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  • Too Many “Must Read” Books?

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    Jason Vernon
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    I’m pretty sure that most of you probably have ten to twenty unfinished books on your Kindle or next to your bed. We all want to read more. Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced world with limited time. Maybe it’s time for you to check out Leaders Book Summaries. They summarize books for busy leaders. The group was started by Dave Frederick. Dave is a pastor who believes in the church and leadership. He knows that your time is very limited so he takes a couple of books every month, condenses them, and then sends subscribers helpful 12-15 page summaries. He also provides 2-page super…
  • 138 Creative Church Logos

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    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.
  • Goodbye Generosity

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    Derek Gillette
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “I used to ride in the backseat of our car on Sunday mornings, and my dad would be driving us to church while my mom had the checkbook on her lap, writing out the weekly tithe. I watched this growing up and so giving became a part of who I was.” In my role, I have the privilege of speaking with pastors and denominational leaders on a regular basis. I love to sit down with them and ask about the trends they are seeing in their church, and get a feel for the pressing concerns that pastors face. One conversation recently stood out to me. I sat at a Starbucks, across the table from a…
  • Parking Spots, Clothes and Inconveniences of a Pastor's Wife

    For Senior Pastor's Wives and Church First Ladies
    Godsy Girl(TM)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Hi GodsyGirl, Pastor's Wife or First Lady,Here is part two of my "Grumpy Cat" series. This is the finally installment of this miniseries. I've never referenced cats so much in my life! Never this attitude: "Seriously? You sit in my reserved seat or park in my reserved spot?"Our husbands and churches do indeed bless us with many blessings of love and esteem.  The key to the humility that pleases God is remembering all elements of our lives (including our ministries) are strictly benefits of His grace and favor. No one owes us anything. Every single thing you enjoy is a result of…
  • 3 Ways Any Team Can Start Leading Like A Megachurch

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    Ryan Stigile
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Ever wondered how megachurch pastors effectively lead such large organizations? With so many people and staff, how can they possibly keep everyone moving toward a common vision? In our latest research on Next Level Teams, we uncovered three leadership practices that the largest churches (3,000+) are much more likely to use. The best part is that each of these practices is within reach of every pastor, no matter the size of his or her church. So if you’re ready to increase the potential of your own church’s growth, try taking these three steps from the megachurch playbook: Connect every…
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  • Paradise (nearly) Lost

    Frank Weller
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    "I have come to believe that the major threat to the viability of our faith is that of consumerism. This is a far more heinous and insidious challenge to the gospel, because in so many ways it infects each and every one of us. I was trained as a marketer and advertiser before I came to Christ, and when I look at the power of consumerism and of the market in our lives, I have little doubt that
  • The fate of all nations who ignore God

    Frank Weller
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    In my quiet time, lately, I have been focusing on the YouVersion verse of the day. I use it as a springboard and go deeper into the context of each day's particular verse. Today's verse of the day was in Psalm 9, which led me to Psalm 9:17 - "The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God." This resonates with the conservative in me. After all, it feels
  • A Vietnam Veteran Finally Returns Home

    Frank Weller
    25 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Guest Blog by SSgt Tony L Lamson, USMC (ret), Deported Veterans Representative, Point Man International Ministries <!--EndFragment--> Specialist Hector Barrios, a 70-year-old Vietnam Veteran who served with the 1st Air Cavalry, is finally home with his family this Memorial Day. Hector passed on April 21, 2014. He wasn’t one of the lost or missing of the Vietnam War.  He was one of the
  • Figuring It Out At Finish Line

    Frank Weller
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
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  • Inside Out

    Frank Weller
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:43 am
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    Church Marketing Sucks

  • Certification Lab Hangout 2015

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Join the Church Marketing Podcast host Dave Shrein for a live Google Hangout with our 2015 Certification Lab instructors on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST. Certification Lab is an opportunity for church communicators to get better. This year’s events are March 16-17 in Dallas and June 8-9 in St. Louis. This Hangout is an opportunity to hear directly from the instructors and get a taste of what the Certification Lab is like. Mark your calendar to join the hangout (or come back for the archived version): The Certification Lab sounds pretty great, huh? Register now. The instructors…
  • Church Signs Go to the Supreme Court

    Crystal Kirkman
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s not easy being a small church in a temporary location. It’s especially tough when the city is battling your signage. Good News Presbyterian Church has been meeting in temporary locations around the town of Gilbert, Ariz. They have been using temporary signage inviting the residents to join them for worship. Seems pretty harmless. However, Gilbert has placed restrictions on temporary religious signage which can only be six square feet, displayed for no more than 14 hours, and must be out of the right-of-way. Their argument is that they want to uphold the safety and aesthetics of their…
  • The Awesome Communicator Episode 2

    Dave Shrein
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    More About This Episode Ready to hop on the wall again and learn from the success and failures of others? This is the second episode focusing on awesome church communicators. In this episode we speak with two church communicators about branding, guidelines, volunteers and team building. There are literally hundreds of communicators who are in our Church Marketing Sucks family and it’s about time we heard from them!  Leave a Review on iTunes   About Our Guests Emily Carlton is the graphic designer at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. Grace Bible has approximately 5,000…
  • The Ultimate Church SEO Guide: External Marketing

    Caitlin Gustafson
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In the first part of this series, we discussed the most important aspects of search engine optimization (SEO) for your website, including best practices for URLs and page copy. In this second installment, we will discuss the off-site things you can do to positively impact your website’s SEO value and help it rank higher in search results. Name, Address, Phone Number As a church, implementing a local SEO strategy is the biggest step in ranking in search results among other churches in your area. The most important part of local SEO is called “NAP.” NAP stands for “Name, Address, Phone…
  • 2015 Events for Church Communicators

    Sheri Felipe
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    The new year is a great time to plan opportunities to get out and connect with other church communicators. Before you get bogged down with the daily details of your job this year, take some time to be intentional about planning time to refresh and refocus. There are lots of great events happening to help you do that. Here’s a list of the major events happening in 2015: Jan. 22-23: Catalyst Dallas – Dallas Feb. 11-12: C3 Conference – Dallas March 16-17: Certification Lab – Dallas April 16-17: Catalyst West – Southern California April 23-25: Q – Boston April…
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  • 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…
  • 7 Characteristics Pastors Can Learn from Peyton Manning

    Greg Atkinson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Sunday night I, like many of you, watched Peyton Manning (Quarterback of the Denver Broncos) set an all-time record for most touchdowns in NFL history. As I celebrated his achievement and performance, I reflected on what makes Peyton so special and what we, as pastors, can learn from him.Passion: Peyton Manning’s passion for the game of football is evident. He loves to play and though he may look serious (with his game face on), he’s having a blast on the field. We, as leaders in the Church, should have passion as well. Danger: When being a pastor becomes your identity and you…
 
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  • 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
    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. Nurture relationships with strategic…
  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is the best way for a church to communicate with its congregation? There is a good chance it is SMS text messaging. It is a fast way to reach almost anyone. Consider the alternatives. Postcards and direct mail also reach almost anyone but at slow pace. Phone trees are annoying and impersonal. Email is quick but only reaches the digitally inclined. Social media is like email but with the added handicap of fighting through the clutter. Announcements at church are quite successful but only if it can wait until the next church service. So how can a church use SMS text messaging? TextMarks…
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  • How church websites can be easier to use 4

    djchuang
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    At least twice a year, I’m clicking and scrolling (or hunting and pecking) to find the worship service times and locations at different churches. Unlike the person that only goes to church twice a year or twice a month, I go to as many churches as possible during Christmas week and Easter week to worship God as much as possible. (I can only imagine how discouraging the info search experience is for someone less interested in churches.)And I’m thinking to myself, finding this information shouldn’t be such a chore. One tweet captured this sentiment:‏@ChurchWebIdeas (Dec…
  • Does Eddie Huang Represent Asian Americans? 4

    djchuang
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    So there’s this guy Eddie Huang getting a lot of buzz in mainstream media, a part of the machinery to promote the new ABC television show, Fresh Off the Boat, coming on air in Feburary 2015. Eddie Huang authored his memoirs in Fresh Off the Boat, a national bestselling book. And the book is the inspiration and source material for the sitcom television show, just to connect all the dots there for ya.Since the Fresh Off the Boat sitcom hasn’t run yet, there’s no telling how different or similar it will be to Margaret Cho’s 1994 All American Girl sitcom, other than…
  • Where are the Good Preachers in the Chinese American Church? 3

    djchuang
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    I’m feeling sad about the state of the Chinese American Church. I posted this on my Facebook timeline with visibility to my friends, where people have a perception that it’s comfortable to add a comment there. (I tend to see more comments on my Facebook posts than my djchuang.com blog posts)Chinese Americans have the largest population in Asian America, and only one English-speaking pastor/preacher (Ken Fong) with large-conference speaking experience. I am not counting Francis Chan nor Bruce Fong, as their ministries focus (almost) exclusively to the broader evangelical church,…
  • How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation

    djchuang
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    My workshop here at CMC West Coast took place on Saturday 1/03 @ 1:30pm in Royal Palm 2,3,4 (at Town & Country Resort, Hotel Circle, San Diego, California). Yes, the coveted after lunch time slot.Here are the recorded audio (MP3 format) + the presentation slides for “How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation”: http://djchuang.com/c/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/unleashing-next-gen-workshop-cmcwest-2015jan03-djchuang.mp3 How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation from DJ ChuangDescription: “The Chinese churches and Asian American churches in America…
  • Unleashing the Potential of Chinese American Churches 6

    djchuang
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I’m sincerely grateful for the invitation to speak at the CMC West Coast event this weekend in San Diego. It’s the 2nd time the organizers have hosted this bilingual Chinese Missions Convention. And I’ve got 2 occasions for which I’m invited to speak. One is a 75-minute workshop titled “How the Church can be Unleashed for the Next Generation” in the track “Unlocking the Potential of the North American Immigrant Church“. The other is a panel discussion during an evening plenary session (01/01/15) about this topic:“What is holding back the…
 
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  • An Interview with Alex McManus

    Eric Bryant
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    TweetAlex McManus has always challenged my thinking and been a great mentor at times in my ministry. Whether from a distance or while working together at Mosaic in Los Angeles, I have always found Alex insightful and helpful. If you don’t already know Alex, here’s his bio from his website: “Alex writes about anticipating and creating the future. Studies the practices and processes of social movements. Coaches social and spiritual entrepreneurs through the International Mentoring Network (IMN) to engage culture and mobilize communities for causes.” I interviewed…
  • “Freebird – Pleasure” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we began our series Freebird: Live Free. Work Free. In Austin, find a Freebird Small Group here. Apply what you learn with these Next Steps. You can listen to the message Rick Shurtz shared at Gateway South here: You can watch the message John Burke shared at our McNeil Campus at  www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are notes from yesterday’s message: “Do you like your life? We find this spectrum between doing what we have to do vs. doing what we want to do. It’s hard to do the things that are important when our jobs 70% of Americans…
  • Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    Eric Bryant
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Tweet On this day we remember the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with all who served with him in the Civil Rights Movement. Today is also a call to serve to make our world a better place. This weekend my wife Deborah and I watched Selma. The film was a powerful retelling of Bloody Sunday which took place 50 years ago along with a very human look at Dr. King and others who led and sacrificed to right the wrongs of injustice. We saw the film at the Alamo Drafthouse which showed related archival footage in the 30 minutes prior to the film which was riveting and raw. It was a…
  • “Loving Your Enemies” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Eric Bryant
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
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  • Post-Christian Ministry (Courses in Austin)

    Eric Bryant
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Tweet Are you looking to move your leadership to the next level? Are you hoping to catalyze a more effective effort in loving, serving, and influencing your city? If so, consider the Post Christian Ministry Certificate offered through Bethel Seminary.* These courses are designed for pastors and church leaders who want to become more effective in evangelism and discipleship in our post-Christian culture. You can take all three courses or choose the ones you prefer. An Introduction to Post-Christian Ministry – Spring 2015 Course Intensive in Austin – March 25-28, 2015 Deadline to…
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    Worship Ministry Catalyst

  • Staying Strong

    kevin_kruse
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    If you know me, you know that when it comes to football I like two teams: The Oregon Ducks and the Seattle Seahawks.  You might also know that this past week both those teams played in a significant and meaningful game: The Ducks played in the College Football National Championship and the Seahawks played in the NFC Championship Game.  And both those games had different results. For the Ducks, they lost to an Ohio State team that was in strong and in charge of the game from start to finish.  For the Seahawks, they won against a Green Bay team that was in strong and in charge of the game…
  • WMC-0138 – Time For A Change: Is There A Need To Reinvent Yourself And Your Ministry?

    David Lindner
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Time For A Change: Is There A Need To Reinvent Yourself And Your Ministry? Once you get past the outdated football talk (this post was originally recorded and set to air back in October of 2014), you’ll hear David and Kevin talk about the idea of Reinventing yourself. The discussion was birthed out of Kevin’s decision to update his personal look. But it begs the question: Is there really a need to reinvent yourself? Is there really a need to reinvent your ministry? That was the discussion for such a long time, but is it really that important? Listen in as David & Kevin talk…
  • Worship The Creator Instead of Creation (A Thousand Adjustments of .18 Degrees)

    David Lindner
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Bob Kauflin wrote this post on his Facebook page this week: Post by Bob Kauflin. And in one short phrase, he summed up so much of the tension I feel on a constant basis about worship in the modern age. “In 2015, let’s be less passionate about worship and more passionate about the triune God we’re worshiping.” It’s something Kevin & I have talked about on the podcast. It’s something I’m deeply passionate about. But, how much time do we devote to worshipping God compared to the amount of time we prepare the performance. Or, like the title of this…
  • WMC-0147 – Special Episode – Ducks/Bucks – College Football National Championship Game

    David Lindner
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Ducks/Bucks – College Football National Championship Game We are bringing you a special bonus episode this week of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast. If you listen to the show, you know that Kevin is a big Oregon Ducks fan and David is a big Ohio State Buckeyes Fan. And it just so happens that the Ducks and the Bucks are playing each other in the National Championship game on Monday, January 12, 2015. So, we got together to bring you this special episode all about our take on the coming game. There is no worship related content in this episode, just to warn you. We did just release…
  • WMC – 0137 – The Oregon Trail, Buffalo, Blood Moon and Is Our Worship More Pagan Than Christian

    David Lindner
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Oregon Trail & Pagan Worship We talked about a lot of really important things in this episode of the podcast. Things like the Oregon Trail game Kevin played on a 5.25″ floppy drive, Buffalo Steak and Dogs barking at the Blood moon. If you know if there is a connection between the Blood Moon and Dogs Barking, let us know! Plus we get a beard update on Kevin’s beard growth. But that’s not all we talked about. Along with Kevin’s new glasses, we also talked about an article by Todd Pruitt called “Is Your Church Worship More Pagan Than Christian?”…
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    Christian Web Trends Blog

  • 3 Weeks Into January. Don’t Worry, the Train Has not Left the Station… Yet

    Paul Steinbrueck
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I always feel a tremendous sense of excitement during the first week January because of chance to start fresh with a new year, full of new opportunities. But now – more than 3 weeks into the year – I still haven’t finished planning and setting goals for the new year. Just this week, we here at OurChurch.Com had our 3rd strategic planning meeting and we still have more work to before plans for 2015 are finalized. That sense of opportunity could easily be replace by anxiety that we’re falling behind or even dread that the 2015 train has left the station and we missed it.
  • What We Can Expect Going Into 2015

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    We can expect Google to become even smarter in the year 2015. In looking back over the last few years, we can also expect bigger changes than usual to search results. As mobile environments become more prominent, people are expecting to get super-fast and accurate results, and Google intents to deliver. We can expect things such as “authorship” of content, verified addresses and strong social profiles to all play an important role in the organic ranking of websites. It has now become more time consuming to try and trick the search engines than to actually give them exactly what they…
  • Please, Be Quiet

    freebread4life
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Click to share this image on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pintrest or Instagram This is a guest post by freebread4life. Find out how you can guest post on Christian Web Trends here. If you had to pick one word to describe the modern day era what word would you choose? I think I’d choose the word… Loud There are cell phones going off and text messages being sent. Even if we’re not talking on them we have ear phones plugged into them with music blasting in our ears. There are planes, trains, and automobiles. We have an ever expanding amoeba called social media that connects us in an…
  • Study Shows 75% of Small Business Owners Find Search Marketing Effective

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In a recent study by BrightLocal in partnership with ChamberofCommerce.com, small and medium sized businesses were asked several questions about internet marketing and mobile marketing.  Over 700 Small to Medium sized businesses were surveyed.  One of the questions the business was asked is: How effective is Internet marketing at attracting customers to your business? What they found was very telling.   75% said Internet marketing is “effective” or “very” effective at attracting new customers. 32% said that Internet marketing was “Very effective” for…
  • Unless You Do This, You’ll Never Know if 2015 Was a Success!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    Was 2015 a success?  More specifically, was your website a success in 2015?  You may think it is a little early to ask this question but if you don’t do this one thing, you will never truly know if your website was a success this year. The one thing you need to do is set goals that can be measured by metrics.  Goals, Metrics, Measurable.  Those are the keys to knowing whether your website was a success or not. So what should these be for your website?  Below are some of the most common measurable metrics that organizations should track to determine the success of their website:…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • 6 Ways Shipping Container Shelters Help People in Crisis

    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Image by Stewart James Bim-Merle via Flicker There’s a lot of talk about shipping containers in architecture and minimalist movements like the Tiny House Movement, and we thought we’d shed some light on what attributes of shipping container Shelters make them the most ideal solution for shelter in crisis situations. If we left anything out, be sure to let us know in the comments –here are our top reasons why shipping containerShelters are ideal for disaster, no matter where it happens. 1. Prefabrication Can Save Time As easy to assemble as over-sized IKEA furniture, saving time…
  • How to Choose the Best Bathroom Sink

    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    You can’t really appreciate all the choices that go into bathroom design until you are faced with them yourself. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. They are often THE selling point of a new home, and a good one will add tremendous value to your home. Therefore, it’s important to take the issues of bathroom design very seriously, no less so when we’re just talking about what kind of sink you need. Bathroom sinks come in 4 distinct styles, each with a variety of eras and sub-styles. You can get lost in the options for days, but by understanding the four main genres of bathroom sink,…
  • What Do You Need to Consider Before Building a Garden Shed?

    Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    If you constantly find yourself running out of storage space for items like tools, and gardening equipment, or if you just want somewhere to relax in the summer, a garden shed is a great solution. And, if you have successfully completed any DIY projects in the past, you should easily be able to build one from scratch. But what do you need to build a garden shed, and do you need to consider anything before buying your blueprints? Keep reading for some ideas. Royalty free photo What Will Your Shed Be Used For? Before you even think about building a garden shed, you need to have an idea of what…
  • 3 Incredible Outdoor Tips For People With Green Fingers

    Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Do you love nothing more than spending your free time in the garden? Do all your friends refer to you as “the one with green fingers?” If so, you’ll be happy to learn the weather is going to pick up soon, and so you can get back to your favorite hobby. 2015 looks set to become the perfect year for gardeners. While the temperatures might be a little too cold at the moment, most experts are predicting we will have the hottest summer on record. For that reason, you need to start planning ahead. Most of us only have a couple of days off work each weekend, so you’ll want to make the most…
  • Organising your kitchen

    Thomas
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    The kitchen is one of the most difficult rooms in the house to keep organised and tidy; it’s continuously in use and has to withstand a constant coming and going of groceries and kitchen equipment. In no time the cupboards can become overcrowded, food and tools are lost and forgotten. Often the space is not being used to its full potential. Now is the best time of year to really make an effort to put an end to this cycle and start making the most of your kitchen. New Year – new kitchen. Stage a clear out There’s no other way to do it properly: first things first, pull everything out…
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    Ron Edmondson

  • Life on Mission – Work It – See Your Mission

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Instead of looking FOR our mission field — maybe we should look AT our mission field. Life on Mission – "Work it!" from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Life on Mission – Work It – See Your Mission appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Life on Mission – The Sovereignty of God My Job as a Mission Field Intentional Living – Write the Life Plan One Key to Finding Your Life Purpose
  • Lasting Transformation vs. Routine Fundraiser

    Ron Edmondson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    This is a guest post by Kevin Herr, with Water Missions. (This is not a paid post. I believe in this mission.) In my role at Water Missions International I often talk with church leaders who want to get their churches involved in our ministry, which provides safe water solutions and the Living Water message of Jesus Christ to people around the world. These groups often participate in a special event like our Water Sunday initiative and while many encounter great breakthrough and mountain top experiences, some end up disheartened with little lasting impact. Here are a few key points that can…
  • 10 Ways Winning Organizational Teams are Like Winning Athletic Teams

    Ron Edmondson
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    I live in basketball country. This area specializes in horses, bourbon and basketball. But, during a few months of the year, basketball seems to trump everything. As a Baptist pastor, if I’m going to embrace the community, I had to embrace what the people love. So, of the three — I’ve chosen basketball. (And, all God’s people said?) (Seriously, though, everyone should take a ride through the horse farms of the bluegrass area and the science behind making bourbon alone is worth touring a distillery.) Watching the University of Kentucky men and women’s basketball…
  • 2 Critical and Dangerous Assumptions in a Marriage

    Ron Edmondson
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    There are 2 critical assumptions in a marriage relationship. I mean critical. And, dangerous assumptions to make. Making these two assumptions and not understanding the gravity of them can cause major problems in the relationship. In my experience, the assumptions happen naturally — and often cause conflict — but when they are misunderstood, the conflict magnifies exponentially. Two critical assumptions: Assuming that what you value your spouse values. The fact is you will likely have different values. Let me give you a very practical example from my own marriage. I think our…
  • What Leading Error-Free Communicates

    Ron Edmondson
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    I sent an email to the church recently with the word “cease” instead of “seize”. My wife was the first to catch it. She always is — and it’s another reason she completes me well. I quickly sent a correction email — because I know close-readers like my wife can’t get past one typo and read the intent of the entire message. But, before they could read the second email, my inbox was full of people letting me know about the mistake. I understand that. Honestly, I’d have to be intentionally trying to edit something to catch that type of mistake…
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • 3 Ways Any Team Can Start Leading Like A Megachurch

    Ryan Stigile
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    Ever wondered how megachurch pastors effectively lead such large organizations? With so many people and staff, how can they possibly keep everyone moving toward a common vision? In our latest research on Next Level Teams, we uncovered three leadership practices that the largest churches (3,000+) are much more likely to use. The best part is that each of these practices is within reach of every pastor, no matter the size of his or her church. So if you’re ready to increase the potential of your own church’s growth, try taking these three steps from the megachurch playbook: Connect every…
  • Tearing Down Ministry Silos and Other Articles to Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tearing Down Ministry Silos by Paul Alexander 7 Most Interesting Lies From Bad Church Statistics by Warren Bird 6 Ways To Keep Leaders From Leaving Your Church by Tim Stevens Some Churches Should Die and Stay Dead by Ed Stetzer 10 Convictions I Have About the Church by Perry Noble Is Mars Hill the Beginning of the End for Multisite Churches? by Geoff Surratt How to Fire Someone Gracefully by William Vanderbloemen A Constant Struggle In A Growing Church by Eric Geiger The 7 Essential Attributes of Exceptional Executive Pastors by William Vanderbloemen The post Tearing Down Ministry Silos and…
  • Goodbye Generosity

    Derek Gillette
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “I used to ride in the backseat of our car on Sunday mornings, and my dad would be driving us to church while my mom had the checkbook on her lap, writing out the weekly tithe. I watched this growing up and so giving became a part of who I was.” In my role, I have the privilege of speaking with pastors and denominational leaders on a regular basis. I love to sit down with them and ask about the trends they are seeing in their church, and get a feel for the pressing concerns that pastors face. One conversation recently stood out to me. I sat at a Starbucks, across the table from a…
  • Too Many “Must Read” Books?

