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Essential Skills: Managing Your Personal Calendar

Essential Skills: Managing Your Personal Calendar

January 31, 2017

There are many skills that ministry leaders need to develop. Among them are skills like teaching & preaching, leading meetings, planning events, caring for people, responding to crises, and so on. However, there are some less fashionable skills that are just as essential. Here’s the second of five skills that have been on my mind lately. Managing […]

Essential Skills: Managing Checklists

Essential Skills: Managing Checklists

December 30, 2016

There are many skills that ministry leaders need to develop. Among them are skills like teaching & preaching, leading meetings, planning events, caring for people, responding to crises, and so on. However, there are some less fashionable skills that are just as essential. Here are five of them that have been on my mind lately. Managing Checklists […]

NextGen Ninja: The Master Communicator Rule #1 – Be Prepared

NextGen Ninja: The Master Communicator Rule #1 – Be Prepared

December 19, 2016

YEARLY OR QUARTERLY Prior to each year, take time with your team (your staff and/or your most trusted key volunteers) to map out your teaching schedule for the year. If this is a new discipline for you, perhaps you should start out by quarter or semester. For more on how to do this, read A Student-Centered Process […]

NextGen Ninja – The Master Communicator

NextGen Ninja – The Master Communicator

December 12, 2016

Welcome young padawan ninja. With much practice and discipline, you, too, can become a Master Communicator. Time out. Before I go any further, I’m definitely not presuming to be a master communicator! It’s just really fun to use the ninja lingo. The truth is, I still have a lot to learn about being a good […]

Essential Skills for Ministry Leadership

Essential Skills for Ministry Leadership

December 9, 2016

There are many skills that ministry leaders need to develop. Among them are skills like teaching & preaching, leading meetings, planning events, caring for people, responding to crises, and so on. However, there are some less fashionable skills that are just as essential and are just hard, dirty work. There are five in particular that have been […]

Using Basecamp to Manage Church and Ministry Projects, Event Planning, and Key Processes

Using Basecamp to Manage Church and Ministry Projects, Event Planning, and Key Processes

December 3, 2016

We use Basecamp to manage all our ministry’s major projects, plan events, and manage some key processes. It’s an intuitive, simple online

What is a NextGen Pastor?

What is a NextGen Pastor?

May 21, 2016

A NextGen Pastor (or Pastor/Director of Next Generation Ministries) is also sometimes referred to as a Family Pastor (or Pastor/Director of Family Ministries). Most NextGen Pastors oversee multiple staff and multiple age groups, some of which can include college and young adults. A Family Pastor […]

There When They Need You

There When They Need You

March 4, 2016

A while back, I got an email from the parent of a kid that hadn’t been part of our ministry in years. They just stopped coming. She talked about how influential I had been in their kid’s life and that he was hurting and in need of some care. All sorts of thoughts and feelings […]

When Teens Are Gay

When Teens Are Gay

January 26, 2016

  We have teens and young adults in our church who are gay, bisexual, and transgendered. At one point not too long ago, we had to deal with two girls who were actually kind of making out with each other during our large group time. I eventually had a private conversation with the two of them […]