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3 ways that saving money can hurt your mission

By Todd Flaming | Apr 11, 2018
keeping costs low

Non-profits need to watch the dollars, and they should. Nobody wants to be the subject of an exposé about corporate salaries or extravagant travel spending by a ministry. But it’s easy for the pendulum to swing too far in the opposite direction — to be too focused on the pie chart and not on actual…

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Being honest about your organization’s shortcomings… is it worth it?

By Jason Lehman | Apr 4, 2018
vulnerability

What do you do when you’re in a ministry that has really dropped the ball? You haven’t done a good job of helping the people you said you were going to help. Or maybe you, as a leader, feel like you’ve let your team down in some big way. Is there ever a time that…

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3 Ideas to Consider for Encouraging Mentors in your Organization 

By Jason Lehman | Mar 12, 2018
Developing Mentors

When I was in ministry years ago, I didn’t have good models for the type of ministry I was trying to do. There were things I was trying to figure out that I just didn’t have good examples for, which resulted in a lot of trial and error. This is common for anyone that’s trying…

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Avoiding Church Fights by Having a Clear Vision

By Todd Flaming | Feb 22, 2018
clear vision

Last week, Jason shared some practical ways to inspire individuals in your organization whose vision has strayed from what it originally started as. This week, Todd will discuss vision again, however this is more specifically relevant to churches.   We are frequently approached by churches to help iron out conflicts and priorities in their programming…

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3 Ways to Reignite your Organization’s Original Vision

By Jason Lehman | Feb 16, 2018
reignite your organizationals original vision

Most nonprofits are initially built around someone’s vision to accomplish something that seems impossible. When people start organizations, when they pioneer down the path of this new venture, there are no restrictions in their mind. There’s simply a burning desire in their heart that says we’re going to make this big difference in the world,…

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3 Key Indicators of Organizational Health in Your Ministry

By Todd Flaming | Jan 24, 2018
Organizational Health

When you think of a growing ministry in your community, you would probably assume it’s a healthy place to work, right? Most people I talk with assume that back stabbing, silos, and typical office problems don’t really happen at most non-profits. In reality, these issues pop up anywhere you find people working together, and ministries…

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2 Ideas for Reaching the Modern Donor Mindset

By Todd Flaming | Nov 30, 2017

How is your organization talking to potential donors? If you run a nonprofit, you should already have an answer to this. Your communication style with each potential partner is crucial. This includes how you are reaching out to them, what kind of stories you are telling, and the wording you are using. If your message…

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Going Alone: 3 Problems You Face When You Won’t Partner

By Todd Flaming | Oct 24, 2017

Growing up, we are constantly taught the importance of sharing and playing nice with our friends. “Play nice!” and “Please share!” are common things to tell kids. But, much like eating vegetables, adults don’t always do what they make the kids do. When I work with different organizations, I find myself saying the same things.…

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3 Ways to Know Your Community

By Bob Lehman | Oct 13, 2017

Over my years of ministry work, I’ve been placed into brand new communities three different times and asked to help start a church or ministry. I don’t know where the local grocery store is located or what mascot is on their high school football team’s uniforms, but part of my job is to connect with…

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3 Tips to Hang on to Your Volunteers

By Todd Flaming | Oct 2, 2017

Recently I was talking with a ministry that commits a large amount of hours each quarter to looking for new volunteers. The more questions I asked, the more I learned that there was actually a deeper problem: high volunteer turnover. After a few months of serving, they would watch volunteers cut back on their commitment…

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Combating Burnout in Ministry

By Bob Lehman | Sep 26, 2017
Burnout in Ministry

In any job, burnout is inevitable. You’ve seen it—people get tired & frustrated over the years, and it slowly wears them out. What did that look like for me? As a senior pastor for 16 years at a church I started, I found myself constantly battling anxiety & depression. When you’re leading a ministry, running…

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3 Things You Need to Know About Donors

By Jason Lehman | Sep 19, 2017

Donors are a magical thing in the minds of most non-profits. Because of donors, your organization can accomplish what it needs to- what isn’t magical about that? For many of us, the donor doesn’t just represent money- they represent future, growth, opportunity, and movement. The more donors you have in front of you, the more…

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