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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...

Books To Read With Your Church Staff at Each Growth Level

To build a successful church, you’ve got to lead your team to work together. Everyone has to be on the same page, collaborating toward the same goals. I’m not sure if enthusiastically shouting words like ‘synergy’ at each other is necessary, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. How do you create harmony for your church staff?…

An Honest Conversation About Failure

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 things related to Church leadership, training, and discipleship. And today, we’re gonna be talking about something that’s really…

#TrainedUpTips: How to Track Your Church Staff Reading Schedule

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…

58 Practical Examples Of Church Leadership Development Curriculum

I was talking with a pastor this week during a coaching session. He confessed to me that he knew he should be developing his leaders, or at least helping them grow, but the task was overwhelming. He had two major problems. First, his schedule was full and the thought of adding development or mentoring meetings…

8 Underappreciated Leadership Characteristics of a Pastor

Being a church leader isn’t easy. There are near-constant demands from every direction. You’re expected to be everything for everyone. But you’re only human, with the same flaws and faults as those you seek to help. So how do you pull off leading a church? You may think that being a great church leader depends…

Train Like a Vlogger

As I get older, I realize that there are things I need to learn that I never expected. For example, I’ve had to learn how to manage YouTube content filtering settings for my kids. I’ve had to learn how to manage my Facebook profile data. I’ve had to learn how to block topics on Twitter…

3 Types of Surveys That Will Improve Your Ministry Effectiveness

As I get older, I’m becoming more of a “tools guy.” That means I find myself browsing at Home Depot instead of just going in to grab the one thing I need. I’ve also realized that my tool collection is growing…much to my wife’s annoyance. Among all of my tools I have a single favorite,…

The Role of Ushers in Church

An usher is a spiritual ambassador for the local church – God’s ordained and organized body of believers. The usher serves as a “first representative” of Jesus Christ for a worship service. From the tabernacle in the Old Testament to the temple and synagogue in the New Testament, God’s presence and the teaching of His…

How to Get Ministry Volunteers Started with Online Training: Myths, Tips, and Tricks

No matter what you’re trying to organize in ministry, the hardest part is always the people part. It’s an old cliché, but you’ve heard the saying, “Ministry would be easy if it weren’t for the people.” Of course, ministry is all about the people! Lining up venues, planning songs, ordering food…that’s all the easy stuff.…