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  • “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”

    Todd Rhoades
    Todd Rhoades
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    That was the quote of motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  The blog Lifehacker recently posted this quote and it got me thinking.  Is this really true?  And if it is true, is that a GOOD thing or a BAD thing? Perhaps that’s why so many churches are isolated from the very communities that they live in. I’ve been taught from a very early age that those you spend time are the ones who influence you. The end result of that:  you should only hang with people who are just like you… namely, Christians. That’s why when you became a Christian, it was important for you to break…
  • "“I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this:..."

    Ryan Guard
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    ““I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this: “If I was saved by my good works — then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with rights. I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace — at God’s infinite cost — then there’s nothing he cannot ask of me.”” - "The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller
  • 3 Ways to Respond to a Controlling Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    Ron Edmondson
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    I have written a good deal recently about controlling leadership. Read ways people respond to controlling leadership and some warning signs you may be a controlling leader. Most of my posts stem from current or past experience in leadership. Since I’ve been blogging on leadership, I have talked with dozens individuals in ministry or business who experience this type of leader. It impacts their personal leadership, as well as the health of their organization — and honestly, even their own personal health. Many younger leaders have told me they feel a controlling leader not only…
  • Church Branding on #cmschat

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    Kevin D. Hendricks
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Last night’s weekly Twitter conversation, #cmschat, covered church branding. We talk about what it is, why it’s important and how to do it effectively. Check out the examples and insights from the community. Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “Week 7: Church Branding” on Storify] The post Church Branding on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing Sucks.
  • How Frequently Should Churches Really Post On Social Media?

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    djchuang
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    [a guest post by Jeremy Smith, author of “By The Numbers: A Longitudinal Study on the Digital Ministry of America’s Largest Churches“]There is this notion floating around which has gained ground that a magic number exists for how frequently a church should post on different social media platforms to get the best reach every day. The concern pastors want to overcome is the same from the social media account as it is from the pulpit. How many creative quibs do I need to share to be an expert, how long can this sermon go, and how many announcements will I be able to share and…
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  • Church Branding on #cmschat

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Last night’s weekly Twitter conversation, #cmschat, covered church branding. We talk about what it is, why it’s important and how to do it effectively. Check out the examples and insights from the community. Join us every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for #cmschat on Twitter. Here’s the transcript: [View the story “Week 7: Church Branding” on Storify] The post Church Branding on #cmschat appeared first on Church Marketing Sucks.
  • The Live and Online Episode

    Dave Shrein
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    More About This Episode You’ve witnessed the transition—gone are the days of members attending Sunday services four to five times a month. As a matter of fact, churches are fortunate if a regular attender will walk into the worship center twice in one month. The modern church must begin to reassess its model in order to keep up with an on-demand culture, and if the conversation doesn’t begin now the risk of being irrelevant as individual organizations increases dramatically. You may not have thought of it this way, but through our mobile devices areas of our lives that might have once…
  • Church Visitor Horror Stories: Scarlet Letter

    Kevin D. Hendricks
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last fall we started collecting Church Visitor Horror Stories to celebrate our book, Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive-Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. It’s been scary stuff. But hopefully we can learn to be more welcoming. The Scarlet Letter The bulletin directed new people to the welcome desk to get a welcome badge so people could identify and welcome guests during coffee hour. So I went to the welcome desk, expecting some kind of button with “Welcome to X Church” on it. Oh no. They gave me a huge circle with my name in capital letters that covered the left side of…
  • 10 Last Minute Social Media Ideas for Easter

    Steve Fogg
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Easter is coming fast. I don’t know about you, but holy smokes Batman! Here are some quick social media ideas for Easter to get your church noticed in the noise around Easter: 1. Create Shareable Content As social networks increasingly create strategies requiring you to pay to reach your audience, a very smart way around their paywall is to equip your community with the graphic assets to share content on their own feeds. More reach with less budget. Who wouldn’t want that? 2. Use Video Facebook and Twitter have launched an assault on YouTube. Facebook recently surpassed YouTube for the…
  • Who’s Viewing Your Mobile Content?

    Santiago Jaramillo
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, we hear from Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and founder of mobile app developer Bluebridge, and Drew Goodmanson, CEO of Monk Development (developers of Ekklesia360). Both companies serve churches across the country, helping them bring the power of apps and responsive websites together. As experts in mobile strategy, Bluebridge and Monk have co-authored a guide for churches to understand Mobile Technology and the Church The following post is based on an excerpt from the book, highlighting the journey churchgoers take to becoming engaged with the congregation. The Mobile Engagement Journey The…
 
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  • How Frequently Should Churches Really Post On Social Media?

    djchuang
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    [a guest post by Jeremy Smith, author of “By The Numbers: A Longitudinal Study on the Digital Ministry of America’s Largest Churches“]There is this notion floating around which has gained ground that a magic number exists for how frequently a church should post on different social media platforms to get the best reach every day. The concern pastors want to overcome is the same from the social media account as it is from the pulpit. How many creative quibs do I need to share to be an expert, how long can this sermon go, and how many announcements will I be able to share and…
  • Talking about Shame – Twitter Chat on 3/12

    djchuang
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Shame is something that doesn’t get talked about in any society, be that Western cultures or Eastern cultures, and therein lies its overwhelming hidden power. Research professor Brené Brown in her recent books and TED talks has broken the ice and begun to shed a light for how “Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior.”Most recently, conversations have started to surface in the Christian world via the mainstream evangelical magazine, Christianity Today — 2 feature articles in the print/web magazine and 3 blog posts on Ed…
  • Hey brands, don’t delete your Twitter account when rebranding!

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

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

    djchuang
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:44 pm
    flickr.com is one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the Internet, but it doesn’t provide a ranking of its flickr users with the most photos uploaded (yet?).I’ve found flickr to be my favorite place to find photography inspiration and where I find photos in the Creative Commons, which may be used like free stock photography depending on its licensing. Flickr users have uploaded almost 100 million photos associated with a Creative Commons license!Here’s a list of the most prolific flickr users, with the most number of photos posted (randomly sampled at time of…
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  • Rhett Smith Podcast 3: Navigating Transitions, Finding Your Passion, and Letting, Go — with Pastor, Chaplain and Spiritual Director, Dr. Timothy Smith (aka my dad)

    Rhett Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    My dad is an amazing guy. Besides being my father he has taken on many roles over the course of his life such as church planter, pastor, professor, prison chaplain, hospice chaplain, writer, teacher, speaker, spiritual director, radio show host…and co-founder of Water from Rock which is a non-profit ministry based in Scottsdale, AZ, and which provides weekly classes, workshops, retreats, Lenten and Advent devotionals and much, much more. So all that to say, my dad is incredibly wise and has a lot of important insight into some of the issues that we all at times find ourselves struggling…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 2: Transform Your Health, Fitness and Leadership — with Payan X Founder, Marc Payan

    Rhett Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    What can I say about Marc Payan? He is someone who is hard to sum up in just a few words. I first came across Marc in the online marriage and relationship space. Though we first met online I began to occasionally see Marc in person and I have really been inspired by him. Marc is probably best known now as the founder of Payan X which began with him helping a few people get in shape in his garage, and which now is a “movement” of thousands of people. Though it primarily involves fitness, it is more than that. It’s about life transformation in many areas such as leadership,…
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 1: Exploring the Intersection of Self-Care and Relationships

    Rhett Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    I have been dreaming and thinking about starting a podcast for about two years, but just never got around to it. As much as I wanted to start it, life just got in the way. Work has been busy in my private practice, as well as speaking and writing. And then there is family life and all the things that come with that as well. Trying to balance out work, family life, as well as my own personal stuff has become a huge challenge over the years…and so the podcast just took a backseat. So that’s why I thought it so important to start my podcast journey off talking about the intersection…
  • Scary Close: My 4 Part Video Book Review of Donald Miller’s New Book

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

    Rhett Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    One of the things that I became really convicted about in 2014 was my lack of being present. Present to my own life. Present to friends. Present to my kids. Present to my wife. And by present, I mean emotionally engaged and available to people in my life. Instead I found myself distracted by all kinds of things, especially my social media feed. Whether it was Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, it was easier to be engaged there because they so quickly provided the affirmation that I desired. But over the course of the year I found that technological engagement draining and I sought to really…
 
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  • TL;DW – A Message Summary of Father, Son, and Who? (week three)

    Eric Bryant
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
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  • Father, Son, and Who? – The Work of the Spirit

    Eric Bryant
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Tweet From the Gateway Austin website: “We talk about Him like he’s not here, like He’s an ‘it.’ He’s the often misunderstood third party of the Trinity. He’s the one who brings the party – the love, the joy, the peace and everything else we long for and were made to experience. Join us as we  explore the mystery of the Holy Spirit.” You can watch or listen to my message here Third Party: Chapter 16 | March 22, 2015 from Gateway Church on Vimeo. Here are some of the ideas I shared on the work of the Spirit of God: We live in a very spiritual world with…
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (without John Candy)

    Eric Bryant
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    TweetIn many ways, I overbooked myself this past month, but I felt like God wanted me to agree to two events that were happening during the same week. I already had the week of teaching with Bethel Seminary set up when a request came to speak in four California cities as part of One Night One Reason. During that week I took 8 flights using 6 airlines, and I was in 6 airports. It was crazy! I spent the night in San Diego Sunday night, in San Francisco Monday night, in Fresno Tuesday night, Drove from San Diego to the Los Angeles area and back to San Diego on Wed night, and then spent the…
  • Father, Son, and Who? (week two) by Ted Beasley

    Eric Bryant
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Tweet From the Gateway Austin website: “We talk about Him like he’s not here, like He’s an ‘it.’ He’s the often misunderstood third party of the Trinity. He’s the one who brings the party – the love, the joy, the peace and everything else we long for and were made to experience. Join us as we  explore the mystery of the Holy Spirit.” You can watch or listen to Ted Beasley‘s message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are some of the insights he shared: The Context of John 13-17 Jesus’ final words to his disciples before his death are found…
  • Gateway South – A Signed Contract!

    Eric Bryant
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Tweet WE SIGNED THE CONTRACT! As Gateway South, we have been in such a faith-inspiring and exciting season, AND NOW we are closer than ever to having our own home! Life24seven is about knowing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity. No matter where we may be – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week – each of us can experience the fullness of life AND bring life to our family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Moving to a new location will enable us to do even more together to serve our city! Having a 24/7 space will allow us to help children, teenagers, college students,…
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  • Sermon: The Paradox of Following Jesus

    Chuck Warnock
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    On the last Sunday of Lent, I preached from John 12:20-33. It’s the story of Jesus after his entry into …Continue reading →
  • The Lenten Journey: Into the Wilderness

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

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

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

    Chuck Warnock
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Even though we are in the midst of a Christian publishing boom, writers often overlook their most obvious audience: their …Continue reading →
 
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  • Does Your Family Miss Easter While You’re Working At Church?

    Laura Blankenship
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    My 6 year old loves holidays. I mean, really loves holidays. He will jump out of his bed, sprint into the kitchen and announce, “HAPPY FLAG DAY!!!” We then spend some time looking up the meaning and origin of the holiday for some fun learning. Not joking, this happens for every holiday they mark on the calendar. But I already know what’s going to happen on Easter: “Mom! Mom! It’s Easter! Happy Easter!” I’m sure I’ll reply, “Hurry up! Eat your breakfast as fast as you can. We have to get to church early today.” There won’t be any time for learning. There won’t be any…
  • Every Sunday is Easter

    Josh Ferris
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    It’s the stuff of church staffer dreams.  The parking lot is jammed, teams of coffee-amped volunteers are bustling, the band is running through that great new song, and very soon, crowds of regulars, guests, and returners will begin pouring through the doors.  It’s Easter Sunday, a full house, and the energy is intoxicating. In almost every church across the country, Easter brings more of what we all want most – people.  That’s not a bad thing.  After all, our God-given mission is to make disciples.  And by it’s nature, disciple making requires people.  So on a day of big…
  • WMC-0152 – The New Regular, Once A Month Attender and The Tension It Creates In Worship

    David Lindner
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The New Regular, Once A Month Attender and The Tension It Creates In Worship I have heard, in at least three separate leadership podcasts that the new regular attender in America is once a month. Two of the podcasts said once a month, another said once every six weeks. Not only does this create problems for the church in too many ways to mention in this post, it creates problems for worship pastors and worship ministries. That’s exactly what David & Kevin talk about in episode 0152 of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast.  Why don’t you chime in? Leave your feedback in the…
  • Ancient to Modern: Tenebrae

    Robert Gifford
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    As we approach the Easter season, I wanted to bring an often unknown but very powerful type of service to your attention. Practiced since medieval times, the Tenebrae service can be a powerful expression and meditation on Christ’s sacrifice. The Tenebrae service takes place during Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. Though this service is usually practiced by more Liturgical denominations, I believe it can easily be adapted to work in any congregation. The word Tenebrae comes from the Latin for “shadows” or “darkness.” It makes use of symbolism to symbolize the events of the last days…
  • WMC-0151 – Getting Ready For Easter

    David Lindner
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    It’s Time To Get Ready For Easter! In episode 151, David & Kevin talk about what we need to be doing right now so that our Easter services will do the most to bring glory to God. We talk about some practical things you can do, things you can start now if you haven’t started yet. And we also talk about how the WMC contributors are writing on this topic for the month of March. Our hope is to be a catalyst for your worship service this Easter!  Why don’t you chime in? Leave your feedback in the comments section below! TWITTER: @wmcatalyst…
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  • Google #5: You Don’t Need to be at Your Desk to Need an Answer

    Paul Steinbrueck
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Mobile is no longer a “shiny new object.” It’s the norm. In fact, mobile Internet usage now exceeds PC Internet usage (source) We continue our discussion of Google’s 10 Things We Know to be True, with #5: You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer. Google writes: The world is increasingly mobile: people want access to information wherever they are, whenever they need it. We’re pioneering new technologies and offering new solutions for mobile services that help people all over the globe to do any number of tasks on their phone, from checking email and calendar…
  • Google’s Mobile-Friendly Search Algorithm Change Will Be Bigger than Panda or Penguin

