Change for the sake of change is a waste of time and energy but how often do you look at your schedule to maximize your effectiveness as a leader? It's September and a new ministry season is upon us. For some of us our kids our back to routine, therefore, we are back to routine. How can we leverage this reset season in our lives? Here are 4 questions to assess your schedule and it’s effectiveness.Read More
Last week we looked at the 2 Hopes To Have For Your Guests at church. If you didn't catch it, go back, read and come on back. A connections strategy should be founded in core hopes such as the ones I listed.
Now that a guest has visited and made a meaningful connection, the second hope was that they return, right? Well, every week they don't return the chances of them returning gets slimmer and slimmer. In fact, if they don't return in the 3 weeks, chances are you won't ever see them again.Read More
It takes 46% of people 4 visits to make a decision about a church. And when the average person attends roughly 50% of the time, the decision to make your church their church is a 2 month decision. And as pastors we may not like these numbers but facts are our friends. Are you befriending the facts?
To befriend the facts, here is our first hope for a guest at our church...Read More
"The man or woman who learns to make peace with routine responsibilities and obligations will make the greatest contributions in the long run." -Gordon MacDonald
You get this as a leader; it is the Public World that pulls at us, celebrates us, and let's be honest...compensates us. However, it is our Private World that upholds us and sustains us.
How in order is your Private World?
If you haven't read the book - do so! Until then, I want to share with you a chart that holds in contrast our lives when our Private World is in order vs. when it is not.
There is something that comes with leading and pastoring that we tend to believe is only at the front end of ministry but is, in fact, a part of our entire ministry: fundraising.Read More
When it comes to the conversation about vision, there is no shortage of content on the matter; especially within the Church. If I were asked to define vision, I would say that vision is not a plan we dreamed up. It’s not a dream we have planned out. It’s a dream we are planning for!
There are many oppositions to the visions of our church. We need to be actively removing the barriers to vision achievement that are within our control. Here are 5 problems you may be having with your church’s vision.Read More
As Pastors and church leaders, we can be guilty of making assumptions about people and people groups. In this age of the American church, most of our assumptions have been pointed at the Baby Boomers... or, as we tend to call them, the old people.
Until you challenge your assumptions, the Baby Boomers won’t fit very well. Here are 5 new assumptions I am making about the Baby Boomers of my church.Read More
Once you boost productivity for the essentials of life, you may want to consider the non-essentials. Some tools aren’t essential, but can enhance our life and our leadership. Here are some app essentials for the non-essentials of life.Read More