ENERGIZE YOUR VOLUNTEER TEAMS WITH THESE SEVEN SIMPLE KEYS

Are you the leader of a volunteer team? Volunteers are a unique bunch.  It requires some skill to help keep them engaged, connected, and focused. Though there are a million different ways to organize your team, here are some practical steps to ensure your volunteer team keeps growing: 1.  Invite new people to get involved … Read more

IGNITE YOUR ROUTINE TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE

I’m switching gears again.  After being in a productive schedule groove for several weeks, routine changes, traveling, and a packed schedule knocked me off-kilter. Though it was all great stuff that I wouldn’t have missed, a packed schedule changes a person’s daily routine drastically. Here’s what helped me get back in the saddle. Don’t Stress … Read more

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR MINISTRY LEADERS IN THEIR FORTIES

Pastors and Ministry Leaders come in all ages. Each age group brings a unique perspective. I met with a 20-something pastor this week and heard great, enthusiastic stories about ministry, leadership, dreams, and potential. Last month, I had lunch with an 80-year-old pastor who is still serving and preaching. His conversation was filled with wisdom, … Read more

IF YOU WAIT TOO LONG TO INVITE NEW ATTENDEES TO GET INVOLVED, THEY WON’T BE AROUND.

I’ve heard it said, if a worship attendee hasn’t become part of a ministry team or joined a group of some kind, the likelihood of them staying in your church decreases dramatically after two years. It is true that worship is typically the main entry point for people.  Worship will always be the primary function … Read more

NEED A BOOST FOR YOUR TEAM? CLARIFY YOUR GOAL!

The most critical component in building a high-performance team is a clear, common, compelling task. Some stress the need for interpersonal relationships… but this is the wrong emphasis. Connections and community among a team are important characteristics, but these attributes will be evident once the main task is clear.  A team that is highly connected … Read more

PRODUCE LASTING LIFE CHANGE WITH THESE FOUR SIMPLE TRUTHS

Several years back, I attended a worship leaders conference and one of speakers, Steve Reynolds, had written a book called, Get Off the Couch: 6 Motivators to Help You Lose Weight and Start Living: A Man’s A.C.T.I.O.N. Plan. I skimmed the book in 2012 and am now re-reading it. After a year and a half … Read more

AS A CHURCH MEMBER, ARE YOU MORE OF A CUSTOMER OR AN EMPLOYEE?

I can’t help but think of the church as I’m reading Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard. The stories of turning customers into “raving fans” are inspiring and powerful. I understand that the church is a unique, supernatural institution and that God’s Spirit can work in mighty ways even in our lack of … Read more

SEVEN REASONS CLARITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR STRONG CHURCHES

“You cannot lead a strong organization without extraordinary clarity.”  A. Stanley As church leaders, we are bombarded with “have tos”, “how tos” and “must dos”.  There’s no way we can do everything.  That’s why clarity is so important. Take heart – You don’t need to do extraordinary things. You need to do ordinary things extraordinarily … Read more

Does Your Community Know About Your Church? (25 Ideas To Make It Happen)

If your community isn’t talking about your church – then do something to get the conversation going. We’re not going for things like, “What’s going on down there anyway?”  We don’t want bad publicity. We want things like, “I think the church is hosting that” or “Have you see what First Church did?! Wow!” Every … Read more