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When people fall between the cracks

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.

A Busy Week at the 2012 Ideas to Impact Conference

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.

Herding Cats: Why church structure?

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?

A letter of encouragement and prayer

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.

4 Essential Keys to Working with Twentysomethings | From #Impact12 Speaker Nicole Unice

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).

little boys wearing bike helmets

Is Your Children’s Ministry at Risk?

With Easter coming, we know churches are preparing for one of the biggest-attendance days of the entire year. There is so much to consider – from music to décor to parking! But one key element that simply can’t be overlooked is security.
We recently updated a ministry guide about child security, and below I’ve used the ministry guide to outline great information in a few key areas, along with best practices on security for children’s ministries.