Ideas to Implementation to Impact

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6 Ways to Turn Your Church Inside-Out

To connect with people, you need to meet them where they are, says Ben Ingebretson, the director of new church development for the Dakotas and …

Faith

Mechanic makes car repairs a ministry in Powder Springs

- David McCoy, a retired Air Force mechanic, knows a lot about cars. He's set up a garage next to McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church in …

United Methodist

Let’s Keep Reaching Consumers. Aka, Lost Sheep.

“The modern church is so consumeristic!” It’s a common line uttered by the religiously fed-up, and of course, there’s a lot of truth in it. <i>Some</i> …

Faith

Ministry Matters: Mentor Groups

One of the ministry questions I get asked the most is: “How do you all do mentoring in your church?” I spent the first three years in my job tossing …

Leadership

10 Things I Did Not Do that Improved My Congregation’s Singing

My congregation sings better than they did a year ago. I’ve been their worship leader for just over a year, and I’ve seen progress in their …

Music

Caring for Miami is the Miami-Dade Schools 2016-2017 District-Wide Exemplary Partner

Faith-based organization meets the physical needs of 1200 children each week. <b>Ed: What is the award, and who has won the award in the past?</b><b>Panos:</b> On …

Education

Avoiding the trap of low-knowledge, high-confidence theories

We’ve all laughed at detailed renderings of constellations overlaying a paltry set of stars that are in fact quasi-random. Like Fornax, which is just …

Management

5 Considerations All Pastors Need To Think Through NOW

Through our work helping churches create succession plans, we’ve seen what some of the smartest pastors are doing regarding their (eventual) …

20 Life and Leadership Lessons I Learned From Reggie Joiner

I’ve been at the Rethink Leadership and Orange Conferences this week in Atlanta. If you’ve never been you’re missing out.<p>I’ve had the privilege of …

Leadership

5 Reasons Your Church Needs to Do (At Least) Two Services Every Sunday!

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” – …

Faith

An Analysis of the Church-Wide Campaign-Driven Strategy

Unlike the Free Market system or the Sermon-Based system (both of which are also very commonly semester systems), the Church-Wide Campaign-Driven …

Elections

Uniting a Violence-Plagued City in Prayer

On October 27, 1994, Armando Mendez’s car ran out of gas five blocks from his home near downtown Aurora, Illinois. When he pulled into a gas station, …

Faith

Disability Makes a Church Strong

Each Sunday, as I stand on our elevated platform, I look out at a couple hundred faces of various ages, different shades of color, and a diversity of …

Follow-up Calls with Church Guests: What to Do and What Not to Do

Phone calls are an important connection point with church guests. Not all guests will give you their phone numbers. For those who do, here are some …

The Very Best Way to Launch the Largest Number of New Groups

I am regularly asked for ideas on the best <i>ways</i> to connect more people in groups. Having been working on the answer to this question for over 20 …

5 Ways to Hack the Power Triangle

The difference between average success and remarkable achievement is your ability to hack the power triangle.<p>Each point of the triangle represents a …

Personality

Eight Considerations for Family Photo Stations at Churches on Holidays

<i>By Jonathan Howe</i><p>A recent trend that is really catching on around holidays in churches is the use of photo stations. Easter, Mother’s Day, and …

Great Managers Lead Meetings For 3 Different Outcomes

Shutterstock<p>What makes for a successful meeting?<p>For some companies, the idea of holding consistently effective meetings is a pipe dream. Employees view most meetings as a necessary evil, a complete waste of time at best, a torturous exercise in endurance at worst.<p>But what if the problem centers on …

Leadership

Alternative Pastoral Models

<b>by C. Jeff Woods</b><p>The traditional pastoral model is built upon a set of very expensive assumptions that include three years of post-bachelor education, …

LA Church Cafes Provide a Fresh Blend of Jesus, Community, and Coffee - Eater LA

The intersection of food, drink, and gospel<p>Wind west of the 405 freeway along Mulholland Boulevard and reach a parking lot at the base of Bel-Air Presbyterian Church. Climb a set of stairs, cross a courtyard, and you’ll reach Parable Coffee Lab, a café that’s promised “thoughtful coffee, epic view” …

Wonderfully made: How churches are seizing on gallery spaces for art

LEXINGTON, Mass. (RNS) When psychologist Bob Bass retired five years ago, he knew his photography hobby would be good for his spiritual well-being. …

Urgent Church: Nine Changes We Must Make Or Die

It broke my heart.<p>Another church closed. This church had unbelievable potential. Indeed, it had its own “glory days,” but only for a season. But, 10 …

A One-on-One Worksheet That Gives Power to Employees

To empower people, you must give them some control.<p>One-on-ones where employees control most or all of the agenda transfers power to employees. But …

Unlock honest feedback with this one word

This one little word makes all the difference…<p>A few years ago, a CEO told me how she was struggling to get honest feedback from her board.<p>No one …

Quarterly 1-1s Are a Waste of Time

In this world of rapid change, quarterly meetings aren't enough.<p>Think back over the last 90 days, and ask yourself these questions:<p>What were the highs and lows for you?<br>• What worked, and what didn’t work?<br>• Are you sure you have a complete list before you have your quarterly 1-1 conversation?<br>• And more …

Management

How to Launch a Short-Term On-Campus Strategy (that leads to off-campus groups)

I’ve written about this several times, but haven’t ever put the nuts-and-bolts in one place. This short-term on-campus strategy (that leads to …

College & University

How To Ask Radically Candid Questions

Shutterstock<p>Kim Scott, the author of <i>Radical Candor, Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,</i> knows it can be painful to be a boss, especially when you have to fire someone. Getting fired is painful, even traumatic. It can cause financial hardship and damage a person’s self-confidence. Scott …

Leadership

A Surprising (and Controversial) Predictor of High-Performing Teams Has Resurfaced

Gallup issued a report again confirming a very surprising top performance predictor.<p>Gallup recently issued their <i>2017 State of the American Workplace</i> report, complete with its list of top predictors of engagement/performance/productivity. The list was populated with the usual predictable indicators …

Leadership

Insight: The Upside of a Scorecard over a Job Description

I’m frequently asked for a sample job description for small group pastors. Generally it is a senior pastor or executive pastor asking for a copy (to …