7 Church Twitter Tips

Like all tools, Twitter can be helpful if you have a purpose.  Here are 7 tips for making it great. 1. Create a list.  Lists are powerful ways for people to stay connected.  Create a list of everyone who is actively involved in your church.  Use the list to stay up to date on the people … Read more

The World Needs An Alive Church

Spent time in Sunday School last week talking about the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel.  Some of the conversation began to center around the church and how the pastor looks out on the congregation praying that they will come alive and grow in faith followed by amazing things.  As we were speaking, these two thoughts occurred to me. … Read more

12 Ways To Delegate Prayer

Jesus invited people to pray for him.  He invited people to pray for workers in the harvest field.  He invited his disciples to pray for him in the garden.  And he invited people to be in constant prayer.  He expected his disciples to pray. ‘Delegate’ may not be the best word, since it implies not … Read more

Obstacles vs Problems

A problem is something that we see along side the road.  It will slow us down as we  work on it, but doesn’t necessarily need our attention, we just do it anyway. An obstacle is quite different in that it blocks the road.  It impedes our journey to the destination.  We may see it coming or … Read more

Who Else Needs to Increase Their Impact by Increasing Their Volunteer Teams?

The key to volunteers on your side is ownership.  It’s more than just delegating jobs, though that is a step in the process.  It’s giving those people who believe in you and the mission an opportunity to participate meaningfully and fully (even if it’s only an hour a week). Organization on your part is key … Read more

What Does Your Church Building Say About God?

Our church just finished redesigning the building.  We made space for more creative worship, got movable sanctuary seating to maximize small group teaching and generally spruced the building up with new carpet and paint.  People are excited and momentum, even from what many might say is a small building project, has been awesome. The building … Read more

Children’s Ministry Leaders Must Become Diversity Experts

The children’s ministry, at the churches I have been in over the last few months, has been much more diverse than the congregation as a whole.   I recently read from Sam Rainer, in 10 Unexpected Trends to Surface in 2020,  that the United States will be minority white by 2042 and pre-schools much sooner – by 2021.   … Read more

12 Simple (& Mostly Free) Ways to Grow a Small Church Student Ministry

I see scads of small church youth ministry on an annual basis.  I love them.  I love the leaders.  I love the students.  I also am blessed to work with some of the larger student ministries in my little circle here in the midwest.  I love them too. I pray for them on a regular … Read more