Can You Influence Someone You Don’t Know?

Can You Influence Someone You Don’t Know?

Kids know more about you than you know about them. People are wired to pay closer attention to someone who has power over their world. Think about it. You probably know more about the President than he knows about you. As kids and teenagers grow up, they depend on the adults in their world to get food, to have transportation, and to pay for something on occasion. It just makes sense for them to . . . Pay attention to what you like—so they can sweet-talk you later. Listen to what you dislike—so... Read More
How Does Social Media Impact Your Reputation?

How Does Social Media Impact Your Reputation?

Social media is a fantastic tool for reaching new audiences and building influence. However, it can also be a liability. Just as social media has the power to strengthen a reputation, it also has the ability to tear one down. Social media giveth, and social media taketh away. As a church leader, you should be using social media to help amplify your message. But you should use it with caution so that this double-edged sword doesn’t work against you. Prepare yourself before diving into the... Read More
Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Maximize Your Time With These Simple Tips

Depending on your personality, the word structure may fill you with elation or dread. For the latter, just take the Pirates of the Caribbean approach and consider it a “guideline.” We all know the pressure of being pulled in a million directions on a daily basis. It’s probably not uncommon for you to reach the end of a work day, and ask yourself what you actually accomplished. Sadly, too many of our days pass this way while the work load only seems to increase. But there is an approach you can... Read More
How to Steward Relationships Well in Your Family Ministry

How to Steward Relationships Well in Your Family Ministry

In family ministry, there are relationships with parents, kids, teens, volunteers, and an array of leaders. All of those relationships are managed and cultivated differently. All the relationships are important but how we care for them varies. How we care for, or steward relationships, is a reflection of the value we place on what God has given. Stewardship is the opportunity to take what was created by someone else and influence what happens to it next. It’s the opportunity to make something... Read More
Three Reasons Why Kids Ministry is Cancelled Today

Three Reasons Why Kids Ministry is Cancelled Today

“You’re telling me my child has to sit in church with me?” “He’s going to be bored out of his mind!” “But Pete is preaching through the book of DANIEL!” “I drove 30 minutes here just for you to tell me there is no Kids Ministry? This is unacceptable.” These are all real, actual statements I’ve heard from exhausted, well-meaning parents at my church when they find out that their kid has to go to church with them. For some, it seems to be the bane of their existence. To be honest, I don’t blame... Read More