Creating Community Among Volunteers 

Creating Community Among Volunteers 

Ministry Leaders spend countless hours trying to help their team grow. Whether it is organizing training days, going on conference trips, buying books that will be helpful or even bringing in a guest speaker to talk about certain subjects, they are always on the lookout to help improve and grow the team.  As valuable as specific training is to help grow your team, leadership teams—especially ones with a lot of volunteers—can grow stronger a different way as well. Growth happens when community... Read More
Measuring Success on Social Media

Measuring Success on Social Media

Social media. Two words you hear a lot about on this blog. And for good reason. We believe in the importance of effective social strategy and leveraging these tools to make a difference in your ministries and in the lives of the families in your church. So, we’re going to keep talking about it—as should you! But if we’re not careful, it can become a lot of talk . . . and that’s it. At some point, we have to take a calculated step back and determine how we are measuring our... Read More
5 Questions to Help Prepare for Guests on Easter

5 Questions to Help Prepare for Guests on Easter

For those of us in church leadership Easter is a special day. It’s also a special day for many people who are not a regular part of a local church. Many people who don’t normally go to church will find their way to church on that day. So, here are five questions to help you get ready for guests on Easter. 1.) How are your facilities? Those of us who are there every week truly have a hard time seeing the things that will jump out at a new person. Take some time to enter your facility as if you... 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