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Church Health

Why Providing Ministers with an Expense Account is a Best Practice

One of the most essential, yet often overlooked, elements of a good compensation structure for church employees is an accountable reimbursement plan, a.k.a. an expense account.
July 13, 2017
Church Health

Evaluation- One Key to Success

Women’s ministry leaders brainstorm, promote, invite, and delegate every task. However, leaders often forget one important step. This step is so important that it can determine the overall effectiveness of your ministry program.
May 30, 2017
Church Health

Give Thanks

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) How often do we ask the question, “Lord, what is your plan for my life?” I love a simple answer. God’s Word is clear. We are to give thanks no matter what is going on in our lives.
May 23, 2017
Church Health

When Life Is Busy

If you have served in ministry very long, you know that some seasons in ministry are busier than others. I just finished this type of season. Let me tell you--- it was hard, and at times I felt overwhelmed. I wonder if you can relate?
May 15, 2017
Church Health

The Couple Checkup

Most couples spend so much time consumed with the health of their kids or jobs or hobbies or sports that the health of their marriage relationship often suffers.
February 9, 2017
Church Health

Key Issues in Youth Ministry: Communication & Logistics

Student Pastors both paid and volunteer have been notorious in years gone by for not excelling at communication and organization. The purpose of this design guide is to give practical ideas and thoughts to Student Ministry leadership that will aid in effective communication and planning in the local church.
February 13, 2017
Church Health

Intentional Teaching in Youth Ministry

What is the goal of youth ministry? Ephesians 4:11-12 states, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and...

February 13, 2017
Church Health

Outreach in Student Ministry

  Preparation: Communicate, to the students, the need for evangelism Train your students to share their faith Share Jesus without...

February 13, 2017
Church Health

Youth Ministry: Create Clear Vision

Effective ministry to teenagers needs to have direction. Whether you call this a foundation, a vision, or purpose statement, you need to know what your destination is or you’ll never know if you’ve arrived.
February 13, 2017
Church Health

Connect Youth to the Overall Church

A great question for a church to ask is, “How are our students being utilized in the overall structure of the church?” The church is a body, and the teenagers are an integral part of that body. Students need places of service and interaction in order to feel a part of the church as a whole. Research indicates that the more students are involved in intergenerational relationships, the better they “stick” with the church post high school graduation. (See research in Sticky Faith by Kara Powell.) One of the goals for student ministry is to see youth be able to function in a church as they become young adults. To facilitate this, students need experience working alongside and building relationships with adults so that the transition is smoother when they enter young adulthood.
February 13, 2017
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