No matter what field you are in, you probably find yourself contemplating ideas to help improve your organization. These ideas may come from you or from others on your team. Regardless of whether it was yours or not, it is a great feeling to see something go from a concept or idea thrown out in a meeting to something you can see or experience - especially if the idea works!

So, what steps can you take to see a good idea come to fruition? In this article, Dr. Tony Garza explains the importance of evaluation to ensure it’s actually a “good idea.” From there, he explains why it’s crucial to question the idea’s purpose, relevance to your organization, and timing throughout the process of its execution.

Dr. Garland Owensby continues his discussion on how the church can use the Experience Economy. In Part I of this series, he discussed how Gen-Z is much more interested in collecting experiences than material possession. Because the Experience Economy traffics in memories, he challenged readers to engage people with biblical experiences which will connect them more closely to Christ and others in the church. 

In part 2 of this series, Dr. Owensby reveals four areas or perspectives of an experience and explains how to utilize these to create a biblical Experience Economy for youth.

Ministry practices are facing a great challenge during this time of uncertainty. One thing that has remained certain is that students need to hear the hope of the Gospel, be discipled, and experience Christian community. Dr. Garland Owensby, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Youth & Student Ministries Coordinator, spent time communicating with some SAGU Youth & Student Ministries alumni about how they are interacting and ministering to students during this time.

When markets become volatile or we lose a job or lose business revenue unexpectedly, the human response is to allow fear to overtake us. Multiple questions begin to plague our minds such as, “How will I pay my bills or make payroll?", “Will this ever turn around?”, and “How will I reach my retirement or other financial goals?” Additionally, our well-meaning friends and loved ones begin to ask us “So, what are you going to do?”….repeatedly!

So, how should we respond? In this blog, Melody Gray Block, Certified Financial Planner and MBA, shares how we can turn to biblical scripture for our questions about financial uncertainty. 

Have you ever done something that was exhilarating, unique, or maybe a bit scary? Maybe an experience that changed your life? Perhaps you have skydived, eaten exotic food, swam with dolphins, rode a rollercoaster, or traveled to a dream destination. If you have done something like that and the only thing you could take home was a memory, then you have been part of the Experience Economy. In this article, Dr. Garland Owensby shows how Gen-Z is pursuing the Experience Economy and how the church can use this desire to reach them.

To effectively reach teenagers and develop and strengthen youth ministry in Continental Europe, you need missionaries who have the skills and credibility to help shape youth ministry. 

In part 2 of this series, Anthony Gryskiewicz, M.A. and Dr. Garland Owensby share how missionaries can equip and prepare themselves to minister to Europe's youth! 

Teenagers. The word has the power to cause strong people to grow faint, teachers to ponder resignation, and initiated migraines among parents. Curiously the word missions or missionary has a similar effect on people. One has to look no further than the story of Jonah to see the extent to which some people will go to avoid the call of God. Imagine for a moment the two concepts tied together—a missionary to teenagers! Most of us reading this article have an idea of what ministry to youth looks like. However, what does youth ministry overseas look like? And specifically, how about youth ministry in Europe? 

In this blog, Assembly of God World Missionary Anthony Gryskiewicz, M.A. and Garland Owensby, D. Ed. Min, reflect on their research to discuss the incredible potential for youth ministry in Continental Europe! 

Lately, there has been an increased focus on knowing one’s personality type. I have heard conversations about the popular Enneagram test and peoples’ “numbers” and what they mean. I think this is great! The Enneagram and other popular personality tests offer their own unique insights to help us identify what makes us tick. In light of this phenomenon, I believe understanding our conflict management style can help us in this pursuit. 

Are you able to identify your conflict management style? Are you an avoider, quick to compromise or perhaps one who seeks out confrontation? In this blog, let’s dive into why you should know your conflict management style! 

Announcements are a part of nearly every church’s time of worship. After all, we have to let people know about the other stuff we’re doing, and Sunday morning seems like a great time to get their attention, right?

Honestly, the plan may not be working.

Unfortunately, there are people who fill leadership roles in many churches who lack the character, discipleship development, or simple maturity to fill such a role. These folks, often chosen because of business expertise or family connection, become entrenched in such roles, much to the frustration of the other leaders on the team. So, how should you respond?