    Paul Steinbrueck
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Google’s Zineb Ait Bahajji was recently quoted as saying the upcoming mobile-friendly ranking algorithm that will launch on April 21st will have more of an impact on Google’s search results than the Google Panda or Google Penguin updates did. This further emphasizes what Google (and we here at Christian Web Trends) have been saying… This is a big deal! Get your website mobile friendly by April 21 or it’s search rankings and traffic will drop. Google also clarified in a Google+ hangout there are no degree’s of mobile-friendliness. A website is either mobile-friendly or…
  • Why is it March Madness for Non-Moble-Friendly Websites?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    For most people, “March Madness” is a term to describe the NCAA basketball tournament which leads to the crowning of a national champion.  However, this year in the world of the web design and SEO, March Madness takes on a whole new meaning… As we wrote about last week, Google recently announced that starting on April 21st 2015, they will be expanding their use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.  In simple language, this means that if your website is not mobile friendly (AKA “responsive”), your website rankings will be impacted starting on April 21st.
  • Google #4: Democracy on the web works

    Paul Steinbrueck
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    In this post, we continue our discussion of Google’s 10 Things We Know to be True. For #4, Democracy on the web works, Google explains: Google search works because it relies on the millions of individuals posting links on websites to help determine which other sites offer content of value. We assess the importance of every web page using more than 200 signals and a variety of techniques, including our patented PageRank™ algorithm, which analyzes which sites have been “voted” to be the best sources of information by other pages across the web. We want our websites and their content…
  • Mark Your Calendar – Google Search Changes Coming April 21

    Paul Steinbrueck
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    For the last several months we’ve been telling you Google is beginning to factor mobile friendliness into its mobile search rankings. Well, recently Google took the unprecedented step of announcing a major algorithm change well ahead of implementing it. That tops our news in this month’s SEO update, but here’s the list of headlines we cover: Mark your calendar, April 21st, Google Will Make a Major Search Algorithm Update Net Neutrality Law Passed Google Tests Live Chat With Businesses Directly From Search Results Is Google Mobile Testing a “Slow” Label In Search…
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  • 4 Remodeling Ideas that will Add Luxury to Your Home

    Thomas
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    We can’t all have inherently glamorous homes, but if infinity pools, panoramic ocean views, and massive marble staircases are beyond your budget, you can still achieve luxury. Making a few remodeling changes can turn your average home into something worthy of the Hollywood Hills. Room-by-room, here are 4 of our favorite ideas.   1. From bedroom to boudoir   If your bedroom feels rich and elegant, you will too. Unfortunately, because the bedroom is least often seen by guests, it’s the room most often neglected during a home makeover.   Starting with the bed: take those…
  • 5 Key Considerations Before You Start Renovating Your Home

    Thomas
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    One of the main purposes of investing in home improvement is to boost the value of your property. Home improvements can offer significant value to the homeowner as well as the community where you live. When you invest in a quality upgrade, the boost in property value will enhance the outlook of your community. It also provides employment for the construction industry and an increased market for raw materials used in home remodeling projects. Hire a contractor vs Do-It- Yourself Many homeowners who consider themselves handy would rather do their own remodeling work. But undertaking home…
  • The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Interior Designer

    Thomas
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    When it comes to decorating your home, you have two basic options: you can either opt to do everything yourself, or you can opt for an interior designer of course Some people want to tackle the job themselves thanks to DIY and inspiration websites like Pinterest, but others know they’re just not crafty enough to handle the responsibility. Some also try to DIY, but then fail miserably and opt for the interior designer to help. If you’re weighing the option of whether or not to hire an interior designer for your specific project, the following are a few pros and cons. Pro: Interior…
  • Can you create a garden pond on a budget?

    Thomas
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    So the summer is coming and you have always wanted that garden pond feature so you can sit out in the garden on those lazy summer afternoons. Well why not? Having a pond in your garden doesn’t have to be expensive. Most of the hard work can be done by you, simply decide on where you are having the pond, the shape you would like and most importantly the size. By opting for a smaller pond you are straight away bringing the cost down. But you can still make the pond stunning and the centre piece of your garden. To help keep the cost down you don’t have to have stock in the pond which of…
  • Troubleshooting the 5 Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems

    Thomas
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Automatic garage door openers are a wonderful convenience, providing shelter for your investments and a protected entrance to your home. With great reliability, garage openers are frustrating when they break down unexpectedly. Luckily, most problems you face are an easy fix you can do yourself. Each model has its own quirks, so be sure to check your owner’s manual if the solution isn’t obvious. If your problems persist, consider enlisting garage door opener repair services. Unresponsive Openers Your press the button on your remote or wall mount and nothing happens. Most likely, your…
 
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    Ron Edmondson

  • 7 Suggestions for Raising Boys Who Welcome Your Input as Adults

    Ron Edmondson
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    People ask me all the time for advice on raising girls, and honestly, I’ve got some, but they all involve a shotgun and long ankle-length dresses, so you probably don’t want that. Just kidding. I always wanted a daughter, but God gave me boys. And, I think He knew what He was doing. Imagine that! I’ve learned a few things about ministering to men — and understanding myself more — by raising boys. One thing I’ve learned is that boys are desperate for wisdom. They crave it. They want someone to speak into their life — save them from making the wrong…
  • Every Life On Mission Matters – By Aaron Coe

    Ron Edmondson
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Here’s a truth you can count on: God is on a mission to reconcile people to Himself, and this mission sweeps both history and the globe. More importantly, it includes regular, ordinary people like you and me. But, if we’re honest, we might say we don’t feel much like we’re a part of God’s grand mission. Right now you may be navigating a busy airport wondering if you’ll make your next flight because of a late connection. Or perhaps you’re focused on getting the kids ready for school and just realized you forgot to make their lunches last night. Now you’re trying to hastily make…
  • 7 Suggestions for Challenging a Controlling Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    After one of my posts about controlling leadership, I received this question: Any chance there is an upcoming post or two on how/when/where to confront a controlling leader? Especially for those of us who have had it drilled into our heads from childhood to not question authority? Some practical, nitty gritty tips would be really helpful. That’s a pretty big request and I’m not sure I can speak into specific situations with a general response, but I think it’s a topic worth considering. I wrote previously. In my previous post I wrote about the 3 options with a controlling…
  • 3 Ways to Respond to a Controlling Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    I have written a good deal recently about controlling leadership. Read ways people respond to controlling leadership and some warning signs you may be a controlling leader. Most of my posts stem from current or past experience in leadership. Since I’ve been blogging on leadership, I have talked with dozens individuals in ministry or business who experience this type of leader. It impacts their personal leadership, as well as the health of their organization — and honestly, even their own personal health. Many younger leaders have told me they feel a controlling leader not only…
  • 3 Team-Killing Church Cultures by Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird

    Ron Edmondson
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Folks often preach the value of teams and try to instill teams in their churches, all the while cheerleading and propagating organizational cultural dynamics that squelch any possibility for those teams to thrive. If you want to improve your team (especially your leadership team), don’t ignore these three cultures that will kill your team’s ability to thrive. 1. A CULTURE THAT UNDERMINES THE LEADERSHIP TEAM’S IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION Even though many churches have a leadership team that leads the church on paper, it’s not uncommon for many churches to truly be led by the benevolent…
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  • What Switching From Web To Mobile Could Look Like For Your Church

    Tony Morgan
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Recently, mobile strategies have been a consistent conversation topic for The Unstuck Group. The American culture has moved beyond web to mobile, but the church is several steps behind. Mobile is the closest you can get to your target market. Today, 80% of internet users own a smartphone and over 60% of all internet use is mobile. Sometimes technology can be overwhelming. Words like “mobile strategy” can seem intimidating but simply put, a mobile strategy is a strategy to connect with people where they are. Instead of being relevant with culture, many times churches try to ignore…
  • 3 Essential Questions for Multisite Leaders

    Guest Contributor
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    by Dave D’Angelo, Executive Director of Development at NewPointe Community Church Operating as a multisite church is challenging. Launching each of our new campuses created pressure, but it was good pressure because the payoff was so near. But there are even greater challenges that come with being a multisite church that never seem to stop. These include challenges of calls for clearer communication from every direction, unending examples of vision slip among campuses, and new questions that challenge the effectiveness of your ministry model in new community contexts, among many…
  • 9 Major Stallers To Church Projects and Initiatives

    Ryan Stigile
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Churches often get a bad reputation for not being able to see things through. In fact, in nearly every church I’ve worked with, someone has shared the story of a past initiative that fell short of the finish line. What was once the reason for the team’s excitement turned into an unrealized dream and a giant disappointment. A stalled project can easily be one of the most frustrating experiences for a church staff. It’s quite possible that you’re in the middle of a stalled project right now. If not, you may be leading a project that has the potential to stall somewhere…
  • Teams That Thrive: An Interview with Warren Bird and Ryan Hartwig

    Tony Morgan
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    My friends Warren Bird and Ryan Hartwig took some time to talk with me about their new book, Teams That Thrive: 5 Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership, based on research conducted with the senior leadership teams at hundreds of churches across the country. Here are a few of the highlights: Many of the senior leadership teams believed their chief end was to advise the pastor, rather than to decide, own and implement vision and plans together, as a unit. More than half of the teams surveyed couldn’t even agree on the number of people on their SLT! When asked to explain the…
  • My Advice to 22 Year-Olds And Other Articles To Get You Unstuck

    Tony Morgan
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    My Advice to 22 Year-Olds by Guy Kawasaki 10 Reasons Even Committed Church Attenders Are Attending Church Less Often by Carey Nieuwhof 4 Keys To A Successful First 100 Days As A New Senior Pastor by William Vanderbloemen Are Millennials Giving Up On Working by Graham Winfrey It’s Official: Millennials Are The Most Stressed Out Generation by Kevin Loria Seven Reasons Churches Are Too Busy by Thom Rainer The post My Advice to 22 Year-Olds And Other Articles To Get You Unstuck appeared first on TonyMorganLive.com.       
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  • Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About The Website “Omegle” NOW.

    Anne Marie Miller
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted something about the book I have releasing next May (2016). It was first titled “10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” and it’s now “5 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” – We didn’t take out five things; we just condensed a few similar topics to make it more cohesive for our conversation starters and resources. [Side note: If you want information about ordering this book when it’s available, just sign up here.] My friend Crystal helped me research apps and websites of…
  • Trusting God’s Design

    Anne Marie Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    I didn’t know much about personality profiles growing up. What I did know is after about 2 hours at church, 2 hours at a party, 2 hours on a school trip, 2 hours at a sleepover…I was done. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t dislike people. I wasn’t bored. I didn’t want to check out. But something inside me hit a threshold of sorts and I knew I needed to spend at least a few minutes by myself and recharge. Otherwise, my mind would get spacey, I’d become easily distracted, my speech would begin to falter, I’d even become more clumsy. Over time, I learned…
  • Breaking Up with Nashville?

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

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

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

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Costume or Calling? I was 25 years old when I did my first church internship in seminary, still feeling very much like a person pretending to be a minister. The first time I donned a black clerical robe to conduct a funeral, I felt as though I might as well be traveling door-to-door through the neighborhood, calling out “Trick or Treat!” and collecting candy. It was difficult to own the role, to put it mildly. Surely Peter…
  • The Five Minute Journal

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few months ago I saw that Rhett Smith post about The Five Minute Journal on Instagram (view post here). Rhett wrote: I’ve been using this for 3 weeks and have noticed significant change in my life and daily routines. Especially around gratitude and intentions. Love the neuroscience involved in how the morning and daily questions are arranged. I highly recommend it to anyone. I like Rhett, and thought that I might take him up on his recommendation. I got mine a couple weeks ago, and for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been doing it first thing in the morning, and before I go to sleep each…
  • Mihee Kim-Kort on Pastoral Identity: Being Grateful

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Being Grateful An excerpt from Mihee and Andy’s book Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family, and Ministry. “One of the tragedies of our life is that we keep forgetting who we are.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit Perhaps it isn’t coincidence that I write this near Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. Being thankful, joyful, hopeful, peaceful – all of it starts to blur…
  • Mark Oestreicher on Pastoral Identity: Through the Lens of Belonging

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Through the Lens of Belonging As a lifelong youth worker, I have wrestled with framing my understanding of adolescence both in response to research and those who know much more than I do, while still being critical and not simply acquiescing to damaging and biased cultural opinions of teenagers. As a result, I’ve rejected the assumption, held by most, that the teenage years are necessarily a time of ‘storm and stress’ (a…
  • Scott Clark on Pastoral Identity: Lessons from Janie

    Adam Walker Cleaveland
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is part of a blog series on Pomomusings, discussing pastoral identity. To read about the series, as well as get a full schedule of participants, click here. Lessons from Janie As I write this, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has just amended its Constitution to acknowledge that marriage is a covenant between “two people,” not just-and-only between “a man and a woman.” The regional presbyteries have been been in the year-long process of ratifying the amendment passed at last summer’s General Assembly, and last Tuesday night with a voice vote in the 86th…
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  • The Mission of God

    Andrew Jones
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    The Mission of God is a free ebook for you, courtesy of The Gospel Project. Its a collection of writings fr0m many contributors, including me. Make sure you read my chapter on Itinerant Ministry, especially if you are considering the way of nomadic pilgrimage as a mission lifestyle. You are in good company, as you will find out in my ...
  • Runaway Radical

    Andrew Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Here’s a book I bought this week simply because I respect the guy behind the book and his story of a negative missions experience that needs to be heard. And because my temperament is so close to his but my story was different. Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World is the story of a “radical” ...
  • Bohemians 1905

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

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

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

    Pete Wilson
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Conflict is an inevitable part of any relationship. The key is how we handle that conflict. Contrary to what you may think, there are times during conflict when it is better to just walk away. Whether you need to stay up late to work through the conflict, or walk away to cool off and come back, the goal is to not let anger get the best of you. There’s a difference between resolving your anger and resolving the issue.
 
