Responding to Difficult Questions

Responding to Difficult Questions

When we signed up to be leaders, we also put on a magnet. Like it not, people will be drawn to us. I mean, we should have known it, though. The very word, leader, implies that there are people being led by someone. For one reason or another, people have actually chosen to follow us. They have given us permission to lead them. So let’s not be surprised when we are approached. More often than not, there will be a knock on the door, a phone call, a text, direct message or some type of... Read More
Connecting with Visitors

Connecting with Visitors

If your church is functioning as it should, you’re seeing visitors in and out of your doors regularly. This is exciting and intimidating, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to think about how you are connecting with these people. If you’re reading this and realizing you don’t have any kind of policy or strategy in place for new people coming into your ministry areas, then this needs to shoot to the top of your priority list. Immediately. The success of your... Read More
How Shopping the Clearance Aisle Changed a Community

How Shopping the Clearance Aisle Changed a Community

Walmart clearance aisle is my favorite place. Yes, you read that correctly. You see, one day while purchasing crafts and other items for respite, a lady approached me asking if I was a teacher. With a smile I replied, “Yes, but that this cart full is for a night called respite.” After we laughed about clearance, and after I explained what respite was, another woman standing behind me tapped my shoulder. She shared that she was helping to raise her grandson with autism and wondered if respite... Read More
Getting Started on the Right Foot

Getting Started on the Right Foot

A new year brings both new opportunities and challenges. Your church probably hit a home run over the Christmas ministry season in reaching new families. And now those guests have felt the heart tug of, “let’s make room for church” as part of their New Year’s resolutions. Yay, God! Now is the time you can meet with your team of leaders to strategize how best to accommodate increased numbers. Don’t be caught off guard. Carve out some time with your team to plan for growth. 2018 means you have... Read More
How to Follow Up With Guests After the Holidays

How to Follow Up With Guests After the Holidays

Phew! It’s over! What started in October with fall festivals and culminated with Christmas activities and services is now officially over. It is all over! You can relax now. Or can you? As much as rest and relaxation seems appropriate and necessary, there is also a real opportunity for your church now that these activities are over. In fact, right now is the best time to capitalize on all that hard work you did the past few months. After all, hopefully you made a lot of new connections with a... Read More