EMBRACE LAUGHTER – IT’S A POWERFUL AND FREE TOOL

Ministries, families, churches, and businesses have been ruined by the close examination of their leaders’ inner lives. As Kevin Harney writes in his book, Leadership From The Inside Out, you need someone who can check your back. It’s like having skin troubles. Those who are prone to them wear sunscreen, hats and long sleeves; and … Read more

SEVEN WAYS EFFECTIVE PASTORS CAN MOTIVATE THEIR CHURCH

Motivation is central to the work of the church. Christians are motivated out of love (1 Cor 16:14), out of thankfulness (Eph. 5:20), out of calling (Matthew 28:19) and from future promises (Heb. 11:24-26). We’re thankful for God’s rich mercy (Eph. 2:4) and that is enough to motivate us to serve Jesus faithfully. I’m thankful … Read more

“HOLDING THE ROCK” – BALANCING CHURCH WORK AND HOME LIFE IS IMPORTANT

This past week and weekend were hectic. Long day, lots of details. Forty-eight invigorating hours of ministry work between Thursday evening and Sunday evening. I was mentally distracted at home. For part of that time, my wife and kids were with me.  In another part, they were off doing other activities while I was busy. … Read more

7 WAYS TO OVERCOME CHURCH BUILDING CONSTRAINTS

I’ve been in 843 church buildings – or something like that. I’ve seen some good and bad.  And no matter what, it’s always a challenge. Congregations are formed by their buildings, to some extent.  If your sanctuary is formal, the congregation typically begins to lean that way.  If the sanctuary is more informal, the congregation … Read more

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

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