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  • How Can I Lead My Team to Believe “Less is More” in a “More is More” World?

    Every day, ministry leaders spend too much time, managing too much church “stuff,” for too little life-change. It is safe to say that the church in North America is over-programming her calendar and under-discipling her people.

  • 20 of the Most Important Things You Should Know About Your Church

    Below you will find what I believe to be 20 very important, if not the most important things you should know about your church. Keep in mind these are things to measure about your church as an organization.

  • The Most Important Decision to Lead By: Ministry Means or Ministry Ends

    If you aren’t clear on your ministry ends you will always measure your ministry means. Think about it.

  • Five Setbacks to Lasting Change

    It is one of the most common questions I am asked. Essentially, the question, in one form or another, deals with organizational change.

  • How to Build for Team Alignment, not Individual Achievement

    Does your church have a vague or undefined strategy, and therefore your leaders are inventing their own? Auxano Founder Will Mancini believes that over 90% of churches in North America are not functioning with strategic clarity. Many churches have some kind of expression for mission and values, but not for strategy.

  • The Eight Costs of the Pastoral Succession Crisis: Part 1 – Personal Costs

    The challenge of pastoral succession is a topic of increasing interest for good reason. In the next decade we will see an unprecedented number of pastors hitting retirement age.

  • Check-Up Time: 8 Questions to Ask Every Year

    It’s easy to get so busy doing ministry that you don’t take the time to evaluate your ministry. But evaluation is how you get better.

  • 10 Solutions to Consider When Your Church Isn’t Growing

    It's one of the most pressing questions pastors and church leaders ask themselves: "Why aren't we growing?" To be sure, not every mission's soil will yield the same fruit. We're not talking about overall size, but rather the idea that biblically, we can assume that God wants every church that honors His name and proclaims His message in Christ to grow and that He is willing to empower it to that end.

  • Simple Steps to Social Media Success

    I recently came across the infographic below at Entrepreneur. com in an article related to the customer service woes of Cracker Barrel and United Airlines that I mentioned on the blog.

  • 9 Secrets to a Great Guest Experience

    It’s time for the second session of the summer term of the 2016 GsD program, and just as in previous summer terms, we are conducting a reading survey course. Over the next few weeks, I will be listing a broad overview of some of the best literature in the field of customer service – and you will quickly see how it connects to Guest Experiences! It’s only an introduction to whet your appetite – the application to the world of Guest Experiences for churches will come in the second summer term! 2016 GsD Summer Term 1 Survey of Customer Experience Literature 201 Text: Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service Author: Chip Bell Synopsis: Chip Bell has written a delicious book that will make your mouth water! As you might guess from the title, Bell uses language and examples from the culinary world to focus on providing “that surprise that takes service from great to awesome.

  • Five People Who Volunteer in Every Church Parking Lot

    He is the face of your weekly welcome. He is the first human interaction every Guest will experience.

  • Creating a Distinctive Guest Experience Requires Action

    Editors Note: During our August focus on Guest Experiences, we are honored to have some of the best voices in the world of Customer Experience provide guest posts for the Vision Room. As you read the content below, simply think "Guest" in terms of the target the author is talking about - and you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of some great minds.

  • Making Your First Impression a Lasting Impression

    A common picture at many churches this weekend would look something like this: a couple of people – maybe even a literal couple – stand outside the church’s main entrance. Depending on the weather, they may actually be inside the doors.

  • Stop Confusing Your First Time Guests

    One of the reasons people are hesitant to try attending a church for the first time is that they’re not sure what to expect. In fact, they probably expect it to be a little bit awkward and uncomfortable.

  • 6 Actions for Calling First Time Guests

    Phone calls are an important connection point with church guests. Not all guests will give you their phone numbers.

  • The Alignment Factor. Creating a Great Guest Culture

    Editors Note: During our August focus on Guest Experiences, we are honored to have some of the best voices in the world of Customer Experience provide guest posts for the Vision Room. As you read the content below, simply think "Guest" where you see the word "customer" - and you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of some great minds.

  • Excellent & Efficient: What the Church Can Learn from Chick-Fil-A

    My oldest son and his wife recently gave birth to our fourth grandchild. On our way to the hospital, while his wife was still in labor, our son asked us to pick up some breakfast.

  • Does Your Church Expect Guests, or Just Accommodate Visitors?

