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
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
The Why and How of Building a Solid Lead Small Culture

The Why and How of Building a Solid Lead Small Culture

“Circles are better than rows.” Our church has been one of hundreds who’ve adopted this phrase over the last decade as somewhat of a rally cry for authentic community. For those on staff who lead the next generation, this means that we are going to prioritize relationships when it comes to how we want to organize and structure our ministry. From our babies all the way to our high schoolers, we desire for every child in our ministries to be known by name and given a place to belong. And... Read More
How to Work With Difficult People

How to Work With Difficult People

There are a lot of things about being a leader that I love. I love getting to experience people’s stories. I love coming alongside of people and helping them grow. If I’m real honest, I love being able to walk through the “Authorized Personnel Only” door. I even love the long days and late nights. However, being a leader isn’t all potlucks, door access, and being in charge. There are a lot of things I hate. For example, I hate paperwork, I hate paperwork, and did... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More