Giving to Haiti

As I reflect on the year anniversary of the earthquake disaster in Haiti this time last year, I lift the nation up. Recently, I got a letter from a friend of mine who was going on a Haiti work trip with his church and was raising cash support for the trip.  We sent a check.  After he returned … Read more

5 Simple Questions to Ask Your Team Members

1)      Do you know what you are planning to accomplish tomorrow?  2)      Are you having fun in your job / role on this team? What have you planned today, outside of your team role, for fun and relaxation? 3)      Would you like to give me feedback for me on my role in the team/organization? 4)      … Read more

Perpetually Partially Connected

A large percentage of Americans are Perpetually Partially Connected.  Though it seems like we are connected to a greater extent, we are never fully engaging in one aspect of life.  We look at our phone while we are eating dinner, we answer the phone in middle of any face to face conversation, we think about … Read more

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.  The staff needs to model community, they need to practice community and they need to … Read more

Ideas for Ministry Events

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 love to partner with you and help in any way this year.  If you would … Read more

New Year Planning for Student Ministry

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 personal revolution again calendars that begin on Monday).  When you find you have an extra … Read more

Notice, Nurture, Develop & Deploy – Part II

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 and giftedness toward full time, all out ministry roles.  The nurturing step is something that … Read more

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 made me think about the communication we send to people. Is the church that bold? … Read more

Notice, Nurture, Develop & Deploy – Part I

“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 of noticing when someone arrives, walks into a room, or leaves you a message is … Read more