Do More than Join the Gym: Volunteer in 2019

Heath Bruce Leadership, Volunteers

2018 has come to an end and now is the time to brainstorm your resolutions for next year. Sure, eating better, saving money, and spending quality time with loved ones are all excellent goals for 2019. However, what about doing something that would have a much greater impact for those in need? Ring in the New Year the right way …

How to Stay Spiritually Healthy During the Holidays

Heath Bruce Leadership, Personal Experiences & Stories, Volunteers

It’s the holiday season, and you can guarantee it will have an impact on people’s health in several ways. The cold temperatures mean an increase in sniffling noses and coughs, while Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties with a ton of food mean an increase in pant sizes and gym memberships come January. But what about our spiritual health? Even …

Kindness Countdown

Kayla Crawford Leadership, Volunteers

The word “Advent” derives from its Latin root meaning “the coming.” This references the coming of Jesus, the greatest gift to mankind. A tradition that evolved from this anticipation is the Advent calendar. Each day of the Advent season leading up to Christmas Eve is marked on these special calendars with scripture, poems, small gifts, etc. There are so many …

Team Building is Biblical

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership, Volunteers

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”—1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV) The Barna …

Hos-pi-tal-i-tee

Heath Bruce Leadership, Volunteers

noun the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. If we look to scripture, we can see an abundance of text that point to the exact importance of hospitality and serving the needs of others, whether in our homes, at an off-site event or at a typical church service. Life by …

Stages of Group Development Part 4: Performing

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

STAGES OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT: FORMING, STORMING, NORMING, AND PERFORMING In the last part of our series we are examining the pinnacle stage of development, performing. If you have not read the other blogs in this series, you may wish to catch up here: Forming Blog  /  Storming Blog  /  Norming Blog The stages of group development were first talked about by Bruce …

Stages of Group Development Part 3: Norming

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

STAGES OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT: FORMING, STORMING, NORMING, AND PERFORMING In part 3 of our series we are examining the stage of norming. If you have not read part 1 or 2 of this series, it would greatly benefit you to take the time to catch up: Part 1 Blog and Part 2 Blog. The stages of group development were first talked about by …

Stages of Group Development Part 2: Storming

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

STAGES OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT: FORMING, STORMING, NORMING, AND PERFORMING In part 2 of our series we are examining the often misunderstood and frequently hated stage of storming. If you have not read part 1, I greatly encourage you to! In it, we define the word “group,” and explain the necessary first step in a group’s existence. The stages of group development …

Stages of Group Development Part 1: Forming

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

STAGES OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT: FORMING, STORMING, NORMING, AND PERFORMING In examining the Stages of Group Development, one first has to establish what a group is. The word “group” possesses such a wide-range of meaning, it is important to define what we are talking about. The idea of a group can fall into two broad categories. For the rest of this …

Team Building and Faith – How They Work Together

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership, Volunteers

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV) …