5 Things That will Radically Change Your Church Work Environment

5 Things That will Radically Change Your Church Work Environment

Every church and organization has a mission statement that defines what the organization does, and where they are heading. However, the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs of the organization are what create momentum and synergy behind the mission. The staff culture is something that can catalyze growth, or can ultimately hamstring your team and organization from reaching their full potential. Here’s a quick look at five symptoms of a healthy staff culture. While this list isn’t exhaustive,... Read More
Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

As the breadth of your ministry grows, so will the opportunity and need for new team members. Maybe you’ve seen a consistent trend of growth in your preschool programming, and you’re running out of bandwidth to invest in and develop your growing team of preschool ministry volunteers. It could be that the number of small groups in your middle and high school ministry has grown to the point you can no longer model what you’re expecting your small group leaders to do—to know, care for, and follow... Read More
Planning Ministry Transitions Well

Planning Ministry Transitions Well

Whether you’re resistant to change or love to seek it out, one thing is for sure—it’s coming. No matter how much you love your current role, at one point or another, it’s going to come time to transition to a new season. In NextGen ministries, leaders typically stay in their roles anywhere from 2-5 years, so the question really is much more about when a change will happen, rather than if it will.  After spending nearly nine years on staff at the same student ministry in Austin, my wife and I... Read More
Caring For Your Team

Caring For Your Team

I remember sitting in the mechanic’s office about four summers ago. My car had been in the shop for a broken A/C for a few days, and it was time to pick it up. The mechanic was on the phone with another customer, talking through the extensive list of repairs that that they were going to have to make. As he hung up the phone, he sighed and shook his head. He went on to tell me the car should easily have a life of 200,000+ miles, based on the make and model. The driver had carelessly skipped all... Read More
Leaving A Legacy Beyond The Program

Leaving A Legacy Beyond The Program

by Ian Rock Regardless of the size of a church or specific ministry, we spend a ton of resources (time, financial, and volunteer) creating environments and services that are safe and engaging. We meticulously walk the tightrope of innovation and sustainability, attracting and engaging both visitors and those who call our ministry home. With so much of our effort and energy being focused on our weekly gatherings, it’s easy to lose sight of what the lasting legacy of our ministry will be as we... Read More