Ways to Quickly Build Influence

This post comes from a personal place for me. After 6 years at my previous church, I’m in a new place of service. I’m with new people, new coworkers, and a new environment. Being a pastor and someone who wants … Read more.

When Manager and Minister Collide

In the world of church leadership, there are numerous hats that leaders end up wearing. Many times, the art of balancing pastor, administrator, counselor, creative guru and other miscellaneous titles, can end up in a heaping mess on the floor … Read more.

5 Things Your Volunteer Environments Must Have

*This article first appeared on SundayMag.tv on January 12, 2017. Check out the original article here. For your volunteer environments to thrive, you must be intentional about the culture you’re creating.   Part of your job, whether its in your job description … Read more.

MVR : Most Valuable Resource

Teams are the most valuable resource that is ever entrusted to you. I have been blessed to work with some amazing teams in my life, and likewise on some teams that just didn’t quiet have what it took to find … Read more.

Going Beyond The Technical

While leading and serving within the technical aspects of the church, sometimes as leaders we can run the risk of focusing too much on the tech and not enough on the people.   Yes I love a glitch free service … Read more.

7 Ways to Retain Volunteers

Volunteers are so important to the life of your church.   Even the largest churches in the nation depend heavily on volunteers to execute weekend services and activities. There are times when volunteers leave your ministry for good reasons. There … Read more.

3 Ways to Protect Your Volunteer Team

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any church.   If you think about it, volunteers often determine whether or not a first-time visitor will return – since that decision is made within the first ten minutes of a visit, before the … Read more.

How To Unplug From Leadership

One of the times of year my family looks forward to the most is our annual camping trip to Lake Michigan. We sleep in a tent, cook around a campfire and spend a week without a schedule, alarms or obligations. … Read more.

How Well Does Your Team Know You?

I think the vast majority of us would agree that the strength of the team comes often time from the relationships built outside of serving together. If a volunteer team only meets up on Sunday and doesn’t talk the rest … Read more.

How To Fire A Volunteer

Do you ever have a volunteer that is not a great fit for your team or the position they are in on your team? Do you worry about dealing with the situation because they are a volunteer? I’ve been there. … Read more.

5 Ways to Develop Young Leaders

My friend Kim Porter wrote a very powerful article on Wednesday on the topic of leadership and the times ‘when you don’t know it all’ as a leader. And she’s right, you don’t have to know everything about a certain … Read more.

When You Don’t Know it All

Six years ago, I stepped into a role I didn’t feel even slightly prepared to take on. My husband, Todd, and I had came down from the Detroit area with our kids so that he could take on the position … Read more.

A Test of WILL

I asked Will to throw a shoe at my face when the clock hit midnight at a new year’s eve party for high-schoolers at Ginghamsburg. I had never met him before. I was just a chaperone trying to make things … Read more.

5 Ways to Generate New Ideas

Ever had one of those seasons where you just felt like the idea well had run dry? I know I have. As creatives in a church environment we can often get wrapped up in the day to day. After all, … Read more.

Civil War 2: The Battle of the Bathroom

House Bill 2! I suppose you have heard of it? If you have been watching the news anytime during the last 30 days anywhere in America then you know what House Bill 2 is and that is the bill passed … Read more.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team

We had been defeated. Never had my wife and I worked toward a common goal with such ferocity and dedication. We had oriented every moment of our day around achieving this allusive dream and enjoying the thrill of victory and … Read more.

Sticky Messages: 5 Ways to Make Messages Stick

It’s a universal truth among churches; everyone who has anything to do with Sunday mornings puts hours of work into making them perfect. All of that work has to amount to something right? With so much time and importance placed … Read more.

The Voices in Our Head

A while back, I had an experience that you might be able to relate to.   We had just finished our church service with worship and communion.  As the music team was slowly unplugging and turning off their equipment, we … Read more.

