The Ultimate Message Prep Guide

Message prep goes hand in hand with being a pastor or church leader. However, it often feels like it’s a free for all without any real guidance. While the actual words must come from your heart and beliefs, prepping the message doesn’t have to feel overwhelming or impossible. By using this ultimate guide, you’ll create more effective messages that keep your listeners or readers more engaged. Plus, they’ll remember the message easier. Ask Questions On Your Blog A large part of message prep is determining what to talk about. Go to your church’s blog and read the comments. Even better, …

Dealing With The Emotional Roller Coaster Of Church Leadership

Church leadership can be one of the most rewarding experiences, but also a roller coaster of emotions. It’s a series of highs and lows that may be so extreme that some leaders feel like giving up ministry completely. Believe or not, it doesn’t have to be this way. While you’ll still have good and bad days, it’s time to step off the roller coaster and find more balance in your life. Understand Why It’s Emotional You can’t really deal with the emotional roller coaster of church leadership unless you first understand what makes it so emotional. All you may know …

How To Deal With Cynicism In Your Leadership Team

Cynicism in your leadership team effects every part of your church family and can cause a negative environment for everyone. From making it harder to gain volunteers to not making any new changes to grow your church, cynicism is a serious issue. When you deal with it effectively, you create a stronger leadership team to serve as the foundation of your growing church family. Uncover The Cause Cynicism in your leadership team comes from a variety of sources. It could be a major project a leader was spearheading where nearly all the volunteers let them down. Perhaps a leader lost …

The Biggest Communication Mistakes Preachers Make

A preacher’s job isn’t easy, especially when it comes to finding the right ways to communicate God’s word to your church family. Despite your best intentions, common communication mistakes may make it difficult for members to understand you. Even worse, these mistakes may cause members to miss important announcements. Keep your members engaged, encourage new membership and spread the word more effectively by learning which mistakes you’re making and how to prevent them in the future. Using The Preacher Voice Have you ever watched yourself during a sermon? When you step up to the pulpit, does a change come over …

The Benefits Of A Virtual Church Office

Time seems to be the one thing that’s never fully on your side when it comes to getting everything on your to-do list accomplished. Church leaders and pastors have numerous administrative tasks to handle every single week, but not enough hours to do it all. This is where creating a virtual church office could be beneficial. While you could train volunteers or members to do these tasks, it’s quicker and more cost effective to outsource common tasks so you can focus more on ministry. Handle Numerous Time Consuming Tasks Think about everything your church does daily and weekly. You have …

How To Write The Ultimate Leader Profile

One of the things your church website should include is a leader profile on each of your church leaders. Think of this as a digital introduction to your site’s visitors. These are potential new members and they want to learn a little about you before visiting your church. However, your leadership profile has to be engaging, yet friendly. Take your time when writing it and it could be what sways someone to try your church this weekend. Why It Matters? Before the Internet, people just had to take a chance on a church via word of mouth alone. Naturally, your …

7 Things That Will Help You Maintain Momentum

You’ve worked hard to build momentum in your ministry, but how do you maintain momentum once you have it? Sometimes the process of building puts so much pressure on pastors and church leaders that they lose their passion. Instead of feeling uplifted, they feel almost unworthy and overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be this way or even get to this point. Maintaining momentum isn’t always easy, but when done right, church leaders, pastors and members feel stronger, more faithful and more passionate about ministry. 1. Train Others To Help And Lead It’s easy to get so caught up in building …

Preach Without Notes And Connect More With Your Audience

Could you ever preach without notes? Right now, that probably sounds about as terrifying as a high-wire act without a net with zero experience. However, how often do you wish you could engage your members more? It’s not exactly comforting looking out and seeing your members looking bored or even worse, sleeping. Before you say it’s not possible, give preaching without notes a chance. It could be the perfect solution for better engagement and even church growth. Perfect Sermon But Zero Engagement You already work hard on your sermons. You do everything you can to make them perfect. This is …

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5 Spiritual Challenges All Church Leaders Face

Every church leader is plagued by spiritual challenges throughout their careers. These are typically periods of doubt where their own faith may be challenged. Church members often have spiritual crises of their own. However, church leaders are often expected to stand strong and never have these types of issues. It takes strength to not only admit you’re going through a spiritual challenge, but to ask for guidance from fellow leaders and even members to help you through. By working together, you all grow in your faith. 1. Finding The Right Way To Guide This is a common challenge and one …

8 Things Pastors Wish Their Members Knew

8 Things Pastors Wish Their Members Knew

Pastors constantly work to understand their members, but how often do members consider what a pastor actually wants? They’d be amazed to learn how many things pastors wish they knew. By having this two-way understand, pastors and members create a much stronger bond and church. Even if when pastors don’t specifically say these things, they’re thinking these and many more. Of course, members and church staff should never be afraid to ask their pastor what’s on their mind. 1. They’re Human Too One of the most important things pastors wish their members knew is they’re human too. Pastors aren’t perfect …