Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Most churches understand the significance of communications and the importance of planning. However, far too few churches actually take the time to create and implement even a basic communications plan. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This adage holds true because those churches without strategic communication are often the same churches that fail to reach a wider audience. They struggle to grow and wonder why their message falls flat. But the obvious reason is the lack of a clear... Read More
The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

The Impact of Telling Kids Stories Over Time

“Stories over time move us to imagine a world beyond ourselves.” —from the book, Playing For Keeps The Importance of Stories Stories are important. There’s a reason why Jesus constantly spoke in parables to his disciples. And there’s a reason why kids seem to gravitate towards story books. Stories allow us to make sense of the world around us. Which is especially important for kids. Just imagine trying to explain the theological significance of the Christmas story to a child. You... Read More
Building Influence Through Community Leadership

Building Influence Through Community Leadership

Anyone can google the definition of influence. You may even take the time to read a few books or blog posts on the topic of influence. But actual influence does not come easily. Building lasting influence takes time and work. One way you can begin building influence in your community is by leaning on the influence of others. Relationship amplifies influence. Because when influential people trust you, they’ll champion your message to other people. In other words, if your church wants to have an... Read More
4 Steps to Leading Up to Your Senior Pastor

4 Steps to Leading Up to Your Senior Pastor

Have you seen the 2010 Christopher Nolan film Inception? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. It’s an action-packed thriller that has Leonardo DiCaprio and friends entering dreams and dreams within dreams. Sure it’s a little complicated, but that’s what makes it fun. And we can learn a little something from it about leading up to our senior leaders. In the movie, the characters enter a businessman’s dream with the goal of implanting an outside idea in his mind so that he believes the idea to be... Read More
The Difference Between “Wow” and “How” People

The Difference Between “Wow” and “How” People

Aren’t there always two different type of people? Leaders and followers. Introverts and extroverts. Givers and takers. It seems like we find plenty of ways to divide ourselves into two groups based on oversimplifications. I bet you can think of plenty more examples. But here’s one more categorization that you may not have heard of before. There are two kinds of people in the world—”Wow” people and “How” people. You may already be familiar with this concept. You may call... Read More