Have you visited a Starbucks lately? If you have, chances are better than not that you received a smile, were asked your name and, if you didn’t like your drink, were offered a replacement with no questions asked. Traveling as much as I do gives me plenty of opportunities to hit a local Starbucks and, even though I tend to prefer local establishments over chains, I greatly respect and appreciate the consistent experience I get at Starbucks. That’s why Ryan Stigile’s recent article about why people like Starbucks more than the church caught my attention.
It's all about the points of contact. You know that every person who walks in the door has a face and a name. You want them to know they matter to you. You're aware that this can have a tangible impact on how well people engage with your church and with God long term.
Here at Church Community Builder our goal is to help church leaders be more effective for the sake of making disciples. Everything we do revolves around that purpose. As the year comes to a close, you’re no doubt spending more time dreaming about how you can do that better next year. Today I want to highlight five of our most popular resources that will help make 2016 an even better year for disciple making than 2015.
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for every church leader. There’s one really important thing that often gets sacrificed throughout the year, but especially now: margin! I can tell you from my own experience that you can’t sacrifice margin if you want to grow and develop into the kind of leader God wants you to become. It’s absolutely essential to find it!