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Find Your Tribe

Last year I celebrated 20 years of vocational ministry. I can very easily divide the 20 years into two halves. The first half was 10 years of doing ministry on my own and the second half was a decade of doing ministry in community. If I could go back and visit...

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Developing a NextGen Volunteer Strategy

Before the days of Family Ministry and NextGen teams, the process of finding and leading volunteers was all over the map. Wait, who am I kidding? For most in ministry, a comprehensive strategy for volunteers is lacking. The good news is that a NextGen ministry...

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Orange 2018 BONUS Content

Wow! Orange 2018 is over and it's back to normal life. Sort of, right? The point of conferences like Orange is that things don't go back to normal again. The big idea is that something changes. It's an idea. A new perspective. Maybe it's some new relationships....

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Orange 2018: The NextGen Expereince

One week from today, nearly 7000 individuals who serve kids, teenagers and families will gather in Atlanta for the Orange Conference. This conference will be my 11th to Orange Conference, and I can't wait. I know that for some people, the idea of attending the same...

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YEAR ONE: SUMMARY

I'm currently 18 months into my second try at a NextGen role. So far, everything is going really well. I've not experienced any surprises, but I'm learning new stuff every day. I'm seeing wins at a much faster pace than the first time in the role and I truly believe...

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YEAR ONE: CHART THE FUTURE

Chart the future. Write out the org chart you want when someone makes a staffing change. Hire towards your new model. When I interviewed for my current position at MISSION, there was only one caution the church had about me after initial interviews. Someone was...

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