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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...

Why “Hire Slow, Fire Fast” is Toxic to Ministry Staffing

Hiring staff members can be one of your most important decisions as a church leader. Who is on your team greatly impacts your church’s direction, effectiveness, and integrity. And your hiring process helps dictate who joins your team and how long they stay. There is a controversial staffing strategy floating around the business world that…

5 Steps To Help You Make Authentic Disciples In Your Church

Our primary calling as ministry leaders is to make disciples. It’s right there in the great commission. Yet, for many of us making authentic disciples feels like a pipe dream. We know we need to do it, but feel ill-equipped to make true disciples. With an abundance of resources available, it can be difficult to…

3 Secrets to Get Church Volunteers Engaged in Training

Engagement has always been the engine of church growth. In the past, people engaged with their church body at a church building. That engagement usually pivoted on worship services as the central engagement event. Other engagement tools included Sunday School (before the Sunday service), midweek ministry (music, prayer, children’s ministry activities, etc), outreach events, and…

Leadership Development Principles for your Church

As ministry leaders, one of our top priorities is to raise up leaders. Yet, the typical leadership development framework is broken in most churches. Instead of raising up those that have been in a position of learning, modeling, and discipling, we instantly elevate those that have ‘leadership potential’. However, the way we evaluate leadership potential…

These Ministry Volunteer Surveys Are A Source of Leadership Gold

The last presidential election was bonkers. Aside from the obvious oddities, the other big story was about polling data. During every election that I can remember, polls have dominated the news cycle for the couple of years leading up to the election. News organizations, polling companies, and nonprofits all vie for attention with polls covering…

Announcing New Training for Worship Leaders and Volunteers in the TrainedUp Library

The TrainedUp Library is growing again! We add new training video courses every month to the TrainedUp Library and this month is no different. Last month we announced new training for children’s ministry volunteers focused on child safety and abuse prevention. This month we’re shifting gears to bring you training in our most requested category.…

7 Ways To Get More ROI From Your Sermons

Writing a sermon is an arduous journey. On average, pastors spend 9.5 hours every week writing their sermon for the upcoming Sunday. That is more time than they spend eating during the week. The average pastors spends over 400 hours a year in sermon preparation. With most pastors preaching more than forty times per year,…

My Top Leadership Communication Secret: The Follow-Up

In 2009, I got in way over my head in a new job. I’d been hired as project manager with the Digerati at Life.Church (then LifeChurch.tv). My job was to organize all the digital missions work at Life.Church, keep projects moving forward, and maintain open communication on the team. After my first 6 months, I…

9 Ways To Prevent Child Abuse In Your Children’s Ministry

This video is a sample from the TrainedUp video training library. It’s one module in a 9-part series designed to train volunteers on abuse prevention. Learn more about the TrainedUp Library. Churches Are Spiritually And Morally Responsible Before getting into the legal responsibility of churches when it comes to the wellbeing of minors, let’s talk…