Published: 23 hours agoNew

Giving Recognition

It was Ephesus, and it was spring. Which year, exactly, we don’t know, but we know that it was spring, and we know that the apostle Paul was putting the finishing touches on a letter to his friends at Corinth. It hadn’t been a …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Is It Time To Shut ‘Er Down?

As I type, I’m sitting in my sometimes-remote-office, Starbucks. It’s Tuesday, May 29, in the year of our Lord 2018, and we’re 90 minutes away from The Shutdown. If you’re in the distant future and this post is being read to you from the …

Published: 1 month ago

Help Them Help Them

This post originally appeared on December 9, 2010.   It’s the post so nice, I named it twice. If you’re a leader of people, part of your job is to help people help people.  In the church world, volunteers tend to volunteer because they …

Published: 4 months ago

Do First Time Guests Still Excite You?

It was an honest question. A haunting question. One that made me pause, and one that made me think: Do we still get excited about this? I mean really get excited about it? Ironically, the question was posed on a Sunday morning. On the sidewalk …

Published: 5 months ago

Overload

A few days ago I attempted to dig up a recently-heard quote. The only problem was that I couldn’t remember exactly where I had heard it. Had I read it in a book? On a blog? Seen it linked from a Twitter post? Read it on …

Published: 7 months ago

5 Reasons You Should Serve at Christmas at DPAC

For three days prior to Christmas, the Summit is going to be invading the Durham Performing Arts Center for our sixth year. We’ll be celebrating the incarnation of Jesus, the majesty of the manger, the astonishment that God would dare become man. Christmas at …

Published: 7 months ago

Are Your Volunteers Instruments of Change?

Maybe you’ve noticed a phenomenon taking over your volunteer teams. It’s one that will suck the life out of your people and zap the personal touch from your systems. Too often our volunteers enter into robo-mode: hand out the worship guide. Park the car. …

Published: 7 months ago

Feeling Disconnected? Here’s a Fix.

Whatever size church you attend, there will come a point where you feel left out. Unknown. Like you don’t have the friendships and relationships you’re craving. Feeling connected isn’t correlated to size. It seems counterintuitive, but connection is not a size issue. You can …

Published: 8 months ago

Four Reasons You’re Not Too Busy to Serve Your Local Church

We tend to wear our busyness as a badge of honor. Often, when I’m asked “How are you doing?” or “What have you been up to lately?” my default answer is, “Man, just busy.” I’m the guy who read – and was dismantled by – Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy. (You …

Published: 8 months ago

Maybe Your Problem Isn’t Your People

When it comes to leaders in the church, my favorite Bible verse is Matthew 18:20: “For where two or more are gathered, they shall eventually start griping about their volunteers.” Alrighty, so Jesus never said that, but it doesn’t make it any less true. …

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