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  • Five Questions For Everyone At NewSpring

    web@newspring.cc
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    #1 – Have you ever wanted to make progress in any area of your life, but could not figure out what was holding you back?  #2 – Do you really think our church can reach 100,000 people in the state of SC?  #3 – Have you ever wished you could make a significant difference in your family, your friends or in your work environment but did not know how?  #4 – Have you ever invited someone to our church—but they had heard bad things about NewSpring Church and you felt discouraged? #5 – Do you really believe that everyone’s life would be…
  • Four Things Leaders Do

    web@newspring.cc
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    #1 - Listen A leader who will not listen to the people he (or she) leads will eventually find himself without great people to lead--because their team members will leave and go to a place where their feedback is not only welcomed, it is valued.   #2 - Learn A leader who is not a learner will eventually be surpassed by people who are simply hungrier than they are.   #3 - Limit If your church (or department or company) is ever going to achieve its maximum potential then it has to get past your personal preferences. If you are the only one who is allowed to take a risk…
  • Four Words For Every Person Who Is Single

    web@newspring.cc
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are lots of people in "single world" these days. I know the struggles of being single, I did not get married until I was 28 years old. Today I hope the following four words encourage you if you are single... #1 - Patience  If you rush into marriage, you will be tempted to rush out when the other person seems to stop meeting your needs. Singleness is NOT a sickness, it's a season in which the Lord will teach you invaluable things about yourself and other people if you will only patiently participate with Him in the process.   #2 - Pursuit The best decision (right now)…
  • Five Things Every Parent Should Keep In Mind

    web@newspring.cc
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Parenting is one of THE most challenging things I've ever faced in my life (and it has also been one of the most rewarding.) Here are five things I am learning in my parenting journey... #1 - I Need To Care More About My Child's First Name Than Their Last Name.   It is so easy to get caught up in our child's accolades and accomplishments that we begin to try and live our lives through them rather than encouraging them to become who Jesus wants them to be. When Jesus custom designed our children, He did so with a plan in mind. His plan may not look like "the…
  • In Christ- What You Did Is Not Who You Are!

    web@newspring.cc
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    You can't seem to get past "it!"  "It" just seems to pop in your mind at random times.   You have people in your life you see and they remind you of "it."   What is "it?"   "It" is that thing, that season, that series of events that (if you could) you would go back in time and do "it" in a completely different way.   You think "it" defines you. You think all people see when they look at you is "it," and all too often you believe that because of "it" God doesn't want anything to do with you.   You can't seem to move forward because you…
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  • 4 Learnings From Listening To My Student Leaders

    Aaron Crumbey
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    I had the privilege of taking a few of my student leaders to a workshop where they were a part of a Q & A panel. There were youth workers there asking questions about their experience in youth ministry. Now, they had a few of the questions beforehand, but I didn’t prep them nor did […]
  • “WHAT SHOULD I TEACH NEXT?”

    Matty McCage
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    We stood in the middle of an arena while hundreds of junior high students were running around, playing ninja and 4-square with more AXE body spray on than any human should be allowed. The concern on Rebecca’s face was real. She had been leading her youth ministry for just over a year and was feeling […]
  • LTYM: Oops!! The Ministry is Not What I Thought.

    Aaron Crumbey
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    In this episode we go to the email bag. We discuss what to do when the ministry you’re serving in is not what you thought. We also discuss parents. Remember, you can leave a question or topic suggestion at talkyouthministry@gmail.com. Hope it helps, AC & Kurt
  • Easter Graphic Design…

    Brandon Early
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you are looking for some sweet graphics for your upcoming Easter Service check out these links…maybe even share them with your senior pastor for a big church. Seeds.ChurchontheMove LifeChurch.TV Church Media Design CreationSwap Open Resources Here’s a link to a Pinterest board put together by Open Resources filled with sermon/media ideas for Easter. If […]
  • 5 Steps So You DON’T Get Fired

    Stephanie Caro
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I am not sure why I’m locked on to this topic about youth workers getting fired. All is good in my world. But I thought I’d put out a third post and make this a trilogy. Check out the 5 Steps After Getting Fired and the Steps 6-10 posts. Sometimes things just go awry in church ministry. […]
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  • Quest Church has purchased the building formerly known as Mars Hill Church. Full transparency: Here’s why and how.

    Eugene Cho
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have some big news to share – news that will likely solicit mixed emotions for many people. If you’re an internet junkie, it’s possible that you may have already heard as I’ve been receiving my share of texts and tweets. About two weeks ago, Quest Church – the church I lead – purchased Mars Hill Church (Ballard). Yes, that Mars Hill Church. Since then, there’s been a trickling of blogs, online news, and television reports that have covered this. As such, there’s also been a trickling of criticism of why we would do business with MH, questions…
  • The Drop Box film. Why it’s complicated, why it matters, and why you should watch it.

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

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

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

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

    John
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Last year, this month, I had just barely begun to grow and hire for our new code schools launching in Atlanta and Charleston. We had made a few offers and were putting the teams together as best as we possibly could. I was obsessed with making sure that we were finding the right job for the rocket ship that I knew that we were putting together. Boy, did that thing take flight… I snapped the above picture last Friday at a team breakfast in Atlanta. It was wild to see all these new (yet old…) faces and it had felt like we had been through hell and back. I cannot simply believe how…
  • Hard and Clear

    John
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Write hard and clear about what hurts. Hemingway once said that. I like that a lot. I feel like I have learned to do this over time. I have come to understand that writing only works when it is honest and true. Most of us self-edit that stuff out which, consequently, reduces the effectiveness of the dose required. Writing and storytelling is medicinal. It can, quite literally, heal. The feeling in your very soul when you read or encounter a great story can pivot your entire perspective, if not your very life. How many of you have done so-called “crazy” things because of a story…
  • Startups, on Paper

    John
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Hah. Startups, in reality: So there’s that. Startups are hard. They are unglamorous, most of the time, and require an incredible amount of energy to keep up. [HT to Sally who knows that I love Power Rangers.] The post Startups, on Paper appeared first on John Saddington.
  • AAA Texting and Driving

    John
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Might be one of the scariest videos I’ve seen in a long time. I think I may entirely ban the use of cell phone devices while driving for my children when they get their licenses… The post AAA Texting and Driving appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Rip the Bandaid

    John
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    via Tony Hsieh (in an internal memo to staff): Therefore, there will be a special version of “the offer” on a company-wide scale, in which each employee will be offered at least 3 months severance (and up to 3 months of COBRA reimbursement for benefits) if he/she feels that self-management, self-organization, and our Best Customers Strategy and strategy statements as published in Glass Frog are not the right fit. In other words, get on board or GTFO. This “rip the bandaid” approach – that’s a lot of ouch. 1,400+ employees. The idea of Holacracy is a fascinating…
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  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Episode 6

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The sixth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guests are Kenny and Elle Campbell and we’ll bring to you Part Two of Creating Great Environments for Students! from the description: … Continue reading →
  • Your Next Social Media Event!

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    I’m doing a number of Social Media Events this year and I want to come to your city! Our latest booking is in New Hampshire where I’m doing a Saturday seminar for parents and students.  Here are few of the topics … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is  This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS! Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right here! … Continue reading →
  • TWIYM: Official Podcast Sponsor Announcement

    Terrace Crawford
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We’ve been looking the last few weeks for an Official Sponsor of This Week In Youth Ministry Podcast… and today we found one. Our friends at LifeWay have come aboard to show their support to the Podcast because they believe … Continue reading →
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  • Sunday Setlists #349

    Editor
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:19 am
    New for Sunday Setlists – join us on FACEBOOK! Join us over on our Facebook page and comment on our Sunday Setlists post for the week. It will be the pinned post at the top of our feed! We’ll post a new post on Saturday night so that it will be there early on Sunday for you to share your images, thoughts, setlists, and other creative elements from your Worship Sets! Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, March 29, 2015!! Welcome to the 349th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your…
  • Here’s How To Make Your Church Announcements Better Than Ever

    Editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    It’s a problem as old as time itself. Ok, maybe not that old, but since people have been communicating important information to people who may or may not be interested the problem has always been the same: How do we communicate this information so that people won’t tune out and that it doesn’t disrupt the flow of the story. In our case, it happens to be church announcements. Over the years, television marketers and advertisers have found ways to engage audiences via effective commercials so it CAN happen. Why are Announcements Problematic? Pressure and Tradition: These 2…
  • 7 Simple Ways To Prepare For Rehearsal

    Editor
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    The weekly rehearsal is one of the main things that worship leaders prepare for each week. Hopefully we’ve spent our time in prayer and included some collaboration with our pastor or other members of our creative teams. We have a setlist and ideas of how they will flow in the worship service. This initial planning is vital to leading effectively but there are also some practical ways we can be prepared to lead our rehearsals effectively. 1. Create a playlist of the songs and listen No matter how familiar you may be with the material, it’s always helpful to create a playlist of the weekly…
  • New Music: The Cabin Fever Recordings – The Americana Congregation

    Editor
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    John Barnett on The Cabin Fever Recordings from Cameron Ingalls on Vimeo. We’re featuring a free song from The Cabin Fever Recordings over on HighestPraise.com today. Taken from The Americana Congregation website: The idea for “The Americana Congregation” came about as a group of friends were discussing the idea for a collective place to share and experience our unique musical styles, influences, thoughts, ideas, plans and general mischief. A place for those outside of the “norm” of the industrial church music machine where style, lyrics and context can be explored, encouraged…
  • Sunday Setlists #348

    Editor
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    New for Sunday Setlists – join us on FACEBOOK! Join us over on our Facebook page and comment on our Sunday Setlists post for the week. It will be the pinned post at the top of our feed! We’ll post a new post on Saturday night so that it will be there early on Sunday for you to share your images, thoughts, setlists, and other creative elements from your Worship Sets! Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, March 22, 2015!! Welcome to the 348th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship…
 
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  • New Video Coaching Series For Church Leaders

    Tim Stevens
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    I know it's been an unusually long time since I have last published here, and I am thankful that you're still here reading my thoughts.I have been beyond blessed over the last few months as I've joined the Vanderbloemen Search Group team and hit the ground running helping hundreds of churches around the country build their teams.One of the projects we've been working on at Vanderbloemen Search Group is our first-ever video coaching series called VanderCoaching.Each day, our team is asked, "What are the best church leaders out there doing?" We've designed this course to answer that…
  • Another Year Gone. Another Year Begins.

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

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

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

    Tim Stevens
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    After 5 years of hosting a coaching network for executive pastors, I've had the privilege of working with 122 leaders from all over the United States. It truly has been a highlight for me and has turbo-charged my own learning. As a bonus, I've enjoyed the new friendships with these leaders, and enjoy keeping up with their growth.Today I am happy to announce that we are introducing a brand new coaching opportunity in Houston with some tremendous guest speakers and cool perks. Here are some fun facts...It is called the Executive Leader Coaching Network, and is ideally targeted for lead pastors,…
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  • The Fallacy of the "Straight Line": How A to B really doesn't work in real life

    Rich Kirkpatrick
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart      and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him,      and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV)Real life is never lived in a straight line. In fact, it's the turns and bends that teach us about who we really are and reveal the Creator’s intervention. I confess that often I forge out straight into the gauntlet, hoping the speed of a dash in the right direction will get to the destination. I might fail as badly as Halo’s Master Chief would if he were to…
  • Ministry, the Trailing Spouse and Seasons in Life

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Tips To Help Turn Volunteers Into Superstars!

    Bill Reichart
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ok, sure you've recruited your volunteers, they've signed on the dotted line but NOW WHAT?Now you have to TRAIN them! Training though isn't just ONE and DONE, rather it is an ongoing process and investment into your volunteers.Continual training and development is very important. Because it not only helps with your volunteer's overall enjoyment and performance but it also helps in retention. Remember, it takes less energy to continually equip your volunteers than it does trying to recruit new ones.But it's not enough just to train, you need to do it well! But how?1. Make sure your volunteers…
  • Visual Inspiration To Motivate And Encourage Your Faith

    Bill Reichart
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here are some quotes, made visual, that will challenge and inspire you. These quotes are frequently posted on Ministry Best Practices' social media sites, therefore consider LIKING us on Facebook and FOLLOWING us on Twitter. When you do follow us on our social media sites, you'll be able to get considerably more thought-provoking and inspiring content throughout the day.#Faith & #Love - Henri Nouwen #quote - pic.twitter.com/sQkdDsKUtI— MBP (@BestMinistry) March 18, 2015 “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt pic.twitter.com/aZUTMOaFAL— MBP…
  • Four Crucial Things To Remember In Your Preaching

    Bill Reichart
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Here are 4 great reminders from Tim Keller, taken from his article on Preaching in a Secular Culture, that we should never forget in our preparation and preaching within the pulpit.1. PREACH TO CHRISTIANS AND NON-CHRISTIANS AT THE SAME TIMEBecause the gospel is the root of both justification and sanctification.The typical approach to the gospel is to see it as the ABC’s of Christian doctrine, or merely the minimum truth required to be saved, but to rely on more “advanced” biblical principles for progress in the Christian life. If that were the case, then we truly could not…
  • 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Pastors

    Bill Reichart
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    excerpted from Thom Rainer:There are many characteristics most pastors have: prayerful; committed to the Word; dedicated to their families; high character; and others. My interest in this exercise, however, was to find the traits that set them apart from most others. When I finished this assignment, I found seven distinguishing characteristic or habits.They have genuine enthusiasm. I am not referring to the vocal cheerleader type. These pastors may be quiet, but their passion and enthusiasm for their churches, their families, and their ministries are evident in all they say and do. It is not…
  • Why Do Pastors Commit Suicide?