    Jason Vernon
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    I’m pretty sure that most of you probably have ten to twenty unfinished books on your Kindle or next to your bed. We all want to read more. Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced world with limited time. Maybe it’s time for you to check out Leaders Book Summaries. They summarize books for busy leaders. The group was started by Dave Frederick. Dave is a pastor who believes in the church and leadership. He knows that your time is very limited so he takes a couple of books every month, condenses them, and then sends subscribers helpful 12-15 page summaries. He also provides 2-page super…
  • Resources to Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    I partner with a group of organizations that provide resources to leaders like you. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TonyMorganLive.com in January. Volunteer Rocket Coaching – gain, train and retain great volunteers Leaders Book Summaries – summaries of the best books on leadership, management and church life to help you become a better leader Vanderbloemen Search Group – provides executive searches, staff consulting, succession planning and compensation analysis for churches RSI Stewardship – designs and implements successful financial campaigns for…
 
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • 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.
  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    You finally close the day’s work after reading and taking notes and asking questions. You stack the books, the printouts, the papers, the highlighters, the notebooks; you stack it all, on the dining room table for tomorrow. You save the manuscript. You close the computer. You walk away. And you hear a small voice whisper, “Add a chapter.” You argue back, “The title of the book is ’10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex’ – You can’t just go and add a chapter!” He says, “Chapter 10 needs to be: Parents Need to Know…
  • The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Five minutes of pure beauty. The post The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
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  • YOU WERE CREATED TO FEEL EXACTLY THIS!!!

    loswhit
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    We were created for joy. We were created to jump up and down and shake our fists at the sky in utter disbelief that we are so lucky to be alive. We were created to FEEL. If it has been a while since you have felt the utter joy that this little girl felt when opening this gift… Or if it has never been felt… It is available to you. Not only is it available to you… It is INSIDE YOU WAITING TO COME OUT. You got this. You can find this. Don’t stop exploring until you do. Los
  • The Year Of Adventure

    loswhit
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Last April I released my first book.  Moment Maker. As an author, when you finish a book, and as you continue to live out the message of that book, you wish you could add to it. I guess that is what this space is for. So as I thought long and hard about what the next aspect for me as a moment maker would be… I began studying you guys. I began studying the other guys. The ones who travel the world on instagram. The ones who climb the mountains on vimeo. The ones who surf the big waves on youtube. And I realized something. When you are working at Starbucks at age 20 trying to pay off…
  • Epic Snow Ball Fight At Breakfast – #MomentMaker

    loswhit
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Heather told the kids that we were going to have a nice Christmas breakfast on the deck. Win #1. She set the table nice and Christmasy. When the kids got out there we told them we were having powdered donut holes for breakfast! Win #2. How could breakfast get any better? With Win #3. Right after our “Snow Ball Toast” the unsuspecting kids got pelted. Life is too short to have a normal breakfast… Be a #MomentMaker instead… Buy my book Moment Maker here! goo.gl/wSdOLA Los
  • The Mother Of Jesus & A Pile Of Crap

    loswhit
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    “This isn’t what I dreamed of. Why is this happening like this? Why did you pick me God? And if you picked me, why am I laying on a floor behind the hotel surrounded by animal urine and feces? If you truly did choose me, and call me blessed, then why am I homeless and cold right now? I don’t want your blessing God. I’m sick of telling people I’m blessed by you yet they see me as cursed…” - Mary, mother of Jesus So maybe Mary didn’t think that exactly. But I like to think she was human enough to have. How many times have you felt this way? The way Mary felt on the evening…
  • Condoms, Guns, and Deadbolts

    loswhit
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Parenting. It’s a hotter topic than health care reform. Most people think they have it down. I know I don’t. I have a 12, 11, and 8 year old. The conversations are getting deeper. I would like to know what you would do in this situation. If you don’t have kids, you have parents so you can play along. If you have kids, this will be easier. I believe sex should be saved for marriage. So when somehow you find out that your 16 year old daughter who loves Jesus and you, is having sex with her boyfriend… Do you let her know your disappointment yet give her condoms knowing…
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  • 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 ...
  • Of elephants and teeth

    Andrew Jones
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Nobody likes dental clinics but this one is different. We are in Germany, visiting a dental laboratory which I find so inspiring, on so many levels, that I am featuring it as this years first blog post. This is KPV Labor Friesen in Leopoldshohe, near Bielefeld. I heard about it from a fashion model who got new teeth here, and also ...
  • Happy New Year 2015

    Andrew Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    One year passes and another arrives. What was done in 2014 is done. Everything passes through, as my German friends say, but Jesus remains. Happy new year!   We are in Antwerp, Belgium and hope to see the New Year arrive with a few friends. Hope it goes well with you all. I look forward to sharing stories with you ...
  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets them, outreach for churches that ...
 
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    Pete Wilson

  • The Comfort Zone

    Pete Wilson
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Most of us are not comfortable living by faith, it’s just easier to stay in our comfort zone and be ok with a predictable life inside the box. But in order to fully experience what God has in mind for our lives, we have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and step out of the box.
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Four Questions To Ask To Determine If You Need To Be At NewSpring On Sunday!

    web@newspring.cc
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    #1 – Have you ever wanted to believe in the goodness of God, but the circumstances in your life seem to say otherwise?    #2 – Have you ever wondered, “Why, Lord?” but have been afraid to vocalize it out loud?  #3 – Have you ever thought that God has forgotten about you?  #4 – Have you ever thought that, because of your doubt, you are disqualified from receiving God’s best for your life?  If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then don’t miss this Sunday at NewSpring as we continue our…
  • Seven Things Grace Says

    web@newspring.cc
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    1. Grace says you don’t have to be good enough because Jesus was perfect.  2. Grace says you have not gone too far and can come back home.  3. Grace says you are not what you did on your worst day.  4. Grace says you have power over sin.  5. Grace says it’s not too late to step into what God has for you.  6. Grace says you are not what other people try to label you to be.  7. Grace says you cannot “out-sin” the price Jesus paid!  I am loving this series at NewSpring Church! Don’t miss this coming…
  • A Letter To The Church I Love

    web@newspring.cc
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    So I did this sermon on the Ten Commandments once and everyone loved it…  :-) Before I give finality to this issue (it’s time to move on) I want to address a few things first.  #1 – I am imperfect. I make mistakes and fall way short of who I should be each and every day.  #2 – I fully understand and feel the weight of James 3:1 that clearly says that people who teach God’s Word will be judged more strictly.  #3 – I take teaching the Bible very seriously and desperately want to always put forth my best effort as I really do believe that…
  • Two Important Questions For Everyone At NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    #1 – What is this next series entitled, “Too Good To Be True” about?  It’s about grace!  It’s about understanding that Christianity is not all about keeping rules but abiding in a relationship!  It’s about accepting the fact that what you did on your worst day does not define who you are in Christ.  It’s about having the strength to move forward when you have a past that tries to tell you that you are not good enough.  It’s about having the ability to overcome current addictions and habits that you feel have…
  • Monday Night Bible Study

    web@newspring.cc
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Okay NewSpring, I’m so PUMPED to announce that beginning on Monday, January 19 we are starting a four-week Bible study through the first 10 chapters of Acts.   Here is a Q & A that will give you more details… #1 – When and where will this event take place?   At 7pm in the Fuse auditorium on the Anderson campus! We'll meet Monday, January 19th, 26th, February 2nd & 9th. #2 – Will it be offered at other campuses?   Not at this time; however, it WILL be available live online (so anyone can watch it), and it will be…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • Throwing In The Towel On Sexting?

    Tony Myles
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Sexting. You can talk about this until you’re blue in the face. Still, a large majority of teens and adults see nothing wrong with it: “Our only way of being alone was to do it over the phone.” – one teen, about why she began sexting It doesn’t help that people students look up to […]
  • 2015 Super Bowl® Party – SUPER STREAM SUNDAY

    Brandon Early
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    Are you, your ministry, or your small group(s) hosting a Super Bowl® Party this year? Did you know that Super Bowl XLIX will be available FREE via Live-Stream from NBC Universal? You could stream the BIG game directly into your party. XLIX will kick off with pregame coverage at 12:00 p.m. ET on Feb. 1. This streaming service is a […]
  • A Poor Understanding

    Tony Myles
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    You likely have an opinion about the poor. You may have even served the poor. Do you have an understanding of the poor, though?   “When you are broke, you can’t plan ahead or shop sales or buy in bulk. Poor people wait to buy something until they absolutely need it, so they have to […]
  • Signs You’re Hindering Your Own Leadership

    Chuck Bomar
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s one thing to desire to be in leadership…it’s another to actually lead people. As I watch other leaders, consider my own life in leadership or think about all the people I have had on my staff, there are some common denominators in those that are effective in leadership. I can also think of a few commonalities I […]
  • Cell Phone on a Budget…(Part 2)

    Brandon Early
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    I have been playing around with a Samsung Galaxy S4. It is pretty slick. I purchased it at a used phone dealer so I can play with a review more Android apps. As I have been reacquainting myself with the Android system, I decided to try to make it work with one of the pay-as-you-go […]
 
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    Human3rror

  • The Iron Yard DC Launch / Install Party

    John
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I was somewhat of an “unofficial photographer” at our Launch / Install Party @ our new Crystal City, DC campus for The Iron Yard. A beautiful spot to land in partnership with The Crystal Tech Fund, powered by Disruption Corp. Check it: Doing big things here in DC! Stoked to see all these new lives transformed through software and technology! The post The Iron Yard DC Launch / Install Party appeared first on John Saddington.
  • A New (or Old?) Level of Archery

    John
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Lars is amazing and his dedication to his craft is obvious. It’s intimidating to watch him perform with such precision and dedication – it challenges me to contemplate my own work and whether I’ve given it that much time, attention, and resolve. Watching any master craftsman work does that actually and encourages me to go deep into fewer things so that I can really break through the substantial hurdles toward true mastery. I also like the idea of bringing back older and more “classic” interpretations of an art and craft. Wonderful to behold. The post A New (or…
  • The Drop

    John
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:33 pm
    The concept of The Drop is not new as it’s essentially Product Hunt… but for music. But, it’s utility might actually be more useful for me and I’m already enjoying the first round of picks (it’s clearly a new site). Could be a really cool place to find new music and tunes. The post The Drop appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Spoolee

    John
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Where have you been all my life, Spooleee?! TAKE MY MONEY~! Yes! So cool. The post Spoolee appeared first on John Saddington.
  • The Gift of Writing (To My Daughter)

    John
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    One thing that I’m generously encouraging for my oldest as we continue to explore new activities for hackschool is writing consistently, if not daily. The value of this precious activity can’t be overstated as it’s increasing her ability to communicate in every possible facet of her life. And, just like me, it’s forcing her to slow down and contemplate important ideas and experiences that she’s encountered through the day (or via her daily assignments). Naturally, I’m thrilled that she is enjoys writing and the idea that she’ll be an…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • BIG NEWS: I’m Launching A Podcast!

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve got some BIG NEWS that I’m pretty stoked to share with you, my readers, today.  It’s been a while since I’ve been a part of a youth ministry podcast, but I’m excited to announce today that I’m launching my … Continue reading →
  • 3 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever!

    Terrace Crawford
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    I just finished speaking in our weekend services at my church.  I shared 3 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever!   I know many of you weren’t able to join us, so I thought I would share them here … Continue reading →
  • 5 Resolutions You Should Make This New Year!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Personal convictions and goals will shape the way a leader leads, responds to others and the very choices he or she makes. Each year, I resolve to do a few things, based on these convictions and goals too. So, I’ve … Continue reading →
  • FREE DVD: Fearless!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you’ve followed my blog or twitter long enough, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE giving away FREE stuff.  Today (and tomorrow) are those kind of days here. My friends at Dare2Share are putting together an incredible 2015 tour called … Continue reading →
  • The Christmas Project

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    Let’s do something together this Christmas. Recently I wrote about a significant need many of my friends had financially. Some of you gave and we were able to help a few leaders who were in desperate need of support. Since that … Continue reading →
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    TheWorshipCommunity.Com

  • Sunday Setlists #340

    Editor
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, January 25, 2015!! Welcome to the 340th 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.
  • We’ve Been Taught Worship Is Not A Show…But Sometimes IT IS!

    Editor
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    How Worship Is A Show In a sense, worship is a show; or to be more specific, praise is a show. Praise is the upward part of worship. Praise is done with our bodies—flowing from our hearts to the outside of us. Therefore, when we praise God, it’s obvious to anyone who’s looking our way. In the King James Version, the New Living Translation and a few other translations, the word “show” is directly associated with praise: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of…
  • Sign Up For Our Mailing List and We’ve Got A Great Free Resource Pack for You!

    Editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re partnering with our sister site HighestPraise.com to offer this great resource pack to all who sign up for our mailing list! We have 2 options when you sign up 1) a daily digest email filled with resources, articles, forum posts, etc. from The Worship Community and 2) a weekly free worship resource from HighestPraise.com. Free Resources We’ve got some great gifts lined up for you when you confirm your subscription: 6 Great worship songs from Fred McKinnon (founder of TWC) 2 Great worship songs from Integrity Music 2 Chord Charts from Integrity Music Mirror Ball (ebook) by…
  • What Should A Worship Leader Wear?

    Editor
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Worship leaders, we’ve put together the definitive fashion guide for you as we enter into the new year. We know that choosing which upbeat praise song or what key to do your closing response time can take a lot of planning and energy, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow step by step action plan to help you in choosing your wardrobe for leading worship. You can also use this guide to help steer your “don’t-tell-me-what-to-wear” or “I’m-expressing-myself-through-clothes” worship team members in the right direction when it comes to presenting…
  • Sunday Setlists #339

    Editor
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, January 18, 2015!! Welcome to the 339th 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.
 
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    LeadingSmart.com

  • Another Year Gone. Another Year Begins.

    Tim Stevens
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Typically I reflect on a year in the rear view mirror remembering events or parties or important family moments, sometimes mixed with sadness from my loss or others. As I look back on 2014 I see a year of significant transition.One year ago, I never would have guessed…I would resign from Granger Community Church.I would move away from Indiana.I would lose a best friend.I would no longer be a pastor at a local church.I would join up with a world-class company.My lead team would be William, Ben, Bob and Holly instead of Mark, Jason, Kem, Ted, Mark and Sean.Instead of being the most-tenured…
  • New Book Releases in One Week

    Tim Stevens
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    I started work on this book 3 years ago, and it finally comes out next week. People ask me often what the book is about. You can read all the details about the book here, but to sum it up...it is a book for any Christian who has a job and wants to do better. It is for leaders, wanna-be-leaders, managers, CEO's, workers and pastors. I have compiled 30 years of leadership learning and practical ideas into one easy-to-read book. I wonder if you would consider preordering the book? You see, in today's market, book preorders matter. A lot. This is my first book with Thomas Nelson…
  • Best Movie of 2014

    Tim Stevens
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    In my opinion, there was one movie that topped all others this year. You must know, however, that none of the critics agree with me. In fact, EW.com gave it a D rating. The Atlantic didn't even give it a mention in their list of top movies or honorable mentions. It's not on the top 10 list of any of the movie critics at Variety.com, nor is it found anywhere in the top 40 best movies announced by Yahoo.com. But they are all wrong. Because The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington is by far the best movie of 2014. I watched it for the 3rd time tonight--and it is fantastic. I'm not…
  • New Coaching Network for Church Leaders Debuts in Houston

    Tim Stevens
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    After 5 years of hosting a coaching network for executive pastors, I've had the privilege of working with 122 leaders from all over the United States. It truly has been a highlight for me and has turbo-charged my own learning. As a bonus, I've enjoyed the new friendships with these leaders, and enjoy keeping up with their growth.Today I am happy to announce that we are introducing a brand new coaching opportunity in Houston with some tremendous guest speakers and cool perks. Here are some fun facts...It is called the Executive Leader Coaching Network, and is ideally targeted for lead pastors,…
  • Do You Work With a Fool?

    Tim Stevens
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Have you ever had a boss or employee who wouldn't take feedback or correction? You tried to coach them, or help them see how they were coming across to others, but they didn't seem to hear you?Henry Cloud, in his book Necessary Endings, says there are wise people and foolish people, and they are determined by how they accept feedback:Wise People - when truth presents itself, the wise person sees the light, takes it in, and makes adjustments.Foolish People - the fool tries to adjust the truth so he does not have to adjust to it.You've all met the fool. At times they are fun to work with, but…
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  • 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…
  • Worship Album Review: Elevation Worship - Wake Up The Wonder

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    WORSHIP ALBUM REVIEW:Artist: Elevation WorshipAlbum: Wake Up The WonderLabel: ProvidentStandout Songs: "The King Among Us" and "Fortress"Score: 19/25A very well-produced track captures the stadium-filled praise from Time Warner Cable Arena this past August in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Worship represents a thriving local mega-church that has heart for their community  yet they surely have something in their worship expression that blesses the greater Body of Christ! This much anticipated project stands out amongst the growing number of modern worship releases for that…
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    Ministry Best Practices

  • A Simple Hack To Give You Success With Your Goals

    Bill Reichart
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ok, we are a month into 2015, how are those new year goals going? Are you getting more fit? Are you more productive? Eating healthier? Spending more time with your family? Perhaps you are making some headway, but perhaps you have too many goals going at the same time.The best way to tackle all that you want to do is to "chunk it up". Set your mind on a singular goal for a determined time - don't try to do it all - now.Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, proposes breaking down your year-long goals into 90-day chunks: You may have lots of goals, and that’s…
  • 25 Truths About Preachers From 2 Timothy

    Bill Reichart
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here is a great list from Colin Adams:The Bible is the best place to learn about preaching. Other books on preaching can be good, of course. But whatever Scripture says on preaching is definitive. Its like drinking from the spring itself.1. The herald proclaims a message that holds out the promise of life (2 Tim 1:1).2. The preacher’s gift comes from God (2 Tim 1:6).3. The gift of a herald must be fanned into flame (2 Tim 1:6): that is, stirred up by constant use.4. The preaching gift must be exercised with love, power and self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7).5. A gospel minister must not be ashamed…
  • 6 Simple Rules To Make Your Next Presentation Memorable

    Bill Reichart
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Giving a presentation in front of an audience is difficult enough, giving it accompanied with an awful powerpoint - well that makes your presentation simply deadly. Powerpoint is the most misunderstood, misapplied and misused presentation tool today. And even with all the books, blogs and videos that teach and instruct on how to use powerpoint well, many people still abuse it. Follow these 6 simple rules and your powerpoint presentation will go from "sucks" to "stellar".Include Only One Key Point per Slide - To many presentations crowd the slides with too much information.Pay Attention to the…
  • The 5 Most Helpful Ways To Avoid Youth Ministry Burnout

    Bill Reichart
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We talk about ministry burnout a lot here at Ministry Best Practices. It seems that ministry burnout and the damage it does (with all of it's different forms and implications) is a rising tide within the church and ministries. No one is exempt, especially those who focus and work with youth.excerpted from YouthMinistry360 and Heather BishopA few months into my first ministry job, I found myself in an interesting position. Because I am a type-A, people-pleaser (recovering), I wanted to "be all things for all people" and said "yes" to any and every opportunity to serve. I loved my job and…
  • Top Twitter Tweets Of The Past Week

    Bill Reichart
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:07 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 - @BestMinistryFacebook - 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.7 Surprising and Endearing Characteristics of Highly Effective Church Leaders http://t.co/CexkLTEteT pic.twitter.com/p1fj0aSdmj— MBP (@BestMinistry)…
 
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  • My must own movie list

    Joel Klampert
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Today a friend of mine asked me this question: “I’m trying to rebuild my DVD collection. What are your top must own DVD’s?” It made me think… First off, to me a “Must own” is one I am personally willing to watch over and over again and enjoy it just as much as the first time I watched it. This was actually hard to think through, but I think I came to a pretty good conclusion. Here are the movies that are on MY personal must own list: 1. Amadeus 2. Dead Poets Society 3. Swing Kids 4. Tombstone 5. Monty Python and Holy Grail 6. Dances with Wolves 7.
  • Framing Faith: A book review

    Joel Klampert
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Framing Faith From Camera to Pen, An Award-Winning Photojournalist Captures God in a Hurried World By Matthew Knisely I have the privilege of following Matt on the social media platforms and being his “friend” on facebook. This was actually how I first heard about this book. It has been interesting looking through that lens (no pun intended) as I read through these pages. Matt is a photojournalist and a storyteller. The main reason why I grabbed this book to review is because of my fascination with photography, the arts, speaking and storytelling as well. I loved the clarity that…
  • Foundations in Comic Book Art: A Review

    Joel Klampert
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Foundations in Comic Book Art: SCAD Creative Essentials (Fundamental Tools and Techniques for Sequential Artists) by John Paul Lowe I have the privilege of reviewing this from a semi-professional view in that I used to work in the comic book business. Recently I have craved to get back into comics and illustration so when I saw this book come up in a list of books for me to review, I grabbed it. Lowe is really good at communicating and visually the book is of higher grade than most books of it’s kind that are out there. Materials and techniques are covered and what is nice is that while…
  • Breaking a LONGSTANDING RULE

    Joel Klampert
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I have this rule when it comes to “reviews” of friends Albums that I have stuck to since I started blogging in 2006. It is simple DO NOT REVIEW A FRIENDS ALBUM. Here is the exception to the rule… THIS CHRISTMAS EP from my friends Ben AbuSaada and Chris Olson and other people I don’t know but I will call friends by default. Let me go track by track: 1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Starts off with a dope slide guitar on a resonator. A nice acoustic comes in… Most likely a Breedlove because I know Ben and the holy spirit and God works best through a Breedlove.
  • When I was thirsty…

    Joel Klampert
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    I have, in the last 37 years, had the pleasure of attending, being associated with or speaking/leading in many kinds of churches. I have been in liturgical high churches, charismatic, pentecostal, ones that speak in tongues, ones that don’t, those that have bands and those that think music is wrong, ones that don’t allow food or coffee in the church and those that eat popcorn and serve lattes, ones that center around communion and others that never do it… You name it and I have seen it. There is something I want to point out though… The father LOVES ALL THE FLAVORS of…
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    Christian Personal Finance

  • How Long Does it Take to Get Your Tax Refund?

