Following Up With Guests Using Surprising Intentionality

Following Up With Guests Using Surprising Intentionality

Have you ever seen an ad appear—about something you mentioned in passing—while you’re browsing the Internet? It can be surprising. How did they even know that?! Sometimes we don’t even remember saying the words. We thought it was just the tiniest thought in our minds. Yet, boom! There is a specific ad for what we’d talked about or thought about. How? A simple swipe, slight tap, usual click or scroll and the very things we had on our minds show up in our various feeds. We don’t know whether to... Read More
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More
What Does it Mean to be Community-Focused?

What Does it Mean to be Community-Focused?

A few years ago, at the very first Rethink Leadership, Jeff Henderson came on stage and talked about what his church was doing in the community. He called it being “for” his community. From this moment on, I began to hear what it was like for a church to really be “for” their community. As compelling and amazing as Jeff’s vision for his community was, the reality is that there have been churches all over the world that have been “for” their community for a long, long time. It is actually what... Read More
Doing More Through Community Sports Centers

Doing More Through Community Sports Centers

In January 2011, the nZone opened its doors. It’s an 83,000 square-foot former Budweiser distribution center converted into a sports complex that now sees on average of 500,000 people come through its doors each year. What makes the nZone unique is that it is owned and operated by New Life Christian Church. New Life built the nZone as a way to serve the community. Having an indoor sportsplex was an expressed need of the community, so that is one of the ways we felt that we could best help our... 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