The Power of Story as an Ongoing Celebration of Ministry

The Power of Story as an Ongoing Celebration of Ministry

There is a story in the making at your church. God is up to amazing things in the lives of people in the local church. We mark celebrations of church anniversaries and of people being added. These are great stories to mark and tell. They are a way to see forward motion and how far we’ve come. The Old Testament is filled with celebrations God’s people used to recall God’s goodness. Stories and celebrations of His faithfulness is God’s idea! Do you help share the reasons to celebrate in your... Read More
Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

And the winner is. . . . What an exhilarating, stress-filled rush, right? Why do we put ourselves through the surge of overwhelming emotions? We already know what is going to happen. The camera is going to zoom in on the lid that covers the unforgivable dish of the chef that will be unfortunately eliminated, then immediately cut to a commercial segment that we cannot wait to end (unless we were smart enough to utilize the DVR). Oh, the intense agony of waiting for the outcome! But we still... Read More
The Power of Words in a Digital Age

The Power of Words in a Digital Age

There is something ironic about how we use social media. We tend to follow people who affirm our beliefs and opinions. I’d wager the same goes for most of our followers, yet we can tweet and update as if we are looking for a fight. We are too easily caught in a riptide where our words’ primary function is to let our homogeneity of followers know what we are against. There are already so many boundaries drawn in our culture. What would it look like if we intentionally used our words to express... Read More
Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

I have two young children: a three-year-old and a six-year-old. For those of you that have young children, you know it’s a complete mixed bag. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I often find myself making declarations that I thought I would never make. Very commonly in our house on any given day you might hear me declare:  Remember, don’t hit daddy in the face. Only use soft balls to throw at people. Don’t jump on his neck. As I write these out, I see that there is a common theme. I... Read More
How to Encourage Volunteer Leaders

How to Encourage Volunteer Leaders

Sure, the very word volunteer communicates that they willingly chose to support our mission and fill the needs. They knew what they signed up for and decided to invest in this messy work. They know the stakes. We clarified what to expect during orientation, and we keep a clear picture of our vision in front of them regularly.  Volunteering in ministry is an honor. It is a privilege. We get to do this! There is so much more work to get done, so why do we need to spend time encouraging our... Read More