Strategy for  Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Strategy for Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

I remember my first day on staff as Preschool Coordinator at the church my family and I had been attending for a year. “Good morning how are you? Are you serving anywhere?” I asked this very assertive looking woman checking in her kids. She looked at me like I had lost my mind. She then responded, “Do you know who I am?” I smiled and said “a future kid ministry volunteer?” She politely smiled and walked away. Immediately following, I turned to my left and... Read More
6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

It might seem easy to blame your SGLs for your meeting failures. Have you ever heard yourself say thing like “They aren’t committed enough” or “They are too busy” or “They weren’t even paying attention!” And maybe you’re right. But maybe there’s something wrong with the way you’ve been creating your meetings. I think there are six things we can do to make a GREAT small group leader meeting. Make sure you’ve got all six ingredients, and you’re on your way to making a meeting strategy that... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Jim Wideman

Voices of the Phase Project :: Jim Wideman

Jim Wideman has personally invested in training over a hundred thousand children’s and student ministry leaders, and we’re pretty sure he remembers most of their names, and phone numbers, and the ages of their children. After 37 years of full time ministry experience, Jim shares with the Phase Project stories, best practices, and insights all through a very distinct, Jim Wideman,... Read More
Getting Unstuck from Limiting Beliefs

Getting Unstuck from Limiting Beliefs

Life is not safe. Any parent can tell you that. There are a myriad of things out there that can, bite, pinch, reject, burn, and hurt. The problem is that unless you are Howard Hughes, you can’t sit on your foam-covered furniture in a bunker looking at the world through bullet-proof glass. You have to live, work, love, and just generally get out there. Along the way, you learn how to manage. You learn not to touch the stove because it could be hot. You learn to look both ways before you... Read More
Finding Time to Learn by Using the 5-Hour Rule

Finding Time to Learn by Using the 5-Hour Rule

Working in ministry can be a grind. Don’t get me wrong. I love it. But, we all know it can be challenging. It is also something that never really ends. That’s why it’s important for us to establish boundaries, patterns, and rhythms that will help us achieve longevity in ministry. One of the challenges in ministry is adapting to change. Things are changing all the time. The kids we serve get older. The communities we serve get more diverse. The families we meet are all unique. The people we... Read More