With 60 years of ministry and three generations of pastors under their belt, Family Christian Church in Ecorse, Michigan, has turned their attention to developing and restoring families and making sure everyone who walks through the doors of their church feels and understands the mission… “You belong here.” Lead pastor, Eric Cedo says ”The biggest… Continue Reading »
Whether you’re a church Pastor, directing a ministry, or simply a volunteer, you most likely don’t have too much time during your day to keep up with what’s being written or discussed around key ministry topics like developing discipleship, increasing participation or building stronger church community. But, that’s OK! Because every week, we’ll round up… Continue Reading »
Have you ever found yourself feeling an enormous amount of anxiety as you sit in a ministry meeting, hearing your leader describe an upcoming alteration to the way you currently do ministry? The feeling can be paramount. It can be overtaking. Many of us begin to tune out the presenters dialogue and instantly start to… Continue Reading »
Each church is different, but metrics matter. The church has always kept numbers. Jesus fed 5,000 people. Jesus trained the 12. He sent out 72, and there were 120 in the upper room. Jesus appeared to over 500 people after His resurrection. Peter’s first sermon resulted in 3,000 being added to the church. Paul met and… Continue Reading »
Lesley Baker shared these great tips for getting ready for the conference last year, and they’re just as relevant now with the Ideas to Impact Conference just 9 weeks away. We have revised the post to include important information for this years conference. The 2013 Ideas to Impact Conference registration is in full swing. If you’re attending the conference… Continue Reading »
When I do consultations with church leadership, I always explain Jim Collins’s Hedgehog concept and how it applies to churches. The concept is very simple, and is based on the ancient Greek parable: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” In the book Good to Great, Collins expounds on the… Continue Reading »
Biblical content or cultural relevance? Just this week, my pastor said, “Aim at the center of the Biblical tension and stay away from the fringes.” That idea really stuck in my head. It got me thinking about how churches relate to the Bible, and how they relate to their congregations. It seems like many churches… Continue Reading »
Ministry Leaders: Mac Lake on Leadership Development, Part 6| When Leadership Development Dollars are TightMeredith Mahon Morris January 17, 2012
In the face of this tough economy I find that many churches are cutting their development dollars. As they take a magnifying glass and a scalpel to their budget it’s the conferences fees, travel expenses and book allowance that are among the first being cut. I understand, things are tight, but just because you cut your development budget doesn’t mean you need to cut leadership development.
As a mentor I don’t want to frustrate a new leader by having them focus on things that are too advanced or even too simple. However, it’s important that I provide a Learning Pathway that makes sense and helps them progress in their ability to lead at the next level.
We respect the real thought leaders in ministry who are doing ministry day in and day out. Because of that, we’re bringing you different voices with real ministry perspective to aid, challenge and inspire you. It’s not about what we think, it’s about helping you learn from your peers. And in that, we’ll all growing… Continue Reading »