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  • List of CMSes used by Popular Church Websites

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    djchuang
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    As the speed of communication increases with the mainstreaming of social media and mobile devices by your side, quicker updates and faster edits on church websites must be part of effective church communications. And from time to time, that also means changing the software (aka platform) used for managing the content on a church website. Social proof may be helpful to churches that are looking for the support of a website company for their current & future seasons of ministry.What are popular churches using to run their websites? I believe it’s helpful to know what churches as a…
  • .CHURCH domain name can be registered early for a premium

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    djchuang
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    September 10th, 2014 at 9:00am PDT (16:00 UTC) will mark the start of a 7-day period called the Early Access Program (EAP) that allows anyone in the world to register a domain name ending with a .CHURCH extension on a first-come first-serve basis. The premiums are the highest on the first day, and then the premium becomes lower on the following days, and so does the opportunity to get the domain you might want.I found 3 registrars that have EAP registration for .CHURCH domain names (there may be more out there, but they don’t make ‘em easy to find) and the corresponding minimum…
  • Why Your Happiness Is So Important to God

    Desiring God Blog
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    No one puts it as bluntly as Blaise Pascal in his Pensées: All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves. There you are. Warrior, pacifist, suicide, sluggard, workaholic; if you’re a human, you’re a hedonist. You can try to deny it, but you can’t change it. If you…
  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

    Nathan Creitz
    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…
  • Start Thinking Like a Growing Church

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    Tony Morgan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    As a parent of four kids, I know busy. As much as we try to set boundaries for our kids, busy is part of the business. This time of year, of course, it gets even busier. School activities kick into full swing. Fall sports practices and games hit the schedule. The miles on the minivan stack up quickly when the calendar flips to August and then September. With that in mind, I’ve never thought to myself: “I can’t wait until fall hits so that things will finally slow down.” The irony, though, is that this is routinely how I see churches operating. The summers are stacked…
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  • Service businesses using technology: Pest control men and Plumbers

    calvin
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Technology has long helped medium and large businesses excel and improve in their industries, with smaller businesses traditionally falling further and further behind. This was attributed to larger businesses having the finance available, and lack of inertia, to invest in and adopt new technologies as they arose.   Today things are changing, and it’s more common for smaller businesses to have the ability to access technology with ease in order to strengthen their product development, marketing and customer engagement activities.   Today we will be looking at two service based…
  • Why Should Your Business Create Its Own Website?

    calvin
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Any new business owner knows how difficult it is to establish a new business and compete with existing businesses, particularly if the existing businesses are large, well financed and well established. Business of any kind is an extremely competitive field and it is virtually impossible to find any business niche without competition. So establishing a new business can be extremely difficult. One of the most difficult aspects, of course, is marketing your products against the competition. Marketing is not easy. Of course there are the traditional forms of advertising like television…
  • 3 Small Business Startups That Became Game Changers

    calvin
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Startup Companies have the huge task of having to generating enough momentum to catapult out of its infancy stage. They have to find a way to differentiate themselves and be able to stand above their competition even if the competition is substantially larger than them. This is not an easy obstacle to overcome but if we search hard enough we can find tips and pointers from the startup companies who’ve found a way to make it happen. Here’s a list of 3 companies that have found a way to either penetrated a niche or carve out a new niche out of nothing. ShipHawk is a startup company…
  • 4 Ways to Provide Cashflow to Your Small or Home Based Business

    calvin
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:47 am
    Photo by Simon Cunningham When starting out a business, be it a home based business or even a small corporation, cash flow is always one of the biggest problems. As one cannot just come out with a huge capital immediately, it is important that the business to start picking up in order to bring in more funds. But as a business rarely makes money overnight, it is often best to look into other ways to inject funds to keep the business running. Otherwise the operations might cease to function, causing an untimely death. In order to avoid this, here are 4 ways on how you can provide cash flow to…
  • A Little Help Needed

    calvin
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The world of business is full of never-ending competition. In starting one, you need all the help you can get from pooling all your resources to promoting your market. The people should know about the new flowers blooming, specifically the right people. In general, exposure is the main factor in getting your business noticed and in order for it to be successful. The use of technology is not limited only to big businesses and big time corporations. Even small franchises are benefiting from this technological advancement. Social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and a lot more, and…
 
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  • Church Marketing Podcast: The Church Website Episode

    Dave Shrein
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    More About This Episode Our efforts can be easily misdirected when it comes to what we contribute to our organizations. Just as easily, we can misdirect our contributions to the online world if we don’t remember to focus on the answer to one central question: How I am adding value? Focusing on ourselves and what we want means that we place what we value as the highest goal. When we switch the narrative to “how am I bringing value?” we are forced to place what others value as the highest goal. It’s a simple shift that makes for a significant course correction. Jesus is our primary…
  • How to Create Your Own Internet Church Campus

    Jason Caston
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Traditionally, when churches were organized, their goals were to impact the community and bring the gospel to the locals.  The pastor would be a part of the community, and everyone in the geographical area would be the focus of the church.  Today, things have changed and the moment your church goes online (social media, website, mobile, Internet TV), you have the potential to become an international ministry.  Church is happening outside the walls of the sanctuary, and churches need to adapt and take the ministry to the people. Additionally, the way people want to connect with their…
  • Struggles & Victories: First Christian Church

    Crystal Kirkman
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    First Christian Church is a congregation of approximately 1,200 in Decatur, Ill. Struggle: “Complacency is non-existent.” This is my motto. It’s good because it reflects the fact that I don’t ever want to settle and be comfortable with the status quo. However, it’s difficult to keep up with design trends and advances in technology. Just when I’ve figured out Twitter, there is something new replacing it. And it’s not just a physical change, but a mindset change as well. The brain has to rethink how to communicate to these new vehicles in real-time. Nobody wants yesterday’s…
  • Your Church Is More Than a Worship Service: Finding Other On-Ramps

    Kelley Hartnett
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    So I’m just going to come right out and say it: It’s more than likely the people in your community who aren’t “attending church” have no interest in attending yours. None whatsoever. It doesn’t matter how kickin’ your band is. It doesn’t matter how fantabulous your children’s ministry is, how spiffy your super-friendly guest services team looks in their new polo shirts or how relevant the teaching is—even if it’s delivered by an incredibly hip dude with a Mumford-esque beard, black-framed glasses and Toms. It doesn’t even matter how consistently you adhere to your…
  • How Can Churches Engage 20-Somethings?

    Taylor Snodgrass and Heather Stevens
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Why are the 20-somethings leaving the church? What’s scaring them away? It’s one of the hot-button topics in the church today. It’s the question everyone is asking. But is the answer to that question really going to solve anything? Take the first question a step further and you get somewhere helpful. What is working to get the 20-somethings involved? We took a 10-week road trip to 37 churches across the country to find what is reaching the 20-somethings. We headed out with the goal of encouraging the church that our generation can be reached. We found that not only can they be reached,…
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  • Unplugging this Week

    Greg Atkinson
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Hey friends. I wrote this blog post yesterday. Today and for the rest of the week, I’ll be at a spiritual retreat center totally unplugging. They don’t have internet or cell phone service. It’s just me, God, my Bible and my prayer journal. Please pray that God would speak clearly to me. Thanks! *** Also Happy Birthday to my son, Tommy, who turns 12 today. It’s been amazing to see God work in your life over the past two years. I’m so glad we had a wonderful day of celebration  yesterday. You’re a great young man and I’m proud of you.
  • Introducing The Rose Factor

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    My best friend, Thomas Rose, is a worship leader in Nashville and also has a band called The Rose Factor. Here is their video of “Oceans” by Hillsong United. Let this arrangement and the graphics that go with it inspire you. Maybe consider adding a click track to the video and using it as a video track at your church? Go for it! Worship God with this beautiful song.
  • Please Pray for Me

    Greg Atkinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I’m entering into a season of fasting and prayer for the next two weeks. I’m praying about God’s direction for my life and interviewing with some churches. I’m praying God would lead me to the right fit and my family and I to the right community. Would you join me in prayer during this season of seeking God? You can read about my transition out of Christian Media Magazine here.
  • Break Every Chain

    Greg Atkinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    I wrote about The Digital Age last week and gave you a glimpse into one of their rehearsals. Today, I want to share with you the lyric video to their song “Break Every Chain.” May you worship with this today and possibly explore using the video in your own worship setting in the future. Have a great day!
  • ISIS – I Don’t Have the Words

    Greg Atkinson
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    I’ve been overwhelmed with graphic images of dead children in Iraq and men being crucified in Syria by ISIS. I didn’t ask to see them – they just appeared in my Facebook news feed. I’m at a loss for words. I’ve been losing sleep. Yesterday, God led me to read Hebrews 11, specifically the last part:There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by…
 
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  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

    Ben Savage
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Guest Writer: Ben Savage When you work with church leaders for long enough, you begin to identify common themes and challenges. I have been involved in lay leadership in several churches and have worked with hundreds of pastors over the years, and one thing they all have in common is the desire for people to engage with their church and be transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Setting the stage for these encounters takes many forms. Each church is unique, but all face a similar challenge: How do we measure the intangible with the observable? Spiritual growth and engagement is largely…
  • How to Increase Spiritual Fruit in a Digital World

    Kent Shaffer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In June 2014, I spoke at Biola Digital Conference about how can we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world. Biola University has been kind enough to make this video free for you. View it and my notes below. How do we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world? Now we could talk about… The importance of branding, design, and first impressions. Digital atmospherics and how to nudge users in the direction you want them to go. Emerging technologies and what these shifts mean for the future of ministry. Or even results-based strategy. I’ve taught about that, but it guarantees nothing!
  • 4 Reasons to Consider Custom Church T-Shirts and Water Based Printing

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Growing up most church t-shirts I saw were simply wearable souvenirs commemorating the last youth retreat or something you attended. While this souvenir approach isn’t going away, the potential of a custom church t-shirt has grown to be a valuable tool used for identification, security, professionalism, and promotion. Let’s look in depth at these 4 areas, sizing tips, and the benefits of using water based printing like Real Thread. Identification The larger a church grows the more important it is that attendees are able to identify who can help. Using custom t-shirts helps…
  • Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication

    Kent Shaffer
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    What’s the best way for your church to communicate to your congregation? Well, it depends on the church. The world is increasingly a complex melting pot of subcultures. Some churches thrive using social media while other churches need more traditional communication channels. There are hundreds of options. And text messaging may actually be one of the best tools you can use. Why texting? Text messaging (SMS) is as popular as email was a decade ago. According to Pew Internet Project, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, and 79% of them use text messaging in 2014. In other words, 7 in…
  • Thank You June Supporters

    Kent Shaffer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Special thanks to Church Relevance’s June supporters. They help fund the work and research that goes into the reference lists that Church Relevance has come to be known for. Call-Em-All // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online Digital Bible Platform // Ekklesia 360 // Elexio // eResources FaithWebsites // Graceway Media // Leaders Book Summaries Open Church // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Thank You June…
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  • .CHURCH domain name can be registered early for a premium

    djchuang
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    September 10th, 2014 at 9:00am PDT (16:00 UTC) will mark the start of a 7-day period called the Early Access Program (EAP) that allows anyone in the world to register a domain name ending with a .CHURCH extension on a first-come first-serve basis. The premiums are the highest on the first day, and then the premium becomes lower on the following days, and so does the opportunity to get the domain you might want.I found 3 registrars that have EAP registration for .CHURCH domain names (there may be more out there, but they don’t make ‘em easy to find) and the corresponding minimum…
  • How to create and share lists more interactively

    djchuang
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Lists organize the world of tasks, places, ideas, people, and all kinds of things. There’s all kinds of web apps (and mobile apps) for specific uses like to-do lists, checklists, shopping lists, bucket lists, links (aka bookmarks), reading lists.But what about other kinds of lists? With all the collaborative power of people using Pinterest, Quora, and Wikipedia, you’d think Web 2.0 (or have we already reached Web 3.0?) would have birthed a web app with thousands and millions of people creating and sharing lists. In other words, if Pinterest is the social media network of…
  • List of CMSes used by Popular Church Websites

    djchuang
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    As the speed of communication increases with the mainstreaming of social media and mobile devices by your side, quicker updates and faster edits on church websites must be part of effective church communications. And from time to time, that also means changing the software (aka platform) used for managing the content on a church website. Social proof may be helpful to churches that are looking for the support of a website company for their current & future seasons of ministry.What are popular churches using to run their websites? I believe it’s helpful to know what churches as a…
  • What People Can Do about the Evil of Islamic State in Iraq

    djchuang
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The bad news of genocide continues in Iraq and one has to wonder Is Anyone Answering Iraqi Christians’ Cries for Help? Yes, there’s help of humanitarian aid on its way, but that will not put a stop to the threat of killings. This ugly suffering weighs heavy and it seems like we can’t do anything but pray.Here’s 5 things you can do = pray + give + write + sign a petition + raise awareness; read the entire article explaining how via ChristianToday.com: Crisis in Iraq – five things you can ACTUALLY do to help. The White House petition to help the Christians of Mosul and…
  • 50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied for new gTLDs

    djchuang
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Internet has already seen the launching of 250+ new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) this year and it’s estimated to be over 1,000+ new gTLDs by next year, 2015, even though a majority of people are not aware of them yet. Global brands may well be the biggest factor in changing that perception; .BMW has already launched.One of the statistics that’s been quoted in several presentations (cf. montymetzger, SparkDotMe) is that “50% of Interbrand’s Top 100 Global Brands applied” for new gTLDs. You could verify this yourself by comparing the list of…
 
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    LifeChurch.tv : swerve

  • Welcome to Swerve!

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Visit the Archives Feel free to search the archives for topics like church leadership, innovation, church planting, team management , casting vision, development, and many more. Although Pastor Craig is not actively blogging, there are many articles and ideas that we hope you find helpful to you and your church.
  • Altar Ego Book Release

    Bobby Gruenewald
    26 Feb 2013 | 2:04 pm
    I’m really excited about the release of Craig’s newest book, Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are. We are wrapping up a series by the same name at LifeChurch.tv and have heard incredible stories about how God is using these messages to change lives. Together, we’re learning how to sacrifice our false identities, which are rooted in our egos, to find our true identities in Christ. If you have missed a week of this message series, I encourage you to go to  http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/altar-ego/1 and get caught up! You can find Altar Ego online and in your local…
  • Round Tables at LifeChurch.tv

    Craig Groeschel
    24 Jan 2012 | 5:35 am
    In order to help serve churches, we will be hosting several round tables this year. Here is information on the first two. ARC (Association of Related Churches) will be doing a one day Leadership Forum for all pastors and church leaders at LifeChurch.tv. Pastor Chris Hodges, Rick Bezet, Joe Champion, and I will be contributing. This round table is for those who are interested in church planting and for pastors interested in developing their leadership skills. The forums will be a great time of learning, sharing ideas and growing relationships in a dynamic setting. There will also be an…
  • ACCEPTABLE PRIDE?

    Craig Groeschel
    19 Jan 2012 | 6:00 am
    We know God opposes the proud. But some forms of social media seem to have redefined what pride is and what it’s not. For example: Imagine if I stood before our church and told everyone, “Joe Smith said, ‘Craig you are the best preacher ever! Your sermons changed my life.’ And Jill Denny said, ‘I loved your book. Everyone should read it. You are the best author I’ve ever read!’ Not only that, but Mike Mitchell said, ‘Craig, Life Church is the best church in the world! No church is as good as Life Church.’” Chances are good most people would look at me funny and think I’m…
  • Church Online Platform is Live

    Bobby Gruenewald
    9 Jan 2012 | 11:29 am
    I’m very excited to let you know… Church Online Platform has officially launched! This is the same technology that makes Church Online happen at LifeChurch.tv. What we’re making available to other churches for free is identical to what we’re using internally. We’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time. Ever since the early days of Church Online (or the Internet Campus as we called it back then), one of the most frequent questions we received was, “How can we develop something similar?” Through the partnership of a handful of like-minded…
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  • “The Exchange – From Despair to Hope” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our series: “The Exchange.”  John Burkeshared about an exchange from death to life. You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next StepsLeader’s Guide Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Sept 28 | From Striving to Satisfied Oct 5 | From Guilty to…
  • We Remember…

    Eric Bryant
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
  • “The Spoken Word: A Workshop” by Danielle Bennett (MTN2014)

    Eric Bryant
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Danielle Bennett shared the following helpful and powerful workshop at Mosaic Terra Nova (MTN2014): “You have a story to share! Performance Poetry is really about the poetry. The presentation part is easy. Performance is easy when you just tell the truth. There are no rules in poetry. What makes a good poem? 1. Originality. Resonance is good but tell your story rather than copy others. Don’t be afraid of your last. 2.  Use your words. Word choice. Search for powerful words. Don’t settle for first draft cliches. 3. Details. Include details to help people connect with…
  • “The Exchange: Death to Life” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our series: “The Exchange.”  John Burkeshared about an exchange from death to life. You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Sept 28 | From Striving to Satisfied Oct 5 | From Guilty to Blameless Oct 12 | From Powerless…
  • The Exchange at Gateway Church Austin

    Eric Bryant
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Join us for our fall kick off at Gateway Austin! From the website: An amazing Exchange takes place in who we are and how we can live life when God’s at the center. Join us as we take a deep dive into the profound transformation God offers us and the practical difference such change makes in our every day life lives. Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next Steps) (Leader’s Guide) (What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus?) Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Sept 28 | From Striving to Satisfied Oct 5 | From Guilty to Blameless Oct 12 | From…
 
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    Worship Ministry Catalyst

  • WMC Podcast – 0134 – Keeping Up in the Technology Race, Is It Worth It?

    David Lindner
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Technology The pace at which technology is advancing is astounding. Since the start of this podcast, technology has exploded. What does this mean for the church, how do we keep up and should we? Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show Notes & Links: - If you would like more information on having someone give you this outside…
  • WMC Podcast – 0133 – What Does It Mean To Trust?

    David Lindner
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Trust Trust is a big deal, but it can be hard to live in a trusting relationship all the time. How can we trust? Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show Notes & Links: - If you would like more information on having someone give you this outside perspective, contact david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or leave him a voicemail at…
  • WMC Podcast – 0132 – The Coming Worship Revolution

    David Lindner
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    We Are On The Verge People have been saying this for years, but we are really starting to feel like there is a revolution beginning. One of the facets of that revolution is worship. We are seeing more and more churches turn from a focus on using worship as the wrapping paper for the sermon and the bait to get people in the doors. What’s it going to look like? Let’s talk about it and see. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339…
  • WMC Podcast – 0131 – The Blessings of America

    David Lindner
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Blessings of America As Kevin talks about his recent trip to the Dominican republic, we talk about how blessed we are to live in America. All this discussion sets up our next episode of the podcast where we will be talking about the coming worship revolution in the American church. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339 Email: david@worshipministrycatalyst.com or kevin@worshipministrycatalyst.com Don’t forget you can subscribe to our podcast through iTunes as well. Show Notes…
  • Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – 0130 – In Ear Monitors – Part 2

    David Lindner
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:31 am
    In Ear Monitors, Part 2 In this episode of the podcast, David & Kevin talk about their recent, unintentionally simultaneous transitions to In Ear Monitors and personal mixers. In part 2 we talk a bit about the benefits and what we call the theory of using the monitors. If you want some tips on how to maximize your in ear monitor use and mix, be sure to listen! You’ll especially want to listen if you’ve thought about making the switch, or heard others talking about it and wondered what the big deal was! Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst…
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  • Do what this church did to make your website easier to update!

    Mark Steinbrueck
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Earlier this year, I was contacted by New Season Worship Center about a problem they were having with their website.  Their existing website was built on the Joomla platform and it was too complicated for them to be able to make updates themselves. I receive many calls from people every week who are in the same situation.  Fortunately, we were able to build a website for the church that gave the features they were looking for and also was easy for them to update themselves. So what are the benefits that New Season Worship Center are experiencing because of the change to WordPress and…
  • 5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain

    Paul Steinbrueck
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    With nearly 1/3 of people on the planet using social media, it is clearly affecting society, but did you know it’s also affecting our brains? This video created by the guys at AsapSCIENCE, talks about 5 ways social media is changing our brains: What do you think? Have you noticed yourself or others around you addicted to social media or more prone to distractions?
  • Is Google a Dirty Thief? What Do You Think?

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since it’s inception, Google has always taken a little bit of people’s content from their website in order to show their search result listings with a description.  For the most part, no one had a problem with that because the content was being used in a way that brought more traffic to people’s websites.  That, however, is changing and some people aren’t happy about it. Accusations Over the Years: For a while now there have been complaints about Google stealing content.  News media outlets, especially in Europe sued Google over their use of headlines, snippets, and…
  • What does WordPress 4.0 mean for you?

    Paul Steinbrueck
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    WordPress, the world’s most popular blogging and website platform, has announced the release of version 4.0. Let’s look at what’s new and how it affects you… The new version is called “Benny” after jazz and swing legend Benny Goodman.  While the big “4.0″ indicates a major version release, WordPress has not gotten a major overhaul.  In fact, some people question the numbering. The dashboard and editor haven’t changed much, so it’s not like users will have to get used to a whole new interface… The most significant improvements…
  • Recognizing Volunteers on Facebook

    Paul Steinbrueck
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Looking for great social media content that is going build community and engagement? Tim Briggs, creative media pastor at Church at Charlotte, posted a great idea on the Church Marketing Sucks blog! We heard of a church that would recognize a different volunteer each month by posting their picture on a bulletin board. We liked the idea and decided to modernize it to fit current, 21st century media consumption habits. So each Monday afternoon, we recognize a volunteer by name and include their picture with a short description of what they do at the church. Tim goes on to say the series has…
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    Emergent Village

  • Heating the Pond

    Thomas
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    As the darker nights draw in, it’s important to make sure that you have the right heating system in your garden pond. After a summer spent cultivating and tending to your fish and plants, a cold winter can spoil the healthiest pond, costing you time and money. In the summer months, plants provide essential oxygen for fish, but as the weather changes and plants die off, the rotting waste releases toxic gasses. Add to this fish waste and other decaying matter and a lethal blend is created. If allowed to freeze over, the fumes can’t escape and can suffocate and poison fish. The purpose of a…
  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    Thomas
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you’re thinking of investing in some new furniture, chances are oak has crossed your mind. And with good reason – oak furniture never goes out of style and has the power to really add something to your home, so we thought we’d take a look at just what makes oak the ideal material for furniture. Here are just a few reasons we’ve come up with:    Durability. When you choose solid oak you know you’re getting quality, and that means you’ll have furniture that will stand the test of time. Oak is a highly durable wood and can withstand the pressures of modern life with ease,…
  • Significance of HVAC Training

    Thomas
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Technical education is immensely important for guaranteeing job prospects and financial footing to a technically educated individual. HVAC Training is meant to equip students to contribute effectively in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Dynamic changes in the industry require trained personnel to keep up with the developments and fulfill popular demands. Hence, the significance of HVAC Trainingwould always be mention worthy. The training imparts breakthrough knowledge on the advancing technologies and prepares the individuals for challenging career in…
 
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 10 Dangerous Distractions for a Pastor

    Ron Edmondson
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they knew to be right, but it landed them in disaster. A pastor friend of mine said recently, “We need healthy churches and we need healthy pastors.” Amen. Agreed. We must stand guard. What are we guarding against? No single post would be perfect. Obviously sin, but I can’t address everything that gets in the way of a healthy pastor. I can only list some that are more common in…
  • 5 Real Reasons Most Dreams Never Come True.

