Archive for August, 2016

This Week at Cross Church | Kick-Off This Sunday

Kick-Off This Sunday

All In Fall-blog

This Sunday is our fall kick-off on all campuses. It will be a great time of fellowship for our church family as we begin a new season at Cross Church. You do not want to miss it. You can find details for your campus here. This is going to be a great year at Cross Church to the glory of God!

Now is the Time

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If you are not already involved in a small group, now is the time to join! We believe that connecting in a small group is the best way to build lasting relationships that help equip you to grow in your journey with Christ. We want everyone to be involved in a small group! You can find information on small groups for your campus at, including meeting time, place, and age groups.


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If you have been ALL IN with us this summer, thank you! God has used your generosity to reach people for Christ in our region, across America, and around the world. If you have not participated, it’s not too late to make sure you have given the tithe from all God has given you this summer. Let’s finish the summer strong by reaching our goal of $5.4 million between Memorial Day and Labor Day to the glory of God. It is through your giving and generosity that we are able to take the gospel to Northwest Arkansas, America, and the World.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd

Guest Post | 6 Ways to Build a Loyal Team by Todd Adkins

todd adkinsToday, welcomes guest writer, Todd Adkins. Todd is the Director of Leadership at LifeWay Christian Resources and host of the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast.


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Developing leaders and working together in a team is the model that Jesus laid out for us with his very first followers. When you build the trust of your team, you are investing in the long-term future.

Here are 6 ways to build a loyal team:

1. If you want a loyal team, help them see their future

One of the quickest ways to endear yourself to your team is to ask them questions about their goals and aspirations. This can’t be just lip service; you actually have to want to see them develop and be willing to invest yourself in the process as well, even if it means you will have to replace them. In fact, if you’re good, they may even replace you.

2. Celebrate effort even if the results are less than expected

I am not talking about creating an environment where everyone gets a trophy and has their turn as employee of the month. There are extenuating circumstances that can thwart the best-laid plans even when they were executed flawlessly. Nothing reveals character like how a leader loses. If they went down swinging, don’t treat them like a loser. They have just shown you what they are made of and learned a valuable lesson or three along the way. Coach them up and process it with them, but celebrate the effort privately and publicly.

3. Hand over more decisions to your team

Congratulations, you are the leader. While you have every right to make all of the decisions for the team, if you do so, you greatly limit your impact and the impact of your team. Don’t be that guy who makes all the decisions and then complains that your people can’t make decisions for themselves. The truth is the higher the level of leadership, the fewer decisions you should be making. The best way to help your staff person make a decision when they come to you is by asking them questions, starting with: What do you think? Don’t offer ideas; guide them to their own conclusion by asking them questions.

4. Brag on your team

If you don’t have good things to say about your team on a regular basis, you probably have the wrong team. No leader ever suffers because everyone underneath them is a rock star. Seriously, think about it. When is the last time that someone developed the people around them so well that they got fired.

  • Brag on them privately one on one.
  • Brag on them publicly in front of them.
  • Brag on them privately behind their back; they will hear about it.

When the time comes to have a difficult conversation or when you have to ask them to make a sacrifice, they won’t bat an eye.

5. Offer real time feedback

Don’t wait for a performance review to address any performance issues that may arise. If you have done a good job with #4, this should be no problem at all. In fact, by keeping close accounts like this, you will further endear yourself to the people you lead.

6. Ask them to teach you something

This can be personal or professional, but they will likely enjoy and appreciate adding value to their boss. I asked one of our finance guys to teach me how to build a budget that accounted for cannibalization from our main campus when we started doing multi-site. I didn’t just ask for it to be done, I took a genuine interest in his craft, became much more informed, and in the process showed I truly valued his work.

Everybody wants to be liked and to have a loyal staff, but if you apply these principles, you’ll not only have a better staff, you will also become a better leader in the process.

Finally, I’d love for you and your team to join me for PIPELINE this October in Nashville, TN. Thom Rainer, Trip Lee, Paul Tripp, Brad Lomenick, Carey Nieuwhof, Jenni Catron & others will be speaking. Ephesians 4 says that the calling of church leaders is not simply to do the work of ministry but to “train the people in the work of the ministry” in order to have the healthiest, most effective churches. PIPELINE aims to help you do just that. PIPELINE is unlike other church leadership events because it offers real training, something staffs can take home and begin implementing immediately.

Todd Adkins
Director of Leadership, LifeWay Christian Resources