Published: 1 week 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: 3 weeks 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: 4 weeks 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: 2 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: 2 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. …

Published: 3 months ago

Are You The “Debbie Downer” Of Your Volunteer Team?

You remember Debbie Downer…the Saturday Night Live character played with expert discomfort by Rachel Dratch. She could see the cloud in every silver lining. She could stop a dinner party conversation in its tracks by bringing up frightening facts about a just-discovered disease. I …

Published: 4 months ago

Are You Pandering?

If you lead in any capacity, you run the risk of pandering to the lowest common denominator. Whether you’re a parent or a pastor, a manager or a middle school teacher, the temptation in leadership is to think about the perpetually dissatisfied person that …

Published: 5 months ago

Need An Inexpensive Option for Team Training?

One of the most frequently-asked questions I hear has to do with resources for volunteer team training. That’s one of the primary reasons we put together The Gospel Is Offensive: Five Plumb Lines for Guest Services. In this 30 page resource, you’ll learn: The five key …

Published: 5 months ago

15 Easy Ways to Highlight Volunteer Opportunities

“How do I let our church know about opportunities to serve?” It’s a question that I hear often, in one form or another. Whether it’s from one of our campuses or from a church leader several states away, it seems that everyone is looking …

Published: 5 months ago

Rewind: Square Pegs and Round Holes

I’m enjoying some downtime with my family this week, so we’re heading to the archives to pull up some of the earliest content from the blog. This post originally appeared in August 2008.   Life is too short to do something you’re not wired …

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