11 Steps to Start a Marriage Ministry the Right Way

11 Steps to Start a Marriage Ministry the Right Way

When I started marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. I am encouraged with the number of churches leaders who are going after it. Some have a plan. Others ask: “How do I get started?” For the latter group, this post is for you. 1. Get Buy-In From Senior Leadership Let’s start with the obvious. You need to recognize where the power for... Read More
How to Measure the Diversity of Your Church

How to Measure the Diversity of Your Church

The Great Commission calls us to reach all people with the good news of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection. Today’s church leaders are taking this call seriously, which might just be why you’re reading this blog post. You want to invite anyone and everyone to experience the fullness of God’s love. To do that, your church must be diverse. But how do you get there? And what does that landscape look like in our country today? A 2018 survey by LifeWay Research found that 81% of protestant... Read More
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
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