Building Influence Through Community Leadership

Building Influence Through Community Leadership

Anyone can google the definition of influence. You may even take the time to read a few books or blog posts on the topic of influence. But actual influence does not come easily. Building lasting influence takes time and work. One way you can begin building influence in your community is by leaning on the influence of others. Relationship amplifies influence. Because when influential people trust you, they’ll champion your message to other people. In other words, if your church wants to have an... Read More
Thinking About Christmas Now Could Impact Your Community

Thinking About Christmas Now Could Impact Your Community

Okay, I am not ashamed to admit this: I would put up my Christmas tree on Halloween night if I could! I am never offended by how early stores put up their Christmas decorations and I have been known to spend my birthday money (in November) on Christmas decorations. Isn’t it strange that we live in a culture where everything is supposed to be new and relevant but at Christmastime we are all in a hurry to go back in time and remember traditions of years gone by? It’s a holiday that brings out... Read More
How to Build Community Through Online Church

How to Build Community Through Online Church

As churches look to find ways to reach more people for Christ, online church is often brought up. What online church looks like depends on the church, but in this very digital and online world we live in, looking to use online tools to reach more people in your local community (and the world) is a great option to consider. One comment commonly heard about online church is that it isn’t “real community.” People who argue this point make it seem as if the only way to have community is through... Read More
Networking Could be Your Ministry’s Super Power

Networking Could be Your Ministry’s Super Power

According to the Huffington Post, networking should be written into your job description. Have you ever thought about it that way? It truly is a super power to ministry leaders! So, put on your cape and strike the confidence pose. In all seriousness, who doesn’t want to truly be known and know others who are passionate about the same mission? Perhaps the idea of networking seems overwhelming to you, but never fear, a few practical tips and tricks are here! Think Small Start in your... Read More
How Demographics Provide Your Ministry Context

How Demographics Provide Your Ministry Context

One of my favorite Reggie Joiner ideas from A New Kind of Leader is that what we are doing only matters, if it matters right now. While this is certainly true of the ministry we do for kids and students, this is also true of the ministry we do with adults. Our communities are full of clues that provide us information regarding what matters to those in our churches. Family make-up, gender, age, economic status, educational background, professional experience, and even race all color how we see... Read More