Published: 2 months ago

Summertime is Sabbatical Time

On July 8, 2008, the Connective Tissue blog saw the glowing blue light of day for the very first time. Almost ten years and 2,000 posts later, I’ve decided to take my first official writing sabbatical. For the last few years I’ve watched writers …

Published: 2 months ago

Thursday Three For All: Changing Your Church, Runway Lessons, and Hidden Valley Ranch

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.)   Should I Start a Grassroots Movement …

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You Need To Be More Pushy

“Pushy” isn’t an adjective we normally embrace. Pushy people are to be avoided, not cultivated. But there’s a scenario where “pushy” works to the advantage of both the pusher and the pushee (yes, you can get pushy with a pushee). Chip and Dan Heath …

Published: 2 months ago

Danny Recommends: Teaching Notebook

Every so often we dip our toes into a series called Danny Recommends:, posts that tip you off to the stuff that I…you know. The recommendations might be products for use in your ministry, resources that will help you develop leaders around you, or just fun …

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The Fastest Way to Change Your Guest Services Culture

You don’t need to lay out a five year plan. You don’t need to bring in an outside consultant. You don’t need to invest in expensive training, read a mountain of books, or hire a ringer from another church staff to up your guest …

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Flashback Friday: “You Happy, Daddy?”

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   My little girl will turn three in August. She is the source of way too much laughter in our family. Her …

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Thursday Three For All: Lowercase Ministry, New Hires, and Mr. Rogers

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.)   The Importance of Doing lowercase ministry …

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Q&A: How Can I Break Up Volunteer Conversations?

Q: When my volunteers are serving, they are often more excited about focusing on each other than focusing on our guests. How can I prevent personal conversations among volunteers while they’re “on the clock”? [submitted via the 2018 blog survey] A: Short answer: you shouldn’t. …

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Giving Recognition

It was Ephesus, and it was spring. Which year, exactly, we don’t know, but we know that it was spring, and we know that the apostle Paul was putting the finishing touches on a letter to his friends at Corinth. It hadn’t been a …

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Three Things Necessary to Shape Your Vision

Next month kicks off our 2018 One-Day Workshops. Our topics will cover Guest Services (July 17), Volunteer Culture (September 11), and a new-to-2018 subject on assimilation / what happens after the first visit (October 16). The Workshops are nearly halfway full, which means you need …

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