9 Ways to Grow Community with your Staff


I have been a part of church staff that had three people, a staff that had over 40 people and a staff somewhere in between. Community among staff is an important ingredient to keep a church or any organization moving forward. … Continued

Ideas for Ministry Events

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One of the primary purposes for the existence of Harvest Ministry Teams is to be a resource to the church.  We have served in several styles of events and here are some samples of the schedules / ministries.  We would … Continued

New Year Planning for Student Ministry

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The week between Christmas and New Year is a good time to take a look at next year. To start with, I usually print off a monthly calendar.  Make sure your calendar begins with Sunday (I want to start a … Continued

Notice, Nurture, Develop & Deploy – Part II

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Nurturing is the act of caring for the well being of someone.  As Christians and leaders, we, of course, care for God’s people.  But again, this little four part plan is specifically geared toward those who have a call, instincts … Continued

We Love You, Tim!

I opened my inbox and there it was – a message from Vista Print: “We Love You, Tim!” I thought it was hilarious; an online printing place sending me such a personal note. Though I thought it was funny, it … Continued

Notice, Nurture, Develop & Deploy – Part I

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“Notice, Nurture, Develop and Deploy” is a one sentence plan for the multiplication of ministry leaders.  Taking notice of something or someone is more than seeing them.  It’s observing them, taking note of them, giving them full attention.  The gift … Continued

Speaking Bible

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We were recently with a sr. high student ministry for a weekend event.  They told a story about a time when one of the students in their group stumbled over some words as he read scripture aloud.  He got flustered … Continued

Remote Digging

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We were excited to use the Gateway Grizzlies tickets Ruby earned though the library summer reading program. At the end of the baseball game, all men who were interested, were invited to take a chance and dig for the remote … Continued

And Singing Broke Out …

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Joan has been going to lead music for a nursing home in Aliceville, AL every morning for twelve years. We had the opportunity to travel with this lady to provide music last week.       On this particular morning, after … Continued

Square Dancin’

The last time I was at a square dance was sixth grade until last night.  The camp we were at had one and everyone participated.  It started with simple group circle dances and then began to get more complicated.  Ruby … Continued