Four Choices Good Leaders Make

Four Choices Good Leaders Make

My friend, Hal Runkel, just wrote a book that I think is brilliant. The book is called Choose Your Own Adulthood and it is formatted like a choose-your-own adventure book. It is written for adolescents moving into the adult phase of their journey from letters he wrote his daughter along their journey. In the book, he talks about choices that we face that often look very similar, but by choosing one over the other we often get much different results. I think that is true for many things in... Read More
How to Determine if Risk is Worth It

How to Determine if Risk is Worth It

There is one sure way to never fail. That is to never take any risks in the first place. Taking risks is a part of life but it is also a part of ministry. Taking risks is the part of ministry that is a requirement for forward movement. We take risks when we realize a system that previously worked has now become dated. We take risks when we institute a new program that we think will help us connect with our community. We take risks every Sunday when we put kids and students in small groups that... Read More
Communicating the What and Why of Your Ministry Concisely

Communicating the What and Why of Your Ministry Concisely

Value proposition. That is a key term in marketing. Have you heard it before? Do you know what it means? If not, no worries, it is not one of those more common terms or phrases that everyday people use when communicating. A value proposition refers to a business or marketing statement that a company uses to summarize why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. For example, Slack, the popular productivity app’s value proposition is, “Be More Productive at Work with Less Effort.” Here... Read More
4 Key Elements to a Great Volunteer Celebration

4 Key Elements to a Great Volunteer Celebration

It’s a wonderful time of the year to celebrate your volunteers! I love Christmas. I love the lights, the tree, the gifts and most of all the time with friends and family celebrating the beautiful gift of Jesus. This is the perfect opportunity to take a moment to say a big “thank you” to the volunteers that serve so faithfully in your ministry. For many, Christmas is the half-way point. Some signed up at the beginning of the school year, (maybe thinking they wouldn’t make it this far). Other... Read More
How to Coordinate a Community Service Day for Your Ministry Team

How to Coordinate a Community Service Day for Your Ministry Team

Love sacrificially serves. And if you are reading this, you most likely agree. Jesus essentially delivers that statement to the disciples, but they have no idea what they are in for. “Here is my command. Love each other, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command,” (John 15:12-14, NIRV). Thousands of years later, we have the honor, privilege and choice to serve through sacrifice as well. In most... Read More