Discerning New Leaders

The Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development will soon begin their annual work determining who they will place before the charge conference for election into leadership for the upcoming year.  This is commonly referred to as the nominations process.  Most Nominations Committees (as they are commonly called) meet a few times and peruse the latest […]

Celebrate Servants

How does your church encourage, celebrate, and lift up your laity who serve in the various ministry roles?  Too often we overlook our faithful servants and take them for granted.  A little bit of recognition, celebration, and gratitude goes a long way to encourage not only those who have served but those who might serve […]

Connecting:  The Missing Link

Over the past couple of decades, many churches have intentionally worked on ramping up their hospitality. They have formed hospitality teams. They have attended workshops, read books, and continuously tried to improve the culture of hospitality. In addition, many churches have been working on creating intentional discipleship plans.  They have realized that attending worship and […]

Serving Relationally

“When we leave relationships out of missions, we are leaving out the best potential for true IMPACT.  IMPACTFUL missions are grounded in authentic relationships.  They are no longer about the anonymous giving of stuff.  When two or more are gathered, Christ is with you.  Relational missions provide opportunity for the Holy Spirit to do its […]

Game Changing Communication Tip

Have you ever met a church that hasn’t reported some sort of communication issue?  I know I have yet to conduct a church consultation that communication on some level has not been cited as a problem.  While people are more digitally connected than ever before (most people have a phone in their hand or pocket […]

Meeting or Exceeding Hospitality Expectations?

What is the typical first-time guest experience at your church?  In person?  Online?  Does the experience meet their expectations or does it exceed their expectations?  In my experience what most churches offer as hospitality only meets standard common hospitality expectations.  In other words, this is what most average people would “expect” to find in a […]

Becoming Less Pastor Centric

 “Men and women are not ordained to this ministerial priesthood in order to take priesthood away from the people  but in order to nourish and sustain the priesthood of the people.”  Lesslie Newbigin Clergy centric led churches limit ministry potential when we become dependent on one person. When every detail of every ministry must flow through one person, […]

Christian Social Entrepreneurship

“A Christian social entrepreneurship is a socially conscious business that is focused on solving social problems, such as access to food, money, and education. The stated goal of these companies (or organizations) is to make the world better (although, for most, the ultimate purpose is still to make money). Such companies develop products and services […]

Churches Contributing to Non-Profit Growth

According to 501ctrust.org, over the past decade there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of non-profits. The number of staff in non-profits has grown by more than 50 percent.  Over the same period, there has been only a 2-3 percent increase in the number of for-profit companies.  Nonprofitrisk.org reports non-profits are also […]