Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on the days and times of the Christmas Eve service, you’ve reviewed the curriculum, planned your volunteer Christmas party, planned a family Christmas night, scheduled an event to promote your missions emphasis for the month, set the... 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
Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

A few weeks ago, I sat in on staff meeting with the kid’s ministry team from my church, Cross Point in Nashville, Tenn. This is an amazing team. They lead kids ministries at six different campuses all over the greater Nashville area. But, they come together each week to meet as one team, one church body. There are so many things I would love to share from our meeting, but I would have to write a book, not a blog post. One of the ladies threw out the question, “How do our volunteers know... Read More
Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Dear Volunteer, Thank you. Thank you for being on the frontlines of ministry each week. You play a unique role to help shape the future of a child’s life. There are not enough thank-you cards to say how grateful we are. Week by week, you plant and share God’s Truth in a relational way kids can put into practice. You prepare before you arrive on Sunday. You meet kids in their world to help them talk through and embrace faith. Thank you for choosing to develop relationships with kids to have... Read More
5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care. I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot. I’m talking about someone who genuinely feels... Read More