Category Archives: growth

Conforming to the Brand

Ministry can be a minefield of mishaps, injuries, and misunderstandings. It is easy to take a wrong step and hurt someone’s feelings, or expose a long-buried resentment. A sermon, or even a chance comment, can unleash a chain reaction of … Continue reading

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Branding Your Ministry – pt 2: No one’s perfect

Last month’s post dealt with the concept of branding a church so that presents a consistent image that can drive both mission and publicity. Conversely, you could say that a strong mission identity can mold all aspects of the ministry … Continue reading

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Branding your Ministry (pt 1)

The ubiquitous nature of social media has changed everything from corporations to churches. While branding used to be reserved for products like Barbie and Kleenex, or a corporate image such as American Express that was built on the public trust. … Continue reading

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Appreciative Inquiry

Of late, it seems that ministers are regularly advised to take lessons from business models. Whether inspiring volunteers or organizing a fundraiser, we’re urged to look to corporate gurus like Tom Peters. Being masters of human psychology, these people do … Continue reading

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It’s All in the Family

One of my mentors, Rev. Charles Gravenstine, believes that the only really effective kind of pre-marital counseling is to have the couple prepare and discuss Genograms. Genograms are family trees of behavior that were developed by Monica McGoldrick and Randy Gerson. A … Continue reading

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