How to Be a Church Where Pro-Family Equals Pro-Parent

How to Be a Church Where Pro-Family Equals Pro-Parent

Every parent—whether that person is the mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, grandparent-raising-grandkids, aunt-or-uncle-raising-niece-or-nephew, adopted or foster—wants to be the best parent. At least, that is what we choose to believe! Being pro-family requires that we are pro-parent, and that requires that we believe the best about every parent and what they want for their kid. After all, that is one commonality that too many parents share for us to believe otherwise. Being pro-parent... Read More
GEN Z is an Opportunity, NOT A Problem

GEN Z is an Opportunity, NOT A Problem

Remember when everyone was complaining about millennials? A joke or a slight toward the generation was as commonplace as talking about the weather for a while. And if you are a millennial, you noticed—primarily because it was annoying. If you’re a Gen-Xer, maybe you remember when that term came out, how being called “Gen X” almost pegged you as a “bad kid” or a problem to be managed. The truth is we ALL experience a gravitational pull toward the assumption that something (or someone) different... Read More
Creating a Strategic Communications Plan

Creating a Strategic Communications Plan

Communication is key in nearly every area of life, and that includes being a ministry leader. So, it should go without saying that some sort of a plan would be necessary to ensure that it’s done well—and that’s why your church needs a Strategic Communications Plan. Oftentimes, churches have staff members in communications or marketing roles that can help to lead this charge, but if not, you might just be that person! So, what exactly does it look like? Research Any good... Read More
4 Steps to Leading Up to Your Senior Pastor

4 Steps to Leading Up to Your Senior Pastor

Have you seen the 2010 Christopher Nolan film Inception? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. It’s an action-packed thriller that has Leonardo DiCaprio and friends entering dreams and dreams within dreams. Sure it’s a little complicated, but that’s what makes it fun. And we can learn a little something from it about leading up to our senior leaders. In the movie, the characters enter a businessman’s dream with the goal of implanting an outside idea in his mind so that he believes the idea to be... Read More
Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Equipping Small Group Leaders to Minister to Their Few

Google search the word pastor (I know what you’re thinking: Why would anyone do that?), and the first thing you will find is this definition: “a minister in charge of a Christian church or congregation.” Merriam-Webster’s definition while similar, adds an important component: “a spiritual overseer; especially: a clergyman serving a local church or parish.” Pastor? Who, me? While the title pastor does usually characterize the person who leads a church, I think we often limit this role to the... Read More