Archives For Leadership

encouraging leadership in small groups, churches, Bible studies, and Sunday school classes

What To Do When You've Lost Your Holy Awe

As followers of Jesus, we are meant to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended for us. We are called to live alert to the wonders all around and within us that expand our desire to know God more.

Yet the focus on the functionality of ministry combined with the increased sense of familiarity can numb us to the marvelous work to which we’ve been called—encouraging people to walk in the fullness of all God has called and created them through Jesus Christ.

Here are a handful of things that can pull us away from living wonderstruck and experiencing the daily splendor of knowing Jesus as we lead:

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It’s no secret that Tim Tebow brought the carnival to town with his popularity as well as his proclamations of faith.

A former Florida Gator and Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010. He is remembered for his heart-palpitating come backs late in the fourth quarter—especially the playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012.

He electrified Bronco country. Not only on the field, but off, too.

Tebow, an evangelical Christian, thanked his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in many interviews and prayed before, after, and during every game—sparking a worldwide phenomenon of “Tebowing.” ESPN even caught him singing praise songs during warm-up on occasion. Tebow was often criticized by the media for his bold proclamations of faith.

In Spring 2012, the Denver Broncos picked up popular Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback, Peyton Manning, trading Tebow to the New York Jets. Since then, Tebow was traded to the Patriots, cut, and recently offered a job as a college football analyst for ESPN.

Meanwhile in Denver, we’re experiencing another media firestorm around a quarterback—one that looks much different than Tebow-mania. Manning, also a Christian, has taken a very different approach to his faith. Continue Reading...


Bible Study

Every small group has a different DNA made up of interests, needs, desires, passions, and perspectives. Selecting a curriculum is not as easy as slipping on a one-size-fits-all t-shirt. In fact, choosing a Bible study can be the most difficult part when launching any small group.

Here are 5 steps to take when it comes to selecting a Bible study curriculum for your small group or Bible study: Continue Reading...

30 Ways You Can HEART Your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

It's a great time to say "thank you" to anyone and everyone on your church staff, including volunteers.

Here are 30 ways you can show your pastor encouragement, but don't be too shy to express the love to everyone who is working at your church:

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4 Moves That Can Make or Break Your Ministry Effectiveness

I recently visited my first chiropractor. A peppy thirtysomething walked in the room and asked, “Are you ready to be adjusted?” with the enthusiasm of a male cheerleader.

To be honest, he scared me a little.

Not willing to back down, I responded, “You bet!” with equal energy.

This stranger, who I never met before, began snapping my neck in strange directions, thrusting his chest into my shoulder as he as announced, “You’re going to hear a popping sound!” and contorted my body in odd shapes resulting in snapping sounds in places in my body I’ve never heard them before.

I walked out of the office, slightly dazed, with an awareness that I really need to work on my posture. Everywhere. I. Go.

The experience made me think about our posture—not just with our shoulders or necks, but in ministry. Sometimes we don’t realize how much our physical posture affects how people respond to us. This is particularly true when leading a small group, church, or ministry.

Here are 4 moves that can make or break your ministry effectiveness:
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