The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things in the upside-down nature of the... 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
How to Coordinate a Community Service Day for Your Ministry Team

How to Coordinate a Community Service Day for Your Ministry Team

Love sacrificially serves. And if you are reading this, you most likely agree. Jesus essentially delivers that statement to the disciples, but they have no idea what they are in for. “Here is my command. Love each other, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command,” (John 15:12-14, NIRV). Thousands of years later, we have the honor, privilege and choice to serve through sacrifice as well. In most... Read More
How Churches Can Use Partnerships to Reach the Community

How Churches Can Use Partnerships to Reach the Community

Within your community, there are hundreds of organizations and likely thousands of people with a common goal: to reach and to help people. They have this goal in common with your church. This is why the church and the community not only need each other for practical purposes, but are better together for the good of the world. Instead of simply saying, “Let us know how our church can help!” there are many reasons and many ways a church can begin to actively use partnerships to impact the... Read More
How Your Church Can Partner With Others to Impact Your Community

How Your Church Can Partner With Others to Impact Your Community

Teamwork makes the dream work and two heads are better than one. These statements are so true. And, if any group should be able to work together to impact the community, it is the Church. With our faith and efforts combined, we can leave a tremendous impression on the lives and hearts of our neighbors. Imagine communities that knew their local churches work together to serve them. What kind of message does that communicate about our faith? How much greater influence will our churches have as... Read More