Measuring Your Church’s Success on Social Media

Measuring Your Church’s Success on Social Media

How well is your church doing on social media? It’s hard to answer that question without any context or data to reference. Tracking basic digital metrics is the only way to reliably report social media success. Without data, you’re left with only anecdotal evidence and guesses. While intuition and luck may get you so far, long term success can only be achieved by investing the time and skill into analytics. Analytics can be overwhelming at first, but there are some basic categories that you... Read More
Leading Small for Big Results

Leading Small for Big Results

Is your anxiety level rising on Saturday, because you are still recruiting volunteers for Sunday programming? Are you frustrated by constant recruiting? Is your ministry more activity based than relational? Three years ago, when I stepped into my role as children’s director, I answered yes to all the above questions. We had a rotational style Sunday School with monthly volunteers. The ask was small. Show up for a training once a year. Sign up for 1-2 monthly slots for the year. Get your lesson... Read More
When Less Becomes So Much More

When Less Becomes So Much More

Kids live in a world of more. The world of a child is one of constant information bombardment. From the time he wakes each morning until he is back in bed that night, he continually hears messages from various sources. School work, homework, family conversations, television, video games, computers, cell phones and social media all provide an ongoing stream of more words, more pictures, more music, more questions, more messages that pour into his brain. Studies say that the average child spends... Read More
Married and in Ministry: The Chase

Married and in Ministry: The Chase

Ever known someone who seems able to push all your buttons? Maybe a neighbor, co-worker, family member—even your spouse? They often do or say something that elicits a repeat negative response in you. You may even catch yourself thinking, He/she just brings out the worst in me! So how does this cycle of conflict get started? Where does it come from? Quite simply, we are imperfect people born to imperfect people. We are broken. And, in the case of married couples, our brokenness marries our... Read More
How to Freshen Up Your Ministry This Spring

How to Freshen Up Your Ministry This Spring

For those of us who dare to think spring while still in the throws of winter, March appearing on the calendar brings hope. Early March means spring training has finally arrived for our home MLB team. Baseball teams prep for six weeks anticipating 162 tries in the month’s to come for a W. Teams forget the past season and press forward with pennant dreams swirling in their heads. They bring on new faces to add strength to positions. They study how to win. They talk winning. They plan for a... Read More