pastoral ministry

Scott Magdalein on A Better Way To Train Leaders

Big Ideas:

  • The best time to train volunteers is when they get started. Help volunteer leaders take their first step when they excited about the work and eager to learn. Take time to clarify their role, share the values of the team, and set expectations for their first work day.

  • The best way to share information is through online training. Time is a precious commodity that most people don’t want to invest for the sake of sharing information. Plus, many of our volunteer leaders need time to listen and process information before they’re ready to ask good questions or engage in conversation.

  • Trained Up makes it easy to get started training your volunteers. You don’t have to have volunteer training already figured out. Trained Up comes pre-loaded with over 600 videos inside multiple courses to help you.

Justin Trapp on How To Build A Better Sermon

Brief Overview

Most preachers use a collection of digital tools to help prepare sermons. Until recently, there was no solution available that would provide a single resource that could help write, present and store your sermons. But Justin Trapp has created a fantastic resource called Sermonary that you should start using.

Big Ideas:

  • Pastors are pressed for time. From social media connections to internal pressure to do more, pastors find their schedules filled with tasks and meetings and conversations that make it challenging to find time to write sermons.

  • Pastors waste time organizing their research. From notes scribbled on legal pads to markups on digital resources inside a piece of Bible software, time and energy gets spent trying to remember what you studied and where you put it.

  • Sermonary simplifies and speeds up your preparation. From templates to sermon building blocks, Sermonary makes it easy to organize your message in a format that you can use to deliver your sermon without having to take time to print a manuscript or outline.

Elliot Grudem on How Pastors Build Friendships

Brief Overview

Healthy pastors have friends. But most pastors don’t have friends. So I asked Elliot Grudem to share what he’s learned helping pastors make friends through his work with Leaders Collective.

Big Ideas:

  • Pastoral work can be dehumanizing. In the eyes of most people, pastors are not actual people with feelings who are flawed and fallible. Pastors are seen as a commodity, often ignored until they’re needed and when they’re needed, they are expected to be immediately available.

  • Pastors need people who will encourage them. Ultimately, God is our great encourager but often he encourages us through other people, such as family and friends.

  • Friendships are necessary but most pastors have no friends. There is a difference between allies and confidants. Almost all of our work relationships are allies; confidants are harder to find. Elliot’s suggestion is to invest in relationships with other pastors who might become a confidant.

How To Build A Counseling Network In Your Church

How To Build A Counseling Network In Your Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Be a hero-maker, not the hero. Invest in the development of men and women who can provide wise counsel to others. This builds a network of counselors with a variety of strengths and levels of expertise.
  • Don’t outsource what your church is capable of handling. While we are strong advocates of outside counsel, a significant part of your network is made up of people inside the church. 
  • Wisdom isn’t reserved for Christians. When looking for help from outside counselors/therapists, look for the best help regardless of their professed religion. Would you not consider a world-class brain surgeon because he or she was not a Christian?

It takes a village to help people get healthy and stay healthy. Don’t let your ideals keep people from getting real help. 

Use our FREE Guide to discover how to build a counseling network.

Our conversation set up the basics for you. Now build on that awareness and take action. Based on his expertise as a therapist, Tal walks you step-by-step through the process of designing and developing the counseling network your church needs. Download it here! 

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When Large Churches Hurt Small Churches

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

·         Small churches and large churches are different. And while we know it’s true, those differences tend to be ignored and we become preoccupied with making every church a big church.

·         Large church pastors set the tone. Leverage the influence granted by your platform to encourage small church pastors and to tailor your message to their context.

·         A great church is a discipling church. Greatness is not determined by size, but by a commitment to help people follow Jesus.

·         A simple recipe for small church greatness. Identify what you’re good at. Do more of that. Celebrate the good things that you do.


If you are a small church pastor who recoils at the idea of anyone thinking that your church is small, please know that churches like yours are the bread-and-butter of Jesus’ kingdom. No other church can do in your city what you and your people can do.

Use our FREE Guide to discover how your church can be great.

Great churches love God and love people. But every local expression of the Church loves in ways that are unique to its people and its context. Rather than copying-and-pasting from other churches, use this FREE guide to map out the steps to finding your greatness.

Mac Lake on Discipling Leaders In Your Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

Developing leaders is the lifeblood of a healthy church. Not only does it keep you from carrying the burden of leadership yourself, you ignite a critical aspect of discipleship for the men and women in your church.

Are You Healthy? Grab Our FREE Assessment And Find Out.

Matt’s conversation with Dan is a reminder that resilience is critical if you want to maintain your spiritual vitality. If you've ever wondered if you're covering your bases and setting yourself up for success, check out this FREE overview and assessment of each of the 'five factors' of healthy leadership.

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