    Ron Edmondson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    I talk to a lot of frustrated people in my work. I meet a lot of people chasing after something — yet never seeming to find what they are seeking. I think many times — and most of us are prone to doing this — we make excuses rather better than we make progress. And there are reasons that is the case. Here are 5 of the real reasons most dreams never come true: People quit trying. They give up. They may have tried before and it didn’t work, so now they don’t try at all. Seldom is a dream — a worthy dream — realized on the first attempt. The greatest…
  • Intentional Living in Family and Relationships

    Ron Edmondson
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Intentional Living – Family/Relationships from ron edmondson on Vimeo. The post Intentional Living in Family and Relationships appeared first on Ron Edmondson. Related posts: Intentional Living with Your Finances – A Sermon Intentional Living – Faith – A Sermon Biblical Insights Into Healthy Conflict in Relationships Living Job’s Life, Part 4 (God Answers)
  • Be a Great Leader. A Great – Servant – Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Jesus defined what it means to be great in His Kingdom. The greatest among you must be a servant. Matthew 23:11 What He didn’t say in that passage is important too. He didn’t say that one who is great because they are a servant couldn’t also be a leader. I think we give leadership a bad connotation sometimes. In fact, I’ve known people who wouldn’t take the role of leader because they felt it was the more “pious” thing to do.  And, because of that I think we rob the church of some great servant leaders. And I get why we don’t always think of leaders as servants. We…
  • A Critical Leadership Error and 4 Ways to Approach It

    Ron Edmondson
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    There is one critical error most leaders make at some point. I make it frequently. If you’re leading – you probably do also. We forget that people are trying to follow. We get so caught up in our own world that we forget people we are trying to lead are trying to follow. We “think” we know where we are going — and we assume they do also — almost at times like they can read our minds. Have you ever tried to follow someone in a car? Some are good at that kind of leading and some aren’t. Some take quick turns — even without using a blinker. Some dodge in…
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    TonyMorganLive.com

  • 10 Signs Your Church Staff Might Be Stuck

    Ryan Stigile
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In our work with churches, we regularly see teams struggling in the area of staffing and structure. Getting everyone focused on the right priorities with a clear understanding of their roles has proven to be difficult. No matter how hard that may be, the quality of a church’s team greatly impacts the effectiveness of its ministry! We’re partnering with Vanderbloemen Search Group  to get church staffing unstuck. And we’re asking you to join us! Before you decide, consider these 10 signs that your own church staff may be stuck: Everyone heads straight to the lead…
  • Slow Growth Is The Healthiest Growth and Other Articles To Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Jason Fried: Slow Growth is the Healthiest Growth by Laura Montini O.K., So Maybe We Do Need Some Company Policies by Robert Moore 13 Little Known Facts About Change Too Many Leaders Miss by Cary Nieuwhof 7 Indicators You’re Not Leading Anymore by Ron Edmondson How to Identify Young Leaders in the Church by Paul Alexander 7 Traits of Pastors Who Lead Breakout Churches by Thom Rainer 5 Current Church Views of Discipleship by Eric Geiger When Teams Can’t Trust Their Leaders by Phil Cooke The post Slow Growth Is The Healthiest Growth and Other Articles To Get You Unstuck appeared…
  • Resources To Get You Unstuck

    Jason Vernon
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    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 September. Volunteer Rocket Coaching – gain, train and retain great volunteers Elexio – offers a new integrated church software suite including web, database, mobile and check-in 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…
  • Start Thinking Like a Growing Church

    Tony Morgan
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    As a parent of four kids, I know busy. As much as we try to set boundaries for our kids, busy is part of the business. This time of year, of course, it gets even busier. School activities kick into full swing. Fall sports practices and games hit the schedule. The miles on the minivan stack up quickly when the calendar flips to August and then September. With that in mind, I’ve never thought to myself: “I can’t wait until fall hits so that things will finally slow down.” The irony, though, is that this is routinely how I see churches operating. The summers are stacked…
  • How To Engage Financial Leaders In Your Church With Confidence

    Guest Contributor
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Despite the increasing importance of engaging high-capacity givers, many senior ministry leaders are still allowing excuses to prevent them from developing a ministry of giving within their church. They might say things like… “My congregation is already giving at their maximum capacity and I’m afraid of what might happen if I ask for more…” “What will happen if people think I’m favoring members with money?” “If I preach good enough and pray hard enough, God will provide…” Unfortunately, many of these excuses are based on the fear of the unknown. Senior leaders feel…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

    Anne Marie Miller
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    When I was sixteen, my dad left the ministry. He did nothing wrong, but it was an ugly church-wide meeting full of Southern obstinacy. I saw men in our small church yelling at each other, accusing each other, accusing my father, accusing my mother, accusing the youth pastor. Some claims were insidious, others plan incredulous. I will never forget that Sunday in April. A fire rose inside me that rarely burns for much anymore. As shy as I am, as non-confrontational as I am, and – for that church – as female as I am, none of that mattered. I stood up, my whole body shaking and read verses…
  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
 
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    Ragamuffin Soul

  • I’M THE WORST HUNTER ON THE PLANET. I’M THE BEST HUNTER ON THE PLANET.

    loswhit
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    I’m a really bad hunter.  Like horrible.  I’ve been hunting for 2 years now and have killed absolutely nothing. You know what that makes me? A really bad hunter. Once I had 4 deer under my tree stand and I didn’t shoot them.  Why?  Because I heard “The Big One” at the top of the ridge. Dreamers shouldn’t be hunters. I mean lets be honest.  I can’t even sit at the same spot in a coffee shop longer than 25 minutes without needing to move. But you know who thinks I’m an amazing hunter?  Losiah does. Why does he think I’m an amazing…
  • The #1 Secret To Increasing Your Influence.

    loswhit
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    There isn’t a secret to a better blog. There isn’t a secret to greater influence. There isn’t a secret to making more money. There isn’t a secret to more people going to your church. There isn’t a secret to better public speaking. There isn’t a secret to funding your indie project. It’s not a secret. So if they tell you it is… you will be let down. Work Hard. It’s not a secret. There are 244343 tips and tricks out there. But none of those tips and tricks work unless you WORK HARD. I know all the “It’s about working smart not working hard!” people are out…
  • Blessersize

    loswhit
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    You’re Welcome… Los
  • 3 Keys To Making Your Kids Feel Better Than A Selfie

    loswhit
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Reactionary parenting is sometimes all we’ve got. With culture changing SO RAPIDLY all around us, it’s so hard to stay in front of where our children are going. The snowball rolling down the mountain that is social media and isn’t going to slow down. It’s not. And you know what? It’s ok. You don’t have to know the difference between a Snapchat and an iChat. Our kids are going to understand it better than us in no time. And many of them do already. We don’t have to understand the technology better than they do. We simply have to understand THEM. Here are 3 Keys To Making Your…
  • 5 Steps To Raising Perfect Kids

    loswhit
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    1. Don’t have kids. 2. Don’t have kids. 3. Don’t have kids. 4. Don’t have kids. 5. Don’t have kids. Listen. I’m sure there is great parenting advice out there on how to keep your kids out of gangs and stuff. But all I know is my parents were close to the perfect parents and I ended up in jail, almost not graduating high school, and a HOT MESS. I remember waking up every morning and seeing my dad on his knees down the hall praying for our little family. Sometimes those prayers take longer to pull off than others. But that is one thing I know we can all do and will work. While your…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Truck revamp

    Andrew Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.
  • Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he still lived there. He doesn’t live there anymore, as you might know. Ask any of our 5 children and they will tell you that our family were kicked out by the English in 2009 who would not ...
  • Funny Accent

    Andrew Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to ...
  • 51

    Andrew Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    I turn 51 today. Its a nice chilled day for me. I dressed up in some vintage clothes – a blue waistcoat and some black Hugo Boss pants. Then I changed my blog by adding an image of mahogany taken from my cabinet and giving it a fresh look. Now I am dressed casual and have already lit the firebath ...
  • Dreaded Bishop

    Andrew Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I was lighting the fire with newspaper the other day and came across this. I remember it. I was there.
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    Pete Wilson

  • The Difference Between Busy and Hurried

    Pete Wilson
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    There’s a difference between being “busy” and being “hurried”. Jesus was “busy” but I challenge you to find a place in the Gospels where he was “hurried”.
 
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • Eight Books I Am Excited About Reading

    web@newspring.cc
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I've bought eight books and am PUMPED about reading them by the end of the year. They are...#1 - "Drucker & Me," by Bob Buford #2 - "Inside The Revolution," by Joel Rosenberg #3 - "The Secret," by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller #4 - "Hadassah, One Night With The King," by Tommy Tenny #5 - "Never Go Back" by Henry Cloud #6 - "First Break All Of The Rules," by Marcus Buckingham #7 - "Living In Christ's Presence," by Dallas Willard #8 - "David & Goliath," by Malcolm GladwellTalk to me via twitter and Facebook...what else needs to be on my list?    
  • Some Of My Favorites

    web@newspring.cc
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Carey Nieuwhof leadership podcast is AWESOME if you have not yet had a chance to check it out. Evernote is my FAVORITE app that I use on all my devices. “Standout” by Marcus Buckingham is a great leadership book that gets really personal. Mark Miller has one of THE BEST leadership blogs on the internet.This is my FAVORITE workout song right now.This YouTube video ALWAYS brings a smile to my face (Minute 0:57 is the best part). This is brilliant.Here and here are my favorite local places to eat.This is my favorite verse in the Bible and this is my…
  • I Love Taking The Offering In Church!

    web@newspring.cc
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m sure you expected me to say that; after all, I am a “mega-church” pastor – and it’s really easy to take shots at guys like me when we talk about money. However, I wanted to introduce a thought today and see if it might resonate with anyone. Have you ever met someone who tries to throw in a super spiritual comment in the middle of a conversation in order to appear more “holy”? For example, you may say in a crowd, “I was on Facebook last night and connected with an old friend.”  And the other person says to you,…
  • Seven Reasons You’ve GOT To Be At NewSpring This Sunday!

    web@newspring.cc
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – You are broke! #2 – You are living from paycheck to paycheck with no plan to ever do anything otherwise. #3 – You have had at least one argument in your marriage about money! #4 – You have had legitimate worry and stress in your life because of money! #5 – You would love to have “financial margin” in your life but do not believe it is possible. #6 – You are in debt and would LOVE to get out of debt. #7 – You would love to pursue your calling in life rather than just work a job to…
  • Ten Questions I Am Often Asked:

    web@newspring.cc
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – Why Did You Start NewSpring Church? As I began to survey church culture I began to understand that church was pretty much done FOR churched people; however, the majority of the population in America was unchurched. I wanted to create a place where an unchurched person could meet Christ and eventually begin to reach out to their unchurched friends. That type of environment does not happen accidentally or even just prayerfully, but rather intentionally. #2 – Is NewSpring Church affiliated with a denomination? Yes, we are affiliated…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • One Day Really Can Make a Difference

    Amber Cassady
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    An emphasis on service does not have to stop with the close of summer. There are opportunities to impact communities near you in only one day of service. To catch a glimpse of this, I chatted with Tony Myles, who is the site leader for The Big Day of Serving in Akron, Ohio. Keep reading […]
  • The Bad Taste “Good Ideas” Leave

    Tony Myles
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Too busy to visit a loved one who’s passed on? No worries. Try the drive-thru window at the Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Michigan. They’ve installed a window for your convenience to display the deceased body inside the building. Curtains over the window automatically open when a car pulls up, and mourners get three minutes to […]
  • 5 Ways To Lose Your Best Students

    Leneita Fix
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    In this day and age we live in, ministry is a challenge. We have students who are hurting deeply coming to the same group as students who are just average oblivious teens. Church and unchurched students are attending the same group and desiring God the same way. Navigating everyone in the same room at the […]
  • LTYM: 3 Tips On Small Groups/Dealing With Parents

    Aaron Crumbey
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    We are back this week with our Let’s Talk Youth Ministry video blog after taking some time off for the summer. We discuss how to keep the momentum of your small group launch rolling, and also how we handle parents concerning life groups. If you have any questions or topics you would love for us to talk about just […]
  • How Young Can a Kid Become a Christian?

    Tony Myles
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I’d love your perspective… How young do you think a child can be to legitimately become a Christian? We can certainly have some fun with this, and definitely get off on some tangents… but I’m genuinely asking. Please share your thoughts. As you do, here’s something to complement our conversation from the late Rich Mullins. […]
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    History in the Making

  • Photo Recap of Dream Year Pitch Nights

    Ben Arment
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    I've gotta be the luckiest guy on the planet. Who gets to launch a book by visiting 11 cities in four weeks? Don't get me wrong - I hated leaving my family, but we decided it was worth the investment. People forget that "real relationships" were the original social media. I'll take a real-life conversation. Every time. Last spring, I invited the friends on my mailing list to consider hosting a Pitch Night in their city when the book came out. It would allow people to engage with the message by sharing their own dreams... but also pre-sell books. Twenty people responded.
  • The New Rules of Work

    Ben Arment
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    1. People enjoy work. Under the right circumstances.    You don't have to whip them to motivate them. 2. People are better as specialists at multiple companies    than generalists at one company. 3. Work environments are no longer centralized.    Online collaborative tools are making offices extinct. 4. Clients are the new bosses. They're the ones who say...    you get to do work. 5. Management is now team building not rule keeping.    We are becoming a society of independent…
  • Your Friends on the Periphery

    Ben Arment
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    One of the surprising things about pursuing a dream is seeing who doesn't turn out to support you. In nearly every one of my coaching sessions with Dream Year participants, I have to warn them about failed expectations from their closest real-life friends. Unfortunately, they're just not the ones who are going to buy your thing, fund your kickstarter, support your craft, or contribute to your cause. Sometimes they do, but most times they don't. There is no honor in one's own country. Isn't this the carpenter's son?Can anything good come from Nazareth?Aren't his…
  • Write the Rules, Then Be Creative

    Ben Arment
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    STORY isn't built off the backs of an existing production team or facility. Everything we do rises from the venue like a phoenix in the desert. One very expensive phoenix. But our biggest advantage is our limitations. I can't imagine what it would be like to have an unlimited production budget... or speaker budget... or creative budget. I wouldn't even know what to do with that. And yet we attract a who's who of creative influencers across the country because we're breaking new ground with this principle of restraint... First, write the rules. Then be creative. In other…
  • Someone Paid The Toll

    Ben Arment
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    In every success story, someone undertook the hardship, paid the price, and bore the burden to achieve something great. Sometimes it was paid by the person himself. But most times, it came from someone before them. President John F Kennedy seems like the starting point of a famous family lineage. But historians are quick to point out that his father Joseph was the true political trailblazer... the patriarch of a dynasty. But by the time grandfather Joseph was born, the Kennedy family had already achieved tremendous influence. This came from the great, great grandfather P.J. Kennedy who became…
 
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    Eugene Cho

  • Thanks for your prayers and support. This is the week I share #OverratedBook with the world.

    Eugene Cho
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Dear friends, supporter, and folks that have prayed and encouraged me over the years: First, thank you for your love, prayers, and support. Sincerely. This is the big week/month I get to share my first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? with the world. (The official launch date is Monday, September 1.) I’m excited, nervous, humbled, and everything in between. In many ways, it feels like that hour immediately after you’ve preached your guts and heart out…and you feel very vulnerable to everything. You…
  • If we want to seek the peace of the city…we have to engage the conflicts and injustices of our city.

    Eugene Cho
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Unless you’ve been living in absolute isolation, there’s been much in the news – here, there, and everywhere – including the violence and protests in Ferguson. But in the midst of much shouting, screaming, finger pointing, tweeting, and ‘Don’t Shoot’ hand raising…we also need to engage in practical solutions. It would be tragic if it simply resulted in lots of noise…and it doesn’t compel us (as individuals and church communities) to examine our own lives, our blind spots, and our commitment to live into our calling as ministers of…
  • Please don’t ignore it. Five ways that Christians and churches must engage Ferguson and Michael Brown’s death.

    Eugene Cho
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I have so much emotions and thoughts in my mind, heart, and body – in light of the oh-so-much that is going on all around the world – including the utterly tragic, brutal, and unnecessary “death” of Michael Brown. But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past week in their respective churches – not just for this weekend but for the future. I’m not suggesting that pastors have to completely alter their sermons but to altogether ignore the injustice of Michael…
  • Never stop learning. Go deep. Be deep. Have more depth than 140 characters.

    Eugene Cho
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    There are many beautiful aspects of our larger culture … and then they are broken things. There are also things that are incredibly encouraging and of course, disconcerting. One of my concerns in our larger culture – including the Church: We’re lacking d  e  p  t  h  . In my first book – Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? (set to release on September 1 but available for pre-order now),  there’s a chapter entitled, “Have More Depth than 140 Characters.” I am the first to tell you…
  • Remember that our lives matter. Remember to be more human – to loved ones, neighbors, and strangers alike.

    Eugene Cho
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It feels awkward and even a bit inappropriate to be talking about ‘celebrity news’ when so much is going on around the world: Iraq, refugees in Syria, children stranded at borders, Michael Brown’s death and Ferguson, Ebola, Ukraine, and the list tragically goes on. But then again, it feels appropriate because it’s another reminder of the fragility of our humanity. By now, most of you know that Robin Williams past away today (August 11). His life ended way too short at the young age of 63 – apparently because of suicide. While this was news to me, Robin had been…
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    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches

  • Book Review: The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, by George Marsden

    Matt McCullough
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    In The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, George Marsden offers us a window into a lost world and, to some extent, the story of how that world was lost. These days, we have heavily-scripted quasi-reality shows on every major network most nights of the week: from WWE Raw to The Bachelor to whatever number Big Brother is up to this season. Pretty much everyone knows these shows are rigged, and pretty much no one cares. It’s tough to imagine a world where rumors that the contestants of The $64,000 Question were prepped for their answers sparked a congressional investigation and set…
  • The Drama of Preaching

    Murray Campbell
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Have you every stopped to think, what  are we demonstrating when we preach? As we stand before our congregations and expound God’s Word, what are we expressing or dramatizing? As preachers deliver shorter sermons or even replace the sermon with a dialogue, what are we saying theologically?   In this space I want to say something about the theological significance of preaching. I will not deal with questions of how to preach or even of the content of the sermon. Instead, I want to look at the act of preaching and work out what we are signifying when we preach the Word…
  • Book Review: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Don Whitney

    Chris Dendy
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Gratefully, Don Whitney’s new edition of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life has removed all references to sermon tapes and subscription services. I confess it led to a little bit of snickering and apologizing to the college students I work with. But if that’s all that we think about when we see that Spiritual Disciplines has been updated and revised, we will miss a re-wrapped gift for the church. MOST NOTABLE IMPROVEMENTS Perhaps one of the greatest improvements Whitney provides in this second edition is a proper understanding of how believers ought…
  • How Should We Define Evangelism?

    J. Mack Stiles
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    I don’t think Christian people set out to write books on evangelism based on unbiblical principles. But it happens. It happens because there are wrong ideas about the critical components of evangelism. Usually, these wrong ideas are based on marketing principles or on human understandings about how to argue someone into the kingdom. It has more to do with results and effect, which is the realm of the Holy Spirit, rather than faithfulness in proclaiming the truth, which is our job description.  If we don’t have biblical evangelism nailed down, we tend spend much time doing…
  • Pastors' Forum: Evangelism and Discipleship in the Local Church

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Editor's note: We asked several pastors to tell us a few practical ways they encourage evangelism and discipleship in the life of their particular local church. Answers are below. Jeramie Rinne Let's start with basics. If pastors want to develop a culture of personal evangelism and discipleship in the church, they should be practicing it themselves. Yes, pastors do evangelize and make disciples through their preaching. But they also need to be meeting with people one-to-one or in small groups. Being engaged in personal ministry sets an example for others in the church and it…
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  • Courage and Integrity

    John Saddington
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Mark Twain once shared this pearl of wisdom on courage: With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. I have never really considered courage to be directly related to a man’s integrity but the more I have thought over it recently the more I see the truth in his words. It requires an incredible amount of courage to follow our dreams, to do the things that make us the most happy, and to generally experience life to its fullest. What’s sad is that we all want this do these things but very…
  • The Crisis of Student Debt

    John
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    John Oliver, as entertaining as ever, talking about education debt and how ridiculous the situation really is. If you do end up watching this please pay attention to the statistics, which are most important, and less on his humor and presentation (per usual). I think often about this when I contemplate on what the entire industry of code schools are doing for people who are interested in taking their future into their own hands instead of becoming victims of a system that will keep them handcuffed for years (if not longer). I count myself extremely fortunate to have been able to pay off…
  • Startup Pregnancy

    John Saddington
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The rallying cry that I hear too often is that essentially the future is built by innovators and entrepreneurs and that at this very moment a new venture could be formed that could change the very foundation of how we work, live, and engage with each other and our world. The “next” Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Ebay, Facebook ad. nauseum is thrown around in an attempt to excite and incite others to action. “Now is the time!” is implicitly or explicitly expressed and opportunity is going to pass you buy if you don’t go for it. To be fair, all these things are true and I’m…
  • Asking for Advice

    John Saddington
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    Silly, yet true. I think asking for help is one of the most important skills in life, not just in the professional environment. It’s so counter to our culture of independence, absolute autonomy, and siloing of roles and responsibilities. Collaboration, real collaboration is difficult to find. Sometimes it’s tragedy or an explicit emergency that actually brings us together. And then… the magic happens and we wonder why we didn’t reach out sooner. When I was sprinting up the corporate ladder I rarely asked for help and although my context in the technology field…
  • App Grief

    John
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Yesterday I turned off the availability of an app that I had closed down and I realize that I’m am walking through a period of grief. In other words, I am literally grieving the passing (or I should just go ahead and say it… death) of this app. And I shouldn’t be surprised. It was the center of my world for more than 2 years and I spent thousands upon thousands of hours on it. My entire life, my kids, and my spouse of 9 years circled this app from sunup to sundown. And they experienced all the ups and downs with me, viscerally so. A little over a year ago I wrote a post…
 
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  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m heading to Louisville for the D6 Conference this October & I would love for YOU to join me in Louisville for the event! To make that happen, I’m giving away TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS (one for YOU & a guest) to TWO … Continue reading →
  • 3 Key Tips for Effective Communciation

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    I ran across this video from my archives the other day and thought it was worth sharing again.  Its a video I shot with my friend, EJ Swanson, backstage at a conference. EJ shares 3 tips that could help you become … Continue reading →
  • Check Out These Ministry Partners!

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TerraceCrawford.com this month: D6Family - Check out … Continue reading →
  • How to Minister to Parents When You Don’t Have Kids Yourself

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I was recently interviewed by my friend Jeremy Lee over at ParentMinistry.net.  I had a great time discussing two things I love: Youth Ministry and Social Media.  During our time together Jeremy asked me a lot of questions about how I’ve helped parents during … Continue reading →
  • ALS #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Over the last 2 weeks the ALS #IceBucketChallenge has gone viral. You’ve probably seen this on Facebook. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and … Continue reading →
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  • Episode 3: Is There A Place For Performance In Worship (TWC Podcast)

    Editor
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Episode 03: Is There A Place For Performance in Worship? Summary: Worship has NOTHING to do with performance, but can a bad performer be a bad worship leader? Russ Hutto, with over 30 years experience in music, shares thoughts about performance and leading worship. SUBSCRIBE on iTunes Show notes: The original post can be found here – http://bit.ly/StxaIJ Related posts: Is There A Place For Performance in Worship? Podcast 02: Sing All The Worship Community Podcast is here!
  • Sunday’s Coming & We’re Exhausted – This Minibook Will Help You Set Your Pace

    Editor
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mandy Thompson is a great friend to The Worship Community and we are happy to showcase her new mini-book, The Pace Book, as a helpful resource for our readers. As worship leaders and creative thinkers, we are always buzzing with the day-to-day, plus the roll of week-night practices and early-morning rehearsals. All while watching the rest of the world quiet down and sleep late on the weekends… So how do we navigate our unique weekly rhythm? And, good grief, how do we rest when we can’t shake that incessant “Sunday is coming” feeling? Well, honestly? We just can’t…
  • Sunday Setlists #321

    Editor
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    1000 POSTS! at The Worship Community!! Thank you! Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, September 14, 2014!! Welcome to the 321st 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…
  • This Sunday Will be our 1000th Post!

