Published: 4 days ago

Lose The Snooze

For the last few weeks, I’ve been conducting a little experiment. And while I’m far from the point that I can definitively say “this works,” I’m pretty convinced that it does. I’m talking, dear readers, about the snooze button. I love a good snooze button. …

Published: 6 days ago

Specialist or Generalist?

There’s a bit of a debate in guest services nerd circles about whether our team members should serve as specialists or generalists. Put another way, should volunteers have one role where they serve, or should they be able to serve in multiple different areas? How you …

Published: 1 week ago

2,000 Posts

On July 8, 2008, the Connective Tissue blog debuted on the innerwebs for the very first time. I launched the blog with no clear vision, no certain path forward, and no real idea of what I wanted it to look like way out into …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Thursday Three For All: Bodyguards, Not Mattering, and a Stumbling Deer

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.)   My Bodyguard, My Self (via @jamiekeiles) I found …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Warsaw Community Church (Warsaw, Indiana)

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? …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Top Ten Quotes: What’s Best Next

I realize that I am way, way, way behind in reading one of the most popular books from a couple of years yore, which is ironic since it is a book on – of all things – getting things done. But you know what, better late …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Choosing Inconvenience

Imagine two scenarios. In the first, a couple arrives at your church. They’re on time…early, even. They’ve been a part of the church for years. They serve in various roles. They’re leaders, they’re givers, they’re faithful. And they’re on time…early, even…because they structured their …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: You Don’t Get To Define The Offense

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   …there are plenty of things we do – intentionally or unintentionally, overt or covert – that serve as distractions at best …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Thursday Three For All: Small Church Friendliness, Disneyland Design, and Cow Playing Fetch

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.)   Intentional Friendliness: Making A Great First …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Q&A: How Do You Stagger Vols Across Multiple Services?

Q: I’m trying to get a better handle on team transitions between weekend services. At what point does the longer serving team for the first service leave their positions and the next team replace them?  [Larry Stege, Pastor, Guest and Member Services, Pinelake Church …

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