A Ministry Leadership Decision You Won’t Regret

A Ministry Leadership Decision You Won’t Regret

After more than 20 years of leading ministry, I can say that there is one thing that has helped me more than anything else: Relationships. Choosing to not do ministry alone has impacted my ministry and my leadership more than anything else. Choosing to let someone evaluate my program and environments led to much-needed improvements. Choosing to show up at a lunch to hear about what is working in someone else’s church led to innovation and fresh ideas. Our ministry is always better when... Read More
Thinking With a Community-First Mindset

Thinking With a Community-First Mindset

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that every church cares about the community. Reaching those who are far from God is a pretty big part of our collective mission, given to us by Jesus in Matthew 28. However, how we approach the community differs from church to church. There’s a distinction between being a church for the community and reaching those in the community. Truly partnering with families in the community begins with a shift in mindset. It begins with thinking about the... Read More
What Exactly Is NextGen?

What Exactly Is NextGen?

Sure, it sounds like a subgenre of science fiction novels or a creative rebrand of a student ministry. But NextGen isn’t really about spaceships or youth ministry terminology. It’s far more strategic than that. Actually, NextGen is one of the fastest growing ministry movements in the local church today. NextGen is simply about the Next Generation, typically infants through high school or sometimes including college. For the last several decades, the local church typically had a children’s... Read More