I’ve been lucky enough to speak at a number conferences. I’ve asked the question “How many of you have databases on your congregation?” Many have something. When you dive a little deeper though, the information they have is, well, small and basic. From the data and relationships you have in your church, can you truly say you really know your people?[Read more…] about Know Your People; Unleash Them For Mission
Was it last week or the week before? It doesn’t matter. I was on a call with some friends and we were praying. We had all been greatly saddened by George Floyd’s death, by some of the activities that then followed and by the people who tried to then take advantage of the situation. We were lamenting, but I don’t think we were doing it particularly well. That changed when my friend Sara started to pray. To lament.[Read more…] about How To: Lament
‘Online, Streaming, Facebook live, YouTube Premiere, watch parties.’ All fabulous new words that have become part of the church world fast. As churches around the world are streaming collectively, we are learning a lot of interesting things. One of the elements coming to the fore is that doing online church the same way we did in person church doesn’t engage our online congregation in the same way. Now we have to wrestle with how to boost online church engagement.[Read more…] about Boost Online Church Engagement; Unleash Some Creativity
I’ve been a youth leader, kids ministry leader, involved in church boards and one of the toughest questions I always loved to face was, is what I am leading helping those that attend to grow closer to Jesus or am I just entertaining them. To boil it down, are they growing spiritually? What’s our approach to tracking spiritual growth?[Read more…] about Tracking Spiritual Growth Or Gut Feel?
Some parts of the world are beginning to congregate again. I’ve been thinking about things we are going to need as we go into this ‘cross over’ period. We all probably want to maintain some of the good practices we have learnt during this COVID19 period. Less touching, slightly more physical distancing, limiting numbers and all the other bits and pieces.[Read more…] about Create Contactless Sign In For Your Children’s Or Youth Ministry
Since the dawning of time data has mattered. Knowing which way the herds of buffalo would go each year, when is a good time to plant crops, who has the best score on Motorsport Manager (my favourite iOS game) all point to an undeniable fact, data matters. That aside, why data matters in church life makes for an important conversation.
I’ve personally come to this realisation over some time. My early training in marketing definitely helped! However when I took on running children’s ministry, youth groups, helping with my church’s admin and eventually running a non profit the importance of good and accurate data that helped us to make decisions came to the fore.[Read more…] about Why Data Matters In Church Life