    Bob
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you done your taxes yet? Like many people, as soon as I finish, I like knowing when my refund check is going to be deposited. Here are some ways to not only know when you’ll get your refund check, but some tips on how to get it faster. Let’s start with the quickest way to get your refund. The Quickest Way to Get Your Refund It is probably common knowledge that you will get your tax refund quicker when you choose the direct deposit option. You also should E-file your tax return if possible and as I mentioned in a post I wrote about getting free state tax filing you should…
  • Is the Home Office Deduction a Red Flag to the IRS?

    Kevin
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    People commonly believe that the home office deduction is a red flag to the IRS. But is it? Here’s a clue: the IRS doesn’t publish its red flags! The idea that any deduction constitutes a red flag is pure speculation, generally brought about by excessive media attention, particularly to significant IRS actions. The idea that the home office deduction is a red flag came about largely in the early 1990s, when a doctor had his home office deduction overturned by the IRS due to the fact that he also worked in three different hospitals. The IRS took the position that since he spent most of his…
  • How to File Your State Income Tax Online for Free

    Bob
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It isn’t too difficult to find a place to file your federal tax return for free, but finding a service to file your state return for free is another story. I did a little digging and found a few options to consider . . . . How to File Your State Return for Free! As you have probably noticed, many places offer a free filing of a Federal return but don’t offer free state filing. But there are a few ways to get your state tax return done for free. Free State Tax Filing Websites TurboTax Absolute ZERO – The free version of TurboTax is available to these filers according to their…
  • 20 Fabulous DIY ideas for Home Shelving

    Dawn
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    One of the key items to bring harmony to my home is simply… organization.  There is nothing like coming home to a clean and organized house. Whatever I can do to make my life easier, less stressful, I totally take advantage of.  When things are in order, it’s a peace of mind.  There’s no frantic searching for a particular item or sensory overload as you look at eyesore chaos.  A simple way to create organization in your house is to give a place for everything, and shelving does just that… it gives a variety of items a home. I’m on a mission to find some…
  • The Best 5 Work-from-Home Jobs from Someone Who Has Tried Them All

    Guest
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note from Bob: This article was written from Christen P, someone who really has tried a ton of the work-from-home jobs out there. I asked her to share her experience with the 5 best ones out there, and she was gracious enough to oblige.  So if this is something you are looking into, enjoy! Working from home is an excellent option for people who want to be with their families and still earn a living. When you work from home you can usually build a lot of flexibility into your schedule so that you can attend school functions for your children, care for sick family members, and tend to your…
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist [Video]

    Eric Dye
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This biblical philologist themed parody of “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” is just … just … too much fun to pass up. So, here you go: I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist [Video] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s fun to see how the world’s most creative people schedule their day and compare it to our own. In this infographic displaying daily routines of famous creative people, you can get a quick glimpse and comparison of all of them at once. There is one thing that really stood out to me about these creative’s routines: [Click for Larger]Notice how much time they spent in the Day Job/Admin area of their lives? Doesn’t this really put the work of Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens and Pablo Picasso into perspective? If you are an aspiring writer, songwriter, or if you’re…
  • 2,000+ MS-DOS Games Online!

    Eric Dye
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Feeling like a quick trip back to memory lane? How about playing some MS-DOS classics? Now you can! Jason Scott has assembled over 2,000 games that can be played—for free—in your web browser. “Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable.” Chuck Yeager’s Advanced Flight Trainer? Yup. Played it. And there’s so many more to mess around with! Give it a go?   2,000+ MS-DOS Games Online! first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • ‘We Will Not Be Shaken’ by Bethel Music [Saturday Morning Review]

    Michael Ernest
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Bethel Music is back, this time more formidable than ever. The Redding, CA based worship ministry introduces a new generation of vocalists in an array of hip singers, instrumentalists, and songwriters that you will definitely fall in love with all featured on the new album, “We Will Not Be Shaken.” The live album and DVD houses 11 new astounding worship tunes. While some of the songs will become anthems, others will stir up a revival, but all the tunes will ultimately draw people to Christ. We Will Not Be Shaken Bethel Music’s last project was the all-female ensemble called…
  • 11 Things Creative People Should Adapt in 2015

    Michael Ernest
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    For many, New Year’s resolutions are trite. I fall into that category because I find new year’s resolutions cringeworthy when people go on and on about their New Year’s resolution setting impossible goals that can’t they can’t achieve. Today, I want to share 11 things that creative people should adapt this year; these are 11 goals that are both flexible (for long-term purpose) and measurable. It is not about 2015, but you ought to start this cultivating these practices this year. Want to add these 11 things to your New Year’s resolution list? Be my guest. For me,…
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • He Has Loved You Too Much to Cease Loving You

    Mark Wilson
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    Be persuaded, timid soul, that He has loved you too much to cease loving you. ~ FenelonO The Deep, Deep Love of JesusO the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy loveLeading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the…
  • A Treasure Hunt Every Day

    Mark Wilson
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    What if we viewed each day as a Treasure Hunt?  What if, in our early morning prayers, God revealed little clues leading us to people He treasures -- sort of a Divine Treasure Map?  What if we went forth eagerly to bless, encourage and serve?  What if we went forth boldly, filled with Holy Love?  What if we viewed life as a daily adventure with God rather than a burden to be endured?  What if the chance meetings along the way were really Divine Appointments?Wouldn't that make a difference in how we act and react?  Wouldn't that change our…
  • Playing it Safe

    Mark Wilson
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    The Packers beat themselves yesterday.  Green Bay lost the NFC Championship yesterday because they chose to play it safe.   Instead of playing to win, they played not to lose, settling for field goals rather than touchdowns.  They chose to sit on first half points instead of going for broke throughout the entire game.  They attempted to win small by preservation and playing out the clock. Many church leaders do the same thing.Last week, I was in a seminar with John Maxwell and Kevin Myers where they discussed momentum.  They said, if you are not meeting expectations,…
  • Servant of God, Remember

    Mark Wilson
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Servant of God, remember the stream thy soul bedewing (moistened from morning dew);The grace that came upon thee anointing and renewing.The cross dissolves the darkness, and drives away temptation;It calms the wavering spirit by quiet consecration.To God, eternal Father, to Christ, our king, be glory,And to the Holy Spirit, in never ending story.The lyrics of this beautiful hymn, "Servant of God, Remember" (Cultor Dei Memento), was written at the dawn of the 5th Century by Aurelius Clement Prudentius, who, after a distinguished career as a lawyer and judge, retired at age 57 to write sacred…
  • How to Find a Solution to Your Problem

    Mark Wilson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    If you're facing a difficult problem, the following questions mayl help you find the solution:1. Is this a problem - or is it a fact of life?You can do something about problems. You can't do anything about facts of life. If you can't change it, you have a fact of life, not a problem, No need to stew over it.As Reinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer states,.  "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."2. Is this problem really the problem?It is easy to be sidetracked by the…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • The Techniques of a Sexual Predator

    Tim
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    I hate to bring bad news on the best day of the week, but I think this merits attention. In his book On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Children Abuse at Church, Deepak Reju provides a look at the techniques of a sexual predator, and focuses on the way a predator will prepare or groom an entire church so that he can take advantage of its children. His words are worth reading and worth considering. The most common technique for sexual offenders to gain access to children is to cultivate a double life. Sexual offenders work very hard to be likable and respectable members of a church.
  • Weekend A La Carte (January 24)

    Tim
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    Here are today’s Kindle Deals: Jesus, the Only Way to God by John Piper ($0.99); You, Your Family and the Internet by David Clark ($0.99); George Muller of Bristol by Arthur Pierson ($3.96); Igniting the Fire by Jake Hanson ($3.82). You may enjoy this article on The Jennifer Epidemic. It traces the rising and waning of the most popular baby names over the past decades. And apparently there has never been a name like Jennifer. Al Mohler looks at Downtown Abbey and asks What Are Americans Really Watching? Here is an Ode to Skymall as it announces its bankruptcy.
  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Scripture Memory Kids. There will be 5 winners this week and each of the winners will receive a copy of both of the Scripture Memory Kids CDs. Here is what they say about their albums: There is just something about music that makes memorizing easier and that is at the heart of what we do here at Scripture Memory Kids ™ .  Our fun and lively Scripture Memory CDs help kids, of any age, memorize God’s Word in an exciting and effective way. Scripture Memory Kids also provides lots of fun, free downloads intended to further…
  • A La Carte (January 23)

    Tim
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Spoiler Alert - This is an interesting one from Slate: “Children’s birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant. Here’s how we let it happen.” I have noticed this trend! Going Paperless - This is a long but helpful guide on going paperless. It’s easier than ever! What I Saw at the Abortion - Trevin Wax: “Ross Douthat linked to this first-person testimony from Richard Selzer, a surgeon, as an example of a pro-choice person who can’t ‘unsee’ what they’ve witnessed in an abortion.” When You’re Prayerless - “Prayerlessness is not…
  • On the Day I Married Her

    Tim
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    I knew next to nothing about my wife on the day I married her. We had dated for a few years, we had spent countless evenings talking on the phone, we had attended church, we had organized events, and even run a business together. But despite all that, we still barely knew one another. The knowledge we had was genuine, but it was shallow. Still, that small amount of knowledge was enough to compel us to invite our friends and family to a little church in Ancaster so we could pledge our lives to one another. I have never had a moment’s regret for marrying Aileen (which is not…
 
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Your Prayer Life Is Better Than You Think

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    No one, it seems, prays as frequently or as fervently as they would like. The Christians in my life, including the Christian writing this article, often consider their prayer lives disappointing and discouraging. And so I was excited to find some encouragement for prayer from one whom many might think an unlikely person: John Calvin. Calvin may be more widely known for his dour (and biblical) assessment of humanity than for his pep-talk motivations, but given the discouragement we all feel about our prayers, we need all the encouragement we can get. Many Congregational Songs Are Prayers Here…
  • Why Do I Exist?

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Am I failing at life? Am I succeeding? And why do I exist in the first place? These questions are huge, we all ask them, and thankfully the Bible helps us with answers in the form of a litmus test. We are made by God to image him in the world. That’s our purpose. Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” But what exactly does this mean for my life? Such a simple sentence can put you on a long search in the attempt to wrap your arms around the full implications. It turns out, what it means to be made in…
  • Do Little Girls Outgrow the Twirl?

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Eugenie Bouchard, a Canadian women’s tennis player ranked #8 in the world, laid an impressive beating on her opponent in the Australian Open this week, 6–0, 6–3. But the news coming out of the match wasn’t focused so much on her game as on the on-court interview afterward. The Australian interviewer, speaking with Bouchard in front of the entire stadium, began to comment on her outfit, a bright pink skirt and corresponding pink top. He then requested that she give the crowd a twirl to show off the ensemble. She obliged with a girlish grin and some sheepishness, the crowd applauded,…
  • What to Do When We’re Prayerless

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Prayerlessness is not fundamentally a discipline problem. At root it’s a faith problem. What Prayer Is Prayer is the native language of faith. John Calvin called prayer the “chief exercise of faith.”† That’s why when faith is awake and surging in us, prayer doesn’t feel like a burden or an obligation. It feels natural. It’s how faith most instinctively speaks. Throughout the Bible, faith and prayer are inextricably linked. One of the clearest examples is Jesus’s statement in John 15:7: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done…
  • All Things Work Together for Good

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Romans 8:28 is one of the most important and most treasured verses and promises in the Bible. In this lab, John Piper begins a series of three labs pulling apart the critical pieces in these twenty-four words for understanding and embracing our sovereign and good God.Watch Now
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    Todd Rhoades

  • Five Things You Should Read This Week…

    Todd Rhoades
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here are five stories you need to know as you serve in ministry this weekClick To Tweet Each week, my friend Matt Steen and I compile the top 50 stories that we think you should be reading in a publication we call Ministry Briefing. Here’s a sampling of FIVE stories from this week’s edition: Stable Income Is Key to Stable Families Researchers argue that while some have tried to link shifting family dynamics with a loss in financial stability and job opportunities, they cite a number of studies that demonstrate that job stability is often connected with stable families. One study found…
  • The real test of pastoral integrity…

    Todd Rhoades
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    You never know, as a church leader, where your integrity may be tested. My guess is that, while you’ve never thought about it, the dentist might be a huge test of integrity for most all of us… OK… so your integrity may not be challenged the next time you visit the dentist. But it MAY be challenged at your next elder meeting. Or staff meeting. You never know, as a church leader, where your integrity may be tested.Click To Tweet Or the next time you open your laptop. Or while you speak on Sunday. What physical location is a huge test for YOUR integrity? Do you know where…
  • Honest church postcards…

    Todd Rhoades
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    These have been around for a while… but they are still funny, and may be new to you… These are FUNNY!  What church marketing would look like if we really told the truth!Click To Tweet HT:  Best Ministry Practices What would your church’s (honest) postcards say? Todd
  • Developing Young Leaders? Yes, It’s THAT Important!

    Todd Rhoades
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyers on Leadership (and how to develop young leaders)Click To Tweet My friend Brian Dodd suggests that twelve things that you must do to develop highly successful young leaders in your church, among them are… To Develop Highly Successful Young Leaders You Must Give Them A Vision For Their Success To Develop Highly Successful Young Leaders You Must Instill In Them The Value Of Hard Work To Develop Highly Successful Young Leaders You Must Teach Them Resilience To Develop Highly Successful Young Leaders Give Them A Pattern Of Success To Follow To Develop…
  • How Passionate Are You? Really?

    Todd Rhoades
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Everyone one who ever made a difference had passion. Nothing of significance is done without it.Click To Tweet According to Dan Rockwell a.k.a. “The Leadership Freak”, passion fuels boldness.  Leaders with passion, Dan says, act boldly, serve freely, and commit willingly. But many people I’ve met in ministry lack true passion. Sure… they were passionate when they started in ministry; but now find themselves in a situation that sucks. Dan describes the passionless as… 1.  Distant Leaders 2. Those who work with no real purpose. 3.  They labor but don’t…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Why what you’re doing right now may not be worthwhile

    webteam
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Our lives are overwhelmed with possibilities. And we’d like to think that priorities and productivity go hand in hand. But how do we remain faithful through our frustrations, when the work we’re putting in isn’t yielding the results we’re hoping for?
  • Elevation Creative: Life’s A Beat

    webteam
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Repeating the same positive pattern everyday has more power than we might think. In this opening element from week 2 of our series The Power of Same, we take a creative look at what progress looks like when we get in the rhythm of a new routine.
  • The Pattern Behind Every Problem In Our Lives

    webteam
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Many of us believe that our problems are a result of life’s randomness, but in reality, our lives all have similar patterns. How do we determine the patterns that dictate the direction of our lives – and is it possible to change them?
  • The Greatest Catalyst for Change In Your Life

    webteam
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    We live in a world of what’s new and what’s next – but, when it comes to living a life of purpose and progress, sameness can be underrated. Discover why the greatest catalyst for change can often be found in the most mundane routine.
  • Elevation Worship: Classic Christmas Medley

    webteam
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a church, we’re looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season together. To help get us in the spirit, our video and worship teams put together this video medley of some of our favorite classic songs of the season. Join us this Christmas Eve for worship experiences as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Visit www.ChristmasEveAtElevation.com for times and locations.
 
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Jesus the Evangelist: what his encounter with Nicodemus can teach us

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    I just have one bit of unfinished business left from 2014. Here is a sermon I preached towards the end of the year, notes follow the video. After this, I will be on a fast from social media of all forms until the end of the month. Sometimes it is good to pull back from [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Top Posts during 2014

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    In my last post I reviewed this year’s blogging.  Now I want to share the articles that have been most popular on my site in the last twelve months. Many of these posts were written in previous years and thanks presumably to google continue to show remarkable levels of traffic. I plan on taking a break [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The best and the worst of 2014

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    It is hard to believe that 2014 is about to draw to an end. It is good for us to turn to a few days of reflection on what has been, of gratitude to God for his faithfulness, of expressing our regrets, and of giving voice to our hopes for 2015. The year on this [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Merry Christmas

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    As I write this it is just past midnight. The breakfast table is laid. The potatoes are pealed. We are just about to lay the presents out around and on the tree. And we wait for the kids to all be soundly asleep so “Father Christmas” can do his rounds. It is Christmas Day for [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • The tragic end of the head and shoulders king

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    1 Samuel 31 contains Saul’s final act. The irony is clear. The man who towered head and shoulders over his contemporaries (1 Sam 9:2) is quite literally cut down to size as his head is removed from his shoulders. The regal first king of Israel is killed and his body is shamefully violated. His line [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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  • The Darkest Places

    Steve McCoy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    At Soma School a few years back I got to know Chris Thomas. I resonated with Chris' personal story, his family's situation, his dedication to ministry, and his willingness to sacrifice to be a missionary where he lived. Soma and TGC have put out a video and article called "Dope Church." It's well worth your time. Here's a blurb. Go to TGC to read the rest.Cherie sits on a bed and speaks life into Bill and his girlfriend, Katie, while they eat turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce. A motel room is a really weird place for a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s an even stranger setting for a…
  • Elijah Update 1.21.15

    Steve McCoy
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Previous Updates:  First, Second, Third, Fourth.Yesterday we took Elijah back to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago to meet with their rheumatologist at the request of the two main pediatricians there who have been working with Elijah and who have thus far not figured out why he has fluid in his hip.It was rather revealing, though there is no clear diagnosis yet. What we learned we feel finally gives us some solid direction and seems to finally make some sense out of his current symptoms as well as previous problems. Before Rheumatologist -…
  • Elijah Update - Tuesday

    Steve McCoy
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Wanted to get an update up Monday after arriving home, but just didn't find the time. Here's where things are with our 14 year old son. Check out previous posts for a full day-by-day: First post, Saturday update, and Sunday update. Getting Home - We got home midday Monday and immediately discovered we were driving on an almost completely flat tire. A large screw was in our rear left tire and I had to head right back out and add air then make an appointment to fix the tire while Molly napped yesterday. A flat tire after a long drive leads to scary what-could-have-happened thoughts! God in…
  • Elijah Update - Sunday

    Steve McCoy
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Good news this morning. Elijah, barring things getting worse in the next 24 hours, is going home tomorrow. It's still a mystery what exactly is wrong. The growth in the culture from his hip is strange. It should only happen in someone with artificial medical things in his body. So they think it must be contamination. But that doesn't change the problem he's having in the first place. New MRIs and other tests show nothing concerning infection, bone issues, etc.The doctor this morning wants him to see a rheumatologist. It won't happen until after we've left and are done here, but it's probably…
  • Elijah Update - Saturday (1/10)

    Steve McCoy
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    I'm writing this on a public, hospital computer, so forgive any issues with the post. The system isn't letting me update the previous post so it's easier just to add a new one. Elijah has now been given at least one more night here, and maybe a few more. Still up in the air.E is leaving with Molly by ambulance (sans sirens) to Lurie Children's Hospital today for another set of MRIs. More blood tests are being done as we speak. The fluid culture from his hip is in process and something is growing in it. That means there's something that's in the fluid and the tests should reveal…
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    Worship Matters

  • Interview with Matt Searles

    Bob Kauflin
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    I met Matt Searles via email a few years ago after hearing his album, Now and Not Yet, acoustic renditions of various Psalms. It was biblical, singable, and moving. Since then he’s also recorded From the River to the Ends of the Earth, another collection of Psalms, only this time with a full band. I was delighted to meet Matt in person at WorshipGod UK last year, and since then have hosted him in my home in Louisville, KY. He’ll be joining us again for WorshipGod UK, 7th-9th May, in Bath. Matt will be teaching a seminar at the conference entitled Shaped by the Psalms. He…
  • My Favorite Books of 2014

    Bob Kauflin
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    At the end of each year I look forward to hearing what books people enjoyed over the past 12 months. My good friend Jeff Purswell posted a great list for pastors at the Sovereign Grace website, although anyone could benefit from them. I also appreciated these lists from Kevin DeYoung and Tony Reinke. I read fewer books than I had hoped to in 2014 but these three stood out. 1. Job: The Wisdom of the Cross – Christopher Ash In recent years I’ve intentionally read through Job 5 or 6 times each year, making notes as I go. I’ve learned a great deal about suffering, about…
  • From the Archives: Sentimentalizing, Sanitizing, and Spiritualizing Christmas

    Bob Kauflin
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Image Courtesy of Shutterstock It’s difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the significance of the Incarnation. Writers, philosophers, poets, and composers through the centuries have searched in vain for words that adequately capture the wonder, mystery, beauty, and power of Jesus as Emmanuel, God with us. The miracle and meaning of the Incarnation can be so difficult to grasp that we can give up and start to view Christmas in ways that leave us impoverished and unimpressed with the real story. Even in the church our songs and reflections about about Christmas can fail to leave…
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Studio Sessions]

    Bob Kauflin
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    Here’s the fifth installment of studio session videos from our Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has a rich and varied history. The tune originated somewhere in 15th century France, while the lyrics have their origins in the centuries old O Antiphons, sung or recited by some Catholics and Anglicans at Vespers from December 17 to December 23. Each verse of the carol focuses on a different title for Christ. Depending on which version you sing, we hail Christ as Emmanuel, Rod of Jesse, Dayspring, Key of David, Desire of Nations, Wisdom, and Lord of…
  • Help Us Translate Worship Matters into Spanish!

