4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church

4 Things Everyone Should Do Before Starting a New Job at a Church

Starting a job often feels like New Year’s Day. It’s a new beginning and offers fresh ambition to become the person you so desire. A New Year and a new job not only holds hopeful expectations, but they both require planning and goal setting to reach that desired outcome. Without a clear path and an outlined way to get there, you are setting yourself up for setbacks or possible failure. A job in ministry is no different. Some would argue it is even more important to understand what to do before... Read More
Setting Goals For Your Marriage Ministry in the New Year

Setting Goals For Your Marriage Ministry in the New Year

I absolutely admire Aaron. He’s a Hispanic guy who used to be the janitor at his church. Aaron and his wife asked the church leadership if they could start a Bible study for young married couples to help build strong marriages in their congregation. Today, Aaron is a full-time marriage and family ministry pastor—serving that same church with literally hundreds of couples being reached by his ministry. That’s all because he saw a need for a marriage ministry at his church and was bold... Read More
5 Ways to Set Goals For Your Ministry This Year

5 Ways to Set Goals For Your Ministry This Year

January is right around the corner. And it’s time to set goals, right? Well, that’s what everyone tells us. Sure, the start of the year is a natural time to re-evaluate where we are and look forward to where we want to go. But the key isn’t just to set goals or resolutions for the sake of setting them. It’s not to take on a to-do list just because everyone else is or because we don’t want to feel like a slacker. As ministry leaders, we’re naturally goal-driven. The new year gives us the... Read More
What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

by Emily Meredith Last May, my dad retired as dean of the College of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University. During his twenty-one years there, he learned the name of every student in every one of his classes. As soon as he received his class roster, my dad would start memorizing the class list, looking at student ID pictures to help him put names to faces. He challenged himself to recite the entire list of ninety names from memory on the first day of class. And he did it, without fail,... Read More
Volunteer Recruiting Made Easy?

Volunteer Recruiting Made Easy?

Recruit. Enlist. Mobilize. Enroll. Sign up. Engage. These are all words that come to mind when more volunteers are needed in ministry. Let’s be honest, even words like snag, muster and coerce can make their way into the conversation in desperate times! No matter the size of the ministry, from a coffee-shop church plant to a multi-campus mega-church, there always seems to be more opportunities to serve than servers! Over many years of interacting with churches around the country, I can only... Read More