The 3 Things Every Church Strategy Needs

The 3 Things Every Church Strategy Needs

Do you ever find yourself thinking about the same tough situation in your ministry over and over again without moving toward a solution? Maybe you have a myriad of solutions but struggle with the right one to pursue. Or perhaps you aren’t sure what your ministry needs to do next to be more effective in engaging kids and parents. Strategy Steps for Getting Unstuck If you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone. It’s a paralyzing stuck-ness—a maddening sense of not being sure what to do next.... Read More
Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More
Change Before You Have To

Change Before You Have To

Change—it’s as common as the cold, as unpredictable as the weather and as painful as a toothache. And if we’re honest, we don’t typically enjoy it. After a 30-second search on the word change, the quick discovery is that there isn’t a shortage of clever, witty and downright quippy quotes associated with it. Quotes like: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Or, “Every new day is a chance to change your life.” Or, “Nothing endures but change.” Now don’t get me wrong, all of these definitely... Read More
Aligning Your Team With An Integrated Strategy

Aligning Your Team With An Integrated Strategy

“It is your STRATEGY, not your MISSION that will ultimately determine your success.” – Reggie Joiner Your church has a very strategic leader in it. This person is there every weekend making sure that things go as planned. It is not the senior pastor. It is not the children’s pastor It is not the student pastor It’s not even the worship leader The strategic person in your church is the one in the parking lot who places the traffic cones. This person understands how strategically placing those... Read More
Strategy, Not Curriculum

Strategy, Not Curriculum

A curriculum provides information, but a strategy teaches with the end in mind. There are key things a child needs to learn at each age from birth to graduation—age-specific core concepts, principles, and experiences to have a real, growing and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. By having an overall strategy, a master plan exists that keeps the end result for a child in mind. A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them. A strategy helps leaders focus on the right... Read More