The Church Was Designed To Be A Volunteer Organization

There is tremendous power in the church. This is especially realized when every member understands the privilege of using their unique gifts and experiences to move the church forward in mission. Church leaders must become great at caring for volunteers … Continued

Three Reasons A Church Should Reach Outward

It’s way too easy for churches to coast. Urgency is a gift. If we’re not moving forward in ministry, we’re moving backward. Reaching outward is part of the mandate for success. Nothing is as devastating as a church that is … Continued

New Volunteers Are Fragile

New volunteers need to be nurtured. They need to see clearly what you’re asking them to do, how the work matters, what their time commitments are and how they’re gifts and efforts will affect the overall mission and outcome. Someone … Continued

Three Negative Messages You Send When You’re Late

How is it that some people are never late and others always are? How can an issue always arise that creates the conditions for being late? There may a few good reasons, but overall, the leader sends some certain messages … Continued

Nine Ministry Team Energy Suckers

If we’re not careful, energy can be easily drained from our ministry team. Every church staff member is a team leader to one degree or another. You must take note of those areas that are draining the energy from the leaders … Continued

21 Reasons To Send Thank You Notes

Most Mondays, I send thank you notes. Thanks to a faithful office volunteer, I’m able to write out lots of notes and they get magically mailed off! Ministry leaders should send at least a couple of real live, in the … Continued

Health Of Your Church Is Tied To The Health Of Your Groups

The health of your church is directly tied to the health of the groups that make up the church. For example, if the church leadership board is growing in community, earnestly praying during each meeting and moving forward together with … Continued

Seven Principles For Clear Writing

If you’re in ministry, you have to write. It’s a huge part of communicating and a great way to share vision and keep people moving forward together. One key to effective writing is to keep it simple. Here’s a list … Continued

Tweak These Phrases For Maximum Hospitality

There are two main aspects to great hospitality: Words and Actions. A smile, great eye contact, and a posture of helpfulness will get an encounter moving in the right direction. But then your words come into play. How you say … Continued

The Magic Move

One of the simplest concepts is an apology. Saying I’m sorry isn’t technically hard, but people find it difficult at times depending on the circumstance. It’s like admitting you’re wrong or needing to ask for help – it’s hard for … Continued

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