How to Not Be Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List

How to Not Be Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List

Although it was said back in the 1980s, this quote from one of my favorite people best sums up the state of our lives today: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” —Ferris Bueller One way we can accomplish this is through a to-do list. How To-Do Lists Help You Sleep I read a study focused on people who have trouble sleeping. The research suggested your brain’s natural tendency towards keeping you alive sometimes can keep you from falling... Read More
Using Data to Evaluate Your Ministry

Using Data to Evaluate Your Ministry

Numbers, numbers, numbers. Doesn’t everyone just love it when numbers have to be reported? How many people showed up to what? Where are you seeing growth or decline? Why Data is Important In Ministry Collecting data and numbers is an important part of your ministry role as it helps you evaluate it. And, no matter what ministry role you serve in, you’ll either be reporting numbers or data to a supervisor, or you’ll have numbers reported to you. Each ministry has different numbers and data they... Read More
Reactivating Parents Every Year

Reactivating Parents Every Year

Kids are changing fast. As important as it is for churches to stay connected to kids as they grow, it’s even more important for parents to do so. What parents know Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage that the church will never have related to the future of a child: A parent has history. Parents know their child’s patterns, tendencies, preferences, and behaviors better than... Read More
Orange Strategy: 7 Tips On Where To Start

Orange Strategy: 7 Tips On Where To Start

The age-old Orange family ministry question is: “Where do I begin? With my team or with parents?” Strategy is the name of the game . . . but it is hard to know where to start! Not only are you asking yourself where to begin, you are also staring at your computer screen looking at online materials and wondering how this will all work on Sunday mornings. Oh friend, we’ve ALL been there! Take a deep breath, grab a pencil and paper, and let’s make a list! Start Small The thing about... Read More
4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church

4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church

Starting a job often feels like New Year’s Day. It’s a new beginning and offers fresh ambition to become the person you so desire. A New Year and a new job not only holds hopeful expectations, but they both require planning and goal setting to reach that desired outcome. Without a clear path and an outlined way to get there, you are setting yourself up for setbacks or possible failure. A job in ministry is no different. Some would argue it is even more important to understand what to do before... Read More