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Strategy Making

A recent article in Harvard Business Review caught my attention.  “Strategy Making in Turbulent Times, a Dynamic New Model.”  Authors Michael Mankins and Mark Gottfredson, point out the need to move organizations forward with a continuous process of strategy making.…

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2022 New Beginnings

Donna Hostetler Isn’t that the ultimate expression of our ministry focus?  New beginnings, new life, a new creation in Christ. All of our efforts are focused toward one goal—winning the lost, bringing hope to those without. And what better message…

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The Coach’s Words

One of my favorite August traditions is watching the Little League World Series. Kids from all over the country compete to reach the series held in Williamsport, PA. Even though I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and played little league,…

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The Real Children’s Ministry Dilemma

Jesus said, “Let the little children come!”  Large or small, all churches understand this and desire to offer ministry for babies, preschool and elementary kids. But what if your church is young or small or you’re slowly gaining momentum toward…

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Transitioning with a Coach

Last year I took my first position as the Children’s Ministry Director at a growing church plant that was almost 4 years old. I was eager to get involved with the kids and the volunteers but had no idea some…

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The Key to Winning

Rob Chagdes, Prairie Lakes Church, Cedar Rapids, IA I had only been a varsity softball coach for two weeks when I learned I was lacking a key element of a coach.  I didn’t know how to make them better softball…

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Who’s in My Corner?

My name is Chad Hoffman. I was sitting 5 years into ministry, broken down, raw, and ready to throw in the towel.  In that moment, I had just been dealt one of the hardest blows of my ministry career, and the ref…

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Equipped to Serve

My name is Brett Wiersma, and I am a middle school youth pastor in Pella, Iowa.  The church that I work for is quite large and when I first arrived here five years ago, I was TERRIFIED!  I was seven…

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Advice from a Winning Coach

Jay Hostetler, April 19, 2017 The UCONN Huskies’ ladies’ basketball team performance has been unprecedented. They have experienced historical winning streaks spanning seasons of competition. They have had the good fortune to acquire top talent to the program for many…

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