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.
On this week’s episode, the team talks about the big events that every church expects staff to run, and how recruiting and equipping a major events coordinator can help make those events more successful and sustainable.
How do we keep volunteers enthusiastic and engaged in our ministries? On this week’s episode, the team talks about how to equip your volunteer team for serving in the ministry - not just in one training session, but throughout your program year.
It's almost time for the start of another program year, and you want to start it off right! On this week’s episode, the team talks about starting your program year with enthusiasm and excitement by building an amazing Leaders Launch and a fantastic Ministry Kickoff.
Spring is a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new - and that applies to your ministry's staffing structure, too! On this week’s episode, the team discusses renovating your ministry’s staff structure to make sure there’s clarity among three important roles: the Architect, the Contractor, and the Laborers.
What do you do with the needle in the haystack once you've found it? On this week’s episode, the team finishes up their two-part conversation about bringing in the right candidate for your open ministry position, including how to make them feel like part of the team right away.
Finding the next person to fill your open ministry position might seem like finding a needle in a haystack, but with the right processes in place, you'll be finding that needle in no time. In this week’s episode, the team starts a two-part conversation about hiring for ministry positions, focusing first on the importance of an excellent search process.
Communication and marketing are two sides of the same coin: both essential to your ministry, but very different in focus and execution. What kind of story are you telling about your ministry? In this week's episode, the team talks about the differences between communication and marketing, and how a plan of intentional marketing can draw in people who are outside your ministry.
Successful communication with your congregation is vital if you want your ministry to thrive, so how can you be sure you're being heard when you're shouting down from the mountain? In the week’s episode, the team discusses the do’s and don’ts of ministry communication, and how an intentional plan could be key to getting more buy-in from your congregation.
Knowing that you need to start volunteer recruitment early in order to be successful, how can you set yourself up for maximum success? In this week's episode, the team talks about a powerful recruitment tool called the Volunteer Fishing Pond that gives you a framework to find the volunteers you need for your ministry to thrive.