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  • Step Away From The Brownie Batter

    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church
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    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
  • 6 Characteristics of the Best Church Leaders: Are You One?

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    William Vanderbloemen
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Leaders of successful churches are tempted to stop working on themselves, but when the pastor doesn’t grow, the people don’t grow.” – Dr. John Maxwell Leadership is hard and often ugly. It has its growing pains, and church leadership is no exception. In our service at Vanderbloemen Search Group helping church leaders build and maximize their teams, we have found that the best church leaders are always looking for ways they can develop as a leader and follower of Christ. Staying stagnant is easy. Great church leaders don’t choose what is easy; they choose what is best for…
  • Breaking Up with Nashville?

    Anne Marie Miller
    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s kinda crazy. After a year in Nashville, we weren’t sure if it was the place for us to start a family and raise kids…so we began exploring a few ideas. One of these ideas was a casting call for young couples who were thinking of “breaking up” with their city. We applied as a joke, not realizing it was a real reality show on FYI, a station under A&E. After a ton of Skype calls, cameras showed up to our house in Nashville and we began the process of finding our next home. We filmed for a few weeks, really…long…days. How they managed to make this…
  • 5 Examples of Leading Outside the Norm

    Ron Edmondson
    Ron Edmondson
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Leadership is so much different today than when I first started leading over 30 years ago. To lead today we must learn to think outside the once considered normal lines of leadership. Much has been written about the informal aspects of leadership being as important as the formal aspects of leadership. In addition to a set of systems and structures — for a leader to be successful today — leaders must engage a team. We must build team spirit. Energize. Motivate. Engage. Even sympathize. Those have always been important, but these days they may trump some of our policies and…
  • 12 Church Logos that Tell a Story (and Why Yours Should Too)

    Will Mancini
    Will Mancini
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Auxano just released another TeamUP download that focuses on one of our six services: communication. As a “vision shop,” we believe that all vision should be communicated visually. This gorgeous, free PDF will share a little bit more about our philosophy of communication and how your design can elevate and demonstrate the unique work of God in your church. Christmas is a great time to remember that Jesus is the logos of God; that is, the word, the expression, the representation of Him. In the beginning was the logos and the logos was with God and the logos was God (John 1:1). Here…
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  • Church Bulletins: 20 Insights & 9 Great Examples

    Steve Fogg
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are only three weeks in and we had another brilliant #cmschat last week where we shared ideas and tips to improve the effectiveness of church bulletins. If you missed our weekly Twitter chat, no worries. You can join us this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Last week we shared the transcript from our church bulletin chat, but this week we’re pulling together some of the best ideas, insights and examples from that chat. Insights for Church Bulletins Here are some great church bulletin insights that people have used to improve their bulletin: A bulletin should help guests connect, inform…
  • Daylight Savings Graphic: Free Download to Share

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This weekend Daylight Savings Time begins in the U.S., which means setting our clocks forward and seeing who shows up an hour late to church on Sunday morning. Help your congregation with a simple reminder on social media. A free Daylight Savings graphic to share is below. Remind your church to spring forward and set their clocks ahead an hour: A simple reminder can be huge. It’s a little late to put something in the bulletin, so use your more immediate communication channels, whether that’s email, social media, text or more. You can use our image below to post to Facebook or…
  • Facebook Pages: One Church Page or Many Ministry Pages?

    Phil Bowdle
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Certification Lab is coming. It’s a practical way to get better as a church communicator. Here’s an example of the kind of real-world issues our instructors will address: If you’re involved in church communication, I can almost guarantee that within the last month one of these things has happened to you: Someone asked if they can create their own Facebook page for a ministry. Someone didn’t even ask and you found out they created a Facebook page for their ministry. In my humble opinion, you haven’t arrived as a church communicator unless you’ve caught a random rogue…
  • Church Bulletins on #cmschat

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    Last night we talked improving the church bulletin on our weekly Twitter chat, #cmschat. Lots of folks showed up to share what their churches do, how it’s working and ideas for improvement. Final thought: Video killed the radio star, but nothing will kill the humble church bulletin. #cmschat :) — Steven Fogg (@Stevefogg) February 27, 2015 Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “Week 3: #cmschat – Tips & Ideas For Improving Church Bulletins” on Storify] The post Church Bulletins on #cmschat…
  • 21 Ideas For Promoting Your Easter Services From #cmschat

    Steve Fogg
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you weren’t at our weekly Twitter #cmschat last week you missed an awesome hour where we shared tips and ideas for promoting upcoming Easter services (see the transcript). We wanted to cover as many communication channels as possible, so we’ve got the full range of options. Here are some of the tips and ideas. You will notice they are short and sweet as we were, after all, on Twitter. In Services/At Church Frequently in the lead up, remind your congregation to invite friends and family. Give them the tools (e.g., invites) to take away so they don’t forget to invite…
 
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  • When You Want to Forgive but Don’t Know How

    Greg Atkinson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    Today’s blog post is a guest post from my friend and fellow Rainer Publishing author: Mark Riggins. Check this out:I’m embarrassed every time I admit this but I’m a pastor who carried a grudge for three years.My best friend (and fellow pastor) and I had ended our friendship over a significant disagreement. I needed to move on. I needed to forgive. But I couldn’t.Being a pastor who can’t forgive is a little tricky.A Christian who doesn’t forgive is a like a gifted violinist who refuses to play. Musicians play. Christians forgive.As a Christian pastor who couldn’t forgive, I…
  • Risk, Innovation and the Dallas Cowboys

    Greg Atkinson
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Sunday, I watched and pulled for my beloved Dallas Cowboys. Maybe you’ve heard of the way the game ended. If you missed it, let me catch you up to speed. The Dallas Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers (in Green Bay) for a chance to go to the NFC Championship. It was a tough and close game all the way to the very end.Near the end of the fourth quarter, with Dallas needing a touchdown to take the lead and win the game, the Cowboys did something unthinkable. It was 4th Down and 2 yards to go, and instead of running the ball or throwing a quick pass to get the short 2 yards, the Cowboys…
  • My First Sunday at Transformation Church is in the Books

    Greg Atkinson
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    This past weekend, I officially started on staff at Transformation Church in South Carolina. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am and how God has orchestrated this entire move and my calling to this church. I am blessed to sit under the weekly teaching now of Derwin Gray, who is speaking hope, grace, love, truth and lots of JESUS into my life. I’m grateful to God for this opportunity to serve and be a part of a God-movement. More to come soon!
  • It’s Moving Week – Coming Home

    Greg Atkinson
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    This is the week! The movers come today and pack us up. We move back to my home state of South Carolina this week and will be in our new home this Friday. I’m looking forward to joining the staff of Transformation Church on November 15. Please pray that we have a smooth move and safe travel. I’ll post again after the craziness. God bless.
  • One Simple Strategy for Turning Around a Church or an Organization

    Greg Atkinson
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:35 am
    I’m taking a break today to finish writing my next book. Today’s blog post is a guest post from Tom Harper. Tom is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets (including the blog www.ChurchCentral.com). He is the author of Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H). Here’s his post:“‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you? Even so, be…
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  • Code for the Kingdom is launching a Global Hackathon this October

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    After hosting local hackathons across Silicon Valley, Seattle, India, and Austin, Code for the Kingdom is launching its first global hackathon on October 2-4, 2015. Featuring 12 host cities, participants will create technologies using a Christian perspective to tackle challenges facing our communities. Over the past two years, over 900 technologists have created create 86 projects through Code for the Kingdom. This first global collaboration will leverage the skills and insights of international entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian…
  • 138 Creative Church Logos

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    As a designer, updating the list of our favorite church logos is always a fun process. This year’s list has grown to 138 terrific logos. Check it out and enjoy the creativity of God’s Kingdom.The post 138 Creative Church Logos appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic)

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    I am excited to announce that after spending 4 years with Open Church getting the right relationships in place, now is the time to build the infrastructure needed to help Christians globally collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. Our goal for 2015 is to develop a database directory, create new resource licenses, and hire 4 team members to lead the initiative and train volunteers. To learn more, download the 2015 Vision Blueprint (PDF) or visit openchurch.com. The post Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic) appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016?

    Kent Shaffer
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2015 and 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Open Church is Hiring a Program Director

    Kent Shaffer
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    UPDATE: This position has been filled. Open Church helps Christians collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. We accomplish this in 2 ways: Manage a database directory of people, resources, & research. Increase access to the database with standardized approaches to cataloging, licensing, archiving, distributing, & technology. The Program Director’s Role Program Director is a full-time, telecommuting position responsible for the early stage implementation of Open Church’s ecosystem. Core responsibilities include: In-depth research of global Christianity.
 
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  • Hey brands, don’t delete your Twitter account when rebranding!

    djchuang
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Even though your company or organization can very quickly change its Twitter username (aka handle or ID), that doesn’t mean you should change it on your next branding campaign without some forethought. (I’ve personally encountered old dangling usernames more than a dozen times! #gasp)Yes, of course, when you change your Twitter username you would keep all your Twitter followers (in contrast to creating a new username and inviting people to follow the new account); and yes, you’d want to announce your Twitter username change, but have you thought about what happens to…
  • Multi-Asian Church Planting Bonus Session with ReGenerant

    djchuang
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Come to Tampa Florida this April 27-30 for Exponential East 2015, the biggest church planting conference I know of. I (DJ Chuang) will be there, along with Pastor Ray Chang of ReGenerant Network and 150+ speakers | 100+ workshops | 8+ tracks | thousands of church planters, plus pre-conference forums & labs. Plus, there’s a special bonus session all about Asian American church planting —EAST MEETS WEST: PLANTING WITHIN THE ASIAN AMERICAN CONTEXTIf you have a passion planting churches in the growing multiethnic and multicultural context, this bonus session is for you! We will…
  • Flickr users with the largest number of photos uploaded

    djchuang
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:44 pm
    flickr.com is one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the Internet, but it doesn’t provide a ranking of its flickr users with the most photos uploaded (yet?). I’ve found flickr to be my favorite place to find photography inspiration and where I find photos in the Creative Commons, which may be used like free stock photography depending on its licensing. Flickr users have uploaded almost 100 million photos associated with a Creative Commons license!Here’s a list of the most prolific flickr users, with the most number of photos posted (randomly sampled at time of…
  • How Older Churches Can Have a Great Future

    djchuang
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Being reborn (or born again) is the most powerful theme in the Gospel message and in the Bible, and for believers, the most powerful thing in human history. And it can be a part of a church’s history and life too.It is a normal thing for a church to have a life span of 70-80 years, even though the reality of church life cycles is not often discussed, acknowledged, and planned for. (cf. churches dying with dignity and recycling, and also see Geoff Surratt’s excellent overview of the 5 stages of church life cycle in his free eBook Measuring the Orchard; another topic…
  • Conference on Cross-Cultural Missions Controversies 3/13

    djchuang
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Consider this your special invitation to Controversies in Mission, an unusual missions networking gathering, at Biola University (La Mirada, CA) on Friday, March 13th (8:00am-4:30pm). This flyer shows the list of topics and world class presenters for this Evangelical Missiological Society SW Regional conference.There is no cost for the conference, but for planning purposes, they need to know who is coming. Call 562-903-4781 or email doug.pennoyer@biola.edu to RSVP.At this conference, global ministry people and missiologists will engage some controversial topics we often avoid,…
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  • Scary Close: My 4 Part Video Book Review of Donald Miller’s New Book

    Rhett Smith
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Back in the beginning of December, my friend Tyler Davis Jones mailed me a copy of Donald Miller’s new book Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy. Tyler picked it up at the Storyline Conference he attended. I was so thankful to get this great gift from him, and I plowed through the book in two days. Scary Close contains all the essential elements that lead to one’s personal and relational transformation, and I found it to be a powerful book that speaks to how we grow as people. And ultimately, it reflected a lot of my own journey (so it resonated deeply), and it…
  • A Gift Idea on How to Intentionally Create Presence in Your Marriage

    Rhett Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    One of the things that I became really convicted about in 2014 was my lack of being present. Present to my own life. Present to friends. Present to my kids. Present to my wife. And by present, I mean emotionally engaged and available to people in my life. Instead I found myself distracted by all kinds of things, especially my social media feed. Whether it was Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, it was easier to be engaged there because they so quickly provided the affirmation that I desired. But over the course of the year I found that technological engagement draining and I sought to really…
  • Opening a Second Office Location in Frisco!!!

    Rhett Smith
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Starting Monday, November 10, I will be practicing in both Plano and Frisco. Over the last several years my practice has experienced incredible growth, especially from people coming down to Plano from Frisco, Prosper, McKinney and Allen. In order to better accommodate the growth I thought it was necessary to open up a second location. The new location not only gives me the opportunity to do counseling in those communities, but it also allows me to partner more frequently with a lot of the counselors, organizations and churches that I do work with in the North Texas area. And because I have an…
  • Two Technology Tips That Will Transform Your Relationships

    Rhett Smith
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    I love technology. Cue Napoleon Dynamite. Technology has helped me connect to some amazing people and transformed a lot of the way that I work, write, speak, etc. But technology has also come at a cost. Many times it has left me feeling more stressed out and anxious. And it has often…unfortunately, been a hindrance and caused issue with some of my most important relationships. Often I find myself not very present with my wife or kids as I’m too busy getting a few photos taken and then uploading them to Instagram…all the while my family just wants to feel valued and…
  • Redefining Masculinity Around Relationships

    Rhett Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Last month I wrote a blog and shot a video called Two Words You Should Never Tell a Boy. The two words I was referring to are “stop crying.” It’s a message that is devastating to boys and leads to lots of other problems for them in the future. Problems that I see everyday in my counseling office with the men that I work with. I agree with Terence Real in that we need more relational heroes in our culture…which requires that young boys are taught and modeled from an early age that it is okay…more than okay…to express and talk about how you feel…rather…
 
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  • Mobilizing for Impact – A Weekend in Your City

    Eric Bryant
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Tweet Last year I have been able to help mobilize church leaders to love, serve, and influence their cities. From Toronto, Las Vegas, Kansas City, California, and Shanghai among others, I have been amazed at what God is doing among His people across the planet. Let me know if you would like for me to be a part of your efforts to raise up and mobilize your leaders, connect with your city, or coach your staff. A few openings remain in 2015! If you ever have a need for something like this, here are a couple of the weekends I have been leading for churches in the U.S., Toronto, and Shanghai:…
  • Exponential East Bonus Session: Creating the Church Out of the Culture

    Eric Bryant
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    TweetCreating the Church Out of the Culture FOR OUR BONUS SESSION SPECIAL: Use code “bethel15″ for $30 off registration + FREE pre-con @ Expo East 2015! From the Exponential website: Bethel Seminary will be hosting a BONUS session at Exponential East this year entitled: Creating a Church Out of the Culture. Led by Eric Bryant from Gateway Church in Austin and Rick Dunn of Gateway Leaders, this session will focus on discovering how to create a church out of the culture by helping a spiritually diverse group of people connect, grow, and serve. Learn more about this bonus session as…
  • Bringing Hope to Humanity #life24seven

    Eric Bryant
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    TweetAt Gateway South in Austin, we are at a defining moment. To move forward into what God has for us will require each of us trusting God more than we ever have before. We can experience the life and freedom God intends for our lives and bring that life and freedom to others. We can experience God’s loving presence and guidance all day and every day. Life 24 seven means knowing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity wherever we may be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this message, I shared on our part in moving forward into God’s better future for our campus. Watch the…
  • Our Defining Moment: This Sunday at Gateway South

    Eric Bryant
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Tweet CHECK OUT THE NEW WEBSITE!: www.life24seven.org This is our defining moment! The opportunity is right in front of us. We must ask ourselves: Are we willing to trust God and move forward? This is not about a few big gifts. This is about everyone who calls Gateway South their church home being willing to pray, sacrifice, give, and respond to what God puts on each of our hearts. As we do, we can help others experience the fullness of life 24 seven! READY TO PARTICIPATE? 1. Work through the #life24seven Next Steps. This is a powerful exercise on gratitude!2. Consider your financial…
  • asUR Residency in Austin

    Eric Bryant
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Tweet Gateway Austin has just started up a new opportunity – a one year residency in Austin for future church planters, campus pastors, and grow pastors. The asUR Residency is a 360 degree view of leadership in 365 days! From the www.gatewaychurch.com/residency website: AsUR leaders lead in churches of messy, imperfect people rising up out of the culture to become the Body of Christ where everyone can come as they are. We seek to mobilize AsUR leaders to start AsUR churches, campuses, and networks that will take people from lost to leading. What is the Residency? The AsUR Leader…
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  • The Lenten Journey: Into the Wilderness

    Chuck Warnock
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    Our services have been cancelled tomorrow — Sunday, February 22, 2015 — because of snow and ice. But, this week’s …Continue reading →
  • 5 Questions We All Ask About Healing

    Chuck Warnock
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    I preached from Mark 1:29-39, last Sunday, and chose to address the issue of healing. The 5 questions that I …Continue reading →
  • Podcast: The God In-Between

    Chuck Warnock
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Here’s the message I preached on Sunday, September 14, 2014, titled “The God In-Between.” The lectionary reading for that Sunday …Continue reading →
  • 5 Reasons to Write Books For Your Own Congregation

    Chuck Warnock
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Even though we are in the midst of a Christian publishing boom, writers often overlook their most obvious audience: their …Continue reading →
  • Podcast: It Wasn’t You, It Was God

    Chuck Warnock
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    This is the message I preached on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Taken from the lectionary reading, Genesis 45:1-15, it’s the …Continue reading →
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  • Who Doesn’t Want Success?

    Fred McKinnon
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Today’s “Verse of the Day” on the popular Bible/YouVersion app is Proverbs 16:3.   It’s one of my all-time favorite proverbs. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established”. One of my favorite translations of this verse actually says “your plans will succeed”. Who doesn’t want success?   Who really wants to waste time with futile efforts and failed plans?  Nobody that I know. This verse rings true for me in so many ways: – as a husband and father – as a worship pastor and leader – as an…
  • Reflections on Bethel Worship Night

    Fred McKinnon
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Bethel Worship Night Tour – Jacksonville, FL Let’s just say it’s been a while … A while where I was free to dive head-first into praise and worship without the responsibility of leading A while where I had an extended time to soak in an atmosphere that I was created for A while where I was the one receiving fully instead of giving And I’m here to say … “it was good”.  My soul is stirred and my spirit filled. Fresh off the 2015 Iron Man Men’s Retreat from SSCC, I traveled down to Jacksonville to participate in the Bethel Music worship…
  • New and Re-Released Music by Fred McKinnon

    Fred McKinnon
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Hey Gang, Hard to believe it’s November already.  I am excited to announce some brand new music and the re-release of some older music.  What better way than to dust off the ole’ blog and post about it. “QuietTimes” Series Re-Release Many years ago I recorded two free-flowing, instrumental albums.  “QuietTimes” Keyboard Instrumental and “QuietTimes” Volume 2 Keyboard/Sax Instrumental.   Both of these were created with the thought that they would provide continuous instrumental music that was perfect for praying, meditating, relaxing, or…
  • Can God Make Me Rich?

    Fred McKinnon
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Hello Friends, I thought I’d come up with a title that is sure to get some reaction .. “can God make me rich”? First, let me start out by saying a few of things: 1.  I realize that “wealth” and “prosperity” are extremely controversial. 2.  I realize that there is extreme poverty all around the world, including here in America, and that it falls on the righteous and the unrighteous. 3.  I realize that “riches and wealth” are subjective.  To some folks, we are quite rich.  To others, we’re poor. 4.  I realize that if you do find…
  • I’m A Sinner … or Am I?

    Fred McKinnon
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Hey Gang, One of my favorite bands right now is “All Sons & Daughters“.  I absolutely love their music, arrangements, and thought-provoking, heart-stirring lyrics. One of their songs is called “Brokenness Aside”. As a Worship Pastor, I’ve been torn about whether i should use this song in corporate (or personal) worship because of one paramount lyric that is the hook of the chorus.  That lyric simply says: “I Am A Sinner” If you’re a Christian, how do you feel about that phrase? The song is beautiful, and in context, it still ministers to…
 
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  • What is Your Easter Song?

    Kevin Kruse
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.” – Matthew 28:1-2 If you’ve listened to the Podcast, or if you know me, you know that I love Easter!  I’ve struggled in the past with Christmas and finding quality worship songs for that time of year; but that is not the case with Easter!  And it seems more than ever there is an abundance of just amazing Easter…
  • 4 Good Practices to prepare for Easter—the death of death itself

    Gangai Victor
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    It’s the resurrection that established and demonstrated once for all the identity, power and mission of Christ… that He is the Son of God that He has the power to lay down His life and rise again (John 10:18) that He will save us from sin, death and hell It’s also a massive event of hope for all humanity—that when we put our trust in Him, we will rise like Him one day, right? Okay, let’s pause here and ask a simple question: What does Easter mean to us? A get-together with family? A nice long weekend? Extra time in church? Shopping? Just another day like every other?
  • Easter Is Coming, Are You Preparing? 5 Steps To Being Ready For Easter.

    David Lindner
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:06 am
    I’m excited for Easter. But, I’m also excited about something else this month. Do you know what it is? Do you? DO YOU? March will be the first full month of articles coming to you from our contributing authors. What that means is, you will be hearing from actual worship leaders, serving in the trenches. And they will be sharing with you ideas about how they prepare. I hope you’re excited, because I AM PUMPED! And if you know me, you know that’s a big deal! I know you will find practical insight and encouragement for your worship ministry and personally as you interact…
  • WMC-0150 – Kathryn Scott Writing Songs For Corporate Worship

    David Lindner
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Kathryn Scott on Writing Songs For Corporate Worship In this episode, we had the privilege of interview Kathryn Scott. She has written many of the songs we sing in our churches today, including “Hungry” “At The Foot of the Cross” and “I Belong.” As we got the chance to talk with her for a few extra minutes, we wanted to talk on the topic of writing songs for corporate worship. We also dug into the Hungry album a little bit as well, as that was a highly influential album for many churches around the world. You’ll love what you hear!  Why don’t…
  • WMC-0149 – Kathryn Scott on Worship Leading

    David Lindner
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Kathryn Scott on Worship Leading In this episode, we had the privilege of interview Kathryn Scott. She has written many of the songs we sing in our churches today, including “Hungry” “At The Foot of the Cross” and “I Belong.” In this episode, we discuss how worship leaders need to approach choosing and preparing songs for the congregation, especially in the context of having those who don’t believe in our midst. We also discussed, handing off your worship leading, the example you set as a worship leader and leading worship as a woman. Be sure to…
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  • TruthRank: Will Truth Be Determined by Google?

