Our best resources for pastors and ministry leaders.

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

What's New In TrainedUp: September Edition

By Scott Magdalein | September 20, 2017

Redesigned Platform TrainedUp V2 brought about a much easier to use platform that focused on simplicity and usability. However, with that the interface left a lot to be desired. After months of hard work, we’re launching a completely updated design that makes the platform much easier to user for our leaders as well as those…

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The Art of Retraining: How To Get Your Existing Volunteers On Board

By Scott Magdalein | September 7, 2017

Hi Zach, this is Scott. I built TrainedUp while I was an Executive Pastor and needed to REtrain a bunch of existing volunteers on new policies. Getting them to use the tool was tough (because getting anyone to change anything is tough), but eventually I found a way to get it done. Basically, I moved…

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How To Use Trello To Track Volunteer Onboarding In Your Church

By Kevin Fontenot | August 29, 2017

the ultimate guide to volunteer onboarding. What I want to do today is equip you with an easy to replicate system to track where people are in your volunteer onboarding process. One of my favorite tools for tracking any type of progress is Trello. We use it heavily at TrainedUp for video production tracking, monitoring…

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Discipleship is Changing; 5 Things Your Church Can Do to Evolve

By Scott Magdalein | August 24, 2017

We’ve seen the description of a Christian change over the last several decades. It’s gone from a “church goer” to a “Jesus follower” to a “Conservative”. Now, though, I think we’re seeing a swing again to another definition. There’s a growing faction of young Christians who aren’t satisfied with the last 10 years of Christian…

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74 Revealing Questions to Assess The Readiness of Your Deacon Candidates

By Kevin Fontenot | August 17, 2017

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers,…

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The Case for Diversity in the Church

By Scott Magdalein | August 15, 2017

The Bible Supports Diversity in the Local Church First, let’s get one pretty important thing established. The Bible supports diversity in the body of Christ. And, if the local church is a local expression of the body of Christ, it’s pretty easy to say that the local church should strive to be diverse if it’s…

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A Church Is Only As Healthy As Its Team

By Scott Magdalein | July 21, 2017

Did you have an HR meeting to cover the health insurance and retirement accounts? Did you cover how to submit an expense report or reserve a room on the master calendar? How about how to handle a benevolence request or who to send pastoral care needs? These are all staples of onboarding and training in…

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Is Your Leadership Style Helping or Hurting You?

By Scott Magdalein | July 6, 2017

Early in my career, I thought a great leader was defined by their ability to encourage, support, and connect on a personal level. These are great characteristics for a leader to have. During one particular project, however, I was so focused on maintaining a positive relationship with a team member, I failed to confront a…

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What's New in TrainedUp: June Edition

By Scott Magdalein | June 13, 2017

Unlisted (Private) Courses! Sometimes you want to create a course that’s not visible in the list of courses that all Team Members can see. Whether it’s for staff training, specialized leader training, or anything else, you’ll now be able to set your course to Unlisted. The course is still enrollable by anyone with the private…

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All Growth Begins with Self-Awareness

By Scott Magdalein | June 1, 2017

Want to go deeper? Join my free deep dive course on self-awareness. I decided it was time to have an open and honest conversation with the two top leaders of YouVersion about my fears and concerns around my performance. All the while, there had been no indications from them about any concerns. I didn’t want…

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