    Bill Reichart
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Today we interview Dr. Jeff Stull, a pastor and counselor from Atlanta, GA, about the tragedy of men and women in the pastorate choosing to commit suicide.1. Before we talk specifically about pastors and suicide, could you explain to me what are some of the contributing factors that lead a person to commit suicide?The issues common to all of us the idols of success, comfort, control and power unrecognized and unattended to through repentance and faith, accountability and confession, and aloneness and loneliness. These idols take their root and undermine our keeping in step with the spirit. We…
 
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  • Book Review: Frederick by Frederick Ndabaramiye

    Joel Klampert
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Frederick: A Story of Boundless Hope By Frederick Ndabaramiye, with Amy Parker “My God won’t let me do that.” These seven words of boundless hope would irreversibly change the life of the teenage boy who spoke them. On April 7, 1994 the life of Frederick Ndabaramiye and his family changed forever as the Rwandan genocide erupted in their homeland. This is his story of Hope and faith in a God that can make all things possible. Frederick writes about how his family had to flee the tyranny and how eventually he was captured and tied to a board as vigilantes cut his hands off. His journey…
  • Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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

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

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

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

  • Why You Should Build Your Savings Before Paying Off Debt

    Kevin
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    So many people who are in debt try – and repeatedly fail – to get out of it. They might beat themselves up for being “weak” or utterly incapable of mastering their finances. In truth, they’re neither weak nor incapable. They’re probably just going at it in the wrong way. Simply resolving to get out of debt isn’t enough to make it happen. You have to make changes in your life that will enable you to do it. One of the best ways to enable yourself to begin getting out of debt is to first focus on building your savings. To many, this can seem like the exact opposite of what’s…
  • 5 Free & Insanely Helpful Apps To Help You Get Control of Your Money

    Bob
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    1. Personal Capital See all your accounts in one place with their award-winning software. Their free tools let you manage your entire financial life from one secure place – the one app to eliminate the rest of them. They have become the go-to app for managing your total financial picture.  One of my favorite features is their fee-checker in which they analyze your 401k (and all other investments) to make sure you aren’t paying too much in fees. Find out more about Personal Capital here. 2. MoneyStream Never miss paying a bill again. Organize your bills with their automatic bill…
  • How Cars Affect your Financial Freedom

    Bob
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    I had a revelation about cars that has caused me to not really care what mine looks like. It’s not that I don’t want a really fast car, it is just that there is something I want a bit more: financial freedom. Is any car worth your financial freedom? The thing I have noticed is that so many people give up financial freedom for their whole lives solely because of the decisions they make with their cars. I know it sounds like a bold statement, but I think it is frightening how true it is. For most people, a car is the second largest purchase they ever make. Second only to their home.
  • Why Term Life Insurance is Your Best Bet

    Kevin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    We normally don’t think too much about life insurance. And since it’s a type of insurance that relates to the end of our lives, it’s the kind we really don’t like to think about much either. After all, health insurance helps to keep us alive, and auto insurance is required by law. But life insurance? But the reality is that if you have dependents, survivors, or simply people who love you, then you need to have a life insurance policy. And just like other insurance policies, we never want to pay too much for life insurance. The way to do that is by buying term life…
  • How Does a Payday Loan Actually Work?

    Joe
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    A payday loan (also referred to a payday advance) is a small, short-term loan which is secured against the borrower’s next paycheck. Most lenders will require some verification of employment or income, such as a pay stub or bank statement. So, how does a payday loan actually work? Let’s look at an example. John and Judy (our fictional couple) have no savings, no emergency fund, and bills due. John therefore visits a payday loan company, shows his pay stub and walks out with $200 cash in his pocket. John is expected to return to the office in two weeks – on his next payday – to pay…
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    KemMeyer.com

  • Form follows function in email design

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Form follows function in email design: 50 Of The Best Email Marketing Designs We’ve Ever Seen…
  • THINK before you print that next brochure or flyer. Good idea....

    15 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    THINK before you print that next brochure or flyer. Good idea. Noble intentions. Ironic execution. We’ve all done it. Focus on OUTCOME before OUTPUT. If you skip this step, you might spoof your own message. (Thx for photo find nevver)
  • I know this has been out there a couple of weeks. But, if  you...

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    I know this has been out there a couple of weeks. But, if  you haven’t seen this rant yet- hit play (it’s only 8 minutes). Russell Brand shares his story, science and stats to address the personal, spiritual, relational and biological consequences of porn. This may not be YOUR issue, but it is OUR issue. It’s our responsibility to advocate and help run interference for the new victims of media and mainstream pornography- “Our teenagers are being exposed to ‘icebergs of filth.” 
  • This is the title of the 15 minute TED-esque talk I’m giving at...

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    This is the title of the 15 minute TED-esque talk I’m giving at the LCI Conference in Houston April 20-22. Maybe I’ll see you there? I’m doing a couple workshops, too. It’s all about communication. Let’s get better together. 
  • How social media uses our internal triggers to win...

    21 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Consider the functional AND psychological need of your users… Full article: https://umano.me/c/mlm2k/how-social-media-uses-our-internal-triggers-to-win
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Will You Use the New YouVersion Verse Images? [Podcast #47]

    Eric Dye
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you seen YouVersion’s new feature from a few weeks ago? Now you can share your favorite scripture verses with your friends via social media by adding it to a nice image provided by YouVersion. Have you tried this new feature? Do you like it? Should you use it? Here’s some more thoughts on this new feature and whether or not you or your church should be using it. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Links & Stuff Some links to a few things we referred to in this episode: YouVersion Bible.com (Yeah, yeah, the same thing… ) The…
  • GIVEAWAY: ‘The Woven Whisper’ by Sarah Brusco [Saturday Morning Review]

    Gangai Victor
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s been a while since I listened to a new record from Vineyard Music. So I was excited to get this review request—I am a big fan of their worship leaders you see (the old ones at least)! ‘The Woven Whisper’ is the debut project of Vineyard worship leader Sarah Brusco. Apparently, she used to intern with the great Kathryn Scott. Featuring folks like Sharon Gerber (Imogen Heap’s Cellist) and Casey Corum (Who doesn’t like “Dwell”, right!), Sarah’s music belongs to the Dream Pop genre. About the Music Sarah voice is hauntingly beautiful and great to listen to! By the…
  • LOTR: The One Ring Explained [Video]

    Eric Dye
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love the Lord of the Rings and all the stories surrounding it, but when I see stuff like this, I feel like I need to turn in my Lord of the Rings fan club card. Seriously, this video is legit. The video below explains everything you could ever want to know about the Ring in typical C.G.P. Grey fashion. It also happens to be part two of this video. Enjoy: The One Ring Explained [via YouTube] I love it! LOTR: The One Ring Explained [Video] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • TextBlade: The Awesome Mobile Keyboard

    Eric Dye
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve always liked the idea of a portable keyboard that could accompany a portable device like a smartphone or tablet. However, most portable keyboard solutions are anything but portable. But the TextBlade by WayTools? Oh, this is something to behold… TextBlade This is what it’s like all folded up. It easily fits in your jeans pocket: But alas! It’s very Transformer like: BAM! Ready to start typing! And it isn’t a mini keyboard. The spacing is like a full sized keyboard, so you don’t feel cramped. Here’s TextBlade in action: [Video via YouTube]…
  • Legend of Zelda Played on the Marimba [Video]

    Eric Dye
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s amazing to me how the 8-bit era of video gaming was not only the predecessor of what is becoming a new storytelling medium, but how it has even seen its effects in the area of classical and orchestral music. Super Mario Bros. was one thing, but classic games like the Legend of Zelda certainly presented storytelling and music in this way. I hope you find this rendition of the main theme from the Legend of Zelda as inspiring as I did… [via YouTube] And now? Now I shall spend the rest of my morning listening to this… Legend of Zelda Played on the Marimba [Video] first…
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    Brian Barela's Blog: Catalyze Change

  • 4 Questions to Replace Performance Evaluations

    Brian Barela
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Now, at the end of every project, or once a quarter if employees have long-term assignments, managers would answer four simple questions — and only four. The first two are answered on a five-point scale, from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree;” the second two have yes or no options: 1. Given what I know of this person’s performance, and if it were my money, I would award this person the highest possible compensation increase and bonus.  2. Given what I know of this person’s performance, I would always want him or her on my team. 3. This person is at risk…
  • How Trust is Built & Maintained

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

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

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

    Brian Barela
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    The old ways of working are literally not working …   via Percolate
 
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    Revitalize Your Church

  • Everything is Love in the Overflow

    Mark Wilson
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    "I walked out over Boston Common before breakfast, weeping for joy and praising God. Oh, how I loved! In that hour I knew Jesus, and I loved Him till it seemed my heart would break with love. I was filled with love for all His creatures. I heard the little sparrows chattering; I loved them. I saw a little worm wriggling across my path; I stepped over it; I didn’t want to hurt any living thing. I loved the dogs, I loved the horses, I loved the little urchins on the street, I loved the strangers who hurried past me, I loved the heathen, I loved the whole world."   --  Samuel…
  • Face Your Fear

    Mark Wilson
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Fear is a terrorist, lurking in the shadows of our hearts -- waiting to attack at any moment. Fear keeps us from achieving success. It destroys our dreams. It dashes our hopes. Immeasurable damage is caused by this small four-letter word.  As we run the race of life, fear is a rope that tangles itself around our legs, causing us to stumble, to falter, and to fail.Theologian, Paul Tillich, stated that our fears put frightening masks over people and things. They appear to be more dreadful than they really are. When we remove the mask, the terror disappears.Strangers are not so…
  • Praying the Seven Last Words of Christ

    Mark Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    It is significant that Jesus prayed from the cross. While experiencing the worst torture a human being could endure  – he prayed. Most of us, in such moments of anguish, would succumb to the suffering. Our prayers would be diminished to one word: “Help!”  Reflecting on the worst moments of my life, I must admit “Help!” is the most sincere prayer I’ve ever uttered. Yet, Jesus went beyond a prayer for help at Golgotha. His prayers from the cross reveal the intensity of his pain – yet, a deep love pouring from his heart. Instead of being consumed with himself,…
  • Prayer of Thomas Merton

    Mark Wilson
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost…
  • The Purpose of Theology is Doxology

    Mark Wilson
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    "We should never forget that the purpose of theology is doxology; we study in order to praise.  The truest expression of trust in God will always be worship to praise God for being greater than we know."--  Geneva Study Bible note
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    challies.com - Informing the Reforming

  • The Voice of the Masculine

    Tim
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    William Struthers’ book Wired for Intimacy made quite an impact when it was released in 2009. Struthers went deep into the human brain to show that God has hard-wired us for intimacy and relationships, and to show that pornography has disrupted the brain’s circuitry in dark and dangerous ways. He spoke about other matters as well, and one that still remains important to me is his discussion of the unique importance of the masculine voice. He distinguishes between the masculine and the feminine voice and insists that both play crucial and unique functions in relationships. The…
  • Weekend A La Carte (March 28)

    Tim
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    Today’s Kindle deals: Jesus Unmasked by Todd Friel ($4.49); Beat God to the Punch by Eric Mason ($2.99); Understanding World Religions by George Braswell ($0.99); Ordinary by Tony Merida ($4.99). How Can Hummingbirds Hover So Well? That’s a questions scientists have wrestled with for a long time. Gene Veith writes about Who the Unchurched Really Are. “Can it be that American Christianity, with roots in this culture, has become so prosperous and middle class that it would rather not deal with people from this social class?” Richard Phillips answers this…
  • Free Stuff Fridays

    Tim
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    It’s time for another Free Stuff Fridays. This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Crossway, and they are offering a family pack, of sorts. There will be 5 winners and each of them will receive the following 3 books: The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love by Gloria Furman. “In this encouraging and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors’ wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance—whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend…
  • Get to Know Yourself

    Tim
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    The very heart of the human condition is a faulty assessment of self. We think too much of ourselves, and think of ourselves too much. We overrate our importance and underestimate our depravity. Ultimately, we elevate ourselves to the place reserved for God. In the face of such insanity, we need to know who we really are. We need to have a right assessment of self. Who am I? It is a question we have all asked at one time or another, at least in one of its variations. And every man has his own answer. Every philosophy and every religion has its own response. Most of them tell me…
  • A La Carte (March 27)

    Tim
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    30 Years of Ministry - Mark Altrogge shares some of the lessons he has learned in 30+ years of pastoral ministry. I think the 2nd lesson is my favorite. 10 Chapter Books for Dads to Read to Their Kids - Looking for books to read out loud? Here are some options. (If your kids love to read, or you love to read to them, Redeemed Reader is a great site to bookmark.) Biblical Grounds for Divorce - This article outlines a very traditional (and I think biblical) view of when divorce is permissible. 5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Smaller - I know it counters the Western mindset, but…
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    Desiring God

  • The Savior’s Tears of Sovereign Mercy

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:9–10) Palm Sunday is the day in the church year when traditionally we mark the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem for the last week of his life. As he rode into town on the humble beast, Jesus was not oblivious to what was about to happen to him. His enemies were going to get the upper hand, and he would be rejected and crucified. And within a generation the city would be obliterated. Here’s how Jesus says it in Luke 19:43-44: The days will come…
  • Tattoos for the Soul

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    For twenty years, I have considered myself a “confessional Christian.” That means I subscribe to a historic confession of faith that I believe beautifully and accurately summarizes the Christian faith. This doesn’t surprise people who know me. I tend to wear my convictions on my sleeve. Literally. The tattoos that cover my chest and arms speak to the faith I hold dear. The tattoo on my hand reads “1689” for the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Because I love God, I love his word. And because I love God and his word, I love theology. And because I love theology, I love confessions…
  • United Through Disability

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    When I’m in a group of parents where disability is the topic or reason for our gathering, the characteristics of ethnicity, education, economic status, and geography fade in their importance. I talk and listen to people who are very different than I am, and they talk and listen to me. And it isn’t weird or uncomfortable. Because of disability. Some of it is because of common experience. I have been ignored by health care professionals who assumed a dad didn’t have anything worthwhile to say about his son. I have been talked down to by school administrators as they explained why it was…
  • What Will You Leave Behind?

