The Spirit of Your Staff

The Spirit of Your Staff

Jesus used questions to shape his disciples into the leaders he needed them to be.  Those same questions can be a powerful means for shaping your staff team as well. One of the most important elements of a healthy church is the staff culture.  Whether yours is a large...
The Best Reason to Write Your Own Curriculum

The Best Reason to Write Your Own Curriculum

How do you know when to write your own Sunday School curriculum? As plans get made for this fall and bible study materials get ordered, the conversation will bubble up again for some churches about writing their own materials.  Whether the impetus for change is one of...
“Do You C.A.R.E. Enough?”

“Do You C.A.R.E. Enough?”

Since 1944, Hallmark greeting cards have been advertised with the famous tagline, “When you care enough to send the very best.”  Whether encouraging soldiers overseas, cheering up the sick, celebrating the graduate, or expressing your love to the one you’ve chosen to...
Too Busy NOT to Stop

Too Busy NOT to Stop

Over 20 years ago, Bill Hybels wrote a terrific book, Too Busy NOT to Pray.  In it he challenged our passive willingness to allow busyness to muscle out time for prayer in our daily schedules.  Most of us know intuitively what we fail to practice in real time – that...

The Spiritual Practice of Creating Margin

This article originally appeared at www.baptistnews.com. My weary body slid into the lounge chair by the pool like Derek Jeter stealing second base – out of breath, a bit scuffed up, and like I had taken something I wasn’t supposed to have.  A break. The previous few...