The 6+ minute video below is one I recorded for some of our volunteer champs who wanted me to give them some ideas for increasing the amount of volunteers placed, especially after recent volunteer sign up efforts. If that's you, and you could use more volunteers this Christmas or in the early part of next year, take a moment and listen to this.Read More
There are 3 cures for process breakdown that will empower your church's assimilation strategy. Each of them grants exponential growth to your process of connecting guests to the life of your church. Read on to identify them before Christmas hits, and make a New Year's Resolution to apply them more fully by Easter.Read More
New unseminary Podcast: The problem that most churches experience is not necessarily getting first time guests, but rather getting those guests to stay, and that is Greg’s area of expertise at Eastside. He’s here with us today to talk about the scalable assimilation strategy Eastside transitioned to since the last time we had him on the show.Read More
There is a condition or better put, a "pseudo-structure" that breaks down healthy processes in churches all across the world right now. Find out what this condition is and the 4 symptoms that can reveal whether your church has it or not.Read More
The human body is equipped to do some remarkable things, especially when one of it's processes get's interrupted. The Body of Christ is equipped to do some remarkable things as well when processes and systems get disrupted. Not all these things are good, especially if they last for too long. Discover what they are and the 3 causes for process breakdown in this first of a 3 part series on causes and cures of process problems in your church.Read More
There is a "Stickiness" that can planted in your church if it's not already there. Once planted, it will grow. Watch this video and think about or discuss the questions below to plant something new in your church culture for the sake of guests.Read More
Sometimes you have to dig a little to unearth the factor that makes people stick to your church. Where do you break ground first? In this 1 and half minute video, learn where to start and how to dig.Read More
Naming your church's "X Factor" when it comes to connecting guests is an interesting, productive and even fun discussion to have with your team. Watch this 2-minute video and answer 3 questions to learn exactly how to do it.Read More
There is just one main reason people are coming to your church instead of going someplace else on Sundays. It's the same reason I drove to Big Bear today. Discover it and leverage it to connect more people to what God is doing at your church in this season of its life. This is the intro to a 4 part vlog you will find very interesting...
Here are some thoughts that came my way after we were evacuated from our home and returned after the fire had been contained.Read More
Joe and I had a blast being interviewed by Nick Blevins on his Family Ministry Podcast. Nick's podcast is a must for anyone serving families in any way through the local church. Joe Schmaltz oversees Next Gen Ministries at Eastside and is a good friend. I thought I would share this with all Sherpas who are helping families make the climb toward a more vital connection with a local church.Read More
In the wake of all that has happened to so many in the US over the last few weeks, I started looking for 2 things:
1. Were Jesus' followers stepping into the need and coming along side others during these crisis?
2. Did they do it in a way that would involve people new to their churches or even outside of them?
Here's what I found...Read More
In this post, we will look at the one thing we all forgot to tell our volunteers before they started serving but that I want to begin telling them now. This one thing is my takeaway from what Schultze would say to the entire staff of a new Ritz before they open its doors for the first time.Read More
This is the second of 3 posts identifying assimilation takeaways from Horst Schultze, former President and COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotels (click here for the first post). People are people, wherever they are. With this in mind I want to look at the 3 things Horst says every customer wants whether they are at a hotel, retail store, or a church:Read More
In these next 3 posts, I will be breaking down some profound assimilation takeaways from Horst Schultze, former President and COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotels. If you are like me, you have heard about Horst and what he did to revolutionize the hospitality industry through books, conferences like Willow Creek's Leadership Summit and podcasts like Andy Stanley's. As Sherpas hoping to help climbers reach the summit of full connection in our churches, we can learn from guys like this in the hospitality industry.Read More
The movie Field of Dreams debuted in just a few theaters on April 21st, 1989 in hopes to gain more of a summer audience. It gained such a growing and epic following that it showed in theaters nationwide through December that year. With it's iconic line, "If you build it, they will come", this film left a Mark on American men that still resonates with them whenever it's brought up in conversation. Without exaggeration, lives were changed by this film, movements were born, and the American Film Association recently listed it as the 6th greatest fantasy film ever made (The Wizard of Oz being #1).Read More
Today's English Bible translates Proverbs 18:1 as saying, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". This piece of ancient wisdom speaks volumes as to why I believe that connecting with our guests at church, and connecting them to each other, is priority #1 if we want to see our churches grow.Read More
Yesterday was an exciting day in our country. As the solar eclipse made it's way across North America, it unified our polarized nation, even just for an hour and a half.
As I reflect on the people who gathered together from sea to sea yesterday to catch a glimpse of the sun's corona, I am thinking these thoughts about connecting guests at our churches:Read More
After listening to this Breakout Session sponsored by Church Community Builders, discuss with your team...
- What is working right now when it comes to connecting guests at our church?
- What creates potential disconnection between our church and guests?
- What are possible initiatives that would bridge those disconnects?
- Pick one to implement and evaluate over the next 3 months.
The Gold Rush had begun.
That's how I felt while on a getaway with my wife Michelle up in the California mountains for our anniversary. We decided on Sunday morning to watch the live stream of our church's worship service and took communion together. When the live stream was over, I had my Jim Marshall moment: my fingers grazed the mousepad on my laptop after I paused the video.
That's when it happened.Read More