Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More
Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

This is a wonderful time of year. It’s a great time to be with friends and family as the weather gets colder, the food gets more delicious and it is a much more festive time of year. Unfortunately, as great of a time of year it is, it is also a very busy time of year. Between family gatherings. holiday parties and family time and traditions, it can be a really challenging time of year. Maybe not only for you, the ministry leader, but for your volunteers as well. So does that mean you give up... Read More
Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on the days and times of the Christmas Eve service, you’ve reviewed the curriculum, planned your volunteer Christmas party, planned a family Christmas night, scheduled an event to promote your missions emphasis for the month, set the... 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
Are You Dreading Sunday?

Are You Dreading Sunday?

Can I tell you a secret? I used to dread Sundays. Like, I really hated Sundays. It’s an odd place to be for a leader in children’s ministry. It’s like playing on the basketball team and loving the practice yet dreading game day. I loved what I did. The vision and impact of my work always fueled me. But Sundays felt more like Report Card Day. The day I found out just how well I did the previous six days. The day I received a grade on all my planning, communicating, and organizing for the week.... Read More