Large Group Experiences can be time and labor intensive. However, I know that Large Group Experiences produces a dynamic that make the time and effort worth it, especially if they are intentionally designed.
So youre planning something awesome for the couples in your church. You wanted to do something that will make a great memory, seriously invest into marriages and get wide-eyed husbands off the proverbial hook. Now you’re days away from making it happen.
When I started marriage ministry in the local church in 2001, I felt alone. As I looked across the country, I saw very few churches that had a holistic approach to marriage, or any approach for that matter. I am are very encouraged with the number of churches leaders who are going after it. Some have a plan, others are asking, How do I get started? For the latter group, this post is for you.
As leaders in the church, we are to constantly be giving away the most basic thing that we possess: our leadership platform. When a leader encourages and equips their volunteer team to lead in their place, amazing things can happen.
Marriages touched by infertility are also found throughout our churches. One out of every eight married couples struggles with unwanted childlessness. How do you minister to those who are hurting and sometimes overlooked?
Sabbath is a hard word for some pastors. Many pastors struggle in this area. In fact, many pastors I know who would teach their church to observe the Sabbath, seldom do so personally. This fact alone is one of the leading causes of pastoral burnout.
As a church leader, staff member or volunteer leader, there are some essentials we can use to fill our pastoral tool boxes, tools that will last. The following are four great tools to keep handy when we talk with couples who are stuck or struggling.
No one grows up thinking they want to be a marriage pastor. Yet, most days I wake up believing I’m living the dream. However, let’s be real. Like most jobs and ministry opportunities, some days the dream is more like a nightmare. I want to share three things about marriage ministry I learned the hard way, in hopes that you wont have to learn these lessons in a similar fashion.
You probably see it every week. Leaders who undercut their influence by something they’ve said or posted. Sometimes they blow it completely through one or two dumb moves. Sometimes you end up thinking I’m not really sure I want to follow them anymore. But you’re not exactly sure why.
Now you’ve evaluated the team that you lead and discovered that they’re not as consistent as you’d like them to be. Now what? How do I help them become more consistent?
Consistency is a foundational key to finding success in todays overloaded culture. We must find ways to be more consistent so that the people that come to us can know what to expect and can feel comfortable enough to invite their friends and family to come along with them.
There’s a secret many leaders won’t readily tell you. One of the most difficult aspects of Christian leadership is keeping your relationship with God fresh and alive.
My counseling background and years of experience working with couples has given me insight into some of the barriers men and women face when communicating.
The truth is that we leaders don’t do a good job at all of sharing these fears. We don’t want to get vulnerable or seem like we dont have it all together. Although I don’t advocate this, I completely understand. But I have come to find over the many years of leadership that we all share at least some of these fears.
One Sunday, my pastor, Andy Stanley, gave an amazing message on giving called, An Ounce of Prevention.
He said there are two types of giving:
Intervention giving is emotional and the results are measurable.
Prevention giving is neither. But it is far superior.