Why Vision Matters to Your Ministry

Why Vision Matters to Your Ministry

Why vision? It’s a buzzword that is thrown around a lot in ministry. But for good reason! Nothing happens without a clear, intentional vision for your ministry. Nothing. You will run around in circles forever until you’ve got that figured out. (Been there, done that.) But, how do you do this effectively? How do you make vision more than just a cool word, and an actual reality in your ministry? Say it. Obvious? Perhaps. But unexpressed expectations are never met. The same can be... Read More
Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Ants. Everywhere. I looked around the classroom and could feel the sting of tears forming. It was going to be a hectic morning. I had known for weeks today would be challenging and had done everything in my power to set up my teams for success. It was a long holiday weekend, which meant many volunteers were at the beach or in the mountains with their families. (But we were covered; I had called in reinforcements in the form of staff spouses.) Our church building, which was often rented out by... 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
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
Effective Leaders Replace Themselves

Effective Leaders Replace Themselves

Last month there was a Sunday where two of our staff directors in children’s ministry were both gone on the same day. Now, if you lead in children’s ministry, you know that being away on a Sunday can be a challenge depending on how well your teams are staffed and prepared. That Sunday in particular could have presented a real challenge with both leaders being gone. You know what happened? Nothing. It went off without a hitch. Most people wouldn’t even know our staff directors were gone. Now,... Read More