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Why You Don’t Need To Say “Need”

If I were to ask you the question, Does your church need volunteers?, I’m confident the answer would be a resounding YES. In fact, I’m somewhat confident that your “yes” would follow a series of chortles, guffaws, and ROFLs, because of course we could all use some more …

Published: 2 days agoNew

New Spaces Added for Our One-Day Workshops

2018 has seen one One-Day Workshop down, two to go. Our Guest Services One-Day in July had participants from 17 churches in five states. Our two remaining Workshops were previously at capacity, but we have moved to a different venue, allowing us to double our …

Published: 5 days ago

Flashback Friday: Have Any Hoops?

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   If there is a dictionary definition of the spiritual term backsliding, I can promise you that it is accompanied by a picture …

Published: 6 days ago

Thursday Three For All: Worship Times, Man Camps, and Lego Safety Video

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. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)   Transitioning Worship Service Styles and Times: …

Published: 7 days ago

Q&A: Do Your Volunteers Wear T-Shirts?

Q: Have you considered requiring your team to wear t-shirts while serving? If not, why not?  [Scott Ballard, Director of Connections and Technology, The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX] A: Let me tell you a story. Once, we had a Summit Kids staff member …

Published: 1 week ago

Leading Through The Fog

There are moments when our leadership gets murky. The reasons for this are endless: maybe you can’t see a clear path forward. Perhaps your plate is full with other responsibilities. It could be that your heart isn’t in a particular project, you’re conflicted over …

Published: 1 week ago

The Heart of Hospitality

Last week we said goodbye to my 88 year-old uncle. Horace was an icon in our family. He was a Methodist pastor for almost 60 years, the Commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Human Services and the head of Nashville’s Department of Economic Development. He …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: Are You Pandering?

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   If you lead in any capacity, you run the risk of pandering to the lowest common denominator. Whether you’re a parent …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Thursday Three For All: Reactions, Rituals, and Rainbow Sprinkles

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. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)   Pay Attention to Your Reaction (via @mkpearson) This …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Aletheia Church (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Each month, we revisit a series of posts called Guest Services Road Trip. We’ll travel the country from the comforts of our couches, interviewing leaders who are in the trenches of ministry. Do you have an idea for GSRT destination? Have a leader I need to talk to? …

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