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Author, playwright, poet, and Christian apologist, Dorothy Sayers, once wrote, “What we make is more important than what we are, particularly if ‘making’ is our profession.” By professional “making,” Sayers was referring particularly to artists. But in reality, all of us are makers, whatever our profession. Making is not solely the realm of artists. God has bestowed on all humans the incredible privilege of being sub-creators. We all make things all the time. And our making is of great importance to God. What’s More Important? But is it true that what we make is more important…
  • Think of Yourself Less

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I am very qualified to speak on pride because I am so proud. I hate my pride, but what I take even more seriously is how God hates it so much more. Pride is our greatest enemy because it makes God our enemy — an almighty opponent. “God opposes the proud” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). Why? What makes pride so singularly repulsive to God is the way that pride contends for supremacy with God himself. Pride is not one sin among many, but a sin in a class by itself. Other sins lead the sinner further from God, but pride is particularly heinous in that it attempts to elevate the sinner above God.
 
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    Todd Rhoades

  • Your team has unbelieveable potential… seize it!

    Todd Rhoades
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The power of teams and creativity is unimaginable. Unleash the power and innovation potential in your staff today.  Maybe this video will get your juices flowing: What is your church doing to foster creativity in your setting? Todd HT:  HeadHeartHand.org
  • Does your church have a ‘whiner’s room’?

    Todd Rhoades
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Seth Godin says that most institutions have one. I’d dare to say that most churches do too. The ‘whiner’s room': When my friend Elly taught in a middle school, he never hung out in the teacher’s room. He told me he couldn’t bear the badmouthing of students, the whining and the blaming. Of course, not all teachers are like this. In fact, most of them aren’t. And of course, trolling isn’t reserved to the teacher’s room. Just about every organization, every online service, every product and every element of our culture now has chat rooms and forums…
  • Pastors who specialize in ‘sin prevention’ will miss the mark

    Todd Rhoades
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wow.  Read this from Pastor Steve Brown on the danger of becoming pastors becoming police officers who only crack down on sin: I know, I know, there is a lot more to being a preacher and a pastor than keeping people from sinning, but if you become obsessed with sin prevention, it begins to take over everything you do and teach. Pretty soon you become a police officer and the crime is sin. You spend your time trying to discern what is and what isn’t sin, you emphasize “sin prevention” by teaching how to avoid sin and stay pure, and you create a disciplinary process whereby sin is…
  • “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”

    Todd Rhoades
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    That was the quote of motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  The blog Lifehacker recently posted this quote and it got me thinking.  Is this really true?  And if it is true, is that a GOOD thing or a BAD thing? Perhaps that’s why so many churches are isolated from the very communities that they live in. I’ve been taught from a very early age that those you spend time are the ones who influence you. The end result of that:  you should only hang with people who are just like you… namely, Christians. That’s why when you became a Christian, it was important for you to break…
  • Teams that Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

    Todd Rhoades
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Warren Bird and Ryan Hartwig and discuss their new book on collaborative church leadership.  I think you’ll enjoy this quick, fun video interview. So… why should you read this book when Amazon.com lists 38,927 books on “church leadership”?  That’s my first question… and Warren Bird’s answer might surprise you! We also discuss three reasons why some people might be opposed to collaborative church leadership. I hope you’ll check out the book.  You can order it today at Amazon (although…
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • When Your Problems Are Bigger Than Your Plan

    webteam
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    When something in our life breaks down, we always try to find a quick fix or an answer we can handle ourselves. But, what happens when our problem is bigger than our plan?
  • How Long Will We Waver?

    webteam
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    There’s no question that Jesus wants to give us a new life right now. It’s been His plan all along. The question is, how long will we wait to receive it?
  • Elevation Worship: For The Lamb

    webteam
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Elevation Worship released their latest worship album, Wake Up the Wonder, at the end of last year. This video, “For The Lamb,” was captured during the live album recording at Time Warner Cable Arena. Visit elevationworship.com for tutorials, charts, and other free resources for this song, as well as others from the album. Wake Up the Wonder is available on iTunes.
  • Elevation Creative: The History of Genius

    webteam
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    History has been shaped by the men and women with the most revolutionary ideas and actions. In this video from our Creative team, we take a look at those whose talents span many fields of study, and the unmistakable source of their genius.
  • All the Answers to Passing Life’s Test

    webteam
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Life is full of lessons and tests. So how do we answer all life’s questions? And what are we learning in the process? No one likes to struggle though tests – but the good news is, when you know the right answer, you can’t fail.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Modern Reformation: a contrary but friendly appeal on Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    A few months ago the new editor of The Modern Reformation wrote to ask me to consider contributing an article to what is now their current issue. The issue approaches the work of the Holy Spirit (and the sign gifts of the Spirit) from a cessationist view point, but we believe that an article from [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • How a misinterpreted verse can make us feel guilty when we grieve

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    If there was one verse in the ESV that I would tweak the translation of it would be 1 Thess 4:13. In it we are told “that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” It is unfortunate simply because the most natural interpretation of that phrase in English is “You are not allowed [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Happy 18th Birthday to Tamasin Warnock

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    When I first started blogging I thought this site would be of most interest for my family. I thought that I might write things that my children would read in future years. The rest of you have kind of evicted my family as the primary audience over the years. Well today, this is a post [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Leaders: Gentleness, not severity, will win you respect and love

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

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Yesterday I was on Moody National Radio being interviewed by Janet Parshall. We spoke about the gospel, and how you can know what a Christian is. We had several callers who rang in with personal questions. It was a moving conversation at times. You can listen to the interview here: Listen to more programs by [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Music Monday 3.9.15

    Steve McCoy
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Streaming FreeSeth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott SmithTwin Shadow - EclipseInventions - Maze of Woods - Two guys, one from Explosions in the Sky & the other from Eluvium. Cheap AlbumsDelta Spirit - Into the Wide $5Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost $5Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise $5Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers $5Radiohead - The Bends $5 - It's the 20th anniversary of this album and you should celebrate!NEWBrandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter - A must-buy for my family as she is singing in our house regularly. Every CD is…
  • Elijah Crohn's Update 3.6.15

    Steve McCoy
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Brief update after Elijah's first infusion of Remicade. Infusion - Elijah's first infusion went great. Stayed at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Monday night and infusion was first thing Tuesday at Lurie Children's in Chicago. Given Tylenol, Benadryl, and Remicade. Benadryl made him a grump for a bit, but the Remicade had no visible effects. Seemed to take it great. Very proud of our boy. We took a photo next to a Lurie pillar (below) so we can track his growth with each visit, if we can remember to take the picture. :) We are believing that God and doctors and meds will get…
  • Lots-o-Links 2.25.15

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

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

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

  • Interview with Rob Spink from The Crowded House

    Bob Kauflin
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    I’ve never met Rob Spink, but my good friend Tim Chester recommended that I contact him to share some songs at WorshipGod UK this coming May.  Rob was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Among other things, I appreciate his comment that the local church is a place where we can create culture rather than just consume it. 1. What is your history of leading in the church, musically or pastorally? I’ve been a member of The Crowded House since 2002. I’ve served as an Elder since 2007 and as well as being Community Pastor, have been Music Director since July 2013. So as well…
  • Simon Brading Reflects on WorshipGod UK

    Bob Kauflin
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    I’ve known Simon Brading for a number of years now and been encouraged by his thoughtfulness, his passion for the gospel, and his heart to see music used in the church for the glory of Jesus Christ. Last year at WorshipGod UK he sang a couple songs  and I was struck by his desire to pastor the people he was leading. At this year’s conference, I’ve asked him to lead the music for a main session and participate in a seminar called Planning for Sundays. Simon kindly took some time to answer a few questions about himself and WorshipGod UK, coming to Bath 7th-9th May. 1.
  • The Gathering: Coming to Knoxville this Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Parents, Plead With Your Young Drivers Not to Become Statistics

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    I saw a lot of weird driving toward the end of this past week. But the situation with the girl talking on her phone was one of the worst. It wasn’t a parked car like the one pictured, it was a 6-lane highway at about 70 mph. She was, trust me, oblivious to the busy traffic pattern and lane shifting taking place. She may have been your daughter, your niece, perhaps even some youngster’s mom. If you’ve got a young driver in the family, beg, plead, entreat them not to ever, ever talk on their phone while the car is in motion. Be firm. …I waited at a traffic light because…
  • Weekend Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    Featured Stories and Articles Adding a Millennial to Your Church Staff - “Very few churches have senior pastors age 35 or younger, and most pastors on staff at a church under 35 are probably going to be youth pastors, which is fine. That’s normal… There isn’t a problem with a church not having many Millennials on its staff, because most of them are still pretty young—even as young as 15. I’m in the middle of the Millennial generation and I’m only 24, which is pretty young for a pastor of any type. The problem arises, however, when churches are unwilling to hire…
  • Currently Reading: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    I’ve written before that I like to alternate the books I am given to review — and book reviews here are very much down in quantity from a year ago — with older books or even classic Christian titles by authors now deceased. I’m currently reading Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blackaby. The book I’m reading was first published in 1994; the edition now sold is a revised and expanded edition from 2008. Although I’ve recommended the book here before, I had never actually sat down and read it page-by-page. The reason is I could…
  • Big Box Book Stores’ Christian Shelves Lack Essentials

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Saturday night around 6:30 PM we dropped into a Chapters store. The Chapters and Indigo stores are the Canadian equivalent to Barnes and Noble, and whether I’m in Canada or checking out B&N on holidays, I love to hang out in the Religion section and see what conversations I can initiate. This time it was a couple whose son was being baptized the very next day in the church where I was baptized many years earlier. They were looking at a couple of Joel Osteen books and when I tried to steer them away from those, they didn’t actually need much convincing. They immediately…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Today’s graphics are a couple of Cheezburger classics from 2009. Is the Modern Offering the Same as Biblical Almsgiving? - “I have never heard an evangelical sermon on almsgiving. Despite countless texts in the Hebrew Bible about generosity toward the poor, the example of the first Christians, and a long tradition of the practice, especially during Lent, I have rarely heard the word mentioned in my adult life as a Christian. ‘Tithes and offerings,’ yes of course, and many are the sermons I have heard about the generic subject of ‘stewardship’ or…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Silly Ways to Play Duck Duck Goose

    Mimi Bullock
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    Have time to kill at the end of class or looking for an active game to break up a teaching block? Keep it simple and call out this fun, classic game. Of course, you could play the traditional Duck, Duck, Goose game but why not make it more biblical? Try these variations on this fast-paced game. Duck Duck Goose Call-Out Variations Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: For the call-out, instead of shouting out Duck Duck Goose, have the players call Matthew, Mark, Luke, Matthew, Mark, Luke. The call-out player shouts, “John!” on the head of the person they want to run. Lion, Lions, Bears:…
  • Jesus the Rule-Changer: Gospel Principles in a Nutshell

    Kristin Schmidt
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Sometimes we make the message of salvation more complicated than it needs to be. Or we can become so caught up in Bible stories and individual characters that we neglect the most basic and critical overarching element of what and why we teach. At any time of year, but especially in preparation for Easter, it is helpful to review with children how important Jesus is to our faith. It may sound obvious but can be all too easily taken for granted. This lesson takes students on a brief tour of Old Testament rules and trends, ultimately pointing to the wonderfully transformative power of the…
  • Bible Lesson: Jesus Heals Official’s Son (John 4:46-54)

    Kelly Henderson
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    The following lesson was created for a small class of children ranging from age 5-10.  The students discover that Jesus’ miracles helped people believe in Him for eternal life. Bible Passage:   John 4:46-54 Bible Story Title:  Jesus Heals Official’s Son 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, map of Israel in the time of Jesus, Activity pages, index cards, pens, markers, soil, cups, seeds Learning Goal: Students will learn that Jesus’ miracles demonstrated His divine…
  • All My Heart Object Lesson – Matthew 22:37-39

    Mimi Bullock
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    One of the most “fun” collection of verses in the bible is Matthew 22:37-39. You know how it goes, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”  In the past, I’ve taught kids these verses by pointing to the the heart, head and body. That worked okay but I really wanted to emphasis the amount of each we should be offering God. Remember the Bible tells us, “all your heart.” With…
  • High Jump Object Lesson – Psalm 18:33

    Mimi Bullock
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Forget super heroes! Once kids discover what God can do, they’ll realize that they are “super” too–thanks to Him. Looking for an object lesson that will teach kids that God can and will enable us to do things we never thought we could? This one will do the trick! All you need is a yardstick, ruler or measuring tape and a piece of paper and pen. Teaching Verses: He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For…
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    Matthew Starner

  • You’re Not Too Cool for Traditional or Too Mature for Contemporary

    Matthew Starner
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    I’ll be honest. I stole curated that title from a post over at The Worship Community. The post itself was fine, but the title put into words what I have been feeling for a long time: the polarity between “traditional” and “contemporary” is tired and unnecessary. Before I get too far into this though, what I want to speak to is not style but content. You can take the same lyrics and tune and accompany it with an organ, a worship team, or sing it acapella. There are many possible styles for the same piece. Instead, what I want to focus on is content. You’re…
  • Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

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

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

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

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

  • Please Pray For Me

    Tyler
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    My Facebook feed is full of people asking for prayer. I know plenty of people who ask for prayer regarding every life event. I know others who share a few new prayer requests every time they come to their small group. “My brother is looking for a job. Please pray for him.” Or, “Our dog has been ill for a few days, please pray for her.” Or, “I can tell I have a cold coming on, please pray for me.” You’re already anticipating my banter and angst against this. Let me slow your roll. The Good I’m not one of these kinds of people. I ask for prayer…
  • Empowering the Church For Faith at Work

