Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership

Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership

Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for. When you navigate the challenges well, you create a safe place for community and growth. A safe place for struggling marriages. For questioning millennials. For exhausted parents. For the successful business person who is facing his or her... 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
5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

5 Ways To Communicate With A Diverse Audience In Mind

As the country continues to evolve and advance, our nation seems to be “browning” more and more every day. This means that churches everywhere are beginning to evolve, too. This evolution includes programming, branding, messaging, marketing, staff culture and even target audiences. Statistics show that churches that choose not to diversify within the next 10-20 years will be struggling churches very soon. Some 43% of Millennial adults are non-white, the highest share of any... 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
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More