Published: 2 years ago

Last Call for Confab

Not too long ago I announced plans for the fall version of the Connections Confab, a series of gatherings in August-November of this year designed to help you take your guest services / assimilation / covenant membership / leadership development / volunteer culture ministry farther down the …

Published: 2 years ago

Why I Attended the Connections Confab

We’re celebrating our first ever Guest Blogger Week here on the blog, and we’re kicking it off with my friend Steven Murray, Director of Communications at Houston’s First Baptist Church.He’s been in that role for nine years and oversees the communications, promotion, and public relations …

Published: 2 years ago

Connections Confab: The Return

  It’s hard to believe that in a couple of weeks we’ll be hosting the last of four spring gatherings called “Connections Confab.” We launched in February with fourteen leaders from twelve churches in NC, VA, and TX. We’ve come together largely as strangers, …

Published: 2 years ago

In Connections Ministry, What’s the Right Mix?

A few weeks back I was talking to a friend about the right mix for a Connections Pastor. For our illustration, we’ll say that a CP covers areas related to guest services, covenant membership, and general onboarding into the life of the church. This …

Published: 3 years ago

2014 Top Ten: Posts

As we round out the old year and a half-a-week’s worth of year-end review posts, I thought it might be fun to revisit the top ten posts from the past year. A note on the metrics: these are almost in order of page hits. In a few …

Published: 3 years ago

Announcing the Connections Confab

UPDATE: the 2015 spring Confab is now full. If you’d like to be the first to know about upcoming Confab dates, let me know.   Connections Confab 2015 is coming. Should you apply? Read on… Imagine an in-depth conversation on all things connections ministry in a …

Published: 3 years ago

My Ultimate Connections Reading & Resource List

  Connections Ministry is a weird beast. Poor Connections Pastors are even weirder. There aren’t as many of us as…say…student pastors, which are consistently available in multi-packs at your local seminary or Bible college (return policies may vary). And because we’re fewer in number, we tend to …

Published: 4 years ago

Introducing socialMEdia™ Small Groups

[Editor’s note: before you read the following post, please take notice of two things: 1. It was originally penned on April 1. (APRIL. FIRST.) 2. And if April 1 does nothing to jog your brain, you should definitely click the link at the bottom. No …

Published: 4 years ago

Crave Community? Serve!

Recently one of our First Impressions team members moved out of state. As her team leader was conducting an “exit interview” of sorts, he asked her about the type of church she’d be looking for in her new city. Here’s what she said: “While …

Published: 4 years ago

Thursday Three For All

Four Reasons Why You Might Feel Disconnected From Your Church. (via @NathanRouse, HT @JustinKBuchanan) Don’t read the post without also hitting the comments. Yes, I agree with all four of Nathan’s points, but I also know that even those things aren’t always enough. A common phrase …

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