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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.

Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Training. Show all posts

10 Questions Staff Members Should Be Asking

#1 – Do I trust the leadership of this church? (If the answer is “no” then there are going to be problems because you will be unable to fulfill what God commands in Hebrews 13:17.)

#2 – Do I find myself attacking other people whom I perceive may be more skilled than me? (If so then you have insecurity issues!)

#3 – Is there anything happening privately in my life that, if it became public, would disqualify me from ministry? (”Your life” is NOT “your life!”)

#4 – Do I value my calling to serve Jesus and His church over my perceived gifting? (If the answer is yes then you will do anything at any time to move His church forward. If the answer is “no” then you will develop a deep sense of entitlement that will cause you to believe that the church should completely be sensitive to your wants and needs above the call to preach the Gospel and reach the world for Christ!)

#5 – Would I attend this church if I were not on staff? (If the answer is no then you need to do yourself, the church and God a favor and resign right now! You cannot serve a church that you do not love–period!)

#6 – Do I always have to be the expert OR am I willing to have others step into my particular area of ministry and point out my blindspots and shortcomings?

(read the rest at Perry's blog)

Biblical Worldview Training

Starting today, the Colson Center for Christian Worldview will begin to equip a true movement of believers — men and women who want to defend and live out a thoroughly biblical worldview in this postmodern age, an age that is growing increasingly hostile to the beliefs and values that have made Western civilization possible.
 The Colson Center is a unique interactive Website — a vast virtual library that pulls together not only my work and teachings, but those of many of the great Christian thinkers, ancient and modern. When you come to the Website, you'll have full, free access to articles, videos, online courses — all designed to help believers see the world through the eyes of Christ. You'll also find links to a wide variety of Christian ministries and organizations that share my passion for seeing a renewed, vibrant Church impacting the society in which we live.

To learn more about the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and explore all it has to offer, visit the Colson Center at....

They have created a brief video that captures the heart of what they're trying to accomplish through the Colson Center.

Making Sure Your Volunteer Training Hits The Mark

In light of the last post about recruiting volunteers, your time with your volunteers doesn't end there. It is just as important to involve your volunteers with ongoing training. Training not only helps with your volunteer's overall enjoyment and performance in what God's called them to do, but it also helps in retention. Remember, it takes less energy to continually equip your volunteers than it takes trying to recruit new ones. So as you train your volunteers, how can you make sure your training hits the mark?

Here is an excerpt from Group Volunteers-Tuesday's Tip to answer that question:

1. Make sure your volunteers know your ministry's overall mission. Never assume your leaders know your goals if you haven't told them (or told them recently) what they are. People who don't know how they fit into the big picture quickly lose their enthusiasm. Also, always tie your training in to a specific ministry goal.

2. Leave time at the end of each training session to make sure they understand what you taught. Encourage, prod, and beg them to ask questions about what they're learning. Never end a training time without asking them to repeat, somehow, what they've learned. Group activities can help reinforce spoken teaching.

3. Tell your volunteers where they can get more information on a training topic. Refer your leaders to printed and video resources that can give more in-depth information on a particular topic. Church Volunteer Central members can point their people to thousands of free resources on our site, including online training.

4. Don't assume your volunteers "got it" the first time. Don't be afraid to hit a crucial training topic more than once. For example, if you train your adult leaders on building relationships with teenagers, hit the same topic at your next meeting with a lab experience. Invite youth group members to the meeting and have your leaders use them as guinea pigs to try out their new skills.

5. Give volunteers a booklet of important training tips. It's important for your adult leaders to have an ongoing reminder of what they learn in training meetings.

Adapted from Group magazine, the world's most-read youth ministry resource. See for more information.

This post is from Group Volunteers: Tuesday's Tip. These tips can go directly into your inbox, and you can click here to go to their site to receive them.