Every ministry has turnover - so how do you find the next right fit for your open position? On this week’s episode, the team talks tips for starting the search process for your next ministry leader, including how to prepare, who to include, and where to begin.
A light shines in the darkness - but in the middle of a pandemic, can we see it? On this week’s episode, the team talks about this, the season before Christmas, and the different ways we can help our congregations get ready to welcome the newborn baby – even in the middle of this upside-down time.
What does it take to make a church's family ministry fruitful - and sustainable? On this week’s episode, Bryant welcomes author and pastor Chris Sasser to talk about the essentials of family ministry, and the steps you can take to build bridges between parents and the church.
What do you do when the job feels like a lot? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the importance of self-care in your ministry, especially in these times when so much around us is draining.
When a Major Event is over, what should you do - other than take a nap? On this week’s episode, the team talks about what happens after a Major Event, and what is and is not different in that process during the pandemic.
Why do you do the events you do - and could the pandemic give you a chance to do some much-needed pruning? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the Major Events Calendar, a tool for establishing rhythm in your ministry, and how our current circumstances might give you opportunities for growth and change.
How are you feeling as you look at your ministry calendar for the fall? On this week’s episode, the team discusses the very real fatigue many of us are feeling right now, including tips for facing your weariness with grace and love.
How are you feeling about ministry this fall? On this week’s episode, Bryant welcomes children’s ministry expert Annette Safstrom to the podcast team, discussing how finding ways to be grateful during this time can help your ministry to become more innovative.
Welcome back to the Sustainable Ministry Show! On this week’s episode, Bryant and Aqueelah reconnect for the first time on the podcast since the beginning of the pandemic, discussing the journey of the last four months and what it means for churches and church systems as we strike a new way forward.
When a church empowers its youth, God shows up in incredible ways - and during this season, the church needs that power more than ever! On this week’s episode, Mark is joined by two teenagers, Colette and Avery, to talk through how listening to the youth in your church can be a source of amazing innovation, especially during this unprecedented time.
Now that we're past the chaos of planning for an Easter under quarantine, we can turn our attention to the road ahead - but what does that even mean? On this week’s episode, Mark and the team talk with ministry pro Jen DeJong to hear her thoughts on how long we might find ourselves in this unprecedented season, and how we can plan to be innovative for an extended period of time.
This is a uniquely stressful time, so as ministry leaders, what kind of toolbox do we need to make sure we don't buckle under the weight? On this week’s episode, Ministry Architects founder Mark DeVries and our panel welcome special guest Margaret Burnett to talk about resilience, and how centering yourself can help center your kids and your church.
As our churches begin to adapt to doing life in this unprecedented time, what should our ministry begin to look like? On this week’s episode, Ministry Architects founder Mark DeVries and familiar Sustainable Ministry Show voice Aqueelah Ligonde talk with the team about doing ministry in the middle of this moment of crisis, focusing on how to move from a place of survival to a posture of service to the community and the world.
As we get our feet under us in this unprecedented time, how do we use the tools we have to still do ministry well? On this week’s episode, Ministry Architects founder Mark DeVries leads a panel discussion on doing ministry while your community is away from your church building, including innovative ways to use technology, how to plan for Holy Week, and more.
We are living in unprecedented times - and God is calling us to be innovators in how we minister to our churches right now. On this week’s special episode, Ministry Architects founder Mark DeVries leads a panel discussion with ministry experts about what it means to be innovators during the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus.
What common problems do churches usually have in recruiting volunteers, and how do they frame those problems? On this episode of the Sustainable Ministry Show, the team starts a two-part conversation about volunteering, introducing the problem of how ministries tend to talk about the issues of volunteer recruitment and retention.
On this week’s episode, the team welcomes April Diaz, founder of Ezer & Company, to share her story about how her personal faith journey has led to a passion for empowering women around the world.
Can you believe we've done a hundred of these? We can't either, and it's time to celebrate what God has been doing! On this week’s episode, Bryant is joined by voices from all over the Ministry Architects world, sharing stories about our successes and failures, to celebrate this amazing milestone.
We've been doing the Sustainable Ministry Show for 99 full episodes, and we'd love you to join us as we record number 100 live. On this special bonus episode, Bryant has a special message for what's in store at our live recording. Join us at the Ministry Architects Facebook page on Thursday, December 19th, at 2:10 pm to help us celebrate!
What is it like to be passionate about growing a youth ministry from the ground up? On this week’s episode, the team is joined by Lawrence Coles, youth minister and owner of Speek Lyfe Entertainment, who shares wisdom on growing thriving youth ministries through the lens of his own personal story.
We all believe our congregations to be unique, but we often have more in common with other churches than we realize - and figuring that out can open us up to new possibilities. On this week’s episode, the team welcomes Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, to share about a new resource to help your congregations understand who they are and how they can best grow.
Sometimes the tools we need to cultivate thriving ministries aren't just spreadsheets and notebooks. Sometimes, it can be as simple as living with a thankful heart. On this week's episode, the team talks about cultivating expressions of gratitude, acknowledgments of abundance, and acts of generosity, all of which can shape not just how you perceive your ministry but how your ministry itself develops.
When your ministry is in charge of multiple major programs and events, how do you keep track of all of the little things that need to get done? On this week's episode, the team lays out one of the most important tools you can have in your ministry tool belt that will help you both with short-term tasks and long-term planning: the Preventative Maintenance Calendar.
What can your church do to be more inclusive of families of kids with special needs? On this week’s episode, the team welcomes special guest Julie Hornok, author of "United in Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum" and mother of a daughter with autism, to talk about how churches, leaders, and parents can work together to welcome kids with autism and their families fully into the life of the church.
You just pulled off a major event - congratulations! What happens next? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the ins and outs of debriefing after a major event, and how a good process can make that event even better next year.