    Bob Kauflin
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Since my book, Worship Matters, first came out in 2008, I’ve been greatly encouraged and humbled to hear how God has used it in the lives of planners, pastors, leaders, and musicians to promote singing in the church that is theologically aware, gospel driven, emotionally engaged, Spirit-empowered, and life changing. The core of the book unpacks a definition for a “worship leader.” While I don’t think God has a specific job description for that role in Scripture, the almost universal use of the term led me to come up with a definition I trust is faithful to the…
 
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Writer's Block

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Neglecting my blog I've sort of had writer's block. Working hard during the holidays .... sermons, lessons, visiting, family, and other priorities .... My hope for 2015 is to do better with what God's given me. How about you? So if you don't see me blog it isn't because I don't like communicating its because there is so much to do. Let's get busy doing the life of living for Jesus.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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    7 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
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  • 30 Things I am thankful for ...

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    My friend, Mike Lynn, is posting everyday in November ...things he is thankful for.Here is my list:I thankful for:1. My wife, Valerie, ... 17 plus years of putting up with my antics and through the UPs and DOWNs of life ... we get to go through this journey together.2. My daughter, Kendra. Your compassionate and loving spirit is catchy. Never give up.3. My daughter, Nicole. You inspire me knowing you are trying new things and amaze me by your walk with Jesus.4. My son, Brian. You amaze me. From your imagination and willingness to learn. Always be a life long learner.5. My Family in Canada.
  • Pray for the Persecuted Church

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    The persecuted church or the underground church needs our prayers. I had a recent disagreement with someone who tried to say the "Churches in Houston" were being persecuted because a mayor asked for their sermons. This is a far cry from what is happening in the church across the world. The persecuted church needs our prayers. According to Release International (Source The Lookout Nov. 2, 2014 pg. 4 "Prosecuted and Persecuted" Dr. Barry Thornton)"More Christians have been martyred in the 20th Century than in all previous centuries combined.About 170 000 Christians are martyred for their faith…
  • Now Caitlin Can ...

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Now Caitlin Can is a book about a little girl that gets a new lease on life through the generous donation of a kidney. This small children's book illustrates the need and reason why people should donate organs. This book also holds a special place for me. I do not know the author personally but do know the family that donated. The young teenage boy's father and I had worked together in Maryland. Currently he is the Chaplain at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD.This book illustrated the need for compassion, and giving even in the midst of tragedy. I had recently lent this book to a…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Sweet Dreams are Made of This

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Anyone who keeps up with developments in world missions has heard stories of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus Christ after a revelation in a dream. I can’t take the time here to document this, but there have been many articles and at least one DVD documentary, More Than Dreams. These stories are rather personal to me, because as a 7-year old, my initial stirrings of faith began after waking from a dream that clearly spoke to me that in terms of the lessons presented in Sunday School, a Christian retreat center we visited each year, and other contacts with scripture, I was not prepared.
  • Weekend Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Carlos Whittaker explaining technology to Pete Wilson: In order to highlight that the links are now on PARSE on Saturdays, I’m running the latest list here. Remember that these are especially keyed for pastors and church leaders, but I try widen that focus a little with things of interest to all of us. Feedback from Thinking Out Loud readers is always welcomed.  The decision to move to Saturday was made by CT, but we’re now in direct competition with our friends at Saturday Ramblings at Internet Monk, where you’ll also find a great summary of the week in religious news; and…
  • Seeing a Counselor No Longer Considered a Sign of Weakness

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    I never quote here from the NIrV, the simplified (children’s) version of the NIV, but somehow it seemed appropriate: Matthew 9:12 Jesus heard that. So he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do. Mark 2:17 Jesus heard that. So he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do. I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to follow me.” Luke 5:31 Jesus answered them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a doctor. Sick people do. I grew up in a culture where only people…
  • As Christianity Loses Its Majority Status in the US

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Book Review: The Church in Exile Although I worked for InterVarsity Press briefly several lifetimes ago, and have covered other IVP books here before, this is the first time I’ve attempted to review anything from the IVP Academic imprint. So let me say at the outset that perhaps I have no business considering scholarly titles here; however there is a personal connection that had me wanting to read this book, and that resulted in my wanting to give it some visibility here. Lee Beach was our pastor for nearly ten years, and one year of that overlapped a staff position I held at the church…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:14 am
    Recently the Facebook Page of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s (IVCF) Media Ministry, TwentyOneHundred Productions, conjectured as to what might happen if Christian email/letter sign-offs were movie titles. You’ll find a total of four movie posters at the January 20th post at this link. …Today’s links and the ones at PARSE are identical. Counterpoint: Is the Church Too Feminine? - The thesis of several recent books is challenged: “As I walk into church, I am welcomed by a man who hands me a bulletin. I am ushered to my seat by a man. I look through the…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Printable Bible Verse Valentine Cards

    Felicia Mollohan
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    I wanted to be able to give my students a valentine that would be meaningful. I also try to take every opportunity to have them read the Bible. So I created these printable Bible Verse Valentine cards as an answer to my problem. I thought some of you might be able to use them as well for your students. Just print them out on card stock, sign your name on the back, and give them to your students as a sign that you care for them. Click here to download Let’s spread the love of Jesus around to our students this Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss these other resources about Love from…
  • The Good Samaritan Teaching Skit (Luke 10:25-37) Love Your Neighbor

    Felicia Mollohan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    A well-known story of the Good Samaritan is always a good one to teach your class. Since it discusses loving your neighbor, it would be a good lesson to teach during the Valentine holiday. So I have put together this skit to help with teaching this most valuable lesson to your students. This skit is a great way to put your students “in the action” of the story and to “see” what the story is all about. Have fun with it and enjoy teaching your kids! The Good Samaritan As written in Luke 10:25-37 (NASB) Characters Narrator – speaking part Jesus – speaking part…
  • Sunday School Lesson: Boy Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)

    Kelly Henderson
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    This lesson was created to teach an inductive style lesson to older students.  Reading the Scripture passage and interacting with what is written, the students will discover that when Jesus is in the temple at age 12 He showed that He was God’s Son who came to do God’s will. Bible Passage: Luke 2:41-52 Bible Story Title: Boy Jesus in the Temple Target Age Group:  Ages 9-11 (3rd-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, copy of Jewish Feasts poster, activity sheets, pens/markers Learning Goal:  Students will…
  • “Young Boy Jesus in the Temple” Coloring Page (Luke 2:41-52)

    Tony Kummer
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Download this free coloring page when teaching about when Jesus was a child. We know from Luke 2:41-52 that Jesus and his family visited the temple when he was still just a child. Click on the image above to download this printable coloring sheet in PDF format, we’ve also uploaded a JPEG version if you would like to edit the file on your own. The Boy Jesus in the Temple (ESV Luke 2:41-52) 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43 And when the feast was ended, as they were…
  • Beating the Winter Blues… maintaining motivation in your children’s ministry

    Kristin Schmidt
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    The winter let-down…Christmas wrappings are hauled away, fruit cake is steadily hardening, temperatures are dropping, and schedules are returning to normal routine. Following the hype and hubbub of the holiday season, the winter months can sometimes seem dreary. Between cold weather and lack of significant events, it’s tempting to fall into apathy in any area of our lives, be it work or teaching or church or even parenting. It is no wonder some animals hibernate through this time! But there are plenty of wonderful ways to celebrate this season and remember God’s blessings throughout…
 
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    Matthew Starner

  • Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

    Matthew Starner
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A few months ago, I spent some time with another worship leader here in Grand Rapids evaluating our worship song libraries. I revamped my library in Planning Center a couple years ago, but it was due for a revision. There were categories were missing, categories that needed to be split up, and songs that needed to be reevaluated. I recently read through Constance Cherry’s “Selecting Songs for Worship” and used some of her criteria to come up with categories. I use the categories not only to find songs in the library each week, but to evaluate songs as they’re added…
  • Christmas Carols and God in the Flesh

    Matthew Starner
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, we’re about to be bombarded by a bunch of songs that we only hear once a year. Classic Christmas carols, some of which the church has been singing for centuries, are going to be a part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services – not to mention all the airplay they’ll get on radio stations too. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation – when God became flesh. That baby lying in the manger is the very Son of God. He is the Word who was present at creation, through whom all things were made.
  • The Babe, the Son of Mary

    Matthew Starner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I came across an article from Christmas 2013 by Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically about the best and worst Christmas songs last week. While the article was fine and for the most part I agreed with his choices of Christmas songs, the part that caught my attention was in the comment section. In particular, one comment listed “What Child is This” as a song that fell into the “bad” category. I was intrigued, because it’s a pretty decent Christmas carol, as Christmas carols go. What could be so bad about it? His problem was the last line of each verse,…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
  • A Great New Leadership Resource

    Matthew Starner
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    My friend and mentor, Pastor Scott Sommerfeld, has just launched his own website/blog this week: HolyManners.org. He’s been talking about putting one together for a long time and is excited to finally be able to put it together. Holy Manners is something that Pastor Scott teaches to churches and organizations about having healthy relationships and interactions with each other. It’s a tremendous blessing for those organizations that he has helped and I’m glad that it has the potential for wider exposure now! Pastor Scott is also a leadership fanatic. He’s crazy about…
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    Man of Depravity

  • 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…
  • Up In Flames

    Tyler
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last Friday afternoon a guy from church called me frantically asking if our church building was on fire. I was confused. “Of course not,” I thought. But I, of course, was not at the building either. A few phone calls later it was confirmed that a small fire had started. Didn’t sound too bad. I arrived 45 minutes later to smoke pouring out of every open window in the entire building. So much for small fire. As I later learned, most often a fire causes its damage through smoke, not flame. No one was hurt, or even in danger of being hurt. The fire crews saved the sanctuary from…
  • On Being “Real” Online (a note to high maintenance online over-sharers)

    Tyler
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Your feeds of full of them. The guy who sits in the back of pews of your church, never sharing a word, but whose Facebook feed is full of rants and frustrations about life. The family member you see twice a decade that you can’t unfollow, but who only shares about their latest setback in a way that makes you roll your eyes. The power of the internet is its ability to give space for people to say “me too.” It’s what led to the insane growth of social networks online. Someone else is going through your struggle. Someone else can’t see past their shame, similar to…
  • Best of 2014

    Tyler
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    As a parent of one and soon to be two, 2014 has been a year of limits. Being a parent limits my free time. I no longer have time to watch bad tv shows, or read bad books, or watch bad movies. Most often I don’t even have time for the good ones. If something isn’t connecting with me I move on quickly. But the ones that connect I come back to over and over again. In light of that… Here’s a short top three list of my favorite things from the past year: Books Bonhoeffer: Read this on vacation in March. Longest book I’ve ever read. Continually inspired by the faithful…
  • Christmas Is Not the End, It’s the Beginning

    Tyler
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    The afternoon of Christmas Day is the worst, especially as a kid. All the presents are unwrapped. Piles of wrapping paper have filled the living room. You’ve gotten in a few hours of playing with all your new gadgets, and then reality sets in…it’s over Christmas is over. All of that anticipation is over. Time to clean up the mess. This is where the traditional church calendar comes in handy. The old traditions of Christmas for Christians put the celebration of Christmas as beginning on the evening of Christmas Eve, leading into the 12 Days of Christmas, all toward Epiphany.
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • 4:13 “I CAN” (1)

    paulwnewell
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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…
  • 4:13 “Moments”

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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…
  • Christmas In A Box: 2014-2015 Testimony Service

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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…
  • Christmas in Box: ChristmasEve, Appreciation

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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…
  • Christmas in a Box: Evangelism

    paulwnewell
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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…
 
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    Kevin Campbell

  • 21 Days That Will Make A Difference

    Kevin Campbell
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
      We got off to a great start on the first Sunday of the NEW YEAR at Elevate Church! We are believing God to do great things and want to start today and set aside 21 Days to commit this year to the Lord. If you will join us and would like some prayer & fasting resources let me know here. What ONE area do you need breakthrough this year? Health, career, finances, habits, relationships, etc. David said, “this ONE thing I seek” – Psalm 27:4 Paul said “this ONE thing I do” – Philippians 3:13 Jesus said, “few things are needed, indeed only…
  • THANK YOU To Our Elevate Family

    Kevin Campbell
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To Our Elevate Family: Our family wants to say THANK YOU for being a part of this journey with us. We hope you had an incredible Christmas Season and we look forward to 2015 with YOU! We are grateful you are a part of our lives and to be on this journey together. We truly believe the best is yet to come and 2015 is going to be a breakthrough year for all of us! Believing 2015 is going to be your best year! In This Together, Pastor Kevin & Susan   Here are a few important reminders to close out this year: 1) NO Service tomorrow (December 28th): We had an incredible Christmas…
  • How To Make A Difference This Christmas Season

    Kevin Campbell
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Making A Difference This Christmas Season I love this time of year – holiday parties, Christmas trees, hot chocolate and the spirit of generosity that seems to swell up in our society. There’s something about peace on earth and goodwill towards men that makes us think about other people a little more than usual. I’m inviting everyone connected to Elevate Church to take part in our annual year-end gift offering. This is the time of year where we put feet to our faith – where we show our community and world the love of Jesus. The idea is that as we buy gifts for other people, we want…
  • Christmas EVE Service: A Night of Hope & Joy

    Kevin Campbell
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    We invite you and your family to our Community Christmas Eve Service this coming Wednesday at 5pm. Christmas is a GREAT time to invite family and friends to church. People are in search for hope and we have the answer! Let’s share it with others this Christmas Season. Luke 2:10 says, “I bring you GOOD NEWS that will bring great JOY for ALL people.” Please do TWO Things over the next few days as we bring this GOOD NEWS to ALL people: 1) Help Spread the WORD. It is Good News for ALL to hear! Help spread the word in a few ways: - Send an email to friends. You can share the…
  • The Struggle Of Our Own Voice

    Kevin Campbell
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Sunday at Elevate Church we continued our series called VOICES. The hardest voice to overcome is not even the outside voices as much as it the voices in my own head. Watch this message to find out three things our own voice tells us and how to overcome to embrace the Voice of God: My Own Voice from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: The ONE VOICE That Matters Most VIDEO: What Voice Matters Most VOICES: How To Listen To The One That Matters Most
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Damaris discussion resources for Exodus and Unbroken

    siskin
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    The Damaris team offers resources for two new films; Exodus Gods and Kings and Unbroken. These provide a great opportunity for groups of churches to get together around a purpose, share the social experience of going out to a cinema and then enjoy some food and some insight and discussion from their Leaders/Discussion Guide. Exodus: Gods and Kings brings the story of the exodus to the big screen as never before. The film is a wonderful example of art inspired by the Bible. Ridley Scott draws us into the mind and heart of Moses in a way that will challenge and inspire audiences; and the free…
  • Mobile evangelism: Indigitous digital conference in Bangalore, consultation in Europe

    siskin
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    An Indigitous digital evangelism conference is coming to Bangalore on February 13-15, 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for any follower of Jesus who has an interest in digital technology. As far as I am aware, it will be just about the first training conference on digital ministry anywhere in India, by anyone. Previous Indigitous training sessions have been held in East Asia, various African capitals, and Europe. Indigitous is a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. Their conferences offer the opportunity to learn new digital strategies, network…
  • A new (to me) Christmas folk story from Germany and Ukraine. About spiders!

    siskin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Out in a small town the other day, I stumbled upon a one-day Christmas market, and some hand-crafted glass jewelry caught my eye. Or, more specifically, beautiful hand-made spiders about 3 inches/8cms high, sitting over the other jewelry on display. I chose a spider for one of our daughters, and then the jewelry maker suddenly said, “I nearly forgot, I must give you the story about these,” and handed me a printed sheet called ‘The Legend of the Christmas Spider’. This is a folk tale from Germany and Ukraine, I don’t recall ever hearing this story before. Or, to…
  • Reaching hurting people with a Facebook community group

    siskin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Guest blog post by the TruthMedia.com team One of our ministry goals is to make sure that we create relevant and responsive content. This includes creating articles, videos – even something as seemingly simple as social media posts – that are so engaging that our readers are just compelled to respond! Lately, we’ve been working on our Facebook page for our newest evangelistic strategy called Issues I Face. In that group, we’ve been sharing stories, links, and images and inviting the social media world to engage in conversation with a mentor. We’d like to share…
  • Amazing mobile phones and the next billion Internet users

    siskin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Memorably, the first spoken words in the first movie with a (partially) synchronized soundtrack were, “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” (in The Jazz Singer). In the world of digital phones access especially in the Majority World, we have barely seen anything yet! Did I ever mention this before? This very significant article in Time Magazine shows just how strategic mobiles will be: Why the Internet’s Next Billion Users Will Be Mobile-Only. Implications Any mission agency, any national church, any ministry, especially in the Majority…
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 20 Characteristics of an ALL IN Leader

    bradlomenick
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Are you a leader who is “ALL IN?” I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are “all in.” Being ALL IN as a leader means: 1. You don’t constantly look at the clock, and you’re not punching a time card. Your role is not defined by 9 – 5. 2. You get it done no matter how long it takes. You are “managerless,” meaning no one else has to worry about whether you are getting it done. 3. You realize you…
  • Young Influencers List, December edition

    bradlomenick
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Here you go, the December edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s episodes here. 1. Jordan Wagner- LA based filmmaker, entrepreneur, speaker, and co-founder and CEO of Generosity.Org. 2. Jesse Draper- former Nickelodeon star, and current creator and host of the “Valley Girl Show,” getting to interview tech titans like Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, Mark Cuban, and Eric Schmidt from Google. 3. Sharon Irving- Chicago native singer, songwriter, spoken word poet, fashion curator and overall melody maker. 4. Jonathan Huang- Northern California…
  • 17 Organizations I Recommend for a Year-End Donation

    bradlomenick
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Okay, I wanted to recommend a few organizations that I think are worth a year end gift/donation. All of these organizations are ones that I’m invested in- both in terms of giving gifts and supporting them, as well as knowing the staff and the people behind these organizations. So as you think about year-end giving, I would recommend any of these organizations as a great place to invest. 1. Red Eye Inc. my friend Justin Mayo heads up this “under the radar” community of young influencers and creatives in some of the leading global cities (LA, NYC, Sydney, London) that are…
  • 9 Things to Consider when Hiring Someone New on Your Team

    bradlomenick
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    1. Hire slow and fire fast. Many organizations are just the opposite, hiring fast and firing slow. 2. Look for heart and hands, not just mind and spirit. 3. Culture is key. As the leader, do you want to hang out with them? Hire people you want to be friends with. Should they be on the bus? Not necessarily what seat yet, but just figuring out if being on the bus is a good idea. 4. Don’t just interview them. “intern” them. This has been the system at Catalyst over the years. 5. Hire a doer, not just a talker. Lots of folks can wow you with their words. The question is can…
  • Young Influencers List, November edition

    bradlomenick
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Here you go, the November edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s lists here.   1. Roberto Ortiz- product builder, director of mobile design at Yahoo, previously at Google, co-founder of ELEO Conference. 2. Clara Shih- CEO of Hearsay Social, author of The Facebook Era, and member of Starbucks board. 3. Sarah Lewis- cultural historian and speaker, author of book The Rise, and member of the White House arts policy committee. 4. Chris Brown- worship leader at Elevation Church in Charlotte. Go buy their new album Wake Up the Wonder. It’s…
 
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    TeamRCIA

  • Is your parish too small for RCIA?