    Editor
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Thanks to all of you, our readers and our contributors, for  making The Worship Community a great place to discuss all things worship as we near 1,000 posts! Here’s a little history: The Worship Community was founded in 2007 by Fred McKinnon and was built around our forums, which are still up and running today! Around 2009, Russ Hutto came on as the Editor of The Worship Community and we continued to build our main site with the forums continuing to being one of our central places of engagement. What’s Happening Today: Today, we continue to have a lot of engaging discussion on…
  • Interview: Kathryn Scott On Her latest EP: Sing On The Battlefield

    Editor
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A big thanks to Kathryn Scott for taking the time to answer these questions for The Worship Community. Her latest EP Sing On The Battlefield (Sep 9, 2014) is a beautiful collection of worship songs that feels more like a worship set than an album. Tell us a little about Kathryn Scott. What’s happening in your life these days? I was born into an incredible Christian home and grew up surrounded by music! Even when I was just a little girl, I knew that Jesus loved me, and I wanted to live the rest of my life in pursuit of Him. I went to the Elim Bible College in England, where I studied…
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  • Bittersweet

    Jason Bedell
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s bittersweet to be having our last Sunday at OLHS tomorrow. 7 years ago I walked in for the first time as a full time staff member (although, I was there for the very first service and it rocked). It was heart-warming to see the level of love, transparency, and grace. And now 7 years later, we bid farewell to a place where people have been baptized, cried, laughed, found healing, seen marriages restored, loved for the first time, and more. I know it’s only brick and mortar, but when family moves from one location to the next, it kind of hits you. In the 16+ years of…
  • You Can Live With Us

    Jason Bedell
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    My daughter Chloe loves the Miller family. They go to our church and she jokes about living with them sometimes. Just the other day she asked, “Can we live with the Millers?!” “No baby, you cannot live with the Millers. We are your family.” “But, I love them too.” “No. You’re our kid. You can visit, but you live here.” Our 4 year old chimed in, “But they’re the best. PLEEEAAASE?!” “No. It’s still no.” But what if the next time they go to the Miller’s house, their dad (and close friend of mine)…
  • Just Keep Swinging Kid

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    While at Kid’s Cove yesterday evening, I witnessed controlled chaos. Kids screaming. Parents searching, while screaming. Laughter abounding. Ring around the rosie. Imaginary ninja battles (I may or may not have started this). Parents chatting it up while joyful kids let loose. It was a sight to be seen. One child though, happened to catch my eye. Well, actually the commotion was heard first, so I swung my head around to see what was happening. An older girl, trying to help what appeared to be her cousin based on conversation, across the monkey bars. He wasn’t having it. He yelled.
  • Seeing The Noah Movie & Why It Matters

    Jason Bedell
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last October at the Catalyst Conference, our staff and 13,000 other leaders had the privilege of seeing the director of the upcoming Noah movie being interviewed. He shared his heart, some of the things he’s learned about the Bible, and his hopes for believers and the conversations people will have because of the film. As I’ve waited for its arrival, social media has erupted in recent weeks over this post, warning people of faith about the film. Some of the quotes via Twitter & Facebook from Christians: I cannot believe this trash. BOYCOTT!!!!! Who in their right mind would…
  • Bigger. Better. More.

    Jason Bedell
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at four workshops during the Pursue Christian Teen Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carrie and our two girls came along and it was a blast. After each of the workshops, there were those people who came up and said, “You did awesome” or “I really enjoyed that.” A few people even told me, “I was blown away” and “You WOWed us with that! Thank you.” I don’t share that to puff myself up or make myself look good. I share that because there was something about it that made me feel uncomfortable. I…
 
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  • What If I Am A Narcissistic Leader?

    Tim Stevens
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    This is the third of a three-part article on narcissistic pastors. I encourage you to read part one, “Mark Driscoll and Other Narcissistic Leaders” followed by “So I Work for a Narcissistic Leader, Now What?” before continuing.You may have determined that you possess many of the strengths, and perhaps some of the weaknesses of a narcissistic leader. Perhaps you are the type of person that can see a future that is better than the present, you can rally a crowd to your vision, and you can tenaciously move others toward building your dream. But perhaps you also get feedback from your…
  • So I Work For a Narcissist...Now What?

    Tim Stevens
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    This is the second of a three-part article on narcissistic pastors. I encourage you to read part one, “Mark Driscoll and Other Narcissistic Pastors,” before continuing.Let me quickly remind you of the definition of a narcissistic leader—as put forward by Michael Maccoby in his outstanding book Narcissistic Leaders. He is not using the term from a clinical standpoint, nor as a psychologist. He is using the term to define one of four personality types—this one found many times in people starting and leading large organizations.There are huge strengths—and some corresponding weaknesses…
  • Mark Driscoll and Other Narcissistic Pastors

    Tim Stevens
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve been studying narcissistic pastors for a few years. And so therefore, I’ve been reading everything I can about Mark Driscoll as the drama has been unfolding. First it was accusations of plagiarism, then questionable use of church funds to promote his own book, and most recently bullying. I don’t know Mark, have never been to Mars Hill Church, and have no idea whether the accusations are true or false. But he leads one of the largest churches in the country, helped start the Acts 29 church planting network (from which he was recently kicked out), and is arguably one of the strongest…
  • Moving to Texas

    Tim Stevens
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    On April 8th I did the scariest thing I’ve ever done and turned in my resignation to a place I’d given my life for 20 years. The scary part wasn’t resigning—I had great peace about that—the scary part was doing it without having had one conversation with anyone about a job. Someone told me that was pretty risky. I responded, “There is a fine line between risk and stupidity, and I’m not sure which side of the line I’m on right now.” I just knew, as I left my job, I wanted to honor the people and church I love.My goal in leaving was threefold:Leave wellBurn no bridgesDo…
  • The Next Step

    Tim Stevens
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Some know Louie Giglio as the founder of Passion Conferences, others as an author of this book or this one, and some as a pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta. He closes the 2014 Global Leadership Summit with some good thoughts...A lot of times as a leader I don't feel like I know what I'm doing.You don't have to know everything about how to get to the top of the mountain in front of you in order to take the next step.Every leader knows that life is short. This is what gives us the urgency to lead people who don't have that urgency.You don't have to figure out the rest of your life--you…
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  • Worship Team Administration 101: 5 tips to solve the details dilemma

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Photo credit: Pierre J. Creative Commons license. No matter the size of your church or worship team, you will have administrative tasks that require diligence. In my book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader, I make the argument that the job of being a worship leader is beyond being in front of people as you lead them in music. You all know this. However, how do you deal with the details and still remain an artist? This where the hat of the administrator must either be worn, shared, or given away. It is the task who requires hidden work, yet visible results. Imagine if no one shows up for…
  • Providence: Your story is weaved into something bigger than you

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    CC attribution. Photo via Flickr: Domiriel "Red Thread"  A while ago I wrote a song and put it in a drawer and forgot about it. One day it dawned on me that this song was in the voice of a woman. I had the picture of tapestry, of an artist weaving a single thread that makes its mark by how it is thread through the fabric of history. Providence is like this thread. We cannot see the whole picture, but the grand design and fabric might make sense if seen. Often, we will not see on this side of heaven the entire piece of art. However, we can still be connected to the mystery and have…
  • Silencing the modern prophets: Discourse between Christians is not something to be proud of these days.

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    In the news recently, Michael Gungor made some remarks that caused a backlash and disparaging of his character and even his intent. He said that Adam and Eve were not literal people we all came from, and basically that to think so is like believing in Santa Claus. Yes, I strongly do not agree with that part of what he claims. Even some scientists appear to disagree with him when you consider genetic studies that propose a “Mitochondrial Eve” existed–albeit not one they would claim is the Eve of Genesis. Yes, Gungor’s tone admittedly was defensive. But, why would Gungor not be…
  • Five Tips for Massively Productive Worship Rehearsals!

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Yes, you know you hate to love these top-five or top-ten lists. One fact I state clearly before I teach leaders and worship leaders is that I have made many mistakes over many years of leading music and worship. The list I below comes from such real-world experience. I know the ideas may not be news to many of you. But, having the basics articulated for both yourself as the leader and your team greatly improves your game. Also, teams need to have unity. Unity must be intentional, not randomly executed. Here are five simple tips will massively produce better results if attended and…
  • Creative Leadership: Ten Questions To Challenge Your Thinking

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Flicker photo by Véronique Debord-Lazaro I have some questions for you my friends and readers out there. The reason I have been blogging for so long–almost 9 years now–is the dialog with real people. I have prepared sermons, found places to visit and changed my thinking because of the encounters I have had with you. This topic is for us "creatives" out there.You know that term “creative” is an interesting one. I like it better than “artsy” and it represents more than performing arts. There are programmers, business people and charity workers who are creatives. This tribe is…
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  • 3 Things That Must Sync Together Or Ministry Will #FAIL

    Bill Reichart
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Out of balance. Missing the mark. A lost element. Those are phrases that can often describe our ministry and churches. Our church or ministry may be strong in one area of focus, but woefully lacking in another. Sometimes as a church we can emphasize and be strong in one area, at the expense of putting importance on other important facets.For a church to be complete it must hold true to three important elements. Like three legs of a stool, there can be no strength or integrity if any one of these elements is missing.  Here are the three:Orthodoxy - Right belief. The Bible is the Word of…
  • APP Of The Week - WordLens

    Bill Reichart
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection and it's FREE!Listen to Lifehacker describe it:WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now. WordLens made waves back in 2010 because its iPhone…
  • The Hope That Is The Mission Of The Church

    Bill Reichart
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    "Mission of the church is nothing more or less than the outworking, in the power of the Spirit, of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. It is the anticipation of the time when God will fill the earth with his glory, transform the old heavens and earth into the new, and raise his children from the dead to populate and rule over the redeemed world he has made”- N.T. Wright 
  • The 5 Most Crucial Questions To Ask Of The Bible

    Bill Reichart
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Pastor Timothy Keller from Redeemer Church said these are five questions he asks of a biblical text as he reads it for himself.How can I praise him?How can I confess my sins on the basis of this text?If this is really true, what wrong behavior  what harmful emotions or false attitudes result in me when I forget this? Every problem is because you have forgotten something. What problems are you facing?What should I be aspiring to on the basis of this text?What are you telling me this today.(ht: Provocative Church)
  • This Problem And Difficulty For Pastors May Surprise You

    Bill Reichart
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think of a pastor's ministry challenges a lot of issues perhaps come to mind. Perhaps you think of:Dealing with difficult congregationsWorship warsLeadership challengesFamily/Ministry balanceSpiritual exhaustion and compassion fatigueSermon prep and preachingMany others....But do you think of debt, seminary debt? The debt that comes from preparing the pastor for ministry. This kind of debt is growing and is saddling and burdening many men and women in ministry - becoming a problem that is undermining their effectiveness and ability to carry out the ministry God has called them to.
 
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  • 7 Reasons You Should Review Your Life Insurance Policy

    Jason Topp
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    For some reason a lot of folks think once they buy a life insurance policy they can “set it and forget it” and they don’t give a second thought to asking good questions about their life insurance and addressing their insurance needs. I am a big believer in reviewing your financial plans at least annually, and a thorough look at your annual plan should give you a reason to review your life insurance needs. Figuring that you never have to review your insurance needs is one of the most common misconceptions about life insurance! But, if you don’t review your plan…
  • Your Emergency Fund Is For More Than Emergencies – Believe It!

    Joe
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Patrick and Teresa (fictitious names) were doing well. Or so it seemed. Patrick had a good-paying government job and Teresa was self-employed. They had a mortgage on a nice house and were making payments on a nearly-new car. They carried credit card debt, but “so does everyone,” they reasoned. Then the unexpected happened: Patrick had a heart attack. His prognosis was full recovery, but he would need to miss several months of work. The good news was that he had good health insurance. The not-so-good news was that he had accumulated very few sick days and even fewer vacation days – and…
  • The Parable of the Sower: A New Perspective

    Tim
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s fascinating to read the parables of Jesus because there always seems to be something new that comes from it. That’s how I feel about the parable of the sower. Take a few minutes to read one or more of the accounts: Matthew 13:1-23 Mark 4:1-20 Luke 8:1-15 The parable is simple: the sower (Christ) scatters his seed generously and it ends up on four different types of terrain. Some land on the side of the road, some on rocks, others in thorny soil, and some in good soil. The first three groups of seed die and the seed planted in the good soil flourishes. And we immediately say, “I…
  • The Top 6 Best Rated Banks of 2014 – Is Yours On The list?

    Kevin
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    J.D. Powers released their annual review of the nation’s best banks, the J.D. Power 2014 Retail Banking Ratings. Rather than republishing their findings, we’re going to summarize them here by narrowing down the list to the top rated six regional banks in the US. These six banks were the only ones among dozens of banks – the best of the best in the US – that were rated “among the best” (the highest rating) for all of the criteria in the survey, which includes: Overall Satisfaction Product Offerings Facility Account Information Fees Account Activities Virtually none of the banks…
  • 16 Amazing Websites Designed to Save You Money

    Bob
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone loves saving money, but it isn’t always easy. These websites aim to change that and will help you keep more cash in your wallet. If you know of any other great websites we should be listing here, please let us know in the comments! 1. Swagbucks.com Swagbucks.com enables you to earn free gift cards and rewards for shopping at your favorite stores, searching the web, watching fun videos, playing games, answering surveys, discovering new products, and taking polls.  For more information check out our Swagbucks review. You’ll receive gift cards from your favorite brands,…
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  • Insights into the Zoroastrian Religion

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Really interesting slideshare on another Religion. Check out this slideshare and post your thoughts below on how it relates to Christianity.  Zoroastrian Religion, World Religion ,Persian Religion http://www.slideshare.net 2011-07-12 02:51:11 UTC World Religion,Zoroastrian Religion, Persian Religion Read more …
  • Tweeting and Relationships

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I tweeted this earlier today… “If a relationship ends because expectations were not met, it means that strings were attached and it was never a relationship to begin with.” Needless to say I got lots of reaction. Both in agreement and in disagreement. Twitter is a great place for starting conversation, but not necessarily a great place to continue it, so I thought it would be appropriate to expand my thoughts here. We all are led by convictions, beliefs, morals. These things allow us to be well equipped as we choose who we enter a relationship with. One person I spoke with on…
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  • Good News for Weary Women

    Resurgence
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Elyse Fitzpatrick loves the church and pours herself into it every week. The church isn’t perfect, though, and in this video she confronts the unhealthy messages we often hear from the body of believers. This is a session from the companion DVD to Good News for Weary Women, Elyse’s latest book. In it, Elyse touches on the good and the bad that have come out of feminism, the biblical femininity movement, and well-intentioned teaching on how to be a virtuous woman. These messages all too often put pressure on people to do better and try harder. This is bad news, but the gospel is…
  • Three pillars of a Women’s Midweek Study: teaching, testimonies, and table discussion

    Hilary Tompkins
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Now that you have a Women’s Ministry organized, here are some practical tips for the nitty-gritty details of running a Women’s Midweek Study. Would you rather study your Bible alone, or with other women who love Jesus and want to spend time in his word? Do you enjoy hearing other women’s stories of how they’ve dealt with grief, pain, and other challenges because Jesus has changed them? Does talking about God’s word with other women, digging deeply into Scripture, and hearing how it’s truth can be applied to your daily life sound interesting to you? If your…
  • Top 5 Posts of August

    Resurgence
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    With the close of summer and the quickly approaching autumn, we take a look back at the five most-read posts of the last month. They are listed here in case you missed them, want to savor them again, or hope to share them with friends. #5) How Do we define success in kids’ ministry? By Andrew Weiseth How to measure success in children’s ministry can be a tricky subject. In this post, Andrew Weiseth considers how God made children to grow and learn, and how that redefines this success. #4) Be nice! By Kimm Crandall Christianity is not just about being nice. But what about the…
  • 10 best practices in women’s ministry

    Hilary Tompkins
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    To create a successful women’s ministry, you need to be welcoming, have childcare, and a dedicated team. But most of all, Jesus must be the focus. 1. Make Jesus the point Understand that while we have been entrusted with stewardship, God has ownership. 2. Cast the vision Develop and passionately articulate a compelling vision for women’s ministry that correlates with the vision of your church. 3. Be mission-minded It’s imperative for us to join God in his mission to the people who live and work in our neighborhoods by inviting them to do life with us. The Women’s…
  • Elyse Fitzpatrick Interview

    Resurgence
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Pastor Mark Driscoll interviews author and speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick about her life and latest book, Good News for Weary Women.
 
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  • We got to meet one of our heroes today. Jeanne White, Ryan...

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    We got to meet one of our heroes today. Jeanne White, Ryan White’s mom is here at the Hemophilia Walk! Our life with Easton is possible because of what her family endured, advocated & changed. After all these years, I’m so grateful we got to meet her in person and say thank you. ❤️Ryan’s legacy lives on. His fight is still inspiring, changing and saving lives almost 30 years after he contracted AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion. #humbled #grateful #hemophilia #family #innovation #research #education #bleedingdisorder #hoii (at Fort Harrison State Park)
  • Feelings (via nevver)

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Feelings (via nevver)
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    11 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Join me, @justinblaney and @philcooke on #I4JLIVE as we talk media and communications for churches & nonprofits > i4j.org/comm
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    lifehacks247: For More Posts Like This Follow LifeHacks247 Think different. Don’t look in the same places and talk to the same people. Open your mind. Change the game.
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    nevver: “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein   (cover, Maciej Ratajski) I love the quote and the cover.
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Search vs Organization [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I like to keep my files organized, but it isn’t often until I am further into a project that I realize a better way to organize. So, I re-organize them. Even with all this organization of file folders on my computer, I can still have a hard time sifting through my files to find exactly what I am looking for. I do the same with my email, and when I’ve asked others how they organize their email, they simple say: I use search. How do you organize your computer files? Desktop computers are getting better about being able to search for files—even adding the ability to tag…
  • Premium WordPress Themes by 7Theme [GIVEAWAY]

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Looking for a new premium WordPress theme, but you’ve searched through all the usual suspects and would like something new and fresh? Maybe it’s time you took a look at this new find—7Theme. 7Theme offers over 100 themes and many different basic WordPress services that may be of interest to you. There is one thing I know you’ll be interested in, and it’s the 3 7Theme premium WordPress themes we’re giving away! 7Themes Here are a few reasons you might want to consider 7Themes for your next purchase: All themes are developed in “debug mode.” All themes are…
  • Learning from the Church Tech Saints Before Us

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Technology is always moving forward. It’s always looking forward. In fact, as I write this, everyone is talking about today’s Apple event where they will announce and display the newest bit of technology. By its very nature, technology is always knocking on the future’s door. But what about old technology? Some of us call it ‘retro,’ reminisce a little and move on to the next new thing. But I am afraid we have left principles and concepts laid down by the saints before us; those early adopters of technology. We are always talking about the newest and latest trend, but…
  • Amazing Audio Illusion [Video]

    Eric Dye
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve always thought that optical illusions were cool, but I had no idea there was such a thing called an ‘audio illusion!’ Seriously. After watching this video, your mind will be blown… “Just like there are optical illusions, there is also “audio illusion” or “acoustical illusion”. This one is called Shepard Tone. When a number of octave notes are played at the same time, the average human ear will simply hear the one note, closest to the last pitched sound it heard, as opposed to differentiating and splitting that sound into its singular octave…
  • Hubbble — Favorite Tweets In Your Inbox

    Eric Dye
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you favorite tweets on Twitter? For the longest time I didn’t, but then I realized it was a great way to show others that you’re listening and paying attention, without having to retweet everything. Someone mentions you, hit the favorite star. Someone says something funny, hit the favorite star. It’s been a nice bridge between the gap of enjoying a tweet without any kind of recognition, retweeting, or replying. But what if the favorite star did a little more than that? Check out Hubbble. That’s with three b’s, so not this: Or this: No, I am talking…
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    Creative News Blog

  • Mangalsutra

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    There are lots of online Indian jewelry websites that women wear on them but not all are important. For most of them, they are just for beauty and to show elegance. But there is one piece of jewelry that is very important to a Hindu lady. This is the Mangalsutra. This ornament is mainly used in weddings as it is very important. According to the Indian and Hindu culture, the mangalsutra is a symbol of marriage and at the end of their marriage; the lady loses the right to wear it on her neck. It is offered by the husband during the time of the marriage. The aim of having it is that the lady…
  • The quick loan system that you need

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    If you have wondered where to get a quick loan then your place is Pikavippimeri. You can find all sorts of loans for most of the people’s needs here. The loan systems starts offering from simple loans that don’t need much processing to complex loans that are huge and involves your effort. The best part about Pikavippimeri is that all the loans provided here are quick. The speed is the strength of this system. Portability. Personal computer laptops the size of a best-selling novel. Telephone and paging devices that fit in the palm of your hand. A data storage system in the shape of a…
  • Chronic Kidney Disease and its Treatment

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Chronic kidney disease is a condition where the kidneys have stopped working at their full capacity. This is the situation where the kidney is not able to discharge it functions fully and instead, they are somehow clogged. This condition occurs over a period of months and can go unnoticed for several months. This is because it affects the body from the inside. By the time it is noticed, it is almost in its fatal stage and thus fast action is required. Whenever you take your pet to the vet, the first thing he/she will do is examine the pet. These examination or tests help in establishing the…
  • Internet Marketing-Best Choice for a Business

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Are you a business owner who wants to easily market your products? Then it is the high time you start learning about internet marketing in order to do it yourself. It is very easy to do the job since it does not require a lot of time, just wits, The only thing you require is to attend one internet marketing conference. This is a conference that is set to enhance the ability of a business to gain more profits through the internet sales. The internet marketing conference is held to provide solutions to the fading profits by companies. One most popular internet marketing conference is the SEO…
  • Tradition of Ibiza – Huge Heritage

    admin
    17 Aug 2013 | 3:24 pm
    BECOME PART OF TRADITION tradition (Photo credit: Morgaine) The municipalities of Ibiza celebrate their local saint’s day by holding religious processions, performing traditional dance and by generously exchanging island pastries, of which the most famous are the bunuelos and orelletes (lemon-flavored fitters). The tourists and travelers are most welcome to these traditional festivals for these are held at the time of summer at wells and springs. The locals and the visitors are entertained to the tribal island folk dance, which has been passed to these tribes from their descendants. People…
 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • A Bike Race Brings the Difference Down

    Mark Wilson
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    A poem I write in honor of Hayward's Chequamegon Fat Tire FestivalAmid cheers of loved ones, out-of-towners, and smatterings of localscongregated on Main Street's crowded side, The vast Bicycle Armada glides.Two thousand five hundred, did I hear?Sailing furiously down Main StreetInto wooded wilderness.Two thousand five hundred look-alikesOn fat tired bikes.But they, themselves seem neither fat nor tired (yet!)Hunched over handlebars, determinedThe helmeted hopefuls flyIn wild-eyed animation.Wave after wave, the countless waves go byinspiring awe, and even tears from sidewalk…
  • Build a Little Fence of Trust Around Today

    Mark Wilson
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    I referred to the following experience in my book, Filled Up, Poured Out: How God's Spirit Can Revive Your Passion and Purpose.  It holds deep meaning for me. One day, after making a hospital visit in Duluth, Minnesota, I was drawn by the spire of the old First Presbyterian Church. A kind secretary opened up the sanctuary for me to sit and pray for a while.Gazing around, my eyes fell upon a beautiful stained glass window. It was the picture of a gravestone with dark purple and black hues overshadowing it. But at the top of the window, squarely in the center of a black night, shone a…
  • On the Demise of an Angry Minister

    Mark Wilson
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    poison in his braina volcanic couldronboiling beneath pastoral toil.one cannot force bitterness down.it erupts sooner or later, violentlyto the pity and slight suprise of those around,who shake their heads in dark dismay.cluck their tongues and sadly say,he saved others, but himself, he cannot save.
  • Worry Sinks the Boat

    Mark Wilson
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Anxiety pokes a hole in the bottom of the boat.  If you don't plug the hole, your spirit will sink.I have faced many problems and difficult situations in life, and have never found one that improved with worry.  Worry only multiplies negative energy.Think about it for a moment.  If you worry about something bad that doesn't happen, you expend emotional energy needlessly.  If you worry about something bad that DOES happen, you expend emotional energy twice -- on both ends of the problem.Why not just let things unfold -- and conserve your emotional energy until you actually…
  • When Earth Born Clouds Arise

