The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

by Joy Bowen Everyone is talking about the progress they’re making on their New Year’s resolutions and here you are—in the middle of your “ministry year,” just holding on for dear life . . . or for summer when things settle down a little. (Or do they? Isn’t that the crazy, busy season filled with camps and all things to reach kids when they aren’t in school all day?) Exhausted. Frustrated. Discouraged. Burned out. If you’re not feeling these yet, you will at some point in your ministry... Read More
4 Tips For Finishing The Year Strong

4 Tips For Finishing The Year Strong

by Joy Bowen Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Remember back in January how we discussed setting goals for the New Year? You were excited, ambitious, specific . . . you were full of hope that this year would be amazing. So, how are you doing? We have 60 days left in this year before we go through the process again. I don’t know about you but typically this time of year is when I am tempted to throw in the towel, enjoy the approaching holiday season and just start over in the New... Read More
Are You The Problem?

Are You The Problem?

by Joy Bowen Crickets. I’m not talking about the kind that keeps you up at night when you are out camping in the woods with friends and family. I’m talking about the crickets that sometimes virtually chirp in the deafening silence of team meetings. Maybe you’ve heard them too? Nothing is more uncomfortable, is there? A question is asked. No one answers. (Bueler? . . . Bueler?) The topic dies a quick death and you all move on to the next awkwardly silent moment. If you are the one leading these... Read More
How To Empower Leaders

How To Empower Leaders

Let’s talk volunteers for a moment. Now I KNOW I have your attention. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our ministry. If you are like most leaders, you spend about 80 percent of your time either actively recruiting new volunteers, praying for the right volunteers or stressing about whether your volunteers will actually show up on Sunday. You are not alone. But what if you could create a culture within your ministry where volunteers were not just warm bodies in a room? What if they took... Read More