    When it comes to churches, more often than not we accommodate visitors rather than truly expect Guests. It may be a little thing to you, seeming like mere wordplay, but there is actually a powerful first impression that needs to change if your approach is to accommodate visitors on Sunday rather than to expect to have Guests at your church.

  • 7 Ways to Make Sure Your Guests Have the Best Experience Possible

    Would you like every guest who attends your church to become an active and fruitful member? I know. Dumb question.

  • Don’t Put Your Guests First at Your Organization – Part 1

    Editor's Note: During our August focus on Guest Experiences, we are honored to have some of the best voices in the world of Customer Experience provide guest posts for the Vision Room. As you read the content below, simply think "Guest" where you see the word "customer" - and you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of some great minds.

  • Welcome All Your Guests, But Focus on the One

    As guest services practitioners, it’s time for us to admit something. The ministry of serving guests is relatively easy, in the grand scheme of things: design a system.

  • 4 Simple Steps for Exponentially Better Guest Experience

    What would it look like if this coming Sunday morning, your church’s entire Guest Services Ministry Team didn’t show? Imagine no neon-vested minions directing traffic or over-caffeinated greeters guiding guests. I wonder if the scene might border on apocalyptic, with panicked pastors pacing the hallways, pandemonium in the parking lot and zombie-eyed parents with kids in tow left to fend for themselves? What if you were forced to rely solely upon your facility’s design to guide each guest? Think about it: could every visitor flawlessly navigate an entire Sunday morning experience intuitively or would the self-guided experience result in a blundered debacle? And what happens to those people, often first-timers, who want to navigate your building on their own and manage to skillfully evade your welcome team each week? You know it happens.

  • Create a Compelling Culture of Hospitality

    Do your greeters truly welcome, or do they simply open doors and hand out bulletins? A common picture at many churches this weekend would look something like this: a couple of people – maybe even a literal couple – stand outside the church’s main entrance. Depending on the weather, they may actually be inside the doors.

  • Making Engagement Contagious

    Are you happy to have “satisfied” Guests? The better question should be, “Are your Guests ‘engaged'”? Guest engagement may be a goal of your hospitality ministry, but there’s another type of engagement you must first address: team engagement. On a recent Guest Experience field trip to Walt Disney World, I spent 3 days observing Cast Members, talking with them, and photo-documenting their interactions with Guests.

  • Engage First Time Guests with One Simple Action

    Email is one of the easiest ways to initiate a connection with first-time guests to your church. However, many churches either fail to use it or fail to maximize its capabilities if they do.

  • 1 Key to Serving Your Guests Well

    Editors Note: During our August focus on Guest Experiences, we are honored to have some of the best voices in the world of Customer Experience provide guest posts for the Vision Room. As you read the content below, simply think "Guest" where you see the word "customer" - and you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of some great minds.

  • Develop Specific Training to Produce Engaged and Guest-Focused Leaders

    How does Disney develop the world’s most engaged, loyal, and Guest-centric employees, year after year? The simple explanation for Disney’s success can be attributed to the levels of support and clarity of purpose found in Disney’s employee training. Training cannot be limited to ‘Here’s what you need to do, now go do it.

  • Getting Ready for Fall: 7 Steps to Success

    Yes, it’s currently blazing hot in most parts of the country. But fall will be here before we know it, and with cooler weather comes an attendance surge for most churches.

  • The 10 Commandments of Welcoming Guests

    Editors Note: During our August focus on Guest Experiences, we are honored to have some of the best voices in the world of Customer Experience provide guest posts for the Vision Room. As you read the content below, simply think "Guest" where you see the word "customer" - and you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of some great minds.

  • Welcoming the Unchurched to Church

    I recently read an article from a professional "mystery worshiper" who works with churches to help evaluate and improve their friendliness and guest relations. It was a good and helpful article.

  • Make This Fall Your Most Welcoming Ever!

    Summer is here. And before you know it, school will be starting again.

  • Turning the Summer Slump into a Summer Hump

    There’s just something about summer that makes our hearts and minds swell with its endless possibilities. Both school and the sun are out – and calendars seem to beg for adventure and change of pace.

  • Engaging People with FOMO *Fear of Missing Out

    Supply and demand is not only a fundamental economic principle, but a cultural assumption. When the supply of a product or service becomes scarce, it becomes more valuable.

  • You Can Not Multiply if You Will Not Mobilize

    Ministry where a few people are doing the work and the church is expecting them to keep doing it can be terribly frustrating. How do we mobilize people in the rows of our congregations to action, to ministry, to mission? Here are three things that need to happen to mobilize your people.