    Mark Wilson
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    I ran across the phrase, "earth born clouds" in John Keble's classic book of poetry, The Christian Year, based on The Book of Common Prayer.Keble, a 19th Century Anglican, was trying to connect his church liturgy with common language of the heart.Here's the phrase I read that captured me:Sun of my soul, Thou Savior, dear.It is not night if Thou be near.Oh! May no earth born clouds ariseto hide thee from thy servant's eyes.I've been pondering -- what are the earth born clouds that keep us from seeing Jesus? What is the hazy mist that obscures our vision?Here are…
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • A La Carte (September 17)

    Tim
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals: Love or Die (a great little book!) by Alexander Strauch ($3.99); Preparing Expository Sermons by Ramesh Richard ($1.99); The Cell’s Design by Fazale Rana ($2.99); Faith and Learning by David Dockery ($2.99); and three books by C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity ($4.27); The Great Divorce ($4.27); A Grief Observed ($2.99). Gospel Affection - Joe Thorn offers 10 practical ways to show love to one another in the church. “Consider what follows a simple encouragement to press into a life of love in practical ways. A life God has called us to,…
  • Built On a Single Behavior

    Tim
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I have found that for short stretches of time I can convince myself that I am being faithful to God if I define faithfulness in terms of only one behavior.” That is an insight from Nate Larkin, author of Samson and the Pirate Monks, and I think he is on to something. We all have a desire to be seen as good and faithful and righteous, yet we cannot deny that we are bad and unfaithful and unrighteous. We are neither who nor what we want to be. Our lack of faithfulness leaves us in a predicament. Either we deal with it by crying out to One who can forgive and redeem us, or we…
  • A La Carte (September 16)

    Tim
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    What’s All this Gospel-Centered Talk About? - Dane Ortlund: “As far as I can tell the phrase is used in two basic ways. One way is to view all of life in light of the gospel. We’ll call this a gospel-centered worldview. The other is to view Christian progress as dependent on the gospel. We’ll call this gospel-centered growth.” Social Media and the Panda Predicament - You will probably be able to identify with this panda predicament. The Coffee Nap - I’m really bad at napping (and sleep in general), but this still sounds worth trying. Little Boys With…
  • Should We Kiss Evangelism Goodbye? A Post by Jonathan K. Dodson

    Tim
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Jonathan K. Dodson is the founding pastor of City Life church in Austin, Texas. His new book is The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (resource website here). In the Huffington Post, writer Cindy Brandt recently declared she “kissed evangelism goodbye.” Many have joined her in the break up. According to one survey, two out of every three active Christians today have all but abandoned evangelism. In slight contrast, another study noted marginal rises in evangelism but concluded, “we need a lot more evangelizing going on…” Regardless of how the statistics shake out,…
  • A Failure of Worship

    Tim
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I find addiction, and the bondage of addiction, to be very difficult to understand. It seems like overcoming addiction should be so simple, and especially for the Christian: Instead of doing that thing, how about next time you just don’t do that thing? Instead of opening that bottle, keep it closed. Instead of buying those pills, buy some groceries. Instead of typing in that web site, type in a different web site. Instead of walking through the doors of the casino, choose not to even go near the casino. If only it was so simple. To treat addiction so simply is to misunderstand its…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Give the Blessing of Rebuke

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    One of the most loving things you can do for someone is tell them when they’re wrong. While it’s tough enough to embrace the blessing of rebuke when you find yourself the recipient of some corrective word, the work that can be even more difficult is initiating that awkward moment, and carrying through, on loving someone enough to call them out. “If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one,” says Don Carson, “it is harder still to administer one in loving humility” (Matthew, 456). But however difficult it may be, if we really believe that we all are sinners, and that…
  • Was Richard Dawkins Right?

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” Richard Dawkins recently tweeted the above in response to a woman who wondered what she should do about her unborn child with Down syndrome. Of course that is an obscene statement and people all over the world responded. Here is how he summarized those arguments: I am being bombarded with pictures of Down’s children, with descriptions of how adorable and affectionate they are, and how rewarding to look after in spite of the difficulties. This seems to be our primary means of arguing with…
  • The Books Boomers Will Never Read

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Starting January 1, 2011, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day until December 31, 2029. The boomers were born from 1946 to 1964. I am almost the oldest (January 11, 1946). Only 100,000 of 70,000,000 ahead of me. Most of the political commentary about the movement of this massive generation through the 20th century has related to its culture-shaping habits, and more recently to its ominous drain on Social Security. But one of the forerunners (by seven years) touched a nerve not many think about. Ted Kooser, America’s Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006, wakened one of many sorrows that…
  • Why Your Happiness Is So Important to God

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    No one puts it as bluntly as Blaise Pascal in his Pensées: All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves. There you are. Warrior, pacifist, suicide, sluggard, workaholic; if you’re a human, you’re a hedonist. You can try to deny it, but you can’t change it. If you…
  • What If the Worst Happens?

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I found myself growing fearful. Not a heart-stopping, all-encompassing fear, but the kind of constant gnawing that occurs when you look at the discouraging trends of the present and assume things will never change. When you think about the future and wonder, “What if the worst happens?” What if. I’ve spent a lifetime considering the “what ifs.” Those questions have a way of unsettling me, destroying my peace, leaving me insecure. People in the Bible were uneasy about “what if” questions, too. When told to lead the Israelites, Moses asked God, “What if they don’t believe…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Six Ways We Can Improve Our Challenging Relationships

    webteam
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    As Christians, when we hit a rough patch in our marriages or relationships, what is our first reaction? Do we blame the other person and spend all our time trying to fix them? Or do we rely on God’s commands to work in our own hearts and change our situation? In part 4 of our series Meant to Be, Pastor Steven, and his wife, Holly, shared personal examples, scriptural insight, and six ways we can allow God to work in our everyday relational challenges.
  • Elevation Creative: What is Love?

    webteam
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    How do we define a word that covers anything from sex to long-term commitment, and everything in-between? The Bible says love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. But, just for fun, our Creative team thought we should gather a few more opinions on the topic. Here’s our serious discussion with some not-so-serious experts answering the question, “What is love?”
  • The Power Words Have In Our Relationships

    webteam
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all know that words are powerful. And, once spoken, they can never be taken back. And we can be so quick use our words as a weapon in our relationships. But they can have the inverse effect as well. In this clip from our sermon series Mr. and Mrs. Better Half, Pastor Steven shows us through the story of Abigail what it means to speak life into our situation and bring the hope of Christ into any relationship.
  • Why Our Marriages Fall Apart

    webteam
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health . . . These are the vows we take when we get married – but in our current culture we don’t always understand the depth of the covenant we’re making. In marriage, two are supposed to become one. So why do so many couples struggle with staying together? In part 3 of our series Meant To Be, Pastor Steven explains four ways our life-long relationships are challenged – and shows us how building an anointed marriage begins with the debt-canceling grace of Jesus.
  • Elevation Creative: Say Something

    webteam
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s exciting to get caught up in the thrill of a new relationship. But what happens when a relationship that started so well suddenly gets complicated? How can we weather the ups and downs without losing confidence in who we are in Christ? We opened Week 2 of our sermon series Meant to Be with a cover of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” supported by a short film showing the contrast between the rush of new love and the crush of heartbreak.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Hope Reborn available NOW on Kindle for instant purchase

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Earlier today Amazon UK and USA both released Hope Reborn – How To Become a Christian and Live For Jesus. Purchase the Kindle edition on Amazon UK  and Amazon USA MORE ABOUT HOPE REBORN Read a free sample chapter Request an evaluation copy Read the endorsements Watch some related sermons Purchase from our USA or UK partners Purchase on Amazon USA Purchase on Amazon UK  The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • “People are often saved through a fragment of truth. What comes next is vital” Terry Virgo

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    One of the most fatal errors in church ministry would be to assume that people who respond to the gospel on a Sunday morning or at an evangelistic meeting fully understand what they are doing. For many of them, the response is an emotional one to a piece of truth that resonated with them. To [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Become more confident in explaining the Gospel

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Today I wanted to share some comments from others about another key purpose we had in writing Hope Reborn. Over the years at Jubilee we have come to realize that the single best evangelistic resource a church has is people who have themselves encountered Jesus and been changed by him. Often such people are enthusiastic [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Mark Driscoll encourages us to point people to Jesus

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    The Gospel itself is more scandalous than any of the recent controversies that have embroiled Mark Driscoll. The Gospel is the scandal that God loves sinners like you and me. The Gospel is the scandal that he keeps loving us when we fall. The Gospel is the scandal that no matter how low you fall, [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • “Don’t Get Over the Gospel” Ann Voskamp

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    For the next few days I am going to share some things that others have made about my new book Hope Reborn, and use them to help explain why I am so excited about the book, which is just days away now from general release in the UK and USA. I will begin with Ann [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Check Out Delta Spirit: Into the Wide

    Steve McCoy
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    I've been mentioning this new album around social media lately and want so bad for everyone to check it out. Delta Spirit: Into the Wide ($6.99). I've enjoyed all their past albums and I've seen them in concert. Amazing live band. With all my praise in the past, they've outperformed my expectations. I LOVE this album.I will have a review or response or something here or at CaPC at some point. But for now, just pick it up and let me know what you think.
  • Lots-o-Links 9.3.14

    Steve McCoy
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    WTSBooks.com has a big sale on Kindle books, including these for $1.99 each...Systematic Theology by John Frame ($45 book!)Ministries of Mercy by Tim KellerThe Shepherd Leader by Tim WitmerPuritan Papers Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4, Vol 5 ed. J.I. Packer (Fantastic vols with essays/lectures on Puritans on various topics. I've used these for years.) What A War Artist Brings To War (Richard Johnson)I’m heading back to Afghanistan this week to spend some time with the U.S. International Security Assistance Force troops overseeing the end of combat. As I was packing it all up…
  • Music Monday 9.1.14

    Steve McCoy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    <--STREAMING FREE-->Ryan Adams: Ryan AdamsJustin Townes Earle: Single MothersBlonde Redhead: Barragan<--CHEAP-->Alt-J: An Awesome Wave ($5)The Decemberists: The King Is Dead ($5)<--COMING SOON-->Delta Spirit, one of my favorite bands, one of my favorite live bands, and has a new album releasing on 9.9 -- Into the Wide (pre-order for $6.99 and get 3 songs now). I've requested and received a review copy and I'm enjoying it a lot. At this point it is feeling like it will end up being my favorite DS album. My favorite song so far is "Push It," which is one of the…
  • New Music Tuesday 8.26.2014

    Steve McCoy
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    There are two new albums I bought this week. Two in one week is rare for me. Both are a lot of fun to listen to and are getting great reviews. I suggest you pick'em up!
  • Music Monday 8.25.14

    Steve McCoy
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    BUY TODAY --> The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers | CD with free download is same cost as download only. This album is a lot of fun, as are all TNP albums. And don't let the name scare you. It's from the mouth of a preacher. This music is really good and really fun.GOOD MUSIC --> After the Video Music Awards last night I needed some real music. Whether you watched or not, here's real music. St. Paul and the Broken Bones with two live Take Away Shows. Amazing. First is the title track of their album Half the City and then an Otis Redding cover, "I've Been Loving You."
 
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    Worship Matters

  • Prepare Him Room – A Video Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    This is the third video we put together in anticipation of our upcoming Christmas album, Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song, due out Sept. 29. It’s the title track, Prepare Him Room, and was written by Rebecca Elliott and Dave Fournier. They started it at our songwriter retreat back in January and after a number of revisions came up with the current version. The lyrics are loosely based on Luke 2:25-35, where Simeon meets the newborn Christ. The last line added to the song was this one in vs. 3: “Through the cradle, cross, and grave see the love of God…
  • Do I Lead To Impress or To Serve?

    Bob Kauflin
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    One of the things I’ve enjoyed about moving to Louisville two years ago and helping to plant Sovereign Grace Church is the opportunity to train interns from Southern Seminary and Boyce College. I meet weekly with a group from each school to talk theology, focus on heart issues, and work on music and leadership skills. They also serve on Sundays and help out with Sovereign Grace Music. Young musicians and leaders are often overly self-conscious and nervous. While confidence comes with experience, we don’t want to overcome self by becoming more assured in ourselves. So one of  my…
  • He Who is Mighty – Video Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I know it’s a little early to be talking about Christmas songs, but the last few weeks I’ve been listening to the tracks of our upcoming album, Prepare Him Room. I am so excited for you to hear these songs. We’ll be releasing the digital album on Sept 29 (not Sept 1 as I previously wrote) and the physical CD at the same time. As I explained in an earlier post, this album came about through the request of my good friend, Marty Machowski. He had written an Advent curriculum and devotional, Prepare Him Room, and wondered if we wanted to record an album to accompany it.
  • Songs from WorshipGod14: TRIUNE

    Bob Kauflin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    We just wrapped up the last session of WorshipGod14: TRIUNE, where we spent 3 days exploring the depths, joys, and significance of worship the God who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Spirit. I’m so grateful for the folks who made it all possible as well as the people who made sacrifices to attend. We all know God better than we did three days ago. I’ll be posting a summary of the conference in the coming weeks, but here’s the list of the songs we sang. Not surprisingly, a lot of them specifically reference the Trinity in some way. Click on the title to access…
  • Who Would Have Dreamed – Christmas Album Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We released our first Christmas album, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man, in 2006. A few years ago I started thinking we should do another one. After all, we can never have too many songs that help us reflect on and celebrate the wonder of Jesus becoming Emmanuel, God with us. So I was intrigued last fall when my good friend, Marty Machowski, asked if Sovereign Grace Music would be interested in producing a Christmas album to accompany an Advent curriculum he had written. After a few conversations with Marty and his publisher, New Growth Press, we decided it would be a…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • The Parables New Sermon Series

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    This past Sunday we started a new sermons on the Parables. I gave out a 3 wk reading plan so we can be reading together on the parables (Notice Day 3 should be Matt. 13 not Matt.4) Looking forward to how an earthly story has a heavenly meaning.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Good Advice From a Friend.

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I love this article from my friend, Rick R. Lead guy at Fairmount Christian. If you know someone are are this person ...seek help. Great advice.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • In Defense of the Small Church.

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I love the church. I love the church no matter her size. Sometimes the Small Church takes a hit. I was reading the latest July/August Outreach magazine ....It had a Resource Guide for Small Church America. (Well worth the price of this issue)The Stats and info were a wake up Call.Here is a sample:About 63 Million people of 20.4 percent of the population attend church each Sunday - American Sociological ReviewThe Average Church attracts fewer than 90 adults on a typical weekend. 60% of protestant churches have 100 or fewer adults on a typical weekend. Just 2% of churches attract more than 1…
  • Minister Evaluation Form Sample

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
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  • Oak Hill Camp Jr. 2 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Wednesday List Lynx still prowls the office here after dark. Welcome to this week’s link list to those of you who didn’t already have it automatically download to their phone. T.D. Jakes has two syndicated television projects in development, one a daily show, the other a weekly. At age 14, she was taken from her family and given to an ISIS commander as a bride. Then she and a friend escaped. It’s called Lateral leadership, defined as “leading your peers, those you serve alongside but don’t report to, and they don’t report to you either.” Pope Francis…
  • “I’m Fine — Not”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Guest Post Today I want to introduce you to Diane Lindstrom who blogs at Nice One Nana!  To read this at source, click the title below. The Fog of a Broken Heart Apparently, the two most common lies are “I’m fine” and “It’s OK.” Casual conversation seems to trap us into a practiced script that alienates us from exposing the truth about who and how we really are. It’s difficult to be honest with others because to do so, we need to believe that others care and that it will be safe to expose the restlessness in our spirits, without fear of rejection. A young woman walked into the…
  • Poetic License or Errant Theology? You Decide

    paulthinkingoutloud
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Going through our archives, I thought I’d pay a return visit today to Tom Lawson at the (mostly) worship blog, Adorate to see what he’s written more recently. I Don’t Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary While criticism of contemporary worship music is sometimes fully justified, I’m baffled that older gospel songs seem insulated from such scrutiny.  The truth is hymns, gospel songs, and contemporary worship music all have their fair share of either shallow, silly or even wholly heretical (a phonetic oxymoron) lyrics. We ought to stop longing for A Mansion over the…
  • Remembering Our Friend

    paulthinkingoutloud
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    She blew into our community a few years ago like a breath of fresh wind. We got to know her as a worship leader in one of our area churches. There was something about Toshi that was simply different and not just her unusual name. So yesterday, when word went out that God had taken her home after a 17-month battle with cancer, a lot of people were asking, “Why?”  No matter what answers to the why questions I might pretend to hold, I found myself joining them. Diagnosed just days after her wedding to John, they spent their entire married life together under the cloud of her…
  • Forthcoming: The Rise of ISIS by Jay Sekulow

    paulthinkingoutloud
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has written a 128-page book that answers many of the questions you may have about what’s going on in the Mid-East. The book is being published by Howard Publishing on October 14th in both print and eBook. Here’s the publisher blurb: Jay Sekulow, one of America’s most influential attorneys, closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas, explains their objectives and capabilities and how, if left undefeated, their existence could unleash a genocide of historic proportions. Recently, the world has been…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Proverbs Bible Lesson: God Gives Us Everything

    Kelly Henderson
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    The following lesson is from a Proverbs series our entire church is studying.  The lesson was used for a small group of children ranging from 6-10.  The children discover that we can have an attitude of generous giving when we remember that God has given us everything. Bible Story Title: Proverbs-God gives us everything Scripture: Proverbs 11:24-25; Proverbs 10:22 and other selected Scripture passages Target Age Group: Ages 5-11 (K-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, copies of word search and coloring page, journal…
  • Noah’s Ark Activity Worksheets for Children

    Reader Submitted
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    This 4 page set of activity sheets about Noah’s Ark was shared with our readers by Jason from Bible Story Cartoons.His website sells Bible activity sheets that can be downloaded for children’s ministry or Sunday School. He sent this free samples to post on our website for our readers. Click on the preview image to download these free Noah and the Ark printables. Included in the download are four individual worksheets: Noah’s Ark Word Find, Story Review Matching, Bible Verse Letter Find, and Color By Number. We hope you enjoy this resource. If you want to see more, be sure to…
  • Rose Object Lesson for Kids Church

    Mimi Bullock
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Even young kids know how sweet and lovely a rose is! The bible describes the Lord as rose in the Song of Solomon,I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” (Song of Solomon 2:1) This object lesson allows you kids to see and smell the “beauty of the Lord.” By demonstrating with a rose object lesson, you will teach children the beauty of Jesus and His holiness. It’s the ideal lesson for kids in senior children’s church. Rose Object Lesson Supplies: Rose, vase of water, tissue paper Prepare: Without touching the bloom, remove the thorns carefully. Place the roses in a vase…
  • A is for Adam Coloring Page & Letter Practice

    Reader Submitted
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    This free coloring sheet and activity page was sent in by Matt from ArtistXero Creations. His website sells digital coloring sheet download, but he wanted to share a sample here for our readers. Click on the image to the right to download this free PDF of “A is for Adam.” We hope you enjoy this resource. If you want more, you can buy the whole set on his website. Besides the ABCs of the Bible series, he has many more coloring sheets for different Bible characters. For more of his artwork, you might enjoy the Saga of Samuel.     Related posts: Adam and Eve Coloring Pages…
  • 6 Things a New Children’s Pastor Should Do

    Mimi Bullock
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Congratulations, new children’s pastor! The local church needs you and decided that you were the perfect match for their kids. Before you take the reins and hold your first service, make sure you do these six things. It is important to assess the current status of the ministry before you plan your next kids’ crusade or event; this checklist will help! By laying a solid foundation or shoring up an existing one, you’ll build something that lasts and lasts. 1. Meet with current teachers and volunteers individually and ask questions. Talk about what they have enjoyed and what they would…
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    Man of Depravity

  • A Theology of Place (Why We Bought a House in the Place I Didn’t Want to Live)

    Tyler
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Two years ago I moved my wife Rose to my hometown of Salem, Oregon, taking her away from a city we loved, Portland, Oregon. It’s hard to explain why we did this other than by saying God pushed us where we didn’t want to go. And when God speaks, you follow. Opening the front door to our house for the first time! I imagined the move to be a 3-5 year sort of thing. A chance to gain some church ministry experience in some different areas than I had previously. But in the process of going to this place we didn’t want to go, God began to change our hearts and our perspective.
  • How to Overcome the Obstacle of Insecurity

    Tyler
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Note from Tyler: Today’s post is from Jonathan Malm. Outside of being the creative force behind many church stage and platform designs (which is what we have interacted about in the past), Jonathan is a creative thinker who desires to serve the church. Jonathan just released his first book and wrote about that process for all of you to read about today. I was sitting at my desk, considering how great my job is, the day my boss called me to his office to fire me. “We love you and we’ve really enjoyed working with you. We think you’re a great person. And we wish we didn’t have…
  • My Video Podcasting Debut

    Tyler
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    You don’t get a chance to see my face too often. I keep this blog primarily devoted to the written word. Today, however, I thought I’d share a video podcast I recently did with the good folks at Goodberry. In the conversation we touch on subjects like why I became a pastor, why I’m so focused on my generation, and what it means to live a holy life. Hope this is helpful for you. I should have thrown in some humor but we did this at 8am on my day off, so cut me some slack (If you are reading this in an email or RSS feed, click here to watch the video)  Share on Tumblr
  • The Church and White Privilege

    Tyler
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Two pictures of racial tensions in the US, taken 50 years apart. History may view this statement as hyperbole, but I’ll go for it anyway: The events taking place in Ferguson are a watershed moment for racial reconciliation (or the lack thereof) in America. And if the church stands idly by as this watershed moment takes place the Gospel will be further relegated to a place of obscurity within that same culture. Thankfully, the church of Jesus Christ has leaders who are speaking up, and guiding us with wisdom. One of those leaders is Matt Chandler. He is one of the most influential…
  • Shortcuts are Detrimental to Your Soul

    Tyler
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    I spend around 15-20 hours praying, studying, and writing anytime I’m scheduled to speak at our church on a Sunday morning. Inevitably, I run into all sorts of hurdles. It’s difficult to stay motivated for the finish line when the beginning process feels like an insurmountable mountain. After I’ve studied and determined an outline I write out the whole message into a manuscript. Usually about a page and a half in I’m looking for shortcuts. 2 or 3 hours into typing and the ideas seem to flow less quickly. I begin to feel less confident in the arc of the message…
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    ChurchForFamily Sermons

  • Life Between Sundays: 1 When You’re Stuck

    paulwnewell
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness…
  • Summer Blockbusters 8: Towering Inferno – Your “But Even If” Moment

    paulwnewell
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness…
  • Summer Blockbusters: Part 7, The Real Game of Thrones

    paulwnewell
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness…
  • Summer Blockbusters: 6 Rich Man Poor Man: How To Succeed At Failing

    paulwnewell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness…
  • Summer Blockbusters: 5 When You’re Up Against the Wall: Facing Your Jericho

    paulwnewell
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - 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 Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Relationships Think Evangelism Go Witness…
 
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    Cameron Smith Creative

  • ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
  • The Experience

    admin
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
  • Beautiful Storytelling

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Wow… this is storytelling at it’s finest. Bravo, Starbucks for making this move and telling the story of these folks in such a powerful way. I learned a LOT as a storyteller in these 5 minutes.
  • Breaking Through

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Have you ever been in a brainstorming session and just feel like you’ve run head on into a solid brick wall? I know I have. In fact, it seems to happen quite frequently. For me and my team, the typical brainstorm session looks like this: 1st 10 minutes – LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS. 2nd 10 minutes – SOME good ideas. And then…….slowly…..but surely….. the ideas begin to fade. We get stuck. We hit the wall and silence falls over the room. Now what? For me, this can often be the_most_painful experience in my job. I loathe these moments. Not only because they can…
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    Kevin Campbell

  • VIDEO: God Always Answers Hunger

    Kevin Campbell
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    If you missed this past Sunday at Elevate Church, you really missed something great!  Shaun Nibert shared a message about prayer and his personal prayer experiences.  You can watch this message below. Also, join us this Sunday at 6pm for a night of prayer and worship at our Elevate Offices – For You & For The City! One of my favorite quotes from the message was – “God always answers HUNGER!” If you will take time to get hungry for God, He will FILL YOU UP and satisfy the deepest parts of your soul. I love Shaun and I am so grateful God brought him to Elevate and…
  • 21 Days Of Prayer Starts TODAY!

