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6 Things To Do To Have A Great Fall Ministry Season

Fall is always a busy time for ministry leaders. New programs have been kicked off. Christmas planning is in full swing. Not only are new things happening at your church, but your members are extra busy with a new school year bringing a slew of...

Whats New In TrainedUp: September Edition

When we launched TrainedUp V2 in April of this year we had no idea that we would receive the response that we have. It has been amazing and we’re truly grateful to everyone that has joined. With that said, there were some things about V2 that still needed some work. We’ve spent time adding in…

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

This post is my actual response to a question from a pastor about how he can use TrainedUp to train existing volunteers on new policies. Basically, I moved all training and important info to TrainedUp. Emails/texts became only a way to let people know that a new announcement or change in schedule or procedure was…

How To Use Trello To Track Volunteer Onboarding In Your Church

I’m a huge believer that systems are the key to success in most organizations. That’s especially true when it comes to onboarding your church’s volunteers. In the past, we’ve talked a lot about volunteer onboarding and have created what we like to call the ultimate guide to volunteer onboarding. What I want to do today…

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

There’s a growing faction of young Christians who aren’t satisfied with the last 10 years of Christian discipleship. They’re upset that identity politics has kidnapped their faith and made it a voting block based on economic and foreign policy. They’re tired of the weak oversimplification of discipleship as nothing more than loving your neighbor. And…

74 Revealing Questions to Assess The Readiness of Your Deacon Candidates

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,…

The Case for Diversity in the Church

I wrote this post last Friday, August 11. That evening white supremacists organized in Charlottesville. The next day, one of the white supremacists turned himself into a terrorist and drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing at least one and injuring many others. This post now has a new context of urgency and…

A Church Is Only As Healthy As Its Team

When you joined the team at your church, what kind of training did you get in the first weeks? 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…

Is Your Leadership Style Helping or Hurting You?

Your leadership style — how you make decisions, connect with and influence others, delegate, handle conflict, cast vision — is shaped by many factors. Your family history and work experience, along with your personality and internal wiring, impact how you think about and “do” leadership today. Leaders we have worked with, for better or worse,…

What's New in TrainedUp: June Edition

One major reason we built version 2 of TrainedUp is so we could roll out new features faster and have more control over the user experience. Now, after V2 has been out for two months, we’re seeing the real-world benefits of managing a more modern and nimble web application. Last month, we rolled out Reports…