  • Great Vision, Bad Execution: 6 Common Mistakes

    It’s a delight to watch teams get clear on the future. But it’s a fright to see that hard work of visioning go south when it comes to execution.

  • Purpose Without Priority is Pointless

    How can you lead your team to believe “Less is more” in a “More is more” world? Every day, ministry leaders spend too much time, managing too much church “stuff,” for too little life-change. It is safe to say that the church in North America is over-programming her calendar and under-discipling her people.

  • Your Volunteers: Training Your Greatest Ministry Asset

    Once you have recruited a volunteer – moving them from a come-and-see to a come-and-serve mindset – you’ll need to train them. In the follow-up to ‘Your Volunteers: Recruit,’ Chris Mavity’s ‘Your Volunteers: Train’ addresses three critical components to training: the differences between training and equipping, training for the long term, and the four characteristics of healthy training – but what, exactly, does each mean and entail? Training v.

  • How NOT to Run a Church

    Something’s driving your church.   There are a variety of things that run a church…the challenge for many church leaders is no one is really quite clear on what that is.

  • Eight Reasons You Are Wasting Your Resources

    Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry. Indeed, I spoke to a lay elder of a church recently who told me he simply did not have time to get to know his neighbors because he was so busy in his church.

  • How Cultural Understanding Drives Church Effectiveness

    In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture. Now, that does not mean that everything is on the table.

  • Ministry Leaders: Do You Recruit People for the Task or Reproduce Leaders for the Mission?

    As leaders, we are in the business of replacing ourselves. It would be easy to make the case that if you are not preparing someone else to take your place and/or outpace your abilities, then you are not truly leading people.

  • How to Focus Better by Failing Faster

    Congratulations - your church has just completed its third year in a row of growth! Weekend worship attendance is growing at 20% per year; your offerings are ahead of budget; and participation in small groups has increased steadily toward your goal of 75% of worship attendance. These are only the leading indicators of a successful growth curve.

  • Problem or Opportunity? The Choice is Yours

    When your plans change, how do you respond? As a leader in your church, you are responsible for the planning and execution of a large number of events or activities on a regular, recurring basis. On some occasions, you may be planning a very large, once-a-year type of event.

  • 5 Reasons Why Disciples Need Ministry Tools More Than Sermons

    The discipleship results of your ministry are not defined by content of your preaching alone.  One significant factor that impacts disciple-making is tool-making.

  • Momentum Swing: 5 Steps to Take

    Momentum is a leader’s best friend. If you’ve led in a local church for any length of time, you’ve probably experienced seasons of high momentum and seasons when momentum has faded.

  • Momentum Swing: 7 Questions to Ask

    Chances are you would like what every leader would like—momentum. All of us hit both personal and organizational plateaus.

  • How Effective is Your Assimilation Process?

    While many churches implement a number of systems to help them manage the metrics that help them carry out their mission, assimilation often gets lost in the shuffle. But assimilation, the process through which we forge interpersonal connections, plays a critical role in creating disciples.

  • Health Doesn’t Just Happen: 2 Ways to Avoid Drift

    Organizations and churches drift away from their identity and mission. Without constant care and godly leadership, drift pulls a church from her core message and mission.

  • One Secret Shared by Every Exceptional Team

    Does your team have a vague or undefined strategy, and therefore your leaders are inventing their own? Auxano Founder Will Mancini believes that over 90% of churches in North America are not functioning with strategic clarity. Many churches have some kind of expression for mission and values, but not for strategy.

  • Momentum Swing: 5 Things to Know

    Next to God’s favor, there’s nothing a leader desires more than momentum. Momentum is a force that is greater than the sum of all your leadership energy, effort and resources combined.

  • How Your Church’s Outward Focus Can Solve Inner Problems

    Church revitalization is a very real and important topic to many today because statistics indicate that the majority of churches are plateaued or declining. So, since the majority of churches are not growing, if you’re a church leader, pastor, or Christian leader reading this you’re probably in a church that needs revitalization.

  • Learning How to Improvise When Your Plans Change

    Below is a new weekly series posting content from one of the most innovative content sources in the church world: SUMS Remix Book Summaries for church leaders. SUMS Remix takes a practical problem in the church and looks at it with three solutions; and each solution is taken from a different book.

  • In the Numbers: Embracing Stats as a Vital Ministry Tool

    I love statistics! I know what you’re thinking. .