    Paul Steinbrueck
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    In its quest to provide the best search results, Google wants to start factoring in the truthfulness of sites into its search rankings. But, it raises the old question Pilate once asked Jesus… What is Truth? Google writes: The quality of web sources has been traditionally evaluated using exogenous signals such as the hyperlink structure of the graph. We propose a new approach that relies on endogenous signals, namely, the correctness of factual information provided by the source. That seems to makes sense, doesn’t it? We all would prefer to see websites that have factually…
  • Ensure Your Website is Successful By Doing This (Part 2)…

    Mark Steinbrueck
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    In last week’s post, I talked about the importance of planning and gave some examples that some churches consider plans, yet are not plans but are goals. As promised in that post, today I am going to provide an example of poorly written plan and a well written plan based on the goal of having 50% of VBS registration performed online. First, let’s start with the poorly written plan: Goal: Have 50% of VBS registration performed online. Questions for which we need answers: Can we integrate online registration into the website? If not, research three 3rd party service options? Meeting…
  • Google Thing #1: Focus on the user and all else will follow

    aussiedave
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Click to share this image on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pintrest or Instagram This is a guest post by Dave Adamson in the blog series Google’s 10 Things We Know to be True. When I became the social media director at one of the largest churches in the US, I felt like a mosquito at a nudist colony – I knew what I wanted to do, but didn’t know where to start. What I wanted to do was focus on the people using our social media channels. My vision was to use social media to connect people to our church, so we could lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Now like most…
  • SEO for Wix Websites?

    Paul Steinbrueck
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Wix is a company that offers free websites with premium upgrades. According to their website, 59 million people have Wix websites, but can anyone find those websites in search engines? Many companies have rolled out online website builders designed to make building and managing your own website easier. (We here at OurChurch.com were among the first, launching our Beacon Website Builder all the way back in 1997, and now providing our NE1 Website builder with all our web hosting services.) Unfortunately, though, in an effort to simplify things, many of those web builders haven’t included…
  • Ensure Your Website is Successful By Doing This…

    Mark Steinbrueck
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    Back in December, Paul wrote about the importance of Dreaming for your organization.  Once you dream big, it is important to set goals.  So in January, I wrote about the importance of establishing goals for your website.  Without goals, you will never know if your website is successful or not. But reaching your goals will never happen if you don’t create a detailed plan on how you will reach your goals. We wrote about the importance of planning here, however, I felt like we could have been more helpful in providing insight on how to properly plan.  Too many times, I hear churches…
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  • Three Great Ways To Save On Bathroom Maintenance

    Thomas
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    These days, many homeowners are interested in whipping their bathrooms into excellent shape. One of the most important things you should do to realize this objective is invest in bathroom maintenance projects. This way, you can keep everything in working order while simultaneously ensuring that your bathroom is aesthetically appealing. In many cases, people do not invest in ongoing bathroom maintenance projects because they believe doing so will be too expensive. Yet tending to bathroom maintenance does not have to be an expensive endeavor. Here are three great ways to save on your bathroom…
  • 5 Hacks for Everyday Kitchen Items

    Thomas
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Your appliances have hidden uses If you are like most people, you probably have a kitchen cupboard full of single-use appliances that you use about once a year. You also probably can’t afford to give up any more counter space to another addition to your kitchen. Check out these hacks to see if you can get more use out of some of the kitchen gadgets that you already own. Coffee Grinder Turned Spice Mill Everyone knows that freshly-ground spices just taste better than the dried and bottled variety. If you have a coffee grinder on hand, roast your whole spices and give them a whirl. You will…
  • Spring Clean your Garden

    Thomas
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    As the days begin to grow a little longer, the promise of some sunshine (however weak) is enough to get us up and outside after a long, dark winter. Whilst the weather is still changeable, we can spend more time outdoors and get the garden in good shape for the summer. Swell UK have a broad range of pond essentials from pond filters to pruning scissors to see you and your garden through every season. February Planting can’t begin with earnest as frost is still very likely, but you can plant some bulbs and keep them in the greenhouse until the spring arrives. Think about planting lettuce and…
  • Give Your Kitchen a Minimalist Vibe with these 4 Easy Steps!

    Thomas
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Have you lost your passion for cooking? Take a quick glance at your kitchen. Sometimes, the main reason why you are not too interested about making your own dishes is that your kitchen is disheveled and messy. If your knives and other kitchen utensils are not properly organized in one shelf, you will spend more time in looking for them rather than actually using these tools.  Depending on the size and the state of your cooking area, you might need a lot of time to clean and organize it. However, all your efforts won’t go to waste. Once your kitchen is tidy, you can surely enjoy preparing…
  • Cleaning your rugs and carpets

    Thomas
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:23 pm
    New York is a demanding town. It’s the nation’s premier cultural environment. It’s the largest city in our nation and, in many ways, still its most prestigious. While Los Angeles is known for its glitz and tinsel, and Las Vegas for its razzle and dazzle, New York is known as the dwelling place of our nation’s most sophisticated and hard to please cultural critics. And their critical skills don’t shut down when the curtain falls for the night on Broadway. New York is the nation’s premier center of fashion, and this very much includes even the decor in their…
 
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 5 Examples of Leading Outside the Norm

    Ron Edmondson
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Leadership is so much different today than when I first started leading over 30 years ago. To lead today we must learn to think outside the once considered normal lines of leadership. Much has been written about the informal aspects of leadership being as important as the formal aspects of leadership. In addition to a set of systems and structures — for a leader to be successful today — leaders must engage a team. We must build team spirit. Energize. Motivate. Engage. Even sympathize. Those have always been important, but these days they may trump some of our policies and…
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh

    Ron Edmondson
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    I’m not good with art, but if you were sitting in my office, I would attempt to draw this diagram on my dry erase board. I hope you can get past the crude drawing to get to the intended meaning, because it really is important to understand in shaping a marriage. Taken from Ephesians 5:21-33, I believe this is the model of a healthy marriage that God is attempting to build. It is by design that two unique and imperfect people are called to become one. To accomplish that task, two things must occur. First, as indicated with the upper left and right triangles, each spouse must get rid of the…
  • 10 Problems with Doing the Best You Know How To Do

    Ron Edmondson
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Years ago in a company I owned, there was a young man who worked for me who had tremendous potential. I believed in him so much that I personally invested in him and paid special attention to him. I thought his future with our company was worth the extra time. Sadly, he never measured up to my expectations and we ended up having to part ways. Every time I would meet with him to “encourage” him, he would say the same thing. “I’m doing the best I know how to do.” I have come to realize over the years that this response was actually his primary problem. He was doing the best he KNEW…
  • Join Me At Exponential 2015

    Ron Edmondson
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    I hope you’ll join me at Exponential conference, where I’ll be teaching on church revitalization. Honestly, this is one of the most “hands-on” conference experiences of which I’ve ever been a part. The speakers are practitioners. We learn from you. And, there’s lots of time for great networking. Join me! Go to the site HERE and register as well as pick up a free e-book. It’s going to be a Kingdom-building blast. The post Join Me At Exponential 2015 appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Join the Grace 10in10 Challenge Exponential: Stories of…
  • 12 Tips to Run Your First Long-Distance Race

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    I am a runner. Running is some of the best thinking and down time I have in my life. It’s the one time where I’m the most removed from all the pressures of the world and able to clear my mind and concentrate. As a leader, I’ve found it to be a huge part in my leadership development. I think when I run. Just to give you a point of reference — a good week for me would be to run about 30-40 miles total. My favorite distance is about 5 to 7 miles. I run at a moderate pace — somewhere between 9 and 9:30 minute miles. I have completed 1 full marathon and more half…
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • 6 Characteristics of the Best Church Leaders: Are You One?

    William Vanderbloemen
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Leaders of successful churches are tempted to stop working on themselves, but when the pastor doesn’t grow, the people don’t grow.” – Dr. John Maxwell Leadership is hard and often ugly. It has its growing pains, and church leadership is no exception. In our service at Vanderbloemen Search Group helping church leaders build and maximize their teams, we have found that the best church leaders are always looking for ways they can develop as a leader and follower of Christ. Staying stagnant is easy. Great church leaders don’t choose what is easy; they choose what is best for…
  • Fairness Is Overrated: An Interview With Tim Stevens

    Tony Morgan
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week, we connected with Tim Stevens to talk about his new book, Fairness Is Overrated: TONY: What inspired you to write Fairness Is Overrated? TIM: Leadership is really hard. I’ve watched leaders struggle as I spent 9 years in a para-church organization, then 20 years leading a church, and now as I’m working at the Vanderbloemen Search Group. It’s the same everywhere you look—and I wanted to write a down-to-earth, extremely practical, highly tangible guidebook for leaders who are in the middle of challenging situations everyday, whether they are a pastor, department director, CEO…
  • Should Your Church Go Multisite And Other Top Posts From February

    Tony Morgan
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    9 Current Multisite Trends for 2015 Thursday Is The New Sunday How To Lead A Senior Leadership Team That Works 3 Ways Any Team Can Start Leading Like A Megachurch The Infallible Word of God? Millennials Are Not Just Taking Your Word For It 10 Ways To Connect With Young Adults Besides Changing The Music 10 Keys To Predictable Success Why Are 50% of Church Staff Teams Unhealthy? Should Your Church Go Multisite? Show Me The Money: The Difference Between Wise and Foolish Budgeting The post Should Your Church Go Multisite And Other Top Posts From February appeared first on TonyMorganLive.com.
  • Don’t Be a Lone Ranger Pastor

    Tiffany Deluccia
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    In case you’ve been on the fence about whether or not a leadership coaching network is for you, we wanted to give you some candid thoughts from fellow pastors who decided to join ours in the past. Both of these pastors emphasized the value of experiencing leadership growth with a group of like-minded people. The job of pastor is often a lonely one. We get that. You’ll grow most as a leader in community, with encouragement and accountability. We know that kind of environment isn’t for everyone. But it just might be for you. Here are some reasons Pastor Duane and Pastor…
  • Dealing With Team Tension? Develop Your Systems.

    Ryan Stigile
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do your team members ever struggle to work together? Many church staffs suffer from an unhealthy tension that is actively creating distance among their team members. As individuals disagree on how their team should be operating, their commitments to each other deteriorate over time. The typical response to relational tension is to bring everyone together to talk through their differences. While that approach is often great, it doesn’t always generate a long-term solution. Many times, a similar problem rises again in the future only to recreate the same tension. In those recurring…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Breaking Up with Nashville?

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s kinda crazy. After a year in Nashville, we weren’t sure if it was the place for us to start a family and raise kids…so we began exploring a few ideas. One of these ideas was a casting call for young couples who were thinking of “breaking up” with their city. We applied as a joke, not realizing it was a real reality show on FYI, a station under A&E. After a ton of Skype calls, cameras showed up to our house in Nashville and we began the process of finding our next home. We filmed for a few weeks, really…long…days. How they managed to make this…
  • Look What God Did

    Anne Marie Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Dear 25 year old Anne, It’s me. Anne. Today you…me…we…? turn 35. Holy Moses, has it been a decade? I wanted to tell you four words: “Look what God did.” 25 year old Anne, 2005 was the year you landed in the hospital so stressed out and so hurt from working at a church. You were 40 pounds overweight, working 90 hours a week, and glued to people-pleasing. You thought doing things for God was the same thing as being with Him. But it wasn’t. And over the next two years, as you resigned from that church and healed, you wrote about your journey. You helped…
  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

    Anne Marie Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    I know what the statistics say about the future of the evangelical American church. Our buildings are bigger, our lights are brighter, our programs are sleeker, our preachers are teaching, our pastors are shepherding and yet people are leaving out of the church in droves–especially my age (almost 35) and younger. Some are leaving for good. God, the Church, religion…it’s just not part of our core anymore. Some leave and plant other churches. We’re more entrepreneurial than ever so when we see something, in our opinion, that needs to be improved on, we know how to run a…
  • Managing Anxiety and Making Friends

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The fine folks at Christianity Today had me write a little bit about the challenges of community when you’re struggling with mental illness (or when you love someone who has a mental illness). Enjoy! With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential. I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate. What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept pounding and my head kept spinning, and I…
  • Happy New Year!

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy New Year from the icy plains of west Texas. Tim and I are almost back to Lubbock after a few extra days of adventurous travel. The new manuscript is due in two weeks and wow-it has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back online in a couple more weeks after that next book is turned in! Much love-Anne The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
 
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    Pomomusings

  • Bromleigh McCleneghan on Pastoral Identity: Professional Christian

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Professional Christian I’m getting ready to leave my job. I’ve served this congregation for close to three years, but a call came to another place, a call that is exciting and marvelous and closer to home, and so after baby number three is born in May, I’ll be saying good-bye, and starting somewhere new. The first time I left one church and started somewhere new, six years ago now, the transition was paralyzing, and sermon…
  • John Vest on Pastoral Identity: God’s Big Picture

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. God’s Big Picture When Adam asked me to be a part of this blog series on pastoral identity, I knew that my post would come about a month after announcing to my congregation that I will be leaving in a few months to accept a four-year appointment as a visiting seminary professor. In the midst of this transition, pastoral identity is certainly on my mind. When I was first approached to consider applying for this seminary job…
  • A New Chapter

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Just yesterday, I announced to Winnetka Presbyterian Church that my call as their Designated Associate Pastor will conclude at the end of my two-year term (which is the end of July). This is not the timeline we had planned, but I believe it is a faithful response to whatever it is that God has in store for me next. It’s not a decision made lightly – especially since I don’t know what I’ll be doing after July 31, 2015. Sarah is now the Acting Associate Pastor at the Winnetka Congregational Church, so we are planning on staying in the area. But the Presbytery of Chicago…
  • Jess Hauser-Brydon on Pastoral Identity

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. What to do when the call doesn’t come? Imagine with me, it is graduation day. You worked for 3 (maybe 4, maybe more) long years wrestling with ancient texts, crafting papers and sermons, and studying and shadowing those already in the field of pastoral ministry. You have been screened, tested, and evaluated. You were found “ready” and have a freshly inked diploma and multiple forms and documents to prove it. You wonder if…
  • Tony Hoshaw on Pastoral Identity: Beyond Pastoral Identity

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. ‘Pastoral identity’ and the institutional Church (capital C) are one and the same problem. Why problem? The images below represent what comes to mind when I think about the relation of desire to the C/church. Interpreting the following images may help us understand what is problematic about both pastoral identity and the Church. The square constitutes ‘the world.’ The circles (thin lines) represent various modes of life,…
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  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
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    Pete Wilson

  • Why You and I Have Such A Hard Time With Intimacy

    Pete Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Intimacy in our relationships is found when we are able to strip back the personality we’ve created to cover the shame of our past. And as we move forward in our relationships, we constantly have to work on trying to show people a little bit more of our real self that we’ve buried underneath our shame.
 
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • What Is My Next Step?

    web@newspring.cc
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    One of the things I love about Jesus is that He did not arrive on the planet barking commands but rather issued an invitation ("follow me") - an invitation into something that is immeasurably more than all we could ever ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).   The invitation is available and the invitation is awesome...but the invitation is not always easy. For some we will have to START doing some things, for others it may require us to STOP doing some things.   What I can tell you from personal experience is that taking your next step may not always be the easy…
  • Step Away From The Brownie Batter

    web@newspring.cc
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
  • 10 Reasons You’ve GOT To Come To The 90’s Series At NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    #1 - If your first crush was on Kelly Kapowski, Slater, JTT or the girls on Baywatch!   #2 - If the song "Who Let The Dogs Out" has ever been stuck in your head.   #3 - If you can remember transitioning from cassette tapes to CD's.   #4 - If you used AOL instant messenger.    #5 - If you know how to do The Macarena or The Boot Skoot Boogie!   #6 - If you ever wore carpenter jeans, mock turtleneck sweaters or overalls with one strap down!   #7 - If you had a pager!   #8 - If you can still rap every word to "Ice Ice Baby!"   #9 - If you saw…
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

    web@newspring.cc
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Ever feel like you take one step forward, then take two steps back?   You feel like the relationship is improving--then the BLOW UP happens.   You feel like the job is getting better--then you make the mistake.   You feel like the kids are doing great--then the teacher calls.   You feel really close to God--and then one day, all of a sudden, for no reason you feel like He is a million miles away.   And...in those times, in those moments we ask the question that has crossed everyone's mind... "Why even try?"   I get it, I've asked the question before as…
  • Sometimes

    web@newspring.cc
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sometimes I don't feel very godly.   Sometimes I don't want to follow Jesus.   Sometimes I think about giving up.   Sometimes I allow bad thoughts to linger in my mind way too long.   Sometimes I feel alone and unimportant.   BUT... Jesus is with me ALL OF THE TIME.   He meets me in my doubts.   He reminds me that He is with me.   He strengthens me so I won't give up.   He shows me brand new mercies every morning. And He reminds me that He really is greater than any "sometimes" I will ever experience.  
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  • LTYM: The Importance Of Building Relationships

    Aaron Crumbey
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Super thankful for those who serve in youth ministry!!! We had a special guest join us this week. His name is Steve Adams and he is our children’s pastor at Saddleback Church. We discuss the importance of building relationships. Subscribe here!! Remember if you have a question you can send it to talkyouthministry@gmail.com. We are also […]
  • Ministry Lessons in #TheDress Epidemic

    Leneita Fix
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
        I hadn’t been online all day on Thursday. Then around 10:00  p.m., I pull out my phone and hit “The Facebook” for some down time. At first I was confused as a friend’s post read, “I think it’s white and gold but my kids insist it’s blue and black.” I had no idea […]
  • Facebook Flagging Suicidal Threats…

    Brandon Early
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Facebook is taking a leap into suicide prevention by introducing some new tools in its ecosystem. While you can report what you think is suicidal content here, this week Facebook will be rolling out an option inside of our post that lets viewers click “Report Post” on any post that seems dangerous or self harming.  When the person who was “reported” logs […]
  • Teens Provide Hope During Tragedy

    Nikki Piner
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    YOUR STUDENTS CAN LEAVE A LASTING IMPACT Sometimes the unexpected can happen. It can be hard to know how you’ll respond to a tragedy. At a Workcamp last summer, a crew of teenagers and adults were two hours into building a wheelchair ramp for a West Virginian resident when the unimaginable happened. The resident of […]
  • Endless Loop: Your Favorite Music Forever

    Brandon Early
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Infinite Jukebox makes your favorite song last forever, literally. When I find a song I like, I can be guilty of hitting repeat on my office stereo and letting it play in the background all day. With Infinite Jukebox I can hear one song with zero pauses for as long as I want. If you thought The Allman Brothers […]
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    Eugene Cho

  • The Drop Box film. Why it’s complicated, why it matters, and why you should watch it.

    Eugene Cho
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    It’s true. The topics of orphan care and adoption are incredibly complex. Anyone that says otherwise are naive or selling something. It’s complicated on their own and even more complicated in the same sentence. And even more complicated when you engage it on local, national, and international level. They might be undergirded by certain same principles but they can (and should) look different on the ground. There’s no one simple, generic solution. And whenever solutions are presented, eventually – surely enough – loopholes are found to be exploited or…
  • There will come a time to hope but for now, we mourn. We lament.

    Eugene Cho
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    “…Mourn with those who mourn.” [Romans 12:15] This picture. Wailing. Crying. Disbelief. Incredulity. Oh no, not again. Just utter pain. Deep lament. It hurts to just stare at this photo and even more so, to imagine the shrieks and intensity of this father’s deep scream. For a moment, put aside your views, your “I told you so” comments, or your aspirations to be a political commentator. For us – especially as Christians – if our Black brothers and sisters in Christ are hurting …If they are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ; And if we are truly…
  • In prison or in freedom, the good news is that God has not abandoned us. Christ is with us…

    Eugene Cho
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Over two years ago on November 3, 2012, we heard about Kenneth Bae’s arrest in North Korea. Over a year ago on August 10, 2013, we held a special prayer vigil for Kenneth Bae and his family. Two weeks ago, we marked his two-year anniversary in North Korea and prayed for his liberation from captivity. His sister, Terri, shared some specific prayer requests and conveyed that it would take a miracle. Last Sunday, we celebrated the news of his freedom and safe arrival in Seattle to be reunited with his family. There’s something special about family reunions. Today, we had the joy of…
  • Pray for the people of North Korea. Lord, may your light shine forth.

