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Multiply: What’s Next?

I recognize that most of my readers are from outside the walls of The Summit Church, so this post may feel a little like reading someone else’s mail (spoiler: it kind of is). But this weekend was a watershed moment for our church. We …

Published: 8 months ago

2017 Weekenders: New Spots Open!

Our 2017 Weekenders are off to a strong start. February was at capacity, the June event is full, August is nearly full, and November is beginning to populate. (You people plan way in advance, I’ll give you that.) But today I’m happy to announce that …

Published: 9 months ago

Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, California)

This is the second in a monthly series of posts called Guest Services Road Trip. Join me in traveling the country (maybe the globe?) from the comforts of our collective iDevices, interviewing leaders who are in the trenches of ministry. Do you have an idea for GSRT destination? …

Published: 9 months ago

How To Make Vision Stick With Your Guest Services Team

In a recent post I mentioned the importance of repeating the vision over and over. And over and over and over. Because the harsh reality is that vision leaks. I’m always shocked that I’m shocked by that. We can start off so strong in our …

Published: 9 months ago

Never Shut Up.

My pastor is fond of a particular saying: When you are sick of saying it, the leaders in your ministry have probably just heard it. When your leaders are sick of hearing it, then everyone else has heard it for the first time. I’ll …

Published: 9 months ago

Q&A: Casting Vision Via a Volunteer Team Blog

Q: Every few weeks we send some material (blog post/article/etc.) to our Connections team as a way to cast vision and remind them of the “why” that dictates the “what” of our ministry. Usually it’s content from other sources, but I wonder if my …

Published: 10 months ago

On Carrots And Sticks And When To Use Which

We’ve all used the “carrot and stick” analogy at some point or another. Whether you’re a leader in ministry or the marketplace, whether you’re a paid professional or a parent, you have likely tried to assess the right times for leading with rewards vs. …

Published: 10 months ago

Multi-Site Ministries: Fences and Freedom

If you’re a part of a multi-anything: multi-site church, multi-leader ministry, or even a multi-staff/volunteer team, this is a topic we need to cover. As the old adage goes, we sometimes find ourselves with too many chiefs and not enough indians, or too many …

Published: 10 months ago

Q&A: Should My Church Charge For Coffee?

Q:   Our church has always served coffee on Sunday mornings. Due to budget cuts we’ve ended that practice. Our church has responded very well, and there weren’t any riots. Some have proposed that we start charging for coffee. Once costs are covered, profits would …

Published: 10 months ago

Announcing 2017 Weekenders

There is power in observation. If you’re a part of this blog community, chances are good that you appreciate the benefits of reading. On this site, you’ll read about guest services, read about processes, read about how to move people from connected to committed. …

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