5 Things That will Radically Change Your Church Work Environment

5 Things That will Radically Change Your Church Work Environment

Every church and organization has a mission statement that defines what the organization does, and where they are heading. However, the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of the organization are what create momentum and synergy behind the mission. The staff culture is something that can catalyze growth, or can ultimately hamstring your team and organization from reaching their full potential. Here’s a quick look at five symptoms of a healthy staff culture. While this list isn’t exhaustive,... Read More
Sparking Creativity: Keeping the Fresh Ideas Coming 

Sparking Creativity: Keeping the Fresh Ideas Coming 

Ideas are everywhere. Like the space around us, ideas and creativity are always within our grasp. Sometimes it takes a little inspiration to make us aware of the ideas and creativity right in front of us. I hope this article becomes that inspiration.  I stare at her and think to myself, “Where does she come up with all of those thoughts? How can she sit there, time and time again, and create these elaborate, complex, exciting worlds with two dolls?” But then I think back and remember how free... Read More
What to Do When You’re on a Dysfunctional Team

What to Do When You’re on a Dysfunctional Team

Have you ever found yourself on an unhealthy, dysfunctional team in ministry? Serve for very long, on staff or as a volunteer, and you’ll discover that your team greatly determines whether you’re going to have an energizing or wearisome experience. WHEN A TEAM DOESN’T WORK Teams can have a tricky dynamic. When everything works well, working on a team is so much fun. When things are not working well, it can make you wish you could hole up somewhere and pretend you don’t need a team to get your... Read More
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
Alignment Isn’t Optional

Alignment Isn’t Optional

We’ve all had experiences where our team wasn’t aligned. It’s hard to make progress. It can lead to frustration and at times it can make us question our calling. A lack of alignment is exhausting. I’m not suggesting being aligned as an organization is easy, in fact, I would say alignment requires a lot of work but it beats the alternative. The keys to alignment come in all shapes and sizes: clear wins, consistent meetings, shared values, common language, and many more. Some of this you can... Read More