I oversee guest assimilation, volunteer placement and training, small groups, and some administrative duties as well. In order to do my job to the best of my abilities, I spend a lot time researching various topics such as small groups, coaching, leadership, church growth, and the list goes on. I want to stay on top of what is working in other places to see how we can glean from it to improve what we are doing at my church.
In this article, I want to take a moment and list three different articles/resources that I find helpful. I will give a brief description and then post the link. I hope these articles help you assess where you are and challenge you to improve.
The Power of Coaching in Your Church/Organization
A friend of mine introduced me to the field of coaching a few years back and I have been using it in my ministry ever since. Coaching is a different spin on how I used to work with volunteers. I used to come with a list of things to be done, went over them with the volunteer, and then expected the person to make the list happen.
With coaching, I have a completely different approach. I get input from the volunteer up front on things she believes will make the ministry better. I then ask questions on ways she believes we can make the suggestion(s) come to life. I then work to provide resources to bring help make the change happen. I am happy with the results thus far.
You can read this article to learn more about how coaching can fit in your church.
Small Group Launch
One of the most challenging parts of leading a small group ministry, is finding new group leaders. I came across a different approach to doing a Small Group Launch in an article from Mark Howell.
In this article he presents a group launch consisting of having all your new people who want to be in a group meet for the group launch, have them break out into groups based on the type of group they want. A leader will then be chosen from within each group.
We have done this method a couple of times and have found it to be an effective way of launching new groups. Check out the article and see what you think.
First Impressions Matter
What happens in your parking lot and foyer plays a HUGE part in having guests come back to your church. Add in the fact that your guests are the biggest way in which your church will grow and you need to be paying attention on what takes place before your service.
I am always looking for ways to improve how our church interacts with our guests. While I was researching this topic, I came across a gentleman named Mark Waltz. Mark’s job and my job have several similarities, it’s just that his church is quite a bit bigger than mine.
Check out his article on how improving communication in your first impression teams can impact the overall success of your guest services.
I hope you find these articles as beneficial as I do. If you are looking for coaching to improve your overall success in areas such as these, you can contact me here. I would love to come alongside you and assist you in that process.
What resources have you discovered that have helped you in your area of ministry?