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

Six Ways Vacations Shape Us

Time off is invaluable. Sabbath time is a weekly rhythm you shouldn’t negotiate. Here’s a great sermon that talks more about the Sabbath. Beyond Sabbath, we need extended vacation from work. Whether you take a huge trip or just spend … Continued

What Really Keeps Students Involved

I have often asked student ministry leaders to think of someone who had an impact on their lives while they were in high school. If they have two or three names, I ask them to narrow it down to just … Continued

Leaders Focus On The Future

“The truth is that focusing on the future sets leaders apart.” Kouzes & Posner Leaders are custodians of the future. They think about what is next. They spend time wondering how the world will look after today or after this … Continued

The Art of Remembering Names

“People love to hear their names.”  My dad, who is famous for remembering names, mentioned this the other day. It reminded me of the importance of remembering people’s names.  When you are in any kind of people business – including … Continued

Seven Things Volunteers Need From Their Leaders

Most paid ministry staff roles in the church require work and leadership with volunteers. It’s not always easy, but the reward of equipping the church for ministry is incredible! With effective volunteer ministry, more gets accomplished and it’s more fun. … Continued

Followers Are Attracted To These Four Leadership Attributes

“People follow a leader, not a title.” I’ve heard this many times over the years. It’s a great concept for church staff to understand.  For you, your title should be a reminder of service. For others, it may carry a … Continued

No Such Thing As Over-Communication In Student Ministry

Though there are many moving parts to a student ministry, the goal is pretty simple – walk with students and their families as they grow and become faithful followers of Jesus. The programming, events, meetings and gatherings should all work … Continued

Cutting Back To Move Forward

“Busyness blurs ministry vision.” Craig Groeschel The natural instinct of a ministry leader is to add more. More ministries, more information, more outlets, more processes. But always adding more doesn’t help a plant grow. To be healthy, a plant must … Continued

5 Concrete Ways Church Staff Stay Fresh in Ministry

Next week, our church office is beginning to slowly open back up. As I post this, we’ve been living through the 2020 global pandemic that seemed to shut the world down. If you’re serving in a church ministry, you either … Continued