It’s that season when your fiscal year is coming to a close, and the budget process is resetting for next year. The good news is that as the years go by, budgets become more predictable and easy to reset. The bad news is we can get into a budgeting rut, and miss opportunities to steward our budgets for mission and vision achievement. Here are 5 factors to consider during this year’s budgeting process.Read More
I always find that simply jarring the conversation loose can be the most difficult part of any team off-site. Once the conversation is rolling, the core problems and key solutions come into focus.
Today, I want to share with you a powerful tool that can be used to frame up, perhaps, your entire off-site. As your ministry season comes to a close this spring, it's the ideal time to answer these 4 questions. It leaves you the summer to strategize, and in the fall you’ll be ready to execute!Read More
Do you feel like your church's direction has gone off the rails? Do you lack clarity on your Mission, Vision, Values or Strategy and how they should work together?
Join me on May 16 at noon Central time, when I’ll be hosting a webinar designed especially for church leaders: How To Accomplish Your Church’s God-Given Purpose. I'll help you gain clarity, harness your team's momentum, and get back on track.Read More
Everything we do at Mission Church doesn’t turn to gold. But we try. We’ve never been short on effort when it comes to taking risks launching new things.
When it comes to our Mobile App, it has exceeded our expectations. In less than 2 months, we have had 120% of our weekend attendance download the app. Here are 3 reasons it has been a success.Read More
Thanks for taking my Church Connections Survey a couple weeks ago. I was happy to see nearly a 50/50 split between church leaders and church participants in the survey results. I want to share with you a few of the key findings from the survey results, including one big surprise about people's willingness to give financially.Read More
Last week, I had the privilege of being with church leaders from across the country at the Global Leadership Summit’s Premiere Host Site event. Not only did this event fully prepare us to effectively host the GLS, I also had the opportunity to hear from some of the greatest leaders and thinkers in the Church.
Bobby Gruenewald, who serves on the Lead Team at Life.Church, had some fascinating stories and insights on the role of technology and innovation in the Church. Here are four of them.Read More
I have found the greatest internal battle for church leaders is…wait for it…Connections! LifeWay Research reports that only 10% of first-time guests become regular church attenders.
So I want to hear from you! There are 2 survey options. One is for church participants, and the other is for church leaders. It’s going to be great to gather data from both sides of the “counter” (so to speak).Read More
Last week, we looked at monitoring and measuring the subjective. Now what about the objective and easily measured? Sometimes the easiest things to monitor are the easiest to neglect. Why? Because we don’t always like what it tells us.
Does your church get a check-up as often as you do? If so, you’re probably guessing on your church’s health. It’s time to find an easy, helpful and consistent way to monitor it!Read More
Every church has a long list of things that can either drive toward health and performance or put health and performance at risk. And most of these can be measured objectively; there’s a goal and a reality.
But what about the characteristics that you can’t easily measure? These are just as critical to mission accomplishment and vision achievement.Read More
I’ve never met a pastor who didn’t desire for their people to invite more people to church. Heck, you wish you would even invite more people to your church.
You know those moments with a friend, coworker or neighbor when you feel God nudging you or whispering to invite them to church…but you don’t! Why? Because in your mind, you are asking a question that you can finish for me: “If I invite them to church what will they think of ______?” But it’s not about you.
What if there was one response you could give to three things people share with us on any given day?Read More