  • 8 Mistakes New Pastors Make

    I met one of the most stupid rookie pastors I’ve ever known. The year was 1984.

  • Is Your Church Making the Same Mistake Over and Over Again?

    It’s one thing to make mistakes in leadership. It’s another to make the same mistakes over and over again.

  • Bigger and Better: Scaling the Organization Without Losing the Excellence

    The team I lead recently read Scaling Up Excellence together. Every year I assign books to individual team members and also to the team collectively.

  • 8 Mistakes New Pastors Make

    I met one of the most stupid rookie pastors I’ve ever known. The year was 1984.

  • 7 Ways to Help Your Church Guests Feel Welcome Without Selling Out

    We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ.  To reach people no one is reaching, we’ll have to do things no one is doing.

  • Two Big Problems with Copying Your “Competition”

    Are you copying your competition? In the book, “Create Distinction,” I examine the aspect of “copycat competition” extensively — however, here’s just a thought for today: If your approach — organizationally or individually — is based on imitating the competition, then you’ve got two big problems: If you successfully imitate them, the best you can hope for is second place in the market. You will be bound by their success and level of innovation, because you aren’t focusing on creating your own.

  • Does Your Church Accommodate Visitors or Expect Guests?

    Beginning today is a new weekly series posting content from one of the most innovative content sources in the church world: SUMS Remix Book Summaries for church leaders.  SUMS Remix takes a practical problem in the church and looks at it with three solutions; and each solution is taken from a different book.

  • The Basic Checklist to Meet Today’s Guest Expectations

    - a note from the Vision Room Curator: During August we are focusing on Guest Experience in churches, but some of the most powerful learning for churches can occur by reading about customer service - all you have to do is substitute the word "Guest" every time you see "customer. " The following content was graciously supplied by Annette Franz, a customer experience expert.

  • The Big Little Deals in Welcoming Guests

    To design most effectively for our guests, we learned that we had to observe them up close, waiting in lines with them, going on rides with them, eating with them. Going out into the park taught us how guests were being treated and how they responded to sensory information, what worked and what didn’t what their needs were and how we could meet them in entertaining ways.

  • 6 Questions We Need to Think About When We’re Thinking About the Weekend

    It’s pretty easy for us to think about what we think about when we think about the weekend experience at our churches (feel free to re-read that sentence. I won’t be offended.

  • People People are the Best Welcome People

    This isn't rocket science. It's not brain surgery.

  • 6 Strategies of a Guest-Focused Culture

    - a note from the Vision Room Curator: During August we are focusing on Guest Experience in churches, but some of the most powerful learning for churches can occur by reading about customer service - all you have to do is substitute the word "Guest" every time you see "customer. " The following content was graciously supplied by Shep Hyken, a customer service and experience expert.

  • 4 Lessons Your Hospitality Teams Can Learn from a Hotel Concierge

    A remarkable hotel concierge has an insatiable appetite to serve guests with professionalism and to deliver personalization through what can often be perceived as monotonous tasks. Have you experienced the attentiveness and gracious care from a hotel concierge? They have an intuitive nature to know what you need and how to make things happen while balancing ten other things at the same time.

  • 5 Characteristics of a Guest-Focused Culture

    - a note from the Vision Room Curator: During August we are focusing on Guest Experience in churches, but some of the most powerful learning for churches can occur by reading about customer service - all you have to do is substitute the word "Guest" every time you see "customer. " The following content was graciously supplied by Annette Franz, a customer experience expert.

  • The Power Behind Unexpected Moments of Beauty

    My son and his fiancé elected to get married in a large antique church in mid-town Atlanta. Their choice of church was driven in part by the magnificent stained glass windows in the sanctuary.

  • 3 Questions to Improve Your First Impressions

    Your first time guests often decide if they will return within the first ten minutes.  Some are more forgiving and will give you a second chance, but most won’t.

  • Your First Chance at a Great First Impression

    While onsite with a church near Orlando this week during a Guest Experience consultation, I emphasized the importance of a Parking Team in the church parking lot. After completing the consultation, I stopped by Walt Disney World for a field trip to observe the real pros at parking: the Cast Members who work on the parking teams at Walt Disney World.

  • Every Weekend Matters: 6 Strategies for Holiday Hospitality

    We’re barely ankle deep into the summer season around these parts. The mountains and beaches are calling, and people are responding.