    Eugene Cho
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’m sitting in front of my computer and I’m crying. And I can’t stop. There’s a tidal wave of emotions. As a follower of Jesus, I’m ecstatic over Kenneth Bae’s release from jail. Many will know that he was detained in North Korea not because he was trying to topple its government but because of his faith in Christ and his love for the people of North Korea. And while many question the wisdom of going to a country like North Korea, I know that following Christ will sometimes lead us to places that might be irrational to many – even to the Church. As a…
  • Two years. 730 days and counting. It’s time to release Kenneth Bae. #BringBaeBack

    Eugene Cho
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This is a deeply personal post and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share the video above. While I have never met Kenneth Bae personally, his sister and family attend the church I lead, Quest Church. He is an American citizen. He is also a son, a father, a husband, a brother…and also a follower of Christ. I do not know him personally but I consider him a brother-in-Christ. Yes, he is a missionary although he was not directly doing ‘missions’ work in North Korea but he was captured on November 3, 2012. If you do the quick math, today marks 2 years. That’s…
 
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  • Welcome to Macintosh.fm

    John
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    A sweet new podcast (really, really well done) that I sponsored via Desk App. The post Welcome to Macintosh.fm appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Leader-ish

    John
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    via Dilbert Leadership is hard, it’s complex, and it’s nuanced. There isn’t one-size-fits-all leadership style out there and so the goal, therefore, is to find the model and style that works best for you. The principles are almost always the same – those things aren’t up for grabs. It’s the practice and the manifestation of leadership is what separates the good ones from the ones that have to use sticks, to poke and to prod to get stuff done (or cast magic spells). There is something redeeming in the Pointy Haired Boss attempt here… and it is the fact…
  • “Full Dad Mode”

    John
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Lol. This. Well done Curt, well done. The post “Full Dad Mode” appeared first on John Saddington.
  • The 4th “In”

    John
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    There are three core fundamentals to the Christian faith and they have often been called the “In’s”: The Inspiration of Scripture The Infallibility of Scripture The Inerrancy of Scripture In gist (and I’ll really try to keep it as a “gist”) the first one deals with the origin of content found in the Christian Bible (hint, hint: It’s from God, Himself), the second deals with Scripture’s inability to fail (e.g. it has infinite endurance), and the last one deals with the reliability of what has been written. The difficult thing about these three…
  • Writing It Out

    John
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Have you ever just written out your fears? Have you ever sat down and written out your anxieties? I did this with my oldest daughter recently on a set of stars (thx Buckhead Church for the “trust” activity!) and I listed out a few things that came top-of-mind: My family’s health My job Am I doing a good job as a dad She listed out a few, including: Heights When I’m sick and I have nightmares Soccer The moment I wrote them out I felt better about them. Powerful. Such a simple activity, right? I sat down and talked with Roenne about hers and we had an incredibly healthy…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 2

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    This is second episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Stephanie Caro and our topic is Youth Workers Getting Fired. from the description: This Week in … Continue reading →
  • The End of An Era

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    My contract with ChurchLeaders.com is ending. Five years ago when Crossroads had to make some painful budget cuts and had to reduce my position in Student Ministry to part-time status, I was seeking supplemental income to keep food on the table. … Continue reading →
  • 5 Types of Conference Goers

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    People go to conferences for a variety of reasons: Some go to be inspired while others join to network, play, learn, or to simply have fun. In my experience there are several types of conference goers that I always run in … Continue reading →
  • This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast: Episode 1

    Terrace Crawford
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    This is the Premiere episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Mark Oestreicher and our topic is Modern Youth Culture. from the description: This Week in … Continue reading →
  • 20 Odd Lent Ideas

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    My friends at Youth Specialties recently shared 20 Odd Lent Ideas for Your Students. The idea of giving up something for Lent might be intimidating for some, so here are some not-so-typical ideas you can use as a conversation starter … Continue reading →
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    TheWorshipCommunity.Com

  • WorshipMob – Carry The Fire

    Editor
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    What happens when there’s no agenda, no ego, no limits and no expectations? When a disparate bunch of burned-out singers and musicians whose souls are sucked bone-dry by week-in, week-out service simply show up for no other reason but to see what God has up His sleeve? Sure, there’s talent in the room, and plenty of it. But there’s something so healing about laying down the individual to become part of a mob. WorshipMob began in Colorado Springs, CO, in 2011 for the sole purpose of ministering to worship leaders, empowering them to minister to each other and experience worship together…
  • Join Us On Facebook

    Editor
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    We’d love to invite you to like us on Facebook. There’s plenty of opportunity to interact here via our forums and in the comments on our articles, but we also love when discussion happens in our other social media venues like Facebook and twitter! If you’d love to share a Setlist or ask a worship leading question or even ask for song suggestions, Facebook is a great place to do it! See you on Facebook! Related posts: FaceBook Integration for TWC Interview: Join In The Sound With Brothers McClurg + Music Video TWC Facebook Page
  • Sunday Setlists #345

    Editor
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, March 1, 2015!! Welcome to the 345th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate: 1.
  • Leading Worship Is More Than Just Singing – Creative Ways To Lead Visually

    Editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    Leading worship is so much more than just standing in front and singing. Sometimes our very countenance can help lead folks in worship. Other times our joy expressed through a smile or even a little movement can help set the tone for the time of musical worship. Laura Blankenship offers a few creative ways that she encourages her team to lead worship (beyond just singing words!). A few months ago, I found myself perusing the various worship videos on YouTube. I watched video after video from Fellowship Church to Jesus Culture and you know what I saw? Excited and engaged worshipers. Their…
  • Reflections on Bethel Worship Night (Live)

    Editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    Let’s just say it’s been a while … A while where I was free to dive head-first into praise and worship without the responsibility of leading A while where I had an extended time to soak in an atmosphere that I was created for A while where I was the one receiving fully instead of giving And I’m here to say … “it was good.” My soul is stirred and my spirit filled. Fresh off the 2015 Iron Man Men’s Retreat from SSCC, I traveled down to Jacksonville to participate in the Bethel Music Worship Night tour. Honestly, I was tired and although I was expectant, there was a part of me…
 
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    Blog - Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog

  • Ministry, the Trailing Spouse and Seasons in Life

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    I was introduced to new terminology—trailing spouse. This is the marriage partner that is uprooted from his or her job when their spouse moves for work. They are the individuals whose job or career is secondary to the other’s and willingly break what in some cases may be very rewarding work and relationships. I have worked as a full-time ministry professional for many years as my wife has moved away from good jobs and potential advancement opportunities. The sacrifice for a ministry wife is not just in the disruption of career path, but the perks of the relationships that go along…
  • Sacramental Breakfast: Memories of breakfast with Dad

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Memories flood at times when a scent arises–catching you off guard. Bacon does this for me. The sacramental experience of our dad’s Saturday breakfast event unfolds for me. With five boys eager as chicks in a nest to feed, our dad would make from scratch his waffles or pancakes, mountain-piled plates of bacon, and potatoes. At times, he even made his own recipe of brown-sugar syrup. The bacon-fat haze in the house was a welcome sight after delivering the local San Jose Mercury newspapers earlier that morning.Added to bacon were eggs cooked open-faced or over-easy. Imagine tall glasses of…
  • Has Christmas Become a War on Advent?

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:55 pm
    There has been a lot of dialog in the Evangelical world in recent years about a war on Christmas. The cry was to say “Merry Christmas” in defiance to something like “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.” Regardless of the words we use, the war on Christmas is fed from law suits to remove civic-sponsored Nativity Scenes and school prohibitions about mentioning the Jesus of Christmas. However problematic the external forces of our society press against a Christ-centered Christmas, it may be our in-house disregard of Advent that sets us back. Could our fight for Christmas be a…
  • CD Review: Smalltown Poets - Christmas Time Again

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Artist: Small Town PoetsAlbum: Christmas Time Again - iTunes/AmazonReleased: 11/25/2014Label: IndieStandout Songs: "This Day In Bethlehem" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"Score: 20/25The twice Grammy-nominated Small Town Poets are a Georgia based alternative rock group. This is their second Christmas release and the quality and musicianship still shines on this their seventh studio recording. The blend of pop/rock hooks, original songs, and ancient Christmas carols offers a surprisingly cohesive project. Christmas Time Again is something that will not annoy the holiday cynic while…
  • Happy Thanksgiving: 2014

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    I wanted to write a simple note and simply say thank you to my family, friends and fellow sojourners. Blogging for over nine years brought me encounters with many of you who might have never met. These have proven to be life-changing. My thinking has been challenged and my soul enriched by meaningful conversations and personal encounters. Imagine a pub where good friends hang out and discuss important ideas. This is how the journey has proven to unfold for me here on RKblog.com.However important all of you have been, my family is my greatest treasure. Anything I might have to offer you has…
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    Ministry Best Practices

  • 7 Simple Ways You Can Stop Hiding And Start Building Others Up

    Bill Reichart
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guest contributor Bryan Stoudt:There it was, in plain sight. Another candy wrapper. Well, not quite in plain sight. It was ‘hidden’ behind one of my kids’ pillows, but let’s just say this was not the work of a master thief.When I asked her about it, the denials were prolific and amazingly creative. I found myself getting annoyed and self-righteous. The truth is, though, that I am just like her. And you are, too. In reality we’re all a mess. We just don’t want anyone else to know about it.The Tremendous Power Of Confession And VulnerabilityThe cost of our cover-up is incredibly…
  • Eight Steps For Training Disciples

    Bill Reichart
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Robert Coleman’s eloquent and succinct The Master Plan of Evangelism essentially took apart Jesus’ life and put it back together again, identifying eight steps Jesus used to make and to equip disciples. Let’s look at a summary of those steps.1. Selection — people were his method. Jesus believed that people should reach other people. He could have used an exclusive barrage of miracles, or he could have brought everything to conclusion while on earth. Instead he chose common men and women like us to reach the world. This demonstrates not only his love for us, but also his confidence in…
  • Best Twitter Posts From The Past Week

    Bill Reichart
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Here are the most popular Twitter posts from the past week. Don't forget you can get more helpful, engaging, inspiring and fun content by joining Ministry Best Practices' social media communities on Twitter and Facebook.Twitter - @BestMinistry Facebook - MinistryBestPractices And of course don't forget to subscribe to Ministry Best Practices via email to get your daily dose of actionable and awesome content delivered daily right to your inbox.9 Surefire Ways to Make Your Church Completely Ineffective http://t.co/JsMxNmKMKc pic.twitter.com/uwj51Nk8Yn— MBP (@BestMinistry) February…
  • Link Love Thursday

    Bill Reichart
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    These are some good reads from the interwebs, we want to share them with you, please check these out:6 Core Skills Of A Leader Who Develops Talent by Dan RockwellJohn Frame: 12 Questions To Ask When Viewing A Film by Justin TaylorThe Secret To Overcoming Procrastination: It's Not About Willpower by Cheryl EddyRise & Shine: The Morning Rituals Of Our Great Creative Minds by Taylor Pipes3 Reasons Why Reading The Bible Feels Like A Chore by Aaron ArmstrongNo Grey Area by Kevin DeYoungBrian Williams And The Tragedy Of The Male Ego by Rick Phillips
  • Has Parenting Become America's Religion?

    Bill Reichart
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    from Tim Elmore:I just finished speaking at a school, where I did an event for students, faculty, parents and community leaders. It was refreshing to talk to such engaging audiences, both adults and kids. After my parent workshop, one mom approached me with a comment that stopped me in my tracks. She said, “Don’t you think part of our problem today in America is that parenting has become a religion?”Wow. Her remark made me pause to think.I think I agree. Let me tell you why.We’ve all seen the signs of this emerging “religion” over the last thirty years:Baby On Board Signs on the…
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    Klampert | Rambling from a klampert

  • Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    Joel Klampert
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    Book Review- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by: Marie Kondo I would normally consider myself a professional organizer who’s lack of consistency with it gives the perception that I am not. I love the idea of a clean home and we clean our house every week. There does seem to be a difference between the IDEA of a clean home and an ACTUAL clean home. We have four kids who all have different levels of a hoarders mentality. If they say that was inherited from myself or my wife, we will deny that to the grave! The reality is that every…
  • Movie reviews: Kingsman, The Imitation game, Jupiter Ascending

    Joel Klampert
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    In the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to sit in a theater to watch 3 different films… Here are my reviews of each: KINGSMAN: SECRET SERVICE: I was invited to see this flick by a buddy of mine and I went in blind because I had not even seen a trailer of it before walking into the theater. It was rated R and I expected some violence and language, but what I didn’t expect was the preview trailer before the film. On the screen came the preview of the movie “unfinished business” and I was subject to non stop cursing from the start and it ended with a full nudity…
  • Lent: Surrender Control to the Lord

    Joel Klampert
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Lenten season began last week. Lent leads up to Easter in a similar way that Advent leads to Christmas only with a different perspective. The idea around advent is an Expectation of the coming of Jesus on Christmas day. Lent however is a time of self-assessment and surrender to prepare our hearts for the death and resurrection of the King of Kings There is a reason why Lent begins with ash Wednesday. The ashes that are put on a persons head are a symbolic representation of mourning our sin, a reminder of our mortality, and is usually in the shape of a cross showing we are marked by jesus…
  • Instead of Seeing 50 Shades of Grey, She stayed home with her husband and YOU KNOW what happened next!

    Joel Klampert
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    There are 5 million posts on 50 shades of grey coming out with people who are for it and others who are against it. When the trailer came out I wrote a post all about my concerns. Over the time period between the trailer release and maybe a month ago there just didn’t seem to be too much media on it encroaching on my space. Then February began and I could not watch tv without seeing the commercial. Everybody on the planet wrote a blog post on it. Every commercial on hulu had an advertisement and every late night host wanted to chat with the actors. I didn’t necessarily want to…
  • How can self-denial lead to flourishing?

    Joel Klampert
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Julie Rodgers speaks about homosexuality, the Christian faith, celibacy and community. Her Message is about intimacy and sharing each others burdens. I have many friends caught in the “in-between” of this discussion. Many friends in ministry who are scouring the word for answers on how to reconcile things that were so black and white in the church, but now seem to be gray. I love what Julie says here. This is a great speech.
 
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    Christian Personal Finance

  • Christian View of Life Insurance: A Lack of Faith?

    Jay Peroni
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Would you fly in a single-engine plane without a parachute? Would you go whitewater rafting without a life preserver? Would you travel the desert without a canteen? If not, would that show a lack of faith in God? You may say that’s absurd, but many people consider insurance a lack of faith. Many people choose self-insurance or go without insurance while others take on too much insurance. During downtimes, insurance can be a financial lifesaver. But is it wise and godly to protect against illness, death, accident, or theft? Many Christians refuse insurance simply because they argue that it…
  • LYFT $1,000 New Driver Sign-On Bonus

    Bob
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    One of our most popular articles over the years has been our 35 ways to make money article.  I am regularly updating it as I find more opportunities and recently I tried out Lyft and also wrote a review about it. To explain quickly, Lyft is an social ride-sharing program that allows you to get paid up to $35/hr for giving people rides with your car. As a driver, you get notified via a smartphone app when someone needs a ride and then you just go over and pick them up and take them to their destination.  Driver’s have complete control over when they choose to offer rides.  For more…
  • Why God’s way takes longer

    Bob
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    It is kind of like becoming a tree I was staring at a tree the other day just day-dreaming and kind of worrying about how long it was taking to get answers to prayer for a few issues in my life. I was reminded of… Psalm 1:1-3 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever…
  • The Problem With Tithing Your Time

    Joe
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Christians seem to thrive on debating the topic of tithing, squaring off on such issues as if tithing is a New Testament teaching, if people should tithe while paying off debt, or if people can’t afford to tithe money, is tithing their time a good substitute? I believe these discussions are healthy. Open-minded debates where contestants seek truth and leave their egos in their hip pockets should help us all sharpen each other, “as iron sharpens iron.” (see Proverbs 27:17) It is with this attitude that I want to discourage the concept of tithing time. The argument I hear…
  • 5 Things To Do When Asking For A Raise

    Kevin
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Up until a few years ago, pay raises in nearly any industry were almost automatic. At a minimum, they were considered to be a recognition of the increase in the cost of living – an adjustment necessary to keep employees at least even with what they’d been paid in the past. With many businesses and institutions now struggling to survive, the automatic pay raise has become a thing of the past for many employees. You may deserve a raise, but asking for one – that can sometimes get complicated. If you feel you deserve a raise, there are a few steps you can take that will increase the…
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Church Snapchat Guidelines

    Katie Allred
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Snapchat has been popular for the past year. It’s mostly popular with teenagers whose parents don’t understand it and aren’t on it, but the user base has been growing (actually they have about 200 million users). Our team created a Snapchat account around a year ago, but didn’t do anything with it because we figured no one would follow us and it seemed like a lot of work without a lot of return to send all of our “friends” snaps. But then Snapchat created the “My Story” feature. This made sharing with everyone easier and more accessible.
  • Ultron and the Creature/Creator Relationship

    Phil Schneider
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you a creator? Do you write, draw, paint? Do you craft stories or crochet? Do you sculpt in marble or in marble rye? (Sandwich artists, anyone?) I assume that you’ve said ‘yes’ to at least one of those because you were made in the image of God, the consummate, quintessential, original Creator. He made us to be creators, like Him, though not on the same scale. Of course, we rebelled against our Creator and messed everything up, including, especially, the Creator/creature relationship between God and us. If I could digress for a minute, I’d like to take you inside a…
  • Unleash the Writer Within You Write Away

    Rachel Blom
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Some things in life require talent. Singing for instance, though watching some auditions not everybody agrees with me on that one. Competitive sports for sure, or playing an instrument well. But there are also things that can be taught. Like writing. Improving your writing skills is not dependent on talent. It helps of course if you have an innate sense of language, but it’s not a requirement for writing success. To unleash the writer within you, all you need is motivation, discipline, and some practical help. The Power of Writing Writing can be a powerful tool in your life. Words can…
  • Top 5 Web Trends of 2015 [Infographic]

    Jeremy Smith
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Church websites are coming a long way and with the help of a great guide by Jonathan Malm on Rethinking Your Church Website Strategy, your ministry has a great chance of creating something amazing for your digital audience. But 2015 has some challenges that have to be overcome to keep up with the competition and stay relevant online. Here are some of what I believe are the most important stats online: Americans spend 2.5 hours/day on mobile devices and 57% of people will not recommend someone if the website looks bad on a mobile device. Take note churches. 90% of the information for anything…
  • How I Work: Chess Hoyle

    Chess Hoyle
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m a visual learner.  While I can stumble my way through learning something new on my own, I learn best by watching others work and figuring out why they do things the way they do.  In that spirit, we at ChurchMag thought it would be a good idea to let you peer into the work habits of some of our writers with the hope that you’ll pick up some new ways to get things done. My Philosophy I’m a Production Designer for the student ministry at my church.  Things are always busy, and as one of my rather brilliant coworkers likes to say, “I find that Sundays come around…
 
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    Brian Barela's Blog: Catalyze Change

  • How Trust is Built & Maintained

    Brian Barela
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Trust is built and maintained with these four traits: Common ground (we have similar values and objectives) Predictability (I can predict your behavior) Consideration (you will take my needs into consideration before you act) Forewarning (you will tell me before you act in a way that is not in my interests) via Gretchen Pisano 
  • Sleep is More Important Than Coffee … Seriously

    Brian Barela
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    The more caffeinated you are, the more easily you can succumb to instinctive responses, which prevent you from rising above, setting boundaries, and thinking rationally. Sleep is vital for solving problems creatively and seems to improve emotional control. “You need to be at your best to deal with these people successfully and it’s hard to do that if you don’t get a good night’s sleep or take in too much caffeine,” he said. via The Globe and Mail 
  • The Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical Processes

    Brian Barela
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    “Vertical processes deal with allocating funds and talent via budgeting and planning. Horizontal processes are designed around workflow and are carried out through lateral relationships between departments.” via Strategyzer 
  • Disruption Visualized

    Brian Barela
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    The old ways of working are literally not working …   via Percolate
  • Digital Application Prototyping Starts with Paper

    Brian Barela
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    We start designing on paper for a number of reasons: • It’s faster. • Everyone can contribute (not just designers). • Nobody gets too attached to the ideas that are generated because they’re so quick and rough. We purposefully use thick markers to make sure nothing gets too precious. • Did I mention it’s faster?   HT @ Fast Co 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • A Silly Song to Make You Laugh

    Mark Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    I wrote this goofy little song about getting a shot at the doctor's office many years ago -- and recorded it in a brief moment of insanity.  I hope you laugh.  Laughter is the best medicine, after all.http://revitalizeyourchurch.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-doctors-office-song.html
  • The Doctor's Office Song

    Mark Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
  • Today is a Brand New Day -- Don't Waste It

    Mark Wilson
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today is a brand new day – a delightful opportunity to begin again. I will not be held hostage by yesterday’s pain. If my heart remains open, and my spirit is right, yesterday’s pain becomes today’s gain. I will grow into a better person through the sufferings.Today is a brand new day – and it needs to stand on it’s own.I will not allow myself to be seduced by yesterday’s success, nor frustrated by yesterday’s failures. I shall fulfill my duty this day, and never look backwards for an excuse.Today is a brand new day – and it’s the only one I have.I refuse to let…
  • 25 Self Reflection Questions

    Mark Wilson
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    1. What is the "hub" of your life? (The central theme)2. If someone were to look at your calendar and checkbook, what would they discover about your priorities? 3. What is your single greatest strength?4. What is your earliest memory from childhood? Is there any connection between this memory and your life today? 5. Where do you invest your most significant emotional energy?6. What role does God, prayer, the Bible, and church play in your life? 7. What "turns your crank"? What do you love to do? 8. Regarding the above question -- Are you carving out time to do it? If not…
  • My Greatest Spiritual Task

    Mark Wilson
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    “The great spiritual task facing me is to so fully trust that I belong to God that I can be free in the world–free to speak even when my words are not received; free to act even when my actions are criticized, ridiculed, or considered useless…. I am convinced that I will truly be able to love the world when I fully believe that I am loved far beyond its boundaries.” -- Henri Nouwen"Don't wrestle -- just nestle." -- Corrie Ten Boom
 
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • Why Should You Care about the Inerrancy Summit?

