Recently, my daughter Carly and I climbed Castle Rock above Big Bear Lake California. As we hiked, bouldered and climbed, 5 discoveries came to me for those who connect people in local churches. Click here to look at our photo journal to see what I learned.Read More
If you have three children like I do, you have had the concern for the emotional landscape of your child in the middle. My so-called “middle child” is Kendra. She is now 24 and she has taught me all about connecting Nines at your church.Read More
Charles likes to challenge us. Questions like “Why are we…”, “Why did we…”, and “How will we…” are often asked by him in a polite but direct and courageous way. Why does Charles relentlessly ask the hard questions and make the tough statements? Because Charles is an Eight and you have to know how to connect Eights well to your church.Read More
When she was done, she was surrounded by a group of guests connecting with her and our compassion opportunities in animated conversation. That’s because Ariel is a Seven. Discover a Seven’s superpower and how to connect them to your church.Read More
There are some fun Do’s and some definite Don’ts when connecting Sixes to your church. Learn them here along with two outstanding superpowers they have as volunteers.Read More
I actually thought all this was possible because she is MY daughter. I know now it was largely because Carly is a Five on the Enneagram.Read More
Did you know that Van Gogh was…
A pastor’s son
He went to Bible College to become a pastor
He served as a missionary
He was also a Four and Fours are visiting your church right now. Here’s how to reach and connect them.
Several business owners were coming into my church and connecting at a descent level with me personally but not relationally with others in the church. I began asking myself why and came up with these 2 observations…Read More
Want to know how to connect people like Nathan (a Type Two at my church)? Let’s look at what it takes, how he sees church, the dos and don’ts for reaching someone like Nathan, and of course, his Superpower as a volunteerRead More
Want to know how to connect people like Matt (a Type One at my church)? Let’s look at what it takes, how he experiences church, the dos and don’ts for reaching someone like Matt, and of course, his Superpower as a volunteer.Read More
The guests that God will lead to your church and mine this weekend are not all the same and one style of connecting does not fit all of them. Understanding people’s Enneagram number will make you more effective at helping people find their small group of friends at your church and their unique role in serving others on a ministry team.Read More
Have you ever wondered where you are in your spiritual journey, or why you went through a difficult time and wondered when it would end? I think that guests who have found their way to our churches are wrestling with those same questions as well. In this conversation with Sharon Hughes, I share an answer to these questions that has served me and the guests we connect with well.Read More
Do you ever feel that you are not being heard by your senior leadership as you shout from the trenches? Here are 4 ways to lead up and get the ear of senior leaders, followed by 3 free resources that you may find valuable for such a time as this.Read More
What Alex Honnold did on El Capitan is too astounding to take in. Alex climbed El Capitan in less than 4 hours….without a rope or any other safety equipment. His documentary Free Solo is up for an Oscar this year and is in IMAX theaters right now. As I watched the movie, the lessons for those of us leading people on the climb to connect with God and our churches became obvious to me.Read More
Though assimilation may be overseen by a particular person or team, that team serves the rest of the body by providing 4 key ingredients that are vital for new people to connect to your church.Read More
Where will you be and what will you be doing before, during and after your Christmas services? I want to share with you the most important place for you and I to invest our time this coming Christmas weekend. Believe me if you plant yourself there, it will pay off big time as well as focus you mentally and spiritually.Read More
Once you go through this course, there is no reason you cannot have all four components of a successful assimilation strategy in place and working for you during 2019. On the eve of the release, I want to share 2 more resources with you: one social media, the other a book recommendation that may serve as a way of appreciating your volunteers.Read More
January is a month where dreams and goals get put to paper and to plan. We begin moving towards those plans hoping that through them we will gain new traction in our vision to connect people to our churches.
But what if I'm already not seeing the results I planned for?Read More
As I write this on New Year's Day 2016, I am reflective over 2 questions that are close to the core of probably any man or woman who has a ministry in any aspect of assimilation:
- What are the must-have qualities that make a church connectable for people?
- What characteristics are deal-breakers for me personally when it comes to my being a part of a church?
One of the reasons that guests make a decision to return to your church within the first 7 minutes of their first visit is because they are unconsciously asking the same question all of us instinctively ask ourselves when we find ourselves in a new environment: "Is there anybody here who's like me?" As Rick Warren says, "You don't attract who you want, you attract who you are".
Learning to leverage "The Affinity Factor" can unlock whole new opportunities to connect guests to your church.Read More