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It’s Summertime and the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

I love summer, the opportunity it brings for golf, beach trips, and late sunsets. Recently I enjoyed an evening outside watching grandsons toss a frisbee as adults shared small talk on a cool Michigan night. Soon to follow was the…

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3 Ways to Support the Lead Pastor in the Summer

It’s mid-July and I remember it well after decades of being a full-time staff pastor. Is your lead pastor away on sabbatical, study leave, or an extended vacation? I can certainly write much about my summer ministry experiences, i.e.: Keeping…

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Exciting, Growing Spaces

We love the excitement that surrounds breaking ground and growing spaces for children’s or student ministries. Today we walked and taped the added space of a church expanding. We dreamed with leaders about the halls, the walls and ceilings, the…

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The Towel

How do you measure the impact of Next Gen or Children’s ministry? Sunday was Baptism Sunday at our church—my favorite. I love seeing individuals who are ready to profess their faith. There were many students and a few children who…

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Funding and Focus

We recently attended the Northwest Ministry Conference in Seattle with great general sessions and breakouts. I especially enjoyed the sessions with Carey Nieuwhof.  In one session, he stated “you fuel what you fund.” He was focused on the importance of…

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The Search Challenge

As ministries continue to advance and expand, the need for effective staff becomes more essential. During my ministry tenure, I have been on all sides of the equation of hiring staff, coaching candidates who are seeking positions, and having been…

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A Year of Blessings

It has been an awesome year for MinistryWave as we have enjoyed great times with family and friends, and travel experiences to meet new friends in the journey of consulting. We love the opportunities that God provides for us to connect. …

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The Previous Play is Under Review

Watching NFL football has become challenging. It can be an emotional rollercoaster as you wait to see the outcome of a particular play and how it will affect your favorite team. New rules have made it tough for officials who…

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Growing Younger

We had the privilege recently to attend a conference where the focus was on churches who need to do everything they can to revitalize—by GROWING YOUNGER. This conference was hosted by a church that realized they were aging and on…

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