“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

Five Ways Ministry Events Can Help Your Church Thrive

For several years, Harvest Conferences has been in existence to provide opportunities for children, students, and leaders to grow. You may be tired of hearing me say this, but gathering with the larger church is part of a healthy plan for anyone in your congregation, especially the younger generations.  Day in and day out discipleship, … 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

IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT GENERATION Z

Those born between 1997 and 2012 are called Generation Z. Like other generations, they take what is passed down to them, mix it with their own historic and cultural experiences, and out comes their unique take on life and their contribution to the world. Since both of my kids fall into this age group, I … Read more

MORE THAN A STEPPING STONE – STUDENT MINISTRY IS IMPORTANT

“When will you become a real pastor?” Student ministry leaders often hear that question. Too often, we treat the role like a stepping stone to a “real” ministry leadership role. But full-time student ministry leaders are important. Student ministry leaders face pressures, especially those in full-time roles, which are currently dwindling in the church – … 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

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