4 Signs Your Church is Ready for Change

4 Signs Your Church is Ready for Change

If you’re a leader (which we’re willing to bet you are), you’ll eventually lead through change. Change is inevitable. Without it, your church can become stagnant, lose influence, or become irrelevant.  We all know change is hard. It’s one of the main reasons people leave a church or organization. Think about the last time a church welcomed a new lead pastor. More than likely, there were a handful (or more) of members who left not because of the new preaching, but because it wasn’t the... Read More
What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

Two words What’s the most anticipated part of 2020? Is it a new year and a new decade? Or is it . . . get ready . . . the 2020 United States Census and all the statistics. One may even geek out and say: “Oh, the change we’ve seen in the last ten years!”  Alright, yes, that was a bit of sarcasm—especially for me because I used to shudder at hearing the word statistics and trying to make sense of it all. Then there’s another word that may make one cringe: diversity. A topic that naturally comes... 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
Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

“Gracie gets super excited when her big brother comes into the room and calls out ‘bubba!’ Plus she says ‘doggy’ and ‘book’ and ‘ball’ and ‘milk.’ She’s just so bright and never stops chattering!” My Facebook friend was enthusing about her 9-month-old. My 15-month-old son was currently stuck on “dada” for everything. Even “mama,” which had shown up for a while, had dropped out of the rotation. I gritted my teeth and scrolled down past another friend’s professional family photoshoot in a sunset... Read More
Building A Network For Building Each Other

Building A Network For Building Each Other

by Amy Fenton A few years ago my friend, Kenny Conley, came to Nashville for a visit. He was bringing a volunteer conference to town and he wanted to network with local kids’ pastors to cast vision. The day we met over lunch, he told us about his network in Austin and the connections he had with other local leaders. Here in Nashville we were connected. Many of us from various churches and denominations are friends. We even have lunches on occasion that are hosted by various groups. But,... Read More
4 Stories Hiding In Your Giving Data and What to Do About Them

4 Stories Hiding In Your Giving Data and What to Do About Them

Your giving data could be hiding important opportunities for ministry—but what if you could quickly analyze that data to know why people give, what causes them to stop giving, and track your givers so you can take the right actions to keep them engaged? The Story Behind the Stats Churches collect all sorts of data, but without knowing the story behind it, the information lacks value. Generally, when you notice a shift in behavior, whether it’s someone giving for the first time, dramatically... Read More