Next Gen Pastors: A Definitive Guide to Who and What They Are

Next Gen Pastors: A Definitive Guide to Who and What They Are

A Next Gen Pastor oversees all ministry areas that impact the family and next generation within the church. This is a new, but growing area of ministry. Table of Contents What is Next Gen Ministry? Why Churches Shift to a Next Gen Strategy What Does it Take to be a Next Gen Pastor? What is the NEXT Conference? Read More What is Next Gen Ministry? It may sound like a subgenre of science fiction, but Next Gen has nothing to do with spaceships or alien invasions. Actually, Next Gen is one of the... Read More
The 3 Things Every Church Strategy Needs

The 3 Things Every Church Strategy Needs

Do you ever find yourself thinking about the same tough situation in your ministry over and over again without moving toward a solution? Maybe you have a myriad of solutions but struggle with the right one to pursue. Or perhaps you aren’t sure what your ministry needs to do next to be more effective in engaging kids and parents. Strategy Steps for Getting Unstuck If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone. It’s a paralyzing stuck-ness—a maddening sense of not being sure what to do next.... Read More
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