What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

by Emily Meredith Last May, my dad retired as dean of the College of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University. During his twenty-one years there, he learned the name of every student in every one of his classes. As soon as he received his class roster, my dad would start memorizing the class list, looking at student ID pictures to help him put names to faces. He challenged himself to recite the entire list of ninety names from memory on the first day of class. And he did it, without fail,... Read More
Volunteer Recruiting Made Easy?

Volunteer Recruiting Made Easy?

Recruit. Enlist. Mobilize. Enroll. Sign up. Engage. These are all words that come to mind when more volunteers are needed in ministry. Let’s be honest, even words like snag, muster and coerce can make their way into the conversation in desperate times! No matter the size of the ministry, from a coffee-shop church plant to a multi-campus mega-church, there always seems to be more opportunities to serve than servers! Over many years of interacting with churches around the country, I can only... Read More
Manage Your Time for Maximum Impact in 2018

Manage Your Time for Maximum Impact in 2018

“Mom, where’s my pink ballet tights and my new black leotard? I need to pack them in my dance bag.” “Honey, have you picked up the food for small group? Remember, we’re hosting at our house this week.” “Mom, my girlfriend sprained her ankle. I feel bad she has to ride the bus with crutches. Could you pick us both up from the car rider line for the next two weeks?” “Hey Jess, I’m experiencing tension with a few volunteers. What advice would you offer?” “Mrs. Bealer, as the community service... Read More
Getting Started on the Right Foot

Getting Started on the Right Foot

A new year brings both new opportunities and challenges. Your church probably hit a home run over the Christmas ministry season in reaching new families. And now those guests have felt the heart tug of, “let’s make room for church” as part of their New Year’s resolutions. Yay, God! Now is the time you can meet with your team of leaders to strategize how best to accommodate increased numbers. Don’t be caught off guard. Carve out some time with your team to plan for growth. 2018 means you have... Read More
Setting Up Your Year for Success

Setting Up Your Year for Success

So, you’re coming at 2018 like Rocky—theme music playing, jogging along with determination, and punching purposefully at the air. Bring it on, January! But wait, you may be motivated, but are you prepared? Meaning, have you set yourself up for success, or are you relying on that new workout gear or laptop to do the job for you? Mindset Every champion begins their journey to success with the right mindset. Your triumphs are as much, or more, internal than they are external. You can achieve... Read More