How To Match Potential Staff To Your Church Culture

How To Match Potential Staff To Your Church Culture

by David Lyons Over the years, we at MinisterSearch have been able to identify several areas that affect the long-term success of a new pastoral staff member. One key area is CULTURE. One of the reasons churches and pastoral staff have struggled is, there hasn’t been enough attention given to defining and matching cultures. Most have assumed that if someone “believed” the same things and was called or passionate about a specific area of ministry it was enough. However, the high turnover rate... Read More
How To Create A Transformational Culture

How To Create A Transformational Culture

By Aaron Buer At Ada Bible Church, we have seven core values that define the culture we are striving to create in our student ministry. Fun Safe and Accepting Environments Relational Discipleship Excellence Compelling Biblical Teaching Team Focus Culture of Empowerment These are our core values. They are what make us tick. Most likely, you have seen a list like this before. You probably have them on a wall somewhere in your office or in a document that you can’t find. But the truth is, these... Read More
What The Church Could Learn About Community From A  Guy Named Jon

What The Church Could Learn About Community From A Guy Named Jon

I sit, engaging in conversations on my computer screen in a Facebook group called Dreamers and Builders. There are over 2,000 people in the group that was born in July 2013. I know just a handful of them personally, and have met maybe 200 in real life. They live in places I’ve been before and in towns I couldn’t find on a map if life—or dinner—depended on it. Some are the life of the party, and some quietly observe all that’s going on around them, looking for the smallest... Read More
It’s Not All About Fun . . . But It Certainly Starts With It

It’s Not All About Fun . . . But It Certainly Starts With It

by Joe McAlpine “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” -Dale Carnegie I recently received a really cool email. It went like this: Dear Pastor, I was a visitor at your church this last week. I wanted to say that my family had a great time. We were hesitant to come to church at first. We are new to the area, and at our last church we got completely burnt out. The leadership at our last church was always so serious. We were scared about being the less than perfect... Read More
Thinking Orange in a Portable World

Thinking Orange in a Portable World

by Andy Wood & David Hibiske When we started South Bay Church in 2009, we spent over three years as a “church in a box.” Our budding family ministry had to get creative with everything from meeting spaces to casting vision to our growing volunteer base. We found that “thinking Orange” as a portable church required strategic planning, highly-invested leaders, and consistent volunteers. Even if your meeting location is unstable, your family ministry need not be. Consider the following six... Read More