As a new year is upon us, we all have a unique opportunity to start off strong, feeling both refreshed and renewed for the year ahead. If you want to take advantage of this fresh start but don’t know where to begin, below are some simple ways to get the ball rolling in 2018.
Children's Ministry is a key component in the growth stages of development for every child walking into your church doors. From infants until youth ministry, there is an amazing opportunity to show God’s love, grace, and redemption in tangible ways through your children’s ministry.
Here are seven helpful tips for a Children’s Minister to achieve success in 2018.
When I was first starting in ministry, I remember how excited I was to give the announcements in our Sunday gathering. It was the first real opportunity I had in a large congregation to get up in front of everyone and speak. However, it didn’t take long before our staff began drawing straws for who would have to give announcements on Sunday. We loved the church and loved serving in our Sunday gathering, but we all felt like announcements were simply an obligation (and difficult to do well).
While Internal Revenue Code is definitely not the most exciting topic, Section 107 is good to know as it does offer some benefit to ministers. This is where the minister’s housing allowance is addressed. Here it is:
I love the feeling of beginning a new year. Though I’m not the best at keeping resolutions, I do always try to make a few reasonable goals to aim for each new year. In 2018, one of these goals is boosting my productivity. I don’t want to do more; I want to be more focused in what I do. This requires shifting how I’m productive.
It’s no secret that the Millennial generation has brought about many changes to our culture and our workforce. With a desire to not simply “clock in and clock out” at a 9-5 job, Millennials are constantly looking for ways to impact the world around them. They're passionate and empathetic, longing for a new kind of work environment. For better or for worse, the workplace is changing, and so are the perks and benefits that Millennials are looking for.
Making an impact on culture can seem like a daunting task, especially when you are not a leader or in a place of authority. However, taking small steps to influence your work culture can be lead to an incredibly big impact in the long run. So how can you make a difference when you’re not in charge?
Start by asking yourself the five questions below.
I served at the same church for 20 years. In case you are wondering, that means I showed up for work at the same place for 7,287 days in a row. I was treated well and went on vacation every year, but there were no sabbaticals or extended leaves.
When we visit with churches that are going through a senior pastor search, we often see a strong generational divide. Either the younger congregants feel as if the pastor search committee isn’t considering candidates who will bring the church “up-to-date”, or the older congregants feel that the committee is trying to force change while neglecting the church’s legacy.