Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

I have two young children: a three-year-old and a six-year-old. For those of you that have young children, you know it’s a complete mixed bag. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I often find myself making declarations that I thought I would never make. Very commonly in our house on any given day you might hear me declare:  Remember, don’t hit daddy in the face. Only use soft balls to throw at people. Don’t jump on his neck. As I write these out, I see that there is a common theme. I... Read More
Reaching the Neighborhood Where God has Placed You

Reaching the Neighborhood Where God has Placed You

What would it look like if more churches started reflecting the culture of their neighborhood and stopped reflecting the culture of the churches they admire on social media? Let’s be real, there are definitely churches and pastors out there who set trends in church world. That’s not a bad thing. If God is doing things to accelerate another church’s vision and blessing them with growth, you should be a student of that ministry or pastor. However, God’s calling on your life and church is much... Read More
Leading Small May be the Most Important Thing You do for the Kids in Your Church

Leading Small May be the Most Important Thing You do for the Kids in Your Church

Last night while at a youth ministry camp I was reminded of a universal truth. Kids cheat. Especially when trying to dominate everyone else during a round of dodge ball. I tagged one high school guy out at least three times before he kind of, sort of acknowledged that he had been hit. I couldn’t win. And afterward he confessed that he really loves playing so he ignores the rules to stay in the game. I appreciated his honesty, and we laughed it off. As a speaker I’ll likely never get to know... Read More
3 Steps to Growing Personally This Summer

3 Steps to Growing Personally This Summer

I have this coral bark maple tree in my front yard. Every spring it has amazing, fiery red branches of new growth. Contrasted with its bright green leaves, it’s the most beautiful thing to see out of my office window. From the time I was in college, God used the image of a tree to remind me of what growth can look like in my life. As leaders, we all share a desire to grow in our leadership. Some might have a greater drive for it than others, but I’d suggest there isn’t anyone reading this post... Read More
How to Build a Social Media Team 

How to Build a Social Media Team 

Whether you’re at a church of 50 or 500 or 5,000, you should be embracing and utilizing social media and all it offers. But the reality is, many churches simply cannot afford—or choose not to put paid resources into—staff for these roles. Regardless of where your church falls on this spectrum, it’s going to be important that you build a team of volunteers to assist with all that this entails. You can’t do it alone, and you certainly shouldn’t! Here are some of the types of... Read More