The Secret Sauce of Event Planning

The Secret Sauce of Event Planning

Events are a regular part of ministry. They’re exciting, attention-grabbing, and a great way to create memories and relationships. However, as you probably know, they’re also a lot of work! Therefore, it’s important to make every event count. Whether the occasion is focused on “insiders” like your own ministry or local church, or “outsiders” like the neighborhood or community-at-large, there are two key areas that can easily be overlooked. The Audience You likely have a few annual events at... Read More
Don’t Let Your Church Miss Seasonal Opportunities

Don’t Let Your Church Miss Seasonal Opportunities

Where did this year go? It seems like yesterday we were talking about starting this year off with a bang and here we are in the last quarter. I want to finish the year strong and to accomplish all that I need to, to make sure I don’t miss the opportunities ahead that October, November, and December bring. I worked for a pastor that used to tell the staff that if you miss seasonal opportunities, you’ll have to work a whole year to have these same opportunities again. (Some things just stick... Read More
How to Influence Key People in Your Community

How to Influence Key People in Your Community

As ministry leaders, we are fantastic at connecting with families and guests on Sundays and maybe even during our midweek gatherings. But to make the biggest impact, we must also engage our families outside of those times. What would our families look like if we were involved in their lives daily? As we know, there are so many things that occur throughout the week. So, to really be for our neighbors, we have to be strategic and intentional about connecting with them Sunday through Saturday.... Read More
Last Quarter: Last Ditch Efforts?

Last Quarter: Last Ditch Efforts?

We’ve just crept into the last quarter of the year. Depending on your goals and progress in them, you’re either preparing your touchdown dance or getting comfy on the sidelines, as the New Year comes into view. Sadly, many of us are already saying, “Pass the Gatorade.” But is it really too late to make remarkable improvements in the last 90 days of 2017? The good news is that, no, it’s not. There’s still time! The bad news is that you’ve got some work to do, and there’s no time to waste.... Read More
Life Norms and the Effects on Faith for Generation Z

Life Norms and the Effects on Faith for Generation Z

There is a new generation on the horizon of leadership in our congregations. While their permanent name will be assigned sometime in the future, researchers are calling them Generation Z, iGen, the Centennials or the Founders. For the sake of this article, let’s go with Gen Z. Most researchers have settled on Gen Z being born between 1995–2015 (although the final year is still being determined). They are characterized by being individuals who are too young to remember what life was like before... Read More