    Tim
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Why should you care about the Inerrancy Summit? There are, after all, hundreds of conferences every year, and it can be difficult to distinguish between them. Well, if for no other reason, you should care about this summit because there are almost 5,000 people here this week, most of them church leaders, representing 70 different countries. This is a major event that will influence many people, including current and future leaders. Not only that, but the conference brings together many of today’s most notable Christian leaders to teach, discuss, and affirm one of the most important…
  • A La Carte (March 4)

    Tim
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    You Don’t Need a Bucket List - Randy Alcorn explains that because of the resurrection you do not need to have a bucket list. Everything a Child Should Know About God - Westminster Books has a great sale on an excellent new book meant to teach the basics of theology to young kids. I read through it a while ago and am glad to recommend it. Lord, Make Me a Generous Father - “It takes my breath away to consider that, whether they know it or not, the primary way my kids are learning about their Father in heaven is through their father on earth.” 10 Ways to Hate People…
  • John MacArthur's Inerrancy Summit Begins Today

    Tim
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    John MacArthur’s Inerrancy Summit begins today, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yesterday I hopped a flight from Toronto to Los Angeles so I could be a part of it or, at least, so I could do a bit of writing about it. While I do not intend to provide live-blogging, I will certainly be sharing some updates and reflections on what promises to be an historic event. (Note: You can watch the entire thing online, beginning today at 1 PM EST.) (Another Note: For those who are here, I will be leading a panel discussion at 1:30 on Wednesday.) One of the very first Christian books I ever read…
  • A La Carte (March 3)

    Tim
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    I’ve got just a couple of new Kindle deals for you today: Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior ($3.99 - Note: It is a very highly-regarded and relatively new biography); The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana ($2.99). Tabletalk Magazine - You may be interested in reading the columns from this month’s Tabletalk magazine. The theme is inerrancy. Your Facebook Gender - I hope to have more to say about this in the future: Facebook now allows you to define your own gender and gender pronoun. Josh Hamilton and the Monster that Hunts Us All - “I whispered a…
  • Let's Be Clear: Clarity in Bible Translation

    Tim
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    By E. Ray Clendenen President Obama is famous for repeating some variation of the phrase, “Let me be clear.” There has been some discussion of what he means by this. Some suggest it marks a “sound bite” or a “take-away” for reporters. Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of “The Argument Culture,” sees the phrase as potentially working on three levels: “I’m pointing to the point I want you to listen to, I’m pointing to the interpretation that I want you to have, and maybe there’s something there on the meta level, where…
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    Desiring God

  • Lazy Busy

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    My children love the zoo. Surrounded by the concrete wilderness, there comes over them a sudden instinct to act and speak and even gyrate in ways that are animal-like. It’s an exercise in mimicry and communication. Children love connecting with wild beasts — so they slam their little hands on the glass, rattle cages, and make all those goofy noises. It’s an attempt to draw the notice of animals. And, of course, the beasts that respond are the crowd favorites. Even if it’s just a lion simply staring into your eyes for three seconds through glass, that’s a chilling victory. That’s a…
  • Two Words to Stop Self-Condemnation

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    I am not sweet. I should be, but I’m not. That’s what I thought to myself as I pulled into the garage and closed it behind me, sitting safe in the cocoon of my home and free from the opinions of others. I had just been thinking of someone who is sweet, and how much I love her, and how I wish I were sweeter myself. I couldn’t find a way to hide from all the thoughts, all the condemning thoughts of everything I am not. If it sounds like I have been through this before, it is because I have. The thoughts speak so loud they seem real and true. I am not sweet enough. I am not enough for my…
  • Parenting Means Wrestling Demons

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I nudged the door open with my shoulder, hands holding carryout (again). I made my way through the dark living room and set dinner on the table. I could hear the kids playing in the basement as I peeked into the bedroom to find my wife lying there, doubled over with nausea. She felt too sick to think about eating, not to mention preparing food for the rest of us, and so for the fourth time in as many nights, dad was dishing dinner for the fam. This is how it goes in wartime, and for a few months now at our house, we’ve been in the battle zone. My wife is pregnant with our fifth child. As…
  • The Sovereign Hand of Sleeplessness

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am on the red-eye flight to school-aged children, and I’m weary of the tiredness. Fellow parents of young children know what I mean by this, with their own recent memories of recurring nights in which each little person in the house seemed to need something, desperately, between the hours of midnight and five o’clock. But even if this is not your situation, you probably have some other form of exhaustion breathing down your neck right now. The job with relentless billable-hour expectations. The endless ream of readings, exams, and papers due soon. Or the aging body that never seems to…
  • Take Care, Brothers

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When you come across an if/then statement, restate the condition and study the implications. For instance, can someone who has truly been saved fall away from the faith? John Piper answers in this lab.Watch Now
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    Todd Rhoades

  • Why your team is fighting…

    Todd Rhoades
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Is your team fighting? Not healthy disagreements, mind you… we’re talking red-faced, ‘I don’t like you’, ‘I’m gonna find another job’, ‘I’m gonna punch you in the throat for Jesus’ kind of fighting? Why? The Leadership Freak has some suggestions as to why this is probably the case: Incompetent leaders have teams who turn on each other. Focus: Lack of focus invites conflict. Teams who don’t know what’s important can’t focus. Leaders focus teams by showing them what’s important,now. Focus taps creativity, generates…
  • What do do when you’ve offended someone…

    Todd Rhoades
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    Over my years in ministry, I’ve often said that the more I try not to offend people, the more people get offended. I don’t know if you find that true in your life, but for some reason it is in mine. I really don’t ever set out to offend anyone… but sometimes it happens. Ron Edmonson gives five practical steps to take when you’ve offended someone: 1.  Recognize it.  Some people are easily offended.  And some people can offend others easily.  Know where you are on that continuum. 2.  Pursue peace.  Try NOT to be offensive in the first place.  Try to pursue…
  • Six things that can lead to really bad leadership…

    Todd Rhoades
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Phil Cooke lists six situations and cultures of churches that can hide bad leadership, at least for a season: 1.  Money… mistakes can be fixed and bad leadership and decisions can usually be rectified if you have deep enough pockets. 2.  Resources… like multiple assistants, a talented staff, a beautiful facility, etc.  A great staff can really mask bad leadership at the top, at least for a while. 3.  Bubble Cultures… where the church has limited interaction with the outside world, and therefore no comparisons for performance.  Cooke says this is why some external…
  • Secrets of Successful Pastors: 4 Strategies That Help You Win

    Todd Rhoades
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    John Rinaldo has some great thoughts on successful pastors.  And I heartily agree with him. OK… don’t fly off the handle at me for using the word ‘successful’ and ‘pastor’ in the same sentence. Because I know I have a target on my head for saying that. Don’t read too much into it.  And don’t let it ruin your day. To some pastors… to be successful means to ‘preach the word’. Don’t get me wrong… preaching the word is great.  Awesome, actually.  But while preaching the word is one way (and a very important one) to…
  • What if your sermon was like a TED talk?

    Todd Rhoades
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Interesting question posed over at Churchm.ag: As my wife and I dug into several TED videos, it hit me: “Why aren’t sermons like this?” I think it has more to do with the format than anything else, so I took a look at TED’s rules for speakers and here’s some food for thought: No talk can exceed 18 minutes in length. Speakers must tell a story or argue for an idea. They may not use the TED stage to sell products, promote themselves or businesses. Every talk’s content must be original and give credit where appropriate. Speakers cannot plagiarize or impersonate other persons,…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Beating Burnout Before It Beats You

    webteam
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    A passionate life, filled with drive and purpose is not something that’s easily sustainable. In fact, life can often feel like it’s smothering us, but that is never God’s plan. Discover what God has placed inside us, and why it is the key to living life without burning out.
  • Discovering The Perspective That We Can’t See

    webteam
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    Things aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes in life we need a new perspective – a different angle to see a situation for what it really is in comparison to God’s promises.
  • Changing the Way We Cheer Up

    webteam
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    We can try to get by running on our own, but sooner or later we all break down. Instead of looking for quick fixes to sedate our needs, what if we let a different diagnosis begin to heal our broken spirits?
  • Elevation Creative: The McFeelys

    webteam
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ever wonder what life would look like if we let our emotions completely control our actions? In this video from our Creative team, we take a humorous look at how life works for the McFeely family.
  • Elevation Creative: Do It Again

    webteam
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    When we want to make changes in our lives, the hard part isn’t getting started, but keeping it going. This piece from Pastor Steven and our Creative team, helps us see the transformative results of commitment and as we declare God’s power over our lives. To purchase on iTunes: http://ele.vc/doitagain.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Leaders: Gentleness, not severity, will win you respect and love

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    King David is an interesting character. His gentleness is evident in 2 Samuel 3. David says quite rightly towards the end, “These men, the sons of Zeruiah, are more severe than I.” (v39), His lack of severity is to be broadly welcomed, and yet there is perhaps a weak side to this very strength. His gentility [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Adrian interviewed on Moody Radio by Janet Parshall

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Yesterday I was on Moody National Radio being interviewed by Janet Parshall. We spoke about the gospel, and how you can know what a Christian is. We had several callers who rang in with personal questions. It was a moving conversation at times. You can listen to the interview here: Listen to more programs by [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  •  Don’t assume God’s guidance will open an easy path

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
      Sometimes we can be so familiar with a story that we miss crucial details. As we get to 2 Samuel 2 most of us know what is coming: King Saul is dead, the age of King David has begun. And yet the transition is far from being that straightforward.David inquires of God what he should [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Singleness is not about living for yourself

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Following on from yesterdays guest post about singleness, I thought I would share John Piper’s perspective: Paul was so completely committed to a life of celibacy that he longed for everyone to have it. But the reason he loved the single life is exactly the opposite of why many people today love singleness and will [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Guest post: Singleness is a gift, have you unwrapped it?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:38 am
    Today is Valentines Day. In honor of the many faithful godly single people I know, I wanted to share a guest post that is of relevance to all of us, but especially those who face today without a partner. This article was written by someone who I am going to call Phoebe: “Singleness is a [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Lots-o-Links 2.25.15

    Steve McCoy
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    9Marks -- Life, Ministry, & Books with Tim Keller Part 1 on Life, Part 2 on Ministry, Part 3 on Books - Excellent interview. Kindle DealsThe Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper ($1.99)The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Steven Lawson ($3.99)Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith ($2.99)The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.99)Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung ($0.99)The God Who Justifies by James White ($2.99)Can artists do good work in the suburbs?The key attraction of the suburbs for artists is comparatively cheap and spacious accommodation; the same imperative…
  • Danny Dozen

    Steve McCoy
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Happy Birthday, Danny! So proud of you making it a dozen years when THIS is your idea of a good time.
  • Fall Upon This Gospel

    Steve McCoy
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I say man must fall upon this Gospel and be broken to pieces and in deep consciousness lie prostrate, like a man that is powerless, unable to move hand or foot. He must only lie motionless and cry: Almighty God, merciful Father, now help me! I cannot help myself! Christ, my lord, do help now, for with only my own effort all is lost!Complete Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol 2.1, page 396-397.
  • Giveaway: The Happy Christian by David Murray

    Steve McCoy
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    “Don’t carry one miserable sin for one miserable second.” David Murray, The Happy Christian, p 56I've been given the opportunity to give away a copy of David Murray's new book, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World. David is professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. I've reviewed his excellent book, Jesus on Every Page. A book that may not be on your radar but should be is Murray's Christians Get Depressed Too. I appreciate Dr. Murray…
  • Elijah Crohn's Update 2.19.15

    Steve McCoy
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Here’s a brief overview of the events of Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, which have been important days for Elijah, his diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease, and the hope for remission through a plan for treatment. Check out previous posts for some context if you need it.Tuesday Appointment - First to Shriner’s Hospital for E’s rheumatologist appointment. Molly and I took Elijah and Daniel (12). His doctor is wicked smart, not only concerning the arthritis he suffers as a residual effect of Crohn’s, but also because she gave timely advice on steps forward as parents of a…
 
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    Worship Matters

  • The Gathering: Coming to Knoxville this Weekend

    Bob Kauflin
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    In 2011, Sovereign Grace Music recorded The Gathering, a collection of 15 songs that walk through the flow of the gospel and our response to it. Among others, the album included Greater Than We Can Imagine, Shine Into Our Night, Show Us Christ, and All I Have is Christ. The idea for the project had its origins in Bryan Chapell’s excellent book, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice. Chapell makes the case from Scripture, history, and our personal need that, “Corporate worship is nothing more, and nothing less, than a re-presentation of the gospel in the…
  • Who Turned the Lights Out?

    Bob Kauflin
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:57 pm
    A while back Brad sent me this question: We seem to be developing a debate at our church in regards to turning down the house lights to “set the mood” for better worship. What is your take on that? Later I received this from Jeremy: I was wondering if you could offer any commentary regarding the use of lights at any of the WorshipGod conferences. I have memories going back to the “Psalms” conference [in 2008]. In each of the conference settings, it has struck me that the lights in the house are left active during the music-worship time of gatherings. Is that…
  • WorshipGod 2015: TRIUNE Registration Now Open!

    Bob Kauflin
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    In July 2014 we held our first WorshipGod conference on the Trinity in Santa Ana, CA. It was such a rich time we decided to repeat that theme for WorshipGod 2015: TRIUNE. The dates are July 29-Aug 1, and we’re excited to be coming back to Highview Baptist East in Louisville, KY. Christians can sometimes think of the Trinity like an appendix. We know it’s there but we’re not quite sure what its purpose is. And if it was removed, it wouldn’t change much. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Trinity is at the heart of our faith and at the heart of our worship.
  • Michael Morrow Reflects on WorshipGod UK

    Bob Kauflin
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:55 pm
    I first met Michael Morrow in Australia. I had heard his song We Belong to the Day and was impressed with his desire to write songs that communicated rich theology in contemporary musical settings. Shortly after we met, Michael moved to the UK, where he’s been ever since. I’m grateful that he’s going to be sharing some of his songs at WorshipGod UK, where we’ll be learning from Michael Reeves, Kevin DeYoung, Tim Chester, Jeff Purswell, and others about Gathering Around the Gospel. Michael took some time to answer a few questions about himself and the conference.
  • Be Equipped to Gather Around the Gospel at WorshipGodUK

    Bob Kauflin
    14 Feb 2015 | 10:55 pm
    We’re about three months out from WorshipGod UK and can’t wait.  We’re really looking forward to spending three days with people who are serious about serving their local churches with the gospel through the Word and song. The gospel is a word we can use frequently without reflecting on its meaning, power, and relevance. That’s why when we gather on Sunday mornings, there’s nothing more important we can do than remind people that Jesus has come to save us from sin, death, and hell through his substitutionary death and triumphant resurrection, and that…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Church Shouldn't Suck the life out of you.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I had just read this book ...still taking it in.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Walking on Water.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    There is a passage in Mark 6 that gives Jesus walking on water. I had recently given a short devotional thought this morning at Piedmont Christian School. (#yrs olds to High School)Here are my thoughts:I. We need to pray more. Pray like Jesus. II. We don't need to be afraid. We don't need to be afraid of Jesus especially.III. We do need to be astonished more. Our job is to point to well, Jesus.Sometimes it is just a matter of knowing WHO is in control.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Mulan- I'll make a man out of you (with lyrics) (HD)

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
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  • Teaching the Word. What books are you teaching?

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sunday Mornings I've been preaching through the book of Galatians.Wednesday nights we just started Nehemiah. And my Thursday Morning Small Group we are looking at Ecclesiastes.So what books of the Bible are you reading and teaching from?http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Books I am Reading. Winter 2015

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    So with the cold weather there has been time to catch up on some books on my to read list.I finished some of these books recently:I. Be Real.II. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley (a book I am going to keep nearby and revisit its thoughts - good practical advice on reaching out to the unchurched)III. Preachers I have Heard. (an older book from an author from the UK and first published in the 1940s some preachers include William Booth)Upcoming to read: I. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. - Maxwell. (Follow up from an earlier seminar of the same title)II. Growing in Christ. 40 days to a deeper…
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    markartrip.wordpress.com

  • 10 THINGS I AM EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW AT MOVEMENT CHURCH

    markartrip
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    10 things I am excited about at Movement Church right now 1. NEW LIFE – We have recently had some close friends in our Movement group give their lives to Jesus. Some we have lifted up in prayer for two years. I get giddy thinking about their testimonies being shared on Sunday and celebrating new life in Jesus. 2. LARGEST ATTENDANCE EVER – This week we had 171 people attend Movement Church. That’s not gigantic and everything isn’t just about flashing numbers, but I am excited about the church God has slowly built in less than two years. “Every number has a name, every name has a…
  • WHY WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 5K RACE – ADOPTION UPDATE

    markartrip
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’ve had people ask me how our adoption is going, what’s up next, how fundraising is going, why we are still raising funds and many other questions so I wanted to put all those thoughts in one spot and give an adoption update to our friends and family. HOW IS YOUR ADOPTION GOING? The process is going quickly and very smooth. It helps when you have been through it all before. Things like writing a 12 page narrative on questions about your family, upbringing and parenting make more sense the second time and the task is not as daunting. As far as a checklist goes, we submitted our…
  • HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT….AGAIN!

    markartrip
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are asking anyone who wants to invest in us as a family to donate to our adoption fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 (of the $21,000 total) as soon as possible so that we can be matched with a baby this fall. If every Facebook friend gives $5 we will meet our goal. STORY 4 years ago we wrote this blog entry outlining our heart for adoption and our plan to start the process. We believe that God has a HEART FOR ADOPTION and we want our family to express His heart. With the help of our friends, family, and network of people we were gifted $7,000 that helped us adopt Mercy. Here is the entry…
  • HAITI 2014 @CPR3MOVEMENT TRIP MIND DUMP

    markartrip
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:10 am
    (This is a blog post to sum up my thoughts and excitement from my Haiti trip last week. This post is written for my Mom and Dad because they made my trip happen and I want to honor them with a recap of events. You can read it if you want, but just know that if your name isn’t Ron or Jeanne you are merely my secondary audience. Thanks Mom and Dad!) BUCKET LIST Up until a week ago the only time I had ever left the United States was to venture to an IGA super market slightly into Quebec Canada north of Vermont to buy groceries for the Operation Barnabas team I led in 2005. I know what you’re…
  • MOVEMENT CHURCH HAS A NEW LOCATION (FAQ ABOUT OUR MOVE)

    markartrip
    7 Jan 2014 | 2:25 pm
    On Sunday Movement Church announced that starting February 2nd our worship experiences are moving to the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA.  As a young church, we are excited for this move and the way God has opened the doors to make it happen.  This move will provide great exposure to our community and allow us to grow and accomplish our vision in some new exciting ways. Our vision is to be “a movement of people finding their way back to God.” This happens through people knowing Jesus and we want this move to be about that. Not everyone was at church Sunday and we also have many friends…
 
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
      Read the screen carefully: Some who are part of the modern Evangelical religious establishment probably wish this is how the text read. Don’t forget to read the short-takes following the featured links… Sundays are Still the Worst - A year ago here we linked to a website dedicated to stories of servers in restaurants who are forced to deal with an influx of church-goers whose behavior is abominable. Sundays Are The Worst still gets submissions, but this recent one shows in great detail what all this looks like from the other side. ” I wasn’t expecting a tip, but I…
  • First Person Faith

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    B. J. Stockman This first ran here three years ago under the title “A New Type of Bible Translation” It was produced by B. J. Stockman and appeared as a guest post at another blog that is now dormant.  Stockman called the concept “Preaching to Yourself” and it involved taking a chapter of an epistle and re-interpreting it in the first person, so that instead of it being Paul writing to a first century church, it’s me making a declaration to live out the things Paul is teaching. You might want to pause here and read his introduction to the first chapter. I had…
  • Martha’s Busyness vs. Mary’s Devotion

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Today’s post appears courtesy of Christianity 201 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…” (Luke 10:41 NIV) Most of you are familiar with the story of Mary and Martha. (Click this link if not.) On the one hand we have Mary, so willing to just sit at Jesus’ feet and take in each precious moment of teaching. I had an experience once where I was talking to a pastor after a church service while he in turn was trying to listen to some things the guest speaker was saying to people near the door as they were…
  • 5 Perspectives for Power Point People

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    While it’s not listed in the New Testament, assisting the worship leader or worship team by being the computer graphics or Power Point person is definitely a gift, if not a spiritual gift. Here are some things on choosing who serves in this area, or if you are that person, the qualities needed: 1. You need to be really comfortable around a computer. The goal is to minimize distraction and allow people the freedom to enter wholeheartedly into expressing their worship to God. The last thing you want is for the computer to decide to run updates in the middle of the service, and you need to…
  • Weekend Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    …and CBD carries this why exactly? The tag “slightly imperfect” fits well, however. Some great stories for your weekend reading: The Benefits of Bad Preaching  – “My Evangelical friends just don’t get [liturgy], and so I’m always happy when they join me at Mass to experience it for themselves – although I know what the fallout will often be: Scrunched up faces and raised eyebrows as they suffer through seemingly mindless ritual, rote prayers, and the occasional lousy sermon…Indeed, there’s a benefit to mediocre preaching once in a while, and it’s…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Talking to Kids About Monsters (Fear Versus Faith)

    Mimi Bullock
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Popular culture can’t seem to get enough of monsters. From television shows about finding Bigfoot to creature features, our world is permeated with images of monsters. Kids sure don’t need these visual aids to believe in the “boogeyman,” their imaginations make it easy to believe something is under the bed or in the closet. (Incidentally, as a child I believed in all those things too.) As a children’s minister, I often find myself leading kids in prayer to overcome all these types of fears, don’t you? It’s not enough to say, “You’re just…
  • Great Ways to Greet Kids in Children’s Church

    Mimi Bullock
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Think a good greeting program isn’t necessary for children’s church? Think again! When we don’t greet kids as they come in, we miss making a valuable connection for two reasons. First, the greeting is where you establish discipline. That’s so important to do right at the beginning of each session. Kids need to know someone is in charge. Second, we can miss precious opportunity to build strong relationships. Like anyone, children want to be acknowledged when they step in the room. “Stop, squat and smile.” That’s what I teach my volunteers. Yelling at kids from across the room…
  • Fingerstache Bible Object Lesson (Hebrews 4:13)

    Mimi Bullock
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    Have you ever snapped a selfie wearing a fingerstache? A fingerstache is a moustache drawing on the pointer finger that a person can use to pretend he has a moustache. It’s a playful temporary “tattoo” that was made popular a few years when it began showing up on different social media sites. I love the fingerstache—it’s a playful ice breaker for getting to know a shy kid but it also makes a great tool for an object lesson. I’ve come up with a fun lesson you could use for a fingerstache object lesson. Ready? Grab a pen! Hiding from God For this object lesson, use Hebrews 4:13 as…
  • Lesson: Knowing Jesus Through … The Sense of Taste (Matthew 26:17-30)

    Brittany Bradshaw
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Lesson Title:   Knowing Jesus Through the Five Senses: The Sense of Taste Bible Reference: Matthew 26:17-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Target Age Group: Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Focus Verse: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 Gospel Connection: Jesus’ death was not a surprise to Him.  He knew it was coming because He had been preparing for it and His resurrection His whole life.  He also wanted His…
  • Lesson: Knowing Jesus Through … The Sense of Smell (Ephesians 5:2)

    Brittany Bradshaw
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lesson Title:   Knowing Jesus Through the Five Senses: The Sense of Smell Bible Reference:  Ephesians 5:2; Genesis 1:28-31; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12 Target Age Group: Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Focus Verse: “And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2 Gospel Connection: God blessed us with five senses with which we can discover the world.  In this lesson, children will use their sense of smell to discover that God created a…
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    Man of Depravity

  • A Conversation About the Intersection of Faith and Work

    Tyler
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last week I spent an hour with my friend Paul Pastor at the Mt. Angel Abbey. Aside from the great view on a beautiful day, we discussed the topics surrounding an upcoming event put on by Christianity Today and Leadership Journal on faith and work. The event is in Portland, and as a reader of this blog, I’m able to offer you $40 off the Redeeming Work event! When you register here, just enter promotional code BL40. Here’s my conversation with Paul Pastor, one of the speakers at Redeeming Work (check out his website and Twitter profile): Tyler: Why is it important for Christians to…
  • Life Wins

    Tyler
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    For the entire length of my Christian faith I’ve always placed a high priority on a few simple, quiet moments of reading, prayer, quietness, and meditation. In high school we called this JAM time. In college we called it quiet time. As an adult I simply think of it as soul cultivation. In these moments I care about much more than simply broadening my knowledge about God, but for the purposes of my thoughts here let’s consider this emphasis on “quiet times” to reflect a push by Christians to know God deeply. Pastors encourage daily discipleship in some form of this…
  • Sneak Peek of My Latest Project

    Tyler
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    I have an exciting opportunity to throw your way today. But first, a bit of the back story (or, you can just scroll to the bottom and read about the sneak preview). It seems I’m consistently having conversations with worship pastors and individuals who help lead worship at their local church, and ultimately these conversations end up focusing on which songs our churches are singing. We throw out a rearranged old hymn our church has enjoyed, or just the latest new song people have seemed to engage with. Most often, though, we end up sharing the same songs. I want people in my church to…
  • Will I Write Another Book?

