What I’ve Learned About Being a NextGen Pastor

What I’ve Learned About Being a NextGen Pastor

A year and half ago I transitioned from middle school ministry into a role as NextGen Pastor. I immediately began asking, “What does this look like?” Since that time, I’ve asked that question and have heard it asked countless times. Just a few days ago, I was talking with another Family Pastor before Orange Tour and she was asking, “So what do you do every week.” Another new NextGen Pastor asked the same thing days earlier online, “What do you spend most of your time on?” My first answer:... Read More
How To Match Potential Staff To Your Church Culture

How To Match Potential Staff To Your Church Culture

by David Lyons Over the years, we at MinisterSearch have been able to identify several areas that affect the long-term success of a new pastoral staff member. One key area is CULTURE. One of the reasons churches and pastoral staff have struggled is, there hasn’t been enough attention given to defining and matching cultures. Most have assumed that if someone “believed” the same things and was called or passionate about a specific area of ministry it was enough. However, the high turnover rate... Read More
How To Strengthen Weaknesses Through Team Effort

How To Strengthen Weaknesses Through Team Effort

by Amy Fenton T.E.A.M. I feel like cheering when I type that word. I love a good team and I have been so blessed to serve with some of the best. I am terrible with details. I know I should be bothered with them, but I am not. That is why I had Janeane on my team. She lived for the details. Thank goodness! When I didn’t care about collecting data on families, she got every last name and number. When I didn’t see why a deadline was that important, she gently reminded me to get it done. She... Read More
Share With One Another

Share With One Another

by Amy Fenton Remember that cute little song we used to sing, “Share with one another, share with one another, this is the happy way to share with one another”? Well, the person who wrote that song was obviously not a kids ministry leader. I mean, let’s get real. Share?! No one has any idea how hard we have to fight to get resources and volunteers and goldfish and space in the bulletin and. . . . Okay, that is really not the right attitude to have, but as I travel and speak to ministry leaders... Read More
Why You Should Stop Recruiting Everyone To Volunteer

Why You Should Stop Recruiting Everyone To Volunteer

“Welcome to our church, ma’am! You look like you’re breathing? Yes? Then you have met the requirement to serve on our team! You are just what we’re looking for!” “Hello, sir, do you have a pulse? Yes? Then we can’t wait to introduce you to our 3rd-grade boys small group and have you lead them.” “Nice to meet you, young man! Can you read English? Yes? Then you will be a perfect fit to follow a script and run our audio/video!” Have you ever been tempted to have an interaction like this?... Read More