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 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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Free Volunteer Training Videos from TrainedUp

By Kevin Fontenot | May 14, 2018

At TrainedUp, we’re passionate about helping the Church equip the saints for ministry. In our three year history, we’ve helped thousands of church leaders train tens of thousands of volunteers. We love being able to walk alongside so many churches to further the Gospel. Today, as part of our mission to help the Church, we’re…

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7 Areas Where Storytelling Can Improve Your Church Communications

By Laura Gregory | May 11, 2018

The Original Storyteller. One of the reasons why I’m so interested in storytelling is because that’s how God has designed each of us. Storytelling may be a recent marketing buzzword, but it’s also a beloved tradition. Stories have existed in all civilizations throughout history. And they’re still relevant today because stories standout in our busy,…

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Helping Your Church Learn To Read The Bible

By Laura Gregory | May 9, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 7 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here, watch the video below, or keep reading. Kevin Fontenot: Hey. 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,…

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6 Prime Communication Opportunities that Churches Are Missing

By Laura Gregory | May 4, 2018

1. Hiring a Full-Time Communications Person Who handles the communications at your church? Who runs the website and social media? Who prints the bulletin and writes the email newsletter? If you’re like most churches, this task is relegated to an associate pastor or administrative assistant. It’s extra responsibility on someone who is likely already overworked…

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Introducing Custom Ministry Areas, Branding, Updated Reporting, and New Library Videos

By Kevin Fontenot | May 3, 2018

Ministry Area Grouping First up, we’ve added learner grouping to our advanced user management feature. This update allows you to create custom groups to help you better sort through your people when enrolling them in courses and viewing reports. You can create these new groups to be whatever makes sense for your church like Greeters,…

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How To Set Goals For Your Church That You Will Actually Achieve

By Laura Gregory | May 2, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 6 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here, watch the video below, or keep reading. Kevin Fontenot: Hey, 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 all things related to…

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5 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Church for Mother's Day

By Laura Gregory | April 30, 2018

Why Mother’s Day is a Big Deal for Churches If you’ve not taken Mother’s Day seriously as a church before, you might be wondering what all the hype is about. Why should you treat Mother’s Day differently than any other weekend? First, moms live for special days and Mother’s Day is right up there with…

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How to DIY Your Own Church Leadership Academy

By robertcarnes | April 27, 2018

1. Know Who You’re Teaching Who you’re teaching should influence what and how you’re teaching. Let’s start at the beginning. Ask yourself these questions: What are you trying to accomplish? What’s your overall goal? Who do you want to train—staff, volunteers, both? What do you want them to learn? Jot down your answers to these…

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Creating An Exceptional Training Program At Your Church

By Scott Magdalein | April 25, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 5 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, I’m here with Scott Magdalein, we’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Team Podcast, where we’re talking about all things related to…

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The Easiest Way To Train Your Team – No Passwords Required

By Kevin Fontenot | April 23, 2018

Here’s how smart links work Whether you add someone to your team or they self-enroll in a course, they’ll receive an email with a smart link that, when clicked, will automatically sign them into their TrainedUp account. No passwords. No login forms. Just a single click from an email. This link keeps them signed in…

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8 Topics to Include in Your Church Membership Class

By Scott Magdalein | April 23, 2018

What to Cover in Your Church Membership Class Since there’s a lot riding on this new members class, you want to make sure you cover the right topics. It might be tempting to pour everything including the kitchen sink into your new members class curriculum, I advise against that. It’s good to be thorough, but…

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Books To Read With Your Church Staff at Each Growth Level

By robertcarnes | April 20, 2018

Getting Started Congratulations! You’ve been called to plant a church. You’ve overcome the anxiety and drove in head first and started making disciples. Aren’t you brave? Yes, you are because starting a new church is hard work. If you have a church staff, it’s likely small. These are the people crazy enough to move with…

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An Honest Conversation About Failure

By Scott Magdalein | April 18, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 4 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 Teams Podcast, the podcast where we’re talking about all…

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#TrainedUpTips: How to Track Your Church Staff Reading Schedule

By Scott Magdalein | April 17, 2018

We, here at ServeHQ, are big fans of helping your people grow and develop their skills, knowledge, and wisdom. While we believe in the power of video to help people learn, there is just too much valuable teaching between the covers of great books to leave reading out of the training equation. Reading together, rather…

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58 Practical Examples Of Church Leadership Development Curriculum

By Scott Magdalein | April 16, 2018

Three Stages of Development: Self, Others, and Organizations What I’m going to do here is lay out those four types of leadership development curriculum for ministry leaders. I’m also going to provide a lot of examples in each area and how to use that curriculum without derailing other aspects of ministry. There’s one more thing.…

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8 Underappreciated Leadership Characteristics of a Pastor

By robertcarnes | April 13, 2018

1. Listening As a church leader, you probably have to talk a lot. You may have to preach every Sunday. You’re likely people’s first option to pray at gatherings. Like it or not, you need to take every opportunity to tell about your ministry. But amongst all of this talking, don’t ever forget to also…

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Train Like a Vlogger

By Scott Magdalein | April 12, 2018

You can see my channel here. If you watch the early videos and then skip to the later videos, you’ll see that my style changed along with my understanding of the medium. If you’re not sure what a vlog is, here’s a simple explanation. It’s like a blog, but on video. That’s why it’s called…

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3 Types of Surveys That Will Improve Your Ministry Effectiveness

By Scott Magdalein | April 11, 2018

This post has been adapted from episode 3 of our podcast. You can listen to the full podcast here, watch the video below, or keep reading. The survey is my favorite ministry tool because it’s flexible, applicable in many contexts, makes me a more effective leader, and it’s easy to use. Ministry Surveys are Applicable…

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