    Nick Wagner
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    “Your ideas sound great for big city parishes, but I come from a small rural parish. Our parish doesn’t have any activities.” Jane was responding to a point I made last year at one of TeamRCIA’s Making Disciples institutes. I … Continue reading →
  • What should RCIA teams ask of parishioners?

    Nick Wagner
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    In a previous post, I asked why it was important to involve the whole parish in the RCIA. If we are clear on the why, the what becomes more clear. What are we asking the parish to do, exactly, when … Continue reading →
  • Episode 107: How the church came to know Mary the mother of God

    Jen Pardo
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    In this episode, we look at how the church’s understanding of and teaching about the Virgin Mary evolved over the centuries. And in the “Did you know?” segment, we look at the adaptations we have to make to the Mass … Continue reading →
  • Episode 106: The two things RCIA catechumens need to know about the Incarnation

    Jen Pardo
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nick and Diana continue their exploration of the Creed by focusing on two key phrases about Jesus. In “Did you know?” segment, they discuss the best time to receive Christians into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Finally, they … Continue reading →
  • Why is it important to involve the whole parish in the RCIA?

    Nick Wagner
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Almost every catechumenate team I talk with wants the parish to be more involved with the RCIA process. When I ask them why, however, their answers get a little fuzzy. What is the number one purpose of the RCIA? Sometimes … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • 48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 24, 2015

    Brandon
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Great Links and Articles How to Get our Church to Embrace the Vision, by Shawn Lovejoy 13 Practical Leadership Tips from 10 Years of Managing People, by Alex McClafferty How to Win Battles With Odds Stacked Against You, by Kenny Luck 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year, by Michael Hyatt The Scientifically Proven Best Time to Think and Write Creatively, by Neil Patel Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions, by Brent Gleeson What Every Pastor Needs To Know About Their Church Website, By Steve Fogg Keeping Church for the Unchurched, by Andy Stanley 3 Strikes…
  • 5 Great Habits for Spiritual Entrepreneurs from Forbes Magazine

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Contrary to the approaches of plenty of other ministry leaders, I celebrate spiritual entrepreneurship and believe it’s closely related to the apostolic gifts demonstrated by the church’s earliest missionaries. Because of my love for leadership, I read too many articles about it each week. One of my absolute favorites recently was The 8 Top Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs, from Forbes Magazine. The last three would apply to business entrepreneurs but not necessarily pastoral leaders and church planters. But the first five were gold… They’re not afraid to make…
  • The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    I’ve decided to connect with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. I also read a lot of stuff, mostly online but also in print. And I try to write and share great content along the way. The problem is, each of these is never-ending. In other words, there will always be something else to read, someone else with whom to connect, and more to write. Especially now. I’ve managed to boil my own approach to this new content-driven, socially-connected age down to three big questions. These three questions determine what I do the whole time I’m “working,” which…
  • Tim Stevens: Embracing the Pain of Growth

    Tim Stevens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    A pastor asked me to talk to his staff and answer this question: “If our church is going to double in the next two years [from five hundred to a thousand], what will it take?” The same question might be asked from a business leader: “If we want to double sales in the next two years, what will it take?” This is what I shared: Some of you won’t have as much access to the senior leader. This has to be okay with you. Are you more committed to maintaining the tight-knit staff size and your proximity to the pastor or CEO? Or are you more committed to the organization growing? Some of you…
  • 3 Ways Water Sunday Can Satisfy Thirst and Change the World

    Brandon
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Water Sunday is one Sunday your church or small group sets aside to focus on the global water crisis, through a variety of activities, studies or sermons that bring the congregation into solidarity with people all over the world who lack safe water. It includes a special offering to provide safe water and the Living Water message for those in desperate need. Here are three simple suggestions for making an impact with Water Sunday…j Beverage Fast – Challenge your congregation to skip all beverages except for water for a designated amount of time. You can participate for a week, a…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #5

    Peter Mead
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    This is the last of our five radars we should be prayerfully collecting as preachers.  They are early warning systems that will make us better preachers.  There are probably many more, but hopefully these five will prompt us to pray and help us to grow.   So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, a resistance radar, and an obfuscation radar.  How about one more where we are likely to have blind spots? Radar 5. Rationalizing Radar (in your personal application) Before we preach to others, we must first be on the receiving end of God’s transformative work…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #4

    Peter Mead
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    This week we are collecting radar equipment.  Better, we are compiling a wishlist to bring before God and ask Him to develop in us as we grow as preachers.  Early warning systems that will make us better preachers.  So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, and a resistance radar.  How about one regarding our own delivery? Radar 4. Obfuscation Radar (in your delivery) “def. to make something confusing or difficult to understand.”  Most preachers don’t do this on purpose.  In fact, most preachers’ sermons make good sense to the preacher.  But…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #3

    Peter Mead
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:28 pm
    So far we’ve pondered a radar needed in textual study, and another needed in considering our own theological assumptions.  As preachers we mustn’t go too far without thinking of the listeners, so here’s another early warning system to ask God to develop in you for your growth as a preacher: Radar 3. Resistance Radar (in your listeners) It is naïve to think that clearly explained and relevantly applied Bible passages will automatically result in changed lives.  More mature preachers prayerfully ponder where their listeners will resist what the biblical text is…
  • UK Competition: Buy Galatians, Maybe Win Set

    Peter Mead
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    I have a little introductory devotional guide to Galatians coming out in March.  In it, I take the reader through Galatians one preaching unit at a time, making clear the main idea and structure of the passage (although this is not intended to be a devotional and not a preaching guide, I suspect it may be helpful for preachers too). Anyway, I really love the way 10ofthose.com are passionate about getting good Christian books to as many people as possible!  And with the release of this book, they have come up with this competition.  If you pre-order a copy of Galatians, then you will be…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #2

    Peter Mead
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The second of five radars may well be the most important and the most difficult to develop.  Yesterday’s radar considered one aspect of our textual study skills, but this radar is about our underlying assumptions about everything.  I think we should all prayerfully ask God to develop in us: Radar 2. Hissing Radar (in your assumptions) The most dangerous assumption we can make is that we are neutral and can think clearly.  Every one of us has spent our entire life swimming and soaking in the brine of a post-Fall world system that hisses constantly with The Lie of pseudo-godlike autonomy.
 
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    samluce.com

  • Sola Scriptura in Kids and Youth Ministry

    samluce
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    I do believe that some people die and go heaven and come back again. I also believe that some people make things up or embellish their stories to gain influence and credibility. Recently this has come to light. Through an open letter from one of the children who supposedly died and went to heaven. This brief letter is thoughtful and profound. It’s God exulting and pushes people back to the authority of scripture. An Open Letter from Alex Malarkey “The boy who came back from heaven” Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. I did not die. I did…
  • Death of the 50% myth of marriage.

    samluce
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    50% of marriages end in divorce. Raise your hand if you have never heard that statistic. As far as statistics go it is by far one the most touted, most popular and accepted by everyone as gospel truth. I found an article in the WSJ debunking this stat as a myth. The article was refreshing because it was good news and intriguing because it challenged my assumptions that divorce was increasing. I figured we were in the 60% range headed for the 70%’s. Here’s what the article had to say. About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary (excluding those…
  • 4 things I want my boys to learn before they start dating

    samluce
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    We teach our kids about sex, we tell them what to avoid. But we don’t teach our kids how to engage in meaningful and eventually lifelong relationships with the opposite sex. We talk about how babies come into the world but fail to give them the practical tips to help them navigate the waters of dating and courtship. As I think about my boys becoming men I want them to know how to treat women in a God honoring way. I want them to see women for who they are and for the means of God’s grace their future mate will be. Before my boys start dating here are 4 things I plan on telling them. Talk…
  • My favorite productivity tools for 2014

    samluce
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I am sort of an app addict. One of my small talk questions is what new apps people are using. I love finding new apps that fit into my life and make it easier. These are few and far between. Most apps I download or use briefly I am iffy about. Those that don’t make a strong impression after a few days use get pushed aside. Here are some of the tools I use regularly that help keep me on track and productive. Producteev – My todo app. Few reasons why I love it. Syncs to the cloud. Apps for iPad, iPhone and my computer. It’s free to use and is collaborate you can assign tasks to other…
  • Why resolutions matter more than you think

    samluce
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The new year is a time of faddish resolutions. More often than not they last until the first piece of cake enters our vision, or the first cold morning that prohibits our going to the gym as we promised ourselves. New years resolutions have relegated resolutions to the status of fortune cookies. Looking back over the years I find that in my life many of the things I have done and not done where based in firm resolutions. Some of those things were good and well, others were done to make others think well of me. I now try to filter my resolutions through the lens of what will bring the most…
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    Godvertiser.com | Digital Engagement Strategies That WorkGodvertiser.com | Digital Engagement Strategies That Work | Marketing Communications Ideas, Best Practices and Pitfalls For Right Now (yes, now!) and the Future.

  • “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.*
  • Modernized Tithing: Encouraging Giving Ease of Use Technology

    Kenny Jahng
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Church has progressed into the 21 Century, many of its functions have been modernized.  We have guest services instead of ushers. Our fellowship halls in the back of the buildings have become Café’s and lounges in the front of the Church. Our music has moved from Hymnals to Projectors. Yet with all the modernization the Church is going through, one thing remains etched in the stones of the past – Our systems of tithes and offerings. Fewer People are carrying Cash or Checks Fewer and fewer people in today’s society pay with cash or checks. We even find that Millennials are using…
  • Social Media: Home Sweet Home

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days we are inundated with options regarding social media platforms. One of the mistakes newbies make is to think they all accomplish similar things and are used by everyone in general. Knowing what each platform has a sweet spot for allows you to engage appropriately and spend your time wisely as you invest in various social media communities. Here’s my latest take on some of the social media platforms being widely used today in 2014-2015: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, Reddit, YouTube and others. What would you add? What would you modify? I…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Why?

    Kenny
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When working with kids, we get used to this question. The natural inquisitive nature of kids and teenagers can be refreshing. Okay, maybe the incessant “whys” of a four year old can get a little old. However, I find that as people, we ask this word less often than we should. In the right context, “why” is a powerful tool of evaluation and review that will help your ministry get better over time. Why do you have that policy? Why do you use this curriculum? Why do you have these age groups in this classroom? Why don’t you do this program? Why don’t you say…
  • Reorganizing our Kidmin around a brand

    Kenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote about how we have rebranded our Kidmin here at Gateway. Honestly, we’re only about 30% into our rebrand. A student ministry previously called Uprising and Kid’s Quest has been essentially replaced by the larger brand of NextGen. So far, the transition has gone really well. However, I wanted to explain the thinking behind why we’re branding the way we are. First of all, we wrestled with the brand and communicating our organization for months. I talked to dozens of church leaders and the responses I got were all over the place. So, I don’t think…
  • Winter Camp is HERE!

    Kenny
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    The time has come. In just a few hours, we depart for a weekend we’ll never forget. Seven school buses. Four moving trucks (luggage and supplies). Nearly 100 incredible leaders who will invest in the lives of almost 300 kids/student for four amazing days! To see the crazy stuff we’re doing with our second annual NextGen camp (that’s right, we’re running 3 separate camps for elementary, middle school and high school all at the same time), just follow our hashtag at #gatewaywintercamp on twitter and instagram. Feel free to follow @wintercamp2015 on twitter and…
  • Onboarding Volunteers: Orientation

    Kenny
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It’s funny how often your policy manual needs to be updated. When I got to Gateway over six years ago, I inherited a policy & procedure manual. I felt that it was about 60% accurate. There was terminology I didn’t like and many procedures that I felt were unnecessary. We gave one to every new volunteer and I would cringe a little every time we’d put it in a new set of hands. However, rebuilding a policy manual is one of my least favorite tasks. It takes forever and no one enjoys it. It’s the easiest thing to procrastinate on, so it ends up getting put off and put…
  • Rebranding our Kidmin

    Kenny
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    This year we launched a ministry rebrand at Gateway for NextGen. This has been a painfully slow process not because I’m so thoughtful and creative but because I absolutely hate coming up with new names for stuff. I never like anything and I don’t love just copying something else I heard. This has also taken a long time because I know that whatever we pick, we need to live with for a while. A lot of effort goes into getting people onboard with something new and my hope has been to launch with huge excitement. The last reason this has taken a while is because I’m in a bit of…
 
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    Dave Ingland

  • Evergreen SEO Strategies That Work Every Time

    SaraM
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    SEO Strategies That Will Help You Achieve Top Rankings Search engine optimization is becoming more difficult than ever before as Google becomes more proficient at understanding sentence structure and meaning. Just a few years ago, it was possible to use private label rights articles to generate traffic to your website. It was also possible to use regurgitated content on brand-new websites and rank them because they had the primary keyword in the exact match domain. Unfortunately, things change very quickly on the Internet, especially with search engine algorithms, which is why new SEO…
  • Do You Need a Lawyer for Cyber Sex Crimes?

    Rob C
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Cyber Sex Crimes Laws and Defense Options Hiring a skilled and highly qualified cyber sex crimes lawyer is a definite must if you or someone you know is charged with pornography, cyber sex or other related offense. Sex on the Internet The internet makes it much easier to distribute pornographic materials to those who want it. It is also very easy for sex offenders to befriend teens or young children and persuade them to have cyber sex. But thanks to that very same technology, it is so much easier for law enforcers to catch pedophiles and other sex offenders. Different Kinds of Cyber Sex…
  • Boosting Confidence with SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment

    Rob C
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Which Is Better, SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment? SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment, the difference between the two might confuse you. If you are planning to consider exploring the wonders of science to have slimmer and sexier body, take a second look at these two amazing methods. We cannot deny the fact that the world that we are living in at present can sometimes be harsh and shallow. There are times that we can notice that people are more concerned about the appearance of others instead of how they think and interact. This may be the reason sometimes we tend to become very conscious of how…
  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton

    Rob C
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton Don’t Have To Worry You Whenever you find that there is something going on with one of your teeth or even your gums, the last thing you will want to do is wait until it starts to get worse. Waiting will make it so that you will have to look for emergency dental care services. Quality services for dental emergencies in Boca Raton and the surrounding area will help you to know that you have a competent dental staff on hand whenever you might need it. This will mean making sure that you are going with a dental office that is going to give you the best…
  • Sell Your Property Fast with Palm Beach Real Estate Photography

    Rob C
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Palm Beach Real Estate Photography Is A Smart Choice If you are having difficulty selling your property, a top notch Palm Beach real estate photography company is the answer to your problem. In selling real estate properties, potential clients do not want to read about how beautiful or how great a house is. They must be able to see photos to get them really interested in your property. Most buyers do not have the convenience of personally seeing the properties being sold. They just simply rely on the photos of the property and when they are impressed, you can consider it sold. But what if…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Michael K. Williams

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    This week we talk to actor Michael K. Williams about his role in shows like The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and we also get him to open up about his life outside of acting and what he hopes his legacy will be. We also bring back an old podcaster from Australia, introduce a new segment and officially debut our first video podcast extract (bonus: we’re releasing 3 of them today!).
  • Introducing the RELEVANT Podcast's Video Extracts.

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Maybe you've heard, maybe you haven't, but RELEVANT actually has a podcast. If you're listening to it, you're definitely aware that it's worth your time. If you're not listening, well, we just don't know what to tell you. You'll come to your senses eventually. But starting this week, we're launching a new feature: Video Extracts. Basically, we'll take a few highlights from each podcast and post it on YouTube, to delight your eyes just as much as it already soothes your ears. We are hoping to move into all five senses eventually, but we're starting here. Enjoy ...
  • Meet Your Newer, Younger, Hipster X-Men.

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Kids these days. Getting cast in every movie. It's been 15 years since Bryan Singer's original X-Men suited up and now that X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past have revitalized the franchise, the original team is getting recast. Specifically, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm (played by ancient geezers James Marsden, Famke Janssen and Halle Berry in the original) are going to be played by a trio of teenagers in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. Oh, teens. With their Ariana Grande and their Code Red: Mountain Dew. What superhero roles will they steal next? The most famous of the bunch is your new…
  • 11 Church Phrases That Freaked Me Out as a Kid

    robfee
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    What do you mean I'm gonna be 'washed in the blood?' The Sea of Forgetfulness. Partaking in Christ’s body and blood. Dying to yourself. The mark of the beast. Getting caught up in the air. Out of context, some of the language used regularly in church sounds more like it belongs in some sort of weird horror movie. As a kid listening to the sermon every week from my wooden pew (that, no doubt, caused a great deal of scoliosis to invade my back), I would constantly hear phrases I didn’t understand at all—but that didn’t stop them from terrifying me to the core of my tiny…
  • Bob Dylan Is Giving His New Album Away to Senior Citizens, Wait, What?

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Noted senior citizen Bob Dylan gave his first interview in three years to AARP Magazine of all place—a magazine that caters to the 50+ demographic. Probably a smart move, given that Bob Dylan's upcoming release is entirely Frank Sinatra covers (you can listen to the very pretty first single here). But subscribing to AARP is pretty smart move too—it turns out he'll be giving away copies of his new album, called Shadows In the Night, to 50,000 randomly suspected AARP subscribers. Senior citizen Dylan may be, but it hasn't slowed him down much. He's spent the past few years working out a…
 
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    david kenney

  • God’s Story in 66 Verses

    David
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    As a Pastor who has spent the first years of his career with youth I heard two major complaints from my students: 1. The Bible is so big 2. The Bible is so boring And it’s not just young people a lot of people look at the Bible like trying to read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or War & Peace. How do you get through it? How do you begin to tackle it and understand it? Author Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and his latest book, God’s Story in 66 Verses attempts to break the bible down into a single passage from each book of the Bible to…
  • Believe by Randy Frazee

    David
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    When I was in seminary, one of my favorite classes was “systematics” it’s basically “why you believe what you believe….” or more accurately “what it is you actually believe.” When I saw this book BELIEVE by RANDY FRAZEE. It appeared to be a scaled back, more reader-friendly “every day person” systematics text book. Eh. yes and no. The editors of BELIEVE describe it as: “Believe, NIV is a unique spiritual growth experience that takes you on a journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus. Each chapter uses short topical…
  • Jesus is the gift of Christmas

    David
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Fruitcake is a very misunderstood dessert. When you eat normal cake you want a “wedge” or a great big “pretty” slice of cake…. hopefully with the big frosting flower on the top. But fruitcake is meant to be sliced the thickness of tissue paper and then served with whipped cream. It’s a very light dessert, but we have a tendency to serve a “slab” of it and then wonder why it’s so filling…and disgusting. And although the lady makes us laugh in the video, she said something pretty profound just before her salt and sugar mix up. She said, “Big things can come…
  • Love Comes Down at Christmas

    David
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    So I wanted to look at this idea of how love became manifest to us. How God became visible and became known to us. And so the first part of that is… The Mystery One Theologian said it like this, “God became that which first became through Him.” Confused? It’s ok. The understanding of how God’s love became manifest is a mystery. I read John 1:14 earlier, here is what it says in our pew Bible The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. You know this is the most wonderful…
  • New Beginnings

    David
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    Why do images of family, and love and hearth and home warm us at Christmas time? Why do songs like “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams?” make us get all teary eyed? Because Christmas’ foundation is built on love and family and relationships. The Christmas story starts with a Father sending his son. The Christmas story starts with a newly married couple. The Christmas story starts with a birth announcement. So I wanted to look at the Christmas story in a different place this morning. I want to read the Christmas story found in 1 John chapter 4. In this…
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  • 3 Reasons to Nix the Creative Ministry Names

    Emily Kantner
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Have you ever visited a church for the first time and wondered what on earth the Ignite Ministry could possibly be? Is it a group of pyromaniacs who light things on fire? And should you be worried about sending your kids to Aftershock? Will this be registering on the Richter scale? Many churches get caught up in trying to find unique names for their ministries. A cool name and trendy logo will set them apart and get people interested, right? But typically these distinct brands end up having a negative impact for a few reasons: 1) They confuse and alienate people Using obscure ministry names…
  • Today’s Tech: Cool Solutions Group [Video]

    Lauren Hunter
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last month we kicked off our first Google Hangout on Air with DialMyCalls to give churches a better idea of what it looks like to communicate via voice, text, and email with a messaging solutions provider. This week, we’d like to share with you some valuable information about how to better steward your facilities through technology. I sat down with Tim Cool, founder of Cool Solutions Group, to gain a better understanding of what his company offers churches. Not only is Tim “cool,” he has some incredible insights and best practices for churches to better manage their…
  • Why Students Start Seminary [Infographic]

    Lauren Hunter
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    Understanding why people go to seminary is an interesting study. This infographic includes information from a survey given to incoming students at schools in The Association of Theological Schoools (ATS) in 2011-2012. Here are a few of the stats: 81% of all incoming seminary students do not expect to have a parish ministry position. Less than half of all incoming students plan to be ordained. School websites account for more incoming students than all traditional advertising combined. So why do people attend seminary? Here’s some insight: Why Students Start Seminary [Infographic] is a…
  • 10 First-Time Guests Giveaways

    Lauren Hunter
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Providing guest take-aways, or giveaways, for first time visitors to your church is a great way to get thought-provoking Gospel materials into the hands of people who are looking for answers to spiritual questions. I recently visited a church in a different town that inspired me to research this idea of church “swag.” I hadn’t thought much about giving freebies away as a strategy to provoke thought and encourage guests to engage after the service. The church I was visiting with my family gave away paperback copies of The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel. They had baskets by the…
  • 4 Ways People are Fact-Checking Preaching