    Tyler
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Ever since releasing my first traditionally published book with Moody back in August 2012, the number one question asked of me and my writing is, “Are you going to write another book?” It’s an interesting question because authors don’t simply choose to write a book or not, there’s plenty of other factors involved in publishing a book with a reputable organization. The short answer to the question is simple: yes, someday I hope to write another book. But not right now. Behind the answer are two complex reasons. 1. Sales matter. Good books don’t always sell…
  • This Good Friday World

    Tyler
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Revelation 22:2 “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Christian theology gets warped when the focus of God’s primary dwelling place is heaven, not earth. When Christians see their ultimate goal as being with God up in the clouds, they become escapists who ignore the importance of the physical earth in God’s plan of salvation and redemption. John’s writing in Revelation is from the perspective of someone on earth, and he is being given a vision of the new Jerusalem, the place where God will dwell with His people, the new heaven, and it…
 
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • I’m Lovin’ It! 4 Contributing

    paulwnewell
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
  • I’m Lovin’ It: 3 How Do I Show God I Love Him?

    paulwnewell
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
  • I’m Lovin’ It: 2 I’m Lovin’ People (My Spouse)

    paulwnewell
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
  • I’m Lovin’ It: 1 I’m Lovin’ My Church!

    paulwnewell
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
  • I CAN: Bless Others With Jesus

    paulwnewell
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • Young Influencers List, February Edition

    Brad Lomenick
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Here you go, the February edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here. 1. Shane Farmer- senior pastor of Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver. 2. Pete Holmes- NYC based comedian, actor, writer, producer, host of the Pete Holmes Show, and popular podcaster. 3. Peace Ike- Pittsburgh based Nigerian-American songwriter, percussionist, artist, and performer. Listen to her new EP Walk Worthy. 4. Jesse Carey- contributing editor to Relevant Magazine and a mainstay on the Relevant Podcast, along with recently completing the uber popular Nickelback…
  • 12 Keys for Attracting Young Leaders to Your Team

    Brad Lomenick
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Let’s face it- young leaders are the future of your organization. Whether you like it or not, they will soon take over and be running the show. Your show. My show. If you aren’t attracting young talent, then the days are numbered for your influence and the legacy of your organization. So why are there certain organizations and certain leaders who always seem to attract younger leaders to their team? Whether a pastor, entrepreneur, CEO or non-profit Executive Director, there are certain leaders, certain teams and certain organizations that EVERY young and ambitious leader wants to…
  • Are you a follower or a fan?

    heystaclogin
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Follower vs. Fan. Is there a difference? 1. Followers are committed. Fans can be fickle. 2. Followers trust their leader. Fans trust in their leader only when it benefits them. 3. Followers want a vision. Fans want a show. 4. Followers ask “what have i done for you lately?” Fans ask “what have you done for me lately?” 5. Followers are in for the long term. Fans are in for the short term. 6. Followers have an intrinsic connection; it’s not about wearing a t-shirt. Fans have an extrinsic connection; it’s ALL about wearing a t-shirt. 7. Followers don’t…
  • 50 Innovative and Usable phrases for Responding during the Sermon

    Brad Lomenick
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Whatever your background, most communicators, whether a pastor, preacher, leadership speaker, motivational guru, youth leader, or vision caster, enjoy having people in the audience provide feedback. And not just telling someone after they’re done “good job,” but actual real time feedback. Verbal call and response feedback. Responding in the moment. Some of you are used to this. Some of you don’t know anything different. And others of you have never experienced it. And probably some of you that are immediately thinking if anyone spoke up during our Sunday services that…
  • 7 Keys to Celebrate your Rivals and Partner with your Competition

    Brad Lomenick
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    Winning. Competition. Rivalry. For all of us who are Type A Leaders, jealousy in the form of competition is always a struggle. You may call it something else (competitive spirit, goal-oriented, fast pace), but at the end of the day, we all struggle with being jealous or envious of others successes, especially when it is in the same industry, or same town, or same circle, or same customer base. In these cases, it feels like competition, and again for us Type A’s, when there is a competition, we ALWAYS want to win. How do you view those you are “competing” against? Whether…
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    TeamRCIA

  • Discover the four secrets to becoming an amazing catechist

    Nick Wagner
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    My first experience of being a catechist was a total failure! I almost quit for good. But the Holy Spirit had other plans. I discovered—almost by accident—the secrets to becoming an effective, confident catechist. Learn from my mistakes, and discover … Continue reading →
  • Episode 113: What the Creed teaches about final judgment

    Jen Pardo
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    We’re going to take a look at a couple lines in the Creed that talk about the Last Days and judgment. Also, Nick and Diana highlight a section of Canon Law that deals with authenticating baptisms. And in the Q&A … Continue reading →
  • Episode 112: How the early church catechized about Jesus

    Jen Pardo
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Our walk through the Creed continues with a look at how the early church catechized about Jesus. Also, Nick and Diana highlight a resource that will help your parishioners explore the deeper significance and meaning of the Sunday Mass. And … Continue reading →
  • Why is it important to tell your dying and rising story?

    Nick Wagner
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Storytelling is the only way to make sense of having your life turned upside down and inside out. Think about your “Mary at the tomb” moment or your “Paul getting flattened by the Holy Spirit” moment. How are you going … Continue reading →
  • Episode 111: Seven things catechumens need to know about the resurrection

    Jen Pardo
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    In this episode, we are going to continue our exploration of the Creed. And we are going to take a look at a resource that will help your catechumens and candidates understand the importance of Sunday Mass. Finally, Nick and … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

    Brandon
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    Regret stinks. It’s an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here’s some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you’re guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd Psalm, As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their…
  • 38 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives, February 21, 2015

    Brandon
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    33 Ways Your Social Media Plan Will Make You More Successful, by Jay Baer You already know a social media plan can really help you share your content and connect with your audience. In fact, a solid social media plan helps us at CoSchedule get 31.5 times more traffic than if we would just share our content once and forget… 12 Things that Tempt Men to Peruse Porn, by Charles Stone Last week I began a five-week series on sex and sexuality called, The Bare Facts on Sex: God’s Best for Me. You can view archived videos of the messages at our church’s website here. This week I’m…
  • Why You Can’t Seem to Manage Your Time

    Brandon
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    Time management. Of all the people I know who ever focus on this concept, only a small handful are confident that they’re doing it well. Most of us feel out of control. We feel that our specialty is time mis-management. Why is this so? I believe it’s because we fail to see the bigger picture. Time management isn’t enough. It’s one small piece. Typically, when we think about managing time, we’re visualizing our to-do list, as if everything on it occupies an equal priority in our lives. When we can’t get it all done, we assume we’ve managed our time…
  • Husbands, Treat Your Wife Like the Treasure She Is

    Brandon
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    My wife is a treasure! She’s precious. In addition to all of the many personal qualities about Angie that make her awesome – such as her tender, sweet heart, charming smile and her beauty – there’s this, and it’s from the Bible… The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22 NLT Here’s a blunt truth… when all a guy can talk or think about is how much of a nag or a burden his wife is, it tells us way more about him and his attitude than about her. Let me open that up just a bit. Man, you…
  • If You Can’t Mess Up, Don’t Bother Leading

    Brandon
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:09 am
    Having an ambition to lead is great, but it doesn’t produce actual leadership. Taking risks does. The best leader in the room isn’t the one with all the answers. The leader is the one who volunteers to go first and show the way. Every great leader I know has been scorched by the pain of making the hard, and sometimes wrong, decisions. But the only way to change the world is to take the risks of leadership, such as the risk of Casting a bold, impossible vision. Writing the first check. Releasing people before they’re quite ready to fly. Opening up and getting nothing back.
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Turning Blah Blah to Wow!

    Peter Mead
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    A lot of people in our churches read a lot of the Bible as filler and waffle.  They wouldn’t state that overtly, of course.  After all, it is the word of God!  But actually, in practice, a lot of the Bible is read without real engagement.  Consider the epistles, for instance.  Why does this phenomena occur? 1. Because of complex sentences.  It can be hard for any of us to truly track a sequence of sentences from Paul. 2. Because of unfamiliar words.  Stewardship. Saints. Manifold. Rulers.  Not necessarily unknown words, but not words most people tend to use in normal life. 3.
  • How Do You Pray for Fellow Believers?

    Peter Mead
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    There is a strange phenomena in the church when it comes to praying for people.  Obviously this is a generalisation, but I have observed it enough to suggest that it may be a pattern. When people become followers of Jesus our prayers for them seem to change.  Before they are saved we pray for God to work in their lives and circumstances, for their hearts to be drawn to Christ, for the spiritual blindness to be taken away, etc.  Once they trust Christ and are in the family, then what do we pray for? Often it seems to shift to the more mundane matters of health and career. This is not just…
  • Genre Shock

    Peter Mead
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    Can a church experience genre shock?  Maybe. Let’s say you have been preaching through a narrative series – perhaps a gospel or the life of Abraham or David.  Then you start a series in Romans.  This could be a shock.  From flowing plots and character development to tight and complex logical sentences, abstract theological explanations and loaded terminology. Is there a way to ease the transition?  And if there is, is it necessary?  I would say probably not in most cases, unless the last series has been a long one and the shift in genre is stark. Here’s how not to…
  • 6 Ways To Be a Whole Bible Preacher

    Peter Mead
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Some preachers have their pet books and topics, but how can I be a whole Bible preacher?  Here are six suggestions to get us started: 1. Read the whole Bible.  Seems obvious, but if you only read certain bits, then you will probably only preach from certain bits.  Read the whole thing as if God wrote it and reveals Himself there (which He does).  Remember, reading for 10 minutes a day will get you through in a year, but you will be reading with a noisy mind and heart.  It is easier to read for 30+ minutes a day and enjoy the clear heart and mind that comes beyond about 10 minutes.
  • Challenge Without Condemnation

    Peter Mead
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Good preaching should be challenging, without feeling condemning. No challenge, no condemnation – this is entertainment preaching.  Actually, it could be tedious waffle, but essentially this will tend to be entertainment, ear scratching type of stuff. Challenging by condemnation – this is burdensome preaching.  People feel the challenge of God’s Word on their lives, but the weight of condemnation is a pressure we aren’t intended to carry. Condemnation by challenging – this is shortcut preaching.  The shortcut is the assumption that just pressuring people will…
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  • How to Kid Proof your iPad

    samluce
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    When I first got my iPhone and iPad one of the more frustrating things for me was the fact my kids would roam all over it changing stuff. Well that and the fact they would use it while eating Cheetos. I have yet to solve the Cheetos issue. I did however, discover that apple come out with a very easy very brilliant way to keep kids at home or at school locked into only the app you want them in. How to kid proof you iPad in a few basic steps 1. Go to your settings icon > press the general tab >then press the accessibility tab 2. Once in the accessibility tab select > select guided…
  • Weekend Reading 2-20-15

    samluce
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    What books I am reading right now Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower What blogs I am reading right now Your Brain on Stories – Great post on the power of story and how it affects you. Thanks for the find @jonathancliff If you develop tension in the story you will sustain attention. If you sustain attention then it is more likely that the people hearing the story will start to share the emotions of the main characters in the story. If people share the emotions of the main characters then they are likely to mimic the feelings and behaviors of the characters…
  • What you will miss about Orange Conference

    samluce
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    Orange conference is very nostalgic for me. It’s the place where I first met up with the people who have become some of my closest friends. It was the first really large conference I ever attended. 6 years ago and it feels like yesterday. I ended up going 3 years in a row as a blogger and haven’t been able to attend the last three years due to conflicts in my schedule. I thought I would take a bit of a different take with this post and tell you the unique aspects I miss most about Orange after a three-year absence. The tribe – Each conference has their own Eco system of regular…
  • The New Needs Friends

    samluce
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    In the book Creativity Inc, By Ed Catmull at one point he talked about the importance of protecting the new. He then quoted the amazing monologue delivered by Anton Ego in Ratatouille. In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are…
  • Weekend Reading 2-13-2015

    samluce
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    What books I am reading right now Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis What blogs I am reading right now No Grey Area – Kevin DeYoung Talks about he proper Christian response to the movie and book series 50 shades of grey. How to build a thriving Children’s Ministry in small town USA. - I love Dale Hudson’s passion for the local church. This post is both practical and encouraging. Our founding pastor attends Dales church. They do an amazing job I am grateful for Dale’s voice and the influence of Christ Fellowship on the church in America. The Enemy…
 
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  • How To Write Email Subject Lines That Get Opened Immediately

    Kenny Jahng
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Email is still the killer app for engagement.   If you show up in someone inbox consistently (with permission), you are relevant. If you’re writing emails to your list – newsletters, promotional notices, anything with a call to action, you really need to get a good handle on writing amazing subject lines. Here’s 5 ways to think about copywriting your email subject lines so that people open them consistently and immediately when showing up in their inbox.   Do you have any other tips or insights on how to get your emails opened? Share your ideas below.
  • List of Top 7 Most Shared Bible Verses

    Kenny Jahng
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Check it out, kind of a zeitgeist for Christian culture perhaps, this is the list of the seven most popular Bible verses being shared over YouVersion. If you don’t have the YouVersion Holy Bible app on your mobile phone yet, you should download it and start exploring today. How many of these Bible verses are you familiar with?
  • “Done For You” Social Media: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Imagine if your social media feed was filled with Tim Keller awesomeness? Well, here’s your chance. . . I’m giving away a pack of professionally designed, non-branded, social media network optimized, graphics quote cards. I love Tim Keller wisdom, and want to help you spread some of it across the Twitterverse and more.  Just click on the image below for details.
  • Worrying & Bitterness: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
  • Reminder to F O C U S

    Kenny Jahng
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of the foundations of what we do when we try to be strategic: *FOCUS = Follow One Course Until Successful* Get rid of all those distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. Some people think it is best to diversify and keep pursuing tons of stuff at once. But if you look at the successful people in any given industry, you’ll typically find that they have figured out how to be ultra laser-FOCUSED on just a couple of things (if not just one!) at a time. *Thoughts on this? Let me know what is the one or two things (ONLY) that are at the top of your focus list.*
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Understanding your volunteers

    Kenny
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    This is bigger than just a volunteer thing, but since this is a Children’s Ministry blog, I figured I’d position this idea from that perspective. You’ll never truly see life through the eyes of someone different from you. You may get a glimpse every now and again, but you’ll never get it. I have many friends who are introverts and I try my best to wrap my mind around why they do what they do and I’ve found that the best I can do is appreciate their difference and that’s a good step. A few weeks ago I had my good friend Jonathan Cliff speak at our Winter…
  • What Social Media Use Says About Us

    Kenny
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    My wife is so smart. A few weeks I wrote a post about how young people are currently using social media linking to an article written by a 19 year-old about how he and his friends use social media. The point of my email was to communicate how quickly people are shifting from one social media platform to another and if we hope to influence young leaders, we need to connect communicate where they are. They’re not using facebook and only some of them are on twitter. It’s an interesting topic to consider. A few hours after my post published, my wife Sara called me and told me that I…
  • Delegating like a boss

    Kenny
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    A bigger measure of your success will not be measured by what you did, but what you empowered others to do. Yes, you should tweet that. More importantly you should act like it is true – because it is. When hiring new staff, I’m rarely looking for a superstar. I’m looking for the person who gets little credit for the massive work they’ve accomplished through leading teams of volunteers. Superstars are expensive and although they bring a lot to the table, a team builder will deliver far more than a superstar ever will. I’ve learned the hard way that probably 80%…
  • Three by Threes

    Kenny
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Several months ago I wrote about leading meetings and even provided a template of the meeting agenda I used. I’ve been surprised by how many people have asked me what our “3×3’s” are. I’ve responded to several people via email, but I finally realized that I should probably just write about it. Several years ago, some of Gateway’s key staff attended the Willow Creek Leadership Summit and Bill Hybles talked about a concept he had developed for moving projects along called a 6×6. He describes flying home from abroad feeling some stress around the…
  • Awesome worship resources for Kidmin

    Kenny
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    So, last night my Elementary Large Group Director sent me an email. She asked if we could get some new songs for elementary. I won’t tell you which songs have been “over played” but she did say that if she has to listen to some of these songs any more, she might get sick. She suggested some songs that our elementary kids were introduced to a few weeks ago at our Winter Camp, “Oceans” and “Alive.” A quick google search results page made me very happy. How about awesome, kid-friendly, live lyric tracks of “Oceans,” “Alive” and…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Here Are Some Interactive Apple Watch Sample Apps

    Anonymous
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Curious how apps are going work on the new Apple Watch? The site WatchAware has posted a handful of moc-ups of popular apps as they may appear on the new wearable device. Though many of the interactive app designs on the site are only speculative, some of them are based on what was unveiled during the Apple Watch event a few months back. If clicking around the interactive designs isn’t enough to hold you over until the device’s release, in just a few days—March 9—Apple is hosting another event that will likely show more watch functionality ...
  • I Know my Friend is Struggling with Addiction. What Should I Do?

    eddiekaufholz
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    How to help someone along the journey to recovery. Eddie - I’m going to need to keep this vague in order to protect the person and their situation. That being said, it recently came to my attention that a friend is struggling with a pretty serious addiction. Only a handful of people know about this, and none of us seem like we know what to do or how to help him. Any thoughts you have would be great. Thanks, Brian Brian,
  • Rikers Inmates Team Up to Save Guard From Sexual Assault

    Anonymous
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Over the weekend, a group of Rikers Island inmates saw a fellow inmate jump a prison guard and drag her into a locked bathroom. The inmate's name was Raleek Young, and he had gained access to a watch post, grabbed the guard and taken her into a bathroom where he attempted to sexually assault her. Fortunately, a few other inmates saw what Young was doing and took swift action. One of them managed to slip through a crack in the locked room and let the others in, where they freed the guard, tackled Young and held him down until other officers arrived. "I appreciate (them) helping a sister…
  • Report: Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Spielberg’s New War Film

    Anonymous
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Lawrence may soon sign on to star in Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of Lynsey Addario’s memoir What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War. The book tells the Addario’s real-life story of traveling to some of the most violent places on earth—including Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo and Darfur—as a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist ...
  • Want to Hear from God? Slow Down.

    kenwytsma
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There are few surer ways to miss out on God's voice than urgency. Deadlines. Relational drama. Global injustice. Multiple jobs. Financial stress. Life is relentlessly difficult and moves insanely fast. The world is changing and evolving every moment and the pressure to keep up, stay current and get ahead can be all consuming. Can I hear God’s voice above all the noise? One of the most significant challenges of our rapid culture is the sense of urgency it creates. Urgency is good for getting things done. A healthy sense of urgency helps us to be focused and productive.
 
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  • Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy

    David
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Donald Miller is a best-selling American author and public speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee who focuses on Christian spirituality. He is best known for his best seller “Blue Like Jazz..” My wife had told me a while back that Donald Miller had gotten married I remember thinking, “good for him” because I knew he had been single for an awfully long time. SO when I saw “Scary Close” I think I was a little surprised to see that it was labeled as a “Christian Marriage” book. It’s not really a Christian Marriage book, or really a book about…
  • Are you a friend of sinners?

    David
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    In the story of the prodigal son that we’ve been looking at, who does Jesus want you to be? The obedient son or the disobedient son? Neither! In this story Jesus wants us to be the Father! And what attribute does the Father have? Compassion. A Christian is compassionate. Compassion is the Greek word splagchnizomai from the root word “splangnon” which means your gut – your bowels. The Greeks used to believe that the root of love, pity and compassion and forgiveness came from your bowels. We just had Valentine’s Day – and our symbol for love is a heart, but a…
  • The good son or the bad son?

    David
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Luke 15:1-2 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” See the Pharisees and the scribes had a question about Jesus’ behavior because it didn’t line up with the behavior of those he ate with. And Jesus is trying to correct their thinking in that…. “this has nothing to do with their behavior.” See, the younger son tells the Dad, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son” and you know what? He’s right. The older…
  • Angry Birds

    David
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Last week we mentioned a few of Jesus’ more famous teachings like the lost sheep and the lost coin and so this morning I wanted to look at those and see what we could see. Luke 15 starts this way….. Luke 15:1-32 Now the tax collectors and sinners … (who was that? Who were the tax collectors and sinners?) Well, this is the Mafia, their thugs and everyone else who was unacceptable in the minds of the people… this is the worst of the worst. The people who were traditionally alienated from religious circles. And these are the people who Jesus is sitting with… Luke…
  • The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage

    David
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    I have read all of Rob’s books and liked them. I have seen him live a few times, and even met him for a book signing… so I can safely say that I am a fan and that I know his work, but… this book really falls flat. The premise is good, the whole ZIMZUM thing, and I think it would have made a great “one off” sermon back at Mars Hill, but maybe because Rob doesn’t have that outlet anymore, I guess he felt he could turn it into a 121 page book. But even at 121 pages, it’s not that big. (there’s only five chapters) The book uses a large font and the…
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  • Senseless Trust

    Scott
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    My son and his girlfriend came to visit for the weekend recently. As is our custom, my wife and I go to Panera for breakfast on Saturday mornings, so we took them with us. On the way, we passed a Sheetz gas station that we’ve always passed before. Except this time, there was a line […]
  • The Cure For Just About Any Problem

    Scott
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    As the gas rushed into the tank, I took advantage of the mindless pause. I looked around without judgement at my surroundings. Scanning the landscape, my eyes were drawn to a cluster of blue, dumpster-like looking bins. What grabbed my attention was the number of cars parked near them, people opening trunks and rear doors transferring […]
  • First Step In Dealing With Uncertainty

    Scott
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    You know what it’s like. Life and ministry is clipping along just fine. Then, like a thief in the night, you come upon a speed bump in the road. It slows you down. Requires that you think harder. Why harder? Because what you are facing is more than you have faced before. Simply put: you’re […]
  • How To Not Stink At Relationships

    Scott
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Do you struggle making and keeping relationships with people? Do you wonder why people seem to avoid you after getting to know you or just avoid you from the start? Are relationships vital to what you do in ministry leadership? Well, I’m not saying I have all the answers, but I’ll be 50 years old […]
  • How To Be A Miserable Leader

    Scott
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Each morning, as soon as you awake, recite these few lines to be a miserable ministry leader: “Today I seek to please as many people as I can, regardless of the toll it takes on me.” “Today, I choose to serve solely from my own strength and not seek the strength of God.” “Today, I […]
 
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    Leader Lifter

  • Got WHY?

