Published: 3 years ago

Flashback Friday: Adventures in Babysitting

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you! Most of you who stalk…um…follow Summit staff know that Small Groups Guy Spence Shelton is single-handedly sending the family doctor to Aruba in February.  So …

Published: 3 years 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.   Ready or Not, the Class of 2018 is Here! (via @robertvadams) If you feel like feeling old today, …

Published: 3 years ago

You Need a Story Repository

Every family has one. You know what I’m talking about: that one relative who is the Keeper Of The Stories. He or she bellies up to the dinner table at every birthday party, Christmas, Thanksgiving, you name it, and tells the same six to …

Published: 3 years ago

The Greatest Test of Your Ministry

I had a couple of great student pastors growing up. “Bob” (I’ll call him that, because that’s his real name) was runnin’ the show during my early high school years. He was infamous for his quirky sayings that almost always had a little nugget …

Published: 3 years ago

Jen Hatmaker Ruined My Marriage

Gather ’round children: I’m about to spin a tale that exposes the seedy underbelly of hip 70’s kids evangelicalism. For the last several weeks, husbands everywhere have been laid bare to a terror so insidious, so awful, so freakishly terrible, that I can’t bear …

Published: 3 years ago

Flashback Friday: Not Their Niche

Every Friday we dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   What happens when a team member (be it paid staff, volunteer, etc.) discovers they’re not passionate about something that’s part of …

Published: 3 years 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.   Five Things Pastors with ADHD want You to Know. (via @lancemichels) My buddy Lance wrote a poignant, transparent …

Published: 3 years ago

It’s Not About Parking Cars

Guest services isn’t about how you serve your guests. It’s about why.  Parking a car, opening a door, seating a rear, and pouring a cup of coffee are means to an end. Sure, they’re an important means, but they’re just a means. Job descriptions are a great idea …

Published: 3 years ago

How to Defuse a Volunteer

Maybe it’s happened to you: you’re running through a regular weekend service, minding your own beeswax, and things get tense. I’m talking you-could-cut-it-with-a-knife tense. Somebody’s-about-to-blow tense. Shawty-fire-burning-on-the-dance-floor tense. Something doesn’t go as planned, systems begin to break down, communication lines get blurred, and people …

Published: 3 years ago

Keeping the Maine Thing the Maine Thing

A couple of weeks back I spent the weekend in Maine, officiating a wedding.  Yes: it’s an awful job, but someone has to do it. Maine has always been on my travel bucket list, so when my friends Drew and Leah asked me to …

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