Our best resources for pastors and ministry leaders.

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

How To Create A Culture Of Personal Development In Your Church

By Kevin Fontenot | July 18, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 13 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 really to church leadership, discipleship,…

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8 Ways to Make Portable Church Easier and Less Stressful

By Scott Magdalein | July 17, 2018

I’ve spent about 10 years in two different portable churches. I was a worship leader at the first one and I’ve been in multiple roles at my current church. I’ve learned a thing or two during that decade. Some of that education was hard-fought and some of it was gleaned from good friends at other…

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How To Create A Children's Ministry Training Program

By Kevin Fontenot | July 12, 2018

The Why Of Children’s Ministry Training Before diving into practical examples of children’s ministry 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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How to Do Fall Ministry Planning

By Scott Magdalein | July 9, 2018

The church calendar is organized around two seasons that are typically the most fruitful: Spring and Fall. Those two seasons are the heave-ho of your ministry calendar. During those seasons, it’s easier and more effective to organize everyone to push and pull together to include, invite, and involve new people in your church’s ministry. While…

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How To Build Community In Your Church Volunteer Teams

By Kevin Fontenot | July 4, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 11 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here or keep reading. 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,…

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Introducing Tracks: Automate Course Enrollment With TrainedUp

By Kevin Fontenot | July 2, 2018

Last month, we introduced another new feature called Ministry Areas that allowed you to group your team members based on which ministry area(s) they belong to. Tracks further extends the Ministry Areas feature to allow you to automatically assign all new members of a ministry area with a track. This means that all you have…

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How To Fire A Volunteer

By Scott Magdalein | June 29, 2018

One of THE hardest things about leading is when you have to fire someone. It’s way worse when that person is a volunteer. In fact, firing a volunteer is so tough that we often just don’t do it. We’d rather let a toxic person stay on our team than go through the pain and discomfort…

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How To Have One-On-One's With Your Church Staff

By Scott Magdalein | June 27, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 11 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here or keep reading. 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 training.…

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11 Reasons You Should Give Online Training A Chance

By Kevin Fontenot | June 25, 2018

Over the last three years, we’ve helped thousands of pastors train tens of thousands of volunteers and leaders. For most of those pastors, it was their first time using an online tool for training and many were skeptical that it wouldn’t work for their church. You’re probably like them. You’ve considered online training, but are…

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How To Create The Perfect Volunteer Page On Your Church Website

By Kevin Fontenot | June 22, 2018

Your website is one of the best tools you have for connecting with new people and to get your existing members to take their next step. Having a great volunteer or serve page on your website helps in both cases! For potential first time visitors, a volunteer or serve page communicates that your church isn’t…

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How To Become A Data Informed Church

By Scott Magdalein | June 20, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 10 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here or keep reading. Kevin Fontenot:  Hey there, I’m Kevin Fontenot and I’m here with Scott Magdelain. We’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Teams podcast, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship, and training.…

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How to Write Video Training Scripts for Ministry Volunteers

By Scott Magdalein | June 18, 2018

Most ministry leaders don’t spend their days producing training videos. But, if you’re a leader, training is almost certainly part of what you do. Of course, most of the training you do has been in person. Maybe you’ve had new team members shadow you or someone else on your team. Maybe you’ve created a handbook…

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17 Free Church Leadership Training Materials

By Scott Magdalein | June 5, 2018

Leadership development has a resource challenge. There are thousands and thousands of resources, but it’s hard to find good ones and it’s hard to find ones that fit your budget. However, because I believe in developing leaders in and for ministry, I wanted to help you find resources that will definitely fit your budget, even…

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How Charlotte Assembly of God Recruited 40 New Volunteers In One Day!

By Kevin Fontenot | June 4, 2018

We’re happy to welcome Olivia O’Connor to the TrainedUp blog. Olivia is the Director of Teams and Development at Charlotte Assembly of God in Charlotte, Michigan. The church staff and I constantly found ourselves in a never-ending cycle of asking the SAME people to serve, over and over again. It seemed like we had the…

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The Art of Delegating And Leading Your Team Well

By Scott Magdalein | May 30, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 9 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here, watch the video below, or keep reading. 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’re talking about everything related to church…

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6 Places to Find Children’s Church Lessons Quickly

By Scott Magdalein | May 25, 2018

1. Online In our society, where is the first place we all turn to look for answers? Google. And that’s not a bad place to start looking for some children’s lessons for your church. Type ‘children’s church lesson’ into the search engine and you get back plenty of results. Maybe too many. The one issue…

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How To Recognize And Avoid Burnout For Ministry Leaders

By Scott Magdalein | May 23, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 8 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here, watch the video below, or keep reading. 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…

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How to Do Children's Ministry Training and 12 Topics to Cover

By Scott Magdalein | May 21, 2018

I talk to pastors and ministry leaders every week. The most common training challenge in almost every church I speak with is training children’s volunteers and leaders. That’s one reason we’ve included tons of training videos in our library and made some children’s ministry training videos available for free online. I don’t have to convince…

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How To Include Single Women In Your Women's Ministry

By Laura Gregory | May 19, 2018

“Single” is often a dirty word thrown around churches. It’s not that they aren’t loved or welcomed, but often people in leadership don’t know what to do with them. The honest truth is that most of our church ministries and resources are focused on families. Women’s ministries tend to be a microcosm of the larger…

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17 Bible Verses About Leadership

By Scott Magdalein | May 18, 2018

Have Perseverance Each of the major biblical leaders went through some rough times. They endured persecution, slavery, invasion, poverty, and plagues. What separated them from everyone else was their faith. Despite their challenges, they honestly believed God would deliver on His promises and their hard work would pay off. We can learn from their dedication.…

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