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5 Important truths for a Spiritual Leader

A few years back I was reading a book on leadership by John MacArthur.  In that book there was a statement that leadership wasn’t the ability to manage people or details, but the ability to inspire others to follow.  It went on to communicate that leaders don’t exist without followers.  This thought challenged me because I had always been a good “manager”, but had to start evaluating how effective I was at being a leader.  As I started to think through this, some areas started to become obvious to me as a pastor.

1.  We are not managers, but Spiritual Leaders.  A manager can direct traffic in any organization simply by conveying a list of things that need accomplished.  As spiritual leaders, we have the opportunity to move people from following out of a sense of obligation, to following because they believe in the goals we set out.  We must convey the goals and the overall vision in such a way that it inspires people and motivates them to become something more than they could ever have imagined.  We can’t just do this with good, persuasive words.  It must be accompanied with much prayer and discernment on our part.  We should see that, as spiritual leaders, we must spend time daily with our Leader and Lord.  This should be a priority in our schedules if we ever hope to accomplish anything for Him as we lead.

2.  Relationships Matter.  A manager can function apart from any real relationship with those that are managed.  Again, it’s simply conveying a list of things that need to be accomplished and the people who do it are just a means to an end.  As a spiritual leader, we must follow the example of Christ in what we do.  If we examine how He was able to have such a broad impact, we can see that He invested His life in people through relationships.  We can look at His relationship with the disciples and see that these were the people He poured into.  How were they able to go on and turn their world upside down? It’s because they had been inspired by their leader through their relationship with Him to become leaders of others.  We should make it a point to invest in the lives of the people and leaders we lead.

3.  Direction Matters.  We must be able to cast a vision for where we are going.  For those who follow, they want to know that what they are doing has value.  They want to see that it accomplishes an overall purpose or goal.  No one likes busy work.  No one wants to look back and see that they have just been working in circles and have nothing to show for it.  We must constantly remind those we lead where we are leading them to.  What is our purpose? How will this grow the kingdom? How will this impact the church? How will it help those who are hurting?  As we have one on one conversations with people, lunch with people, meetings with groups, we must always restate the vision in different ways and in different settings.  This allows us to remind them, as well as ourselves, where we are going.

4.  Grace is necessary.  As a manger in the work force, I would often find myself in situations where policies were broken by employees and action would have to be taken.  There were often times where I had to go in and demote people or terminate people from their positions because of their actions.  But as a Spiritual Leader, it’s not just a matter of enforcing policies. Although, we do desire that people work within the boundaries laid out.  We must be consistently communicating with those we lead.  If there is a situation or confrontation that needs to take place, it must be done in grace.  This doesn’t mean that we allow people a free pass to do whatever they want or to work against the vision or direction of the ministry.  It simply means that we are not the judge and jury.  We all do the wrong thing sometimes and we need people to come into our lives and lovingly guide us and correct us.  In these times we should follow Matthew 18 and talk with those who may have offended us one on one.  I have discovered that some clear communication at this time can go a long way to restoring and refocusing everyone on the overall vision and direction.  I’m reminded of Peter’s denial of Jesus at the cross.  Jesus knew it was coming, but it must have been devastating to Peter.  But Jesus showed him grace and Peter became one of the key leaders in the early church.  Grace can go a long way.

5.  Truth matters.  We should always be honest as we lead.  Everyone wants to follow those who have a strong character and live in integrity.  Grace is important, but it must always be measured with truth.  If someone is living in sin and/or refusing to follow spiritual leadership it must be confronted sooner rather than later.  If we sweep it under the rug or just hope it will go away, we can actually do more damage than addressing the issue.  We shouldn’t confront people in anger, but in truth.  If our emotions are high, we must take some time to pull away and pray.  It’s amazing how some time alone with God can change our perspective on situations.  Often, it becomes less about us and more about Him.  When this happens, we can address people from the truth of God instead of a personal agenda.

These aren’t intended to cover everything about Spiritual Leadership, but is a good place to start.  Just working through these has reminded me of some areas that I can focus on more in order to be a better leader.  What are some thoughts on Leadership you might could add to this?

