What Facebook Knows that Churches Don’t

What Facebook Knows that Churches Don’t

In early January, Mark Zuckerburg made an important announcement regarding changes to the Facebook Newsfeed:  “We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook.  I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” According to Zuckerburg and the Facebook team, “public content is crowding out the personal moments.”  Memes and viral videos are getting in the way of relationships.  ... Read More
Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

Winning With a Weekly Bottom Line

We have all heard of the phrase, “information overload,” and I am 99.9 percent sure that each of us have experienced it. In fact, this post just might fall victim to a rapid delete from your inbox simply because you have just had too much “adulting” today! I hate to break it to you but this problem will continually get worse. Pew Research Center survey says, one in three teenagers send more than 100 texts a day. Go ahead, take a few minutes and look at your phone and see what your magic number... Read More
Your Mission Begins With You

Your Mission Begins With You

Take a minute to think about the mission of your ministry. You can most likely tell me in less than a minute what your mission is and what your vision is. It’s important to you. It’s why you do everything that you do. Now take a minute to think about the people around you. Your staff, your volunteers, and your leaders. What do their daily interactions show you? Are they tired? Burned out? Stressed? Exhausted? Can you remember the last time they took some time off? Now ask those same questions... Read More
The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

The One Thing You Need To Prioritize This Year

by Joy Bowen Everyone is talking about the progress they’re making on their New Year’s resolutions and here you are—in the middle of your “ministry year,” just holding on for dear life . . . or for summer when things settle down a little. (Or do they? Isn’t that the crazy, busy season filled with camps and all things to reach kids when they aren’t in school all day?) Exhausted. Frustrated. Discouraged. Burned out. If you’re not feeling these yet, you will at some point in your ministry... Read More
Doing A Lot vs Doing The Right Things

Doing A Lot vs Doing The Right Things

I’m sitting in the midst of boxes this morning. Boxes full of Christmas decorations waiting to be put back in storage, and boxes of new desks and bookshelves from Ikea. One hour in that place and I believe that this is the year everything will be organized, streamlined, and clutter free! I believe. Add in that everywhere you look on social media, someone is sharing their tips and tricks for starting the New Year off right. It’s that time of year. We all want to be better, and it really is a... Read More