The List of To Do’s

The List of To Do’s

As a new kind of leader, we know your team has a lot to do to help make great ministry happen each week.   You probably keep a to do list on your phone, or written somewhere.  It can be a pretty rare thing to have everything checked off the list of to do’s.  There are so many facets to ministry.  Ministry is a challenge if you are planning for 10 kids or a 500 kids each week. Turns out no matter where you are doing ministry on the planet, or what you’re your ministry even is- elementary teams... Read More
From Planning to Dreaming: A Strategy for Planning Ahead

From Planning to Dreaming: A Strategy for Planning Ahead

One of the recurring issues we hear from partners is their constant struggle to plan ahead.  As the saying goes, “Sunday is coming” and there are a lot of pieces that need to be put in place before it arrives! The life of a CM leader can easily become a repeating pattern of rush and prep to present on Sunday each week, followed by hurry and clean up as soon as the last service is over.   And the cycle continues, doing what has to be done, week to week and Sunday to Sunday. One of the fastest... Read More
FAQ’s Regarding Copyright and User Agreements

FAQ’s Regarding Copyright and User Agreements

Disclaimer: This isn’t one of those inspirational blog posts that will encourage you to go out and do amazing things in your ministry and community. The goal of this post is to respond to some of the most common questions we get about copyright issues and user agreements regarding our curriculum as well as other online media sources. Personally, I feel like the Church should be above reproach on these issues. I don’t think we get a pass to freely use media just because it’s easy or because we... Read More
Leading Small With Leaders

Leading Small With Leaders

So you’ve got a team of volunteers. They’ve signed up, been trained, they know what to do in case of a fire, they know the in’s and out’s of how a 4th-grade boy’s brain works, they’ve got their T-shirt, they’re good to go. Now what? Now you focus on keeping them. One of the best ways to keep your volunteers connected is to lead small. Wait a minute. I thought leading small is what the volunteers are supposed to be doing. That is the small group leaders’ job. You are absolutely right. It is.... Read More
Your OS: Because Together is Better

Your OS: Because Together is Better

If we could sit down and have a coffee chat (one of our favorite things to do) we would talk of what’s happening in ministry in your church. Each church has many amazing stories of God’s faithfulness.   Sharing the ministry hills and wins is part of ministry. We would stop to celebrate what’s happening.   We’d talk of things that are a bit blurry for your ministry now. What are hills that seem like mountains? We’d talk of other ministries who had similar challenges, and are now on the... Read More
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