Six Ways to Encourage Millenials to be Involved in Ministry

Six Ways to Encourage Millenials to be Involved in Ministry

We’ve all seen the videos, articles or posts. Maybe we’ve even laughed at them a little (or a lot depending on the generation you claim). There’s often a little bit of truth in satire, but there can also be gross misrepresentations of reality. Not only that, but from what I’ve seen, those misrepresentations and over-generalizations tend to create barriers too. The statistics definitely don’t lie. Among other things related to the digital world that has emerged in their lifetime, millennials... Read More
How to Get Your Ministry’s Facebook Group Engaged

How to Get Your Ministry’s Facebook Group Engaged

Last week we talked a lot about the logistics of planning and implementing your ministry’s Facebook group. Before you launch, it’s important to determine the purpose, to define the leaders, and to delegate the work. But what happens next? After you’ve done all of the grunt work upfront and your group is out into the world, how do you continue from there? Promote, promote, promote! As obvious as it may seem to say this, any worthwhile endeavor requires adequate promotion in... Read More
What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

What’s Your Ministry Leadership Attitude?

I love being a dad. I love the idea of walking with these kids as they discover the world. I love the opportunity to see things from such a different perspective. I even love my two boys jumping/attacking me at all hours of the day. However, what I don’t love is . . . crying! It drives me absolutely crazy. For the most part, I have to accept that it’s the only way they know how to communicate at such a young age. However, I did discover a phenomenon that greatly reduced the amount of crying at... Read More
How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

Would you believe that the teen checking their phone during small group or strolling in late to your service has some questions stirring inside? We’re not talking about “how many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions. Questions whose answers can literally change the course of a teen’s life. Problems that demand to be solved, and ultimately will be—either by a teen’s own inner voice, their peers, or maybe even you. Resource: Playing for Keeps by... Read More
Succession Planning: Who will replace you?

Succession Planning: Who will replace you?

Over the years I have learned the hard way that doing the job alone, just doesn’t work. And not only does it not work, but it doesn’t produce fruit that lasts. If older Jim could tell younger Jim something today I’d tell him, it’s never too early to work on legacy. Every job I left after my first job, I have tried to develop others in a way that put options in place for replacing me from within an organization. Early in his ministry, Moses also learned the hard way about doing the job alone.... Read More
Effectively Using Facebook Groups for Your Ministry

Effectively Using Facebook Groups for Your Ministry

If you’ve spent much time on Facebook, you know that Facebook groups can be a powerful tool for leveraging the convenience of social media with the need for community. But if you’re in any position of church leadership, you also know that something like this can be tricky—and it certainly shouldn’t be done without intentionality and thoughtfulness. So, while there is no rulebook for any of this, you may need some pointers for getting started. . . . Determine the Purpose As... Read More