SproutMark — Asking the Right Questions

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Communication is key in any organization and with any kind of team. One of the greatest assets of working in a team environment is the ability to look out for each other's blind spots or approach problems from multiple points of view. Feedback is key and is usually the catalyst for positive improvement. So how can you accelerate this dynamic? How can you mindfully inquire feedback and introspection of your team or ministry? There's an app for that. ... Continue Reading

What Kind of Procrastinator Are You? [Flowchart]

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I've always joked about procrastination and found stuff like this pretty funny. Probably because I don't generally see myself as a procrastinator. But as I think about it more, there are areas of my life that I can be a procrastinator. Does everyone experience varying degrees of procrastination? With an open mind and a good attitude, I went through this procrastination flowchart to see how I turned out. It turns out, this flowchart is pretty arcuate. When I do feel procrastination setting in, ... Continue Reading

Big Plans on Small Budgets

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Before getting into full time ministry, I spent many years running a consulting firm tailored to small and medium sized businesses. It was a really rewarding time for me because I got to help people solve problems, but it also created tension because small and medium sized businesses have big plans on small budgets. Does that sound familiar? If you serve or work at a church that doesn't sit under the "Megachurch" banner then most of your tech projects probably require high dollar functionality ... Continue Reading

Share the Load, Share the Blessing

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Last night, I was at church, watching someone perform a service for God’s people, and I thought to myself, “I’d really like to be in charge of this. I could do a lot of cool stuff with this.” That’s when red lights flashed and this message boomed through my head: Danger, Phil Schneider! Danger! Have you ever struggled with being greedy for God’s work? Have you ever thought that to yourself, that subtly arrogant thought that if only you could have this job or this ministry you’d take it to the ... Continue Reading

What I Learned On Vacation: Check Your Email

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Last month I had a vacation of sorts (as I mentioned before). During this time, I had some personal revelations about my life—both personally and work wise. I lend this to the fact that I spent multiple days at a time unplugged and completely disconnected from the Internet. No laptop. No tablet. No smartphone. I highly recommend you do it sometime—if not regularly. Not only did it force me to pause, clear my head, and have some self-reflection, but it also gave me a chance to contrast what I ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Philosophy: Unity through Conformity

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My dad was a pastor for thirty years. I say that to say this: I know what it means to be a living sermon illustration. So, with that established, I'd like to apologize to my church tech guys because they'll always serve as a blog post illustration for me. This Wednesday night just might go down as one of the most frustrating nights in my life, and I do want to make it clear that I don't blame anyone. It's just how it happened. It was a very off night from the beginning for a lot of reasons ... Continue Reading

Wasted Time in the Workplace [Infographic]

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I have a big issue with working online. I have to be extremely strict with myself to compartmentalize everything I am doing so that I can avoid distractions, time-wasters, and overall disruptions from the work that I am suppose to be doing online. When I was doing social media for youth ministry, this meant that I would limit the amount of time that I had for online tasks before I moved on to the next project. Emails had to be done before 9AM, social media posts on Monday and Thurday were only ... Continue Reading

The Future of Church Offices [Infographic]

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Cubicles were the way of the future at one time, now we are seeing trends that are quite the opposite. In fact, with a huge boost in telework, the stereotypical workplace is starting to fade. Is this also the future of church offices? There are many benefits to the “workplace of the future:” ... Continue Reading

Leadership and Lollipops: How to Lead in the Moment

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Leadership can often seem like a club that is difficult to break into.  As a church leader, you see others doing amazing things and making huge impact for the Kingdom.  This can leave you feeling like you don’t measure up.  The risk of this thinking is that you may be missing the everyday moments of leadership.  Opportunities for you to make a lasting difference can be found in everyday situations. Recently, I watched an interesting TED Talk that exposed this truth that we often forget: ... Continue Reading