4 Ways to Get Great Feedback from your Team

Great leaders understand the value of quality feedback. Not just from your customers (or in the church’s case, your congregation) but also from the teams you work with on a weekly basis. Our ministry teams are a wealth of information, … Read more.

Slow Down

I used to believe that driving faster would help me save fuel (I was just starting to drive at this time). Later, I believed the slower I drove the better my mileage would be. As research has shown- right around … Read more.

3 Reasons Why Planning is so Important

1. It Brings You Closer to God Proverbs 16:3 ESV “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Even as you plan and prepare for service/events/etc, pray to ask that God would guide and lead you … Read more.

You’ve Got to Serve Somebody

My first job in a church was the Worship Leader. While different job titles have come and gone, my role as a Worship Leader has always stuck. As I grow in my knowledge and abilities in, I try to remember … Read more.

EPISODE 014: Created for More with Jonathan Malm

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE: Show Notes and Resources Mentioned: This week I welcome back Creative Entrepreneur and Author Jonathan Malm to the podcast. Jonathan is the author of several books on church culture including Set the Stage and Unwelcome. He is also … Read more.


Relevance is a tricky thing. It’s a sliding scale depending on the demographic, and yet it is incredibly black and white. Nothing is “kind of” relevant. It either is or it isn’t. Especially in the church. In centuries past, the … Read more.

Caring for Your Volunteers: REST

It’s almost Thanksgiving and though most people are thinking about turkeys, family time and cooler weather, those of us involved in the church world already have our brains spinning around the upcoming Christmas Holiday. We are busy sorting though music, … Read more.

Starting with a Vision

As we all know, media comes in many forms.  In 2015, its in Radio, TV, Internet, Print, Social Media and as we have recently discussed on this blog, Film and Movies. By the way I want to give [twelve:thirty]media owner … Read more.

5 Reasons You Should Have a Content Manager

Getting decent, well-written, rich content from ministries and ministry leaders can be challenging at times. Some staff simply don’t have the time, while others just simply aren’t wired to write good content. So how are we supposed to gather valuable … Read more.

5 Things to Do When You Want to Walk Away

Sometimes I think about just packing it all in, shutting the proverbial and quite literal church doors, and just walking away. Not often, mind you, but every once in a while. I think if we are honest with ourselves, every … Read more.

Own It

When it comes to volunteers we all have people all across the serving spectrum. On one side there are the people who would serve at every opportunity and then we have those on the other side of the spectrum who … Read more.

Music to My Ears and My Creativity

Being a Worship Leader at a church doesn’t always mean you are only playing music on Sundays and rehearsals mid-week. Often times the job description comes along with creating graphics, putting together videos, stage design, lights, audio, etc. Something that … Read more.

It’s About Time

As worship creatives we often have a lot going on inside and outside of our heads. It can be great! That’s where a lot of our creativity comes from but there are times when all that activity can be overwhelming. … Read more.

Give Control and Create Leaders

To multiply your ministry and see extreme growth, you must raise up leaders. And you must serve as the Leader of those leaders. You must create an environment where your team is thinking for themselves, where you are empowering them … Read more.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Production Team for Excellence.

Before reading this post, you may want to check out this post: Excellence vs. Perfection Here are 3 practical ways you can prepare your teams for excellence in executing your services: 1. Offer Non-Stressful Training Opportunities. Offer training sessions at non-stress … Read more.

the win.

Though our teams should strive to be Unapologetically Excellent (read our post entitled “Excellence vs. Perfection” here), the ‘Win of the Day’ is not that your volunteers pushed every button correctly and had a technically flawless service. The ‘Win’ is … Read more.

Excellence vs. Perfection

It’s okay for the execution of your worship service to be excellent. You don’t have to settle for “well, that’s the best we can do with volunteers…” There are times when we have excuses for our services not being excellent: … Read more.

Creating the Experience

Christians have a funny way of communicating. Check out how we sound sometimes:   All believers are called to communicate and share with others what Jesus has done in us. Sometimes we use words, sometimes we use music and song, and … Read more.

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