Life Norms and the Effects on Faith for Generation Z

Life Norms and the Effects on Faith for Generation Z

There is a new generation on the horizon of leadership in our congregations. While their permanent name will be assigned sometime in the future, researchers are calling them Generation Z, iGen, the Centennials or the Founders. For the sake of this article, let’s go with Gen Z. Most researchers have settled on Gen Z being born between 1995–2015 (although the final year is still being determined). They are characterized by being individuals who are too young to remember what life was like before... Read More
When Small Group Leaders Pastor

When Small Group Leaders Pastor

Historically, “pastor” is a weighty title reserved for those who lead a congregation or large sections within a congregation. Just recently, the term “pastor” has been used more as a verb in order to describe the action that someone might take in leading any group of individuals in spiritual formation. This has become particularly true as churches make the shift to small group or life group models. Small group leaders (SGLs) are being asked to guide the spiritual formation or faith journey of... Read More
Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

In one part of the city, there is Congregation A. Congregation A sits in the middle of a neighborhood where the average family income is $35,000 per year and the average family size is 4.5 people. Poverty rates are high. Violent crime rates are rising. Schools suffer from a lack of funding and teacher apathy due to the lack of resources they need to educate young minds. Kids are glad to become teenagers, and teenagers are considered blessed if they graduate from high school without having... Read More
The Value of Debriefing Your Team

The Value of Debriefing Your Team

Anything worth doing, is worth reviewing, so we can see how to do it better. From worship services, to events, to camps and retreats, we have a responsibility to continue to improve and give God and our families the best experience possible. One of the ways to continually improve is to celebrate the wins and evaluate and plan for things that need improvement. Debrief meetings—designed to celebrate the contributions of your team, evaluate the furtherance of vision, and examine the logistics—are... Read More
Protecting the Margins

Protecting the Margins

One of my favorite toys when I was a child—okay, it kind of still is—was the wind-up toy. I loved seeing how far I could crank the winder and then let the feet of the toy effectively take it in a variety of different directions. Sometimes, I would put little obstacles in its way to see how it would affect the toys momentum and direction. Other times, when I wanted it to go as far as possible without obstruction, I would clear out everything from the floor so the toy could have free reign.... Read More