I have been in many churches over the years.  I have visited established churches – churches that have been around for many decades.  And I have also been in several young church plants. Over the years, I have found myself saying that a church plant can learn a lot from an established church. But, an established church … Read more

Ministry Leaders: Create, Don’t Replicate

“Church leaders need to create ministry, not replicate it.”  Center Church, Keller Creating ministry, specific to your region, the people and the gifts of the congregation is a powerful force. Attending conferences, hearing about other ministries and churches and reading books, can all be helpful springboards, but in the end, each church is designed to extraordinarily … Read more

How To Change A Team Culture

The culture should support the overall mission of the organization.  A purposeful mission matched with a negative culture will never get off the ground.  The culture – the attitudes and actions of individual players and their shared beliefs with others in the organization – is what really drives the effectiveness of the mission. Changing a … Read more

Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick Two…

This is a pretty standard thought that I’ve heard in a variety of places.  I was in a meeting and someone said, “you’ve got good, fast and cheap, pick two.”  It makes sense. And it’s worth thinking of again as you are planning for something coming up. If something is good and cheap, it’s probably … Read more

7 Things Ministry Leaders Need To Keep Doing

As the old farmer once said, “The problem with cows is that you have to keep milking them.” At times, we plan with the “this should do it once and for all” motto.  Anyone who has led people for very long knows that is not the case.  It takes consistent nurturing to keep things going.  There … Read more

One key to becoming a great church

Serving the community and region in which you live is one of the best ways to become a great church.  One can’t calculate the impact.  The effects are far reaching.  The results are tremendous. There are many facets to the church, the ministry and the kingdom mission, but serving is one of the hallmarks of … Read more

How to increase attendance at events in just 20 minutes

This is a generalization, but often, a pastor, staff person or active church member will invest twenty or more hours in developing a particular outreach event and not invest the needed time to invite the community. Publicity is a huge part of making sure that an event is successful and often the event details over shadow the … Read more

Churches: Under 500 and Over 500

According to a recent study there are 282,000 churches in the USA with weekly attendance somewhere between 7 and 499 people. That same study concluded that there are approximately 19,210 churches with attendance over 500. 34 million Americans worship in churches with less than 500 people. 20 million worship in congregations with more than 500 … Read more

Habits of Effective Student Ministry Leaders

Here are a few things that student ministry leaders need to make part of their lives in order to have thriving and healthy ministries: Prayer (March 11:24, Jeremiah 33:3) – Prayer is our lifeline.  We need to pray to sense God’s leading in our lives and wisdom as we serve his church. We need to pray … Read more