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Funding the Vision

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Many churches start their new budgets in September.  So with that in mind, I am writing this blog post with a few thoughts on creating a budget.  I’ve been working with budgets for years; personally, in business settings and in ministry settings.  One thing I have learned is that you do not set a budget based on what you need, but on what you have available.  A budget says “If” we bring in this amount of money, this is how we are going to spend it.  They are actually designed to focus on making effective use of income rather than searching for money for expenses.  With that said, you should always start with a clear understanding of your income for the set time period.  When you are calculating this, you should never use percentages of increase to project your budget.  Always use real numbers.  If the past two quarters showed an increase of $2,000 each, trends would tell us that there is a good chance that the next quarter will show and increase of around the same amount if all other factors stay the same.

Projecting Your Income:

  • Numerical Projection:  Determine what your history has been.  You can look over a given history to help you in looking forward.  If possible, use at least two to three years of history to get a clear picture of giving.  Use this picture to identify trend of giving based on your history.  If in looking at the previous two to three years, you see that each year you had an increase of $50,000 annually, then you can project that conservatively you will see $50,000 in additional giving in the coming year.  You don’t go up on your projected giving until you have a track record that shows your giving can increase.  Use real numbers.
  • Per Capita Projection:  What is your per capita giving?  Take your average attendance and take your average weekly income for the year and divide it.  You will come up with the per capita income per person per week.  (The longer the length of time is for your averages, the more accurate your per capita giving will be.)  You then can use your average attendance and your projected attendance to make an calculated per capita projection.

Calculate both the numerical projection and the per capita projection and compare these together.  If there is a huge difference between these, you may need to look at what some variables may be that would be causing a huge difference.  Have there been some huge one time gifts?  If so, you may need to pull these out because they are skewing your results.  I’ve found that, generally, using both of these calculation methods put me very close to the same projections.  Once you determine an annual projection using real numbers, you can begin to move forward.  It is a good idea to be conservative on your projections.  You can always do more with increased giving, it’s harder to cut back from initial projections when the giving falls short.  Conservative budgets also will give your staff freedom to spend their budget as it is needed.

Creating Your Budget:

Once you have a good understanding of your estimated income you can then create A, B and C budgets.  The A budget is if God really blesses and everything goes right (could be anywhere from 10 to 20% above budget).  The C budget is if things get tight and things go wrong (maybe 10 to 20% below budget).  The B budget is the primary operating budget and this allows shifting up or down.  You need to plan all three budgets in advance.  It’s easier to make alternate plans in advance than when you’re in the middle of the storm.  As you create these, have a simple one page broad budget by major categories.  Don’t get too detailed, just list general categories (i.e  Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Evangelism etc…)  Have 2 or 3 line items in your budget that are open and flexible, these could be designated as “Special Projects & Events”, “Ministry Expansion”, etc…  This gives you opportunity to also meet needs as they arise through the year using these categories.  When you are assigning dollar amounts to budgeted areas, don’t make it so tight that ministries can’t function.  Allow room for flexibility.

Filling in the Details:

Look at the overall pie and determine the percentage of the pie that goes toward Staff.  Keep in mind that churches are largely volunteer in structure, so we need staff to lead them.  Only use percentages for allocations.  Payroll should be no more than 50 to 55% of budget.  If your payroll is below 30% you are probably understaffed or not paying your staff enough.  Building needs should be 20% of budget.  Missions should be at least 10% of budget (this is all missions including international, national, state and local). Areas of Ministry should be 10% of budget.  This leaves 5 to 10% for other areas.

You need to know your seasons so you can manage cash flow.  When is your biggest quarter? When is your weakest quarter?  Are there times in the year that the cash flow expenses may naturally increase, but at the same time the cash flow income slows down?  Generally first quarter is going to be one of the strongest quarters.  At the same time, the end of second quarter and third quarter can also be a struggle.  Have a plan of action in place for if you consistently miss budget.  When will you move to “C” Budget?

If possible, allow your ministries to have the same budget as previous year plus half of the planned overall percentage of increase.  (i.e. if after you determine your dollar amount projection, you determine it will be a 8% increase, allow each ministry to increase their budget by 4%.)  Then look at what was spent in each ministry.  Identify growing ministries that may need slightly more of an increase to cover needs.  Prior to having the staff develop their budgets, give them the specific dollar amount they will have to spend for the year.  Don’t give percentages or expect them to calculate their overall budget.  Once they have their overall budget, have the staff submit 3 budget requests.  The first request is their General Budget Request (this will match the number they have been given).  The second request is a One Time Request.  This is when a ministry has an expense that is not a reoccurring expense.   The third request is a Ministry Expansion Request.  This is to expand their current ministry into a new area that will be an ongoing part of the ministry from that point forward.