    Kevin Campbell
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Join us today to start the 21 Days of Prayer at Elevate Church! Below you will find a Scripture verse and prayer for WEEK 1 of our three weeks of focused prayer. You can also follow the daily Scriptures and prayers on our Facebook Page. Anything great God wants to do through us in this CITY will START because of a group of people willing to PRAY for the CITY! Join us on this journey at Elevate: WEEK ONE: Day 1: Matthew 4:4 Pray that today you will be filled by words from the mouth of God and not from this world. Day 2: Jeremiah 33:2-3 Call out to God right now with you deepest pains – ask…
  • HUGE Fall Coming At Elevate

    Kevin Campbell
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Hello Elevate Family, We are getting ready for a GREAT season at Elevate. Here are three ways to be a part of what God is doing: 1) Join a Connect Group that starts the week of September 28th. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will PROVE to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).One of the primary identifiers that we belong to Jesus is by being in fellowship with each other. Connect Groups are THE way to grow in love for each other and receive the help when we need it! Every group is going through a study called Be The Message. We will find out practical ways to live…
  • What’s LOVE Got To Do With It?

    Kevin Campbell
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Sunday we continued our For The City movement talking about LOVE. Everyone needs it but few really understand it. Every relationship needs love like a person needs oxygen. Check out this week’s message about what LOVE really is and the greatest proof love has ever given: What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: The ONE Thing Every Person Needs! Faith Greater Than Goliath For The City Launches August 24th
  • The ONE Thing Every Person Needs!

    Kevin Campbell
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We continued our FOR THE CITY movement on Sunday talking about the ONE thing every person at Elevate and in our city needs – HOPE!  Every person uses someone or something as an anchor through the highs & lows of life. Read Hebrews 6:18-20 about the only real anchor there is: God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the HOPE set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an ANCHOR for the SOUL, firm & secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our…
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Which is the most popular TED lecture? Ever

    siskin
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Do you know who is the most popular TED lecturer ever? He beats the second-most popular by more than 50%, and 9 million views. His name is not Bono or Gates. (See top-20 list.) He’s a British educationalist – Sir Ken Robinson. His contention is that creativity is as important as literacy. Watch his TED lecture below to learn why, and to notice what makes him such a good communicator, using storytelling and humor. Most of us, perhaps all of us, were born as creatives. Not surprising, since we are made in the image of God. Often, he claims, it has been educated out of us. There are…
  • Slide presentations that people remember and don’t sleep through

    siskin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    How often have you sat (or slept) through slide presentations that were, well, forgettable confusion? Michael Hyatt is the communication guru who wrote the excellent book Platform – Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Here, he discusses issues in creating slide sets that actually communicate well. Subscribe, share & re-use . . . GET UPDATES BY EMAIL & TWITTER Get our blog posts by email, once or twice a week: Feedburner email | + Feedly RSS or by Twitter: HELP! How Internet Evangelism Day can help YOU and your church. Please help us: complete this short digital outreach…
  • August reading: free ebooks on church, digital ministry and tech

    siskin
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    There sometimes is a free lunch. Here’s a range of free ebooks to download. For some, your ‘payment’ is to sign up for an email newsletter, which of itself may give you further help and guidance. Free eBook: Be The Church: Discipleship & Mission Made Simple, when you sign up Verge Network’s free email updates. Free ebook by Mark Clement: What People Wish Their Pastors Knew About Church. Free when you sign up for his newsletter. Free ebook by Paul Clifford: Tweeting Church when you sign up for his newsletter on right-hand margin of the TrinityDigitalMedia homepage…
  • Saving lives online – Kate turns away from suicide

    siskin
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone is searching for answers. Sometimes the questions are about what to buy or how to fix something. But then at times, they are about serious life issues and even life and death! On March 12th, a young woman Kate*, was going to end her life went online searching for ways to do this. In the process, she ended up in one of the Power to Change online small groups. It was there that Kate was connected with a mentor, who helped her through her crisis during those early days. The mentor then transitioned to helping this woman with her spiritual journey. Kate was hurting, disillusioned by…
  • How you can help silver surfers catch the waves

    siskin
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    There was a time, not so long ago, when web usage in the West was quite low for the over-65 demographic. But no longer, as the infographic below shows. Many of these ‘silver surfers’ are opting for tablets | more. Studies also show that being online has big benefits for older people who live alone, as they can keep in touch with friends and family more effectively, and find online resources to help them. If they have mobility or transport issues, online shopping is also a huge boon. Older people in your church, taking up the Web for the first time, experience a steep learning…
 
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    Brad Lomenick

  • 11 New Books I Highly Recommend

    bradlomenick
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Here are a few new leadership books from friends that I highly recommend: 1. Yes or No- by Jeff Shinabarger 2. Unstoppable- by Christine Caine 3. Row for Freedom- by Julia Immonen 4. The Best Yes- by Lysa TerKeurst  5. Overrated- by Eugene Cho 6. Be the Message- by Kerry Shook  7. Jesus Prom- by Jon Weece 8. Addicted to Busy- by Brady Boyd 9. Life with a Capital L- by Matt Heard 10. The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family- by Kara Powell 11. Life on Mission- by Aaron Coe 
  • Leaders Take the First Step in Relationships

    bradlomenick
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Reach out First. Take the first step. Most of us aren’t “experts” at relationships. Whether dealing with family, friends, co-workers, new acquaintances, or team members, we are all guilty of coming up short. It seems like every day I goof up in the way I relate, communicate, and lead. I’m sure this scenario applies to you right now, or will soon. A business deal gone bad. A conversation that was really tense. A mis-spoken word or hurtful phrase- either directed towards you or from you. Gossip behind your back that you know about, and so does the person who said it.
  • 10 mid week Thoughts for Leaders

    bradlomenick
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    1. Learn it, relearn it, and then learn it again. Just because you are out of school doesn’t mean you quit learning. Be a lifelong learner. 2. Being an “expert” is quickly fading in the current culture. Everyone is an expert these days because of technology and connectivity. Don’t put your hope in being an expert, since now more than ever there is someone else who knows way more than you do. Just constantly get better. Improve daily. 3. We have to reclaim a sense of Biblical understanding, wisdom and practice. Our Biblical illiteracy as a generation is staggering,…
  • One of the Key Questions Smart Leaders Obsess Over

    bradlomenick
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Succession Planning- a key area that smart leaders are thinking about and planning for. One day your church will need a new pastor. One day your organization will need a new president. One day your charity will need a new executive director. Are you ready? Whether you are a pastor, church staff, CEO or volunteer, you need to be thinking about the most important turning point your church or organization will have to face…who will lead when our current pastor/leader isn’t around anymore? Many church leaders equate succession planning to retirement planning. However, smart church leaders…
  • 8 Important Roles for your Board of Directors

    bradlomenick
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    Many of us deal with a board of directors, especially in the non-profit arena. I serve on a couple of boards for ministries I am involved with. Being on a board can be a great experience, both for the board member and for the executive director/president. It can also be incredibly frustrating and taxing, especially to the leader in charge of the organization. So thought I would provide a few points here on the role of a board member, and the overall role and responsibility of a Board of Directors, specifically as it relates to non-profit charities or ministries: 1. Give, get, or get off-…
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    TeamRCIA

  • Episode 90: Using storytelling in RCIA catechesis

    Jen Pardo
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    In this episode, Nick and Diana will talk about how catechists are called first of all to be great communicators in the RCIA. In the “Did you know?” segment, you can discover the definition and purpose of catechesis according to … Continue reading →
  • RCIA’s crucial three-step communication system

    Nick Wagner
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Graphic designer Alan Fletcher once wrote: Space is substance. Cézanne painted and modeled space. Giacometti sculpted by “taking the fat off space.” Mallarmé conceived poems with absences as well as words. Ralph Richardson asserted that acting lay in pauses… Isaac … Continue reading →
  • Conversion and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

    Mary Birmingham
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    “Lead with the beautiful.”  That’s what theologian Robert Barron told a roomful of catechists at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference earlier this year. He insisted that our Catholic tradition is imbued with breathtaking beauty from our art, our music, … Continue reading →
  • Episode 89: How to know if you are called to RCIA ministry

    Jen Pardo
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    In this episode, Nick and Diana will explore how to discern if you really have a calling to RCIA ministry. In the “Did you know?” segment, we will talk about the role of the sponsor in the Rite of Acceptance. … Continue reading →
  • Can the RCIA meet the needs of modern-day spiritual seekers?

    Nick Wagner
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    I submitted an article about the future of the RCIA to America, the Jesuit weekly news magazine, and they were kind enough to print it. In the article, I try to make the case that we are at a turning … Continue reading →
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • God, Help Us to Grow Deeper Roots!

    Brandon
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I’m overwhelmed with anticipation about what God is going to do in the life of Grace Hills Church in the next nine weeks. This coming Sunday, we’re starting a new series of messages called ROOTS: It’s Time to Grow Deeper. It’s based on the New Testament book of Colossians, and as I waded into the study of this ancient text, I was pretty moved by the similarities between the church at Colosse and our own church family. Paul writes the letter, but he didn’t plant or pastor the church. There’s no indication he’d ever visited with the church, but their…
  • True Love Is Selfless

    Brandon
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    “Me first!!” Who hasn’t heard a toddler say that? And every year on Black Friday, millions of adults prove that this is not merely a toddler problem. From birth, we fight to be first. Selflessness is a learned behavior. And selflessness is at the root of what real love is all about – God’s kind of love. “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.” So wrote Paul in his definition of what true love is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. When you’re looking for love in this world, look for those who are selfless, who…
  • True Love Is Kind

    Brandon
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Love hurts, right? Well, sort of. It hurts to love someone who doesn’t return our love and God knows this all too well, but when the Bible says that “Love is kind” in 1 Corinthians 13:4, God is letting us know that love, as He defines it, doesn’t seek to harm people. Remember that love is more than an uncontrollable feeling. Love is a choice and love is action. And real love chooses to act toward others in ways that are kind rather than in ways that are harmful. When someone in our life is controlling, abusive, or manipulative, they aren’t being loving. When we…
  • True Love Waits With and For People

    Brandon
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    “Love is patient.” So declares Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4, a passage that serves as God’s defining statement about love. True love is patient, but what does patient love look like? I think it includes two ideas, both of which are more difficult than what we are accustomed to living out naturally. First, true love waits with people. That is, we love people by staying by their side during times of unrest and uncertainty. Love compels us to wait for dreams to come true for those close to us, to sit by the bedside of our sick loved ones, and to endure painful circumstances…
  • Real Love Always Honors God’s Standards

    Brandon
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    God is love. God defines love. When you’re looking for real love in life, always remember that real love always honors God’s standards. We humans who have universally broken God’s standards have an especially hard time understanding this principle, but God is clear. The Bible says, “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body… You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT) The Bible…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Peter Comont – Jesus Wept

    Peter Mead
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Peter Comont is  the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church Oxford, a new church plant in heart of the city of Oxford.  He is involved with several initiatives to teach, train and nurture the next generation of leaders including Living Leadership, the Porterbrook Seminary,  and the South Central Ministry Training Course.  Peter and I met at a conference in Asia several years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations during those days.  In today’s Incarnation Series guest post, Peter offers us a really helpful reflection on the subject of the incarnation, God and what constitutes…
  • Jordan Scheetz – The Incarnation in the Old Testament

    Peter Mead
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    Jordan Scheetz is Chair of Biblical and Exegetical Studies, and Associate Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, NL.  Jordan has been a good friend for many years and I’ve always appreciated his passion for God’s Word and making disciples.  He wrote The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel (2012).  In this series, marking the release of Pleased to Dwell, Jordan looks at the rich Old Testament themes weaving together to point us to the Incarnation of the Messiah: _________________________________…
  • Dane Ortlund – Life As It Was Meant To Be?

    Peter Mead
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Dane Ortlund is Senior Vice President at Crossway.  He is the author of several books, most recently Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God (August, 2014).  I really appreciated Dane’s A New Inner Relish and so am eagerly awaiting my copy of his new book.  In this Incarnation Series guest post, Dane prompts us to re-think Jesus’ miracles in light of the incarnation.  (Dane’s books are available via 10ofthose.com (UK) & christianbook.com (US) as well as all other good book retailers!) _________________________________ In his essay “Is…
  • Bruce Fong – Inspirational Incarnational Influences on Expository Preaching

    Peter Mead
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    My first ever seminary class was with Dr Bruce Fong sixteen years ago.  It was such a joy to walk through half the Bible under Bruce’s contagious laugh and delight in the Scriptures.  We have both changed jobs a couple of times since then, but he is now the Dean of Dallas Theological Seminary’s Houston Campus.  Bruce blogs regularly on brucefong.com.  As we continue this series marking the release of Pleased to Dwell, Bruce shares with us some thoughts on the difference the Incarnation makes to expository preaching. _________________________________ Every preacher is…
  • Glen Scrivener – Incarnation: The True Turning Point

    Peter Mead
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Glen Scrivener is an evangelist with Revival Media.  He writes about evangelism and theology at ChristTheTruth.net and his evangelistic book, 321, comes out in the autumn: three-two-one.org  Glen visits us at Cor Deo for a day during each season of the programme to talk gospel together with us and it is always a real help.  As we continue this series to mark the release of Pleased to Dwell, here is Glen on the significance of the Incarnation for the Gospel and how we communicate it to others. _________________________________ The centre of evangelicalism is the believer’s…
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  • Why reading blogs, books and tweets may be bad for you.

    samluce
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    When it comes to blogging or anything else in life for that matter there is a delicate balance that must be maintained in order for you to be effective. I call it the production vs. consumption dilemma. Catchy I know. Here is the problem. We live in a time where more content is being generated than ever before in our history. Check out this info graphic on how much content is created in one minute on the web. The numbers are staggering. What has happened has been a seismic shift in content creation. The internet has removed all the previous gateways that filtered content. For example you want…
  • My Children’s Pastor is Irrelevant

    samluce
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    One of the things I have noticed over the past few years in the kids ministry community, is kids and youth pastors seem to move around a lot. I always found this to be quite curious. I moved around many times as a kid. So I always chalked up my awareness of how often kids and youth pastors move because of my personal experience growing up. Last year I went to Australia and I found that they don’t have the same ministry culture there. To be fair there are some pioneers in kids ministry in Australia but the whole of kids ministry in Australia is largely done by volunteers and part-time…
  • Logos Review: The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament

    samluce
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The Bible Speaks Today series has been widely acclaimed for its combination of scholarship and application. Now its bestselling New Testament volumes are made available in electronic form. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who want to study it earnestly, will benefit from these superb studies and the technology that now supports them. The Bible Speaks Today series, according to John Stott, is characterized by the following threefold ideal: Expound the Biblical Text with Accuracy Relate it to Contemporary Life Make it Readable The equivalent print editions in this collection are…
  • My interview with Matt Perman on Gospel Productivity.

    samluce
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I recently read a book entitled “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done” By Matt Perman. Here is my review of the book I did a few weeks back. I loved the book how it tackled the whole issue of productivity from the standpoint the great commandment and the great commission. I often talk with my team and tell them we are not efficient with people we are efficient with problems so we can extend grace to people. That’s the heart beat of this book. After I finished reading this book I reached out to Matt to do a blog interview below is that…
  • The good and the bad of the ice bucket challenge

    samluce
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Let me start off by saying ALS is an awful disease. I am grateful to hear that donations over the past two weeks are at 1.35 million versus 22,000 over last year. That’s great news. I hope that some headway if forged in finding a cure for this fatal disease. I have known personally a few people who have gotten ALS it is a tragic diagnosis with no hope of recovery other than divine healing. If you have Facebook or have been on the internet doing anything for the past week you will have seen everyone from Bill Gates to Martha Stewart pouring buckets of ice on their heads. They are doing…
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  • Does Kidmin matter?

    Kenny
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    What a silly question. Of course it does. I don’t have to convince you, do I? The problem is convincing others, right? Maybe you have found yourself in a situation like this: You discovered that the monthly dry cleaning bill for the choir robes is larger than your monthly budget You’ve been patiently waiting to come on staff full time, shortly after they hire the maintenance director, women’s director and administrative assistant to the missions pastor You got in trouble  because the associate pastor’s wife found ground-in goldfish crumbs in the nice carpet where…
  • You need a fitbit

    Kenny
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Okay, I don’t actually know if you need one or not, but go with me here for a minute. Back in late June, I bought a fitbit for myself. I knew that I need to continue to focus on my health. I liked the idea of a fitbit. It measures daily activity. It helps set daily goals. It tracks progress (or lack of it). It has a social component where I can track how I am doing compared to friends. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it or how well it would work for me. I love it. Since I got it nearly two months ago, it has been off my arm only to charged the battery. I am constantly…
  • App of the Week: Google Drive

    Kenny
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The app I’d like to introduce to you this week isn’t a new app, but over the years it has been nicely developed and has become more and more useful as time goes by. Quite simply, it’s the Google Drive app for the iPhone (I don’t have an android device, so I’m sure it works as well or better on one of those devices). Several years ago, my entire team (and most of the church staff) converted to google docs/drive for word documents and spreadsheets. We created an official “NextGen” shared drive and virtually every file we create lives in this drive.
  • Systems: Improving where you struggle

    Kenny
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I love about systems is that they often make me better than I really am. I think that we sometimes have this idea in our mind that we just need to be better, get better and become someone without weakness. This side eternity, I think we make this harder than it needs to be. Most strong leaders will tell you that they didn’t become who they are because they focused on making their weaknesses strengths. They became who they are by making there strengths even stronger. Primarily focusing on your weakness can be a fleeting endeavorer and at best, only makes you average.
  • Systems: Anticipating what is coming

    Kenny
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yes, systems take extra work to set up and extra work to maintain. Systems require you to take a short break from the busy and think about things you don’t often think about. However, a little investment of time and mental energy to create and set up systems will pay dividend for years. They will enable you to spend more time doing the things that make a bigger impact. One of the first steps to setting up systems requires you to be a futurist. Basically, anticipate what is going to happen. Let’s take a look at what this means practically. Lets talk about email. It’s probably…
 
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  • Boca Raton HCG Clinic Choices

    Rob C
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Boca Raton HCG Clinic Options Visit a HCG Clinic in Boca Raton if you’re serious about losing weight. It is evident that there is an obesity crisis occurring in North America. There are two reasons why this crisis is occurring. The first reason is because people are eating the wrong foods. Due to a busy lifestyle people are not taking the time to eat nutritiously. Fast food restaurants have become the source for people to eat at least one of their daily meals each day. Also, there is an alarming increase in soda pop consumption and other sugary foods. These types of foods lack the…
  • Local Buy Here Pay Here Financing Options

    Rob C
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Local Buy Here Pay Here Facts If you have bad credit then you probably know just how hard it is to get a loan of any kind. This is especially true if you are trying to secure a care loan. So how are you supposed to hold down a job without a car? How do you rebuild your credit if you nobody will give you a car loan? A local buy here pay here financing option is the type of solution that can help you to overcome these issues. The problem with having bad credit is that lenders don’t take the time to get to know you personally. They don’t ask what caused the problems that you had…
  • All You Need To Know About Gun Hydrographics Printing

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Looking Into Gun Hydrographics? You don’t have to worry that the term “gun hydrographics” sounds threatening or very complicated because it really is not. It is just a very effective way of changing how the surface of your item looks into various designs and colors that you can choose. Now, hydrographics printing has many names (hydro printing, hydrodipping, water transfer printing, fluid imaging) but at the end of the day, they all mean the same thing. Here is the cool way in which the methodology of this printing process happens. There is a soluble film on which you will find various…
  • Why Use In-House Financing Car Dealers?

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In-House Financing Explained With so many Americans suffering from debt and poor credit scores, in-house financing car dealers are becoming increasingly popular. Working with in house financing car dealers doesn’t come without its cons and risks, such as increased down payments, interest rates, and repossession rates. However, those who are able to look past these flaws and who are willing to make their payments on time now have a chance to finance a vehicle without a high credit score. What Is It? In-house financing car dealers are dealerships who offer financing deals on their cars…
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  • No, a Top ISIS Leader Has Not Converted to Christianity.

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    A story reported on a number of Christian and conservative news outlets this week tells the story of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's brother, Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, who allegedly "repented" and "converted to Christianity" earlier this week. It was first reported in the World News Daily Report and has since gone viral, with money quotes from the ISIS leader like, "[al-Baghdadi] is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday." Sadly, the story is a complete hoax. The World News Daily Report is yet another of the terrible, miserable faux-news sites poisoning the…
  • Meet Leonardo DiCaprio, Your New UN Ambassador of Peace.

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Teen heartthrob. Respected actor. Noted dancer. Is there anything Leonardo DiCaprio can't do? Besides win an Oscar? Well, there's at least one more thing to scratch off his bucket list: become the United Nations' new ambassador of peace. What exactly that means is sort of tough to say, but according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Leo is "is not just one of the world's leading actors," but he also has "a longstanding commitment to environmental causes." That's very true, and DiCaprio's commitment to raising awareness about the environment does seem to be more than just the usual lip…
  • Police On the Hunt for Missing UVA Student

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The search for missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been ongoing since Saturday, with no real leads about what happened to the first-year student. She was last seen leaving a party and then later texted friends that she had gotten lost while walking home. Police and bloodhounds are canvassing the area, but have so far been able to turn up any sign of her. Charlottesville police on the verge of calling in additional resources to help with the search, and recent tips have led them to refocus their hunt on a different side of the city. The AP notes that Graham is…
  • The Shocking Toll of Campus Sexual Violence

    jessec
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    8 statistics that show how serious sexual assualt on college campuses has become. This week, President Obama will announce a new campaign in an effort to stop the sexual violence epidemic taking place on college campuses across the country. From the Associated Press: White House officials say the campaign, called "It's On Us," will challenge everyone on campuses to see sexual assault as their personal responsibility to prevent, but will particularly target male students.
  • Culture Reaches Peak Hipster With Beard Combs Made of Records

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    In an interesting 2012 interview, Fred Armisen explained his beliefs that "hipster" isn't as much a subculture as it is a word people use to criticize anyone or anything that makes them insecure about their own coolness. It's a good point but, then, if there is no such thing as hipster, who is the target audience for the "Grably"? It's a beard comb made out of vinyl records, which definitely sounds like something a hipster would use, if hipsters were in fact a real thing. Which they aren't, which means there's no one around to buy the Grably ...
 
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  • Bittersweet

    Jason Bedell
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s bittersweet to be having our last Sunday at OLHS tomorrow. 7 years ago I walked in for the first time as a full time staff member (although, I was there for the very first service and it rocked). It was heart-warming to see the level of love, transparency, and grace. And now 7 years later, we bid farewell to a place where people have been baptized, cried, laughed, found healing, seen marriages restored, loved for the first time, and more. I know it’s only brick and mortar, but when family moves from one location to the next, it kind of hits you. In the 16+ years of…
  • You Can Live With Us

    Jason Bedell
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    My daughter Chloe loves the Miller family. They go to our church and she jokes about living with them sometimes. Just the other day she asked, “Can we live with the Millers?!” “No baby, you cannot live with the Millers. We are your family.” “But, I love them too.” “No. You’re our kid. You can visit, but you live here.” Our 4 year old chimed in, “But they’re the best. PLEEEAAASE?!” “No. It’s still no.” But what if the next time they go to the Miller’s house, their dad (and close friend of mine)…
  • Just Keep Swinging Kid

    Jason Bedell
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    While at Kid’s Cove yesterday evening, I witnessed controlled chaos. Kids screaming. Parents searching, while screaming. Laughter abounding. Ring around the rosie. Imaginary ninja battles (I may or may not have started this). Parents chatting it up while joyful kids let loose. It was a sight to be seen. One child though, happened to catch my eye. Well, actually the commotion was heard first, so I swung my head around to see what was happening. An older girl, trying to help what appeared to be her cousin based on conversation, across the monkey bars. He wasn’t having it. He yelled.
  • Seeing The Noah Movie & Why It Matters

    Jason Bedell
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last October at the Catalyst Conference, our staff and 13,000 other leaders had the privilege of seeing the director of the upcoming Noah movie being interviewed. He shared his heart, some of the things he’s learned about the Bible, and his hopes for believers and the conversations people will have because of the film. As I’ve waited for its arrival, social media has erupted in recent weeks over this post, warning people of faith about the film. Some of the quotes via Twitter & Facebook from Christians: I cannot believe this trash. BOYCOTT!!!!! Who in their right mind would…
  • Bigger. Better. More.

