One Mark Of An Alive Church

A few of us cleaned and reorganized the backstage area of one of the worship spaces in our building this weekend. We just finished a big season and it was a mess. In addition to the usual worship band components … Continued

Why Enthusiasm Is Important For Church Leaders

Enthusiasm is both a gift and a choice. Everyone is enthusiastic about something. It’s important for people to experience enthusiastic church leaders –  enthusiastic about Jesus, people, the church and ministry. Enthusiasm could be defined as a displayed feeling of … Continued

Keep It Simple For Your Volunteers

One thing paid ministry staff can do in the new year is to keep things simple for your volunteer teams. Ministry can easily become too complex. We lose the “why” behind our serving. Take this month to get a fresh … Continued

Ministry Leaders: Don’t Wait Too Long

We often make the mistake of waiting too long. The moment is gone, the iron has cooled. These missed opportunities have big implications for the church. Of course, there is still a need for caution. There will also be wisdom … Continued

How To Gain Leadership Wisdom

There are no shortcuts to wisdom. It takes time. You don’t gain wisdom in leadership just because you set out to be a wise leader, but because your goals are set on helping others. It doesn’t matter what role you … Continued

Don’t Forget To Move

Much of the ministry is sedentary. Preparation, study, meetings and meals are all important, but not very active parts of life. So don’t forget to move. Movement and exercise help keep a clear mind, increase energy, and ward off anxiety … Continued

Hospitality Ministry Quotes

We recently had a Greeters, Ushers and Welcome Center Staff Team Meeting and used some material from Greg Atkinson’s Book, Hospitality Ministry. These are some of the quotes and questions we shared from this great book. 1. Why do we want … Continued

What Does It Mean To Decrease?

John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” What a great, cut to the chase line. In John chapter 3, John is exalting Jesus, basically telling his disciples, “Jesus is really your guy, the Messiah. I’m the messenger.” … Continued

On Preaching – Francis Asbury

Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was the ringleader for all things Methodist in the USA. His philosophy on preaching was, “Lord, keep me from preaching empty stuff to please the ear, instead of changing the heart.” Asbury knew the need was not … Continued

Three Lessons From A Violin Shop


I took a field trip with my daughter’s string ensemble to Top Notch Violins in St. Louis. It was a cool morning visiting the back of the shop and hearing how they mix the ancient art and modern techniques of … Continued

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