Reserves:

Don’t think you have to spend surplus just because you have it.  At the same time, you shouldn’t hoard what God has given to the church just because you’re not sure about what will happen in six months.  We serve a big God who is capable of providing our every need.  You can set aside a Cash Forward Reserve (2 to 4 weeks of operating budget) in a separate account so that if things slow down, you have a few weeks to make budget adjustments.  Anything past this amount would be considered idle money.  One of the principles from the parable of the talents is that God hates idle money.  It should be put into play for the Kingdom.  Not doing so will limit God’s blessings on your church.  Our faith is in God, not in our money.

Note: You should never promote that you are behind on budget.  People do not want to give to a sinking ship or a need, they want to give to a compelling vision. So promote a compelling vision.  What is God doing? Where is He leading? What needs can be met? Make it a habit to talk vision at every opportunity.  It is also good to identify your annual turnover rate of individuals/families in your church.  This number is good to know as it will help you not only understand the importance in developing a culture of giving in your church, but also realize that every year there is a portion of your income that is always changing.


A plan for getting there!

I recently had the opportunity to fly to a couple of different areas of the country.  On both instances, I noticed that, although, the airplane was the source of travel, there were a lot of things in place to make sure that both the passengers and the plane were able to make it to where it was supposed to go.  For the passengers, there is a solid system in place of what happens with luggage, what happens with passengers, what happens at security check-points and even what happens when boarding the plane.  For the airplane itself,  there are teams of people directing and guiding the plane to where it should be.  Additionally, the airplane is pointless without a runway for takeoff.  Someone had to think of how all of this would work in order to accomplish the overall purpose of actually riding an airplane from where you are to where you want to go.  A system is simply a plan or structure for doing something that will consistently get you from where you are to where you want to be.

In ministry, our main goal is helping people become who it is God has made them to be by reaching them where they are and helping them to get where God wants them to go.  That is our goal.  But how do we get there? Is there a process, a system, strategy, or a structure in place that will serve as the runway?  The truth is, many times we want the big goal, but fail to put a system in place to accomplish it.  I’ve noticed that having a system or structure is, in fact, a Biblical principle.  If you examine Scripture, you start to discover that God is a God of order and plans.  He has overall goals that He wants to accomplish, but He usually uses a system to accomplish it.  Explore the first chapter of Genesis, the book of Nehemiah, Jesus sending out the disciples, the plan laid out in The Great Commission, Acts 1:8, God’s redemptive plan of Salvation.  In all of these, you can see some sort of structure that was used to move toward the desired goal.

I’ve also noticed that not only is structure a Biblical principle, it is also necessary for us to be able to efficiently accomplish the overall goal.  Below are a few things that help us better understand how it is necessary:

A system is necessary to:

  • Focus our Efforts.  We need to work smarter, not harder.  In order to do this, we must have a plan to include others in the ministry.
  • Minister in our Context.  There are needs that exist around us that can’t be met if we don’t PLAN to meet them.
  • Work with a Team.  If we’re going to all work together in the same direction with the same goals, it must be structured.
  • Communicate Clearly.  We should be able to communicate our vision and our plans simply enough that even a fifth grader can understand them.
  • Stretch our Faith.  As we develop our ministries, we will dream bigger than before, reach further than before and trust God even more in the process.
  • Get us There.  We need to have a system or systems in place with an overall goal that we can see is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time sensitive.  The system doesn’t just help us get there, but it helps us know when we accomplish the objectives of our ministry as well.
The system created must always connect back with the overall vision of the church.  This will ensure that all of the ministries of the church exist to accomplish the overall vision of the church in the community and beyond.  It must also work in unison with all other ministries of the church.  We shouldn’t create anything that competes with or conflicts with the goal of another ministry of our church.  As we develop our system for a specific ministry, it will give us a framework for allotting our time as well as our resources.  Additionally, it allows us to know if we’re moving in the right direction towards our goals or away from them.
As you develop your structure and begin to move forward, it should provide vision for change and focus for the ministry.  It should also give your team, not just a plan, but also a sense of purpose and make it easier to bring others into the ministry.  As I have been developing ministries, I have discovered that failing to provide a clear plan and structure will continue to  cause confusion and frustration for all who are involved.  I would encourage you to start  developing some simple systems that will help you get to where God wants you to go.
The reason I started this blog, www.insideministry.me, is to provide system and structure ideas for various ministries and other random thoughts as I discover new truths in ministry.  If you have any questions or would like help in moving forward with systems, I would be glad to help.  I have just recently started coaching individuals through personal, professional, and ministry related decisions and would be glad to tell you more about it if you’re interested in coaching.  You can go here to find out more.

