12 Cultural Trends Church Leaders Can’t Ignore (But Might)

12 Cultural Trends Church Leaders Can’t Ignore (But Might)

When you lead an organization — especially when you are responsible for leading an organization like the local church — there is a temptation to ignore trends or minimize the impact they will have on how you operate. It’s so difficult to gain and keep momentum, that when you have some momentum it becomes tempting to ignore the changes around you because they might force you to rethink your method. But the truth is that your method (your strategy, your approach, your plan) is not sacred; the... Read More
FREE Lead Small Book Study

FREE Lead Small Book Study

Over the last four weeks, Elle Campbell has shared her experiences and insights of leading a small group of young ladies as she’s led us through a study of Lead Small by Reggie Joiner and Tom Shefchunas. You can read each of the book studies in the list below, or you can download all four weeks in one PDF. We hope you enjoy learning more about Lead Small! Book Study: Lead Small, Week 1 Book Study: Lead Small, Week 2 Book Study: Lead Small, Week 3 Book Study: Lead Small, Week 4 Four-week... Read More

It’s not too Early to Think About Summer Camp 2014!

We want kids to move it.
 From here to there. From bored to passionate. From selfish to giving. From unfocused to wide awake. During the summer of 2014, we’re taking a look at the lives of some people in the Bible who changed direction and moved. And they all had one thing in common: Somewhere along the way, they came face to face with Jesus. They discovered who He was. And once that happened, there was no standing still or going back. Camp KidJam is a new concept in children’s camp designed... Read More
When the Mess is of Your own Creation

When the Mess is of Your own Creation

by Heather Zempel Community is messy. It’s one of my favorite things to talk about. Usually, when I talk about messy community, I share examples from the comfortable vantage point of a third-party observer of a mess, a consultant in the navigation of a mess, or the victim of a mess. But every now and then, I am the instigator of a mess of the bad kind. What do you do when you—the leader—are the originator, creator, and mastermind of an unintentional mess? I found myself in that very... Read More
What you do Matters More Than You’ll Ever Know

What you do Matters More Than You’ll Ever Know

We see milestones in all parts of life. We could look to John Maxwell and see the milestones of leadership or look to Dave Ramsey and see the milestones of getting out of debt. We could look to sports and see the milestone of championships won, and we could look at a marketing campaign and see the milestones of a return on investment. Milestones give us a measuring stick, and we need to celebrate each time we see a win. Success in achieving milestones doesn’t happen easily. You may not... Read More