    Hal Mayer
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Simon Sinek has a video and a great book, “Start with Why”. He talks about the power of “the why” for intrinsic motivation. Sometimes I have heard people say- “My people are not motivated, they just can get it in... Continue Reading →
  • Leaders have “Skin in the Game”

    Hal Mayer
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    I love Shark Tank – I am addicted to it. Entrepreneurs come into the tank and make their pitch to get an investment from the Sharks (usually 5 investors).   They get questions about debt, their valuation of their company, sales... Continue Reading →
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  • Audio vs. Video Podcasting: What Your Church Should Use and Why

    Paul Clifford
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ten years ago, I had discovered podcasting.  It gave me an excuse to drag out the Rio mp3 player that I got when I bought my iBook a few of years earlier.  I didn’t have money for the fancy new “iPod” that Apple sold, but I found I could make do with this eight megabyte wonder. Like the creation of broadcasting 100 years previous, podcasting started with audio-only content.  It wasn’t long before video was added to the roster of possible formats. Back then, video was more difficult to deal with than it is today.  You could only watch it on your computer, for the most part. Despite…
  • February News & Thanks

    Lauren Hunter
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to all our great sponsor partners for the month of February! It’s always a joy to count our blessings, and we’re especially grateful for these amazing church technology companies who support ChurchTechToday. The companies below have a true desire to see the Church helped, edified, and grown through all available resources. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors Church Community Builder 3 Reasons Leaders Need to Prepare for Ministry Crises Cool Solutions Group 6 Questions to Challenge Your Church Facility Technical…
  • Music and Ministry [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:56 am
    Whether accompanied by organ, handbells or electric guitar, or not accompanied by an instrument at all, Christians have used songs and music to worship God throughout history. Let’s take a look at musical instruments in the Bible, the history of music and worship and how different denominations of Christianity use music today. History of Music and Worship in the Christian Church From Gregorian chants to electric guitar and everywhere in between, worship services have incorporated music throughout the ages. 112 A.D. Pliny the Younger writes a letter to the emperor Trajan stating that early…
  • 3 Reasons Leaders Need to be Prepare for Ministry Crises

    Steve Caton
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    In ministry, storms will come. While they may be natural disasters, storms often take the form of moral failure, poor planning, or insufficient preparation. If you are not prepared, they can leave lasting damage. Planning for these threats is often referred to as risk management. If you’re like most church leaders, the words ‘risk management’ make you think of businesses — not church. Since you’ve been called to ministry by God, it’s easy to dismiss risk management as unnecessary because God will protect you. Sadly, a quick Google search of ‘church scandal’ will uncover…
  • 4 Methods of Increasing Communication with Your Church Members

    Lauren Hunter
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    Are you effective at communicating with the members of your church? How about with the entire community? When you have an important message to relay, you have to make it impactful. And you have to make sure it is making the target. In today’s world, your congregation and community are being bombarded with a continual stream of information. Some important, most not. Making your messages stand out from all of that noise is the new challenge facing church leaders. To do this you are going to need to reach your targeted audience, make sure that your message is relevant to them and encourages…
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  • Only Those Who Encounter God, Can Lead Others To Him

    artie
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    My whole life I’ve been impatient. I have often looked for ways in the past to find that golden shortcut to provide the perfect product but just not at such high a price. We all know such golden products simply don’t exist without a price, nor without waiting for God. I’ve been reading in Leviticus (can you imagine finding and wanting to meditate on the book of Leviticus) the story of Moses and Aaron, where Moses ordains Aaron as a priest and he goes through seven days of ceremonial ordination as a priest, before the people. After the seven days are finished Aaron and Moses…
  • God Is A Peacemaker

    artie
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    The post God Is A Peacemaker appeared first on Artie Davis.       Related Posts5 Ways to Be A Good FriendPerception is King!A Word About Spiritual Wisdom 
  • 3 P’s Every Leader Must Remember

    artie
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    To grow as a leader and as a church there are three things that must be in a place that can be evaluated and corrected on a regular basis. Priorities. Some would call these our core values. These are the things that make us tick. That tell us who we are. These are the things that all the other “stuff” flow from. The priorities are the filter for every program, every dollar, and every effort. Without knowing our priorities and without evaluating them regularly and deciding if what we’re doing goes along with them, we’re running a a race without a course. Stop. Think.
  • 10 Habits Great Leaders Should Never Have

    artie
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad Habits = Bad Leadership Here Are 10 Habits you Must Break to be More Productive: 1- Overloading Have you ever been in the middle of one task and then started another, only later to realize that you didn’€™t finish either? Multi-tasking seems like a good idea at the time, but often leads to nothing. Concentrate on the important task until it is finished, before starting something else. 2- Making Excuses We have become desensitized to accountability. When something doesn’t get it done, we immediately look for something…
  • How? You’ve Gotta Know!

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
 
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  • Feeling Guilty? Why We Should Embrace the Gift of Guilt

    Brandon
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    Regret stinks. It’s an awful place to live. None of us like to feel guilty. So here’s some good news and some bad news about guilt. The bad news is, you’re guilty. As I am. As everyone is. The Apostle Paul made it pretty explicit, quoting the 53rd Psalm, As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their…
  • 38 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives, February 21, 2015

    Brandon
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    33 Ways Your Social Media Plan Will Make You More Successful, by Jay Baer You already know a social media plan can really help you share your content and connect with your audience. In fact, a solid social media plan helps us at CoSchedule get 31.5 times more traffic than if we would just share our content once and forget… 12 Things that Tempt Men to Peruse Porn, by Charles Stone Last week I began a five-week series on sex and sexuality called, The Bare Facts on Sex: God’s Best for Me. You can view archived videos of the messages at our church’s website here. This week I’m…
  • Why You Can’t Seem to Manage Your Time

    Brandon
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    Time management. Of all the people I know who ever focus on this concept, only a small handful are confident that they’re doing it well. Most of us feel out of control. We feel that our specialty is time mis-management. Why is this so? I believe it’s because we fail to see the bigger picture. Time management isn’t enough. It’s one small piece. Typically, when we think about managing time, we’re visualizing our to-do list, as if everything on it occupies an equal priority in our lives. When we can’t get it all done, we assume we’ve managed our time…
  • Husbands, Treat Your Wife Like the Treasure She Is

    Brandon
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    My wife is a treasure! She’s precious. In addition to all of the many personal qualities about Angie that make her awesome – such as her tender, sweet heart, charming smile and her beauty – there’s this, and it’s from the Bible… The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22 NLT Here’s a blunt truth… when all a guy can talk or think about is how much of a nag or a burden his wife is, it tells us way more about him and his attitude than about her. Let me open that up just a bit. Man, you…
  • If You Can’t Mess Up, Don’t Bother Leading

    Brandon
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:09 am
    Having an ambition to lead is great, but it doesn’t produce actual leadership. Taking risks does. The best leader in the room isn’t the one with all the answers. The leader is the one who volunteers to go first and show the way. Every great leader I know has been scorched by the pain of making the hard, and sometimes wrong, decisions. But the only way to change the world is to take the risks of leadership, such as the risk of Casting a bold, impossible vision. Writing the first check. Releasing people before they’re quite ready to fly. Opening up and getting nothing back.
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  • Pastor Michael Murphy speaking Sunday, March 8th

    Emily Kirkendoll
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    If Liberty Church had an “uncle” who raised a storm every time he came to visit, his name would be Mike Murphy. We’re so excited to hear him speak at our services on March 8th. Pastor Mike Murphy has a long history with Liberty Church, stretching back even before Liberty Church was Liberty Church. He is a long-time mentor to Lead Pastors Paul and Andi Andrew and supported them in following their dream to New York. His influence is also felt by the encouragement and coaching he has poured into our pastors and leaders. This is his third time speaking to our communities, and…
  • The Yogurt Lie and Other Ways She is Free

    Emily Kirkendoll
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Next month, hundreds of women will gather in New York City for freedom. In many ways, She is Free, as experienced by the women of Liberty Sisterhood, is already underway. Months of prayer and preparation have paved a way for freedom. But what do we mean when we say “She is Free”? The women of Liberty Sisterhood have taken that phrase to heart, and have made the choice to pursue freedom in their own lives so that they can give it away as a gift to others. They’ve grown passionate about their expectation that other women will experience the same freedom that God has given them. You…
  • Coming Up in March

    Emily Kirkendoll
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Welcome to Liberty! Here’s how you can get involved this month. Pastor Mike Murphy Speaking, March 8th // Visionaries Gathering, March 12th // Worship Night, March 25th  Michael Murphy | Sunday, March 8th We’re so excited to have Michael Murphy join us as our guest speaker on Sunday, March 8th! In addition to decades of pastoring and missions work, Michael Murphy is the founder of Leaderscape.  Leaderscape is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting leaders of movements, companies and churches in both the developing and developed worlds. Pastor Mike will be speaking at all…
  • Commissioning the elders of our church

    Emily Kirkendoll
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:27 pm
    At our services this past Sunday, Paul and Andi commissioned a group of people to join the eldership of our church at each of our communities. We already have a board of elders that serves as a Board of Directors, but as Liberty Church grows, we also want to be supported by the spiritual leadership of elders who serve with their community’s best interest at heart. Paul explained, “Late last year, Andi and I felt compelled to increase and broaden the eldership of our church, and have our eldership be representative of each of our communities in New York [Brooklyn, Soho, and Union…
  • The Company: This is where it all begins

    Emily Kirkendoll
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The world is a better place when men are better men… Men of honor who pursue what it is to be a man as defined by Christ, and not just culture. There’s no doubt that the company we keep shapes us for better or worse. “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ (1 Corinthians 15:33), and yet, “God is present in the company of the righteous” (Psalm 14:5). So on Thursday, March 19th, we are launching The Company, a movement for the men of our church. This is where it all begins. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17) Related posts:…
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  • Is It As Simple As This?

    Mark Howell
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you’ve been along for very much of this conversation, you know that I am a fan of simple and often self-evident wisdom. I believe Andy Stanley was right.  Your ministry really is “perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing.” I have no doubt that there actually aren’t any problem-free solutions, strategies or systems and wise leaders really do simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have. And while I’m on the...Click here for more... »         
  • How to Make Disciples in Small Groups

    Mark Howell
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    I don’t know about you, but I’m determined to build a thriving small group ministry that makes disciples.  That is the light at the end of the tunnel for me.  It is the end in mind.  It’s not just to connect unconnected people.  That’s important, but only a beginning.  My objective is to make disciples.  And I suspect–since you are still along on this journey with me–that is your objective too!  See also, How to Build a Thriving Small Group Ministry...Click here for more... »         
  • 3 Post-Easter Strategies that Ought to Be on Your Radar

    Mark Howell
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    As you know, there are certain windows every year when it is easier to launch new small groups.  You may not have thought about it, but it is important to know that these windows are not the same. Each of these windows is unique.  Each window appeals to a different demographic slice.  A different underlying motivation accompanies each window.  And most importantly, different strategies will maximize the connecting potential of each window. One of the best windows to launch new small...Click here for more... »         
  • Dilbert on Developing Insight

    Mark Howell
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Sometimes we just need to laugh.  And then again, sometimes it hurts to laugh. View Article: Dilbert on Developing Insight or visit MarkHowellLive.com for more! Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient. Top 14 Posts for 2014 Top 10 Curriculum Reviews of 2014 Here Are My Favorite Posts         
  • Thinking Thursday: Why Great Leaders Make You Feel Safe

    Mark Howell
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:18 am
    As you watch this video from Simon Sinek (best known for his book Start with Why), listen for clues about the aspects that ought to be built in to what is modeled for small group leaders. Can’t see the video?  You can click here to watch it. View Article: Thinking Thursday: Why Great Leaders Make You Feel Safe or visit MarkHowellLive.com for more!Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient. Click here for more... »         
 
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  • What Movie Should I Show My Youth Group?

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Photo Credit: when i was a bird (Creative Commons)My latest blog post for LeaderTreks centers on a single question I think every youth worker has asked themselves at some point:What movie should I show my youth group?Here's an excerpt from the post:I’m often asked which movies are best to show youth groups. My personal blog gets thousands of hits from this googled question. While I could offer you a simple list of films, it’s best to understand how to choose a movie with wisdom and discretion. We live in a movie world. From YouTube to Netflix, Blu-ray to the box office,…
  • 8 Cliche Youth Ministry Phrases

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    We have our own language in youth ministry. Our youth pastor colloquialisms are tribal in nature--I don't often hear these phrases or terms outside of the youth ministry context. But within that crazy and beautiful world, these are eight common expressions in the youth worker's vernacular:1. Be IntentionalBased on how much we talk about it, the primary goal for youth ministry is to be more intentional about...well, just about anything! Relationships. Worship. Discipleship. Evangelism. Bathroom breaks. As long as we're being intentional about it, it's awesome. Just listen for this word in…
  • Movie Review: The Overnighters

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Ministry is messy.The above sentence could be a spoken in a sigh given from a wise mentor to young clergy. The elder explains to the eager apprentice-shepherds that caring for a flock, while meaningful and transformative, can also take its toll. You're never really prepared, and often feel like you're caught up in some sort of battle that has been waging since the beginning of time (because, in fact, you are), equipped with a few spiritual tools and spurred forward by a profound hope that, with God's help and providence, you can actually make a difference in others' lives and hearts.Ministry…
  • Beating Burnout - An Update

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Photo Credit: Jaroslav A. Polak (Creative Commons)About two months ago, I wrote a post confessing my entry into a season of burnout. Since then, I've received so many emails, messages, and phone calls filled with encouragement and wisdom. Friends and mentors have sat down for coffee and just listened to my story, simply asking questions and offering a listening ear and a caring presence. I've also had many ministry friends reach out to say, "I think I'm headed towards burnout too." I've been the listening ear for them, hearing their story and being a companion in the sometimes-painful…
  • Remember Your Roots

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Photo Credit: Ann Larie Valentine (Creative Commons)I spoke at a middle school winter camp this past weekend, and I had an absolute blast. Despite the abnormally warm temperatures that made the atmosphere feel more akin to a summer camp than a snow-covered wintry retreat, it was deeply refreshing for my soul.Why? Because it brought me back to the beginning of my youth ministry experience. Those early experiences, even when I was in middle school, haven't change all that much in the past 20 years:Night games in the forest.Broken-down busses.Uncomfortable camp mattresses.Consuming loads of…
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  • Assembling Together Opinions

    RevCollins
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Opinions Solicited This past Sunday we saw a large amount of snow and ice overnight Saturday into Sunday. Many roads in the area were snow and ice-covered still about the time church members were getting ready to go to church. Our services at Living Faith Community Church were partly cancelled and the bible study scheduled for the afternoon were cancelled. I was on Facebook early Sunday when a post caught my eye. It seemed to imply that if you weren’t in church this past Sunday, you weren’t going to Heaven. I am presuming the person was referring to Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking…
  • Ministry Update

    RevCollins
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Busy Two Months It looks like I haven’t made a post on here since November. Wow, I did not realize it had been that long. I am sorry that much time slipped through my fingers. We had a busy few months here with our family. We have settled into our new church home, Living Faith Community Church, these past few months. Pastor Tom has even asked me to speak a couple of times. It was so nice to be back in the pulpit again. I had truly missed the chance to share the word with others. I spoke the Sunday before Christmas and two weeks ago. On the Sunday before Christmas, we had a baptismal…
  • RePresent Jesus Christ

    RevCollins
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Copyright RePressentJC.com New Book Found While cruising around on Facebook tonight I stumbled across a link to a new book. The link title is what first caught my attention. You see, my mission here at GC Ministry is to help people move away from a purely religious experience and develop a deeper spiritual commitment. I want you to be a representative of Christ to the world. This new book aims to do just that. Who Is Christ No, I am not looking to develop a discussion of who He was. I firmly believe that He was God incarnate. What I mean by the question is what kind of person was He. What did…
  • God’s Facebook

    RevCollins
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Jesus on Facebook The blogger I am sending you to today has written a wonderful article on the topic of Jesus on Facebook. I thought she did a wonderful job of making her reader think about what Jesus would look like if He were on social media. Then again, we are His representation to the world. So I would say He is on social media. What has He been saying in your neck of the web? http://reststopforthesoul.com/2014/10/03/jesus-on-facebook/The post God’s Facebook appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: The Story Of Passover Gets Told Through Social Media [Video] Favorite Links…
  • Religion

    RevCollins
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    religion [ri-lij-uh n] noun 1. a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. The definition of religion from deinition.com pretty well sunarizes what most of us think of when we look to define the word  The point I want to focus on today is the ritual observance. Far too often that is exactly what our faith walk becomes. We leave the area of relationship…
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  • Only Those Who Encounter God, Can Lead Others To Him

    artie
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    My whole life I’ve been impatient. I have often looked for ways in the past to find that golden shortcut to provide the perfect product but just not at such high a price. We all know such golden products simply don’t exist without a price, nor without waiting for God. I’ve been reading in Leviticus (can you imagine finding and wanting to meditate on the book of Leviticus) the story of Moses and Aaron, where Moses ordains Aaron as a priest and he goes through seven days of ceremonial ordination as a priest, before the people. After the seven days are finished Aaron and Moses…
  • God Is A Peacemaker

    artie
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    The post God Is A Peacemaker appeared first on Artie Davis.       Related Posts5 Ways to Be A Good FriendPerception is King!A Word About Spiritual Wisdom 
  • 3 P’s Every Leader Must Remember

    artie
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    To grow as a leader and as a church there are three things that must be in a place that can be evaluated and corrected on a regular basis. Priorities. Some would call these our core values. These are the things that make us tick. That tell us who we are. These are the things that all the other “stuff” flow from. The priorities are the filter for every program, every dollar, and every effort. Without knowing our priorities and without evaluating them regularly and deciding if what we’re doing goes along with them, we’re running a a race without a course. Stop. Think.
  • 10 Habits Great Leaders Should Never Have

    artie
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad Habits = Bad Leadership Here Are 10 Habits you Must Break to be More Productive: 1- Overloading Have you ever been in the middle of one task and then started another, only later to realize that you didn’€™t finish either? Multi-tasking seems like a good idea at the time, but often leads to nothing. Concentrate on the important task until it is finished, before starting something else. 2- Making Excuses We have become desensitized to accountability. When something doesn’t get it done, we immediately look for something…
  • How? You’ve Gotta Know!

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
 
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  • Major On The Majors

    Rob Shepherd
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Humans love to major on the minors. We love to get worked up about little things and forget big picture things. My kids model how we are born this way. Last night my daughter had a melt down at bedtime because she wanted to play the piano in a Mickey Mouse book. I walked into her room and it was like her dog died. We don’t have a dog, but you get the point. Snot. Tears. Shaking up and down from the sheer passion of the tears. Oh, and she couldn’t catch her breath. I told her, “Tomorrow you can play the piano all day long. It’s not that big of deal that you can’t…
  • Broken

    Rob Shepherd
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    I’m feeling snarky. It’s late at night. I had an emotional small group followed by a walk in the freezing cold in order to get my 10K steps. Mind you I already walked in the, VA has gone psycho, ice/snow/freezing rain first thing in the morning. I also parked my car in butt far Egypt at a shopping center and walked to work. No matter what I did 10K steps alluded me. But I got those steps. Owned em. It just took forever. As of this writing it’s 10:30 PM and I should be sleeping. Instead I’m writing without a normal filter. Like I wrote earlier, I’m feeling snarky.
  • Relentless

    Rob Shepherd
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    I discovered around middle school that I wasn’t born with an off switch. When I think something is funny I take it to the furthest limit possible. When it’s time to compete I don’t know how to play just for fun. I want to win. I may or may not have passed this trait on to my kiddos. Every time we walk outside my kids start throwing snowballs. They start throwing them at anyone and everyone that is within a 5 mile radius of our house. The other day my kids picked a target. Jacob. Jacob R. Ray to be precise. After being pelted repeatedly by snow balls I said, “These kids…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
    I’m praying this snow goes away, we have some awesome Owners, and baptism. It must be time for another Next Level Update… As I’m writing this it looks like Queen Elsa sneezed all over the 757. We cancelled our first night of Next Level Students, it put a Huge kink in our kids team planning for the launch of large group this Sunday, and it buried our freshly plowed parking lot. I’m praying everyone stays safe. I’m praying this snow melts before Sunday. I’m praying VA warms up quickly. I’m humbled by how awesome our Owners are. We have Owners who have…
  • Let’s Kick Them All Out Of The Church

    Rob Shepherd
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    I get emailed a lot. Between Christian companies wanting my church to buy, sell, endorse, bring in their products and spam I get a ton of emails. You add to that the weekly emails I get about people wanting to know something about Next Level Church and I’m wishing I got a dollar for every email I get. I’d be filthy rich! You want to know the question I get asked the most? It’s not what denomination we are. It’s not what our view is on theological matters. It’s not what we offer for kids. It’s not even what our vision for the next five years is. That’s…
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  • A satisfied customer

    Richard Wilson
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    This week I received a message from someone I have exchanged many e-mails with over the years, answering questions and seeing his life change: Greetings from Rome and thank you for the time that you’ve always spent for me. My marriage is fine and my daughter is growing cheerfully in a serene environment. Only six years ago I was very far from having a family. Then… all of a sudden a subtle desire to change my life that coincided with some “random” meetings that were fundamental for my existence. You were a decisive encounter.
  • Adventure

    Richard Wilson
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    We have just finished packing and getting ready for our big adventure. Tomorrow morning we leave for Sicily, a trip of 1500km and a sea crossing which we will be doing in two days. Although we have made this trip many times, including with a two month old, it is of course the first time that we have done it with two two month old babies, plus a couple of other children. We will be trying to synchronise feeding times and rest stops for everybody, which sounds like a good plan but whether it comes about is another matter entirely. The reason of course is our extended family: they all want to…
  • A day in church

    Richard Wilson
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Yesterday we had our first whole day out together. It did not start well, as we forget the babies’ bag with everything they need to survive more than a couple of hours, so I had to go back home to get it before arriving in church almost an hour late. Apart from that, Mattia and Luca went well: when they were not being passed around everyone in the church, they just slept quietly in a corner in their double stroller. The reason for this long day was the monthly lunch after church, which this time included the Sunday School’s work to raise funds for a school in India – they made…
  • Presentation

    Richard Wilson
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    This morning we made our first appearance in church as enlarged family. We did not do too bad in organising ourselves to go out (just a few minutes behind when we hoped to leave the house) given that we had no system yet, and there was a last minute vomit from one twin and nappy change from the other. So we were able to receive lots of compliments from our friends, but especially present Luca and Mattia to the church to thank God for them and to ask for their continual prayers for us as a family. It was the last Sunday that my in-laws will be with us, and we wanted them to be a part of this…
  • The photo I’ve been waiting for

    Richard Wilson
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Pinuccia, Mattia, Stefania, Daniele, Luca, Richard Finally all together (Mattia on the left, Luca on the right).
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  • The Top 10 Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn’t Make Disciples

    Will Mancini
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    What gets in our way when it comes to the church’s mission to make disciples? Let’s look at the things we do at church and they way we spend our time as pastors: Preparing a sermon or teaching message in a given week without spending time in disciple-making relationships. Spending time meeting with staff and church leaders in a given week in lieu of spending time in personal disciple-making relationships. Designing a worship experience in a given week without a prior design of a clear disciple-making strategy. Managing a weekly money gathering process from people without having a…
  • The Most Important Trend of Church Trends in 2015 And What To Do About It

