Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More
How to Build a Social Media Team 

How to Build a Social Media Team 

Whether you’re at a church of 50 or 500 or 5,000, you should be embracing and utilizing social media and all it offers. But the reality is, many churches simply cannot afford—or choose not to put paid resources into—staff for these roles. Regardless of where your church falls on this spectrum, it’s going to be important that you build a team of volunteers to assist with all that this entails. You can’t do it alone, and you certainly shouldn’t! Here are some of the types of... Read More
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
Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses of Volunteers 

Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses of Volunteers 

I cannot quite picture the exact scene, but I definitely remember the rush of emotions. I will never forget what it felt like to see my family’s response to my report card results. For the most part, they were filled with stellar grades and kind remarks. Occasionally though, there were a few indicators accompanied by brief comments about my bad conduct. (I was a clown.) Fortunately, the good grades outweighed the bad conduct and the joyous memories of being a great student will forever remain... Read More
How to Structure Small Groups for Your Ministry 

How to Structure Small Groups for Your Ministry 

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do I structure my small groups?” I find that some ministry leaders have a hard time getting their head around the change from a Sunday School classroom to a Small Group structure, or they simply believe that they are one and the same. Let me clarify: Grades grouped together do not equal small groups. If your church is small and the kids are consistent, they may seem like small groups, but in most churches an intentional small group is... Read More