Six Ways Church Staff Team Members Can Influence The Church

Does the staff influence the church more or does the church influence the staff more? Obviously, they both happen to some degree, but this question has been on my mind.  In this post, I will focus on the ways church staff and leaders can help shape the church: 1. Through Prayer – It’s the obligation of … Read more

5 Guru’s and Their Blogs

Here is a list of 5 really helpful blogs for ministry leaders.  Of course, not every single day is huge – but many times they are really helpful. Thanks to these folks for their ministry in the kingdom! Thom Rainer – http://thomrainer.com/ – a couple recent blogs include “What church member’s want in a bulletin” and … Read more

Ask Questions Like Jesus

Jesus asked great questions.  He asked large groups of people and he asked individuals.  Being able to ask the right questions is a powerful teaching tool. It’s often the right questions that generate transformation. Here are eight ways Jesus used questions in Scripture: Jesus fished for people’s opinions (and gave them opportunity to process). “What do you … Read more

Ministry is a Contact Sport

“Ministry is a contact sport.” I’ve been in several staff meetings where I’ve heard my dad say this.  I’m pretty sure he heard that someplace, but it’s become a mantra of his.  It’s always a reminder to each staff person that though planning, preparing, organizing and other office work is important, the church is ultimately … Read more

Too Old For Student Ministry?

Whether you are a volunteer, a full time or part time paid staff person, or you got asked to fill in for a month five years ago, you may be asking yourself, am I getting too old for this?   The answer is “No!”.  Here are some reasons, thoughts, and encouragement as you continue to serve. … Read more

6 Ways A Staff Member Can Influence The Church

Does the staff influence the church more or does the church influence the staff more? Obviously, they both happen to some degree, but this question has been on my mind.  In this post, I will focus on the ways church staff and leaders can help shape the church: Through Prayer – It’s the obligation of each … Read more

Intriguing Paradoxes for Leaders

I recently heard that there has been more written about Abraham Lincoln than any other single person in history – second only to Jesus.  That is pretty impressive.  In my stack of “read-before-getting-rid-of” books, I pulled out Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times by Donald T. Phillips.  I thought these  intriguing paradoxes, observed in Lincoln’s leadership, … Read more