Can we do anything to increase giving?

International Money Pile in Cash and Coins

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I’ve heard many ministers in these economic times make statements that their people just aren’t giving like they used to give.  Offerings have dropped drastically in many churches.  This may not be a testimony of the people as much as it is a testimony of how we are doing as leaders to cast vision for giving.  This subject is at times avoided from the pulpit so as not to give people the idea that all we want is their money.  But the truth is that Jesus spoke more on money than He did on Heaven or Hell combined.  I believe this is because Jesus knew that we hold tightly to our money when we’re trusting in IT, and loosely to our money when we’re trusting in GOD.  This is why one good measurement of spiritual growth within your church is increased giving in the life of the church (not just financially, but in other areas as well).  We should realize that this is an excellent tool for us as pastors/leaders to use to identify where our people are in their walk with God.

If those who are attending our churches are to understand the value of giving in their lives, we as leaders are going to have to be brave enough to cast vision for giving in a way that honors God.  I think there are two approaches that we can take in casting vision for giving:

1.  The ‘Give or else’ approach.  This approach is what is most often used in churches today.  If you don’t give, we won’t be able to pay our bills, support ministries, reach people.  This approach often is used as a ‘sinking ship’ approach.

2.  The ‘Give and see’ approach.  This approach is what I believe the Bible encourages and works better to cast vision.  We can’t motivate people to give to a sinking ship.  What they will likely do is jump ship.  What we can do is let them know that our purpose for encouraging giving in their lives is far from selfish.  I often say it like this, “My biggest reason to see you give to our church is so that your life will be honoring to God and you will be able to see His blessings in your life.  I believe God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and can take care of our light bill.  I trust Him that much.  But my motivation is so that you will be blessed.”  I often encourage people to follow the teachings in Malachi 3:10, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” The key is really knowing in your heart that your motivation is for the people.

We also should realize that as we’re casting a vision for giving, we must also cast vision for what the giving will be used for in the church.  How will it change lives? How will it impact our community? How will it impact our world?  We must make the vision clear so that people will desire to give freely to such a compelling vision.

We have to believe that it is a God honoring thing to encourage our people to give and that it is for their good as well as the good of the church.  As we understand this, we can begin to cast vision for giving to the church using the some or all of the following methods:

Ways to Cast Vision

  1. Use Messages (Sermons)
  2. Do a series of sermons on stewardship, giving, money, finances.  You can deal with more than financial.  (i.e. influence, service, giving, etc) Do this at least once a year.  You can also do a sermon on giving as part of a series or simply do a standalone message if it makes sense.  Within a different type of sermon you can include an illustration about giving.  It is important to evaluate your preaching to stay balanced … It may be good to create a preaching matrix to see what you’re preaching about and what you’re not preaching about.  An example preaching calendar is shown below:
    1. January – Preach on Money in January (Maybe later in January) – at least 1 sermon
    2. June – sometime in the summer is a good time to do a money sermon
    3. November – November and December is a good time to speak on Money with the Holidays approaching
    4. Every 3 years include a series on money during the month that school starts (The other 2 years could rotate between service & evangelism)
      1. Always challenge people to move forward and encourage them to take the next step.  Have them make a decision or a change and define it.
  3. Use Quarterly Giving Statements to cast vision about what God has done and is going to do as a result of giving.
  4. 3 month Tithe Challenge – Use this to encourage people to commit to tithing for a period of time to follow the teaching of Malachi 3:10.
  5. Use New Member Workshop/training along with membership agreements (Click here for a related post on this)
  6. Use Small Groups
  • Small Group Agreements
  • Small Group Studies on Finances/Giving

The truth is that we can identify if people are engaged with the vision and direction of the church by how they are giving to the church.  One of the first indicators that someone is disconnecting with the vision of the church is they will stop giving.  In light of this, let’s work hard at casting a God given Kingdom vision for what God can do as we cast a vision for honoring Him with what He has blessed us with in our lives.

