Building A Network For Building Each Other

Building A Network For Building Each Other

by Amy Fenton A few years ago my friend, Kenny Conley, came to Nashville for a visit. He was bringing a volunteer conference to town and he wanted to network with local kids’ pastors to cast vision. The day we met over lunch, he told us about his network in Austin and the connections he had with other local leaders. Here in Nashville we were connected. Many of us from various churches and denominations are friends. We even have lunches on occasion that are hosted by various groups. But,... Read More
Who Needs a Church Blog?

Who Needs a Church Blog?

Blogging is so 2000. Does anybody ever read blogs anymore? What could you possibly say on a blog? Especially a church blog. These are all reasons commonly used by people who think that churches do not need to have a blog. While some of these may seem to be accurate, it doesn’t tell the whole story of why a blog can be really important to your church and ministry. The reality is while video content and podcasts are great ways to communicate for your church today, blogging is still beneficial... Read More
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More
What Does it Mean to be Community-Focused?

What Does it Mean to be Community-Focused?

A few years ago, at the very first Rethink Leadership, Jeff Henderson came on stage and talked about what his church was doing in the community. He called it being “for” his community. From this moment on, I began to hear what it was like for a church to really be “for” their community. As compelling and amazing as Jeff’s vision for his community was, the reality is that there have been churches all over the world that have been “for” their community for a long, long time. It is actually what... Read More
Doing More Through Community Sports Centers

Doing More Through Community Sports Centers

In January 2011, the nZone opened its doors. It’s an 83,000 square-foot former Budweiser distribution center converted into a sports complex that now sees on average of 500,000 people come through its doors each year. What makes the nZone unique is that it is owned and operated by New Life Christian Church. New Life built the nZone as a way to serve the community. Having an indoor sportsplex was an expressed need of the community, so that is one of the ways we felt that we could best help our... Read More