Thursday, March 8, 2012

How to do a group brainstorming session

Pastor, when we are trying to plan a new sermon series, promote an event, or solve a problem, here's the group brainstorming process we follow (Michael Eubanks, our Pastor for New Generations brought this process back from a conference).

We pull together a team of five to eight creative types with different perspectives and give them an overview of what we're trying to get to. We then distribute a stack of 3x5 cards to each person and give them about ten minutes to write as many creative ideas as they can (one simple phrase on each card).

We then gather the cards and begin reading them and taping them to a wall in categories. Be sure to capture this treasure of ideas on paper to help you in further planning. Also, give options to your team for participating in the implementation of the ideas. It's a great opportunity to train and equip other leaders. You'll love the results.

When you're going through the process, be sure to keep in mind Osborn's four general rules of brainstorming:
  1. Focus on quantity
  2. Withhold criticism
  3. Welcome unusual ideas
  4. Combine and improve ideas

Friday, March 2, 2012

Preaching through the Bible in a Year - 2 Plans!

I'm reading through the Bible again this year using George Guthrie's Reading God's Story: A Chronological Daily Bible plan. In 2011, our entire church used the reading plan in response to the Radical sermon and small group series we did at the end of 2010.

I'm was delighted to see Aaron Linne's Blog post about a new online resource with lists of sermons inspired by the Read the Bible for Life initiative. These lists from B&H Publishing are designed so that you can take a church through the Bible in a year. They currently have a plan prepared by David Platt (52 sermons) and Chuck Maxwell (50 sermons).

Check the tabs at the top to switch between the two lists.

Access the complimentary lists of sermons here ...

Learn how to use this resource on your iPhone, Android, or tablet here ...

Friday, August 26, 2011

How We Do Our Annual Staff Reviews

I want to share how we do our staff review process at The Glade Church. We begin this process at the end of August and give the staff a month to complete the process of requesting and submitting reviews. Note that the staff members each create their own staff review sheet with content from their personal job description. Each supervisor will then meet with the staff member to go over the reviews.

The following is the set of instructions we give to our staff.

We are using a 360° evaluation process again this year. The process includes your immediate supervisor, yourself, and a combination of laypersons and colleagues.
  1. Create your review sheet using the Senior Pastor’s review as a guide (You may download my review as a sample). The review will include three sections to rate task performance (evaluation based on staff member’s job description), relationship performance, and team performance.

  2. Use a five-point scale.
    4 – Excellent (Great!)
    3 – Good (Yes!)
    2 – Satisfactory (OK)
    1 – Needs Improvement (I’m just sayin’)
    0 – Unsatisfactory  (No!)
  3. Select and distribute to the following types of people for evaluation:

    • A combination of five colleagues/peers or laypersons
    • One evaluation for you to evaluate yourself
    • One evaluation for your direct supervisor to evaluate you

    Inform Craig Webb and Faye Miller by e-mail who your feedback persons are.

  4. Code each form (top right corner) to indicate the following:
    • “S” - Supervisor
    • “C” - Colleague
    • “L” - Lay Leader
    • “Y” - Yourself
  5. Distribute to everyone evaluating you in an envelope marked to go to Faye Miller.

  6. Reviews should be returned to Faye by Thursday, September 29.
Download my staff review sheet as a sample here ...

How about you? Does your church have a staff review process?

    Watch "Follow" Video: truth through lens of a 21st-century social network

    We showed this as part of a worship service several weeks ago. I found it to be very powerful!

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Message Video, What If Jesus Had His Way In Me?

    You may view my message from Sunday, December 27, 2009. The main scripture passage was Matthew 6:10: "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."