    Tyler
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I’m spending the day at Redeeming Work in Portland, a conversation hosted by Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, focused on the intersection of faith and work. I’m excited to announce (in a few weeks) a few things that will be happening here next month in a similar vein as this. Subscribe here to be notified about that. Check out my post from earlier today if you’d like to see notes from sessions 1 and 2. Here’s sessions 3 and 4: AJ Sherrill Equipping the Saints: Empowering the Church For Faith at Work Focus passage: 2nd Corinthians 5:17-20, the ministry of…
  • Identity Expressed Through Work, Not Achieved Through Work

    Tyler
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    I’m spending the day at Redeeming Work in Portland. A conversation hosted by Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, focused on the intersection of faith and work. This is a subject of passion for me after meeting with so many who hate their jobs and see no kingdom fulfillment in them. But I’m also here in preparation for a few things that will be happening here next month, subscribe here to be notified about that. I’ll be sharing a few posts throughout the day, as I’m able. Check out Leadership Journal’s page for more resources on these subjects. Sessions 1…
  • A Conversation About the Intersection of Faith and Work

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

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

  • I’m Lovin’ It! BIG FAITH!

    paulwnewell
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
  • I’m Lovin’ it! ANYTHING! short of sin.

    paulwnewell
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    Loading Content... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done - Browse Series - I'm Lovin' It 4:13 Christmas in a Box Core Training: Ultimate Cross-Fit Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Luke Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest…
  • I’m Lovin’ It! 4 Contributing

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

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

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

  • A language that Christians mostly refuse to translate text into

    siskin
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    English is unique in being a world language. In a review of new book What is English? And Why Should We Care? (Tim William Machan, OUP), London Times columnist and language-use expert Oliver Kamm writes: …debates over the nature and purpose of English are longstanding. It’s not only the language but its speakers who are different from the past. In the middle of the past century, about 400 million people spoke English. The total is now 1.5 billion, while the proportion of them living in Britain, North America and Australasia has declined. There is no historical parallel for this…
  • Questions that release stories and space for change

    siskin
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Grounded questions, says Mark Strom in this short 16-min TED lecture, have the power to release stories, creative thought, and transformation. They are not yes/no questions, or even questions about facts or feelings. Mark’s insights are helpful in any area of life, work, or ministry. And here’s another explanation, from the Slideshare blog, of why storytelling engages with our minds and hearts, in ways that facts cannot. 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…
  • “You win, infographics!” Print: not so quick

    siskin
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    “You win, infographics!” In communicating overall concepts quickly and simply, visual beats text. Learn how churches can use infographics, which apply also to non-profits and other teams. More about infographics. Source: Rickmann’s Posterous 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 questionnaire and get free ebook Tweeting Church.
  • Damaris discussion resources for Exodus and Unbroken

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

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

  • How High is Your Emotional Intelligence?

    Brad Lomenick
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:58 am
    Measuring your IQ has been a standard for years and years. We determine how “smart” someone is by their IQ score. How about your EQ? Your emotional quotient. Your level of emotional intelligence. Your ability to read people, connect relationally, create long term friendships and relationships, etc. Why is it that some folks just seem to have that sixth sense when it comes to connecting with people? Why is it that the one staff person can always talk the cranky accounting person into approving the difficult invoice that no one else can get pushed through? Or that sales person can…
  • Beware of a Shortcut Leadership strategy

    Brad Lomenick
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    I admit, I get a bit impatient at times….. Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration…..I get very impatient at times! Lately, I’ve noticed a ton of impatience in my driving. Now it’s not road rage (not yet!), but getting close. It’s not just that slow drivers get in the left lane, but more that I seem to think I now know every shortcut in the greater metro Atlanta area. So my solution for impatience on the roads is that I get frustrated and try to find shortcuts or alternate routes to get somewhere. Only to find that these shortcuts end up taking longer and…
  • 10 Keys for a Great Team

    Brad Lomenick
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    What actually makes a great team? We’ve all been on teams, whether in school, in athletics, in our churches, organizations, and communities. We’ve watched great teams win championships, we’ve marveled at their ability to create amazing resources, new technology, and jaw-dropping experiences. There are lots of qualities that make up a great team, but thought I would point out ten that seem to be consistently evident across the board. 1. Humble yet confident leader- Humility and authenticity starts at the top. Confidence and courage starts at the top. Everyone wants to assume…
  • Top 50 Leadership Books to Read

    Brad Lomenick
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    I love leadership. And I read a lot. So I wanted to provide you with a list of some of the best leadership books I recommend. These are not the only leadership books you should read. There are hundreds of others that are great. But these are just simply 50 of my favorite leadership books. So here you go. And please share this leadership list with your friends, team, and other leaders who might benefit. 50 leadership books I recommend you read: 1. Good to Great- Jim Collins 2. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership- John Maxwell 3. Courageous Leadership- Bill Hybels 4. The Next Generation…
  • Young Influencers List, February Edition

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

  • Grace Hills: A Growing Church for a Growing Community

    Brandon
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    I’m in awe of God because He is God and because of all that I know to be true about Him from Scripture. And I’m humbled to be a part of what he is doing in the world today. I just got to share this brief update about Grace Hills Church via Mission:World Magazine. Will you read it and rejoice with me? Sometimes Northwest Arkansas feels very much like the center of the world, at least culturally. What was once small town America is now a cluster of cities collectively larger than Little Rock and consisting of dozens of ethnic groups and people from every major religious background.
  • 24 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives

    Brandon
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    9 Major Stallers To Church Projects and Initiatives, by Tony Morgan Churches often get a bad reputation for not being able to see things through. In fact, in nearly every church I’ve worked with, someone has shared the story of a past initiative that fell short of the finish line. Minimum Viable Spiritual Growth Plan, from Leadership Network Leadership Network recently surveyed over 1,600 ministry leaders of large (1000+) churches. The most frequently cited issue facing churches today is “discipleship.” 15 Essential Quotes from Bill Hybels – Global Leadership Summit, by Brad…
  • Before Your Church Starts Using Social Media…

    Brandon
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Should churches utilize social media for the mission of carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth? Yes! But after a decade or so of helping churches and leaders utilize blogging and social networking for ministry I’ve come to a solid conclusion that every church leader needs to hear: We don’t need to get our church involved in social media until our church’s leaders are invested in it.  Usually, when a church reaches out for help about getting started, this involves launching or redesigning the church’s website, creating a church Facebook page, and possibly…
  • There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?

    Brandon
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Me. Myself. And I. The three people we tend to care about the most in western civilization. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the sickness of self-absorption has infected all of humanity, but it has particularly affected segments of the population that have adopted cultural values that revolve around the preservation of personal happiness. We are narcissists. In their book, The Narcissism Epidemic, psychologists Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell explore the rise of narcissism in American culture… Understanding the narcissism epidemic is important because its long-term consequences are…
  • If I Could Just Control My Mouth…

    Brandon
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    The Apostle James said it best. The tongue is like a fire, or perhaps poison. When not under control, our mouths can destroy lives, especially our own. He went on to say, “If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” (James 3:2 NLT) Thankfully, James was a practical dude. He didn’t just point out the problem, he gave us a simple solution. In a single sentence, James summarized the wisdom pretty much everybody on the planet needed to hear about communication. Be quick to listen… slow to speak… and slow…
 
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  • 5 Itchy Ear Preachers

    Peter Mead
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Paul urged Timothy to preach the word in his final letter.  One of the reasons he gave was that the time would come when people would not endure sound teaching, but instead would accumulate teachers to suit their own passions.  Itchy ear preachers.  Here are some possible itchy ear preachers: 1. Preacher Myth – this is one Paul referenced, preaching that strays into the realm of speculative mythology.  We have our own versions of this today.  Sensational, conspiratorial, and often offering insight that nobody else can offer. 2. Preacher Fun – this is always going to be…
  • 10 Pointers for “Untrained” Preachers

    Peter Mead
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Last time we looked at some pointers for preachers who have had formal theological training.  This time let’s ponder the situation for those that haven’t.  There are many, many preachers, in many denominations, in many cultures, that are doing wonderful ministry without ever having had the privilege of formal training.  Here are 10 pointers for the “formally untrained” preacher: 1. Don’t wallow in insecurity because of a lack of formal training – Most of the “formally untrained” preachers I have met would love to be able to study in a Bible…
  • 10 Pointers for Seminary Trained Preachers

    Peter Mead
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The periodic 10 Pointers series is going to add two more posts this week.  Previously we’ve considered younger preachers, older preachers, and preaching teams.  Here’s a set of 10 pointers for those of us who have had the privilege of studying in a Bible College or Seminary.  Next time we will offer 10 pointers for those without formal training. Disclaimer – I get frustrated with articles written about “all the things I never learned in seminary.”  I really praise God for the time I got to spend at two great seminaries and feel they prepared me very well…
  • 3 Ways Preachers Fear Listeners

    Peter Mead
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Preachers can fear listeners.  When they do, the ministry suffers.  Here are three ways preachers fear listeners: 1. I am scared because you are there!  This “deer in the headlights fear” is typically an issue for the beginner preacher.  Actually, the fear is usually of public speaking.  Seeing all the faces looking toward them, the preacher freezes and goes into a restricted function coping mechanism.  Vocal range becomes limited, pauses disappear, body language gets stuck, the mind struggles to think clearly.  This can occur for more experienced preachers under specific…
  • Let Historical Details Be Details

    Peter Mead
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The Bible contains a lot of historical narrative.  Historical narrative contains details.  Let’s not be unnecessarily clever with these details. Hypothetical Tale 1 – In 1964 a preacher at a Bible teaching conference was preaching on the story of David and Goliath.  He came to the verse that tells of David taking five smooth stones and putting them in his pouch before going to face the giant.  “Now you may be asking, why five smooth stones?  Why not just one?  Does David lack faith in God?  Not at all, I tell you, he was just prepared for Goliath’s four…
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  • The one surprising reason you should go to a conference

    samluce
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Stewardship. Leaders should attend training conferences because we are not just volunteers or leaders we are stewards. When you realize that you are a steward of the time and influence God has given you it changes how you use your time. It’s not your own. I love how the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism draws this point out so vividly. It says What is our only comfort in life and death? The answer is “That we are not our own but belong body and soul to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. When we realize that we are not owners but stewards it changes events like these from have to,…
  • Effective Leaders Make Decisions

    samluce
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    A decision is a judgment. It is a choice between alternatives. It is rarely a choice between right and wrong. It is at best a choice between “almost right” and “probably wrong”—but much more often a choice between two courses of action neither of which is provably more nearly right than the other. Peter Drucker One of the things I never anticipated as a Bible College student and as a young 21 year old entering the ministry was the enormous amount of decisions I would have to make. Small decisions based on what type of paper to use for a craft, to large ones such as how to advise…
  • Weekend Reading 3-20-2015

    samluce
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    What Books I’m Reading Culture Making by Andy Crouch Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower What Blog Posts I’m Reading now Pastors keep a close watch on your life and illustrations by Jared Wilson – Love Jared’s candor and his desire for preaching to be both practical and trans-formative. If you preach to any age group check out this post. Teaching kids about Prayer and Fasting by Dale Hudson - Great post on the practical ways you can help kids connect with God and be apart of a church wide time of prayer and fasting. Mom’s Need Theology Too by Christina Fox - While books with…
  • Creative ways to communicate to kids: Self Interview

    samluce
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Kids are the best critics because they haven’t learned the subtle art of not offending others with brutal honesty. When you are boring they will call you on it. I remember one time I thought the lesson was going well. The kids were a bit non-responsive I figured they were tired…until one of the kids I was teaching stood up cupped his mouth with his hands and said “This is boring!” Ouch. It’s moments like that has forced me as someone who has communicated to kids for the past 18 years to always be looking for creative ways to communicate to kids. To give them truth in ways they…
  • Why parents should pray more than anything they do

    samluce
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    There are few things more powerful and more profound a parent can do for their kids than pray for them. “Men ought always to pray.” Luke 18:1 “I will that men pray everywhere.” 1 Timothy 2:1 I have a question to offer you. It is contained in three words, DO YOU PRAY? The question is one that none but you can answer. Whether you attend public worship or not, your minister knows. Whether you have family prayers or not your relations know. But whether you pray in private or not, is a matter between yourself and God. All the children of God on earth are alike in this respect. From the…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Writing a winning resume

    Kenny
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    I had so much fun with Monday’s resume post, I decided that I would do another one. In that post I wrote about tips to make your resume 10,000 times better. Most of them are small things. Tweaks and adjustments. However, there’s a bigger issue that I didn’t really address. What if you don’t have awesome content for your resume… meaning, your experience is less than exciting. Maybe you’ve been a volunteer at a church and you just don’t have enough experience to put much down on a resume. Perhaps you’re at a church that’s been in significant…
  • Your resume is awful

    Kenny
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Every month I have people send me resumes. It’s smart actually. On average, I have a position come available every year. I have a position coming available in a few months that I haven’t started promoting yet. I often know people who are hiring as well. I admire those who take a risk and send their resume like that – it shows initiative. Unfortunately though, most resumes I receive are junk. This weekend someone sent me a resume and I was prompted to write back immediately. I actually wrote a long response because I truly wanted to help. However, my first paragraph contained…
  • Understanding your volunteers

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

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

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

  • Understanding How Real Estate Pricing Works On Condos

    SaraM
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
     Learning How Real Estate Pricing Works on Condos A condominium, townhouse or single-detached home has its own characteristics in terms of costing, terms and conditions as well as the lifestyle required. However, all these fall under the umbrella of real estate properties. Investing in any of these means that you have understand completely how the system of purchase goes. A condominium unit for instance is just a small property but it carries a high value especially if its location is found in an area where business is progressive. This brings us to the idea on how real estate pricing works…
  • Evergreen SEO Strategies That Work Every Time

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

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

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

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

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    This week we talk to actress and producer Roma Downey - on location in Morocco - about her new series, A.D. The Bible Continues. The series premieres Easter night on NBC. We also spotlight hip hop artist Derek Minor and talk about his latest album, Empire. Plus, we welcome a guest host to the show, find out what the Pope’s been up to and discuss which Twitter follower could get us out of a sticky situation.
  • San Francisco Deputies Forced Inmates to Fight 'Gladiator Style'

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    A horrifying case is emerging from a San Francisco, Cali. jail, where public defender Jeff Adachi says four police deputies forced prison inmates to fight "gladiator-style" and placed bets on who would win. Adachi says the deputies staged “outrageously sadistic scenarios that sound like they’re out of ‘Game of Thrones,'” promising hamburgers to the winner and says inmates were “threatened with Mace, handcuffed beatings, and transfers to dangerous housing quarters if they refused to fight.” Inmates were also threatened with tasering if they sought medical attention for any injuries…
  • Here's Passion Pit's Very Strobe Light-y Video for 'Lifted Up'

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Passion Pit's crazy catchy new single "Lifted Up (1985)" has a very strobe light heavy music video. It's not for the seizure prone, but it is for people who like seeing lead Passion Pitter Michael Angelakos singing his song while being jostled around in the club. And for seizure prone people who like seeing Michael Angelakos jostled around in the club, you'll just have to make the call on your own.
  • Everything We Know About Germanwings Pilot, Andreas Lubitz

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    There has been a lot of information floating around about the unspeakably disturbing case of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who prosecutors believe deliberately crashed Flight 4U9525, killing all on board. It's difficult to separate fact from speculation right now, but here's what is known. Lubitz had a psychiatric condition that he kept hidden from his employer. Several doctors' notes were recovered from Lubitz's home in Germany—including one that was shredded—but it remains to be seen what clues, if any, they'll reveal about the motives for his act of mass murder. In fact,…
  • Man Hikes from Mexican Border to Canada Taking Selfies Every Mile

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    Ever wonder what it would look like to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, from America’s border with Mexico all the way to the Canadian border? Thanks to Andy Davidhazy’s time-lapse video below—which features a selfie taken every mile for the entire 2,660-mile journey—you can at least catch a glimpse ...
 