    Karl Vaters
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Have you noticed that fewer people are bringing their Bibles to church, but are using a smartphone Bible app instead? That’s not the only thing they’re reading in church. As it turns out, up to 38% of churchgoing millennials will do an online search to verify what their pastor has said. And many of them are doing it while we’re preaching. Something tells me they’re not the only ones doing that. Just when too many people were ready to write off the millennials as apathetic slackers, they prove themselves to be high-tech Bereans. This week, the well-respected Barna Institute published…
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • 48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 24, 2015

    Brandon
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Great Links and Articles How to Get our Church to Embrace the Vision, by Shawn Lovejoy 13 Practical Leadership Tips from 10 Years of Managing People, by Alex McClafferty How to Win Battles With Odds Stacked Against You, by Kenny Luck 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year, by Michael Hyatt The Scientifically Proven Best Time to Think and Write Creatively, by Neil Patel Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions, by Brent Gleeson What Every Pastor Needs To Know About Their Church Website, By Steve Fogg Keeping Church for the Unchurched, by Andy Stanley 3 Strikes…
  • 5 Great Habits for Spiritual Entrepreneurs from Forbes Magazine

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Contrary to the approaches of plenty of other ministry leaders, I celebrate spiritual entrepreneurship and believe it’s closely related to the apostolic gifts demonstrated by the church’s earliest missionaries. Because of my love for leadership, I read too many articles about it each week. One of my absolute favorites recently was The 8 Top Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs, from Forbes Magazine. The last three would apply to business entrepreneurs but not necessarily pastoral leaders and church planters. But the first five were gold… They’re not afraid to make…
  • The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age

    Brandon
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    I’ve decided to connect with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. I also read a lot of stuff, mostly online but also in print. And I try to write and share great content along the way. The problem is, each of these is never-ending. In other words, there will always be something else to read, someone else with whom to connect, and more to write. Especially now. I’ve managed to boil my own approach to this new content-driven, socially-connected age down to three big questions. These three questions determine what I do the whole time I’m “working,” which…
  • Tim Stevens: Embracing the Pain of Growth

    Tim Stevens
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    A pastor asked me to talk to his staff and answer this question: “If our church is going to double in the next two years [from five hundred to a thousand], what will it take?” The same question might be asked from a business leader: “If we want to double sales in the next two years, what will it take?” This is what I shared: Some of you won’t have as much access to the senior leader. This has to be okay with you. Are you more committed to maintaining the tight-knit staff size and your proximity to the pastor or CEO? Or are you more committed to the organization growing? Some of you…
  • 3 Ways Water Sunday Can Satisfy Thirst and Change the World

    Brandon
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Water Sunday is one Sunday your church or small group sets aside to focus on the global water crisis, through a variety of activities, studies or sermons that bring the congregation into solidarity with people all over the world who lack safe water. It includes a special offering to provide safe water and the Living Water message for those in desperate need. Here are three simple suggestions for making an impact with Water Sunday…j Beverage Fast – Challenge your congregation to skip all beverages except for water for a designated amount of time. You can participate for a week, a…
 
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    The Navy Christian

  • 2014 Year End Review and Fitness Goals for 2015

    Dan Smith
    3 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    2014 was a great year for myself and for my family! I was able to commission as a Chief Warrant Officer (Two) in the US Navy, we moved to a wonderful new base in Mayport, FL, started new schools, and many other things. Personally, this year represented a lifestyle change for me. I lost 30 pounds, ran two half marathons, and passed two US Navy body fat composition assessments and subsequent
  • Becoming a Bible Hacker

    Dan Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love reading the Bible. It’s a desire I received from my grandparents. I’d often see them digging around in the scriptures. Unfortunately, I can’t really read my grandmother’s handwriting, so I don’t know many of the notes she wrote, but both of them taught me how to get into the Bible and dig around. I remember calling my grandfather about some verses in Genesis a few weeks before he passed
  • MPW #5: Pray for Children

    Dan Smith
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It really is the children who suffer most during the military career. Despite the fact that I have been as involved a father as I know how, I know right now that I’m not giving them what other fathers can. There is a unity that they can’t see between my wife and I, though I try to show them what I can, and there is a presence they can’t always see in their lives. It is a simple fact that there
  • MPW #4 Pray for Homecomings

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I will never forget pulling in to port after a long deployment and seeing the throngs of people on the pier waiting to greet us. Family members cheered, sailors waved, and music played to welcome the ship back home. You've probably seen videos and pictures posted on the internet that show you the type of excitement other service branches have when they come home too, whether through airports, on
  • MPW #3: Pray against Suicide

    Dan Smith
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13). We must pray against this level of discouragement that leads to suicide. The reasons for suicide in the military are varied. Some end their lives because of chemical imbalance brought on by war wounds, some others because of otherwise fixable personal problems such as heavy debt, divorce, lost loved ones, etc. Regardless of the reasons
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    Mark Batterson

  • The Grave Robber

    Mark Batterson
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Looking for a group study or church campaign in 2015? We’ve got FREE RESOURCES for a seven-week series on The Grave Robber. Here’s a link to the trailer, plus DVD curriculum. There’s a $5 SALE on the hardcover at Lifeway CBD Family Christian and Mardel. Here’s an excerpt. For nearly thirty years, the One who had crafted the universe with His voice crafted furniture with His hands. And He was good at what He did—no crooked table legs ever came out of the carpenter’s shop in Nazareth. But Jesus was more than a master carpenter. He was also God incognito. His…
  • We Bought a Castle

    Mark Batterson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    I love the movie, We Bought a Zoo.  It contains one of my favorite movie lines: “Sometimes all it takes is twenty seconds of insane courage.” That’s how we felt a few months ago. We didn’t buy a zoo, but we did buy a castle, the Blue Castle. It took twenty seconds of insane courage and several miracles. Here’s some of the backstory. The Blue Castle, 770 M Street, SE, is one of DC’s most iconic buildings. Built in 1891 by the Washington and Georgetown Railroad Company, it was one of four car barns built to service streetcars. The property sits at the corner…
  • Jack Staples and The City of Shadows

    theaterchurch
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Here’s an excerpt from the opening chapter of Jack Staples and the City of Shadows. Available at all ONLINE retailers and bookstores beginning January 1, 2015.       Chapter 1 THE LIGHTNING DANCER   “It would be far easier to train an elephant to fly than to teach the heart,” Mrs. Dumphry said, chuckling. “Can you imagine that?” She let out a great guffaw. “An elephant, flying! What a magnificent sight that would be. I wonder if any elephants have ever—” Mrs. Dumphry stopped. “What was I saying? Ah, that’s right, you cannot instruct the heart. It must…
  • Jack Staples Christmas Giveaway

    Mark Batterson
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:23 pm
    As many of you know, I recently coauthored a young adult fantasy series. The first book, Jack Staples on the Ring of Time released on September 1. The second book, Jack Staples and the City of Shadows is set to release January 1, 2015. I want to give away 200 copies. If you’d like a FREE SIGNED copy to put under the Christmas tree, barring any shipping snafus, it’s as simple as 1-2-3. Here’s what you need to do: STEP 1: If you haven’t already, read the first book in the series: Jack Staples and the Ring of Time. Then write a review on your favorite online bookstore.
  • Jack Staples and The Ring of Time

    Mark Batterson
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
      Here’s an excerpt from the opening chapter of Jack Staples and The Ring of Time. The trilogy gets far more fantastical, but this sets the scene. Available at all ONLINE retailers and bookstores beginning September 1, 2014. The second book in the series,Jack Staples and The City of Shadows releases January 1, 2015.   Chapter 1 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER A blackbird fluttered through the open flap of an enormous circus tent. Only one boy out of the hundreds of men, women, and children sitting inside noticed. The boy was as thin as a rail with bushy brown hair and bright blue eyes.
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    Liberty Church NYC | New York City | Pastors Paul & Andi Andrew

  • An invitation to Vision Sunday

    Emily Kirkendoll
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This Sunday, January 25th, we are excited to welcome our entire church community and their family and friends to our Vision Sunday. Because it’s the anniversary of us starting weekly services as a church in 2011, we always take this opportunity to celebrate what God has been doing in our church, sharing the stories of the transformational work that God is doing in our lives. It’s one of the big events of the year for our Liberty Church family, and one that every year invites more people to call Liberty Church home. Every year on Vision Sunday we share a short film that tells our story…
  • “These Three Things” Andi Andrew – Podcast

    Peter Vigil
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Andi Andrew preached this message titled “These Three Things” at our service in Soho on January 18, 2015. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Related posts: “The Key to Change” Andi Andrew – Podcast “Home in His Arms” Andi Andrew – Podcast “American Idle” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • Brooklyn Stories: One year of changed lives

    Emily Kirkendoll
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Liberty Church Brooklyn’s first anniversary this Sunday at 9:30 am. As we look back over the year, it’s astounding to know that by God’s grace a movie theater transformed into a place where hundreds of people have made decisions for Christ and many who had faith but were missing a faith community found home. At this time last year, you could walk past the Regal Cinemas on Court Street on a Sunday morning without being greeted with a smile. The theaters in the basement sat dark and empty. When Liberty Church Brooklyn started holding services there on…
  • “American Idle” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Matt Sadler
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message titled “American Idle” at our service in Soho on January 11, 2015. Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teaching automatically. Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Related posts: “They Changed My Life” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Let’s Do This” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast
  • Coming up in January

    Emily Kirkendoll
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    It’s a new year with new ways you can be involved at Liberty Church! Next Steps Kicks Off, January 4th // 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, January 5th–25th // Community Groups Sign Ups, January 11th // Worship Night, January 14th // Brooklyn Anniversary, January 18th // Vision Sunday, Sunday January 25th // Visionaries Kick Off, January 29th // She is Free Early Bird Registration ends January 31   Next Steps Kicks Off | Sunday, January 4th Have you been thinking of making Liberty Church your home? Then join us for Next Steps! This is an invitation to come get to know us and…
 
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  • Fight Back with Joy: A Powerful New Study from Margaret Feinberg

    Mark Howell
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    I had the opportunity to preview a new study from Margaret Feinberg this week.  Fight Back with Joy: Celebrate More, Regret Less, Stare Down Your Greatest Fears is a new 6 session study and it is one you are going to want to add to your recommended list. Margaret Feinberg was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the ’40 Under...Click here for more... »          CommentsThank…
  • Freefall to Fly: A Powerful New Women’s Study from Rebekah Lyons

    Mark Howell
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Finally had the opportunity to preview a new study from Rebekah Lyons.  Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning is a six session study based on Lyon’s 2013 book by the same title.  If you’re unfamiliar with Rebekah Lyons, she serves alongside her husband, Gabe, as cofounder of QIdeas, an organization that helps leaders winsomely engage culture. In her bio Rebekah Lyons is described as “an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new...Click here for more... »         
  • How to Help a HOST Become a Small Group Leader

    Mark Howell
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    If you’ve been following this conversation at all, you know one of my major themes is I want to make it easy to take first steps into hosting a small group and nearly automatic for hosts to take the steps that lead to becoming an authentic shepherd.  I’ve referred to this idea many times as lowering the bar in terms of who can be a leader and simultaneously raising the bar in terms of the coaching and development the leader receives. These are two very important ideas.  Let me...Click here for more... »         
  • Very Little Surprise Here: 21 Days of Flesh Has Real Possibilities

    Mark Howell
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Earlier this month I reviewed Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth, a new book by Hugh Halter.  Spoiler Alert: I loved it!  Let’s just say I found it “challenging with just a dash of scary–but so inspiring!”  You can read my full review right here. I learned from Hugh that they’ve developed a 21 day church wide campaign and after looking at the concept, I think will be just the thing for some churches.  It won’t work for everyone, or at least not...Click here for more... »         
  • Can Your Small Group Ministry Take These Four Next Steps?

    Mark Howell
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    When you are a beginner, you do what beginners can do.  Think about when a newborn turns over for the very first time.  Or takes their first step.  Or puts a phrase together. Clearly, there are things that you do when you are a beginner. And then there are things you can only do once you have mastered the basics and are ready for what’s next. I think there are small group ministry steps like that. Actually, I think the best way to begin is to begin.  Sure, there is the temptation...Click here for more... »         
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  • American Sniper

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    In an early scene from American Sniper, a young Chris Kyle receives some wisdom from his strict father: in this world, there are three kinds of people--wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. He makes it very clear that there is no room for wolves or sheep in the Kyle family. Instead of humility or power, the primary value for the Kyles is one of protection. You defend your own. It's a value Chris will carry into adulthood as a Navy SEAL sniper in the Iraq war, defending his fellow military brethren through the estimated 160+ kills he inflicts upon the enemy.American Sniper portrays Chris Kyle (Bradley…
  • The Mayward Oscars

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The 2015 Oscar nominees have been announced, and as usual, it has people in distress. You can read the whole list of nominees here. The snubs and surprises, plenty of predictions, and lots of online chatter, all for an awards ceremony that doesn't necessarily highlight the actual *best* films and filmmakers of the past year (you can read my top 10 favorite films of 2014 here)I have a love/hate relationship with Oscar. I recognize that the awards are akin to a high school student government race. You vote for your friends or the most popular people, the ones who have played their…
  • Movie Review: Selma

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    One day / when the glory comes / it will be ours / it will be oursOne day / when the war is won / we will be sure / we will be sureGlory. Glory. Glory. Glory.Selma is the gripping biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is how biopics are best told--intimate, personal, affecting, a behind-the-scenes dirt-and-all look at an important icon in American history without pandering to hero-worship or scornful criticism. Rather than attempt a sweeping story of King's entire life, Selma focuses on a particular moment in his life: the fight for voting rights for the black community and…
  • 12 Things that Matter in Searching for a Church

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: keeva999 (Creative Common)I've moved from Washington to Oregon to Arizona to British Columbia, and I recently moved from Canada back to Washington. Every time I've moved,  I had a church where I was serving as a pastor. But in this latest move, it wasn't for a new pastoral role. I didn't have a job lined up.I'm a pastor currently without a church. So, I have to find one.It's important for me and my wife to find a church community sooner than later, both for our sake and for our kids. We want to be in community, to worship and follow Jesus with others, to build friendships…
  • Movie Review: Whiplash

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    In high school, I once played the drums for a school pep assembly. We did The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and featured two of our teachers--one on vocals and one on a fiddle for the epic finale. During that finale, I did my best to channel Pete Moon's frenetic drumming style, slamming my sticks into toms and cymbals with such fervor that I didn't notice I had split open my knuckles on the metal rim of the floor tom. By the end of the song, my drums and I were covered in blood and sweat and glory. My 1960s green sparkle Ludwig drum kit still has some of the spatter.Needless to say, I love drumming. I…
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  • I'm in love with my pastor

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    This is going to be a two-part post. The first installment "Help! I'm in love with my Pastor." Note: this post is directed to women [who find this blog online] are in love with married pastors. This is a very common problem. You are not the first to feel this way. The biggest issue is not that you are in love with a married man (although that is a huge problem); the issue is you really do not know what love is. Somehow you were cheated or misinformed about true Godly love between a man and a woman. That does not happen from afar, it happens through much travail, challenge and…
  • Should I be friends with women in my church? Pastors wives may ask...

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Man!  This was supposed to post next week. Sorry!  I'll be "quiet" for a bit.  :)Common Question of Senior Pastor's Wives #1: Should I be friends with women in the congregation/church? The short answer to this question is NO! Before you "shout me down", let me finish. First, define "friend". I define friend as a person I can confide in transparently 100%. With this person I share my challenges with my hair, my weight, my job, my business and even my husband. Ooops! There lies the problem. Under no (NO!) circumstances should you share your marital information with…
  • Planning for the New Year for Senior Pastor's Wives

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Get rid of the old...Plan for the new!Greetings Senior Pastor’s Wife,Did you have a great Christmas?  I pray that you did.  As the New Year approaches, asks God to reveal and clarify His vision for your ministries, your personal walk and your home life in the coming year. Make a list of these items. You likely already know what they are. Then, reflect on 2014.  How did you do in these areas (if applicable)? What could you do better? Speaking for myself, I want to improve in the following areas: My HomeIn addition to some redecorating, I hope to reorganize things a bit. …
  • This may be goodbye

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    I recently had someone post to my blog and send emails to my subscribers.  I'm not sure what kind of hack this is.  But, I have added some new security measures.  Needless to say, if it happens again - I will shut down this blog. I think WordPress is probably safer, so I'll move there.Thanks for your patience and please pray doesn't happen again.Thanks,Terri/GodsyGirl
  • Parking Spots, Clothes and Inconveniences of a Pastor's Wife

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Hi GodsyGirl, Pastor's Wife or First Lady,Here is part two of my "Grumpy Cat" series. This is the finally installment of this miniseries. I've never referenced cats so much in my life! Never this attitude: "Seriously? You sit in my reserved seat or park in my reserved spot?"Our husbands and churches do indeed bless us with many blessings of love and esteem.  The key to the humility that pleases God is remembering all elements of our lives (including our ministries) are strictly benefits of His grace and favor. No one owes us anything. Every single thing you enjoy is a result of…
 
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  • Louis Zamperini Was Broken Before He Met Jesus by Will Graham

    Think Eternity
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The recent movie about Louis Zamperini by Angelina Jolie has brought even more attention to his incredible life story. Zamperini was a fascinating man, but the movie doesn't tell the full story. I'm honored to have Will Graham share how his grandfather, Billy Graham, was used by God to point Zamperini to the Source of his strength, Jesus Christ. Will Graham will be with us next month at our Wheaton Evangelism Conference in Chicago, and we look forward to seeing all that God will do.   Several decades ago, an Olympian-turned-soldier survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, journeyed…
  • We Wish You a Merry, Guilt-Free Christmas

    Think Eternity
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Too many people have forgotten how to enjoy Christmas. Somehow we've gotten too wrapped up in keeping the "Christ" in Christmas, and too worked up about culture waging war on our faith, that we've lost our directions pointing us to the place of relaxation, enjoyment, savoring the sweetness of life, and letting go of things that frustrate us. Pastor John Ortberg shares a surprising discipline in his book on Christian disciplines, The Life You've Always Wanted, how the root for our word for "holiday" comes from the ancient phrase "holy days." He goes on to explain how the people of God would…
  • Historic Gathering of Young Evangelists Set for Wheaton College

    Think Eternity
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Two-day Conference — Feb. 20-21 — to Feature Will Graham, Jon Bloom and More Than 20 Influential Evangelists     WHEATON, Ill. — Evangelists from around the world will gather Feb. 20-21 in Chicago for the Wheaton Evangelism Conference, an event aimed at encouraging and equipping a new generation of evangelists to lead revival. The conference will be held in the Barrows Auditorium in the Billy Graham Center on the campus of Wheaton College in suburban Chicago and will feature the popular TED-style presentations. Seating for the conference is limited to 450…
  • Friendship is Better Than Networking

    Think Eternity
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The energy was electric as we walked the streets of Washington DC, probably walking the same streets as Abraham Lincoln and other legends had walked, with the same sense of anticipation, the same stirring hope of changing the world.  Over the past two years, we have gathered IRL (online term for "In Real Life") several times in several differents cities, with smaller groups of us meeting up beyond that.  It all started just two years ago, when a new friend Mark sought me out at a large Christian conference in Atlanta. It was quite amazing to think he wanted to talk to me amongst the…
  • The Importance of Heavenly Mindedness by Dave Arnold

    Think Eternity
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    You've probably heard the old adage, "Don't be so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good." Although it's true that Christ followers should not despise the world and just sit around waiting for Christ to come back, I do believe the more heavenly-minded we are the more effective will be on earth. The more we focus on eternity, the greater the impact we will have on earth. A few years back a met a remarkable woman named Katie when I lived in the inner city of Chicago. Katie had a tough life. As a young girl she moved to Chicago with her mother, but sadly, got caught up in a viscous cycle…
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  • An invitation to misbehave

    Jason Coker
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Over the past year I’ve noticed there are more and more people who have left church-as-we-know-it, but are still cobbling together lives of meaning. They wrestle with their faith openly. They engage the community in small and humble, yet often weird and remarkable ways. Some of these folks have formed alternative worship gatherings, created online communities, or started up nonprofits and social enterprises. Some are doing art in subversive or provocative ways, while some are advocating for the victimized, exploited, and powerless. Whatever the case, these things have become…
  • A dispatch from beyond the borders

    Jason Coker
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A long time ago I was a pastor who, after ten years or so in ministry, began struggling with church and faith in a big way. Emerging. Missional. Yada yada. You get the picture. Cue the big Missional church planting effort…raised the funds, drained the savings, moved across the country. Then one day my wife and I woke up to the dawning realization that we were succeeding at all the wrong things and building exactly the kind of church we didn’t want to attend. Nobody’s fault but ours. So, in what was almost the most painful experience…
  • My interview with Dallas Willard

    Jason Coker
    8 May 2013 | 11:08 am
    Dallas Willard passed away today after recently being diagnosed with cancer. It would be impossible to describe just how formative Dallas’ work has been for me personally, and for many others. I’m not sure his impact on the thinking of what would later become the emerging Christian movements has been adequately attributed. I had a few opportunities to speak with Dallas over the years. More than once I travelled long distances by myself just to hear him speak. The last time was almost three years ago when I interviewed him for a christianaudio podcast called Author Sketches. At the…
  • Book Review: Revealing Heaven by John W. Price

    Jason Coker
    19 Feb 2013 | 7:46 pm
    The number of Americans who have had a near death experience is greater than the number of those who attend a major league baseball game in one year. For John W. Price, author of Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case For Near-Death Experiences, this is nothing short of astonishing; not just because of what it positively affirms (life after death), but because of what it negatively reveals – that people are embarrassed to admit their encounters. This is Price’s mission: to “shout from the rooftops” just how common an experience this is for everyone, the world over. As an…
  • A centuries old occurrence of Stockholm Syndrome

    Jason Coker
    4 Dec 2012 | 12:18 pm
    A very provocative post, Protest of the Nones: Religious Disavowal as Social Critique, from Duane over at The Alchemists Imagination who draws correlations between the Nones, the Occupy Movement, and the anti-slavery movement of America’s recent past: In a centuries old occurrence of Stockholm Syndrome the church continues to hold the hand of its captors, embracing tyranny, inequality, injustice, and playing the part of a harlot, going to bed with capitalism. Is it then any wonder that a group that is on its way to becoming the fastest growing, and the second largest, religious…
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  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Jacob Ray is here, group deadline is here, the time to sign up for an event is here. It must be time for another Next Level Update… Jacob Ray our newest staff member is here. Jacob is our Student Pastor. He started on Wednesday and we will be introducing him on Sunday. Can you dig it?!!! On Sunday we conclude our series, “4 Systems To Change Your Life.” I’m so tempted to turn this series into 5 Systems To Change Your Life. I feel like we are just scratching the surface when it comes to understanding systems. Sermons inspire, systems change behaviors. I hope every…
  • 5 Random Questions

    Rob Shepherd
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    I love getting to know the readers of robshep.com. That’s led me to a series that I like to call 5 Random Questions. Here’s how it works. I ask 5 questions and you answer them in the comments. Ready. Set. Go. What is the last risk you took? Where is your dream vacation? What is your favorite book of the Bible? Would you rather eat a cup of ear wax or lick every toilet in a public restroom? If given the chance would you run for President of the United States? I’ll go first. I’m not 100% sure this counts as a risk, but the first thing that came to mind was the workout for today.
  • The Hardest Part About Change

    Rob Shepherd
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    Change is difficult. It’s really hard. That’s what she said. No, it really is what she said. Not in an Michael Scott from the Office type of way… In a my life is over and this stinks kind of way. Life is difficult but change can happen if you don’t resist it. The problem is you aren’t willing to really change. Real change involves change. Something has to give. You will have to say goodbye to something. That’s not easy. Change isn’t easy. In fact we resist change because we enjoy comfort. Even if what we need to change is making our life a mess we…
  • Movie Review: American Sniper

    Rob Shepherd
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Here is who should not see American Sniper. Anyone who hates America. Anyone who is sensitive to the brutality of war. Anyone who gets offended by the f-bomb and or is influenced to say the f-bomb because they hear it. If you don’t fit into any of those categories then you should see American Sniper. I don’t know if you follow the Academy Awards, but American Sniper is nominated for 6. Included in that are Bradley Cooper for best actor and the film is nominated for Best Picture. The other movies nominated for Best Picture are Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The…
  • This Is Still The Answer

    Rob Shepherd
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:55 am
    Happy Martin Luther King Day. May your day be filled with opportunities to bring light into darkness.
 
