I teach a couple of basic bible reading classes each year at our church. They cover basic interpretive issues in the Old Testament and also in the New Testament. At the completion of one of the classes a person asked me for a book recommendation. They wanted to give a family member a book that… Read More


After we have been through the process of starting new small groups, it’s time for the follow-up phase. I’m going to let you in on all of my secrets. Truth is I really don’t have any, but I can share with you what I’ve learned along the way. I’ve learned that checklists really prevent me… Read More


Let’s Talk about using technology to increase volunteer recruitment. One of the tasks I was recently given was to create a unified system for recruiting volunteers. We do an OK job of recruiting new volunteers, but as Greenwood has grown the need for volunteers has outpaced volunteer recruitment. The Need for an Increase in Volunteer… Read More


I recently read an article published in 2014 that was probably ahead of its time, called Big Data and the 21st Century Church. In this article Michael D. Gutzler outlines – you guessed it – how Big Data can be used for good in the 21st century church. What is Big Data in a Church… Read More


One of the most helpful features that I’ve found in my church management software has been the Planning Center Workflow feature. This feature is located within the people app, and is accessible both from mobile devices and computers via an internet browser. What is a Planning Center Workflow? Basically a workflow within Planning Center allows… Read More


Scaling Discipleship with Technology is not my first choice. But sometimes it can be necessary. For example, we had a service where we baptized 62 people, 21 of whom made a decision for Christ that day. We are not a giant church, so I needed to scale this process by leveraging technology. I greatly prefer… Read More


Today I want to talk about 3 steps to stay organized, becuase I don’t know about you but occasionally I have a week, or even a month (like this past June), where I’m completely overloaded. For example, in June I was teaching a seminary class AND working full-time AND we had a few special events at… Read More


Today I want to share with you the 6 main problems I’ve faced in working at a growing church. I’ve attended Seminary – I’ve even taught at Seminary. None of that prepared me for the practical challenges I’ve faced at work in ministry. To be fair, my degrees are in Old Testament so if you… Read More


This week I wanted to share my review of a book that I think will be helpful for your ministry and development. The book is called Strengths Finder 2.0 and is written by Tom Rath, who made use of a research team for the many hours of research that went into the book. As you… Read More


According to Wikipedia, the digital divide is an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of information and communication technologies (ICT). The divide within countries (such as the digital divide in the United States) may refer to inequalities between individuals, households, businesses, or geographic areas, usually at different socioeconomic… Read More