Communication, Leadership, & Hair on Fire…

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dave Shrein on the Church Marketing Podcast.  Dave and I met via Twitter and have enjoyed discussing the unique challenges and opportunities involved in church communication, planning, leading volunteers, and more. Here are several highlights from the podcast: Should church ever be run like a business? Should we […]

First Impressions Matter: 5 Areas to Spruce-up At Your Church

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Have you ever sold a home? Do you remember the realtor walking through your house? I’m guessing your to-do list started growing. New furniture arrangements, touch-up painting, de-cluttering, and extremely detailed cleaning. That’s what I’ve been working on lately and it’s exhausting! My home is in great shape but I’ve lived here for eight years […]

How policies and procedures support the vision

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Somehow I doubt you were excited about policy and procedure documentation when you considered getting into full-time ministry.  However, the process of documenting key policies and procedures really does support the vision and ministry of your church.  Not setting clear expectations with your staff or not providing adequate instructions before an emergency can severely damage […]

Facing the church management software maze?

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There are a ton of options when it comes to ChMS (church management software).  If your church is looking to purchase ChMS for the first time or change from what you’re currently using, the choices can be overwhelming.  Before you start your ChMS search, check out this article I wrote for Worship Facilities to help […]

Are you putting your church at risk?

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Risk.  It’s probably not the most fun topic to discuss – no one likes to think about the bad things that could happen to your church.  However, we’ve all heard of churches who’ve had horrible things occur within their congregations.  Natural disasters, financial mismanagement, abuse, or a PR fiasco can derail the ministry God has entrusted […]

New last name

Things have been pretty quiet around the VMM website lately…and for a happy reason.  I got married on 12/13/14 to an amazing man and was very busy with wedding details and such.  I’ve taken on my husband’s last name of “Ike”, so you’ll see a few changes to my social media profiles and around the site.

I’m still working with incredible clients and enjoy helping church leaders, so that certainly won’t change.  For now, I wanted to share this exciting event with you and let you know why you’ll start to see a new last name around here.  :)

Equipping the Saints for Ministry

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As a writer for the Worship Facilities website, I was invited to attend the WFX conference in Dallas recently to cover the event. It was a great opportunity to meet church leaders from around the country and hear from insightful presenters. While I attended a variety of sessions with topics ranging from staff development to […]

3 Tips for Getting Solutions Instead of Problems

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“Hey, do you have a few minutes?” – There’s a phrase leaders tend to dread. Great, what issue are we going to deal with today? Those “few minutes” turn into 30 or more hearing about how another department isn’t cooperating or why that big ministry launch is in trouble. No one leaves those discussions with warm […]

Ready is a Myth

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When was the last time you felt completely prepared, fully equipped and totally supplied with everything you needed for a big endeavor? When was the last time you really felt ready? Maybe I should rephrase that: Have you ever felt completely, unequivocally ready? No? Well, then what’s wrong with you?! Everyone launching out into the […]