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5 Simple Ways to Get Ahead of Your Work Week

We’ve talked before about the fact that there’s no such thing as an ideal work week. Especially in ministry, there are going to be emergencies, crises, meetings that can’t wait, and situations outside of our...

How to Choose Books to Read with Your Staff or Volunteers

Very few things catalyze learning, conversation, or growth faster than a good book. Especially when it comes to your staff or volunteers. For the last decade, I’ve led countless teams through countless books, whether it’s...

Danny Recommends: Portable Monitor

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...

Q&A: How Can We Help First-Time Guests Know Their Next Step?

Q: How can we help our first-time guests know their next step, whether that step is a part of their spiritual journey, or simply their next step of connection with our church? [from the 2023...

Top Ten Quotes: You Are What You Love

Several years ago a friend introduced me to James K.A. Smith’s You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. The quote he shared led to this post about how preparation and anticipation can...

Answer 5 Questions, Get a Chance at 50 Bucks

Every January I share the annual blog survey: a set of questions that help drive and shape content for the following year. This year I’ve narrowed the list down to just five super-simple questions: four...

Introducing the “Hospitable Culture” Series

For the last year or so, our team has been asking a lot of questions about a lot of things. Some of those are borne out of scale: as our church grows, how do we...

10 Ways to (Lightly) Reset Your Volunteer Team This Year

It’s a brand-new trip around the sun. And if you’re like me, you enjoy a new page on the calendar, a blank sheet of paper, a mile-marker opportunity to hit the reset button on a...

2023 Year in Review: Books

It’s that time of year again, when you can barely open social media without being assaulted by every wanna-be’s top ten list. Because I fancy myself a wanna-be wanna-be (that’s an entirely different level of...

2023 Year in Review: Posts

The final week of the year has become home for a few honored traditions: the relative calm after the crazy of Christmas. The anticipation of the year ahead. Cherished moments with family. Top ten lists...

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