Who is Generation Z and How Can The Church Reach Them?

Who is Generation Z and How Can The Church Reach Them?

There is a new generation on the horizon of leadership in our congregations. While their permanent name will be assigned sometime in the future, researchers are calling them Generation Z, iGen, the Centennials, or the Founders. For the sake of this article, let’s go with Gen Z. Who is Gen Z? Most researchers have settled on Gen Z being born between 1995–2015 (although that year range depends on who you ask). They’re characterized by being individuals who are too young to remember what... Read More
Personal Actions Speak Louder Than Personal Words

Personal Actions Speak Louder Than Personal Words

People will follow what you do more than they will ever follow what you say. This is the power of example. And if you are a parent you have probably seen this play out when your three-year-old repeats something you say in private but would never want people to know you say in public. When your 10-year-old uses the same facial expression you do that says, “I’m looking at you but really not listening to you.” And when your 15-year-old begins to exhibit the same work ethic and moral guide they’ve... Read More
How Demographics Provide Your Ministry Context

How Demographics Provide Your Ministry Context

One of my favorite Reggie Joiner ideas from A New Kind of Leader is that what we are doing only matters, if it matters right now. While this is certainly true of the ministry we do for kids and students, this is also true of the ministry we do with adults. Our communities are full of clues that provide us information regarding what matters to those in our churches. Family make-up, gender, age, economic status, educational background, professional experience, and even race all color how we see... Read More
Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More
Pushing Your Leader Forward 

Pushing Your Leader Forward 

One of the first things you learn about leadership is how to encourage those following you. The first thing those who are following can learn is how to encourage the one who is leading. Leaders need encouragement too. Leaders make numerous decisions that go through a variety of second-guessing questions. Is what I’m doing pleasing God? Is it moving the church or organization forward in vision? How is this going to affect the staff and volunteers? How will the other people working toward the... Read More