Ministry

What Ministry Expectations Does Your Church Have?

How does a church move away from the 20% stat? You know the statistic that says 20% of the people do 80% of the work of ministry in their local church. I was thinking about this driving into the office this morning. The answer that popped in my head when I asked my self that question was “expectations”. Expectations 
 What are the expectations your church has of it’s members? At our church we have what we call “The Big…

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discipleship

Helping Children and Teens Discover and Use their Spiritual Gifts

I don’t have it all figured out. I’m learning as I go. Life is a constant stage of growth, or at least it should be. Parenting is not easy, plain and simple, it ain’t easy. The discipleship of our children should start at home. We, the parents, should be the main source of discipleship of our children, not the church, the church should be our support in this process. My child’s kids’ church teacher or my teen’s youth pastor has…

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Family Ministry

Our Society is Messed Up. We Created This.

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:11 There is much in our society and culture that says just the opposite of 1 John 3:11. I know I’m going to sound like the old man here. Our kids have access to music that teaches through it’s lyrics the opposite of love. We have video games where kids play for hours on end where they are the active shooter. Schools administrations stand…

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Ministry Leadership

Culture Change in Church (Part 2)

  Quite often when we realize a change needs to happen we want to rush in and make immediate and drastic change without thinking through the whole process. You cannot turn a big ship on a dime. For most of our churches, we have been around a long time, in that time a certain culture has been developed and more than likely it wasn’t a planned out process as to what culture to create. This applies to the church as…

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Ministry

Culture Change in Church (part 1)

Our church has seen many changes over the past twenty-something years: A small group of older adults to a church with a good mix of ages. A handful of children to a church with a growing group of young families. Traditional music to a church that was blended to a church that is using more contemporary music in worship services. Hymnals to overhead projector to video projectors. Sunday school to small groups that meet in homes. From the old little…

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Missions

When God Gives Passion

You plan and organize a mission trip for your youth group.  You do this for the students.  You want them to experience missions first hand, a new culture, expand their horizons, open their eyes to people in need of hope in Christ.  You are simply minding your own business and doing your “job”.  Your role as youth pastor includes doing things like mission trips whether you like it or not. So months of planning happens. Then you open the trip…

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Student Ministry

You Need to Refuel

Join Doug Franklin and some guy named Andy.  Seriously the best retreat for student ministers.   I have been to the big conferences, they were fun, met a lot of people, learned a few things.  Refuel Retreat is different, small, intimate, discussions around the round table with other youth ministers.  LeaderTreks is great at what they do.  You will walk away refueled and rethinking how you have been discipling students and spiritually refueled as well. Here is a link to a…

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Ministry

Great Leadership

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35   Jesus sets the example of leadership in this one verse. The disciples just wrapped up an argument as they walked along the road. After hanging out with Jesus one would think they would totally understand humility from Jesus’ example but apparently that lesson had not sunk in yet. I…

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Ministry

Take a Break

Ministry can be tiring, ministry can be draining. Ministry, at times, can wear you out. We have probably all experienced those times where we look back and we haven’t had a real day off in fourteen to twenty days. The week before summer camp is spent taking care of the final prep for camp and then that flows right into the week of camp then you return on Saturday from camp, work all day Sunday then spend the next Monday…

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Volunteer

Having “The Talk”

Most people don’t like confrontation. We don’t want to have a confrontational conversation. Confrontation doesn’t have to be a negative it can be positive and have positive results. In fact if someone who was once active in serving in ministry starts to be hit and miss or drops out of serving all together that is a red flag that something is happening in their lives and we should want to reach out to them. 

If you have been leading ministry…

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