For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

Making the time to invest in relationships in ministry can be difficult with all the other things on our to-do lists. It can become easy to define people by how they serve our ministries and our purposes rather than who they are as people. I have made this mistake before and it is a big one! People know when you are just filling volunteer slots and not really seeing them individually. That’s how you lose great volunteers and employees and have to go back to the drawing board with new team... Read More
Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations. During many moments of utter sadness, your bony shoulder was a major comfort as tears dripped from our tired eyes. Your kind words and generous acts of kindness did not go unnoticed during the best sleepovers at your house. The discipline hurt in the moment, but I sure needed it after almost burning the woods down behind our house. We... Read More
Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and Irresistible Faith

Andy Stanley Shares About Clarity, Controversy and Irresistible Faith

I first stepped into the doors of Buckhead Church almost seven years ago. As a young leader, I was constantly looking for new ways to approach ministry in different contexts. A friend pointed me toward Andy Stanley and the team at North Point Ministries as an example of those who were doing fresh and innovative things in the church every single week. So that Sunday, I went. And you guys, I was blown away. By the time that hour was up, I’d sought out a volunteer just to ask, “How do you do... Read More
Using Hashtags to Generate Ministry Conversations

Using Hashtags to Generate Ministry Conversations

Hashtags can sometimes be confusing and other times they can be useful. The information we send out from our ministries often reaches the right audience because of effective hashtag usage. In the world we live in today, we are oversaturated with information, which means we have to try to find a way to make our message of hope stand out from the crowd. Hashtags are not a fool-proof plan for doing so, but they certainly are a good starting point for helping us get out in front and to engage... Read More
Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More