reasons – some of those reasons are beyond our immediate control, but one cause that can certainly be prevented is the loss of your domain name. Don’t let this be you!
It can be daunting to open up your life and your ministry to the next generation. Just when you think you’ve figured out how to run a small group or women’s ministry or even your own meeting, this lively bunch shows up, with energy and enthusiasm, zany ideas and young skin. At times they seem like peers, other times they seem like preschoolers. Pundits say they are entitled and adolescent. Yet regardless of how you feel about the next generation, they are the church of tomorrow and they are the church of today. They are our next pastors, ministry leaders, elders, writers and communicators. Working with them is a biblical mandate, as we are called to commend the works of God to the next generation (Psalm 71:8).