Dealing with Negativity on Social Media

Dealing with Negativity on Social Media

Social media is a wonderful tool, with which we could not do without. However, it does have its downsides—one of them being that it, by its very nature, invites user input. We are literally opening ourselves up to opinions all day long, simply by having a Facebook page for our churches. So, what happens when things get nasty? What do you do when an argument erupts in the comments, or when a church member starts trolling your Instagram account? Let’s discuss. . . .  Respond on Social... Read More
Communicating With Your Volunteers

Communicating With Your Volunteers

We’ve established the importance of volunteers many times before. They are your lifeblood. Without them, it would be nearly impossible to do ministry at all! But a crucial part of sustaining longevity with your volunteers falls entirely in your lap—communication. How, what, and when you communicate with your teams can make or break their experience and their buy-in to the vision of your ministry.  How to Communicate  It’s always important to go where the people are when it comes to... Read More
What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

What Heated Conversations Have to do With Producing Polished Diamonds

Honest moment: I hate difficult conversations! Difficult conversations keep me awake at night, make me second guess my leadership, make me worry about the person for days to follow, and push me into countless conversations with mentors about whether I’m doing the right thing. This is one part of leadership that if I never had to do again, it would be too soon. However, I recognize that those wishes are not only unrealistic but unhealthy. Loving leaders have hard conversations as we are... Read More
Simple Reminders About How to Create an Environment of Appreciation

Simple Reminders About How to Create an Environment of Appreciation

I love my neighborhood, especially my neighbors, but this hasn’t always been the case. When my wife and I got married 10 years ago, we felt convicted to live in community with the people around us. We felt committed to reaching out and connecting with our neighbors. When we first moved from Texas to Clarksville, Tennessee, we made Texas-shaped brownies to give out as we went door to door to meet our neighbors. NO ONE came to the door. In one case there was a big window looking into the living... Read More
3 Things You Must Know Before Going Orange

3 Things You Must Know Before Going Orange

As you are about to embark on this new Orange adventure, there are a lot of things you will want to know. And, as most adventures have a variety of points where you could begin, here is where I would suggest you begin—knowing these three things: First, know WHY. Know why you are using Orange and how it’s going to elevate your mission. Once you as the leader make the decision to be Orange, those who serve with you will need to catch the vision, too. Orange isn’t simply curriculum, it’s a... Read More