Diana Davis

About Diana Davis

Diana Davis (www.keeponshining.com) is an author, speaker and wife of the North American Mission Board’s vice president for the South region, Steve Davis. Copyright 2012. Used by permission.

Awaiting the New Pastor



The entire church is waiting expectantly. When your church is in transition—seeking a new pastor or other ministry staff member—there are a few things any member can do: Get Busy about God’s Work Personally demonstrate faithfulness. This is not a time to relinquish church responsibilities or slack off in tithing or attendance. Your commitment is […]

They’re Waiting… A Quick Easter Follow-up Plan



The pastor, church leaders and members are wrung-out-exhausted after all the extra preparations for Easter Sunday. Some planned Good Friday service, egg hunt, breakfast, sunrise event. Extra effort was put into greeters and music and invitation counselors. One church painted their entire interior. It was all worth the effort. God was honored. People came. In […]

Why You Should Consider Offering a “NearlyWed” Class



It’s that time of year—weddings, weddings everywhere! If your church is serious about ministering to young adults, here’s a fresh idea: Plan an 8-week seminar, titled “It Takes Three”, for engaged or newlywed couples every spring and fall. The class meets during your church’s Sunday School or small group hour, in an attractive, easy-to-find room […]

7 Ways to Connect with Guests Beyond the First Greeting


Giving Coffee

Your God is awesome. Your church is wonderful. Yet guests who visit your church don’t often return. No true connection was made. A parking lot greeter in our church expressed that concern: “We’ve got to figure out how to actually connect every guest with another person. Our flippant hellos or glad-you-cames just aren’t adequate.” Why […]

Fresh Ideas for New Sunday School Classes


Old Sunday School

When a church begins new small groups or Sunday School classes, eternity is impacted. New hands are put to the task. Easy entry points are established. Members are more likely to invite lost friends. Peripheral members become involved. And Christians joyfully rediscover the outreach purpose of the church. Imagine what would happen if your church […]

To Eve Or Not to Eve… There Is No Question


Christmas Eve Service

A Christmas Eve service can be one of your church’s most meaningful moments, and one of its largest outreach events of the year. Use these two secrets for planning a meaningful community-wide event to honor Jesus’ birth. Secret #1: Early Prep Carefully plan a top-quality program of worship. Forty-five minutes or an hour is ideal. […]

8 Ways to Celebrate Baptisms at Your Church


Spontaneous Baptisms

When a new believer is baptized, it’s a momentous event. A life’s been changed for eternity! Try these fresh ideas to make baptism a true celebration: Smile. Express true joy. Baptism is a holy ordinance, but it’s also a joyful event. I love it when the church breaks into spontaneous cheers or applause. Get personal. […]

Preparing For Easter: The 5-Spot Test



Here’s a simple way to evaluate how guests see your church building. Take the “5-Spot Test.” Stop at five specific places around your church site for five minutes and answer five questions. Spot #1: Church parking lot. Just before worship, park in a guest space. How easy is it to find a parking space? From […]

Christmas Caroling as Outreach


Planning Christmas

Now, here’s a fun church-wide CHRISTmas project. Plan a gigantic caroling blitz with an outreach purpose. Every attender at your church—singles, kids, elderly, teens, couples, bad singers, occasional attenders…everyone!—is challenged to contribute one hour for a purposeful caroling party. Try these simple tips for planning. Tip #1: Make caroling maps. Each caroling team will receive […]

Plan a Meet the School Teacher Sunday


Community puzzle

Here’s a fresh and simple way to invite school teachers and staff to your church. Honor those important community leaders by planning a “Meet the Teacher” Sunday during the first month of school. Students and adult church members will invite school teachers, principals, librarians, bus drivers, nurses, food servers, coaches, music teachers, home-school teachers, professors, […]

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