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Tips for Small Groups

by Kaley Ihfe Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Small groups are a great tool churches use to help us live out Acts 2:42, providing a natural way for intergenerational relationships to develop. Here are some simple tips that I have learned […]

From Passive to Proactive

by Evertt Huffard They Smell Like Sheep, author Lynn Anderson observed that: “Good spiritual leaders are shepherds, not saviors, leaders not lords, guides not gods” (p. 74). Good shepherds, leaders, and guides cannot be passive and serve well.  A paradox commonly observed in church leadership is the tendency to select good men who are passive […]

Moving from “I To We”

by Jay Jarboe Peter Hawkins, a well-known professional coach, and advocate for team coaching, says “The days of the heroic CEO are over. We must move from I to We.” He believes an innovative leadership approach is needed for our world’s rapidly changing environments. “Moving from I to We” is the phrase used to describe […]

The Best Time to Plant a Tree

by Amanda Box The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is today. Many of us grew up in a church environment where people weren’t allowed to disagree, question the status quo, or offer a different perspective. When people have structures, language, and strategy to handle each other […]

How Old Are You – 12?

by Amanda Box Research shows that during conflict, people revert to their behavior from about age 12—sad, but true. Since I happen to have a 12-year-old daughter, I have an up-close-and-personal daily view of what this looks like. It’s not pretty. It’s all about the win/lose, deserve/earn with her. I most definitely have my work […]

Healing After Conflict

by Shane J. Mushonga Conflict is like an unwelcome friend on life’s journey arriving uninvited; and it lingers if left unaddressed. How do we rid ourselves of this unwanted companion? Consider these three steps to choose healing as a better travel companion: 1. Be Intentional in the Process While conflict is common, healing requires an […]

Need a Vision for your church family? Start here.

by Jon Mullican   Vision work is imaginative work, using our God-given minds to generate an image of a preferred future.  In Revelation 21, God tells of a future with a “new heaven and a new earth” where there is no pain and no tears.  This is God’s dream for His people. Functionally then, envisioning […]

Say “Yes” to Church Strategy Sessions: Clarifying Your Mission & Vision

by Chris Goldman   As part of my work with leadership teams for companies engaging our marketing services at, we begin with a strategy session. This session is usually four hours long and helps clarify the mission, vision, and organizational messaging. For every company or nonprofit organization, this must be uniquely authentic as good […]

Know Where You Play – Know How You Win

by Chris Goldman   “You have to know where you play and know how you win.” ~ Lynn Anderson, Founder – Hope Network When Lynn Anderson made that statement to our mentoring group, it sunk deep into my leadership psyche. To be clear, Lynn wasn’t reducing Kingdom leadership to sporting competitions. Rather, he was reminding […]

Spaghetti, Marshmallows, and Ministry

by Amanda Box The spaghetti marshmallow game is a famous activity used to teach group dynamics. It was created by Peter Skillman, who wanted to discover why some groups worked together successfully and others did not. In the game, a group is given 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string […]