How To Lead Difficult Team Members

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

From your first year as a rookie in ministry until your final farewell tour of a half-century of servanthood, chances are that along your way you will eventually be confronted with a ministry partner (volunteer) that causes some friction either with your ministry team, with your ministry direction, or with you personally. And although there are endless reasons (or excuses) why a team member might not be in sync with the direction of your leadership in ministry; the fact remains, God has placed... Read More
4 Reasons Why Orange Conference is for Your Whole Team

4 Reasons Why Orange Conference is for Your Whole Team

You’ve probably seen the stats and know there is a generation walking away from the church. To help change that, your entire church team needs to come together and join in a fresh conversation about what disciple-making looks like in the future of the church. That’s why the theme of Orange Conference 2020 is ‘Every Generation Needs a New Revolution,’ because we need to find new ways to reach the next generation. This Orange Conference is the opportunity you need to change the faith of a... Read More
Build A Better Tuesday Morning

Build A Better Tuesday Morning

A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet. A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .” What followed “the. . . .” was whatever needed to be debriefed. At the church where I worked, the weekend service was always on the agenda. The discussion that would follow resembled surgery, as each... Read More
Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

Five Steps To Building A Healthy Team Dynamic

Do you remember your first day of your ministry job? I know I do! You couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face! You could tell from a mile away that I was a newbie. Then slowly, over the next month or so, the smile began to fade, replaced by a frown and tears. You see, I started my job at the beginning of a new phase in our children’s and students’ ministry. In the words of one of my beloved southern friends, “God was fixin’ to do somethin’!” Some of you may have the illusion that if God is at... Read More
Building A Network For Building Each Other

Building A Network For Building Each Other

by Amy Fenton A few years ago my friend, Kenny Conley, came to Nashville for a visit. He was bringing a volunteer conference to town and he wanted to network with local kids’ pastors to cast vision. The day we met over lunch, he told us about his network in Austin and the connections he had with other local leaders. Here in Nashville we were connected. Many of us from various churches and denominations are friends. We even have lunches on occasion that are hosted by various groups. But,... Read More