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    DAVID KENNEY

  • The Legacy of St. Patrick

    David
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Around this time of the year, we typically celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately, many people only observe this holiday, by drinking themselves silly, which is totally contrary to the spirit of the man who Christianized Ireland. St. Patrick’s day is the date of his death and is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is a holy day of obligation; and it is also a celebration of Ireland itself. St. Patrick was known as the “Apostle of Ireland.”  And I would like to read a prayer of St. Patrick titled…
  • Wresting for my Life

    David
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    You might remember Shawn Michaels, as an American professional wrestling personality “the heartbreak kid” with the WWE, or his times as a television presenter. Currently Shawn is retired from wrestling and has recently teamed up with Zondervan publishers to release his new book “Wrestling for My Life.” Shawn’s book is a look behind the scenes of both his wrestling career and his personal life. His book is full of testosterone driven stories that involve his love for hunting and his wrestling career. The book also take a more personal side by examining stories of…
  • Turning Faith into Action

    David
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    So let me give you a few starters. If you want to turn faith into deeds, and belief into actions I think we have to understand a few things. And the first thing is… 1. Actions realize risk Turning faith into deeds is risky business. Living out your faith is scary. No martyr was ever killed for their beliefs, it was something they did that exposed their faith out into the open that brought attention to them.  My guess is that most of us a pretty conservative people. Even if you think you are spontaneous, you probably still stay within certain boundaries. Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in…
  • Love is an action word

    David
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    For a long time we’ve been asking the question “what would Jesus do?” you remember the bracelets? it was real big a hundred years ago when I was in college. the premise was you’d come into a situation and ask the question, “what would Jesus do?” You know what he’d do? The answer is easy. He’d love. He’d love in every situation. “Well, when would he stop?” Never. He’d never stop. And every person is different and every person has a different story, but in each of those situations we should be asking, “What does love…
  • Tiny Bear’s Bible

    David
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    As a father and a pastor, I am always looking for books and bibles for my two boys. My family already has The Jesus Storybook Bible and Thought to Make your Heart Sing from Sally Lloyd-Jones, so picking up the Tiny Bear’s Bible for my 1 year old was a no brainer. This “Bible” is really a Story book/board book containing 11 stories from the Bible. Most of the stories are cute little 6 lined poems accompanied by a single picture. As a side note, I always get a little worried with “adult themed” stories being included, especially for young eyes and ears, but I think…
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    Serving Strong

  • What If

    Scott
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    What if God were as big as he claimed to be? What if he had all the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge? What if he was always working, never sleeping? What if he could move mountains? What if he actually did have it all under control? Then, how would you pray? How would […]
  • Senseless Trust

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

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

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

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

  • Enlisting Leaders- The Soliciting Method

    Hal Mayer
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    This is another widely practiced method (see pervious post- “Enlisting Leaders- The Appointing Method”). Many times this happens when there are leadership needs or vacancies and other enlistment plans have failed. A plea is made for volunteers from the pulpit... Continue Reading →
  • Enlisting Leaders- The Appointing Method

    Hal Mayer
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    The appointing method is based on the idea that leaders are effective in choosing other leaders (that have not demonstrated competency). It sounds good at first, but the actual practice can be devastating. At a previous church, we have tried... Continue Reading →
 
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    ChurchTechToday

  • 5 Needs Facility and Event Scheduling Software Can Remedy

    Tim Cool
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    With rare exception, church facilities are a tool that God has entrusted to us to steward. Part of stewarding is the utilization and use of these facilities. If your facility is only used on the weekend, then I would question the need to have a facility at all. If all you need is a place to meet on Saturday or Sunday, then why invest so many Kingdom resources to construction and maintain a physical structure? Buildings were meant to be used. And as such, their use must be properly planned and coordinated. Have you ever shown up for a meeting, not just at your church facility, and learned that…
  • Easter Resource Roundup

    Lauren Hunter
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    With Easter fast approaching, we thought we’d share a few resources with you as you prepare to promote your Easter services and look for last-minute resources to complete your service preparations. In the list of articles below, you’ll find insightful tips, free videos, graphics, devotional guides, a free ebook, and great tips on how to think through communicating Easter as an outreach to potential church visitors: Are Your Easter Service Times on Your Website? [Church Marketing Sucks] Free Easter Social Graphics [Church Marketing Sucks] Free Easter Download: Before the Throne of…
  • 3 Ways a Cohesive Church Software System Can Amplify Your Ministry

    Steve Caton
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Anyone who has worked at a church understands the complexity of the tasks that have to be completed each week. On a Sunday morning, you have to assign parking lot attendants and greeters, have the hospitality team set up the coffee, schedule ushers, set up child check-in, and help families get their kids to Sunday school and find the sanctuary. That’s a ton of tasks, and the service hasn’t even started yet! Managing all of those moving pieces into a seamless experience for members and guests can be tough. With all that to pull off for each service, it is easy to focus on finding tools…
  • 5 Reasons Your Church Website Might Be Keeping Visitors Away

    Emily Kantner
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    The first place most people will go to learn about your church—before even stepping one foot in the door—will be your website. When they get there, are they excited to join your church community in worship or are they running in the opposite direction? Here are five common reasons that your church website might be keeping visitors away: Reason #1: It doesn’t provide the necessary information Church seekers typically aren’t visiting your website to browse your directory or make a donation. According to a 2012 study by Grey Matter, 43 percent of church website visitors are searching for…
  • Using Email for Church Communication to Share Your Story

    Ryan Holck
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Last month we started a series on Church Communications on the Cheap. I spelled out 4 Steps for Budget Friendly Success in your communications. In that post, I promised practical ways to put the steps into action. I’d like to start today with email. Let’s face it, there is nothing glamorous about email. For many, it is a necessary evil that invades our space with info we’d rather ignore. But, done well, email gives churches a way to tell their story in a user-friendly way that members are already engaged with. The question is how do we do it well? What steps can we take to…
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  • Only Those Who Encounter God, Can Lead Others To Him

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

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

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

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

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

    Brandon
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    I’m in awe of God because He is God and because of all that I know to be true about Him from Scripture. And I’m humbled to be a part of what he is doing in the world today. I just got to share this brief update about Grace Hills Church via Mission:World Magazine. Will you read it and rejoice with me? Sometimes Northwest Arkansas feels very much like the center of the world, at least culturally. What was once small town America is now a cluster of cities collectively larger than Little Rock and consisting of dozens of ethnic groups and people from every major religious background.
  • 24 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives

    Brandon
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    9 Major Stallers To Church Projects and Initiatives, by Tony Morgan Churches often get a bad reputation for not being able to see things through. In fact, in nearly every church I’ve worked with, someone has shared the story of a past initiative that fell short of the finish line. Minimum Viable Spiritual Growth Plan, from Leadership Network Leadership Network recently surveyed over 1,600 ministry leaders of large (1000+) churches. The most frequently cited issue facing churches today is “discipleship.” 15 Essential Quotes from Bill Hybels – Global Leadership Summit, by Brad…
  • Before Your Church Starts Using Social Media…

    Brandon
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Should churches utilize social media for the mission of carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth? Yes! But after a decade or so of helping churches and leaders utilize blogging and social networking for ministry I’ve come to a solid conclusion that every church leader needs to hear: We don’t need to get our church involved in social media until our church’s leaders are invested in it.  Usually, when a church reaches out for help about getting started, this involves launching or redesigning the church’s website, creating a church Facebook page, and possibly…
  • There Is a Narcissism Epidemic In Our Culture. Are You a Carrier?

    Brandon
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Me. Myself. And I. The three people we tend to care about the most in western civilization. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the sickness of self-absorption has infected all of humanity, but it has particularly affected segments of the population that have adopted cultural values that revolve around the preservation of personal happiness. We are narcissists. In their book, The Narcissism Epidemic, psychologists Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell explore the rise of narcissism in American culture… Understanding the narcissism epidemic is important because its long-term consequences are…
  • If I Could Just Control My Mouth…

    Brandon
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    The Apostle James said it best. The tongue is like a fire, or perhaps poison. When not under control, our mouths can destroy lives, especially our own. He went on to say, “If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” (James 3:2 NLT) Thankfully, James was a practical dude. He didn’t just point out the problem, he gave us a simple solution. In a single sentence, James summarized the wisdom pretty much everybody on the planet needed to hear about communication. Be quick to listen… slow to speak… and slow…
 
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  • You need a vacation

    Jesse Smith
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Last year enlisted military was ranked as the most stressful job in the US. This year it’s number 3. I was an enlisted soldier and I was deployed. I think being a pastor is more stressful. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful calling. But, pastors are high profile positions that have nearly impossible expectations placed on them by others and by themselves. It one of the few jobs where a simple trip to the grocery store or a phone call can turn into an hour long counseling sessions. Family time gets interrupted, your week is almost never routine, and there is a good chance you are…
  • Summary of Lausanne Consultation on Children at Risk

    Dr. Denise Muir-Kjesbo
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    A letter from Denise Muir Kjesbo, Director – Cory Center for Children’s Ministry I was humbled to join with over sixty global leaders from around the world for the Lausanne Consultation on Children at Risk. While children and youth were implicit in Lausanne documents going back to 1974, the clearest call to invest in children came in the Capetown Commitment of 2010 which called the church of Jesus Christ to: Take children seriously Seek to train people and provide resources to meet the needs of children worldwide Expose, resist and take action against all forms of abuse of children. The…
  • Greetings from Quito!

    Dr. Denise Muir-Kjesbo
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    A letter from Denise Muir Kjesbo, Director – Cory Center for Children’s Ministry I bring greetings from Quito, Ecuador where I am representing Bethel Seminary at the Lausanne Movement Children at Risk Consultation, Nov. 16-20.  I am humbled to be here and learn from key leaders in the Children at Risk Global Movement.  I welcome your prayers and will be eager to share what I have learned through this consultation with my students and graduates in the MACFM program and the broader Seminary and University.  If you would like to see more about the consultation you may follow this link…
  • The Gathering 2014 – A Conference for Spiritual Formation

    Matt Guevara
    15 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Friends, I don’t know how to blog about The Gathering 2014.  It’s just hard to describe! The conference materials state that The Gathering is “an event for family ministry and spiritual formation.” The spiritual formation component is central to the experience.  Rich worship, passionate teaching, and just powerful moments with God. My heart is still stirred from listening to Dr. Michelle Anthony talk about God giving sight to the blind. I would recommend The Gathering to any children’s ministry and family ministry leader.  Continue to follow the action at the…
  • The Gathering 2014

    Matt Guevara
    15 May 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Two members of the Cory Center team are at The Gathering 2014!  Join Matt Guevara as he blogs on Truministry and Jesse Smith as he blogs about the conference at Coffee with Dad. Matt and Jesse are joined by Amy Dolan, who is also blogging at Lemon Lime Kids. Follow along on Twitter using #dcctg14
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  • Easter Weekend: Celebrate with us!