    Will Mancini
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    I like reading about trends and I like thinking about the long lists of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: 5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013) 11 Church Vision and Strategy Trends (2011) This year I want to do something different by focusing on one important church trend. By calling it the most important trend, I want to state up front that I am not building my case with stats. What I do have is 14 years of weekly meetings with church leaders across the country talking about what’s happening in the church. Specifically, in the last two…
  • 12 Church Logos that Tell a Story (and Why Yours Should Too)

    Will Mancini
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Auxano just released another TeamUP download that focuses on one of our six services: communication. As a “vision shop,” we believe that all vision should be communicated visually. This gorgeous, free PDF will share a little bit more about our philosophy of communication and how your design can elevate and demonstrate the unique work of God in your church. Christmas is a great time to remember that Jesus is the logos of God; that is, the word, the expression, the representation of Him. In the beginning was the logos and the logos was with God and the logos was God (John 1:1). Here…
  • 6 Reasons Why Most Church Strategic Planning Is a Waste of Time

    Will Mancini
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat? The planning may be called lots of things like: long range planning vision planning visioning weekend goal-setting strategic operations In addition to the variety of names, the planning may be spawned for numerous reasons like facility planning, attendance decline, website design, or capital campaign initiatives to name a few. But whatever you call it and and whatever got the process started,…
  • Take the Nice IS Naughty Quiz for Pastors this Christmas

    Will Mancini
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    You’ve heard of the naughty or nice quiz before. We put people on one side of the behavior equation this time of the year. And if that doesn’t cross your mind, then someone at North Pole Central is finalizing the tally before Santa’s globe-trotting, Christmas Eve sleigh ride. This year, however,  I want to put these terms on the same side of the equation. I think pastors need to consider “niceness” from an entirely different point of view. That’s right, I have a growing fear that we, as ministry leaders,  too often do the wrong thing in the name of…
 
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    Alastair Vance

  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 22 Feb 2015

    Alastair
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B) The Same Love – Paul Baloche (B) God With Us – MercyMe (B) Pursuit – Daniel Bashta (E) Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin (E) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 15 Feb 2015

    Alastair
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G) Multiplied – NeedToBreathe (G) 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (G) God Of The Redeemed – Bethel (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B) Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristian Stanfill (G)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 08 Feb 2015

    Alastair
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Your Love Never Fails (A) – Chris McClarney Come As You Are (A) – Crowder Break Every Chain (Bb) – Will Reagan Scandal Of Grace (G) – Hillsong Lead Me To The Cross (D) – Hillsong I Am (G) – Crowder
  • “Pour Into Me” – Cylie Jimenez

    Alastair
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Here’s an original song by one of our STORYCHURCH worship leaders, Cylie Jimenez. Lyrics When I am broken And on my knees Show me your grace and mercy When these afflictions Are binding me Restore my soul and set me free When the wind and rain And earth collide I cannot fear with you at my side So calm my heart And quiet my mind So all I have is you in sight Pour into me love that is ocean deep So you become all I see Breathe into me faith that I need To be yours completely Restore my soul I will pour my soul till I am empty So you can come fill me I’ll let all of me die inside So you…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 01 Feb 2015

    Alastair
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B) The Same Love – Paul Baloche (B) Came To My Rescue – Hillsong (B) God Of This City – Bluetree (B) Endless Light – Hillsong (B)
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Christian Book Review

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    This is a review of the book Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family by Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo.When I first found out I was expecting (over 20 years ago) I felt like I had joined a club. Women who were already moms started to treat me differently. Like now I was one of them. I didn’t realize how true that was until I read this book.Clubs are usually made up of like minded people. And it seems like mothering follows a formula.The authors of Mothering from Scratch, tell women that there is more then one way to do it and it depends on your…
  • Live a Life Worthy of Your Calling

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    Ephesians 4:1-16 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:“When he ascended on…
  • The Need to be a part of a Church Community

    21 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    If we want to experience the life that God intends for us, there comes a point where we shift from being merely recipients of grace to being channels of grace to others…we no longer hold God’s love for ourselves, but find ways to share it with others…we stop being spectators and become participants in God’s transformation of the world. Our individual calling is always a part of God’s mission for the church. We cannot fulfill our individual calling without being a part of a Christian community.God chooses to accomplish His work through the lives of ordinary people. He blesses the…
  • Called to Priesthood

    20 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    As followers of Christ we are called to active participation in Christ’s ministry of service in the world. All of us!1 Peter 2:4-10 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”7 Now to you who believe, this stone is…
  • Review of the book “An Insider’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare”

    3 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    I expected more of Kristine McGuire’s personal story then she gave. But that may just prove what she says about people having an interest in the occult. Even Christians. She used to call herself a Christian witch.In this book she tells us exactly what Spiritual warfare is: why we have it; and tracing it back to Satan's fall before Adam and Eve.She points out that it's not just the big battles we see played out in history and on the news. It's what goes on in our own minds every day.She says:It is in the prayers we say or forget to say, It is in the choice to be kind or hurtful.It is in our…
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    Mobile Ministry Magazine

  • Receiving and Giving A Liebster Award

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    My good friend – and co-laborer with the TheoTek Hangout/Podcast - Wes Allen has nominated me for a Liebster Award. Many thanks Wes, and to those who might be reading and going “what’s this,” its simply a recognition of some of those folks who blog who might not get the kind of attention that those with larger followings tend to get – and its a chance for you to read a little something new, while learning something new about the person you’ve been reading/watching/following. So, thanks for the award Wes, and due to my silly nature – this probably…
  • Issue 3: Holy Week

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    This issue of Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM) is deliberately begin set against the backdrop of Holy Week. The tools and technology should always take a backseat to the faith and its impacts, but as we find even in this famous week – the tools used (the whip, crown of thorns, nails, cross, and stone) speak just as loudly as the participants in the story. Discover In remembrance of this week, we want to once again highlight a few pieces we’ve posted previously around this time of year – looking at the story of the end of Holy Week/Passion Week through the lens of mobile.
  • Issue 2: Envisioning

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:02 am
    Welcome to the second issue of Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM) simply titled Envisioning. There was a decent response from the year’s first issue and so we are going to continue down the same path with this package of observations and insights from the mobile ministry (#mobmin) space. Discover One of the questions that MMM has gotten since its inception has been “why is there not just one single place where folks can find out everything about mobile ministry?” Part of that reason is because there’s not really been all that many places. Thankfully, times have changed…
  • 2014 Issue 1: Making It Simple

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    4 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to a refreshed Mobile Ministry Magazine (MMM). Starting this year, we are going back to the simplicity of the issue format. Each month we will be hitting on those points where you can discover, observe, relate, or be released into mobile ministry (#mobmin) efforts. It’s a packed issue, let’s get into it. Discover If you didn’t know how to connect to mobile ministry events happening around the world, now you do. The #mobmin Event Calendar is an easy-to-subscribe listing of events happening in and around mobile ministry. Its not every tech event, just those which might…
  • 2014, Going the Route of Disruption

    Mobile Ministry Magazine
    3 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    The past years have been incredibly hard. Going at it with MMM as a primary effort has been all kinds of hard. I’ve had to move a few times, deal with the good and bad of working on collaborative projects, reject a few speaking gigs (because they wouldn’t pay), and accept a few others not knowing how I’d get there. Suffice to say, there’s a part of me that wishes that it was possible to have kept the pay from the old job while doing this – but I think I might have prayed too long and too hard and didn’t see the wisdom there. As such, 2013-14 has been a year…
 
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  • What Movie Should I Show My Youth Group?

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Photo Credit: when i was a bird (Creative Commons)My latest blog post for LeaderTreks centers on a single question I think every youth worker has asked themselves at some point:What movie should I show my youth group?Here's an excerpt from the post:I’m often asked which movies are best to show youth groups. My personal blog gets thousands of hits from this googled question. While I could offer you a simple list of films, it’s best to understand how to choose a movie with wisdom and discretion. We live in a movie world. From YouTube to Netflix, Blu-ray to the box office,…
  • 8 Cliche Youth Ministry Phrases

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    We have our own language in youth ministry. Our youth pastor colloquialisms are tribal in nature--I don't often hear these phrases or terms outside of the youth ministry context. But within that crazy and beautiful world, these are eight common expressions in the youth worker's vernacular:1. Be IntentionalBased on how much we talk about it, the primary goal for youth ministry is to be more intentional about...well, just about anything! Relationships. Worship. Discipleship. Evangelism. Bathroom breaks. As long as we're being intentional about it, it's awesome. Just listen for this word in…
  • Movie Review: The Overnighters

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Ministry is messy.The above sentence could be a spoken in a sigh given from a wise mentor to young clergy. The elder explains to the eager apprentice-shepherds that caring for a flock, while meaningful and transformative, can also take its toll. You're never really prepared, and often feel like you're caught up in some sort of battle that has been waging since the beginning of time (because, in fact, you are), equipped with a few spiritual tools and spurred forward by a profound hope that, with God's help and providence, you can actually make a difference in others' lives and hearts.Ministry…
  • Beating Burnout - An Update

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Photo Credit: Jaroslav A. Polak (Creative Commons)About two months ago, I wrote a post confessing my entry into a season of burnout. Since then, I've received so many emails, messages, and phone calls filled with encouragement and wisdom. Friends and mentors have sat down for coffee and just listened to my story, simply asking questions and offering a listening ear and a caring presence. I've also had many ministry friends reach out to say, "I think I'm headed towards burnout too." I've been the listening ear for them, hearing their story and being a companion in the sometimes-painful…
  • Remember Your Roots

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Photo Credit: Ann Larie Valentine (Creative Commons)I spoke at a middle school winter camp this past weekend, and I had an absolute blast. Despite the abnormally warm temperatures that made the atmosphere feel more akin to a summer camp than a snow-covered wintry retreat, it was deeply refreshing for my soul.Why? Because it brought me back to the beginning of my youth ministry experience. Those early experiences, even when I was in middle school, haven't change all that much in the past 20 years:Night games in the forest.Broken-down busses.Uncomfortable camp mattresses.Consuming loads of…
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    The BIGBible Project

  • Dare to be a Daniel (@revpamsmith)

    revpamsmith
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The story of Daniel echoes other stories in the bible – an exile finds favour with the king, other courtiers become jealous and try to destroy him, but are eventually destroyed themselves. Daniel’s enemies, knowing that his devotion to his God is expressed in daily prayer, trick the king into passing a law to forbid all prayers to anyone other than the king himself. Anyone who breaks the new law will be thrown into a den of lions to be devoured. Daniel refuses to give up praying to God despite the new law, is cast into the lions’ den but is saved by an angel who shuts the lions’…
  • Dry bones (@jhosborn)

    Jenni Osborn
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    http://www.stmarystjames.org.uk/images/dry_bones.jpg Ezekiel 37:1-3The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” It occurs to me that Christianity is often characterised as dry and dusty bones. Most recently by the response to the Bishop’s letter in the past week, it is clear that many both within and outside of the…
  • Gentrification of the Soul – a thought on the Dry Bones of Ezekiel (@headphonaught)

    headphonaught
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Image from 12Baskets: http://12baskets.co.uk/view/images/inspired_for_life Gentrification is an ugly word and one I see more and more often in my daily feeds. We are seeing it regularly – the buying and renovating of houses, shops and workspaces in deteriorating neighbourhoods by folks not from the neighbourhood with the intention of improving the area and the property prices whilst simultaneously having a detrimental impact on the space by forcing lower-income residents from it due to higher rents etc. And, in doing so, by pricing out the neighbourhood’s participants, the area loses…
  • Dem bones, dem bones . . . (by Kathryn Price)

    Kathryn Price
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I have a confession to make.  I have not had/found/made time to re-read the book of the prophet Ezekiel in preparation for this contribution. I have read it before and I have, in the past couple of weeks as this date loomed, given it a great deal of thought.  I looked at the headings given to the chapters in a few different translations and skimmed one or two passages; but I did not sit down and give it the undivided attention that a good reader should. Can these dry bones live? by David Perry https://www.flickr.com/photos/visualtheology/ My first thoughts were – ‘Ezekiel.  Well…
  • Where can God be found? A Reflection on the Prophet Ezekiel (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Last Sunday I was serving in a church in the city centre of Oxford. Facing the altar it felt like there was no one else in the building. On the altar the six candles that looked taller than me flickered at the end of their shining gold candlesticks. Jesus, wrapped in crimson robes and surrounded by a multitude of saints, looked down on me from the stained glass windows above my head. I took a deep breath and it felt like I breathed in more incense than oxygen. Everything in my eye line, including my own robes, was rich and colourful, sending my senses buzzing into overdrive. I loved it. Until…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Understanding your volunteers

    Kenny
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    This is bigger than just a volunteer thing, but since this is a Children’s Ministry blog, I figured I’d position this idea from that perspective. You’ll never truly see life through the eyes of someone different from you. You may get a glimpse every now and again, but you’ll never get it. I have many friends who are introverts and I try my best to wrap my mind around why they do what they do and I’ve found that the best I can do is appreciate their difference and that’s a good step. A few weeks ago I had my good friend Jonathan Cliff speak at our Winter…
  • What Social Media Use Says About Us

    Kenny
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    My wife is so smart. A few weeks I wrote a post about how young people are currently using social media linking to an article written by a 19 year-old about how he and his friends use social media. The point of my email was to communicate how quickly people are shifting from one social media platform to another and if we hope to influence young leaders, we need to connect communicate where they are. They’re not using facebook and only some of them are on twitter. It’s an interesting topic to consider. A few hours after my post published, my wife Sara called me and told me that I…
  • Delegating like a boss

    Kenny
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:21 am
    A bigger measure of your success will not be measured by what you did, but what you empowered others to do. Yes, you should tweet that. More importantly you should act like it is true – because it is. When hiring new staff, I’m rarely looking for a superstar. I’m looking for the person who gets little credit for the massive work they’ve accomplished through leading teams of volunteers. Superstars are expensive and although they bring a lot to the table, a team builder will deliver far more than a superstar ever will. I’ve learned the hard way that probably 80%…
  • Three by Threes

    Kenny
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Several months ago I wrote about leading meetings and even provided a template of the meeting agenda I used. I’ve been surprised by how many people have asked me what our “3×3’s” are. I’ve responded to several people via email, but I finally realized that I should probably just write about it. Several years ago, some of Gateway’s key staff attended the Willow Creek Leadership Summit and Bill Hybles talked about a concept he had developed for moving projects along called a 6×6. He describes flying home from abroad feeling some stress around the…
  • Awesome worship resources for Kidmin

    Kenny
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    So, last night my Elementary Large Group Director sent me an email. She asked if we could get some new songs for elementary. I won’t tell you which songs have been “over played” but she did say that if she has to listen to some of these songs any more, she might get sick. She suggested some songs that our elementary kids were introduced to a few weeks ago at our Winter Camp, “Oceans” and “Alive.” A quick google search results page made me very happy. How about awesome, kid-friendly, live lyric tracks of “Oceans,” “Alive” and…
 
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Q &A: Trouble Staying Focused…Not Getting Anything DONE!

    tsnipes
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:33 pm
    This week’s question is from Brikko and she wrestle with an opponent we’re all familiar with. Brikko says: How can I control my enthusiasm enough to stay focused on each project throughout completion? Watch how I address her issue her: What’s YOUR take on this issue? Post acomment below: Related posts: Q: Burlesque and The Christian Entertainer? Recently I asked the following question to many of you:... New Practice Sketch: Images and Video Here’s another sketch I did to keep the skills sharp:... Could Your Hectic Schedule Be a Demonic Attack? (FREE slide share…
  • PART 2- Q&A: “How Do I Know What My Calling Is?”

    tsnipes
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:18 am
    And here’s the conclusion to my answer to loyal subscriber Robert’s question. As you may recall, Robert asked: I’m not sure what my calling is. I do have a passion for creating comic books/graphic novels (writing and drawing). I am 49 years old. I think I’m afraid of failure? Here’s the continuation of my response: … Continue Reading → Related posts: Q&A: “How Do I Know What My Calling Is?” Pt. 1 Here’s a question from loyal subscriber Robert of Columbus, Ohio.... 3 Income Streams for Comics and Graphic Novel Creators Some of the…
  • Q&A: “How Do I Know What My Calling Is?” Pt. 1

    tsnipes
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    Here’s a question from loyal subscriber Robert of Columbus, Ohio. Robert asks: I’m not sure what my calling is. I do have a passion for creating comic books/graphic novels (writing and drawing). I am 49 years old. I think I’m afraid of failure? And here is Part 1 of my reply: Related posts: PART 2- Q&A: “How Do I Know What My Calling Is?” And here’s the conclusion to my answer to loyal subscriber... 3 Income Streams for Comics and Graphic Novel Creators Some of the hardest working artists and writers I’ve known... Q: Burlesque and The Christian…
  • How to Sell Your Creation Before You Create It

    tsnipes
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    As many of you know, I am launching a book this spring and have been yammering about it since December! And the reason for my “yammering” long before the final draft is printed is because it is a crucial step for selling your creation before you create it. The video below is Part 1 of … Continue Reading → Related posts: Q: “How Do You Sell Yourself Without Selling Out?” (Audio) On today’s audio episode I’m joined by author, college professor,... 3 Methods of Making Money This Christmas for Creatives If you want to have the BEST Christmas ever…
  • Your Best Work Is Connected To Your Time Alone With God

    tsnipes
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    I’ll be honest. The busier I get, the more I have to remind myself about the following FACT: Your Best Work Is Connected To Your Time Alone With God. 1. GET INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD (He’s not an elusive, moving target!) God is OMNI-Present, meaning that He is everywhere, in your apartment, on your … Continue Reading → Related posts: Time Lapse Video of Artists in Action This is what it I’ve been busy so much with... 5 Ways to Tell God’s Plan Versus Any Other Plan Creative People: How do you know when a decision you’re... 8 Reasons Why Artists Need…
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    samluce.com

  • How to Kid Proof your iPad

    samluce
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:22 am
    When I first got my iPhone and iPad one of the more frustrating things for me was the fact my kids would roam all over it changing stuff. Well that and the fact they would use it while eating Cheetos. I have yet to solve the Cheetos issue. I did however, discover that apple come out with a very easy very brilliant way to keep kids at home or at school locked into only the app you want them in. How to kid proof you iPad in a few basic steps 1. Go to your settings icon > press the general tab >then press the accessibility tab 2. Once in the accessibility tab select > select guided…
  • Weekend Reading 2-20-15

    samluce
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    What books I am reading right now Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower What blogs I am reading right now Your Brain on Stories – Great post on the power of story and how it affects you. Thanks for the find @jonathancliff If you develop tension in the story you will sustain attention. If you sustain attention then it is more likely that the people hearing the story will start to share the emotions of the main characters in the story. If people share the emotions of the main characters then they are likely to mimic the feelings and behaviors of the characters…
  • What you will miss about Orange Conference

    samluce
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    Orange conference is very nostalgic for me. It’s the place where I first met up with the people who have become some of my closest friends. It was the first really large conference I ever attended. 6 years ago and it feels like yesterday. I ended up going 3 years in a row as a blogger and haven’t been able to attend the last three years due to conflicts in my schedule. I thought I would take a bit of a different take with this post and tell you the unique aspects I miss most about Orange after a three-year absence. The tribe – Each conference has their own Eco system of regular…
  • The New Needs Friends

    samluce
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    In the book Creativity Inc, By Ed Catmull at one point he talked about the importance of protecting the new. He then quoted the amazing monologue delivered by Anton Ego in Ratatouille. In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are…
  • Weekend Reading 2-13-2015

    samluce
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    What books I am reading right now Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull Out Of The Silent Planet By C.S. Lewis What blogs I am reading right now No Grey Area – Kevin DeYoung Talks about he proper Christian response to the movie and book series 50 shades of grey. How to build a thriving Children’s Ministry in small town USA. - I love Dale Hudson’s passion for the local church. This post is both practical and encouraging. Our founding pastor attends Dales church. They do an amazing job I am grateful for Dale’s voice and the influence of Christ Fellowship on the church in America. The Enemy…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • Top 7 Bible Verses About Sowing And Reaping

    Crystal McDowell
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sowing and reaping is one of the simplest, yet most ignored concepts of life. Anything we put our time, energy, money, or focus on is an act of sowing. Reaping is the results or consequences of what... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stephen In The Bible – Character Profile And Study

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many people who are familiar with the Bible are not familiar with Stephen who was one of the first deacons in the Bible. In addition, Stephen was also the first martyr of the church. His story is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Does The Bible Define Wickedness?

    Jack Wellman
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Does the Bible give us a definition for wickedness?  If so, what is it? Wickedness in the Hebrew and Greek Languages The Hebrew word for wickedness we find in dozens of Scriptures (e.g. used twice in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Science and Christianity: Conflicting or Compatible?