    Jason Bedell
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at four workshops during the Pursue Christian Teen Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carrie and our two girls came along and it was a blast. After each of the workshops, there were those people who came up and said, “You did awesome” or “I really enjoyed that.” A few people even told me, “I was blown away” and “You WOWed us with that! Thank you.” I don’t share that to puff myself up or make myself look good. I share that because there was something about it that made me feel uncomfortable. I…
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  • Sober Up / a look at 1 Thessalonians

    David
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    In a few short verses Paul is going to offer some “sobering advice.” He says in chapter 4, 1 Thess 4:17-18 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage one another with these words. So to stay S.O.B.E.R. Paul says there is 5 things to do or be…. 1. (be) Sentient – means to be altert, awake, to stand ready… 1 Thess 5:2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come / 1 Thess 5:6 So then let us not sleep,…
  • Zondervan College Bible

    David
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    For the most part, this is a straight forward Bible, with not a lot of bells and whistles. There are no book headings, and there are not always notes on every page. What this Bible does have is over 200 devotionals (one almost every 5 pages), particularly geared for 17-24 year olds who struggle to find their own voice, giving feet to their own faith, in a way that’s Biblically grounded. I had expected this Bible to be a little different than it is. I had expected a Bible with devotions that relate to ‘students, school and perhaps being out on your own.’  So I think…
  • The Bible Code / a look at 1 Thessalonians

    David
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Paul is a man like the Thessalonian church who is waiting on the son from Heaven. Look at what Jesus says about us… he says John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but …you are not of the world… Jesus said in John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. From God’s own lips. You are not of this world and God’s Kingdom is not of this world either. And so the second coming of the Lord is a day that I want to look forward to. Not as a reward or as a job well done – but as a person who is homesick – heaven is my true…
  • Waiting for the Son / a look at 1 Thessalonians

    David
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    We will see Jesus face to face You and I have an appointment for the most awesome meeting ever—a meeting in the air first and foremost with our coming King and Bridegroom—This is the great reunion God has prepared for us. Jesus says in John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? The second coming is not a fairy tale. And so then, since this is reality, since this is the future hope we all have – then the second coming and the resurrection should impact our lives. Listen to how Paul describes…
  • A loud family reunion / a look at 1 Thessalonians

    David
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Second Coming is going to be loud. Look at vs 15-16 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. The Bible says with a “cry of command.” This is a picture of a General barking orders. Or a coach yelling at his team over the roar of the crowd. This is not a quiet whisper, this is a battle call, a shout, a yell! Second the Bible says “with the voice of the archangel.” So this is more noise, more…
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  • 3 Ways To Become A Social Screw Up

    Scott
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I’m not one of those self-proclaimed prophets that warn of doom if you set up your own Facebook account or set up email on your phone. But watch out. Social media can be your undoing if you’re not diligent and alert. I love social media. I really do. It’s fascinating to see how people, regardless […]
  • Here’s One of the Worst Things You Can Do As A Ministry Leader

    Scott
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    “I’ll just do it myself.” More control over the outcome. More efficient. Less time-consuming. Less the effort of delegating. But what is the price of doing everything yourself? For starters, you are like everyone else on the planet – limited. You can’t possibly do it all. Everyday brings its own store of energy. When that […]
  • Tainted Like Milk

    Scott
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    So yeah, TRUST. Let’s talk about it. You already know HOW to trust. Every time you pour a glass of milk (*it could be any consumable), you trust that everyone who’s handled that particular gallon, from the beginning source through the purchase at the grocery store, hasn’t tainted it. You open the refrigerator, pull out […]
  • What Happened To Me This Morning

    Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    What happened to me this morning was a result of a couple of weeks of trying out something new. The night before, I had failed to set my alarm clock for the 5:00 am. This is the time I have chosen to get up to begin my day. (a little background: I am not a […]
  • A Slight Shift In Focus Makes All The Difference

    Scott
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    Ever heard someone say, “Money is the root of all evil”? Yet you know the truth. It’s, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.” Slight change in perspective makes all the difference. Same is true with the fruits of the Spirit. Ephesians 5 lists nine qualities worth striving after. Yet I don’t […]
 
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  • I caught you…

    Hal Mayer
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    One of the most powerful tools we have in our Leadership Tool Belt is positive recognition or supportive feedback. Ken Blanchard says it this way, “Catch people doing something right”.“Catch people doing something right” Ken BlanchardClick To Tweet - Powered... Continue Reading →
  • To Develop or Destroy?

    Hal Mayer
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    Feedback is one of the most powerful developmental tools we have. Because of it’s power to develop or destroy – I want to discuss how to deliver this valuable tool. The delivery of developmental feedback takes tact and is different... Continue Reading →
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  • 5 Shifts in the Landscape of Church Space

    Jim Tomberlin
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    The church building and religious-use facility industry is being dramatically and permanently altered by factors that began emerging at the dawn of the 21st century. In 1989 popular author Ken Follett wrote a riveting best-selling novel “Pillars of the Earth” about the factors that influenced the building of cathedrals in the Middle Ages. Those factors influenced church construction and facility use for nearly a millennium. Today there are new factors that are dramatically shifting the way we build and utilize church facilities. "Today there are new factors that are dramatically shifting…
  • Church Tech “Guru Rap” [Video]

    Lauren Hunter
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    No matter what shape or size of your tech ministry, I’m sure you can appreciate a good laugh. The podcasting guys over at CHURCHTECHTALK put this music video together a couple of years ago – and it’s as funny as ever. “I’m a Guru” – Gurus 2011 Rap from Church Tech Talk on Vimeo. Church Tech “Guru Rap” [Video] is a post from: ChurchTechToday Church Tech “Guru Rap” [Video] is a post from ChurchTechToday - Technology for Today's Church. © 2011 ChurchTechToday.
  • Step-Up Your Middle School Ministry Communication

    Lauren Hunter
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    With my firstborn child entering sixth grade, his excitement level for starting middle school youth group at our church has been off the charts. He actually quit his basketball team (his choice) with three games left to go in order to participate on Wednesday nights. I know not every kid is as excited about starting youth group, but I applaud our church for making it fun, engaging, and age-level appropriate. That said, when our youth pastor pulled me aside one Sunday and asked for help with better communication to parents, I got to work writing so that other youth pastors might also…
  • Cost vs. Value of Proper Church Software Implementation

    Emily Kantner
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Whether you’re making the transition to a new software provider or getting started with church management software (ChMS) for the first time, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and rush to launch. You’ve got ministries to manage, events to plan, and not much time. But the implementation of your new software sets the stage for future success, so it’s important to start off right. Proper implementation isn’t easy, and it has several costs associated with it: Costs 1. Financial expenses On top of the basic subscription cost for the software itself, you’ll likely pay a…
  • Ministering to the Millennial Generation

    Lauren Hunter
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    I had the honor of being interviewed by John Rogers with Moody Radio’s New Day Cafe last week for their week-long focus on “Ministering to the Millennial.” To hear my interview, you’re welcome to listen below. Please also visit Moody Radio’s website to listen to the other great interviews all dealing with issues that millennials face from worship to social media to technology. http://churchtechtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Lauren-Hunter-churchtechtodaydotcom-jRogers.mp3 Here’s a little info about Moody’s New Day Cafe broadcast: Begin each new…
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  • Show’m what to expect

    Mattofact
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    One of the most valuable things you can do is remove the doubt for people looking at your product – and your church is a product. Families shop, visitor dip in and out without you knowing, and people in the community drive by your building and wonder, “What’s going on in there?”. At 4Corners Church we set out to develop a video that did just that. We wanted to show people what to expect on a typical Sunday morning. Staff member Lisa wrote a killer script, other staff members weighed in, volunteer Katie did a great job on camera with her infectious personality and my…
  • Creativity in Church Spaces

    Mattofact
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    How are you transforming your space into something that turns people toward a posture of worship? Are you called to rebuild the creative walls of the Church? Man, that calling resonates with me. The Church largely has built spaces for function and less for definition, but what’s emerged is a canvas to play with. Bending light is a high calling. The journey of being creative with our spaces and using them for something other than a place to sit in, is a journey that is transformational and demands our interactions with others. Watch this video from my friend and someone I highly admire…
  • Oceans by Hillsong United

    Mattofact
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    This song, Oceans by Hillsong, kills it. The lyrics are on point. Watch the lyric video below and find the songs lyrics below. Lyrics “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace For I am Yours and You are mine Your grace abounds in deepest waters Your sovereign hand Will be my guide Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me…
  • Tear-jerking story behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Mattofact
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I didn’t want the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to come my way. But it did. Then I found this story. The story of the person with ALS who started it all. Warning, this video will wreck you. I love this story of former Boston College captain Pete Frates, who has inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge. I did accept the ALS challenge and passed it on to a few close friends. But, I added a critical element I believe strongly in. I have a few friends who devote their lives to making sure people around the world have safe drinking water, so wasting a bucket of good water, even for a good cause,…
  • Coffee for change

    Mattofact
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I’m extremely proud to be part of the Don Moen management team and to have worked closely with him over the last decade on various projects and releases. We have a killer team that’s doing amazing things. I work closely on managing his digital marketing in social media and get to release information about the latest projects and efforts we are working on like this video of our recent coffee partnership. In a future post I’ll unpack how we’ve reached over 3 million, real and active, Facebook fans, and also share information on a new site for the ministry arm of the…
 
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  • God, Help Us to Grow Deeper Roots!

    Brandon
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    I’m overwhelmed with anticipation about what God is going to do in the life of Grace Hills Church in the next nine weeks. This coming Sunday, we’re starting a new series of messages called ROOTS: It’s Time to Grow Deeper. It’s based on the New Testament book of Colossians, and as I waded into the study of this ancient text, I was pretty moved by the similarities between the church at Colosse and our own church family. Paul writes the letter, but he didn’t plant or pastor the church. There’s no indication he’d ever visited with the church, but their…
  • True Love Is Selfless

    Brandon
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    “Me first!!” Who hasn’t heard a toddler say that? And every year on Black Friday, millions of adults prove that this is not merely a toddler problem. From birth, we fight to be first. Selflessness is a learned behavior. And selflessness is at the root of what real love is all about – God’s kind of love. “Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way.” So wrote Paul in his definition of what true love is in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. When you’re looking for love in this world, look for those who are selfless, who…
  • True Love Is Kind

    Brandon
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Love hurts, right? Well, sort of. It hurts to love someone who doesn’t return our love and God knows this all too well, but when the Bible says that “Love is kind” in 1 Corinthians 13:4, God is letting us know that love, as He defines it, doesn’t seek to harm people. Remember that love is more than an uncontrollable feeling. Love is a choice and love is action. And real love chooses to act toward others in ways that are kind rather than in ways that are harmful. When someone in our life is controlling, abusive, or manipulative, they aren’t being loving. When we…
  • True Love Waits With and For People

    Brandon
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    “Love is patient.” So declares Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4, a passage that serves as God’s defining statement about love. True love is patient, but what does patient love look like? I think it includes two ideas, both of which are more difficult than what we are accustomed to living out naturally. First, true love waits with people. That is, we love people by staying by their side during times of unrest and uncertainty. Love compels us to wait for dreams to come true for those close to us, to sit by the bedside of our sick loved ones, and to endure painful circumstances…
  • Real Love Always Honors God’s Standards

    Brandon
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    God is love. God defines love. When you’re looking for real love in life, always remember that real love always honors God’s standards. We humans who have universally broken God’s standards have an especially hard time understanding this principle, but God is clear. The Bible says, “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body… You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT) The Bible…
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  • The Tapestry of my Sin

    Dan Smith
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was listening to Dr. Peter Masters (a British preacher) on my Sunday duty day and he talked about how the law performed the work of humbling a person so that person could understand the need for grace. I concur on this point wholeheartedly. My life is a tapestry of failing to uphold the Law. Woven in amongst the few times I’ve managed to be faithful to Exodus chapter 20 are the ugly strands
  • The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A Study of John 14:6

    Dan Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Today I launched a Bible study called, "The Most Important Verse in the Bible? A study of John 14:6." What is the most important verse in the Bible? Is it even possible to pick one? After all, the entirety of the Bible is God's word. It seems a little presumptuous to think that any human can decide what that might be. Yet there are certain foundational truths in our Christian faith and
  • Suicide...the Ache Behind the Smile

    Dan Smith
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Even in laughter, the heart may ache (Proverbs 14:13).  These words from the great philosopher king Solomon of the Bible ring true today as I think about the recent death of Robin Williams, several athletes in recent years (such as Junior Seau), and suicides of people I know personally.  Anyone who has suffered through a loved one's suicide already knows the pain I'm talking about, but some
  • 5th Annual Military Prayer Week Starts in 90 Days!

    Dan Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Five years ago a handful of people agreed on Facebook to start praying for the military on the week of November 11th. Truthfully speaking, many of us were already military, so it seemed somewhat self-serving. Still many others were either veterans, retirees, or concerned civilians, and I have been very grateful for their efforts to uplift military service members in prayer. 90 days from today
  • The Weight Loss Journey: The After-effects

    Dan Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    I've been fighting the urge to have a blow out on my weight loss journey lately. It's been a roller coaster ride that had ups (where I made decent choices or worked out and felt good about myself) and severe dips (where I jumped off the wagon and ate more than I should have or skipped a workout). Of course, those dips brought with them a new sense of guilt and feelings of failure. As I got home
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  • What’s baptism like?

    Emily Kirkendoll
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    As Christians, we celebrate baptisms as a core tradition, and one that we enjoy celebrating together. More than that, we believe that as a symbolic statement of faith, a baptism has a transformational effect on the individual believer who follows Jesus’ example in taking this life-changing step. In a recent message, our Soho Community Pastor […] Related posts: Water Baptisms – September 16 Baptisms at Liberty Church Baptisms | Friday, July 18th
  • She is Free

    Emily Kirkendoll
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    A movement started last Friday night in New York City that has been described as “a cry rippling across the Earth to shift an eternal balance.” The ripple was not meant to be contained in the walls of Scholastic Theater, because it did not really begin there either. Find out more about She is Free […] Related posts: Sisterhood: Stories of Free Women 2014 Vision Video – Our Story Brooklyn – January 2014
  • Community Groups Fall Season: Let’s Do This

    Emily Kirkendoll
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    You can now sign up for a community group in your community: Soho, Brooklyn, or Union Square. “All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had.” –Acts 2:44 (CEV) “We believe the power of God in Christ-centered community changes lives. And we believe that changed lives change the world.” –Paul Andrew, […] Related posts: This Is What Family Looks Like Seed Fund Update: Brooklyn Community Growing in Strength Introducing Our Lower Manhattan Pastors
  • Invitation to Visionaries Retreat in Tarrytown, NY, Nov 14-15

    Matt Sadler
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    If you are a business person, we invite you to attend the 3rd Annual Visionaries Retreat on November 14-15 in Tarrytown, NY.   Space is limited and Early Bird Pricing is limited as well.  Be sure to register soon! The theme of the Visionaries Retreat is “Greater Things:  Equipping You with Clarity, Courage and Capacity to […] Related posts: “Greater Things” At Visionaries Retreat November 14th & 15th Visionaries Retreat: Keynote Speaker John Bevere Coming Up in September
  • “Let’s Do This” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Molly
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message, titled “Let’s Do This” at our services in Brooklyn, Soho, and Union Square on September 7, 2014. 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: “Public Identification” Rhema Trayner – Podcast “The Will of God” Paul Andrew – Podcast “Extravagant” Paul Andrew – Podcast
 
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  • Model What You Want to Happen at the Member Level

    Mark Howell
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve said many times “whatever you want to happen at the member level, will have to happen to the leader first.”  I’ve also pointed out that life-change at the member begins with you.  It would be crazy to expect things would happen to anyone else if they’re not happening to you and me.  Right?  See also, Life Change at the Member Level and Life-Change at the Member Level Begins with You. So far so good? Model What You Want to Happen Here’s what I want to point out today.  Even the way you want things to happen at the member level must begin with you.
  • 5 Steps to Take If Your Small Group Ministry Struggles

    Mark Howell
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    What do you do when your small group ministry struggles?  I’ve written about the 10 powerful benefits of a thriving small group ministry and also about the 5 easily overlooked secrets to building a thriving small group ministry.  But what do you do when your small group ministry struggles? 5 Steps to Take If Your Small Group Ministry Struggles: Evaluate your small group ministry.  There are some ingredients that really are essential.  If they aren’t present, you can’t build a thriving small group ministry.  See also, Evaluate Your Small Group Ministry with My Signature…
  • Don’t Miss “Jesus Is”: A New DVD-Driven Study from Judah Smith

    Mark Howell
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Had an opportunity this week to preview a new study by Judah Smith.  Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human is an 8 session small group study that reveals the character of Jesus in a powerful way.  Judah Smith is the Lead Pastor of The City Church, a multi-site church with thousands in attendance each weekend in the Seattle area.  He’s also a popular speaker at conferences and events in the United States and abroad. (From the introduction) “Jesus is ______________?  That question was at the heart of a campaign The City Church launched with the goal of getting Seattle to think…
  • Two Great Questions for Self Awareness

    Mark Howell
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    I read an article over the weekend by Bill Taylor over on the HBR Blog and came away with two great questions for personal reflection and self awareness.  Taylor is the co-founder of the Fast Company magazine and the author of two of my favorite books (Practically Radical and Mavericks at Work).  I’ve discovered more great insights in his writing than almost anyone else. There were a number of great ideas in the article, but a line from John Wooden caught my eye: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Here are the two questions (to help you keep on…
  • Take Advantage of This Short-Term On-Campus Strategy

    Mark Howell
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you’ve been paying attention you know that we tripped across the essence of a very intriguing idea at the 2012 re:group conference.  North Point was testing a short-term group experience (6 to 8 weeks) designed to be an easier first step into community (without the 12 to 18 month commitment required of the groups that form out of GroupLink).  See also, Breaking: North Point Increases GroupLife Participation by Adding an Easier Next Step. The more we thought about the idea the better it looked and in early 2013 we took our first run at a connecting strategy that is now in…
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  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 3

    Paul Clark
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 3)Continuing on from part 1 AND 2 of my blog on IcelandMarathon day - 23rd August 2014So Marathon day finally arrived. It's fair to say I was a little apprehensive as I had a bad hamstring and Solar Plexis injury to my left leg for the past 6-7 weeks which had severely curtailed my marathon training up until that point. However it had began to get better over the past 2 weeks, so I decided to chance the marathon.Rising at 6am, I showered and had breakfast before getting ready and bringing Graham and Zoe over to get…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 2

    Paul Clark
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 2)Continuing on from part 1 of my blog on Iceland, Some more pictures of Skogafoss Waterfall:Weather continued to be fantastic. The photo opportunities were excellent. Standing under the falls this close, you could feel the cold spray on your skin. Get too close and you get wet.  Photo Opportunity The next photo shows Graham and Zoe on the viewing platform where the views over the surrounding plains were extensive and enhanced by the clear weather and brilliant sunshine. We were very lucky with the weather.Zoe and…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 1

    Paul Clark
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 1)3:45pm on Thursday  21 August 2014 and my friend Graham Dale, my daughter Zoe and myself meet at my home where my brother George takes us to Edinburgh Airport.Edinburgh Airport All checked in, and through security, we visit Yo-Sushi, which I think was Graham and Zoe's first introduction to Japanese Cuisine.Filled with some Japanese beer and ample plates of soup and food, we made our way to the Easyjet for our planned 6:30pm flight to Keflavik, which was bang on time. After a very comfortable flight, and clear…
  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...

    Paul Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
  • Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014

    Paul Clark
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    AN ORDINARY DAY MEETING COMMON PEOPLE BRINGS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING IN TIME.If I owned a time machine, there are many places I'd visit. Perhaps the rise of the Roman Empire, The Battle of Hastings, The invention of the Steam Engine, The Union of 1707. My list would be extensive. However first amongst my ports of call would the 1990's.Something beautiful happened to me in the 1990's. It began in the last throws of my teenage years and all the angst and awkwardness that came with being a teenager. I was working and throwing off those shackles. It's fair to say I was a nerdy teenager and by my…
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  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 3: Faithfulness is Success)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Ministry Lesson #3: Being faithful to God is the vital metric for ministry…
  • On Turning 30

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Photo Credit: Lhoretse (Creative Commons)I turn 30 today.My twenties are over, and they've been awesome.I graduated from college, got married, became a full-time pastor, moved to another state, bought a car, bought a house, had two children, wrote two books, and moved to another country in my twenties.This doesn't include the countless conversations, laughter, tears, and memories from the thousands of beautiful and fascinating people I've encountered over the past ten years. This decade has been full and fulfilling, and I am humbled and grateful for the grace bestowed upon me.So what will the…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 2: Suffering is Inevitable)

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Ministry Lesson #2: Suffering is inevitable when you're obedient to God's…
  • Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    This song by Portland, OR band Ages and Ages might be the catchiest one I've heard in 2014. It's also got some excellent spiritual/ethical themes and implications, and the music video captures this sentiment in a childlike and hilarious style:Do the right thing / do the right thingDo it all the time / do it all the timeMake yourself right, never mind themDon't you know you're not the only one sufferingEven though I'm fairly sure the band wasn't thinking of these particular passages of Scripture when they wrote this song, they come to my mind regarding one's motives and desires in ministry:Am…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 1: Love the City)

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Here's what I'm learning about ministry from the prophet Jeremiah:1. Love the city…
 
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  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 3

    Paul Clark
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 3)Continuing on from part 1 AND 2 of my blog on IcelandMarathon day - 23rd August 2014So Marathon day finally arrived. It's fair to say I was a little apprehensive as I had a bad hamstring and Solar Plexis injury to my left leg for the past 6-7 weeks which had severely curtailed my marathon training up until that point. However it had began to get better over the past 2 weeks, so I decided to chance the marathon.Rising at 6am, I showered and had breakfast before getting ready and bringing Graham and Zoe over to get…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 2

    Paul Clark
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 2)Continuing on from part 1 of my blog on Iceland, Some more pictures of Skogafoss Waterfall:Weather continued to be fantastic. The photo opportunities were excellent. Standing under the falls this close, you could feel the cold spray on your skin. Get too close and you get wet.  Photo Opportunity The next photo shows Graham and Zoe on the viewing platform where the views over the surrounding plains were extensive and enhanced by the clear weather and brilliant sunshine. We were very lucky with the weather.Zoe and…
  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 1

    Paul Clark
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    My blog on my trip to Iceland, Reykjavik and the 2014 Marathon (Part 1)3:45pm on Thursday  21 August 2014 and my friend Graham Dale, my daughter Zoe and myself meet at my home where my brother George takes us to Edinburgh Airport.Edinburgh Airport All checked in, and through security, we visit Yo-Sushi, which I think was Graham and Zoe's first introduction to Japanese Cuisine.Filled with some Japanese beer and ample plates of soup and food, we made our way to the Easyjet for our planned 6:30pm flight to Keflavik, which was bang on time. After a very comfortable flight, and clear…
  • BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...

