Being pulled in a thousand directions is no fun; working all week for a 30-45 minute sermon that draws no “Amens!” is heart breaking; dealing with the effects on the church from the recent financial crisis is, frankly, scary; and, wanting to walk away is frequently enticing. That, my dear friends, is the reality that […]Read more "Passion for the Cause – by Lester Figueroa"
Feed the sheep and they grow you enough wool to keep you warm in the winter. A preacher from New Finland, who knew me as a youth in my home church, gave me this counsel upon returning to our church and finding that I had just entered the ministry. He said, “Good advice is like […]Read more "Feeding God’s Sheep – by Bishop John Cummings"
The author of Hebrews encourages us to “Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). However, most often, we find ourselves Looking Downword. Today’s news is filled with spotlights of trouble and violence. Favorable reports are seemingly treated as less significant. As well, Christians too often dwell on the dreary side […]Read more "Looking Through the Eyes of Christ – by John Sperrazza"
Systems are critical. And the reality is, regardless of your personal thoughts on this topic, you function according to systems. Not sure you agree with me? How do you prepare for a message, a talk, a worship set, etc.? You have a system. You may say that you don’t like “rigidity” and that you have […]Read more "Systems: Start with the Nonnegotiable – by Claude Valdes"
As your church grows you may notice that “the way you’ve always done things” isn’t working any more. How can you observe, greet, and follow up with visitors every week when there are more people than you can touch base with on a Sunday morning? Is there a way the streamline prayer requests and personal […]Read more "Rethinking the Way Things are Done – by Jon Sigmond"
When a member leaves your church, you feel it. Yet dozens of guests leave each year without us giving them a second thought. What if we pursued guests the same way we pursue our friends who leave the church? What if our hearts broke for the outsider as much as they did for the insider? […]Read more "4 Tips to Beef Up Your Visitor Systems – by Jim Armpriester, III"
Systems are the building blocks of sustainable growth, yet often we lack a process for the area of biggest influence, our schedule. Here are four life-hacks to structure your workweek. Find Your One Thing “What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Partner […]Read more "4 Life-Hacks to Systemize Your Work Week – by Jim Armpriester, III"