3 Keys For Mindful Communication

3 Keys For Mindful Communication

by Misty Phillips Words matter. As a leader, your words are like containers you can use to help others be moved to action. How you craft and use words matters, big time. Words can inspire. Lack of inspiring words can make ministry seem mundane and well, just boring. Ministry and messaging go hand in hand. Smart leaders know that crafted, authentic words have power to get buy in for what’s needed. Words help paint the big picture to get people on board to move forward. Here are three key... Read More
You Talk Too Much

You Talk Too Much

by Matt Norman I always end children’s church with a response time. Recently, I ran late and had to dismiss the kids before we did the response time. So, I told them if they needed to talk they could hang out afterwards. I had a couple of kids take me up on that offer. One in particular stayed after to talk about how she was being bullied. I listened and then I spoke, then she went to Sunday school. After she walked away I realized: I talk too much. Quick to listen, slow to speak. John... Read More
Navigating The Dismissal Of A Volunteer

Navigating The Dismissal Of A Volunteer

I could never fire a volunteer! Maybe you’ve heard yourself say these words. Maybe you work for a church or a nonprofit and your organization is dependent on volunteers. How could you ever fire one? The reasons for needing to fire a volunteer vary. It may be because of a character issue that has surfaced. It may be that the person is not competent in their role. Or it may be that the chemistry between the volunteer and the organization is not right. Although the reasons may vary, firing... Read More
How Your Church Can Create An Effective Safety System

How Your Church Can Create An Effective Safety System

September 11, 2001, lives were changed forever. I am convinced that it will never be like it was before that time. Security has been heightened in our country and continues to change. If this is true in airports, public buildings, stadiums and even in theme parks (anywhere there’s a crowd), I believe it should also be of importance to us in the church. My story began in 1985; I started implementing things I learned at a conference where a former FBI agent who investigated the McMartin Daycare... Read More
4 Steps To Defining Your Vision

4 Steps To Defining Your Vision

by Melanie Williams Our flight was 25 minutes late, and I wasn’t looking forward to running through the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, possibly the worst airport in the world for making quick connections. To my surprise, however, the airline was holding our connecting flights and had agents at the gate, ready to speed us to our new gates. A flight attendant waved us on board when we got there without even a cursory glance at our boarding passes. (This was before 9-11, mind you.) All was fine until... Read More