  • Growing an Irresistible Welcome

    Have you been to Disney World? Did you leave with a "can't wait to come back" attitude? You're not alone. In 2015, more than 20 million attended the Magic Kingdom theme park alone (there are three others).

  • 10 Ways to Reach More People Without Investing a Dime

    So you want your church to accomplish its mission and reach people. But so often in church leadership, it’s easy to believe growth can’t really happen unless you spend money on some new initiatives.

  • 8 Steps Toward a Successful Church Revitalization

    There is one type of church revitalization that is more successful than all others. The church closes its doors for a season, and then re-opens, usually with a new name and new leadership.

  • Four Errors of Church Strategy

    A church benefits from both spiritual and strategic leadership. The latter must not overpower the former, as spiritual leadership must trump strategic leadership—but both serve a church well.

  • How Cultural Relevance Demands Church Response

    Ministry in the local church has changed. My reference isn’t to 150-200 years ago, church has changed dramatically in the last 25 years.

  • The Importance of Movement in Your Ministry

    Movement is the sequential steps in the process that cause people to move to greater areas of commitment. Movement is about flow.

  • Speaking the Truth in Love to the Culture

    The Bible says, in John 7:13, “No one had the courage to speak favorably about Jesus in public” (NLT). Even some of history’s greatest spokespeople for the gospel have struggled in their resolve to proclaim the truth boldly.

  • Distill It Down to the Smallest Pattern

    My friend is excellent at taking the complex and making it simple.  I love having her on the team because she really makes it possible to replicate.

  • Church Attendance is Not a Chore. It’s a Gift.

    A sparse sanctuary can discourage a pastor. Surveys show that, in the past twenty years, the definition of a “faithfully attending church member” has fallen from three times a week to three times a month, resulting in sparser attendance in many evangelical churches, even if membership has climbed or plateaued.

  • The Sermon Starts in the Parking Lot

    My story is many years old, but its impact still lives with me today. On a Sunday morning, I was walking outside the worship center and greeting people as they came into the church where I was serving as pastor.

  • 5 Calculated Risks to Build a Healthy Structure

    Let’s face it. The way we manage churches usually makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to the outside world.

  • 6 Ways Your Team’s Commitment to Discipleship Impacts Programming

    Discipleship is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. As we behold the glory of Christ, He transforms us into His image with ever-increasing glory.

  • 6 Ways to Close the Backdoor Through Follow-Up

    The church of 150 in attendance averaged two first-time guests a week, or 100 a year. How many joined the church? Only three.

  • To Reach Your Community, You Must Fall in Love with Your Community

    "Give me Scotland or I die!" That's what John Knox said of Scotland. I would say: To fall in love with your community, you have to die--to yourself, to the mission and to your own preferences.

  • The Idea of Evangelism Makes Me Uncomfortable

    I often meet Christians who are uncomfortable with the idea of evangelism. Whenever I dig down to the root of the discomfort, I encounter issues related to the nature of truth, what it means to follow Jesus, and the role of worship.

  • 20 Questions to Help You Unpack the Genius of Teams

    More than ever, organizational success now comes down to teams. Of course, teams have always been vitally important.

  • 6 Issues Hindering the Great Commission Outreach of Your Church

    The conversation was both predictable and profound. It was predictable because I have been asked a similar question many times.

  • 2 Choices the Pastor MUST Make to Ensure Emotional Survival

    I was having coffee with a fellow pastor who needed more than caffeine to pick himself up. Summer attendance was down.

  • Scheduling: An Active Way to Pursue Obedience to Jesus

    I have grown to love my personal calendar. I know different people treat their time in different ways; I’ve found that I thrive most in a structured environment.

  • The Only Problem with Incremental Change is that it Brings Incremental Results

    So you want to bring about change but you’re afraid of the pushback that you know the change will create? Totally understand that. So you’re tempted to do what many leaders have done.

  • Don’t Stop Until Your “Decisions” Lead to Discipleship

    One of the most exciting moments within the life of a church is when someone comes to know Jesus Christ as Savior. We celebrate having new believers in our churches, but are we leading them to become lifelong disciples of Jesus? Are we helping them continue through the transformation process or are we leaving them in convert mode? Conversion is not the end.

  • 6 Tips to Closing the Values Gap

    I say a lot of things I don’t actually do. I don’t intend to lie, or even drop the ball.

  • 9 Reminders for Utilizing the Internet as a Mission Field

    As in any practice, there are extremes. Some pastors and staff steadfastly refuse to get involved in technology, social media, or blogs.

