Ministry

3 ways to guard against desensitization

We’re no longer shocked by the things we see. We live in a culture where we have such easy and consistent access to entertainment, information, news, etc. And in addition to easy access, the content we view on a regular basis is getting more and more extreme. The amount of violence, pornographic content, and profanity…

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Buried in praise: motivating your best people

In his book Payoff, behavioral economist Dan Ariely recounts an experiment designed to measure motivation. Participants were asked to perform a meaningless task, circling pairs of matched letters on randomly generated sheets of paper. When they were finished, they returned their paper and were given 55 cents. Each time, they were offered a smaller amount to…

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3 ways that saving money can hurt your mission

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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Avoiding Church Fights by Having a 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

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

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

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

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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