How To Lead Difficult Team Members

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

From your first year as a rookie in ministry until your final farewell tour of a half-century of servanthood, chances are that along your way you will eventually be confronted with a ministry partner (volunteer) that causes some friction either with your ministry team, with your ministry direction, or with you personally. And although there are endless reasons (or excuses) why a team member might not be in sync with the direction of your leadership in ministry; the fact remains, God has placed... Read More
Tuning Up The Band: Using The Summer to Cast Vision

Tuning Up The Band: Using The Summer to Cast Vision

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the last bell rings, classes are dismissed, and the hallways in your local schools are empty for summer break, that your ministry spaces may not be as full as they were for the previous season? Welcome to summer. Welcome to vacation season. Welcome to attendance fluctuation. Even though this just-short-of-phenomenon occurs annually, sometimes it still shocks me when our first (earliest) of three services on Sunday mornings goes from 40 kids to 12 kids... Read More
Four Steps to Taking Risks This Year

Four Steps to Taking Risks This Year

As the Holidays pass and a new year begins, you might find yourself in a blend of evaluation mode and planning mode. Looking back over the past year in ministry, you may be asking yourself: What worked? What didn’t? What were the events you wish you would have planned? What would you change to existing events? Are there events that have run their course and are being continued because of tradition instead of the targeted result of developing authentic faith in your ministry? As you think about... Read More
Partnering With Schools for the Holidays

Partnering With Schools for the Holidays

As ministry leaders, one of our primary goals is to not only help the development of authentic faith in children and students, but to also equip others to best influence the children and students as well. Because we believe that the greatest gift we can give children and students is the influence of honest and caring adults, we can prioritize encouraging and influencing those with the most influence on the lives of the children and students. Other than parents, we know that teachers and school... Read More
Why Core Essential Values Is A Cornerstone In Our Children’s Ministry

Why Core Essential Values Is A Cornerstone In Our Children’s Ministry

Two years ago, our children’s ministry invested in the incredible community influence of the Core Essential Values program. We felt it was a unique opportunity, 1) to connect our ministry (from the church) to children (outside the church), and 2) answer the need of a positive character development program in school. We chose excellent volunteers, rehearsed every month, and put together a high-quality monthly assembly and gave the school outstanding curriculum for their classrooms. Last year,... Read More