    Robert Driskell
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    There exists a misconception (whether willful or unintentional) among many, that science and Christianity are mortal enemies. Some believe the rift is so profound as to prohibit any interaction of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 7 Bible Verses About Past Mistakes

    Crystal McDowell
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    All of us have said things we wish we hadn’t and we have done things we wish that we wouldn’t have done. But what is past is done and we don’t get a redo with our past mistakes. How can we get past... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 5 tips to let prayer prepare you

    revtrev
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com and pastor of Harvest Church Beaumont (http://iHarvest.ca) shares 5 tips to let prayer prepare you. Prayer changes circumstances and people, but don’t let that be your only focus. More miracles happen in our lives when we allow prayer to prepare us for what’s ahead.
  • What Does God’s Sovereignty Mean to Us

    revtrev
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com talks about what God’s sovereignty means to us and how Him being sovereign does not make Him responsible for all the evil of the world.
  • Key 7 to Revive your Soul Through Prayer – Preservation

    revtrev
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com shares with Harvest Community Church in Beaumont Alberta http://iHarvest.ca Key 7 to Revive your Soul Through Prayer – Preservation
  • Is God too holy to be our daddy ?

    revtrev
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com and pastor of Harvest Community Church Beaumont Alberta http://iHarvest.ca answers a question that many people balance between… Is it too flippant to address God as Daddy? Trevor takes a look at Scripture and shows part of a video you can watch here: http://www.ted.com/talks/questions_no_one_knows_the_answers_to
  • Key 6 to revive your soul through prayer – Exemplification

    revtrev
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com shares with Harvest Community Church in Beaumont (learn more at http://iHarvest.ca) Key 6 to revive your soul through prayer – Exemplification
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  • New Site from fH: Summit Community Church

    Vicky
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    This Plus package site uses home page rotation to showcase upcoming events and announcements, displays staff members with an awesome roll over feature (check out: http://summitcc.org/leadership/), and features a light box on the giving page (http://summitcc.org/giving/ – just click the give image to start it). We enjoyed working with the people at Summit Community to bring this site together. If you are interested in incorporating any of these features onto your site, contact the Account Management Team for more details. The post New Site from fH: Summit Community Church appeared first…
  • Maintenance Fees: An Investment

    Vicky
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    We discussed earlier this week about all the great benefits of your ongoing maintenance fees. One of the major ones is that these enroll you in our Customer Rewards Program. The faithHighway Customer Rewards Program is earning you discounts on future redesigns (up to 50% off)! So if you’ve been with us for two or more years and are considering a redesign – be sure to contact our team to find out what you are eligible for. The post Maintenance Fees: An Investment appeared first on faithHighway.
  • Don’t Forget to Pay Your Maintenance Bills

    Vicky
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    Whether you pay monthly or annually, your maintenance fees keep your site running smoothly. You receive: Unlimited Storage Unlimited Bandwidth Web Hosting Software Licensing Phone & Online Technical Support Ongoing Consultation & Account Management Ticket, Chat, Phone Support, and Website Maintenance Daily Data Backups Email Services Feature/Tool Enhancements To keep all these great benefits, be sure to pay that fee on time. You can do so a variety of ways: Online: https://ipn.intuit.com/pay/Ignite360 Phone: Call our Admin Team at 877.703.2484, ext. 125 Mail: 3600 Bee Caves, Suite…
  • What Our Clients Are Saying

    Vicky
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    “I have been a client of faithHighway for several years now and have had a great experience with the development of my organization’s website. The entire staff has been a pleasure to work with…” -Randy S., Austin, TX The post What Our Clients Are Saying appeared first on faithHighway.
  • Responsive Site from fH: Countryside Community Church

    Vicky
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    We took the site for Countryside Community Church beyond our Plus Package with Responsive Design. Now their new site works seamlessly on any device. The post Responsive Site from fH: Countryside Community Church appeared first on faithHighway.
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    ResonateOrDie

  • 9 Steps to Slingshot Your Ministry, Church or Nonprofit to the Next Level

    Kerry Bural
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Every ministry, nonprofit or church leader I know is consumed with growing their organization, and rightly so. They are under tremendous pressure to expand their footprint, enlarge their volunteer base and increase donations. They often expend significant energy wrestling with questions of growth—and finding the answers can be burdensome. This is the reality and nature of the work. Sure, for most leaders it really is “all about the Kingdom,” but it’s also all about the realities of feeding the beast. So, I thought it might be helpful to offer a few key thoughts to help you slingshot…
  • 10 Short Ministry and Church Branding Tips

    Kerry Bural
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    You are always building or eroding your brand, even if you don’t intend to do so. Branding is much more than a logo, tag line or website. These are merely identity assets. A primary goal of branding should be to initiate, cultivate, facilitate and influence conversations. Actually having vision is much more important than having a vision statement. Great brand-building requires seriously hard work. No shortcuts. Ultimately, your brand is determined by others, more than by what you think or say it is. Brand leadership is about discerning and articulating your unique DNA. Let the…
  • 20 Ways to Cultivate Resonance in Your Connections and Relationships

    Kerry Bural
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Today I’m thinking about connections and relationships . . . Unfortunately, the nostalgia of neighborly conversations on the porch has rapidly transformed into real-time, efficient, digital “communication.” Our connections with other people and the building of meaningful relationships appears to be dwindling under the weight of a quicker, more tech-based, social media era. I’m not losing heart though! With social media as the norm, with text messages (and status updates and re-tweets and pins) on the rise, people are becoming more aware of the negative impact these…
  • Merry Christmas and an exceptional 2015

    Kerry Bural
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We hope you’ve had a wonderful year.  As we wind down 2014, we also wish you have a Merry Christmas and an exceptional 2015. May grace abound and may you be a blessing to everyone you encounter in 2015. Thanks for all you do to impact the Kingdom for His glory. Resonate
  • The Difference Between Your Ministry Identity and Your Ministry Logo . . . and Why It Matters

    Kerry Bural
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    People often confuse their identity with their logo and think the two are one in the same. You may have heard them refer to their logo as their “brand.” While I get what they’re saying, it’s important to be clear in understanding that there are significant differences between the two. Your logo is merely a group of lines, symbols and colors that either adequately or inadequately represent your ministry. These elements do not (nor should they) represent the totality of your identity. Your ministry identity is about your style, vibe and uniqueness. It’s about what people sense when…
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Running the scenarios

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    A leader falls pregnant with her boyfriend...Or the friend of a teen...Or a member of the youth group...A leader dies in an accident...Or the friend of a teen...Or a member of the youth group...A leader is diagnosed with cancer...Or the friend of a teen...Or a member of the youth group...A leader commits suicide...Or the friend of a teen...Or a member of the youth group...A leader turns up drunk or affected by drugs...Or a kid doesThe youth minister loses his sightOr his driver's license...Or breaks his leg...An important leader gets a job which means they can't make…
  • The shifting hierarchy of needs

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    People have a physical and psychological hierarchy of needs.If you've ever watched Man vs Wild then you'll know that the most important things for survival are water, shelter, fire & food. Everything else can wait. In therapy, it's not uncommon for the therapist to asses/deal with these basic physical needs first - particularly sleep and diet - before embarking on the emotional or mental ailments which have required the person to seek help.An unspoken hierarchy of needs also exists within my youth groups leaders.Have you just started going through a…
  • Solutions are linear, not triangular

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Let's say that Person A has an unresolved issue with Person B.The best way to fix the problem, or at least make positive headway, is for Person A to speak to Person B, in love, directly.The problem that infects a lot of relationships, no matter how personal, professional or - gasp - even within the church, is when Person C is drawn in.This triangulates the problem.More of often than not, Person A discussing a problem with Person B to Person C is not a step towards a resolution. If anything, it allows the issue to spread.I suspect, this is one of the reasons God is so critical of gossip…
  • Are you worth the cost?

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:09 am
    Back in 2011 I wrote a post about giving in churches and the scary notion of converting the amount given into an amount a minister would "earn" if they were dependent on an individual service or "charged" by the hour.All too often, whilst the senior minister might eat, all their family might not (let's not even consider anyone else on staff!).But... if we run the numbers... How much would someone need to "pay" per week in order for their church offerings to "break even" with a minister's stipend?Let's say that a senior minister earns $70,000 per year. In a church of 100 givers, NOT…
  • Why I showed my leaders that we lost money in 2014

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Last year our youth group lost exactly $229.75 ($336.55 if our end-of-year-lock-in didn't bail us out). 2014 was the first year I'd actually audited the books in order to come up with a conclusive profit/loss figure.As anyone in ministry with young people is aware, you don't get into it to save or make money. Every week, for something - like a cupcake for a teens birthday - you're diving into your hip-pocket.I get that these kinds of expenses are a part of my job. It comes with the turf.Of the +$200 that the youth group lost, almost all of it…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • MiniCast: Created in the Image and Likeness

    Fr. Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    In this Lenten MiniCast Fr. Peter discusses how all of humanity is created in the Image and Likeness of God. The post MiniCast: Created in the Image and Likeness appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Necessity of Forgiveness

    Fr. Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The last of the preparatory Sundays in the Orthodox Church is the Sunday of Forgiveness.  This is the Sunday that we call to mind the expulsion of our first parents from paradise and the Icon of this day depicts Adam and Eve sitting outside of the closed doors of paradise weeping for what they have […] The post The Necessity of Forgiveness appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: The Dangers of Pornography

    Fr. Peter
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    In this episode Fr. Peter discusses the Ten ways that pornography damages your brain. The post Podcast: The Dangers of Pornography appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • An Introduction to Great Lent

    Fr. Peter
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    Alexander Schmemann When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of Feasts.” It is the preparation for the “fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation.” We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand […] The post An Introduction to Great Lent appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Why I Do Not Give Up Social Media for Lent

    Fr. Peter
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:11 am
    In the Orthodox Church, the first day of Great Lent falls on a Monday and is called Clean Monday.  This is the day that the fast begins in earnest, and the journey towards Pascha has begun.  On Sunday night, we serve the Forgiveness Vespers and at the conclusion of the service we ask each other […] The post Why I Do Not Give Up Social Media for Lent appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Iyasostuff

  • Love is more than words

    Osayi
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    Can you believe it? Valentine’s day is next week!!! EEEk*** Well I’m not surprised that Valentine’s day snuck up on me, I usually don’t do much… But I’ve been thinking about the pressure people put on themselves on Valentine’s day. I remember when I was dating, something always happened to ensure that I wasn’t dating someone on Valentine’s day. Either whomever I was dating, and I would get into an argument, or I wouldn’t be dating anyone…I often felt disappointed because other than the sad single stem rose I received from this…
  • What’s good about you

    Osayi
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    I know I know… you’re in shock! two posts in a row… well let’s just say I’ve had a bit of free time, and I’ve been thinking… and I thought I’d share… Anyway, so I was listening to this podcast and they were talking about how we usually focus on what we think is wrong with us and create New Year’s resolutions on that premise… but we often forget to think about what’s right with us, or what’s good about us… I was thinking about that, and I realized that it is sooooooo true, especially for us women…we focus…
  • Aaaaaaand We’re back! Happy 2015

    Osayi
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    I know, I know…I’m late as usual, and January is almost over, well let me tell you, January has been a very interesting month for me… for those of you who don’t know, I was preggo for most of 2014, and (finally) had the baby in November… so let’s just say things have been very interesting… For those of you telling your friends about my books (Impossible is Stupid, Because you deserve love), thank you so much, I’ve seen an upsurge of book orders in the past few months, and you best believe I’m using the money to buy my kid some clothes…
  • If He did it before

    Osayi
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    If he did it before: I don’t know what it is about the human condition, but we are always so quick to forget all the amazing things that God has done for us. I find myself meditating these days on all the good things that God has done for me, and realizing that there is nothing to difficult or too scary, or too much for God. If God ever healed me before he has provided for my healing again. If God ever provided for my needs before, he is more than willing to provide for my needs again. If God ever gave me a good thing before He is eager to give me many more good things today. So instead…
  • What things soever you desire when you pray… believe

    Osayi
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    I’ve been thinking about and meditating on this scripture lately: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Therefore I tellyou, all the things you pray and ask for–believe that you have received them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 People often say that God will give us all we need, but will not necessarily give us all we want. But the truth is that the Bible does not say that. The Bible says that Whatever we desire (wants) when we pray, as long as we believe, we will get it. No ifs ands or…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • New Pro Media Update

    Jason Hickerson
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Pro Media gets a motion focused update just in time for your Easter service! There are more series added for Easter, Good Friday, and an announcement slide for a baby dedication. There are 9 new series and 11 new motion backgrounds. If you haven’t subscribed to Pro Media, you are missing out on this growing library of content. No need to find new imagery for your presentations because Pro Media delivers new content every month! You can see everything in Pro Media by visiting the media page. If you want to use Pro Media slides but don’t have Pro Media yet, that’s okay. Just purchase…
  • Get One Free Month of Church Motion Graphics

    Jason Hickerson
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I know it is hard to believe but Easter will be here before you know it. As you plan your Easter service we wanted you to have access to as much content as possible. Our Easter gift to Proclaim users is one free month of Church Motion Graphics. Church Motion Graphics is a new media provider in Proclaim. With CMG you get access to over 135 series, 2,200 videos, and 450 stills. This library of media will be updated each month so you always have fresh media that looks great without having to download, import, title, and tag. It is waiting for you in Proclaim! To get Church Motion Graphics free…
  • New Album and Free Resources from BridgeCity

    Jason Hickerson
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    BridgeCity, the worship band out of the indie-driven, eclectic Pacific Northwest, released their new album ‘Christ Be Glorified’ online and in stores February 3. ‘Christ Be Glorified’ marks the second national album release from the band from City Bible Church in Portland, Ore. “We are excited to release our new album, ‘Christ Be Glorified,’” said Isaac Tarter of BridgeCity. “We navigated through uncharted territory throughout the songwriting and recording process of this project. It became clear as we overcame some of the challenges and obstacles that the message and…
  • February Pro Media is Here

    Jason Hickerson
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    January 2015 is over! February is here and Pro Media is full of beautiful imagery for your next presentation. This month there are 14 new media series. Ash Wednesday and Lent are great times of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. The February Pro Media pack has you covered! Many people evaluate their finances at the start of a new year–Teach the biblical principals of personal finance with the Dollars & Sense sermon series. Does your church provide childcare so parents are able to enjoy a kid-free evening to themselves? The Date Night series allows you to…
  • Win over $3,000 Worth of Prizes from Proclaim and FaithStreet

    Jason Hickerson
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Proclaim and FaithStreet are giving away over $3,000 worth of prizes this month. Build beautiful church presentations with Proclaim and increase giving with FaithStreet. One winner will receive: One year of Proclaim Church Presentation Software (worth up to $349.95) One year of Pro Media. (worth up to $174.95) One year of online giving from FaithStreet. No monthly cost. No Transaction fees. 100% free. (worth up to $2,500) With Proclaim you can create beautiful church presentations with less time and energy. Proclaim is a cloud-based presentation software that allows your team to work on the…
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    Blake Mankin

  • You Can’t Take It with You: Storing Treasure in Heaven

    Blake Mankin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    One of the easiest things to forget is that we won’t be able to take a single one of our possessions to heaven. Everything we think we own is essentially leased to us by God, and we’ve been trusted to manage his portfolio. Giving our possessions a perceived attribute of permanence makes us more likely to grip them with white knuckles. We can become unable to view our things with the eyes of Christ. In Matthew 19, Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures…
  • Work is Worship for Pastors and Project Managers Alike

    Blake Mankin
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’ve taken a whack at this topic before, but it’s worth writing about it again because it’s easy to miss the fact that what we do from nine to five Monday through Friday is an opportunity to worship God. Not just interactions with coworkers or the chance to use the money earned for charity, but the actual vocation itself. Whether you’re a banker, artist, accountant, or craftsman–your job has potential for worship. Exerting ourselves in work is an opportunity to bring God glory. Much has been said about finding meaningful work. This line of thinking is…
  • What Giving Does

    Blake Mankin
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    When we give money away, we’re participating in more than just a transaction. We’re influencing heart-level change. But sometimes it can feel as though a small donation to a huge charity, cause, or need is just lost in the shuffle, not truly contributing much. Here are some reminders about what giving does. It reminds us we don’t own anything. When we choose to part with the money in our bank accounts, we’re reminded again that none of it is ours to begin with. The foundation of being a good steward is understanding the funds entrusted to us are ours to manage, not own. Giving money…
  • Can Christians Stand with Israelis and Palestinians, Too?

    Blake Mankin
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    Few things spark as strong of a reaction as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, especially in Christian circles. It’s an incredibly complex issue, one I can’t completely wrap my head around—full of religious, historical, cultural, geographical, and emotional factors that are too many to list here. Wrapped up in this decades-long conflict is violence that’s resulted in incredible heartbreak and overwhelming injustice. Just recently, a Palestinian man boarded a bus in Tel Aviv and attacked people with a knife, injuring nine. At the end of January, the New York Times reported on an…
  • Look for Leaders Keeping the Sheep

    Blake Mankin
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    David’s story has always fascinated me. I studied his story again for an Every Village devotional recently, and it struck me that God chose David to be the king of Israel from such a lowly place. When we think about leadership in churches, companies, and communities, we often go to the most visible people producing the most visible and measurable results. As much as we say character is the most important thing, it’s often easy to forget this when someone with a dose of recognition in our particular sphere says they want to champion our cause. In 1 Samuel, Samuel visits the house…
 
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    United Faith Church

  • Fruit of the Gospel

    Kris Burke
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Colossians 1:6 In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. UFC, Paul and the Apostles worked diligently in the gospel and got to see just the beginnings of the fruit of their labor. They were witnesses to the gospel beginning to spread and multiply throughout the land. Even today, we have had the opportunity to hear this gospel because of the seeds that Paul laid during this time long ago. Today, we need to ask ourselves how we are seeing the fruit of…
  • Confidence

    Kris Burke
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Galatians 1:3-5 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. UFC, In our reading last week, I was struck by the opening lines that Paul wrote to the church in Galatia. Many theologians believe this letter to be the first letter that Paul wrote. He opens by saying, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. To me it sounds as Paul was speaking on behalf of Jesus Christ. Paul knew…
  • Praise the Lord

    Kris Burke
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Psalm 150 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. UFC, We are in a season of praise with God. As you are at work, at home, in the supermarket or at school continually lift up praises to our King! Never let…
  • Crops

    Kris Burke
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Hebrews 6:7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. UFC, This verse is speaking about us, we are the land and the Spirit of God is the rain. We have been so blessed in the church; we have been constant recipients of the presence of God in our midst. With all that God has rained down on us what are we producing? Are we producing good things like love, peace, joy or self control? Or does our fruit look like the fruit of the world? In Hebrews, Jesus says that He calls us brothers and sisters and…
  • Strength

    Kris Burke
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Psalm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. UFC, This verse really stood out to me this week. In looking into it I found that the Valley of Baca was also known as the Valley of Weeping. It was known as this because of how barren and desolate it was, there was no water to be found there. So when reading this verse it makes sense. Blessed is the man who puts their strength in…
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    Better Bible Teachers

  • This “S word” will make you a better teacher [the word is “specific”]

    Nathan
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    So I sit down to watch a YouTube video on how to be a good Sunday School teacher. The speaker is sitting behind a desk and laptop looking into the camera… (I won’t identify this mysterious person further to protect the innocent and well-meaning) As the video plays, they begin talking about how to become a better teacher by “connecting with your kids”. Continuing on they say,  “You need to have compelling content.” All these alliterated words, “compelling” and “connect”, they sound good, but here’s the problem: They were all…
  • 20 Ways to Conquer Distractions

    Nathan
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    I’m an easily distracted person. And by easily distracted, I mean, EASILY distracted. If I’m working on something detailed I’ll often put on headphones and listen to a podcast or music just to keep my mind from going a thousand different directions. When my mind runs free I will find myself being busy but doing absolutely nothing for an entire hour. While I don’t consider myself ADD, I do have a problem with focus. So I want to understand how to eliminate some of the ‘chaos’ that goes on inside my brain while I’m trying to complete a project. How…
  • 5 ways to make your King Josiah Bible story more interesting

    Nathan
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Saturday night I was up until 11:30pm working on my lesson. I was preparing to tell the story of Josiah cleaning the temple. The problem was I didn’t feel like the lesson was quite “there”. Have you ever had that feeling? The information for your lesson is researched, and yet you are pretty sure the kids are going to be bored out of their minds listening to it. Yeah, that’s where I was. I just couldn’t get it right. As much as I wanted one, there wasn’t a dramatic plot point to keep the story suspenseful. No one was on the verge of dying. No one was being chased. The story in and…
  • 10 Easy-To-Use Bible Study Websites

    Nathan
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Every Sunday I spend about 15-20 minutes teaching the kids at church a Bible story. And that 20 minute lesson is the culmination of about 10-15 hours of study. That’s right. For every 2 minutes I speak, I put in about an hour of work during the week. Now I know, what you are thinking. And yes, I am probably ridiculous and am definitely a work-a-holic. But I desperately want what I say to be both interesting and accurate so I take the time to get it right. I believe part of being a great teacher is being a great student. That means putting in the study to get the results you want. But…
  • Anna and Simeon Meet Jesus Sunday School Lesson

    Nathan
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Introduction One day Luke sits down to write, for his friend Theophalius, what he has seen and heard during the time of Jesus. Luke talks about Mary being pregnant with Jesus, and how Joseph helped Mary on the long journey to Bethlehem, where the baby was born. What’s interesting is that after Jesus is born there isn’t a lot written about him as a baby. In fact, there are only 3 times in Luke where we hear about something that happened to Jesus as a baby. The first was when the shepherds heard from the angels that Jesus had born, and they came to the stable in Bethlehem. (Show Slide…
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    theworshiplounge.com

  • #8: NEVER STOP GETTING TO KNOW JESUS

    The Worship Lounge
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:47 am
    Do you know Jesus? Never stop getting to know Jesus. The most important relationship you will ever develop is the relationship you have with Jesus. Too often we get caught up in doing for Christ, serving at the church, teaching a class, leading worship, helping with a fundraiser, or serving people, that we forget the most important part of why we do what we do; It’s called neglect, when we spend more time doing for Christ, and not enough time getting to know who and why we do it for. We have all been guilty of it. So let’s encourage one another to be better at getting to know…
  • #13: Co-Leading Worship: Part 1

    The Worship Lounge
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:28 pm
    I want to share this with you. Nena Francois – Melodie Cheri Zepeda I want to share a little bit of background on my experience co-leading worship. From when I first started to now. I believe that every one on the team is a worship leader, not just the one who’s mic is the loudest. Not just the person who introduces the songs and exhorts the people into worship. The drummer, the keyboard player, bass player, every person carries the same honor and responsibility. We may have different roles but we are all leading worship together. I have learned through years of being in worship…
  • #7: Let Yourself Be Led By The Holy Spirit

    The Worship Lounge
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Are you Self led or Holy Spirit led? To live by the Holy Spirit instead of living by our own sinful nature sounds a lot easier than it really is. I’m sure you have been told this very ambiguous piece of advice before: “Just let the Holy Spirit guide you, and you’ll be fine.” Just let the Holy Spirit guide me? How does that happen exactly? Are there some magic words I must say? Is there a verse in the Bible I need to memorize and recite over and over until it happens? When will I be fine? How will I know? Let Yourself Be Led By The Holy Spirit As though living by the Spirit of God is…
  • #12: Spirit and Truth

    Marc Francois
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:15 am
    Ty is an amazing, loving, helpful, honest, talented, committed, awesome woman of God. I met her at an event through our church. She sang and played the guitar and I was immediately drawn to her. She is a great example to many and loves God and His word as you will understand once you read her article. Im so proud to feature this beautiful lady! Grab yourself a cup of joe and enjoy! You will be inspired. Spirit and Truth By Ta’Tyana Leonard Pastor Tatyana Leonard (tatyanaleonard.com) “But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and…
  • #6: Stop Running on Empty

    The Worship Lounge
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:07 am
    Are you running on empty? It is so easy to get caught up in the “busy ness” of life. Too easy. As worship leaders and team members, there is a lot that needs to get done. Create a set list, find the key, road mapping, rehearsal, service time, investing our own time and energy into learning our parts, memorizing lyrics, harmonies, licks, solos the list could go on and on. That’s not even getting into our personal lives, jobs, family, friends, social life, school, homework, and once again the list could go on and on. Birthdays, other ministries, sports, classes, gym, cleaning…
 
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