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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.

Vision and Leadership

Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.

Preaching and Communication

You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.

Is Social Media Robbing You Of Productivity?

Social Media is a double edged sword for those in ministry. Social Media can be and often is a wonderful tool to connect and communicate with those we serve and minister alongside of, yet at the same time - it can become a time and attention suck. Certainly there are some tools and disciplines that help us control and manage social media in our life - but if we are not careful or intentional social media can certainly rob us of productivity and ministry effectiveness.

Social Media At Work

Pastoral Longevity And Church Growth

(excerpt from wesleyconnectonline)

Several years ago a study by the largest Protestant denomination in the country found a startling relationship between the length of time pastors had been in their churches, and the growth or decline of those churches. Their finding? Approximately 3/4 of their growing churches were being led by pastors who had been in their church more than four years, while 2/3 of their declining churches were being led by pastors who had been in their church less than four years. Their conclusion (with which I agree): Long-term pastorates do not guarantee that a church will grow. But short-term pastorates essentially guarantee that a church will not grow.

So, why do pastors leave their churches? Here are the results of one study where pastors were asked that question …

There is an undeniable relationship between pastoral tenure and church growth. While most growing churches have long-term pastorates, and some non-growing churches have long-term pastorates, it is almost unheard of to find a growing church with many short-term pastorates. Frequent change of pastors seems to negate all the other complicated ingredients that go into a church’s growth mix.

(ht: Charles Arn)

Adult Disorders Linked To Childhood Trauma

Pastors - as you counsel or refer those within your church to counseling, you need to be aware of the strong link between the disorders and addictions you are seeing in a person's life to the childhood trama that person may have experienced.

The infographic below gives an overall picture of the connection.

The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adult Disorders
Via: Rehab International

Why Youth Ministry Must Decentralize - Infographic

Here is the point...the church cannot reach 427 10-19 year olds with simply 1 paid youth worker.

The role and job of a youth worker MUST be decentralized.  The church must invite and give ownership to more adults who already minister to teenagers, and by doing so we will multiply our effectiveness.

ONE PAID person can't (or shouldn't) do it ALL!

(ht: Adam)