Reaching the Neighborhood Where God has Placed You

Reaching the Neighborhood Where God has Placed You

What would it look like if more churches started reflecting the culture of their neighborhood and stopped reflecting the culture of the churches they admire on social media? Let’s be real, there are definitely churches and pastors out there who set trends in church world. That’s not a bad thing. If God is doing things to accelerate another church’s vision and blessing them with growth, you should be a student of that ministry or pastor. However, God’s calling on your life and church is much... Read More
Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast 

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast 

It’s been said that, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” While there is now a dispute about whether the business management leader Peter Drucker ever really said it, we believe that the statement remains true. A company or ministry culture will “eat” or thwart any attempt to create, enforce, or move strategies or vision that is incompatible with the culture that has been established within a group of people.   Culture, or accrual of information within a group of people that affects the way... Read More
Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

As the breadth of your ministry grows, so will the opportunity and need for new team members. Maybe you’ve seen a consistent trend of growth in your preschool programming, and you’re running out of bandwidth to invest in and develop your growing team of preschool ministry volunteers. It could be that the number of small groups in your middle and high school ministry has grown to the point you can no longer model what you’re expecting your small group leaders to do—to know, care for, and follow... Read More
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
Resolving Staff Conflicts

Resolving Staff Conflicts

Office politics and personal feelings can greatly impact staff dynamics. What might start off as a small slight can snowball into a full dispute. Sometimes it can start as a small thing. Someone might have been rubbed the wrong way from a comment that was said in passing. This can color the impression that person has of the staff member that said it. If it isn’t handled in a mature way, this can lead to passive griping between staff members or that negative impression finding deeper... Read More