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Take the Leap

In life and in ministry, sometimes you just have to take the leap. Editor’s note: Whoa. Stop right there. Is this an idiotically transparent attempt at taking advantage of the fact that this is Leap...

How to Lead a Book Discussion

In a recent post I talked about how to choose a book (or books, because plural books are better) with your volunteers or staff. In this post, I want to talk about how you actually...

If You Don’t Care, Who Will?

I have a confession to make: sometimes I litter. Not big litter, of course. I’m not a neanderthal, hurtling down the interstate and hurling my Chick-fil-A sacks out the window. I don’t sneak across the...

Q&A: How Do I Effectively Run a First Impressions Team in an Older Facility?

Q: Our church building is an older campus with multiple entry points and no central welcome desk. How can I lead our First Impressions team to greater effectiveness? [from the 2024 blog survey] A: Most...

Multi-Site EPODs: Establishing the Essentials

Many moons ago I wrote a post called You Need an EPOD. It was an ode to one of the tried-and-true tools in our multi-site toolbox, a document called – you guessed it – an...

Easter Practice Starts Now

At the time this post goes live, there are six “normal” Sundays left between now and Easter. Now, I get it. You get it. There is no such thing as a normal Sunday. Easter is...

Top Ten Quotes: Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager

I am neither a project manager nor the son of a project manager. (I’m more what you’d call an assistant to the regional project manager.) That said, at any given time in my role, I’m...

Q&A: How Do I Keep Our Mission in Front of Our Team?

Q: How can I keep our mission, vision, and values in front of my volunteer team? [from the 2024 Blog Survey] A: My pastor is fond of a saying that I’ve heard him use dozens...

How Does a Hospitable Culture Apply to Small Groups? (part one)

We’re in a new series called Hospitable Culture. The big question is this: What if hospitality isn’t something we do, it’s simply who we are? In other words, what if we could bump hospitality beyond...

Laborers, Ladder-Climbers, and Lifers

For those of us who lead volunteer teams within the church, I think it’s important to get inside the head of our vols: what motivates them? What demotivates them? What makes them feel appreciated? What...

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