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A Communication Idea

Communication is critical in ministry.  It’s not just the WHAT that  parents and students need to know its the WHY. There are some things a newsletter, Facebook post or text just can’t communicate.   

Brandon Early from Valley Church shared with us one way he is seeking to overcome this problem.   Below is an example of how he shared with his ministry community about the Challenge Conference taking place in Kansas City this July. 

What are some of the ways you communicate events like Challenge?

A Simple Planning Process

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Several years ago a mentor introduced me to a simple planning process that has changed my leadership. It brings incredible clarity. It’s simple. It is scalable. Honestly, it’s been a gift that has helped me take visionary ideas and help them become reality.

It’s Time to Call the DOCTOR!
Called the D.O.C.T.O.R. process, it was created by Bobb Biehl, and is unpacked in his book Masterplanning.


As a leader, you need to know what you are trying to accomplish—what problem you are aiming to solve. Identify what the purpose and key objectives are for the ministry, project, or event, and how it serves your overall mission and vision.

Until there is crystal clarity on where you want to go and why, you are not ready to move on in the planning process.

Key Questions: Where are we going? What needs to happen next? Why? Read the rest of this entry

Coaching Others

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In a survey done last year in the EFCA, many younger leaders identified what they needed most in their development was coaching. I hear the word coaching thrown around a lot. Do you hold in your mind a simple construct on how to coach others?

Steve Addison, in his free Start-Up Guide to Coaching, offers four simple questions that will help you be a coach that empowers others to G.R.O.W.

Goal: What do you want?

You want to help the person identify something they want to change or grow in. You can’t make a person grow who doesn’t want to grow. Help them identify a specific goal to be reached or a problem to be solved. Read the rest of this entry


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Alongside Time

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You’ve heard the phrase before: “More than a sage on the stage, people need a guide on the side.” Anyone who is concerned about developing a disciplemaking culture knows this is true.

How do you know what sort of encouragement and support to bring once you get some “along-sider” time? Below are 20 questions that can help you identify what sort of coaching your adult and student leaders need right now. Read the rest of this entry


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What’s Distracting You?

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What is it that pulls you away from an intentional disciplemaking focus?

One of the things that often hijacks my disciplemaking intentionality is the needs of people — neighbors, students, families, etc.

Why? Because my answer to those needs has been to find ways to meet each need myself, be overwhelmed by the needs and withdraw, or create an efficient system trying to meet the needs of the masses.

I don’t think I’m alone on this.

But when I look at Jesus I find that the needs of people actually motivated his disciplemaking intentionality.
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