Are Your Systems Causing Ministry Silos?

Are Your Systems Causing Ministry Silos?

by Tony Morgan Ministry silos happen when people and ministries share the same roof but do nearly everything in isolation. Outside of Sundays, they rarely combine their efforts. The children’s ministry, student ministry, women’s ministry, discipleship programs, local missions teams and other departments are each operating independently of the rest. This sometimes happens because the church’s systems do not encourage unity. Here’s a simple way to determine if you have healthy systems in place.... Read More
5 Tips For Making Your Next Presentation More Engaging

5 Tips For Making Your Next Presentation More Engaging

by Matt McKee We have all been there. You get called to a meeting and there is a laptop opened up just waiting to present a PowerPoint, Keynote, or Prezi presentation. You think to yourself, I can’t wait to see this presentation. I bet it is going to be awesome. Okay, nobody has said that about presentations since TED Talks were invite only and in secret locations. That said, we all need to get better at presentations so I thought I would share five things you should do in order to make... Read More
Does Social Media Matter For Ministers?

Does Social Media Matter For Ministers?

Quick question. If you want to engage with your community, what do you think is the best way to do that? There are a variety of good things you could do (helping out with a community event or volunteer at an area school are good ones). However, I believe the most effective strategy you can have at reaching your community, especially those who don’t go to your church or are involved in your ministry is to be on social media. Social Media is no longer a novelty or cutting edge activity for... Read More
STARTING OVER: The First 5 Things You Should Do, Plus 15 More

STARTING OVER: The First 5 Things You Should Do, Plus 15 More

You’re about to launch a children’s ministry or you know the ministry you’re running needs a restart. But how do you begin a new beginning? How do you start a restart? Take this chance to learn from a leader who’s had to start over many times. Discover the most important things to do first—because how you start will determine where you end up. In the last 40 years, I’ve had six ministry changes: two in my 20s, two in my 30s and two in my 50s. During these 40 years, there’s been many... Read More
5 Tips For Leading Worship Well

5 Tips For Leading Worship Well

by Yancy Richmond The subject of worship is both simple and complex. I’ve spent the better part of my life studying and being a part of leading worship. Most everyone has worship as a part of their services and programs. We know it should be there but we don’t always help our attendees understand why we do it and what the importance of worship is. I heard Darlene Zschech (composer of Shout to the Lord) speak recently and she said, “as worship leaders we should be releasers of worship.” If... Read More