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    Will Mancini

  • 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…
  • Last Day Founding Subscriber Offer to My Blog Readers for SUMS Book Summary Tool

    Will Mancini
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    A few weeks ago, I shared that you would have the first opportunity to become a founding subscriber to SUMS reMix. This book summary tool is the most innovative content resource I know of in the church space. Many of you have already received an e-mail reminding you of the benefits for founding subscribers and the instructions to sign-up. But I wanted to remind you with another post if you haven’t acted yet. In a nutshell you will receive: 50% off regular subscription price, lock-in for life 3 additional Christmas gift subscriptions, totally free (give you boss or buddies in ministry…
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    Alastair Vance

  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 11 Jan 2015

    Alastair
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I Am – Crowder (G) Cannons – Phil Wickham (E) 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (E) Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsong (D) Oceans – Hillsong (D) Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D) It was so good to be back at STORYCHURCH on Sunday – just in time to celebrate 5 years together as a church! I’m really looking forward to the next 5 of learning and growing together.
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 04 Jan 2015

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Happy Day – Tim Hughes (B) You Never Let Go – Matt Redman (B) God With Us – Mercy Me (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (G) Set A Fire – Will Reagan (G) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (G)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – Christmas Eve 2014

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Joy To The World – Tomlin (A) Angels We Have Heard On High (A) O Come All Ye Faithful (B) The First Noel (B) O Holy Night (G) Silent Night (G) Jingle Bells (D) We Wish You A Merry Christmas (D)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 21 Dec 2014

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G) Angels We Have Heard On High – Chris Tomlin (G) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (G) Baby Son – John Mark McMillan (B) How He Loves – John Mark McMillan (B) Joy To The World – Chris Tomlin (B)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 14 Dec 2014

    Alastair
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Angels We Have Heard On High – Chris Tomlin (G) I Am – David Crowder (G) O Come All Ye Faithful (G) Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D) God With Us – Mercy Me (G) Our God – Chris Tomlin (B)  
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • What Methodists Believe About Worship

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    “Christian worship is where we declare that the risen Christ has overcome every power that would separate us and every evil that would destroy us. In worship we declare Jesus Christ over all.” “As worship concludes we are sent forth into the world in the confidence of the risen Christ. The church gathered for worship becomes the church scattered for witness and service. To take the story we just heard in church of God’s love out into the world. We come in to prepare to be sent out.” “Our presence in Christian community and in corporate worship really matters. It matters to us…
  • The Importance of Participating in Worship and Small Group

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Today’s post is still from my teaching The Path to Discipleship, a Methodist study. Being a follower of Jesus means being in community with other followers of Jesus. We can be religious or spiritual without the presence of other people in our lives, but we cannot be growing disciples of Jesus without the encouragement, guidance, wisdom and accountability of other disciples.A Methodist missionary once said, “Everyone who belongs to Christ belongs to everyone else who belongs to Christ.” Jesus demonstrated community by calling 12 ordinary men together to become His disciples. And He…
  • SOAPY Method for Studying the Bible

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Bible does no good if we don’t pick it up. And the less time we spend on prayer, the more likely our relationship with Christ will stagnate, or worse, backslide. There’s much in today’s culture that keeps us from slowing down to spend time with God and depend on Him. Busy life styles are praised. We’re told how to be self-reliant, successful. To put our needs and goals first. All of this is really opposite of the Gospel. It takes time and effort to develop a relationship with God.SOAPY: (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer and Yield) is a way to reflect on the Bible using…
  • The Bible Helps Us Today

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” “these words”.Jesus is referring to…
  • The Methodist’s View of the Bible

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    We should study the Bible to know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. John Wesley called himself a man of one book. We need to spend time reading it and meditating on it, trusting the Holy Spirit to bring it to life for us. Wesley wrote, “I want to know one thing; the way to Heaven. God Himself has condescended to teach me the way… He has written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be a man of…
 
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    joel mayward

  • American Sniper

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    In an early scene from American Sniper, a young Chris Kyle receives some wisdom from his strict father: in this world, there are three kinds of people--wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. He makes it very clear that there is no room for wolves or sheep in the Kyle family. Instead of humility or power, the primary value for the Kyles is one of protection. You defend your own. It's a value Chris will carry into adulthood as a Navy SEAL sniper in the Iraq war, defending his fellow military brethren through the estimated 160+ kills he inflicts upon the enemy.American Sniper portrays Chris Kyle (Bradley…
  • The Mayward Oscars

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    The 2015 Oscar nominees have been announced, and as usual, it has people in distress. You can read the whole list of nominees here. The snubs and surprises, plenty of predictions, and lots of online chatter, all for an awards ceremony that doesn't necessarily highlight the actual *best* films and filmmakers of the past year (you can read my top 10 favorite films of 2014 here)I have a love/hate relationship with Oscar. I recognize that the awards are akin to a high school student government race. You vote for your friends or the most popular people, the ones who have played their…
  • Movie Review: Selma

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    One day / when the glory comes / it will be ours / it will be oursOne day / when the war is won / we will be sure / we will be sureGlory. Glory. Glory. Glory.Selma is the gripping biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is how biopics are best told--intimate, personal, affecting, a behind-the-scenes dirt-and-all look at an important icon in American history without pandering to hero-worship or scornful criticism. Rather than attempt a sweeping story of King's entire life, Selma focuses on a particular moment in his life: the fight for voting rights for the black community and…
  • 12 Things that Matter in Searching for a Church

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Photo Credit: keeva999 (Creative Common)I've moved from Washington to Oregon to Arizona to British Columbia, and I recently moved from Canada back to Washington. Every time I've moved,  I had a church where I was serving as a pastor. But in this latest move, it wasn't for a new pastoral role. I didn't have a job lined up.I'm a pastor currently without a church. So, I have to find one.It's important for me and my wife to find a church community sooner than later, both for our sake and for our kids. We want to be in community, to worship and follow Jesus with others, to build friendships…
  • Movie Review: Whiplash

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    In high school, I once played the drums for a school pep assembly. We did The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and featured two of our teachers--one on vocals and one on a fiddle for the epic finale. During that finale, I did my best to channel Pete Moon's frenetic drumming style, slamming my sticks into toms and cymbals with such fervor that I didn't notice I had split open my knuckles on the metal rim of the floor tom. By the end of the song, my drums and I were covered in blood and sweat and glory. My 1960s green sparkle Ludwig drum kit still has some of the spatter.Needless to say, I love drumming. I…
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    Nathan Creitz

  • The Last Visit: A Loving Remembrance of Kenneth Byrum

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    You may not know Kenneth Byrum. Kenneth Byrum was an ordained United Methodist minister and missionary for nearly 60 years. He served in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. As a skilled brick mason, he did major renovations and new building projects at almost every appointment where he served. He was survived by his wife, Lois, 4 married daughters and 4 sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. I am grandchild number three and on January 8th, I had the privilege of preaching at my Grandpa’s memorial service. In this post, I want to share two…
  • What Are Your Disciple Making Goals for 2015?

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Millions of people will soon be writing down their New Year Resolutions. We might decide to eat healthier and exercise more, but will disciple making be a goal in 2015? Making disciples is a spiritual exercise but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals and develop a strategy. Satan has a strategy. He has a disciple destroying strategy and it is extremely effective. He has a goal and that is to undermine the work of God. Satan has been perfecting his strategy for millennia and he’s using it on you. Today. We say we don’t need a strategy because we live by the…
  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help? On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a…
  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one. The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1 Everyone needs to know Jesus. Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind: 1. Jesus is King The word “gospel” means “good news”. But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!” More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered…
  • David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt. If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission. Brief Introductions The IMB is “the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals”. With nearly 5,000 career missionaries,…
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    The BIGBible Project

  • Everything is in His time – some thoughts on suffering (@headphonaught)

    headphonaught
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    http://michaelhyatt.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/a-prayer-for-times-like-these.jpg “The thought of my pain, my homelessness, is bitter poison; I think of it constantly and my spirit is depressed. Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: the Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so I put my hope in him. The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, So it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us — And it is best to learn this patience in our youth. When we…
  • Call to Prayer Online (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The end of 2014 and the beginning of this year have seen some truly awful and upsetting events in the news. For instance, the Sydney Siege and the terrorist attack in Paris have unfolded on our TV screens and it can be hard to know what to do or how to respond. It has inspired me to see many church social media accounts using the digital space to encourage people to pray for the events in the countries and that there will be peace. What a great way to use the digital space to harness the weight of our prayers and stand in faith for peace whilst these tragic events enfold before us. I love…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Lament. (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This month we’re looking at Lamentations.  Not exactly a cheery book or a cheery topic.  But a Lament is not the same as wandering around behaving like a misery guts.  It’s not akin to a grumpy old man.  No, it’s a deliberate mourning – a grief for loss.  There’s a sense in which Lamentations doesn’t just record sorrow at an event, but at a position.  There’s a sense in which the book isn’t just lamenting Israel’s fallen state – it grieves also over Israel’s fallen nature.  It isn’t simply a wail that God has…
  • Lamentations – Praying with your Eyes Wide Open (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jeremiah by Marc Chagall   ‘Is this the city once called Perfect in beauty, Joy of the whole earth?’ (Lamentations 2:15) What more haunting question is there in the life of faith than ‘Why?’ In my life it has been the moments of loss and seemingly meaningless suffering, when ‘Why’ hangs in the air like mist, that have been most challenging. What answer is there to the ‘why’ of the loss of a loved one? To war and violence in the world that seems unending? In those times I have been mainly silent, lost for words, unable to defend what I…
  • Real Virtual Community (and a talk next week)

    Tim Hutchings
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    First thing: I’ll be giving a talk about digital media and pilgrimage in St John’s College next week, for the CODEC series of lunchtime seminars. The talk’s on Thursday (January 22nd), and it’s free. You can find out more on CODEC’s website here, and sign up on Eventbrite here. If you’re in Durham next week, come along! But the main thing I want to discuss in this post is something else. I’ve been asked to write a short article for a Christian journal on the question “Is Virtual Community Real?”, and I’d like to hear what you think.
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Why?

    Kenny
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    When working with kids, we get used to this question. The natural inquisitive nature of kids and teenagers can be refreshing. Okay, maybe the incessant “whys” of a four year old can get a little old. However, I find that as people, we ask this word less often than we should. In the right context, “why” is a powerful tool of evaluation and review that will help your ministry get better over time. Why do you have that policy? Why do you use this curriculum? Why do you have these age groups in this classroom? Why don’t you do this program? Why don’t you say…
  • Reorganizing our Kidmin around a brand

    Kenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote about how we have rebranded our Kidmin here at Gateway. Honestly, we’re only about 30% into our rebrand. A student ministry previously called Uprising and Kid’s Quest has been essentially replaced by the larger brand of NextGen. So far, the transition has gone really well. However, I wanted to explain the thinking behind why we’re branding the way we are. First of all, we wrestled with the brand and communicating our organization for months. I talked to dozens of church leaders and the responses I got were all over the place. So, I don’t think…
  • Winter Camp is HERE!

    Kenny
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    The time has come. In just a few hours, we depart for a weekend we’ll never forget. Seven school buses. Four moving trucks (luggage and supplies). Nearly 100 incredible leaders who will invest in the lives of almost 300 kids/student for four amazing days! To see the crazy stuff we’re doing with our second annual NextGen camp (that’s right, we’re running 3 separate camps for elementary, middle school and high school all at the same time), just follow our hashtag at #gatewaywintercamp on twitter and instagram. Feel free to follow @wintercamp2015 on twitter and…
  • Onboarding Volunteers: Orientation

    Kenny
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It’s funny how often your policy manual needs to be updated. When I got to Gateway over six years ago, I inherited a policy & procedure manual. I felt that it was about 60% accurate. There was terminology I didn’t like and many procedures that I felt were unnecessary. We gave one to every new volunteer and I would cringe a little every time we’d put it in a new set of hands. However, rebuilding a policy manual is one of my least favorite tasks. It takes forever and no one enjoys it. It’s the easiest thing to procrastinate on, so it ends up getting put off and put…
  • Rebranding our Kidmin

    Kenny
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    This year we launched a ministry rebrand at Gateway for NextGen. This has been a painfully slow process not because I’m so thoughtful and creative but because I absolutely hate coming up with new names for stuff. I never like anything and I don’t love just copying something else I heard. This has also taken a long time because I know that whatever we pick, we need to live with for a while. A lot of effort goes into getting people onboard with something new and my hope has been to launch with huge excitement. The last reason this has taken a while is because I’m in a bit of…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Poll: Has God Spoken to You About Your Talent for 2015?

    tsnipes
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Many of you have expressed a need for knowing what God’s calling is on your life…especially using your talent. Take the poll below and share your thoughts on the matter: Has God Spoken to You About Your Creative Path for 2015? (polls) Related posts: 2015: Failure IS an Option! (video) Here is this week’s installment on how to take action... Pt. 2: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015? So where do you start? It’ won’t be easy…but it... Download My Next Book FREE: “God’s 7 Principles of Artistic Purpose” There is a mission you are supposed…
  • 2015: Failure IS an Option! (video)

    tsnipes
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Here is this week’s installment on how to take action in 2015. Do you want 2015 to be different than 2014? Then DO THIS: Related posts: Pt. 2: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015? So where do you start? It’ won’t be easy…but it... Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now.... How Musician Alphaeus Anderson Launched His Creative Business You could be “One Idea Away” from changing your life”…...
  • Pt. 2: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015?

    tsnipes
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    So where do you start? It’ won’t be easy…but it can be done…BUT HOW? THE FUTURE OF 2015: the sequel! Related posts: How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015? So important I had to PULL OVER to share it... Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now.... How Artists, Writers and Other Creatives Create REAL Financial Security For Family (This has been on my mind since last week, so...
  • How Should Creatives Prepare for 2015?

    tsnipes
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    So important I had to PULL OVER to share it with you! This is so important I had to pull over on the side of the road and capture it! I’ve been sharing this all over the web, so I MUST make sure my ALFG family hears my heart, too! Related posts: What Is Your ONE Game Changer? We are already almost one quarter of the way through... 3 Tips and Tools That Will Boost Your Creative Business (Audio) The tips in this week’s podcast can be put to... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You...
  • Want to Get Something Done That You Keep Putting Off? MAKE IT PUBLIC

    tsnipes
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I‘ve been dabbling with a book idea for years now. I’ve finally decided to launch it in March of 2015. But to keep this idea from joining the many I’ve put off, I’ve started posting little things about my progress each week. I’ve been telling hundreds of people about it using tools you know. First … Continue Reading → No related posts.
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  • Sola Scriptura in Kids and Youth Ministry

    samluce
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    I do believe that some people die and go heaven and come back again. I also believe that some people make things up or embellish their stories to gain influence and credibility. Recently this has come to light. Through an open letter from one of the children who supposedly died and went to heaven. This brief letter is thoughtful and profound. It’s God exulting and pushes people back to the authority of scripture. An Open Letter from Alex Malarkey “The boy who came back from heaven” Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. I did not die. I did…
  • Death of the 50% myth of marriage.

    samluce
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    50% of marriages end in divorce. Raise your hand if you have never heard that statistic. As far as statistics go it is by far one the most touted, most popular and accepted by everyone as gospel truth. I found an article in the WSJ debunking this stat as a myth. The article was refreshing because it was good news and intriguing because it challenged my assumptions that divorce was increasing. I figured we were in the 60% range headed for the 70%’s. Here’s what the article had to say. About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s reached their 15th anniversary (excluding those…
  • 4 things I want my boys to learn before they start dating

    samluce
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    We teach our kids about sex, we tell them what to avoid. But we don’t teach our kids how to engage in meaningful and eventually lifelong relationships with the opposite sex. We talk about how babies come into the world but fail to give them the practical tips to help them navigate the waters of dating and courtship. As I think about my boys becoming men I want them to know how to treat women in a God honoring way. I want them to see women for who they are and for the means of God’s grace their future mate will be. Before my boys start dating here are 4 things I plan on telling them. Talk…
  • My favorite productivity tools for 2014

    samluce
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I am sort of an app addict. One of my small talk questions is what new apps people are using. I love finding new apps that fit into my life and make it easier. These are few and far between. Most apps I download or use briefly I am iffy about. Those that don’t make a strong impression after a few days use get pushed aside. Here are some of the tools I use regularly that help keep me on track and productive. Producteev – My todo app. Few reasons why I love it. Syncs to the cloud. Apps for iPad, iPhone and my computer. It’s free to use and is collaborate you can assign tasks to other…
  • Why resolutions matter more than you think

    samluce
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The new year is a time of faddish resolutions. More often than not they last until the first piece of cake enters our vision, or the first cold morning that prohibits our going to the gym as we promised ourselves. New years resolutions have relegated resolutions to the status of fortune cookies. Looking back over the years I find that in my life many of the things I have done and not done where based in firm resolutions. Some of those things were good and well, others were done to make others think well of me. I now try to filter my resolutions through the lens of what will bring the most…
 
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • Top 7 Bible Verses about Taking Action

    Crystal McDowell
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Taking action is a necessary part of our relationship with Christ. Our enemy, Satan, takes advantage of those believers who choose passivity instead of action. Action requires faith in God and trust... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Bible Verses To Cheer You Up

    Derek Hill
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Life can get pretty rough. It can get chaotic. It can hurt you. It can make you depressed. It can make you sad. Life might always seem like problem after problem. Is there any relief from all of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Doctrine of Soul Sleep? Is It Biblical?

