4 Tips For Making Multi-Site Work

In 2014, our church launched its second location. Our church has been in the city of Jacksonville for over 100 years, and we have always had a vision of reaching the entire city. We felt that in order to continue with the vision of reaching our city in the modern church context, we must embrace multi site church. So, we set out on this journey and launched a campus about 15 miles away in a growing part of our city. The campus would start in a portable facility, an elementary school. We are four years in and preparing to launch … Continue reading 4 Tips For Making Multi-Site Work

4 Reminders For Church Leaders To Experience Longevity

So you work in a church? Great, but you have probably experienced seasons of discouragement that make you want to quit. Being a church leader is like many jobs in that they are stressful, but it is a different type of stress. You cannot walk away from the stress. You take it home with you and see the people who give you stress on the weekends. You are called to ministry so you have an emotional and spiritual connection that is deep. Your life is centered around the church. You are alone. There is pressure to live up to a … Continue reading 4 Reminders For Church Leaders To Experience Longevity

7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

As I talk with other student pastors, I find that one of the most frustrating things in student ministry is leading a successful parent meeting. The reasons that this is difficult and frustrating are varied. Parents do not attend the meetings Parents seem to be bored when they attend I cannot seem to engage parents with small group leaders What do I do at a parent meeting? Because of these reasons, many student pastors never really connect with many parents in their student ministry because of their struggle in hosting effective parent meetings. Here is what we must remember, parent … Continue reading 7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Parent Meeting

5 Practices Of Healthy Leaders

Have you ever wondered how high capacity leaders got to where they are? I mean did it just happen overnight, was it a natural God given talent, or did they have to work to get to where they are? From my perspective, I believe that high capacity leaders have habits that they do which has resulted in where they are today. So, what are the habits of healthy leaders. Here are a few observations that I have noticed regarding this question. 1. Healthy Leaders Commit And Value Their Personal Time With Jesus If you want to be a great leader, … Continue reading 5 Practices Of Healthy Leaders

5 Ways To Frustrate The People You Lead

Every leader has an impact on the team that they lead. You can try to run away from this reality, but at the end of the day, you leave an impact on your team. The key question leaders must ask themselves is if the impact is a good or bad one. Every leader wants their team happy. Good leaders want their teams to be passionate, excited, and encouraged. So, how do we lead people down this path? Here are some ways that you can frustrate the teams that you lead. 1. Unclear Expectations If you want to frustrate your team … Continue reading 5 Ways To Frustrate The People You Lead

4 Values Of Every Connections Team Member At Our Church

Craig Groeschel said recently in a podcast that culture eats strategy for breakfast. If this is true, and I believe every successful organization would say yes, then what should our culture be like? What values should our organization or church hold to so that we have a good culture? Every church has different things that make them who they are, and I want to unveil the curtain of the church that I am a part of. So, here are four values of the connections team (hospitality team): 1. Everything Speaks One value that we communicate to every connections team member … Continue reading 4 Values Of Every Connections Team Member At Our Church

3 Benefits to Building Leaders instead of Buying Leaders

Every growing church must ask themselves as they expand: Should we hire from the outside or the inside? I believe that in many cases, building is better than buying. In other words, hire and develop within your church rather than hiring outside of your church. Now, some positions are entirely fine for hiring, but I believe that there are some leadership positions that are better for building. A principle to live by is to buy doers and build the developers. Build those who will be developing and leading people. Those with the most influence over your church should be built … Continue reading 3 Benefits to Building Leaders instead of Buying Leaders