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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...

How To Give And Receive Feedback With Your Church Volunteers

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  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, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship and…

Top 8 Most Effective Church Outreach Ideas for Spring, Summer, and Fall

Outreach initiatives are cross-generational. Millennials and Boomers will engage in an outreach initiative…well, maybe not Gen-Xers, but that’s because the punk rock generation still has issues with institutions and authority. (Kidding!) Not all church outreach ideas are equal. Some outreach is more effective than others. In my experience, the best outreach ideas are ones that…

How To Pastor Your Church Volunteers

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  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 where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship and…

How to Create a Welcoming First Impression for Church Guests

Have you ever been to a restaurant and immediately been turned off by the experience? I know I have. Whether it’s employees who walk past without saying anything, a rude hostess, or just an unclean building, a bad first impression instantly sets the tone for the rest of your experience. Chances are your overall impression…

5 Reasons Your Volunteers Are Underperforming (And How to Fix It)

In the volunteer world, underperforming can look like a lot of different things. Sometimes volunteers will underperform by showing up late on a Sunday morning. Other times volunteers will underperform by not being prepared to lead a lesson or by just having a bad attitude. Most of the time it’s easy to spot a volunteer…

4 Crucial Lessons Pastors Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

If you’re in that camp, skip to the bottom of this post. The rest is not meant for you. Why Entrepreneurs, Specifically? Among business leaders, entrepreneurs are a unique set. Many established business leaders were entrepreneurs at one point in their journey. Now, after launching their idea, they’ve evolved toward sustainable growth or maintenance of…

How To Get First Time Guests To Come Back

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there. I’m Kevin Fontenot, and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Team’s Podcast, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship, and…

Why Ministry Leaders Should Clarify Expectations for Every Team Member

James writes in chapter 4 that disagreements that lead to division often stem from desires not being fulfilled by one another. Those unmet expectations lead to envy and lust and physical fights. And while you probably aren’t punching your volunteers or getting yourself run over by direct reports, strife and tension from unmet expectations in…

How To Create A Small Group Leader Training Program

Small group leaders are one of the most crucial volunteer roles in the local church. These leaders are entrusted with teaching, leading, and ministering to a group of church members. A well thought out small group leader training program is one of your greatest tools to help promote unity and discipleship in your church through…