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Why You Are Paid To Dream

By | LEADERSHIP | No Comments

Martin Luther King Jr didn’t have an “I Have a Plan” speech that inspired and fueled a movement. As we know it was “I Have A Dream” Knowing the difference between the two is what can and will change your ministry.

As leaders in ministry, you are commissioned to bring people closer to Christ. While you can have incredible content, and a comprehensive strategy if you don’t dream people Read More

What I’ve Learned My First Year In Ministry The Second Time Around

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I forgot how hard this was going to be. As someone who has served in ministry for over a decade it’s humbling to start all over.

Last year I walked away from a very successful and stable career so I could start over. I picked my current parish for many reasons, and I’m glad that I did. It’s full of potential, growth and impact. It’s also a reminder that: Read More

Is Your Family Losing Out On Your Ministry?

By | SPIRITUAL HEALTH

If you had to walk away from ministry to save your family would you? Before you quickly respond think about it. Is the line clear? Probably not, I know because I’ve been there.

Walking away from ministry for your family is difficult because it might be something you love. It’s something that you might have been doing before you got married and had kids. But, you know it’s time to walk away when: Read More

How To Deal With Difficult Coworkers

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

If you get along with all of your coworkers there is no need to read this. But, if there is someone who annoys you or drives you nuts then take assurance that you are normal. Even in church world we encounter difficult coworkers.

But, how do you deal with them? We’re all supposed to be Christians and fighting for the same thing, but that’s not always the case because there are people who: Read More

Where You Should Focus Now To Get Ahead In The Next Year

By | LEADERSHIP

Are you just praying for that little break between Christmas and New Years? You know those few days when you can just press pause on ministry and BREATHE?

It’s easy to go into survival mode during the holidays. We tell ourselves, “I just got to get through one more party, or one more event!” It’s easy to go from being proactive to reactive but that’ll just  Read More

What To Do When You Have A Full Plate

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

Every Thanksgiving I tell myself, “I’m not going to overload my plate.” I don’t want to do it because I know I’ll feel lethargic and totally useless.

In ministry the same thing happens when we overload our schedules and to-do lists. When we overload our plates we end up tiring ourselves out and become totally ineffective. If you are tired of that then you need to: Read More

Why Your Ministry Needs A Weekly Webshow

By | COMMUNICATION, Uncategorized

People are watching more video (Check out the stats here) which begs the question, “How does that impact your ministry?”

Video is a highly effective method of communication. People are visual and it’s something you can access on the go.

For the past two months my coworker Amy and I have been using video via Facebook Live to communicate to parents. What originally started as an experiment has become something bigger. We’ve learned through this webshow that:
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How To Be Heard Above All The Noise

By | COMMUNICATION

As a communicator nothing is more discouraging than a disengaged audience. While it’s easy to blame the audience the truth is that the speaker owns the moment.

Distractions and noise are a part of every day life. To communicate with a fully focused audience is a rare occasion. If you want to be heard above the noise you need to: Read More

Why Teens Will Come Back To Your Ministry

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

From free burrito nights to mandatory attendance we’ll do anything to attract teens to our ministry. But, sometimes the challenge isn’t getting them there initially, it’s making sure they come back.

Why do teens come back to your ministry? It’s a question my ministry asks our every year. The answer wasn’t games, food or cool prizes. The reason teens came back was because of the: Read More

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