A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them. A curriculum facilitates a meeting, but a strategy prioritizes community. A curriculum provides information, but a strategy mobilizes students to experience what they are learning.
Transitions can be difficult. Even the most thought-out and well-designed transitions can be stressful. When we are leading in ministry, transitions are something we come to expect. As leaders, one of the most important things we can do is manage our thoughts during challenging transitions. Here are some ideas that may help:
After the Orange Conference this year, I have been “rethinking” my whole Monday. Here are a few ways I’m leveraging the beauty of Mondays in my ministry.
Registration for our 2019 Fall and Winter Tour opens at 5:00pm ET today, and we want to see next year!
Orange Conference is a prime opportunity to discover resources, not just for yourself, but for your ministry team. (Especially as you plan your fall ramp-up in just a few short months.)
If you’re coming, be sure to visit the onsite store and check out what’s new and new to you.
Keep up with the conference from home or from your seats in Atlanta with our bloggers! Here’s who you can expect to hear from about all things #OC19!
Enhance your experience—whether you’re attending in Atlanta or through our Live Stream. Here’s a rundown of where and how you can catch up with us.
By establishing a unified plan, your church can create consistency of work and build momentum. Planning always works better than constantly scrambling to decide what to do next. It sets the scope of your work, so you avoid becoming overburdened or underperforming.
Our personal life would probably look quite different if we approached it the same way we approach ministry. If we planned, implemented and evaluated the same way, and even prioritized it first before anything else. Something always gets the leftovers, but in my experience, having our priorities right makes everything work.
If you’re anything like most of us, you’re probably on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook once…twice…okay, maybe ten times a day. Honestly, it’s one of our favorite ways to connect! We’d love to meet with you there—to share ideas, to see pictures, to learn more from each other about impacting the faith of the families and kids we serve. Here’s how you can reach us:
productivity, time-management, and leadership skills can only take you so far in life and ministry. Even with a perfectly manicured calendar, zeroed inbox, healthy work-life rhythms, and a fully set scope and sequence of curriculum for your ministry environments and leaders, you still hit the wall. Everyone does
I believe that God created us all, and He made us different for a reason. The human race represents a microcosm of a big God who is multifaceted. Each one of our cultures represents another aspect of an amazing God. And when we come together, our unique piece of the puzzle joins with another to complete a perfect picture of an all-encompassing God.
With all of this in mind, how do you build your ministries in a way that engages parents who aren’t all the same? If we take a look around us, we’ll see parents with different traditions, economic status, and cultural idiosyncrasies.
If you aren’t familiar with the phrase “Scope & Cycle” or our reasoning behind having one, let me encourage you to head over to the XP3 101 post about it. Or, for even even more in-depth look at what our Scope & Cycle is all about, check out this post. The purpose of this blog isn’t just to rehash all of that golden information, but rather to inform you of some awesome information and documents about our updated Scope & Cycle resources. What’s New Our previous Scope & Cycle...
How can a leader decide what they should delegate and what they need to spearhead on their own? The reality is there is not really much that a leader can’t delegate to their team. We have put together a few pointers for you when it comes to delegating like a boss. These simple rules for delegation will help you take your leadership to the next level and get more done.
By embracing the power of curiosity, we can create an environment where self-growth not only happens naturally, but is welcomed at every opportunity. This is the kind of environment where we as leaders will thrive, and bring out the best in those around us.
My guess is that whenever you read this, you’re already feeling pinched for time and a bit overwhelmed. Welcome to leadership. Welcome to life.
If you really want to edge up your leadership and begin accomplishing something significant, start making time for these seven things.
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.
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?
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.
Having a strategy and a plan is important. Even more important is being able to measure if your strategy is working!