It’s not difficult to know when you just left a good meeting or a bad one. Some meetings leave you motivated and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Other meetings leave you frustrated and feeling like you just wasted your time.

If you are a leader, you set meetings. You manage meetings, and pay attention to the results. Have you ever considered if people like coming to your meetings? How effective are they? If you weren’t in charge, would you want to attend your own meeting?

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Church leaders have been talking about “closing the back door” for years. It’s a good conversation. After all, it is frustrating to see visitors come, people say yes to Jesus, get baptized and maybe even attend a New Christian’s class. And yet, the church still struggles to grow. People seem to be coming in the front and going out the back.

In the church world we talk a lot about front doors and back doors. Meaning, how people come in and how people leave your church. In principle, closing the back door is more about keeping the front door wide open. The spirit and atmosphere that makes a church inviting is the same spirit and atmosphere that causes people to want to stay.

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Sean Myers

You are a leader and you have limited time, so who do you talk with on Sunday morning?

How do you make that determination?

Do the people decide for you?

What are the priorities and real needs?

The idea is not so much about accessibility, but accessibility to who?

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How much is enough? This question is often asked in ministry because our work is never done. The church never sleeps!

What drives us to the one more?

  • One more phone call?
  • One more prayer?
  • One more volunteer?
  • One more meeting?
  • One more idea?
  • One more leader?

It’s our purpose and passion that keeps us going. Ultimately it’s to reach one more person for Jesus. Our love for God and people inspires us to the one more!

But there is another truth. At some point you’ve done all you can do and you need more leaders to help you. And when it comes to volunteer leaders, it often seems like there are never enough. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the need, so I’d like to encourage you with a thought about recruiting leaders in your church.

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