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How Substance Church and Peter Haas Tackle Growth Track in a New, Innovative Way

Substance Church in Minneapolis moved their Growth Track process online with the help of TrainedUp a couple years ago. Now, instead of using up valuable people resources for meetings with poor attendance, they can simply enroll people in an online course that lets them watch...

Introducing the LeadUp Framework and How Volunteer Culture Impacts Everything Else

Sam was the Operations Director at a mid-sized church. They’d spent a lot of time and effort to create an engaging experience for visitors and “on the fence”, longterm attenders. After some serious work, they had a clear assimilation process with a pathway to connect to the church and engaging worship gatherings. What they also…

Announcing HuddleUp Chat: Why We Built a Safe Chat Tool When So Many Chat Tools Already Exist

tl;dr We built a safe chat tool for ministry leaders to communicate with anyone of any age or gender. It’s called HuddleUp Chat. I don’t know about you, but I chat with a lot of people every day. I text with my family, use Facebook Messenger to connect with friends, work with my staff using…

How to Plan and Lead a Bible Study for Business Leaders in Your Church

Most churches are missing an incredible opportunity to disciple the most influential leaders in their church. I’m not talking about the church staff or the team leaders. I’m talking about your community’s business leaders. Business leaders, more specifically business owners and top executives at larger companies, should be discipled in a unique way. Here’s why.…

What to Do When a Parent Complains About a Children’s Ministry Volunteer

Have you ever been in a situation where a great volunteer makes a bad decision? Those can be some of the toughest times as a leader. There are many ways to handle it and, depending on the context, the outcome could be very different. I want to look at various ways you can handle a…

The Key To Gospel-Centered Ministry In Your Church

There has been a lot of debate about what it really means to be gospel-centered. Some pastors whom I greatly respect, have taken this term too far. So what does it really mean to be gospel-centered? I define gospel-centered ministry as a ministry that is focused on Jesus and partnering with him in his mission…

5 Questions New Church Members Want You To Answer

At the core of a church’s assimilation process is a class or meeting for new church members. This class not only serves as an important part of getting people connected, it’s also the on-ramp to discipleship in your church.  Every person that comes into your new members class is going to have a few questions…

The Keys To Creating A Scalable Church Assimilation or Growth Track Process

The goal of every church is to help people grow as disciples of Christ. Our methods and even our theology may differ, but at the end of the day we simply want to help people know Christ and experience life in community. In order to do this well, every church must have a church assimilation…

6 Important Realities About Pastoring A Small Church

Pastoring at any size church is no easy task. Most pastors work well over the typical 40 hour work week while dealing with situations that are emotionally, spiritually, and physically taxing. Before I get any further into this article, I want to thank you for doing what you do and serving Christ’s church. Many times…

8 Poor Excuses Pastors Use for Not Resting Properly

Every pastor I’ve known has been bad at resting at some point in their ministry. It’s understandable. Most people tend to pour everything they have into what they’re passionate about. Add to that passion the burden for souls to be saved and Christians to be discipled and you have a recipe for serious overwork. You…