Six Questions To Ask Before Stopping A Ministry Program

Six Questions To Ask Before Stopping A Ministry Program

by Matt McKee Believe it or not, it is that time of year for evaluating what you are going to be doing this fall. Deciding things like, “what are we going to change as a ministry, and what are we going to simply stop doing?” Some things in your ministry simply need to be tweaked; others need to be done away with. How do you know the difference? I believe these six questions will help you as you go into this decision-making season. Where does this program lead? Every program you do... Read More
Dealing With Failure

Dealing With Failure

Ever hear of the McLobster? How about the Sony Betamax? Okay last one, have you ever heard of the Pepsi A.M. breakfast cola? NO!?! Really?!? Well, that’s okay, not many people have. And, to be honest, I only remember the Betamax machine. I actually had a friend that had a Betamax machine to watch videos. What do you think all these products have in common? You guessed it, they were failed products released by BIG companies. The reality is every day, month and year people, churches and... Read More
** CONTEST CLOSED ** Last Chance—Win Tickets To OC15!

** CONTEST CLOSED ** Last Chance—Win Tickets To OC15!

It’s hard to believe, but we held our very first conference in 2001, back when it was called Grow Up. It’s been an amazing 15 years! We’ve seen a lot of changes, but one thing has remained the same—our fans. Every day, we have the privilege to work with incredible people like you who are making a difference in churches and ministries all over the globe. We are lucky to have your support. And we want to continue helping you do what you do better. So, in our last contest before OC15, we’re... Read More
Saving Yourself From Irrelevance

Saving Yourself From Irrelevance

by Aaron Buer Last night I had a nightmare. I was at my church campus, leading a ministry event for students but everything was wrong . . . way wrong. My hair was bleached blond, I was wearing a seashell necklace and carpenter jeans. Petra was blasting out of the PA and I was unwrapping marshmallows for an epic game of pudgy bunny. Did I mention there was no one there? Zilch! The only person there was my mom, and even she looked bored. The event was a tragic hodgepodge of irrelevance. Then I... Read More
The Secret To A Great VBS

The Secret To A Great VBS

by Holly Crawshaw “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen Covey Does your countdown to VBS have you jumping for joy? Does it have you grinning from ear to ear? Or does it have you checking under your arms for sweat stains? Does it have you giggling nervously when someone asks you how planning is coming along? If you’re like most ministry leaders, your answer may change depending on the day, or even the hour. That’s okay. Putting on an effective and engaging VBS is... Read More