  • Have You Considered Going Mobile with Your Strategy?

    Each day, 3,300 women wake up in America believing abortion is the only realistic solution to an unplanned pregnancy. In this tragic decision, not only does a human life cease to exist, but a woman’s life is changed forever.

  • The 11-Minute Difference: 7 Checkpoints to a Great Guest Experience at Your Church

    When a first time guest drives onto your campus, they will decide within 11 minutes whether or not they are coming back. Yes, the decision is made before your guests experience worship and the content of the sermon- the two elements that demand most, if not all, of our time and attention in preparation.

  • 8 Tools to Help Get Everyone on the Same Guest Experience Page

    - a note from the Vision Room Curator: During August we are focusing on Guest Experience in churches, but some of the most powerful learning for churches can occur by reading about customer service - all you have to do is substitute the word "Guest" every time you see "customer. " The following content was graciously supplied by Annette Franz, a customer experience expert.

  • What Would It Take to Elevate the Dignity of Each Guest in Your Church?

    The guest that enters our church should feel welcomed, comfortable, and honored. I am obsessed with exploring the answer to one question: What would it take to elevate the dignity of each guest in our church?  I attended a Guest Services Conference this week, and also had the opportunity to speak during a session to the group of influencers.

  • Use These 3 Ps to Deliver Guest Experience Magic

    Guest Experience Magic may be defined as: An unexpected experience with a touch of style, grace, and imagination the Guest remembers with fondness and a smile. Creating an unexpected, unpredictable, and valuable experience that is both memorable and reproducible.

  • Make Your Guest’s Experience Purposeful

    - a note from the Vision Room Curator: During August we are focusing on Guest Experience in churches, but some of the most powerful learning for churches can occur by reading about customer service - all you have to do is substitute the word "Guest" every time you see "customer. " The following content was graciously supplied by Shep Hyken, a customer service and experience expert.

  • 10 Commandments to Help Deliver a Guest-Friendly Culture

    I travel a lot and spend a lot of time in different churches. I have had a church consulting firm that did “guest” visits as part of our services.

  • Seven Checkpoints: The Critical First Eleven Minutes at Your Church

    If you ever check out multiple churches in a short period of time, you will likely be surprised by the differences in hospitality expressed to first-time guests. In some churches a guest knows exactly where to park, is graciously welcomed, escorted to the children’s area to drop off kids, and introduced to several helpful people.

  • Set HIGH Expectations for Your Guests This Weekend

    A Note from the VisionRoom Curator: My friend Scott McKain is an internationally known authority who helps organizations create distinction in every phase of business and teaches the “Ultimate Customer Experience. ” During our special August emphasis on Guest Experiences, Scott graciously agreed to let us use a blog post on customer experience.

  • What is the Value of Your Guest Experience?

    What is the value of your Guest Experience? Go back and read the previous sentence again, this time attaching the mathematical meaning to the word “value. ” That’s value, as in a numerical quantity that is assigned or is determined by calculation or measurement.

  • How to Raise the Guest Awareness of Your Congregation

    Every church in America has a guest problem. They may have a huge number of guests showing up each week (a great problem).

  • If Guest Experience Were a Hymn

    Hymn singing is a ritual in just about every religion on the planet.   It helps a collection of people share a common expression of belief in a manner that is joyful or celebrative.

  • The Disconnect Between Principles and Practices at Your Church

    One of the most glaring divides in the life of many churches is the divide between principles and practices. A principle is an understanding about how to do things; a fundamental truth about the way things ought to be.

  • 8 Obstacles to Executing Your Church’s Strategy

    If your staff and volunteers don’t know your church’s strategy, they invent their own. Many times, this is not the fault of the volunteers but a failure on the part of senior leadership.

  • Developing an Assessment Culture that Provides Truth Today and Direction Tomorrow

    I hate bad stats. They undermine the credibility of Christians and can confuse the issues.

  • 7 Ways to Prepare for More Baptisms in Your Church

    We were recently on a leadership team retreat, taking time to reflect on what God is doing at our church. I’m honored to serve at Liquid Church and I count it a privilege to play a small part in what it’s doing.

  • Open Your Ministry to the Power of a Generation

    Encouraging a healthy and welcoming community among all generations. How is your church tapping into the power of the 20-something generation? Maybe you know you could do much better, but have been challenged by not really knowing what you can, and should be doing.

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