Making Church Committee Meetings Matter
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Making Church Committee Meetings Matter

Let’s get to the point by naming the problem: Many church committee meetings don’t need to take place. Often, we leave a meeting, see a bumper sticker in front of us and think, “Yep, I’d rather be fishing, too.” I don’t even like fishing, but that would be better than some of these meetings. People…

Balcony Time: The Weekly Practice That Can Take You From Task Management to Visionary Planning
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Balcony Time: The Weekly Practice That Can Take You From Task Management to Visionary Planning

Balcony time is an intentional, weekly practice of spending time working on your ministry rather than just in your ministry. Often, doing church ministry and other non-profit work can feel like putting out one fire after another and prioritizing what feels urgent over what feels important. Balcony time helps alleviate those issues by increasing the…

3 Questions To Ask Before Planning Your Next Youth Ministry Event In 2022
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3 Questions To Ask Before Planning Your Next Youth Ministry Event In 2022

More than ever, pressure is being put on ministry leaders to “bring people back” to church. As I’ve spent time with youth ministry leaders over the past year, I’ve noticed that the idea of large-scale youth ministry events being the fix-all solution has seen a resurgence amongst churches of various denominational backgrounds and sizes.  The…

Strategies for Staff Retention in 2022
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Strategies for Staff Retention in 2022

I sat there, holding Mark’s book in my hand, recalling all the holes I’d been dancing around for years, and wondering, for the first time, if maybe dance floors didn’t have to have holes.

Evaluating Your Ministry in the New Year with Measurable Markers
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Evaluating Your Ministry in the New Year with Measurable Markers

Introduction An inquisitive visiting parent once asked me a good question during the holiday season, “I can tell that you have a strong children’s ministry just by the number of children involved, but what can you tell me about the depth of your ministry? How do you evaluate what is happening with children from the…