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God, Give Us the Grace to be Grateful.

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and the purpose of Thanksgiving is to…well…give thanks. In your family or friend group, perhaps you have different ways of doing that: your Methodist preacher granddaddy says the...

How to Lead a Ministry You Don’t Love

If you haven’t been there, you will: You get hired for your dream job or at your dream organization. The job description is everything you’ve ever wanted, except for that one little add-on ministry at...

Danny Recommends: DPark Radio

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...

2022 Connections Confab: Apply Today!

It’s time to get the band back together. Back in 2015 we launched a coaching network called Connections Confab. Today we count over 60 leaders from churches in 21 states as part of our Confab...

Top Ten Quotes: The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek’s The Infinite Game tackles the topic of … well … infinite games (no need to get crazy-creative with titles, am I right)? Sinek sets up the categories of finite games – those with...

How to Lead a Grandfathered-In Volunteer Team

Q: Now that you’re gonna be a grandfather, do you plan on making these types of puns in future post titles? [Suddenly-disgruntled blog reader, Monowi, Nebraska] A: Probably. (And please, call me “Pops.” Grandfather was...

Preach Your Announcements

Church announcements tend to be the pariah of the weekend service. They can be too long, too boring, too fuzzy, or there’s just too many. In our context, we often use a plumb line that...

Q&A: What Do You Do With Your First-Time Guest Surveys?

The following question came from a participant in our recent One-Day Workshop. Q: When you receive a completed survey from a first-time guest, how much of that feedback is actionable? A: All of it. That’s...

Franks Family: Party of Ten

Today, some personal news: In the wild season that has been 2020-2021, our family has managed to eke out some celebrations along the way: A couple of engagements at the start of this whole thingA...

What’s Your Lane?

On the team that I lead, we will occasionally revisit the topic of our “lanes:” Those things we’re currently doing that we love to do.Those things we’re currently doing that we no longer want to...

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