Have you found this helpful? I would be excited to hear what you have found useful in encouraging this in your church.


Finding a different Perspective

A picture of a pair of Binoculars.

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In working with my communications team, I challenged them with the following questions.  This was intended to challenge our reality and allow us to begin thinking about how people really perceive us.  The truth is that everyone on our communications team are ‘insiders’ of our church which makes it hard to look at things from a different perspective.

But we should try to discover the answers to these questions so that we can more effectively communicate to and reach people around us.

These are the questions:

  1. What do the people in our community think about our church?
  2. What do different types of people in our church think about our church?
  3. What do you want them to think?
  4. What are you doing right now to change that? or reinforce that?
  5. What will you have to do to make a real difference in how people see you?
  6. Why would someone choose to visit our church?
  7. Who is making the first impression for your church and is that impression the one you want?

These questions prompted a solid 2 hours of discussion with my Communications Team and changed the way we were attempting to communicate to our church and our community.

If we attempt to honestly answer these questions or search out these answers on a continual basis, it will not only change our perception, but will allow us to begin to manage the perception of our church.  Have fun discussing these with your key insiders or your Communications Team.


Think Big!

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Big Days are a great way to reach new people in your community.  These are opportunities to be intentional about outreach.  It’s important that when we cast vision for Big Days, we emphasize that our target is to invite people who are not active in another church.  It’s great to have our friends and family visit who may be from another church, but that doesn’t do much to grow the kingdom.  We emphasize to invite everyone you come in contact with, but make sure your priority is inviting those who are lost or needing a church home.  I’ve discovered after several years of having Big Days at our church that a well promoted and well planned Big Day can bring in double your average weekly attendance and increase your weekly attendance by as much as 20% going forward.  Additionally, you should pray for, plan for and expect people to accept Christ as their Savior.  (This is why it’s important to have a New Believer follow up plan in place. I will be sharing our plan in the near future.)

Each year, our church plans several Big Days designed to encourage members and regular attenders to place a special emphasis on inviting friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and strangers to church. Big Days also provide a unique opportunity for evangelistic outreach during the service, as many of the guests on these days have not yet heard a clear presentation of the gospel.  It also gives those in our church a great way to bring God into a conversation by way of a simple invite.

There are generally two categories of Big Days at our church: holidays and special outreach.

Holidays

Historically, our church has promoted special services on Easter and Christmas Eve. These two occasions are when many who do not normally come to church feel the urge to attend, either due to traditional upbringing or because someone invited them. Promotions around holiday events are meant to capitalize on the pre-existing idea among the public that this is a time to go to church. When promoting a holiday Big Day, the following activities are usually the most effective:

Specialized Invitation Cards, Direct Mail Postcards, Radio Advertisements, Newspaper Advertisements, In-Service Promotional Videos & PowerPoint Slides, Handouts on Sunday Mornings, Host or Pastor Mentions, Member & Attendee E-blasts, Web Site Information, Social Media Promotion, Door Hangers, etc…

Special Outreach

Our church creates these Big Days for the express purpose of encouraging invitations to our church. These include Back to Church Sunday in the fall and Friend Day in the winter. Promotions around special outreach events are meant to remind members and attendees of the urgency of advancing God’s kingdom through church attendance.  When promoting a Special Outreach Big Day, the following activities are usually the most effective:

Specialized Invitation Cards, Radio Advertisements, In-Service Promotional Videos & PowerPoint Slides, Handouts on Sunday Mornings, Host or Pastor Mentions, Member & Attendee E-blasts, Web Site Information, Social Media Promotion, Door Hangers, Community Service Projects, Encourage hand-written invitations from members & regular attenders

If your planning a Big Day, expect God to move.  Set goals in attendance and other areas that will stretch your church and expectations.  I’ve discovered we need to set goals that are just beyond what we can do ourselves.  This causes us to rely on God for the results.
Begin planning now for Easter.  Check out my Useful Links page for sites that can help you as you develop your plans.
I am including a sample timeline that I actually use to prepare for Big Days: Big Days SAMPLE timelines

