Is it Possible to Find Balance Between Your Job and Your Personal Life?

The balance between our work and our personal lives will always be what Andy Stanley calls a “tension to manage.” We need to strive for balance, but we will never fully find it. What we can do, is be as intentional as possible in fighting for this balance. It’s in this daily fight that we can discover how to manage the tension appropriately.

Here are three ways we can fight for balance between our work and our personal lives.

An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

It’s easy to get into a routine that doesn’t stop because Sunday is always coming. What if there was another question or another measurement that we talked about as we debrief? What if we got this routine down so much that we knew the normal measurements so well that we were able to step back and add a new one?

Build A Legacy, Not Just A Great Service

I think about the pressure we often place on Sundays here in the U.S. We labor over the messages and lesson plans, we do our best to captivate with lights, sound, images and storylines. And we measure success by beautiful moments or well-executed programs. But what if we shifted our perspective to see that Sundays are a piece rather than the whole—Sundays are but one chapter in the story of the Church each week.

5 Ways To Know If Small Groups Are Working

Having a strategy and a plan is important. Even more important is being able to measure if your strategy is working!

Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and Irresistible Faith

Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and Irresistible Faith

I first stepped into the doors of Buckhead Church almost seven years ago. As a young leader, I was constantly looking for new ways to approach ministry in different contexts. A friend pointed me toward Andy Stanley and the team at North Point Ministries as an example of those who were doing fresh and innovative things in the church every single week. So that Sunday, I went. And you guys, I was blown away. By the time that hour was up, I’d sought out a volunteer just to ask, “How do you do...

The Importance of Keeping Your Spiritual Gas Tank Fueled

The Importance of Keeping Your Spiritual Gas Tank Fueled

It doesn’t matter how nice your car is if you’ve run out of fuel. You’re not driving it anywhere. The same can be said for our souls. In seasons of life where we are emptying ourselves into our ministries and relationships, it’s imperative to find ways for our souls to be filled. An empty leader is an ineffective leader. Empty leaders tend do more harm than good because we are expecting something from our productivity that only comes from our Lord. If you’ve been through a season where you’re...

Performing a Social Media Assessment of Your Ministry

Performing a Social Media Assessment of Your Ministry

Every year, when the calendar turns from December to January, there is a new year filled with tons of possibilities. It is the perfect time to think through and implement all the things you wanted to do the previous year into this whole new year. While it may be easier to do this in your personal life or ministry world, figuring out how to analyze and implement change in your social media communication is not something most average Joe ministers know much about. But, with the importance of...

How to Determine if Risk is Worth It

How to Determine if Risk is Worth It

There is one sure way to never fail. That is to never take any risks in the first place. Taking risks is a part of life but it is also a part of ministry. Taking risks is the part of ministry that is a requirement for forward movement. We take risks when we realize a system that previously worked has now become dated. We take risks when we institute a new program that we think will help us connect with our community. We take risks every Sunday when we put kids and students in small groups that...

Following Up With Guests Using Surprising Intentionality

Following Up With Guests Using Surprising Intentionality

Have you ever seen an ad appear—about something you mentioned in passing—while you’re browsing the Internet? It can be surprising. How did they even know that?! Sometimes we don’t even remember saying the words. We thought it was just the tiniest thought in our minds. Yet, boom! There is a specific ad for what we’d talked about or thought about. How? A simple swipe, slight tap, usual click or scroll and the very things we had on our minds show up in our various feeds. We don’t know whether to...

Creating a System for Leadership Success

Creating a System for Leadership Success

It’s a brand New Year and you know what that means, we all want to be a better leader in 2019 than we were in 2018. I’m not talking about making resolutions—that’s not with this article is all about. I’m talking about real change that causes you to operate at a whole new level of effectiveness. Here are the things I’ve done so far this new year to make sure I structure my year for more balance, growth and margin in the area’s of time, energy, and resource management. I always start looking...

Three Keys That Matter When Casting Vision About Your Ministry

Three Keys That Matter When Casting Vision About Your Ministry

Over the years I’ve had a lot of leadership positions. When I was 10, we moved to Houston. The youth group at the church we attended ended up being my lifeline since I was starting a brand new school in sixth grade without knowing a soul. The youth minister there was such an amazing individual. He constantly empowered us to take ownership with the ideas that we had. On one occasion when I complained that the sermon was too boring and we wanted a class during the service since we were too old...

Who Needs a Church Blog?

Who Needs a Church Blog?

Blogging is so 2000. Does anybody ever read blogs anymore? What could you possibly say on a blog? Especially a church blog. These are all reasons commonly used by people who think that churches do not need to have a blog. While some of these may seem to be accurate, it doesn’t tell the whole story of why a blog can be really important to your church and ministry. The reality is while video content and podcasts are great ways to communicate for your church today, blogging is still beneficial...

