Recruiting is a four-letter word

Recruiting is a four letter word: BEST. Giving everything your best attracts volunteers! Excellence is a people magnet. Over the years I have found that the areas of ministry that recruit and retain the largest percentage of volunteers are those that seem to have the highest standard of excellence. It seems as though people are attracted to ministries that accept no less than the best. These are the ministries where the ministry leaders’ motto is “God has given us His best, so why would we... Read More

Why 252 Basics?

North Point Community Church recently posted an article about why they use reThink’s 252 Basics for ministry to children. This curriculum is based on Luke 2:52: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. NPCC cites three of their main reasons for using 252 Basics. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! 1. It lines up with our strategy. 2. It works with our morning schedule. 3. It comes in a format you can edit! Read the full article here and tell us in... Read More

You being here matters

I recently read a blog post of a youth pastor and client of XP3. Michael Bayne is the student pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN. I really enjoyed his post about why they do small groups, and I wanted to share it with you. We launched our small groups at REMIX (our weekly gathering for teens) and it was an amazing night. I believe with all of my heart that the small group element of our weekly gathering is where life change takes place. I feel the community aspect of group... Read More

Low-stress connection points with families

This summer, our children’s ministry team produced a Summer Calendar starting with the last day of school and finishing with the first day of the new school year. It was a fun, colorful 18” x 24” poster sprinkled with connection points for families to come together (such as review questions from that week’s teaching) or ways for families to engage with us. We had a great time brainstorming these activities. We included things like e-mailing us a picture of you and your pet to... Read More

Is confidence transferrable?

This past weekend I was at a retreat that was FULL of incredibly gifted artists. My chosen art form for the weekend was photography, but there was also dance, music, painting, spoken word, and fashion. Most of the participants were between the ages of 20 and 30; I am nearly 40. One of my greatest learnings over the weekend was the dichotomy of confidence between these young leaders and myself. On one hand, these young artists were so talented, but simultaneously many of them lacked any... Read More