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8 Poor Excuses Pastors Use for Not Resting Properly

Every pastor I’ve known has been bad at resting at some point in their ministry. It’s understandable. Most people tend to pour everything they have into what they’re passionate about. Add to that passion the burden for souls to be saved and Christians to be...

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…

All Growth Begins with Self-Awareness

My first year on the YouVersion Bible App team was exciting and challenging. I joined the team to help with partnerships and community-building. Like any new job, the first year came with a learning curve and the need to pick up new skills. I had never been part of a technology team before, so I…