Aligning Leaders: Drawing a Straight Line

Aligning Leaders: Drawing a Straight Line

Have you ever heard a basketball coach talking to their team during a time out? Everyone is huddled around each other listening for what to do next. They are not listening for the vision. The vision is clear. We want to score more points than the other team so that we can win. However, during the time out, while the coach is not casting vision, they are taking a few seconds to clarify strategy. They are taking those crucial moments in the game to align the leaders on the floor around the...

How Self-Control Affects the Whole

How Self-Control Affects the Whole

One of my favorite fruits is the pomegranate. It is complicatedly beautiful. If you’ve ever cut one open, it is made up of several little seeds, held together by cream-colored borders, protected by a hard-red shell. Once you cut a pomegranate open though you will quickly notice that if you expose one part of the fruit to the elements the other parts of the fruit will start to dry out and won’t taste as good. I promise that God had the pomegranate in mind when His Spirit inspired Paul to write...

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year...

Helping Your Community Through Social Media Education

Helping Your Community Through Social Media Education

Parents care very much for their kids. This seems like a no-brainer statement but the reality is parents want to make sure their children, no matter what age they are, are safe. This is particularly important when their children are exposed to something that parents are not 100 percent informed about. Enter social media. Social media has taken the world by storm and is such a HUGE part of peoples’ lives today, especially older children and teens. Whether it is Instagram, Facebook,...

Orange Conference Breakouts: How do I Decide Which to Attend?

Orange Conference Breakouts: How do I Decide Which to Attend?

The Orange Conference is just a few months away, and we’ve posted the breakouts that will be available for registration soon. You can start looking forward to planning what breakouts you are going to attend at OC19. Keeping with this year’s theme, It’s Personal, we are going to make sure every aspect is personal for you. With it being a new year, we plan new resolutions, and reflect on the last year. Do you find yourself starting questions with: How Do I . . .?” Many of us do. What is exciting...

4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

4 Characteristics of a Potential Small Group Leader

Identifying and recruiting potential small group leaders is one of the most important things we do as pastors and leaders. We are wired to look for people who are immediately ready to lead—people who are mature relationally, developed spiritually, sound theologically, and smart biblically. The problem with that approach is looking for disciples instead of doing what Jesus told us to do: making disciples. That means we are not looking for ready-made leaders but for people who are postured and...

How Many Ministry Hats do You Wear?

How Many Ministry Hats do You Wear?

There is no doubt if you are a ministry leader longer than five minutes, you find out you are one who wears many hats. Recently, I spoke with a new leader in Virginia who has come from 15 years in the education world. He remarked how he has a lot of background with leading kids and presenting great lessons, but he is swimming in the deep end of being a project manager of all things kids ministry. It’s true. A ministry leader (no matter what size church) manages many fronts of ministry. There’s...

Creating a Community for Today’s Families

Creating a Community for Today’s Families

I learned most of my important lessons about the world from TV. Shows like Happy Days informed me on the subtle nuances of “cool” thanks to the Fonz. Old reruns of My Three Sons, Leave It to Beaver, and The Andy Griffith Show showed me how, even when you get into mischievous trouble, your family is always there to accept you. Even Punky Brewster and Different Strokes showed that even if you’re adopted there’s still a place where you belong. These shows taught me many lessons through 30 minutes...

Responsibility Is NOT Genetic

Responsibility Is NOT Genetic

The following is adapted from Intentional Parenting, by Doug and Cathy Fields. Parents want to raise kids who grow up to become self-sufficient, responsible adults. You’ve probably never met a mom or dad who says, “I really hope my kids live with me until they’re 40.” So, why are so many kids these days so irresponsible? What can parents do to raise independent self-starters? And what can you, as a leader, do to help them? (More on that later.) But first . . . Let’s consider a few examples of...

A New Year can be a Fresh Start

A New Year can be a Fresh Start

There are two times each year that people get excited about fresh starts and new beginnings. One of them is the start of the new school year. Whether it is in August or beginning of September, there is always a fresh start for students and parents as kids enter a new school year. The other time of the year that people are excited about fresh starts is January 1st —the New Year. It is traditionally the time when everyone thinks through New Year’s resolutions and how they can have a fresh start....

Let’s Kick Off the VBS Party!

Let’s Kick Off the VBS Party!

It’s JANUARY! Hopefully that means that the trees and ornaments and giant candy canes are all put up from the Christmas celebrations. It also means that it’s time to begin planning your summer celebrations—a.k.a. VBS! We’re kicking off the planning with a big party of our own on Thursday, January 10—POWER UP DAY! It’s the perfect time to put in those orders for your supplemental products that make VBS even more amazing. And every order placed by that day—and throughout...

Bringing the Vision Back into View

Bringing the Vision Back into View

Your team was intentional during your fall launch. You came up with creative and fun ways to reiterate vision to parents and volunteers. There were events, giveaways, take-homes, and all kinds of things to remind parents how your church is working to partner with them to influence the faith of their kid or student. Now it is a New Year, your core parents are busy, new parents are coming, and this is a great opportunity to re-vision parents and remind them of the important partnership between...

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