    Paul Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    BLOGGERAMAMANIA: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City...: BLOGGERAMAMANIA: Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014
  • Sheffield - Pulp's Beautiful City - 7th June 2014

    Paul Clark
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    AN ORDINARY DAY MEETING COMMON PEOPLE BRINGS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING IN TIME.If I owned a time machine, there are many places I'd visit. Perhaps the rise of the Roman Empire, The Battle of Hastings, The invention of the Steam Engine, The Union of 1707. My list would be extensive. However first amongst my ports of call would the 1990's.Something beautiful happened to me in the 1990's. It began in the last throws of my teenage years and all the angst and awkwardness that came with being a teenager. I was working and throwing off those shackles. It's fair to say I was a nerdy teenager and by my…
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  • Christ’s Representative

    RevCollins
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    http://bible.com/8/COL3.12 Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely]…
  • Kari Jobe – Revelation

    RevCollins
    1 Feb 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I love this song and this singer! Enjoy! The post Kari Jobe – Revelation appeared first on GC Ministry. Related posts: Kari Jobe: We Are (acoustic version) Casting Crowns – Just Another Birthday Gungor-Beautiful Things YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by
  • The Foundation of Thanksgiving

    RevCollins
    25 Nov 2013 | 5:59 pm
    As we begin to approach the American Holiday of Thanksgiving, it is a wonderful time to reflect on the true reason for giving thanks to God. The holiday is a celebration of the wonderful accomplishments that humanity can carry out when we lay aside our differences and work together for a common goal. The Native Americans took time to help the Plymouth colonists to survive and flourish in this new land they had come to in trying to escape religious persecution and tyranny. Pastor Peter Courlas of Faith Alive Ministries shares on the Foundation of Thanksgiving. This heartfelt message is…
  • National Association of Christian Ministers Project Local Ohio Gathering

    RevCollins
    18 Aug 2013 | 5:55 pm
    My wife and I had the opportunity to attend the first National Association of Christian Ministers (NACM) Project Local Ohio gathering yesterday in Orrville, OH. This gathering of Ohio ministers from NACM was the first of its kind in the country. The event was hosted by Elder Jo Anne Fisher and her husband Jon at their house. I was privileged to take part in the laying on of hands ceremony. At the gathering. You can find some photos from the event on the GC Ministry page on Facebook.The post National Association of Christian Ministers Project Local Ohio Gathering appeared first on GC Ministry.
  • Top 10 posts for 2012

    RevCollins
    26 Dec 2012 | 8:22 pm
    It is hard to believe but we are at the end of another year again. It seems that 2012 was just beginning yesterday. It is just a few days until 2013 will be here. I thought I would recap the top 10 posts from the past year. I hope you will enjoy these classic Reasons for unanswered Prayer-Part 1 Carmen: We Need God In America Again MercyMe: The Worship Sessions Giveaway What Are Your Priorities In Life Is Hell Real? The Meaning of Repentance The Power of One Loving Your Wife Feasts of The Lord The God Pocket by Bruce Wilkenson Are any of these your favorites?  The post Top 10 posts for…
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  • 5 Questions Every Young Christian Should Ask by Grant Skeldon

    Think Eternity
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    In Ephesians 4:1, Paul says, “Therefore I, a prisoner serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” God is doing amazing things with young Christians all over America, and all over the world. Here are five important questions every young Christian should ask themself: 1. Do you know what God has called you to, and are you confident in your calling?  If you know your calling but you’re not confident in it, you don’t fully understand calling. Calling doesn’t mean you’re necessarily special. It means…
  • Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

    Think Eternity
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Have you ever asked yourself the question, based on God's Word, does God want us to be happy? Does he care about that? Do the little concerns of our life matter to him, or is he mainly concerned with getting us to heaven?  All over the world, in every culture, people are searching for happiness. People look all sorts of different places to help them cover, or numb or forget the pain of this life.  I have overhead many well meaning Christians say, "God doesn't want you to be happy. He wants you to be holy." This answer sounds biblical, and intense, so it must be true, right? Isn't…
  • Prayer Is Always the First Best Option

    Think Eternity
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There are so many heartbreaking events taking place in the world today. From the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq to racism and mistreatment of our own in Ferguson. We've hardly had time to process innocent girls being abducted in Nigeria, airplanes disappearing over the ocean and being shot down, conflicts in the Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, wars and rumors of wars that continue to rage in other parts of the Middle East, and unrelenting genocide in Syria. It's all coming at us at a dizzying pace, leaving so many reeling, uncertain of the the best plan of…
  • Join Us for the IGNITE Tour

    Think Eternity
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    We are going on our fifth year since launching IGNITE Conference, and God continues to be faithful along every step of the way. We never do events or conferences for the sake of having something cool to do, but always at the urgency and leading of God's Spirit. This is the only motivation worth moving for.  We are making major changes to IGNITE this year, starting with moving on from the Billy Graham evangelism training. We will continue to keep the same spirit and heart and inter-denominational focus as that training, as well as the overarching themes of walking closely with…
  • 3 Reasons I Love the Next Generation

    Think Eternity
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    It's been on my heart this past year to connect with young godly leaders on social media. There are so many amazing young people out there that are sold out for Christ and have so much wisdom to share with Christians of all ages. The Bible says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12) And this is what I see in the next generation of Christians in America - they are already setting an example in the way they are living, and their love and commitment to the Lord, and…
 
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  • Your Biggest Problem With Disciplining Children

    Rob Shepherd
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Last week was a bad week for the NFL. The season started on the field, but the majority of conversations were about the actions of the players off the field. One of the biggest stories was Adrian Peterson’s discipline of his son. If you didn’t catch the story he used a switch to spank his son and it left marks. It’s left a lot of people outraged and declaring abuse. It’s left a whole lot of people talking about how far is too far when it comes to disciplining your own kids. Before we get into my opinion on discipline can we all just agree that parenting is hard? Not…
  • Things My 16 Year Old Self Never Thought I’d Be Doing At 36

    Rob Shepherd
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    I’m 36. I like it. In fact this has been one of the greatest years of my life. My wife is amazing. My twins are full of awesome. My church loves Jesus, loves people, and makes a difference. LML (Love My Life). With that being said there are a few things that surprise me about myself. They would down right shock my 16 year old self. Things like… At 36 I have to trim my eyebrows. If I don’t trim them they quickly turn into… Staying with the hair theme, at 36 I buzz my head hair because I’m going bald. If the hair on my head could just muster a half of the passion…
  • An Ode To Mim

    Rob Shepherd
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Mim. Oh, Mim. This is not written on a whim or as a joke. I could have just written happy birthday on Facebook or given you a Facebook poke. But that could not contain the joy I feel. It’s oh so real. You birthed me and my sibs. To my dad you are the ribs. Rib. Not like the McRib. Like Eve was to Adam’s rib. What rhymes with rib? You used to clean up when my food would fall on my bib. You kissed my boo boos and made sure my milk had a lid. But today is not about me. It’s about you, Mim. You are my mom, but we call you Mim. You proofed my book and that’s not a sin. 5…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    A new series, a new Make A Difference, and a financial update. It must be time for another Next Level Update… I’m out of my mind excited about this Sunday. We kick off a brand new series entitled, “Lip Sync.” We are also introducing a brand new song. You can watch the lyric video for it here or download it on iTunes. The song is called, “My God, My Father” by Newspring Worship. Last Sunday we mixed things up with our Top 3 weekly video. It got a BIG reaction… I hope our church never takes for granted the amazing talent and heart for worship that…
  • Broken

    Rob Shepherd
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    I was born into this world a broken vessel. Knowing Jesus and living in true community with others has helped fix me, but until I get to Heaven I will be one decision or situation away from feeling the effects of my brokeness. I feel I do a good job of not giving into my brokeness. I am pretty even keeled with my emotions. I try to not take criticism too personal. I’d give myself a 2 out of 10 on the crazy scale. I have yet to have a breakdown the resembles anything close to… The other night, however, my brokeness crashed in. I tend to keep a lot of feelings to myself. I know that…
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  • New Year

    Richard Wilson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    In the northern hemisphere, the summer is in the middle of the year, and in September we get back to the normal life. This week is the big week for restarting. School starts on Wednesday for Stefania and Daniele, which means the Sunday School as well on the 14th. Yesterday we started the signing up process for the small groups in the church, and the ones I am involved in will be starting next week or the one after. Back to our regular programming. Although it will not be so normal for us this year, as at the check-up last week Pinuccia and the twins were all well, but Pinuccia is getting…
  • Pray, Prepare, Program

    Richard Wilson
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Our time at the Italian prayer days went well. Firstly as a family – Pinuccia actually felt better there then when she is at home – and secondly as a mission, with a good time of sharing each others’ joys (of which there had been quite a few lately amongst the missionaries) and burdens. The other good news was that as we were in the car, 5 minutes before arriving, Pinuccia got a phone call offering her a few different full-time jobs. We were not expecting it, as usually so gets offered a job later on, being a bit down the list. Usually Pinuccia does not want a full-time job, to…
  • Prayer days

    Richard Wilson
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tomorrow we will be attempting our only trip away during this anomalous summer vacation, although it won’t be for a holiday. We will be going to Desenzano, a town on the southern shore of Lake Garda about 1.5 hours from here, for four days for a time of prayer for the Italian missionaries of ECM. Pray that it will be a time of refreshment and mutual encouragement for all the missionaries. Pray also that we as a family will be able to cope – it is always a challenge to keep Stefania and Daniele (who are the only children present) happy during all the meetings and prayer times for the…
  • Computer milestones

    Richard Wilson
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    The summer is usually when I get a lot more done in my computer ministry, since the church and mission commitments are greatly reduced. In fact, in the past two weeks I have managed to finish or reached a milestone in four of my projects. It was a bit of a coincidence that I reached a significant point in all of them at almost the same time, but it was satisfying to be able to wrap them up in this way. The highlights: 1. I finished all my comments on the historical books in my “Hard Passages of the Bible” text. This started out as my answers to common questions I receive on the…
  • Baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It was a wonderful afternoon at the baptismal service at Rovereto today, the first in that church. Firstly to hear the testimonies of the two people who were baptised, the elder’s teenage daughter (that Pinuccia and I saw a lot over the years in the Sunday School, the Youth Group, and the camps), and a man converted in the last 18 months in which he has been attending the church at Rovereto. Two very different people, with different stories, but the same witness to God’s free gift to them, not based on what they had done. It was also a great time together for the two churches at…
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  • Latest TeamUP Resource Now Available

    Bob Adams
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    It’s that time of year again… The time when the faint whispers of Autumn are found in loud roars from the gridiron, and when the first colors of Fall are worn on every player’s jersey and in each fan’s heart. It’s football time in America, when an offseason of practice and preparation gives way to team excellence and execution. It’s no different at your church. Do you have a game-plan? Introducing Fall’s most important playbook for church leaders: TeamUP: Top 10 Exercises for Great Team Moments As a reader of this blog, I am offering you free, access to our next TeamUP…
  • 7 Reasons that Proactive Churches Get Legal Advice (Even When It’s No Fun)

    Will Mancini
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I recently got to know David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group. My eyes were reopened to the scope of legal implications for the church. Because I like to focus my energies on vision, I frankly don’t think very much about the legal ramifications of church leadership. What struck me however is this: Legal negligence as a church leader leaves your vision susceptible. Here are my seven take-aways: #1  Don’t ignore governance. Sometime a gap grows between the way you practically get things done and the ways things are legally outlined to get done. You church has a by-laws and some…
  • 10 Principles for Discipling Key Donors

    Bob Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    A guest post from Todd McMichen, Auxano’s Chief Campaign Officer Recently I had several pastors step into the ranks of being committed to providing ongoing discipleship to key donors. It began during the planning phase of a capital campaign, which laid the foundation for a long-term fruitful ministry. Each pastor put in place a unique structure that reflected his personality, church culture, and relational network. Though each took a distinct approach the results were the same, exponential. Here is a list of common principles these pastors employed. 1. Be bold. Provide a high challenge…
  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
 
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    Alastair Vance

  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 14 Sep 2014

    Alastair Vance
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Here For You – Matt Redman (A) Come As You Are – Crowder (A) My Savior Lives – Glenn Packiam (A) Lord I Need You – Matt Maher (B) Everlasting God – Brenton Brown (B)
  • Photo: Graffiti Vandals

    Alastair Vance
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Found these vandals hanging at STORYCHURCH on Saturday. They only managed to paint the table legs before I chased them off.
  • Photo: Story Sports Injury

    Alastair Vance
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    After hurting himself playing American Football on Friday, Nathan ended up in urgent care today with a sore and swollen knee. He needs to rest up for the rest of the week.
  • How To Create a 5 Minute Countdown Video with Apple Motion 5 (Easy)

    Alastair Vance
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://alastairvance.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/green-screen-countdown.mp4 5…4…3…2…1 We use countdown videos every week at STORYCHURCH to count down to the beginning of the service. Up until now I had been using some free green screen videos I found online and merging it with our series graphics each time. This has worked well, but had it’s limitations as I was restricted to the font face, size and position of the green screen video counter. I’ve been thinking about buying Apple Motion 5 for a while and finally picked it up yesterday. With Apple…
  • STORY SPORTS – 12 Sep 2014

    Alastair Vance
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Here’s a couple of shots from our American Football themed Story Sports on Friday. Of course, we had to warm up with some proper football first. It’s been so much fun playing with all the kids and  adults at these events.
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Choosing Isaac's Wife

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The next chapter in Genesis deals with Isaac’s marriage and is a great illustration of how we ask and receive direct guidance from God concerning matters of daily life. The key thought of this chapter might well be Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straightWe will see that it’s NOT difficult to know God’s will and it’s not impossible to do it!Genesis 24:1-8 Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. 2 He said to the senior servant in his…
  • Sarah Dies

    13 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Genesis 23:1-2 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Sarah is the only woman in scripture who’s age is recorded! She was a wonderful helpmeet and wife to Abraham. Genesis 23:3-20 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, 4 “I am a foreigner and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.” 5 The Hittites replied to Abraham, 6 “Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty…
  • God tells Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Genesis 22:1-19 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to…
  • Isaac is Finally Born!

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Genesis 21:1-8 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah…
  • Genesis 20 Abraham Lies Again

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Genesis 20 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” 4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is…
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    the mayward blog

  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 3: Faithfulness is Success)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Ministry Lesson #3: Being faithful to God is the vital metric for ministry…
  • On Turning 30

    9 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Photo Credit: Lhoretse (Creative Commons)I turn 30 today.My twenties are over, and they've been awesome.I graduated from college, got married, became a full-time pastor, moved to another state, bought a car, bought a house, had two children, wrote two books, and moved to another country in my twenties.This doesn't include the countless conversations, laughter, tears, and memories from the thousands of beautiful and fascinating people I've encountered over the past ten years. This decade has been full and fulfilling, and I am humbled and grateful for the grace bestowed upon me.So what will the…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 2: Suffering is Inevitable)

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Ministry Lesson #2: Suffering is inevitable when you're obedient to God's…
  • Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    This song by Portland, OR band Ages and Ages might be the catchiest one I've heard in 2014. It's also got some excellent spiritual/ethical themes and implications, and the music video captures this sentiment in a childlike and hilarious style:Do the right thing / do the right thingDo it all the time / do it all the timeMake yourself right, never mind themDon't you know you're not the only one sufferingEven though I'm fairly sure the band wasn't thinking of these particular passages of Scripture when they wrote this song, they come to my mind regarding one's motives and desires in ministry:Am…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 1: Love the City)

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Here's what I'm learning about ministry from the prophet Jeremiah:1. Love the city…
 
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  • 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,…
  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
  • MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable [Event]

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    31 May 2014 | 11:27 am
    I’ll be speaking at the next MNYBA Justice Roundtable about how we can unite our church and community around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is a free event open to pastors and other church leaders. Date: June 12, 2014 Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. Event: MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable Sponsor: Raleigh Sadler Venue: MNYBA Location: New York, NY Registration: Click here to register.
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    The BIGBible Project

  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Contentment. (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
      http://www.theworshipcloud.com/view/images/pastures Perhaps this is vaguely counter-intuitive.  Contentment from Ecclesiastes.  The writer doesn’t seem to be someone filled with contentment.  It feels angsty.  Like a person dragging their body and mind through a meaningless life.  Miserable, meaningless, sorrow, oppression, toil.  Fool, wicked, evil, forgotten, frustration.  Chasing after the wind. So why contentment? Contentment is something that many of us struggle with.  Ernie Feasey (@minidvr) has already written a fab post on contentment this month.  Contentment can…
  • Ecclesiastes (#paulblakey)

    paulblakey
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Image © http://www.powerofchange.org/blog/2010/12/30/visual-reflections-on-ecclesiastes.htmlused with permission Ecclesiastes – written 10th century BC probably by Solomon. A book which observes life around us and draws logical conclusions. Life without God is meaningless! Only when a person turns to God will they find true happiness. Life is not for living for oneself, ignoring others and God – life is best lived with an others and God focus – a message from 10th century BC still relevant today.   Whenever I think or read Ecclesiastes I start singing “to…
  • Better Together (@seeking1st)

    Nancy Wallace
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SuperMacro_Rope.JPG   Better together? If you are reading this before 18 September 2014 you might think of the ‘No’ Campaign for the Scottish Referendum. This post is not about Scotland. It’s about the strength and other benefits that come from mutual support and friendship. I’m writing about a gem of a paragraph in Ecclesiastes, words that are special for me since my husband’s best man quoted them in his speech at our wedding. Here they are: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they…
  • Doomed and Meaningless? #Eccelesiastes #digidisciple (@Sally_Rush)

    Sally Rush
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “We’re doomed” that was the cry frequently heard from Private Frazer in Dad’s Army. The dour Scottish undertaker seemed determined to see the dark side of whatever was happening. When I read Ecclesiastes and the cry of “Meaningless! Meaningless! I find myself thinking of Private Frazer, it’s the type of book I suspect he might have had an affinity with. The writer of Ecclesiastes can be read on one level as being as bleak as Frazer was. But this book is more complex. Whilst it acknowledges the darkness in life it also seeks to point to the light beyond the…
  • #Bookshelf: Godwired: Religion, Ritual and Virtual Reality

    bigbible
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Title: Godwired: Religion, Ritual and Virtual Reality Author: Rachel Wagner Publisher: Routledge Date: 14 November 2011 Length: 272 pages Abstract: Godwired offers an engaging exploration of religious practice in the digital age. It considers how virtual experiences, like stories, games and rituals, are forms of world-building or “cosmos construction” that serve as a means of making sense of our own world. Such creative and interactive activity is, arguably, patently religious. This book examines: the nature of sacred space in virtual contexts technology as a vehicle for…
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Does Kidmin matter?

    Kenny
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    What a silly question. Of course it does. I don’t have to convince you, do I? The problem is convincing others, right? Maybe you have found yourself in a situation like this: You discovered that the monthly dry cleaning bill for the choir robes is larger than your monthly budget You’ve been patiently waiting to come on staff full time, shortly after they hire the maintenance director, women’s director and administrative assistant to the missions pastor You got in trouble  because the associate pastor’s wife found ground-in goldfish crumbs in the nice carpet where…
  • You need a fitbit

    Kenny
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Okay, I don’t actually know if you need one or not, but go with me here for a minute. Back in late June, I bought a fitbit for myself. I knew that I need to continue to focus on my health. I liked the idea of a fitbit. It measures daily activity. It helps set daily goals. It tracks progress (or lack of it). It has a social component where I can track how I am doing compared to friends. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it or how well it would work for me. I love it. Since I got it nearly two months ago, it has been off my arm only to charged the battery. I am constantly…
  • App of the Week: Google Drive

    Kenny
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The app I’d like to introduce to you this week isn’t a new app, but over the years it has been nicely developed and has become more and more useful as time goes by. Quite simply, it’s the Google Drive app for the iPhone (I don’t have an android device, so I’m sure it works as well or better on one of those devices). Several years ago, my entire team (and most of the church staff) converted to google docs/drive for word documents and spreadsheets. We created an official “NextGen” shared drive and virtually every file we create lives in this drive.
  • Systems: Improving where you struggle

    Kenny
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    One of the things I love about systems is that they often make me better than I really am. I think that we sometimes have this idea in our mind that we just need to be better, get better and become someone without weakness. This side eternity, I think we make this harder than it needs to be. Most strong leaders will tell you that they didn’t become who they are because they focused on making their weaknesses strengths. They became who they are by making there strengths even stronger. Primarily focusing on your weakness can be a fleeting endeavorer and at best, only makes you average.
  • Systems: Anticipating what is coming

    Kenny
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yes, systems take extra work to set up and extra work to maintain. Systems require you to take a short break from the busy and think about things you don’t often think about. However, a little investment of time and mental energy to create and set up systems will pay dividend for years. They will enable you to spend more time doing the things that make a bigger impact. One of the first steps to setting up systems requires you to be a futurist. Basically, anticipate what is going to happen. Let’s take a look at what this means practically. Lets talk about email. It’s probably…
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    Art Lessons From God

  • Tip: Create a ‘Spokesperson’ to Market Your Creative Biz

    tsnipes
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “MANNY THE ARTIST ASSISTANT” came to life as I began to explore the use of Instagram more in my marketing strategies. He became a great way to add flair to my pics while using something recognizble to any artist that has taken any form of art classes. Take a look at the many ways “Manny” … Continue Reading → Related posts: 3 Free Tools That Have Boosted My Creative Business and Will Boost Yours, Too Here are 3 free social media tools that I’ve used... BLUEPRINT: How Artists Should Use Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to Boost Your Business Images…
  • Why the Devil Wants Your Talent

    tsnipes
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Why the Enemy Wants Your Talent : Is your art, writing, dance, music or any other creative talent a threat to the kingdom of darkness? Here’s a short 2 minute clip on why the enemy wants access to your creative talent. What power do YOU have that he wants?         (Special thanks … Continue Reading → Related posts: 2014, The Culture War, The Devil…and You I believe that 2014 will usher in the biggest battle... Your Talent as a Weapon? Recently I circulated this image on Social Media to see... The DARKSIDE of Creativity: Worry vs Imagination Guard…
  • Stay At Home Mom Launches T-Shirt Business About Being ‘Happy’

    tsnipes
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Take a look at how a stay at home mom with a positive vision turns her creativity into a REAL business! Kristen Laroy, owner of Growing Up Happy Designs, shares with our friend Jamarcus Gaston of Studio 62 how she launched her line of t-shirts and brand all about being happy!   Related posts: Artist Paints MLK On Live TV (Video) This piece was such a pleasant surprise that I HAD... Was This Year Good Enough to Do It Exactly the Same Way? Was This Year Good Enough to Do It  Exactly the... Try This: “Google Yourself” to Test Your Personal Brand Want to see how well…
  • Creative Questions: Trademark? Websites? Biz Licenses for Freelancers?

    tsnipes
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    I’ve recently gotten quite a few great questions from many of you, especially questions from the Creative Entrepreneur. With that said, I wanted to answer as many of them as possible and share them here because it’s usually a question others here have wondered about, too! GOT A QUESTION? Get it to me using one … Continue Reading → Related posts: Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... Notice How Images are the “Big Thing” Now? It Means More Biz for You your actual work or your creative insight will be IN...
  • The DARKSIDE of Creativity: Worry vs Imagination

    tsnipes
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Guard your gift. The enemy will try to use your God given abilities against you. Here’s what I mean: You are creative. You have an incredible ability to see the unseen, to create images in your mind that give life to things we can’t see. The dark side of that creative ability is that you … Continue Reading → Related posts: Are Artists Modern Day Prophets? Are artists modern day prophets? I ask this because of... Your Talent as a Weapon? Recently I circulated this image on Social Media to see... Is Your Art a Mirror or a Flashlight? Is your art a mirror or a flashlight?
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  • Why reading blogs, books and tweets may be bad for you.

    samluce
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    When it comes to blogging or anything else in life for that matter there is a delicate balance that must be maintained in order for you to be effective. I call it the production vs. consumption dilemma. Catchy I know. Here is the problem. We live in a time where more content is being generated than ever before in our history. Check out this info graphic on how much content is created in one minute on the web. The numbers are staggering. What has happened has been a seismic shift in content creation. The internet has removed all the previous gateways that filtered content. For example you want…
  • My Children’s Pastor is Irrelevant

    samluce
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    One of the things I have noticed over the past few years in the kids ministry community, is kids and youth pastors seem to move around a lot. I always found this to be quite curious. I moved around many times as a kid. So I always chalked up my awareness of how often kids and youth pastors move because of my personal experience growing up. Last year I went to Australia and I found that they don’t have the same ministry culture there. To be fair there are some pioneers in kids ministry in Australia but the whole of kids ministry in Australia is largely done by volunteers and part-time…
  • Logos Review: The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament

    samluce
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The Bible Speaks Today series has been widely acclaimed for its combination of scholarship and application. Now its bestselling New Testament volumes are made available in electronic form. All who preach and teach the Word of God, or who want to study it earnestly, will benefit from these superb studies and the technology that now supports them. The Bible Speaks Today series, according to John Stott, is characterized by the following threefold ideal: Expound the Biblical Text with Accuracy Relate it to Contemporary Life Make it Readable The equivalent print editions in this collection are…
  • My interview with Matt Perman on Gospel Productivity.

    samluce
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    I recently read a book entitled “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done” By Matt Perman. Here is my review of the book I did a few weeks back. I loved the book how it tackled the whole issue of productivity from the standpoint the great commandment and the great commission. I often talk with my team and tell them we are not efficient with people we are efficient with problems so we can extend grace to people. That’s the heart beat of this book. After I finished reading this book I reached out to Matt to do a blog interview below is that…
  • The good and the bad of the ice bucket challenge

    samluce
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Let me start off by saying ALS is an awful disease. I am grateful to hear that donations over the past two weeks are at 1.35 million versus 22,000 over last year. That’s great news. I hope that some headway if forged in finding a cure for this fatal disease. I have known personally a few people who have gotten ALS it is a tragic diagnosis with no hope of recovery other than divine healing. If you have Facebook or have been on the internet doing anything for the past week you will have seen everyone from Bill Gates to Martha Stewart pouring buckets of ice on their heads. They are doing…
 
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  • I’m Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge this Week

    Jeff Mikels
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Last week, Ashley Smith issued the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to the LCC Staff, and this Sunday, Billy, Beth, Kevin and I are going to get doused. You will want to be there at around 10:20am to see it happen. However, I also want to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about the Ice Bucket Challenge. The current and most popular version of the Ice Bucket Challenge is described here: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html And a brief history of it is described in this video: Now, ALS is a terrible disease, and I truly hope that the money raised through this…
  • A Different Question about Gender Differences

    Jeff Mikels
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This past week, I tried an experiment. I posted a couple images to my Facebook timeline that I thought had the potential to become somewhat viral. That is, I thought these images would be shared around Facebook, and I wanted to see how widely they would go. Well, my little experiment took me in a different direction than I thought it would. So here’s the back-story. Back-story A couple years ago, I taught a series of messages at Lafayette Community Church called Born this Way. The intent of the series was to cover some of the Bible’s teaching on gender issues; however, in the…
  • Why are church people so strange?

