A free online magazine for pastors and churches, exploring ways you can grow your church and engage your community from  Sunday to Sunday.

Leadership
James Miller

The End of Seminary

Seminaries might have to begin ethical conversations about the promises they are making and the damage such promises are likely to render on the families of young pastors. If seminary is easy to enroll in, expensive, and offers no critical proof of tangible results, what is the value of seminary?

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Leadership
Robert Carnes

What I’ve Learned By Writing Books of the Bible By Hand

I have a theory. It goes like this—the people who knew God’s word better than anyone else were probably those monks who used to copy the Bible by hand back in medieval times. To put that theory into (limited) practice, I decided to do something similar.

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Communications & Marketing
Meagan Ranson

Trolls Are People Too

TROLLS. We all have them, and some of us have even been them. The line between a negative comment and having a troll on your

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Communications & Marketing
bcarneiro Carneiro

Church, You Gotta Listen

“Ya’ll must be quick to listen and slow to speak.” My paraphrase, but you know the verse. I’ve heard this verse many times, and still

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Leadership
Carl Barnhill

How to Win the Hearts of Your Volunteers

I’m a broken record when it comes to the number one thing you can do as a leader to grow your volunteer team – Pastor Your People First. You have to put the emotional and spiritual needs of your volunteers over the excellence of your experience. You must care more about who your people are becoming than what they do on your team. You must focus on their heart condition more than the button they push.

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Leadership
Carl Barnhill

How to Schedule your Volunteers

One of the keys to a dynamic Volunteer Team is scheduling your volunteers in such a way that there is a clear expectation of who is serving when. Planning is key. A ‘fly-by-your-seat, chasing down people to serve every week’ approach is a recipe for confusion and burnout – both for you and your volunteers.

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Leadership
Carl Barnhill

How to Provide a Clear On-Ramp for New Volunteers

You have to know and be involved in how new volunteers get into your ministry. You have to be the most passionate about getting new people onto your team. You’re the leader. Everyone is going to feed off your energy.

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