3 Resources to Help You Get Better

Summer is often a retooling time for churches. Many ministries slow down and it’s an opportunity to adjust before the fall. At Redemption Gateway, we’re in a season where we’re working hard to “get better before bigger.” This phrase comes from Truett Cathy (via Andy Stanley’s podcast) and resonates deeply with us right now.


Along these lines, I wanted to share a few articles that have challenged me lately and could help any ministry get better.

5 Keys of Effective Leadership Development by Brent Dolfo. Any church that is trying to get better needs to focus on developing more leaders. I think we currently have about 1.5 of these 5 Keys, and we’re kind of known as a church that develops leaders. Still room to grow.

Changing the Real Reason You Don’t Get More Volunteers by Jeff Brodie. We need to get better at recruiting and retaining volunteers. As the church has gotten bigger, this is much harder. This article has an important paradigm shift.

7 Leadership Tensions in Growing Churches by Rich Birch. We read this article together as a staff recently and a lot of it resonated. How you navigate these tensions is crucial.

If you have any resources to share, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you as I’m always on the lookout for good resources and articles that will help us get better.


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Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since. In July of 2006, we welcomed a baby girl, Abby, into our family.

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