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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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Children’s Ministry–Fired Up or Worn Out?

Is your children’s ministry dynamic, fired up and getting ready for a new summer thrust and guests and engaging with volunteers to recruit for the fall team?  Or is everyone on the team worn out and exhausted? Has your children’s…

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Transition Season

Jay Hostetler, January 25, 2016 Do you see the dog in the far left corner of the picture? Her name is Riesling and she’s peeking through the fence.  Do you think she wonders if the “snow is whiter on the…

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The Right Team

Jay Hostetler, January 18, 2016 After a weekend of watching NFL Divisional playoff games, I am convinced that football is truly a team sport. At this time of the year teams are going deep into the depth chart to replace…

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Staffing Strategies

Jay Hostetler, August 25, 2015 An enormous amount of staff transition is expected over the next decade. Founding pastors reaching retirement age, boomers nearing the end of their ministry leadership, and younger leaders seeking new opportunities is creating “new look”…

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The Children’s Ministry “Flossie”

Donna Hostetler, July 14, 2015  It was July, 2013 and it was a week of amazing temperatures, glorious afternoons in the sunshine by the beach, and beautiful sunsets over the waters of Maui. The golf courses were inhabited with happy…

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Where Are You Going?

Jay Hostetler, April 20, 2015 On a recent trip it struck me that the crowded rental car shuttle bus had people going to the same place. In the moment we all had to get to the terminal. We were all…

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Changing Seasons

  Jay Hostetler, April 16, 2015 Spring has finally come to West Michigan. My first round of golf tomorrow, can’t wait! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, tulips are blooming, it’s awesome. Life here has a seasonal rhythm…

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A Glimpse of God

Jay Hostetler, February 25, 2015 Throughout a lifetime of ministry it has been possible to see God in the lives of transformed individuals. It could be at a water baptism, an altar or in a classroom or in someone’s living…

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