    Jeff Mikels
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Why do church people do . . . ? There are a lot of things that church people do that are different from the way the rest of the world lives: Church people go to a church gathering nearly every Sunday while most people in the world rarely do anything “every week” except for weekly obligations like school/work or entertainment choices like eating out, seeing movies, etc. Church people not only attend church gatherings, but they often are actually doing things at those gatherings like playing music, teaching a class, or greeting people. Church people get together in smaller groups…
  • Do the courts define marriage?

    Jeff Mikels
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Same-sex Marriage is Now the Law of the Land On June 26, 2014, wlfi.com published an article with this headline: Same-sex couples wed at Tippecanoe Co. Courthouse After great amounts of debate earlier this year over the locally infamous HJR-6, a resolution by the two houses of Indiana state government to put a prohibition against same-sex marriage into the state constitution, our legislators decided that one of the phrases in the resolution went too far. In response, they modified the resolution (now called HJR-3) and thereby also delayed its appearance on an Indiana ballot until 2016. Many…
  • Single Sign-on for Multiple WordPress Installations

    Jeff Mikels
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Lafayette Community Church uses a couple different WordPress installations for its website. The first WordPress installation is the main website, and it is located at http://lafayettecc.org/news/. The second WordPress installation is for blogs and devotionals, and it is located at http://lafayettecc.org/blogs/. I set it up so that users need log in only once, and their login persists across both sites. I didn’t need to use any plugins or LDAP or third party authentication systems for this. Here’s what you need to do to make it work for your site as well: Both WordPress…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • How To Choose Faith Over Fear

    Crystal McDowell
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s a choice every believer can’t avoid—either we are walking in faith or fear. Faith in the face of fear stretches us to grow up spiritually. In Romans 10:17 we recognize that “faith comes from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Shall Not Take the Name of The Lord In Vain: Bible Lesson And Life Application

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The third commandment reads like this: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). Anyone who has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Proverbs 12: Bible Study and Commentary

    Jack Wellman
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Proverbs chapter 12 contains much wisdom but what can we glean from it?  What could you add in commenting about Proverbs chapter 12? What is a Proverb? The Hebrew word for proverb is “mashal” and it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit In Your Life

    Crystal McDowell
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is it possible to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit? Jesus told His disciples, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dolphin Tale 2 – Movie Review

    Kim Frauli
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dolphin Tale 2 hits theaters September 12, 2014 When I learned I had the opportunity to review Dolphin Tale 2, I knew I had to bring along my younger daughter (age 10) who just happens to be one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Practical Youth Ministry

  • Equipped Youth Pastor

    Brandon
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The following ad is written by Jeff Crosby of Equipped Youth Pastor. After more than twenty years in youth ministry, one of the things I do religiously is read. I can’t imagine being in ministry, being a leader, without the equipping that comes from a regular regimen of reading books on youth ministry, leadership, and the Christian life. But make no mistake; it’s often a struggle to include this practice in my life. It represents a sacrifice in both time and money. I became interested in the reading habits of other youth pastors that I knew. As I asked around, every youth pastor I…
  • Western Hills Internship

    Brandon
    7 Oct 2013 | 6:49 am
    We have begun receiving resumes for the 2014 Western Hills Internship. Since this ministry internship functions more like a temporary staff position, applicants need to be heading into full-time ministry and should have completed their Sophomore year of their undergraduate education. The position is also open to students who are completing a master’s level degree in ministry. Interviews will roll through this Fall semester and will be closed once the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted in person and/or Skype. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview,…
  • MAP Makers

    Carter
    13 Jun 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Parents need help! I know it about myself, and we know it about each other. When it comes to raising our young ones up in faith, there is only so much that comes to us naturally. At a time when I was thinking about how to help parents be intentional about spiritual direction, I crossed paths with Keith Rogers, the youth and family minister at Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. Keith has developed an aid to help parents to be intentional in the process of spiritual direction. He called it MAP Makers. MAP stands for Ministry Annual Plan. The method is to set three or more long range…
  • Discipleship Without the Guilt Trip

    Carter
    5 Jun 2013 | 2:13 pm
    A youth worker once told me this story: “Once there was a little boy who was very lonely. The little boy was given a puppy one Christmas.The puppy and the boy became instant companions and from that point on did everything together. Their favorite activity was going out on the lake behind their house and fishing together. The boy had heard a story about lake monsters so he always brought his ax with him in case they came across a monster. The puppy loved to jump out of the boat and catch turtles and fish. One morning the puppy jumped out and got tangled in some seaweed. The boy was…
  • Instagram for Parents

    Brandon
    8 May 2013 | 7:05 am
    This is an excellent article for parents about Instagram: Parents: A Word about Instagram by Sarah Brooks One of the volunteers at my church who works with our middle and high school girls sent me an article by her friend Sarah Brooks about Instagram. It is a well-written, insightful piece highlighting the spiritual, psychological and social dynamics at work in the lives of teenagers. Parents: A Word about Instagram by Sarah Brooks Share the link with your parents and teenagers. Related Posts Keeping Kids Safe Online Prescription Drugs and Teens Parent Resources Category
 
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • In debt to the heretics

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Ignatius. Clement. Tertullian. Irenaeus. Athanasius. Augustine. Jerome. Constantine. Calvin. Luther. Barth. Lewis.I've written about the importance of church history here and wrote a few weeks ago that the theological ideas described and defended by the likes of the list above leave the modern church heavily indebted. But, the giants of church thought didn't write in a vacuum. The church should also tip its hat to the following three men...Marcion.Aruis.Nestorius.These three blokes, to be blunt, were heretics.But, without them and their drifts from orthodoxy, the Christian church…
  • Timetable for early changes

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Today I answered a question on a youth ministry Facebook group I'm in, which I don't do all that often, about changing the name of a group at a new church.I wrote that any change needs to follow the old saying of... You never knock down a wall unless you know why it was built.As understandable as it might be to bring in change to a new ministry, this impulse must be stemmed because the absolute worst thing you can do is "impose" a change and then discover that the previous things had deep attachment to someone/something sacred.I recommended that…
  • Absent or apology?

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    I always inwardly chuckle when I'm at a meeting and they take apologies (Admittedly, it might have to do with my opinion of many meets I attend or those which I'll gladly skip).I do so because, for a lot of meetings, those who aren't present are not apologetic, they just aren't physically there.In short, they aren't sorry they're missing the meeting!In ministry, the aim should be to create those, who if they miss an event, are actually apologetic.Church services...Children's ministry activities...Youth group...Family ministry shindigs...They should be important enough, impactful…
  • THIS is how you respond to "I did my time as a youth pastor"

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I read skim hundreds of blog posts a day, so it's gotta be good to get my attention.The following post slams the entitled statement out of the park so hard that I a) wish I wrote it, b) had the guts to say it and c) know I'll kick myself for forgetting the next time I hear the statement uttered.Did my time as a youth pastor
  • Ministry for THEM or YOU?

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Churches can fall for the trap of thinking they SHOULD do a specific x ministry (insert youth, children's, family, seniors, intergenerational, seeker, family-friendly, music, creative-arts-based, refugee, homeless, handicapped, mental illness).Maybe it was successful in "the good old days" of the church...Maybe it's working at a neighboring church or a mega-church in town...Maybe it's mentioned in a the latest book the minister has just read...Whatever the root cause, the trap has to do with who's the focus.Is the ministry, primarily, about those inside or outside the…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • The Face Of Evil

    Fr. Peter
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Over the last few weeks the world has come face to face with an absolute evil known as the group ISIS or whatever it is we are calling it now.  As I write this, word has come that another person has been beheaded by this so-called group of religious fighters.  I have not watched, nor do I recommend that you watch, the videos of these three murders, as they are very gruesome.  It is very difficult to not hate the people who are doing this but, as Christians, that is exactly what we are called to do, not hate. In a recent speech, Vice-President Biden spoke of these “evil people” and that…
  • Fr. Mychal Judge, Saint of 9/11

    Fr. Peter
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    On September 11, 2001 Fr. Mychal Judge was going about his daily routine when he heard that a plane had struck one of the buildings of the World Trade Center.  Fr. Mychal had the honor of being the Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and when the call went out, he grabbed his gear and went right to the scene. The Chaplain usually stands at the Command Post to be available to the scene commander and also to be available if he is needed by one of the guys working the fire ground.  Fr. Mychal was in the lobby of the North Tower of the World Trade Center giving last rites to many of…
  • Preparedness Month 2014

    Fr. Peter
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    by Fr. John A. Peck ~ Guest Blogger National Preparedness Month is almost upon us, and in light of that, I thought a quick look at why being prepared makes sense, and can, in fact, be a fun activity for yourself and your family. Why should you do it at all? Let’s quickly review a few things we’ve seen in the past few months. Extreme Drought is crushing not only California, but a great deal of the west and south, resulting is smaller herds of livestock; The Ebola Outbreak threatens to appear almost anywhere; flu Season is almost upon us and Ebola symptoms are identical to flu symptoms…
  • Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction. What we are witnessing before our eyes…
  • Orthodoxy and Suicide

    Fr. Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams.  This illustrates that we never really know what is going on in a person’s life and one might appear, on the surface, like everything is fine, when deep down inside their life is in turmoil. Depression, like all mental illness, is very complex and is not always the same for each person living with it.  There are many unanswered questions but the questions need to be asked. For clergy it is even more complex.  I learned a long time ago that I have limitations in my ability to help someone when they come to…
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    Iyasostuff

  • Temptation is always lurking

    Osayi
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Temptation is always lurking, looking for access to your heart. You’re the only one that can protect your heart, because there will always be something that you can be discontented about. There will always be someone else out there that seems better in some regard. There will always be something that seems better. There will always be a situation that can get you thinking that life would have been better “if only…” It’s up to you to realize that even if life is not where you would like it to be, you can still be contented. It’s up to you to realize that the…
  • It’s all temporary

    Osayi
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Sometimes I forget that it’s all temporary. If I had known it would be the last letter or the last phone call I would get from my uncle, maybe I would have cherished it a bit more. If I had known it would be the last time I would hang out with some of my friends, maybe I would have made it count for more. If I had known that the pain from high school, or the challenges of college were all part of the process, perhaps I would have enjoyed it a bit more. If I had known that the heartbreak wouldn’t have lasted forever, perhaps I would have made the decision sooner, and moved on…
  • It’s just money

    Osayi
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I was watching a movie the other day and there was this guy who gets “adopted” by an anonymous wealthy benefactor, and tells him (through the attorney) that he can buy anything he desires. And so this guy goes on a buying rampage – rents a place, buys expensive clothes, shoes, books, joins expensive clubs etc. Then he ignores his old friends because they cannot spend as much money as he can, and they are not quite as “sophisticated” as he is (I mean of course everyone should know how to use a fork and knife – *cue sarcasm*) But as you can expect, the…
  • That you may have hope

    Osayi
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Romans. In Romans, there are so many instances where Paul talks about us being filled with hope… I am convinced that the reason God promises us so many things and why He provides so many things for us is not so that we can be happy, although he enjoys it when we are happy, but so that we can be filled with hope. Life can be so challenging some times. Some times things don’t work out the way you wanted them to. Some times people don’t act the way we want them to, or the we expected them to. When things happen that we are…
  • Open my eyes to your wonders anew

    Osayi
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    I was watching this movie over the weekend. There was this pill that when you took it, you were able to see things more clearly, and focus and come up with solutions. Things didn’t look so bad once you took the pill because all of a sudden there was hope, and you could see ways to get out of any and every solution that bothered you. Even if I could remember the name of the movie, I wouldn’t tell you because there were some graphic sexual scenes, and I had to avert my eyes since I wouldn’t go into anyone’s bedroom to watch them sleeping together, so I have no interest…
 
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    Jonathan Herron

  • When It’s Not Your Time, It’s Not Your Time

    Jonathan Herron
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    I was reading Acts chapter 1 the other day.  As the early Christ followers we about to unleash a new movement of love and compassion into the world, they got their ducks in a row and prepared for a movement of God. Peter takes inventory and realizes that with Judas out of the picture, the apostles have an opening in upper church management. In Acts 1:23, two names are nominated to fill the spot: Justus and Matthias. Now if you’re Justus or Matthias, you’re having a pretty good day: your boss wants to give you a huge promotion and the signing bonus includes getting your name in…
  • Martin de Maat Mondays: Using Laughter and Humor Strategically

    Jonathan Herron
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week I want to share this article written by my former improv-comedy mentor, Dr. Martin de Maat.  While he was writing this to aspiring comedians, read between the lines at how everything Martin shares here applies to leaders and pastors as well: Contemplate this: What purpose does art serve? There is, after all, no harmless art. Each image, word or brush stroke creates an effect. All art has an influence. It can challenge the status quo and often begin rumblings that can, and sometimes do, transform social paradigms. Stimulation of ideas through free expression is the basis for our…
  • Lawn Chairs and Generosity

    Jonathan Herron
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Our faith community, Life Church Michigan, has been making its way through a killer series this summer while gathering outdoors in lawn chairs.  That We May has been slowly building toward Generosity Sunday this coming weekend.  We’ve been learning that whatever is in our hands was placed in our hands by God.  We don’t have to horde what God has entrusted to us.  When we give, God shows His faithfulness!   Generosity fuels our ministries to serve people far from God and point them to life in Christ. God is changing hearts at Life Church.  One example is this email I received…
  • Martin de Maat Mondays: Doing Life Together

    Jonathan Herron
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Improv-comedy guru Dr. Martin de Maat on the joy of doing life together: “What happens… in being with each other in acceptance and Yes And-ing each other, is that you as an individual start to believe in yourself because you begin to see yourself in the others’ eyes. Your ensemble, your group, your team, your committee, is the one that’sbelieving in you and you pull it together to do it for them.  You know, it’s simply recognizing you’re not alone. It’s love and unconditional acceptance. You put yourself in a place of support, unconditional…
  • Why the loss of Robin Williams is blowing us all away

    Jonathan Herron
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    This year has uniquely seen massive tectonic shifts in the world of comedy.  That isn’t hyperbole, it is fact.  On the positive side, 2014 has seen the first comedy album to debut at #1 on Billboard since the 1960’s (a well-deserved feather in the hat of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic). This Spring our culture witnessed the generational baton-passing of several late night torches with the exits of David Letterman and Jay Leno among others (I still can’t believe Arsenio Hall got cancelled.  That is just wrong).  With Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert ascending to the late…
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on September 14

    Naomi Deviny
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Our God” “Mighty to Save” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Mighty to Save” “Revelation Song” “Lord I Need You” “Cornerstone” “This is Amazing Grace” “In Christ Alone” Landing at number 18 this week, “One Thing Remains (Your…
  • Win Logos 5 Gold

    Naomi Deviny
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Try Proclaim by September 21, 2014 and be automatically entered to win a Logos 5 Gold base package worth over $1,500.00. It’s that easy, so go On Air for your chance to win Gold now! Don’t have Proclaim? Go On Air for free If you don’t already have a Proclaim On Air license, no problem. You can start your 30 days free now—no strings attached. Download Proclaim and take your church On Air. Proclaim lives in the cloud, so you can collaborate with your team from wherever they work best. No more emailing large files or fumbling with flash drives. Best of all, it connects with…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on September 7

    Naomi Deviny
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Each week, we publish the top 10 most-played songs from weekend services around the world and point out tracks that are rising fast on the charts. Check back every week to learn which worship tracks are hot right now. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Revelation Song” “Blessed Be Your Name” “How Great is Our God” “This is Amazing Grace” “Our God” “Forever Reign” “Mighty to Save” “Doxology” “Lord I Need You” Climbing the charts over 150 spots this week is…
  • New Pro Media is Here

    Jason Hickerson
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    September is a great month to start using Pro Media! There are 12 new packs with 2 new videos. If you are planning a sermon series about family, marriage, kids, or relationships, Pro Media has a great video ready for you. The baptism video is perfect to announce an upcoming baptism. Pro Media is more than awesome videos and beautiful slides. Smart Media enables slides to be used in thousands of ways making Pro Media content the best investment to enhance your church presentations. We make it easy to build elegant church presentations! If you want to use Pro Media slides but don’t have Pro…
  • Free Media: We Will Never Forget

    Naomi Deviny
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We will never forget September 11, 2001. Nineteen men crashed two airplanes into the Twin Towers and one into the Pentagon. They tried to crash a fourth plane into another building but passengers fought back and the plane crashed in a field—we will never forget. Just as these defining moments shaped our nation, what speaks louder and brings us hope are the brave men and women that came from all over the world to help. These evil actions spurred people all over the world to look for something greater! As 9/11 draws near once again, take time to remember all those who lost their lives. We…
 
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    Seeing Invisible

  • The Investment Banker and the Bank Janitor: All Work Has Value

    Blake Mankin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    One of the greatest lies our culture tells us is that certain types of work are more valuable than others. In the kingdom of God, this couldn’t be further from the truth. All work, done with integrity, is meaningful. I heard a story from a pastor once about a father talking to his son as they passed a construction site. “Stay in school and work hard, son,” the father said, “or you’ll end up like that man laying bricks.” Oh, how this story breaks my heart. It points to the faulty assumption that a meaningful life can’t be found in certain employment positions. It turns people…
  • Pull Stewardship Out of the Attic

    Blake Mankin
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Stewardship is a word I would expect to find dusty and in the attic, a seemingly outdated concept that’s been replaced with more cutting edge ideologies like “minimalism.” It’s time, however, to climb the ladder, clear out the cobwebs, and take stewardship out into our culture again. Don’t get me wrong, I think Christians should be leaders in the minimalist movement (as I’ve written before). But we all need to be reminded again about the basis of this movement from a Christ-follower’s perspective: none of this stuff is ours to begin with. We are simply managers—stewards—of…
  • Robin Williams, Depression, and the Church

    Blake Mankin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    After Robin Williams’ recent suicide, depression has been placed in the national spotlight. How could someone so successful feel so terrible about himself? What does depression actually look like, and what do I do if I feel similarly? What do I do if someone in my life is battling depression? These and other questions have been discussed on radio stations, news sites, and blogs. But what about in Christian circles? What does the national dialogue about mental illnesses such as depression have to contribute to our churches? Let me start with this: I love Jesus with all my heart, and I…
  • Are You a Child?

    Blake Mankin
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When I was a young child, I asked a ton of questions. I would ask everything from, “Why can’t I have a soda?” to “If God created the world, who created God?” Yes, I was curious. But I wasn’t alone in my curiosity. The Guardian cites a fascinating study about curiosity in children: A 1964 study found that babies as young as two months old when presented with different patterns will show a marked preference for the unfamiliar ones. The instinct to explore grows into an instinct for inquiry. Some time after their first birthday, children start to point at things, looking up at…
  • You Should Be a Member of a Subculture

    Blake Mankin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Every place has a culture with both stated and discrete ways of doing things. Stop at a stop sign. Tip at least 18% at restaurants. In Austin, there’s a coffee house called Flight Path. In college, it was one of my favorite places to study–mostly because it had a strong culture of silence. It didn’t take long to realize the largest room in the cafe was a place where talking was unacceptable. No rules were posted on the wall stating this explicitly, it was simply a strong cultural expectation. Most of the rules and strong suggestions, like the silent culture of Flight Path,…
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    United Faith Church

  • On The Right Trail

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭15‬ NIV) Recently I took a bike ride down the Barnegat trails with Luke our worship leader and while on the ride this scripture hit our hearts and spoke to us. The trail we were riding on was clear. While we were riding there was fresh air from the surrounding trees, an amazing view of the woods and surrounding area that was so peaceful and it led us to our destination. What does this have to do with anything? When we are meditating and following the Word, we are focusing on God’s ways! His ways are a path,…
  • STEADFAST!

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭5-6‬ NIV) Each and and everyday we should be able to compare our actions to God’s Word to see if we’ve been in “tune.” And when we consider His commands we are either thankful that we’ve been obedient, or left in shame that we’ve not walked according to His great instructions. What will it be for you today? Will you cry out for a steadfast heart to follow? The Psalmist desired a STEADFAST heart to be…
  • The Right Way

    Kris Burke
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. UFC, In prayer this week the Lord reminded me of this verse. So often in this world people are always trying to do the “right thing”. But what do people base what is right off of? The way they feel, what the media portrays, how people may react? The Word shows us that there are many ways that seem right in life but in the end they do not lead to God. The “right way” is the way that was shown to us through the Word of God, demonstrated in life by The Lord Jesus Christ. It is our job to walk on…
  • New Season

    Kris Burke
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, Most trees spend years growing before they finally begin to give off their fruit. They establish their roots, grow down deep and sturdy their limbs before they can finally bear the weight of the fruit. Then, when the season is right, they bear the fruit they were meant to bear. We too, as a church, have gone through the growing years. We have established ourselves in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have grown our roots…
  • The Father’s Plan

    Kris Burke
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Ezekiel 11:19-20 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. UFC, What is the purpose of our salvation? Some may say it is so that we can be happy throughout life. Some say it is our ticket into heaven. But God, The Father, had planned for the salvation of man since the beginning of time. This book was written 500 years before Jesus was sent to the earth. We can see that God was…
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