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10 Mistakes You’re Making When Recruiting Volunteers

If you’re in ministry, you live in the world of volunteers. The weekend (and the week) doesn’t happen without the people who work hard with no pay. But free labor doesn’t pop up easy. Here are ten mistakes you might be making when trying to get …

Published: 3 days ago

Centered and Sent

It’s safe to say that we are rapidly approaching – if we haven’t already arrived in – a post-Christian culture. The societal Christianity that many of us grew up with is gone. The Judeo-Christian values that used to be a commonly-held standard have eroded. And …

Published: 6 days ago

Flashback Friday: Jen Hatmaker Ruined My Marriage

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you! Gather ’round children: I’m about to spin a tale that exposes the seedy underbelly of hip 70’s kids evangelicalism. For the last …

Published: 7 days ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)   Why Micromanaging is Ungodly (via @barnabaspiper) Every …

Published: 1 week ago

Announcing a New One-Day Workshop: Volunteer Culture

Someone once said that every organization is a volunteer organization. It’s true. If you’re a business owner, your employees have a choice on whether or not they work for you. If you run the place like a tyrant, it won’t be long before they find another …

Published: 1 week ago

Back to the Battle Plan

If you’re in ministry, you likely went into last weekend with a strategy of some sort. Whether you were unveiling a new initiative, assembling a new volunteer team, or preparing for an influx of new guests, you prayed, planned, and processed through every scenario, …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: The Dregs of Craigs

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   We’re entering into another week of shopping for a new car for our oldest son, and by “new” I mean “What can we …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)   Eight Reasons Good People Volunteer (via @markbeeson) The …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Let’s Talk About the Weather

At the time of this writing, we’re in the middle of a hot spell. We’re talkin’ triple digit heat indexes, A/C units that run for days without stopping, and power bills that cost more than a car payment. Hot is just what we do …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: Nobody Cares About Your Church

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you! Recently I was in a meeting of church leaders from around our state.  We were hammering out details for an initiative designed …

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