Ideas to Implementation to Impact

By Dave Travis | Get your good ideas moving

The Turquoise Table Movement Wants You

Four years ago, Kristin Schell ordered two picnic tables for a party. She was a reliable hostess in her Austin community, a thrower of book clubs, …

Houses

What 9Marks Purists Should Know About Church Planting

<b>Editor’s note: At 9Marks, we’ve long appreciated those with whom we have the most important things in common, yet disagree with us constructively</b> …

Life Story: Christopher Nelson

<b>MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)</b> — The longtime leader of a Twin Cities church is remembered as man who was a mentor and a teacher.Christopher Nelson served as the …

Minnesota

Future of Work: Four Shifts Leaders Must Focus on

Talking about the impending shifts like automation, robotics, disruptions and uncertainties in our world of work is almost clichéd.What seems like a …

Peter Drucker

Don't Play with Dead Snakes — Kill Projects Before They Kill You

DNAnexus CEO Richard Daly on how they tripled revenue by killing and scorching the earth under 'Dead Snake' projects. <br>Continue reading at First Round …

Management

It’s Not a Problem to Solve. It’s a Polarity to Manage.

I saw this image circulating around social media last week and I had to roll my eyes:<p>It’s not because I don’t believe in the values of “new …

8 Common Characteristics of Successful Church Revitalizations

There is one type of church revitalization that is more successful than all others. The church closes its doors for a season, and then re-opens, …

3 Big Lists of Church Social Media Policies

Doing social media for churches is easy, that’s why social media is so popular, because it’s easy. But, when a church is larger and complicated or …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.” – …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Social Media

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

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” …

Coffee

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. …