The value of the Stage

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The stage (which is anything you communicate while you are in front of your congregation) is the most valuable communicating tool you have.  This is a time when we have the attention of a large percentage of the people in our church.  This is why it is important to be intentional about how you use this resource.  I’ve been in many services where there is no thought put into what really needs to be communicated from the stage other than the time spent preparing the sermon.  But if we realize that this is a perfect opportunity to cast vision and direction in snapshot segments, we can move our people down a path together.  Realizing this, I developed a team of people that would work within the Communications Team to make the best use of the stage.  It’s not a matter of using a lot of time, it’s a matter of how we use segments of time to convey our messages.  I developed a plan for Service Hosts, which I am including below:

Service Host Handbook

Thank you for serving as a part of the Service Host Team! Your role is incredibly valuable to the staff as well as to members, attendees, and guests. Because you are a key representative of our church, we encourage you to live a life that represents Godly values, starting with honoring the Service Host Agreement and being at your best when you serve. You are more valuable than you know!

You…

  • Help set the tone for worship.
  • Are viewed as a leader here at our church.
  • Reinforce our core values.
  • Promote the vision of the church through: Welcoming the crowd, Directing the offering, Announcing Events

Our Core Values

  • Take it past Sunday.
  • Be real.
  • Talk to people, not about them. 
  • Be generous.
  • Every member in a ministry. 
  • Keep it simple. 

Before Stage

  1. Be prayed up and fed spiritually. This will reflect in your presentation.
  2. Be prepared. For live hosting, go to Planning Center by Friday to review the host notes so you are familiar with them. This will help you feel better prepared and give you time to become comfortable with the material and ask questions about the announcements. You will be less stressed on stage because you’ll be comfortable with the details. For video hosting, review the notes on Planning Center at least a few hours before taping.
  3. Be coachable. Meet with the Service Host coach 30 minutes before services start. This is a time to ask questions, receive last-minute instruction, and, most importantly, encouragement and prayer before you host. If part or all of your hosting will be done by video, be prepared to meet by phone with the coach prior to taping. 

On Stage

  1. Be welcoming. You are setting the tone for worship. Be positive. Everything you say is a chance to build up and encourage our guests, members, staff, and ministries. 
  2. Be yourself. If you’re a kidder, crack jokes. If you’re passionate about our church, let it show. If you were moved by the worship or the message, let that shine through. If you are excited, don’t hold back! Authenticity makes you a great host and helps people connect with you and with our church. 
  3. Be concise. Convey what is important in short, easy to understand sentences. Be focused on others. Members, attenders, and guests need the information and to feel good about being at our church. Going to church can be intimidating for some. Your job is to show them that there’s nothing to be intimidated by.  

Host Notes

The host notes are detailed not so that you will read or recite them verbatim; it is so you have the necessary information on each item you speak about. Host notes are always broken down by sections with specific purposes:

Purpose of the welcome:

  • Create a welcoming and worshipful atmosphere
  • Orient guests, members, and attenders

Purpose of the offering:

  • Promote worship through giving
  • Encourage everyone to fill out communications cards
  • Provide testimony about how their giving has had an impact

Purpose of the closing:

  • Promote upcoming events and challenge those in attendance
  • Only one event will need to be emphasized from stage

Planning Center

Service Hosts receive invitations to serve through an online program, Planning Center. You are likely familiar with it. This is a vital tool at our church – with more than 50 people serving on an average Sunday, it keeps us running smoothly and prevents scheduling conflicts. When you receive e-mails from Planning Center asking you to serve, simply click accept or decline. The program also allows you to block off dates when you know you’ll be unavailable. If you know in advance that you will be unavailable on a particular Sunday, please log in to Planning Center and block those dates ahead of time.

Serving Schedule

Most volunteers at our church serve on a six-week rotation. The Service Host rotation is subject to change to accommodate new team members, multiple hosts, special services, etc. When you are asked to serve, please make every effort to accept.

Even if the person communicating from the stage is the Pastor or a staff member, this doesn’t need to be a time to ‘shoot from the hip’.  The time spent preparing how best to communicate various messages within the scope of the vision will pay big in the long run.  Let me know if this post has been helpful to you or if you have found any ways to make this more effective.


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