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    People have differing views on what happens after they die. Sadly, many people also have no problem with killing someone because they disagree with their view about what will happen after they are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Deal With Conflict In The Church

    Jack Wellman
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How should we deal with conflict within the church?  Is it up to the believer, the pastor, or is it up to all of us? Is Conflict is Unavoidable? I remember hearing about a huge church in Dallas,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Good Bible Verses About Sorrow

    Crystal McDowell
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Times of grief and sorrow will visit on every person at some point in time. Believers aren’t insulated from tragedies and painful situations. However because we have the Holy Spirit within us, we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Matthew Starner

  • Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

    Matthew Starner
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A few months ago, I spent some time with another worship leader here in Grand Rapids evaluating our worship song libraries. I revamped my library in Planning Center a couple years ago, but it was due for a revision. There were categories were missing, categories that needed to be split up, and songs that needed to be reevaluated. I recently read through Constance Cherry’s “Selecting Songs for Worship” and used some of her criteria to come up with categories. I use the categories not only to find songs in the library each week, but to evaluate songs as they’re added…
  • Christmas Carols and God in the Flesh

    Matthew Starner
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, we’re about to be bombarded by a bunch of songs that we only hear once a year. Classic Christmas carols, some of which the church has been singing for centuries, are going to be a part of every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services – not to mention all the airplay they’ll get on radio stations too. The celebration of Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation – when God became flesh. That baby lying in the manger is the very Son of God. He is the Word who was present at creation, through whom all things were made.
  • The Babe, the Son of Mary

    Matthew Starner
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I came across an article from Christmas 2013 by Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically about the best and worst Christmas songs last week. While the article was fine and for the most part I agreed with his choices of Christmas songs, the part that caught my attention was in the comment section. In particular, one comment listed “What Child is This” as a song that fell into the “bad” category. I was intrigued, because it’s a pretty decent Christmas carol, as Christmas carols go. What could be so bad about it? His problem was the last line of each verse,…
  • Modern Worship Resources: Christmas

    Matthew Starner
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like I’m sure many of you would probably agree, Christmas has always been one of my favorite times in the church year. Spiritually, the incarnation and birth of our Savior is one of the most important parts of Christianity (without Jesus’ birth, there’s no suffering, death and resurrection…) but it’s also a time filled with nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. The scale of Christmas makes it that way. There aren’t really any Ascension Days or Trinity Sundays that stand out in my memory, but give me enough time and I can probably recall something from…
  • A Great New Leadership Resource

    Matthew Starner
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    My friend and mentor, Pastor Scott Sommerfeld, has just launched his own website/blog this week: HolyManners.org. He’s been talking about putting one together for a long time and is excited to finally be able to put it together. Holy Manners is something that Pastor Scott teaches to churches and organizations about having healthy relationships and interactions with each other. It’s a tremendous blessing for those organizations that he has helped and I’m glad that it has the potential for wider exposure now! Pastor Scott is also a leadership fanatic. He’s crazy about…
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    The Long Page

  • All

    Justin Long
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    If 100% of your target area is reached (unless your target area is VERY small): They can’t all go to your small group. They can’t all go to your church. They can’t all go to your Sunday School. They can’t all go to your Vacation Bible School. They can’t all go to your retreat. What happens when someone is in a Bible Study led by one of your church members – but don’t come to Sunday morning service? What happens when someone goes to a DIFFERENT place? How do you enable them to be part of an ekklesia – any ekklesia? – even if it’s not…
  • The cost of holding on

    Justin Long
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    This thought originated from Heidi Long: In order to hold on to your “what ifs” you have to not to do anything about them. What if I did _x_ and succeeded beyond my wildest dreams? Sometimes, it can “feel” better to hold on to the hazy daydream of what life might be like “if” you did something, than to put it to the test and find out the truth–especially if there’s a substantial possibility of failure.
  • Famous

    Justin Long
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Sometimes I hear people some variation of, “Let’s make God famous here.” And I have to wonder: what kind of famous? Golden Globes famous? Oscars famous? Michael Jackson famous? Bono famous? Pope famous? Fame is fleeting, we tell our children. No matter how hard I work, can I make God something more than He already is? Is the God who seemed disinterested in a Temple interested in me making him famous on Twitter or in my city? Is “glory” the same as “famous”?
  • Disengagement

    Justin Long
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    There are three factors that have been used to describe the status of a people group: unevangelized, variations of “unreached”, and unengaged. Unengaged is the newest. It means that a people group has a team of people engaging it with a church planting strategy. Even a team of 2 or 3 is enough to count for this status. To be “engaged” is, as Paul Eshleman has said from time to time, not “the end” but rather “the beginning.” What we don’t talk about very much openly, I think, is the reality of disengagement. Many workers who go to the…
  • 70% solutions: world-changing, but probably costly

    Justin Long
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    In the book “Corps Business,” the author describes how the Marine Corps look for “70% solutions” – e.g. solutions solving 70% of any given problem. Having started at that baseline (which is similar in approach to the idea of the Minimum Viable Product), one can measure where inefficiencies are, iterate a test correction, and see if you can improve on the 70%. Along that line, this morning I was thinking about what provinces and peoples form 70% of the remaining task. A quick and rough analysis of my Provinces spreadsheet gave me a list of…
 
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    RevTrev.com

  • 7 Tips for your alone time with God

    revtrev
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com and pastor of Harvest Community Church Beaumont http://iHarvest.ca shares 7 Tips for your alone time with God so prayer can revive your soul.
  • Key 2 to revive your soul through prayer- isolation

    revtrev
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Trevor Lund shares with Harvest Community Church in Beaumont Alberta http://iHarvest.ca the second key we find in Luke on how to revive your soul through prayer - isolation. Listen and share your thoughts.
  • Key 1 to revive your soul through prayer

    revtrev
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:48 pm
    This is the first lesson in a 12 part series looking what Jesus taught and practice around prayer in the book of Luke. Join us in Beaumont or sign up on YouTube to stay in touch. http://revtrev.com/tv is coming soon.
  • Merry Christmas from @RevTrev

    Trevor Lund
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    My plan was to shoot a video greeting for you all to say, "Merry Christmas" and let you know I'm praying God's best for you this holiday season. But my daughter has a few of her friends over to enjoy the time off school and I'm fairly certain shooting and editing a video anywhere near here [...]
  • Why Do Saved Sinners Have To Confess If All Their Sins Are Already Forgiven By God?

    revtrev
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    This guest post is by Rico Uy of http://degospelist.blogspot.ca/ You can connect with him on Google Plus if you're on there. He is covering a topic I've been asked quite a bit.  Why Do Saved Sinners Have To Confess If All Their Sins Are Already Forgiven By God? If you are someone who has trusted in [...]
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    NateFietzer.com

  • 10 Must-Have FREE Android Apps

    Nate
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    1. Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger Voxer is a free app that allows you to send voice, text and photo messages through their app which acts just like a walkie talkie. This for me has been a life changer. It has … Continued
  • Small Changes … BIG DIFFERENCE!

    Nate
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    With the holidays behind us we are once again getting back into our normal routines. I want to encourage you to not simply revert to the routine of 2014 but make a change. Do something today or this week that … Continued
  • Burning From The Inside Out

    Nate
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Have you been feeling like you simply want to pack up your bags and disappear or feel like you want everyone to simply forget your name and number even if it’s just for a day. Those feelings are real feelings … Continued
  • Where’s Waldo Nate?

    Nate
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    It’s been a while since I have blogged, not to mention my posts on a few social media networks have also been very lite as well. Some of you have asked … “Where’s Nate?” … “What’s going on? Everything ok?”. … Continued
  • Achieving Your Goals

    Nate
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney Hard to believe that it’s almost March already. Spring is coming and summer is around the corner. For many, summer can be rather depressing, especially if you made a resolution to … Continued
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    ResonateOrDie

  • 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…
  • Why We Are Thankful

    Ruben Nunez
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This week, we are especially thankful for our family, friends, clients and team members who make life rich. We are also thankful for the opportunity to intersect with each of you and to watch your work and impact as it unfolds. Keep pressing on . . . Kerry
  • Give Your Poor Logo a Break (Part Two)

    Kerry Bural
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    If you missed part one, check it out here. Our team is often asked to create logos that are totally original, crazy unique and significantly different than anything else on the planet. Understandably, people tend to have bigger than life ideals about their ministry and desperately want their baby to succeed. We get it. We really do. Unfortunately, we also often crash into the realities of the over-saturated and hyper-stimulated visual era in which we live. The truth . . . is that there is simply “nothing new under the sun.” Yeah, I know it is painful to be reminded of this, because…
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Teens HAVING or HAD sex?

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:42 pm
    The percentage of teens who aren't virgins isn't small. But, it's not as big a percentage as high-schoolers or the media would have you believe (anywhere from 55-70% still hold their v-card when they finish high school).But, I wonder, how many teens are HAVING sex, as opposed to HAD sex?If all we care about, or at least monitor, is when someone actually has HAD intercourse, then I think it skews the figures away from those who are actually HAVING sex. Because there's a massive difference between someone who, in a moment of regret, had sex, with someone who is in a relationship having…
  • 3 reasons the younger need the older with different plumbing

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    What does a Christian man actually look like?What characteristics does he display?How does he treat his loved ones?Could you ACTUALLY point one out?At the upcoming leader's weekend for my youth group we'll be looking at the books of 1 Timothy and Titus, asking the two questions "What does this say about leadership?" and "What does this say about being an example to those younger?"When you delve into those books, there's heaps to uncover, but there's also a connection which is more subtle.Obviously, younger Christian guys need solid, Jesus-following, older guys around them. Why? To have…
  • Is it ok to play dumb?

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    At times, I play dumb.I pretend to know less than I actually do.And... I wonder... is it fair to do so?Should I, if aware of an issue or the entire narrative, leave gaps for others to fill in order to -a) give them the opportunity to raise an issue on their timeframe (within reason)b) hear their side of the storyc) allow them space to only share what they're comfortable with me knowingd) have a subtle test as to how much they want me to know and how much they want to hide.Is it ethical for me to dangle enough rope before people in order for them, potentially, to hang themselves?Or, should I…
  • Invite v Ask

    17 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Please stand.Would you like to stand?I need you to sit down.Can you sit down please?If you want something done, you can do two things, invite or ask.Hopefully, no matter which one you choose, the person you're addressing will comply.But, when dealing with children or teens, one method is far more effective.If you invite people to do what you're wanting, you'll never hear the dreaded reply... "Well, I COULD stand" or "Where do you want me to take it?"Sure, invitations can be shot down with a firm no, but at least they kill off the smart-alec response.
  • Whose standard do you use?

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I went to my local public high school.It wasn't very good.The students didn't value their studies.I got 68.15 for my final mark and, I think, only three people from my entire year went to university straight out of school.It took me a decade to finally get my degree.But, I've worked with some quite prestigious (and pricey!) schools and school-goers.I've gone to church with people who got high 90's for their final mark and think very little of doing double degrees. We, often, don't use the same standard.I can slip into the standard used in high school... the bear…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Cauliflower Rice/Couscous

    Fr. Peter
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have started to change the way I think about food and what I eat.  I actually started a few months ago but I gave up because I really did not know what to make. In talking with others about this a book was recommended to me, It Starts with Food.  The book focuses on changing […] The post Cauliflower Rice/Couscous appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Freedom and Responsibility

    Fr. Peter
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    On January 7, 2015, radical Islamist gunmen entered the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed twelve employees including several cartoonists.  The magazine had published several cartoons over the years of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the radical Islamists were there to exact revenge for the cartoons that they claim were disparaging […] The post Freedom and Responsibility appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: The Qualities of a Leader

    Fr. Peter
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The training of leaders today is a multi-billion dollar industry, but what are the qualities that we look for in leadership? The post Podcast: The Qualities of a Leader appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Power of the Pause

    Fr. Peter
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    The last few weeks I have been writing a lot about action, make a plan, look in the mirror, and other such essays on how to get motivated to get things done.  But, too much activity can be just as bad as not enough activity.  We need to lean to pause every now and again […] The post The Power of the Pause appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • What Do You See in the Mirror?

    Fr. Peter
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    In my last article I asked a question about the legacy that we are leaving behind and how would people remember us.  This week I am following up on that question with another that deal with how we see ourselves, after all if we do not like ourselves it will be hard for us to […] The post What Do You See in the Mirror? appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
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    Iyasostuff

  • 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…
  • Pain that heals

    Osayi
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    We spend a lot of time running away from pain. I for one hate pain…I’ve always hated pain since I was a child. I remember that I would complain about every pain I had to my mother. It could have been something small or something large, but immediately I felt discomfort I would go running to her to fix it. I remember one time I was bending my pinky finger and told my mom that “mummy I feel pain every time I bend my finger like this,” to which she quickly responded “then don’t bend it like that.” I can understand why we don’t like pain, because…
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Proclaim Update for Mac: What’s New

    Jason Hickerson
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Let’s get started Open Proclaim and download the newest update or get it from the download page. For the full list of changes check out the release notes. Proclaim for Mac may look the same on the outside but if you take a peek under the hood you will notice several very important changes. A much requested feature is ready for you to use: Keynote Integration Proclaim has always allowed you to import a PowerPoint presentation. Now, when the guest speaker hands you a Keynote presentation you can import the file just like PowerPoint and present beautifully. Note: To import from Keynote you…
  • New Feature: Fade in Text

    Jason Hickerson
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Another new feature added in the latest update to Proclaim is a new way to fade in text. For the full list of changes check out the release notes. In the example below you can see how to use this feature to fade in bullet points from a sermon. Add a content service item with a title and some bullet points as you see below. You will notice in the timeline that each “++” will add the next bullet point onto the slide. Here is a video of the result. You speak and we listen!
  • Proclaim Update: Check Out What You Can Do

    Jason Hickerson
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What’s new in Proclaim? First, open Proclaim and download the newest update or get it from the download page. For the full list of changes check out the release notes. Emphasis Text Proclaim delivers another requested feature with the ability to emphasize a word or phrase. Add a Bible, Content, or Announcement slide to your presentation and you will notice a new button allowing you to emphasize a word or phrase. Check it out: Here is how a responsive reading from Psalm 34 can be built. From a Bible service item, use Psalm 34:1-19 and select the text you want to emphasize. Then click the…
  • Free Apostles’ Creed Video

    Jason Hickerson
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    Proclaim is happy to give this incredibly engaging video illustrating the Apostles’ Creed to all churches using Proclaim. Share this video with your church by searching “Apostles’ Creed” in the media browser. You can also find it by clicking the “Bible Screen” collection in the media browser. The Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and…
  • New Year—New Pro Media

    Jason Hickerson
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    2015 is here A bright new year filled with opportunity has arrived! As you get back to life after the holidays you will find some new Pro Media is available. January delivers 17 new packs of media. Get ready for the big football game with an engaging announcement slide. For many churches, game day is a great time to have some fun and fellowship. Check out the great imagery in the Jonah sermon pack. There are some really great packs this month! You can find an announcement for the church photo directory and an upcoming prayer event. Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
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    Blake Mankin

  • Focus Is a Commodity

    blakemankin
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    The days start to run together when we forget to take a step back and take a deep breath. Even when we’re not busy with events, our minds can be busy scrolling through updates like this one, participating in fruitless thinking, and obsessively worrying. Even when I’m not “doing” anything, I trend towards busying my thoughts with frantic fret or jumping from one distraction to the next. Focus. It’s a commodity in this world, one I can’t seem to get quite right. Even as I’m composing this, I’ve checked my phone that buzzed and thought about a handful of things I have no control…
  • We’re Not the Solution

    blakemankin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    To truly care about something means to wish its well being with or without us. It’s far too easy to want to see ourselves as the solution to another’s problems more than we want to see their problems solved. Sadly, I fall into this mentality all the time. But the savior mentality was never meant for us—that role has already been filled. It was placed on the head of a Jewish carpenter with the crown of thorns. For us to desire the best for others, we must be willing to be a part of a solution—not the entire solution. In fact, we must be willing to be absent from the solution. If we…
  • Excellence Is Boring

    blakemankin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Excellence requires a certain level of boring. To be excellent requires focus, and focus makes us predictable. It means saying no to most things and yes to a few. It means being associated with a particular skill, cause, or activity when our names come up in conversation. Our wanderlust can be our biggest liability because it can keep us from adopting the amount of boring it takes to become great at something. This is often said of my generation, that we’re too directionless because we live off the thrill of chasing new experiences. I know this can be true in my life. As a millennial, the…
  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

    blakemankin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The Internet was hailed as a way for the walls between us to come tumbling down, giving us a platform to exchange ideas in a civilized way. Sadly, this hasn’t come to fruition. The majority of the people I follow tend to think the same way as I do, and when I take a look at any CNN article, I don’t find respectful discourse. No, I find news about the latest celebrity scandal followed by someone in the comments section claiming that people who believe in God are stupid. A breaking story about Obama is followed by someone claiming he’s the antichrist. It seems to be a medium…
  • Discipline Is a Tool

    blakemankin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Discipline is one of the best tools we can use to create progress. As much as I like binging on The West Wing and eating queso, doing so every day would be detrimental to my health. In smaller doses, these things are fantastic. Who doesn’t love eating thousands of chips while watching Toby and CJ get into it after a press briefing? But the uncomfortable practice of habitually saying no to doing the easy things and yes to doing the hard things will breed forward momentum. The snooze button might be tempting, but the completed novel will be far more rewarding–even though it hurts.
 
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    United Faith Church

  • 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…
  • A Year of Recompense

    Kris Burke
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Psalm 18:20-24 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. UFC, On New Years, Pastor Janeth spoke of how this year would be a year of recompense. It would be a year that we…
  • Change

    Kris Burke
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    1 Peter 1:24-25 “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. UFC, Today, I was thinking about all the change that I have seen in my lifetime. I am only 29 years old but in that short time there has been so much change in my life, in this country and even in this world. Looking throughout history we can see the drastic changes that have taken place. We can see the change that has taken place in peoples values and their views…
  • Honduras – New Year Photos

    United Faith Church
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
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  • Happy New Year!

    Kris Burke
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Genesis 49:24-25 Because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, Because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, Because of your father’s God, who helps you, Because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below…   UFC, Happy New Year! Do you feel the excitement in the air? The people of God are in anxious expectation of all that is coming in this new year. God is ready to do amazing things in the midst of His people. This will be a year of miracles, blessings and favor in the presence of our King. When the world asks you why you…
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  • 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…
  • Don’t do this when you teach Sunday School…

    Nathan
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    This past Sunday I taught on Simeon and Anna meeting Jesus in the temple. And afterwards I felt like the lesson totally flopped. As I finished up the lesson I realized that I was still trying to figure out exactly how to explain the idea of the lesson while I was teaching. I was trying to relate Simeon’s faith to the faith we can have in Jesus, but the way I was describing it was just “flat”. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best. Not only that, but the lesson needed more work. As much as I had worked on it , it still wasn’t ‘tight’ and…
  • Moses is Born / Moses at the Burning Bush Lesson

    Nathan
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Introduction: Today we are going to talk about 2 very important names. But first, I want to start off with a little fun. I’m going to say a name and i want you to tell me what comes to mind when you hear that name. If something comes to your mind when I say these names, raise your hand. The first name: Thomas Edison Right! He invented the lightbulb Next: Abraham Lincoln Right! He was the 16th president of the United States Ok, the final one: Tom Brady Right! He is a professional football player. Name Association So we all just learned something. We associate stories and ideas with certain…
  • Do you have the guts to confuse your Sunday School class?

    Nathan
    27 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Thanks to Kenny Conley at CMO for helping me discover this content. Excerpt from Kenny’s post: A couple nights ago I was watching some TED talks on my phone while I was watering the grass in my front yard (everyone does that, right?). There was an amazing talk by Ramsey Musallam, a Chemistry Teacher at a Catholic School. It took a life-threatening incident to shake him out of what he calls pseudo-teaching. Now he has some very strong ideas about teaching students. If you teach/communicate within the church, this 6 minute video is worth watching.  read the rest of his post and watch…
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  • #8 Worship Is More Than A Song

    The Worship Lounge
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    When I was 15, I knew I was going to be on broadway! I knew I loved singing, I knew I loved acting, and I knew Juilliard was the school for me. I was super involved in everything because I wanted it to look good on my transcripts. I was in honors classes, I was on the softball team, in choir – working on solo’s, in theatre – working on memorizing lines for the school play, I was a youth leader in my youth group and leading worship as a teenager, I relied on my voice for everything. I couldn’t wait to pursue my dream and go to NY and live the life of auditioning and…
  • #7: WORSHIP LEADER VS. LEAD WORSHIPPER

    The Worship Lounge
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Around 2003… I traveled with my choir, up to Northern California, and we sang at Maribel’s church. I want to say, if I remember correctly she was playing drums. Then I heard her sing. Maribel is a powerhouse. She is truly talented, I listened to her first album and was blessed. I was able to do some background vocals for her latest project. Anxiously and patiently waiting its arrival. Its been a blessing to be able to lead worship for youth conventions along side her. I know and trust God is still doing great and mighty things through her. Be inspired as you read her piece.Jessica…
  • #3: AVOID RAMBLING AS A WORSHIP LEADER

    The Worship Lounge
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    8 Tips to help you avoid rambling. Rambling is that lengthy maybe confused or inconsequential speech during worship. Have you ever thought, “I said too much, or not enough.” “Did that make any sense?” Or “What was the point of that?” I am guilty of it. Leading worship is so much more than showing up, standing in front of a crowd, and speaking encouragement into their lives. Is that a part of it? Absolutely, but there is so much more. For a long time I trusted my gift of improv, coupled with the leading of the Holy Spirit to help me say what needed to be…
  • #6: Worship and Musicianship

    The Worship Lounge
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I met Skyy through his wife Gina. His love for God, his wife and beautiful children is admirable and an amazing example. His musical talent is sleek, gifted, annointed and smooth. He is a down to earth, skilled worship director and music phenom. He loves to make people sound good, and be the man behind the scenes… Its an honor to know him and a blessing to be his friend. I love the Grants! Be encouraged by his words! Worship and Musicianship by Skyy Grant Skyy & Gina Grant (Facebook) From time to time I hear a coin phrase in ministry. “God just cares about our heart. Why do we…
  • #2: Come To Worship Rehearsal Prepared

    The Worship Lounge
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    When does rehearsal start? Whether or not you practice on your own affects the outcome of your team’s rehearsal. It is essential for everyone on the team to do their part. When that doesn’t happen the whole team and quality of sound suffers. Practice should start on your own time, that way when you head out to rehearsal you are prepared. When everybody meets it is no longer time for practice. That is the difference between practice and rehearsal, the action and effort of practicing on your own or not. Let us give God our best by doing our part, showing up to rehearsals, having…
 
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