This is the scenario. A young couple that fell away from involvement in the church has their first kid. They think, “We should start going to church, at least for the sake of the children.” A couple years go by and their second little blessing joins the family. After getting over the initial shock of… Continue Reading »
First of all, I must admit I am not a theologian. Seriously, if it weren’t for spell check I would have misspelled the word theologian. However, for the past 30 years I have read my bible on a consistent basis and recently I have revisited the book of Acts. Often churches encourage members to “be… Continue Reading »
Starting a new year can be adventurous for many. It’s a new journey where discoveries can be made about our personal lives, our ministry involvement or even our career paths. Though it may be intimidating for some, the key is to lose ourselves from the restrain or weight of goals. Those can be pretty heavy… Continue Reading »
My young son has a natural talent for drumming. At a very early age it was easy to see he could detect rhythm and passionately appreciates music of all types. Like any good parent developing a prodigy, my wife and I began taking every opportunity we could to resource him. We set him up with… 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 »
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.
I remember the days when I was on church staff and if you’re anything like me it wasn’t uncommon to periodically find myself feeling overwhelmed, and perhaps even a bit discouraged. Not because I didn’t like what I was doing but because some of my projects and/or workload seemed like I was making absolutely no progress.