Turning the Tide of Negative Team Energy

Turning the Tide of Negative Team Energy

“The first law of thermodynamics helps us know that energy is neither created nor destroyed. It is just transferred from one end to another.” This principle applies to the energy of spirit as much as it applies to the energy of electricity. Leaders are in a powerful position to affect the energy in any atmosphere. A leader’s energy is contagious and will be easily passed along to other teammates. Staying positive can be difficult to do when real leaders lead real lives that impact our daily... Read More
Using Instagram Stories to Tell Your Church’s Story

Using Instagram Stories to Tell Your Church’s Story

In August 2016, Instagram introduced a new feature called Instagram Stories. Some people viewed this as no more than a copy of Snapchat. However, less than a year later, Instagram Stories has already surpassed Snapchat, with more than 200 million daily users. The explosive growth of both Instagram Stories and Snapchat (not to mention the recent advent of Facebook Stories) marks a major shift in social media. Users seem to be more interested in more immediate and personal content. Instagram... Read More
Establishing a Culture of Communication

Establishing a Culture of Communication

You probably wouldn’t disagree with the popular phrase, “Communication is key.” But how well are you actually acting on it? If your staff, volunteers or boss were asked to grade you, how would you fare? Communication can mean the difference between support, cooperation and cohesion—and not. It can unite teams or divide them. And understanding not only the power of communication, but being able to honestly evaluate your current situation, can make your team stronger and more effective.... Read More
Thoughtful Social Media Conduct

Thoughtful Social Media Conduct

We all have stories from our past. Some of them are great ones where we share about those stories with fond memories and lots of laughs. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we all have stories we look back on and just cringe, thinking, “Did I really do that?” The reality is, good and bad stories are all a part of our lives, and God can use anything in our past for His glory. Although God can use our past to help others, there are some things that we can do now so that we don’t have to look... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More