Getting Your Small Group Leaders to Download the Lead Small App

Getting Your Small Group Leaders to Download the Lead Small App

You’ve been there before. It’s Sunday morning. It’s a few minutes before service, and you’re confidently standing in front of a few sleepy-eyed small group leaders—bulletproof coffee in-hand. “Alright, friends, who can tell me this month’s focus!?” Crickets and blank stares. “Who can tell me the Memory Verse?” More crickets. “Anyone have any questions about the activities we’ll leading today?” There’s a symphony of crickets and their babies. Clearly, your small group leaders are... Read More
5 Ways You Can Influence Your Church’s Staff Culture

5 Ways You Can Influence Your Church’s Staff Culture

Most effective church leaders know that creating a healthy culture is important. Most of their efforts, though, are usually focused on the congregation.  But what about the culture of the church staff? That’s important, too, right? Absolutely.  Loyal staff members are the people who make the church tick. They’re the ones who make all the behind-the-scenes magic happen—the stuff very few people in the congregation ever see.  So what are some ways you can stay on top of your staff culture,... Read More
4 Solid Tips for Recruiting New Volunteers

4 Solid Tips for Recruiting New Volunteers

Man cannot live on bread alone. And a church doesn’t function because of just one person. It takes so much more than four walls and a pastor—or four campuses and a fully-staffed team—for the message of the Gospel to reach your community. You need volunteers. And lots of them.  Ideally, you’ll recruit a team of volunteers who are excited about the vision of the church, show up on time and ready to work, and encourage others to join their efforts.  But to do that you’ll need a solid plan.... Read More
Leading Change: 5 Ways To Avoid Quitting

Leading Change: 5 Ways To Avoid Quitting

Navigating change is about making it to the end. That’s easier said than done, though. Ask anyone who’s attempted to bring about difficult change, whether in their own lives or in the life of an organization, and you’ll learn something: we are often most tempted to quit or give up moments before a critical breakthrough. Leading change when you feel like giving up There will be occasions in which we’ve put in the work, done everything we can to execute the plan faithfully, and still, we’ll... Read More
How to Help Volunteers Have Conversations About Sexual Integrity

How to Help Volunteers Have Conversations About Sexual Integrity

Have you ever had one of those insightful moments that changes the way you approach a topic in your ministry? I did just last year when I spoke with the volunteers in our student and children’s ministry about sexual integrity.  Our Next Gen team asked me to spend an evening helping our volunteers navigate the often-complicated world of sexual integrity with children and students. No big deal. I speak and write on the subject all the time.  But this time was different.  Why Our Volunteers... Read More
Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

If we lead the next generation to love and serve others, their faith will move in a positive direction. If we don’t, their faith will become shallow and superficial. Not only does loving God affect how we love others, but loving others affects how we love God. That’s the genius of what Jesus was implying in the Great Commandment. Your relationship with God and your relationship with others is intricately connected. Here’s the practical point. We often miss the link between loving others and... Read More