3 Social Media Boundary Suggestions

3 Social Media Boundary Suggestions

by Lauren Hunter If you haven’t discovered this fact already, you will soon: Social media can consume you. Personally, it takes so much more discipline these days for me to stay focused on projects that don’t include social media (like writing or strategic planning). I find myself looking for distractions like articles to retweet on Twitter, or paying too much attention to my messages (on my smart phone, inbox,TweetDeck, Facebook). Now don’t get me wrong, I see the value in using social media... Read More
Share Your Story Well

Share Your Story Well

I make a living curating stories—finding just the right recipe of words and images to entice an audience to engage, attend, donate, volunteer, take action, take a sample, or take charge. When I first began this journey more than 30 years ago, the ways to share those words and images were pretty limited. Mail was all delivered by guys in little white trucks, phones were only used for calling people, newspaper was king, and radio and television stations were sparse. I didn’t even have a... Read More
When Christians Lie

When Christians Lie

by Heather Zempel “Just tell me everything is going to be okay.” That’s all my friend wanted me to say. Just a little comfort and assurance. We had just spent about four hours talking about the difficulties she was facing in ministry and leadership and relationships, and we had hashed through the advantages and disadvantages of potential upcoming decisions. “Just tell me that everything is going to be okay.” That’s all she wanted. Just one little throwaway line to give her heart some warm... Read More
Make Your Volunteers Feel like a Million Bucks

Make Your Volunteers Feel like a Million Bucks

by Christine Kreisher A lot of churches are looking for ways to scale back on their budgets. Some churches have even put a freeze on spending. Many churches are under-staffed, and that challenge doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. So the need for volunteers is even greater. And with so little time, the need for volunteers to stick, is even more important than ever. Training new people takes time. Time away from doing what’s crucial—making your children’s ministry the most important... Read More