Our best resources for pastors and ministry leaders.

Each week we share our best tips and advice to help you become a better leader!

Church Organizational Charts: Benefits, Types, and How to Build One Yourself

By Scott Magdalein | September 25, 2018

Every church needs an organizational chart. An org chart is a visualization of your entire organization. Org charts are traditionally hierarchical and show the relationship of each person to one another with both employees and leadership included. How You Can Benefit from Having an Organizational Chart Org charts are useful tools for both leaders and…

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How This Growing Multi-Site Church In New York City Uses TrainedUp To Scale Their Impact

By Kevin Fontenot | September 24, 2018

We all understand the struggle of busy church members. Church is just one thing on a long list of activities for most people. For Liberty Church, a multi-site church located in the city that never sleeps, they may understand this issue better than most. Liberty found that getting people in the same room for training…

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How Summit Church Benefited From Online Training In A Rural Community

By Kevin Fontenot | September 21, 2018

Online training isn’t just for churches located in growing cities. Kim Masengale has learned this first hand as the women’s pastor at Summit Church in Indiana, PA, a town of roughly 13,000 people located 60 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Since she and her husband joined the staff at Summit Church, they have experienced exponential attendance…

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An Inside Look Into How Volunteers At Substance Church Reacted To Online Training

By Kevin Fontenot | September 20, 2018

“In our kids ministry, we did not have a training system for our volunteers. We’d send out an email with some information and tell people to show up on Sunday. We’d hand them a t-shirt, give them a couple of policies, and wish them good luck.” Does this sound familiar? For all too many churches,…

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How Foothills Church Streamlined Their Training Process And Increased Volunteers By 30%

By Kevin Fontenot | September 19, 2018

Can you imagine 98% of your volunteers all being available at the same time and actually attending a training meeting? Despite the reality that those kind of results are next to impossible to achieve with meetings, Landon Reynolds and his family ministry team at Foothills Church were able to get 98% of their Wednesday night…

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Church Partners & Course Templates: When it Comes to Training, More is More

By Scott Magdalein | September 19, 2018

Ever since I started TrainedUp, our purpose has been to empower ministry leaders to equip your people for the work of ministry. To that end, we’ve always provided flexible and powerful tools for you to create your own training. In early 2017, we redesigned everything from scratch, adding some innovative new tools like record-from-webcam and…

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How To Give And Receive Feedback With Your Church Volunteers

By Kevin Fontenot | September 12, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there, I’m Kevin Fontenot and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Teams Podcast, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship and…

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Top 8 Most Effective Church Outreach Ideas for Spring, Summer, and Fall

By Scott Magdalein | September 6, 2018

Churches grow when they focus on outreach. There are tons of ways to grow a ministry, but outreach initiatives have proven themselves as useful for decades. Outreach initiatives are cross-generational. Millennials and Boomers will engage in an outreach initiative…well, maybe not Gen-Xers, but that’s because the punk rock generation still has issues with institutions and…

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How To Pastor Your Church Volunteers

By Kevin Fontenot | September 5, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there, I’m Kevin Fontenot and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Teams podcast where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship and…

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How to Create a Welcoming First Impression for Church Guests

By Kevin Fontenot | September 5, 2018

The Importance of Church First Impressions Each week the majority of your planning and preparation likely centers around two aspects of service: the sermon and worship. While these two aspects are incredibly important, they’re most likely not the things making the biggest impact on whether or not people come back to your church. The reality…

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5 Reasons Your Volunteers Are Underperforming (And How to Fix It)

By Scott Magdalein | September 3, 2018

Every ministry leader who also leads volunteers can tell you stories about being frustrated with volunteers who are not performing well. If you lead people, you’re going to have stories, too. In the volunteer world, underperforming can look like a lot of different things. Sometimes volunteers will underperform by showing up late on a Sunday…

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4 Crucial Lessons Pastors Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

By Scott Magdalein | August 27, 2018

Many pastors are uncomfortable with relating any ministry experience to business experience. You often see pastors reject leadership principles or management strategies that are gleaned from business leaders. If you’re in that camp, skip to the bottom of this post. The rest is not meant for you. Why Entrepreneurs, Specifically? Among business leaders, entrepreneurs are…

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How To Get First Time Guests To Come Back

By Kevin Fontenot | August 22, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there. I’m Kevin Fontenot, and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Team’s Podcast, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship, and…

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Why Ministry Leaders Should Clarify Expectations for Every Team Member

By Scott Magdalein | August 20, 2018

It’s no secret that one of the most prevalent killers of relationships is unmet expectations. In fact, you could say that all other issues are related to expectations. In marriage it might be finances or intimacy where expectations aren’t met. In a ministry relationship, it might be hands-on support or personal development. James writes in…

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How To Create A Small Group Leader Training Program

By Kevin Fontenot | August 17, 2018

Small group leaders are one of the most crucial volunteer roles in the local church. These leaders are entrusted with teaching, leading, and ministering to a group of church members. A well thought out small group leader training program is one of your greatest tools to help promote unity and discipleship in your church through…

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The Story of TrainedUp

By Kevin Fontenot | August 15, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 14 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there. I’m Kevin Fontenot, and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re your hosts of The Thriving Ministry Team’s Podcast, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship, and…

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6 Steps to Develop Young Leaders in Ministry

By Scott Magdalein | August 13, 2018

There’s no shortage of articles talking about leading and developing young leaders. It’s a heavily covered topic because it’s so important. If you want your ministry to be around when you leave, and you want to leave a positive legacy in that ministry, then you need to develop young leaders. Aside from your legacy, you…

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The Volunteer Check-up: 11 Vital Questions Leaders Should Ask Their Volunteers

By Scott Magdalein | July 31, 2018

Your volunteer teams don’t replace the Holy Spirit, but they are His hands and feet in your church and community. They are where the “rubber meets the road” when it comes to serving people, showing God’s love, and helping outsiders feel like they’re at home in your building. You don’t need convincing that your job…

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How To Create A Church Leadership Pipeline

By Kevin Fontenot | July 25, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 14 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there, I’m Kevin Fontenot and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re the host of the Thriving Ministry Teams Podcast, where we talk about all things related to truth, leadership, discipleship, and…

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How To Create A Church Greeter Training Program

By Kevin Fontenot | July 20, 2018

The Reason For Church Greeter Training Before diving into practical examples of church greeter training, I want to briefly talk about the why of training. As ministry leaders we’re called to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Yet, at times that requirement can feel overwhelming. Training can be one of the most frustrating…

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