    Emily Kirkendoll
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the most significant weekend in our year: Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Easter Weekend is one of our most memorable times together each year as well as a hallmark of growth and transformed lives in our communities. Our one-hour Good Friday services will honor the death of Jesus and the transformational impact of his sacrifice for us today. We will have live worship, communion, and a special dance performance, as all three communities gather to remember this act of love. Bring your kids for our dynamic Liberty Kids program at each service. 6:30pm…
  • “For Everyone” Andi Andrew – Podcast

    Peter Vigil
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Andi Andrew preached this message titled “For Everyone” at our service in Soho on March 22, 2015. From the Liberty Church NYC app, click on “Messages” to listen to the podcast. You can download the app here: Download Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teachings automatically. Related posts: “Everyone Matters” Paul Andrew – Podcast “The Key to Change” Andi Andrew –…
  • The Company – Launch Photo Gallery

    Paul Andrew
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    We launched a movement for the men of Liberty Church this week called The Company. It was a packed house, reaching capacity weeks before the event. But for those who were able to make it this was an historic night and the beginning of great things for The Company. We’ll be getting a larger venue for our next event for The Company in June. In the meantime, here are a few highlights of the night captured by our photography team. Related posts: Photo Gallery: Christmas Tree Adventure Photo Gallery: The Liberty Church Brooklyn Launch Zimbabwe Trip: Gallery
  • Coming up this month

    Emily Kirkendoll
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Welcome to Liberty! Here’s how you can get involved this month. Worship Night, March 25th // Good Friday Services, April 3rd// Easter Services, April 5th // Get the Liberty Church App // Volunteer for She is Free Worship Night | Wednesday, March 25th Worship Nights, which happen only four times a year, are transformational for individuals and have become important for our three communities to seek the face of God together. At each gathering, we experience lives changed through newfound freedom, deliverance, and healings. As a church, we gain a renewed revelation of God’s love to…
  • “Everyone Matters” Paul Andrew – Podcast

    Peter Vigil
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Paul Andrew preached this message titled “Everyone Matters” at our service in Soho on March 15, 2015. From the Liberty Church NYC app, click on “Messages” to listen to the podcast. You can download the app here: Download Sunday Services- Brooklyn – United Artists Cinema 9:30am Soho – Scholastic Auditorium 11am Union Square – Union Square Ballroom 5 & 7pm Subscribe in iTunes to the LibertyChurchNYC podcast to receive new teachings automatically. Related posts: “Building a Home” Paul Andrew – Podcast “They Changed My Life” Paul Andrew…
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  • Ready to Launch: A New Study on Jesus-Centered Parenting

    Mark Howell
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    Had an opportunity this week to preview a new study from J.D. and Veronica Greear.  J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Summit Church has been one of Outreach magazines top 25 fastest growing churches in America for several years running.  Ready to Launch: Jesus-Centered Parenting in a Child-Centered World is a 7 session study based on Psalm 127 that might be a great fit for your recommended list. DVD-driven, Ready to Launch features...Click here for more... »         
  • Thinking Thursday: Listen, Learn…Then Lead

    Mark Howell
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure. Can’t see the video? You can watch it right here. View Article: Thinking Thursday: Listen, Learn…Then Lead or visit MarkHowellLive.com for more!Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts...Click here for more... »         
  • Are You Playing to Play? Or Playing to Win?

    Mark Howell
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Are you playing to play? Or playing to win? I’ve been thinking a lot recently about clarifying the win in the various ministries and steps at Canyon Ridge.  We always want to identify what we will call a win before we schedule anything.  Actually, before we calendar anything we want to know what you will  call a win and what are the embedded steps that lead to where we want people to go next.  See also, How to Design First Steps and Next Steps. What will you call a win?  Peter...Click here for more... »         
  • Help! We Need Fresh Ideas for Communicating with Unconnected People

    Mark Howell
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    I get questions.  Sometimes I get a lot of questions from readers looking for answers.  And sometimes, the best way to answer them is right here with a blog post. Here’s a question I got yesterday: We are in need of some fresh ways to communicate to the four types of unconnected people as we discuss small groups all the time.  Do you have any blogs (or could you create a blog) with literal scripts of ways to promote small groups? There’s a great question in those two...Click here for more... »         
  • 4 Types of Unconnected People and How to Connect Them

    Mark Howell
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Have you picked up on the fact that unconnected people are different in some ways than connected people?  If you have, you are already moving in the right direction.  Next, though, you understand there are four main types of unconnected people and how you might connect them depends on improving your understanding of their needs and interests.  See also, 5 Things You Need to Know about Connecting Unconnected People, Design Your Connection Strategy with Unconnected People in Mind, and ...Click here for more... »         
 
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  • Killing Jesus: A Review

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Killing Jesus, the National Geographic Channel's film production based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugan, lives up to its title. Both the book and the film are intent on giving a historical perspective on the person of Jesus, the context and the motivations behind the man's life and, especially, his death.There are some unique characters rarely seen in other films about Jesus. The prophet Isaiah is seen in a dream, tormenting Herod with woes of God's wrath upon him. Killing Jesus gives special emphasis to Jesus's family, especially his brother James, with scenes with Jesus and his…
  • Alister David

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
     Introducing Alister David Mayward, born March 7 at 12:41 PM. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and 100% awesome.Alister means "defender, protector of humanity." David means "beloved."He is both, protected and beloved, deeply good and wholly a member of our little family. He's got some very caring and curious big siblings.Alister, I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you…
  • What Movie Should I Show My Youth Group?

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

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

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

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Advice for Pastor's WivesHave you ever not liked someone? Tell the truth…Sure you have. It’s part of our normal condition called “humanity”. Now, here’s the kicker: have you not liked someone that attends your church? Ouch, right? Only the fake and phony portray an image of liking everyone all the time. I wish. But the reality is that sometimes ...every once in a while, God allows someone to enter your life that really “fries your cheese”. So what’s a pastor’s wife to do? Do we fake it? Do we avoid them or do we ask God to help them find another church? As with every…
  • In love with pastor - how to handle the women in love your husband

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    This the second part of "I'm in love with my pastorYes, she wants your husband. One of the most difficult parts of being married to a pastor is dealing with those poor, misguided women that well...fall in love with your husband! So, how do I deal with it? Two word answer: I don't.  I know my response may seem foolish and even strange to some, but, it's how I really feel. I have lived long enough to know that I cannot control what others do in life. I cannot make women stop growing attached to my husband. I cannot even keep my husband from straying - should he decide to do it. There are…
  • Struggle of senior pastor's wives - They are watching

    Godsy Girl(TM)
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Subscribe to Godsy Girl - Pastor's Wives by Email A Common Struggle: Eyes on youIt's an unavoidable element of our lives. You know to what I am referring. I call it the "eyes". After I first married my husband, I was amazed at the sheer amount of eyes affixed on me at any given moment during a church service. Any direction I looked, they were there...looking...watching...staring. I must admit, I was a little "weirded out" by all that attention during my first month as "First Lady".As the years went by, I began to discern the opportunity that lied behind all those"eyes". It also helped as…
  • I'm in love with my pastor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    artie
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Bible tells us what, not how. Now, before you dismiss that and call me crazy think, imagine this… Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving…
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  • The Urgency of the Gospel: Recap of Wheaton 15

    Matt
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    At the end of February we held one of the most significant events in the history of our ministry. Nearly two dozen young evangelistic leaders gathered to speak on a passion for the gospel, and reaching the world for Christ for our Wheaton Conference (Wheaton 15), at Wheaton College in Chicago.We had a sold out venue, with a standing room only crowd on Friday evening. Approximately four thousand people joined us from around the world on the live stream, and the event trended worldwide on twitter, with more than 34 million impressions.We are so grateful for the friendship and…
  • Some of My Favorite Quotes From Awakening

    Matt
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    It is has been an absolute joy hearing from so many of you picking up copies of my new book Awakening at your local LifeWay or FamilyChristian bookstores, or on amazon.I love seeing your pictures tweeted of the book, and sharing them.Here are some of my favorite quotes from Awakening. I'd love for you to enjoy and share them with friends! We get enough bad news these days. We need good news too, for our weary souls. amzn.com/0891124179 (click to post thisThe Bible shows us over and over again that we don’t need to be perfect in order for God to use us.
  • My New Book Awakening Releases Tomorrow

    Matt
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    We keep hearing about weakening faith in our country, but God is alive and well in America.Christians today are inundated with negative stories and statistics about the decline of the faith. This is why I'm excited to share with you my new book Awakening, from Leafwood Publishers as a very encouraging counter balance of astounding stories of God at work all around the world, and an inspiration to take part. It is available tomorrow, February 10, wherever books are sold (LifeWay Stores, Mardel, FamilyChristian, Books-a-Million, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks,…
  • How to Grow as a Christian by Steve Fuller

    Matt
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    As a Christian, how do you obey God? How do you bring about growth and change in your character?Think about an area in which you have wanted to obey Christ. Maybe you wanted to love someone, or forgive someone, or be more patient. So what did you do?For years what I did was try harder. I tried to reach out in love... tried to feel forgiving... tried to be more patient. But that was outside change at best.But as I look back I can see two glaring problems. Often it just didn’t work. I would try to love, forgive, be patient, but nothing would change. But even when it seemed to work, all that…
  • Louis Zamperini Was Broken Before He Met Jesus by Will Graham

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

    Rob Shepherd
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    Easter is coming, helping gravel the parking lot, and a new song. It must be time for another Next Level Update… Easter is a week from Sunday. Can you dig it?!!! My prayer is that everyone who comes to Next Level experiences the presence of God. Ultimately I hope we are all drawn to His love and changed. Easter is awesome because so many people will make church a priority. So many people will go to church when they normally wouldn’t. It’s my goal that on Easter Sunday the presence of God will be so thick everyone in attendance will be impacted. Some may come and then make…
  • Mind Dump

    Rob Shepherd
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    My brain is constipated with random thoughts. It’s time to free up some space with another Mind Dump… We took the twins to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s where a kid can be a kid. It was for a birthday party. We have taken them before and their anxiety was off the charts. This time was a way different story. They loved it! We played all sorts of games together. We laughed. We had fun. It was full of awesome. Other people’s spawns were not so awesome. A little girl walking around without any parental units in sight asked me to give her a token for a game. I…
  • The Problem With CPR

    Rob Shepherd
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    CPR is great. I’m not sure who invented it, but they should have a parade in their honor. Now I’m curious as to who invented CPR. Give me just a second to Google it…. In the meantime watch this… Okay…I’m back. 1956 Peter Safar and James Elam invented mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Yay Peter and James! I was required to learn CPR in high school. The two things I remember about the class are… Giving mouth to mouth to a dummy left a rubbing alcohol taste in my mouth. After each student would give mouth to mouth to the dummy, our teacher would clean it…
  • Why You Lack Humility

    Rob Shepherd
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    Christians and humility should go together like the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Like Oreos and milk. Like a Krispy Kreme donut and another Krispy Kreme donut. And yet it doesn’t. Christians seem to fall into one of two camps. Camp 1 = a lack of humility. Christians ooze pride in things like the size of their church. Size matters. A lot…to this camp. Camp 2 = a false humility. This camp masks insecurity as humility. It views oneself as dirt. They deserve everything bad that happens and they refuse to talk about any accomplishments because…humility. I…
  • Movie Review: Insurgent

    Rob Shepherd
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent. It’s in the same family as the Hunger Games in that it’s based off a best selling young adult fiction in a dystopian future. I went into Divergent not knowing much and I was pleasantly surprised. I went into Insurgent with a little higher hopes and my expectations were met. The Divergent series is not as good as Hunger Games. I might get crucified for writing this, but I enjoyed The Maze Runner (another dystopian future based off a young adult book series) more than Divergent. My biggest gripe with the Divergent series is it wants to be…
 
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    News and prayer information from Richard and Pinuccia Wilson

  • Public evangelism

    Richard Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    There are a few evangelistic events coming up in the church that you could pray for: 1. Kids Club, the evangelistic program for children, has a new focus, and will be concentrating on the town of Lavis (the town next to Trento where we and many of the church live), getting involved in the official activities of the town. The first step will be games in the park (including an Easter Egg hunt) this Saturday afternoon. 2. The church musicians have a Easter concert in a coffee shop on Friday night, and in church on Saturday night. 3. There will be a Pakistan church service next Friday (Good…
  • Back to the real world

    Richard Wilson
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:18 am
    This morning I took my in-laws to the airport, for the end of their three week stay at Trento. It was like a much needed holiday for us, as they looked after the house and especially the twins. It meant that Pinuccia could do a lot of study for the exam for her work which is coming up, and I could do more than the bare minimum of my work. In particular, I was able to move forward in some of my projects for laparola.net, including releasing a new version of the program for Windows which had been sitting on my computer for a couple of months. But now I can hear someone crying, so it is time to…
  • A satisfied customer

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

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

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

  • Powerful Quotes on Vision and Leadership by Lyle Schaller, Church Consultant #LyleLearnings

    Will Mancini
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Lyle Schaller, a church consultant who passed away last week, was the most well-known and most-traveled church consultants of the 20th century.  He was a master of understanding church vision and leadership. He wrote or cowrote over 94 books, and brought a prolific diagnostic ability to his work. I cannot express my gratitude enough for his life model and the rich learning that he passed on; especially helping guys like me practice in the arena of church consulting. To celebrate his legacy, the Auxano team is inviting church leaders and church consultants everywhere to join in a simple…
  • The Top 10 Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn’t Make Disciples

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

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

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

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

  • All My Heart Lyric Video + MP3

    Alastair
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Here’s a lyric video for my new song “All My Heart“. You can grab the MP3 here and chord chart here.
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 29 Mar 2015

    Alastair
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The set for tomorrow is as follows: All My Heart – Alastair Vance (C) Come As You Are – Crowder (A) Forever – Bethel (A) His Glory Appears – Hillsong (D) Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (G) King Of Heaven – Paul Baloche (G) There’s no video yet for All My Heart, but you can listen to it below. http://alastairvance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/all-my-heart-alastair-vance.mp3 Download MP3 Videos
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 22 Mar 2015

    Alastair
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    What’s this? Posting the set list prior to Sunday? Yes! We have a new song coming this weekend called Forever – check it out! Why not start learning it now and be ready on Sunday to sing with us?! Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) – Bethel (A) Your Love Never Fails – Chris McClarney (A) I Am – Crowder (A) God Of This City – BlueTree (B) Jesus Paid It All – Kristen Stanfill (B) Soul On Fire – Third Day (Bb)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 15 Mar 2015

    Alastair
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    Soul On Fire – Third Day (Bb) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (Bb) The Same Love – Paul Baloche (Bb) Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (G) Came To My Rescue – Hillsong (G) Let Your Kingdom Come – Alastair Vance (D)
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 08 Mar 2015

    Alastair
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    I Am – Crowder (A) I Will Follow – Chris Tomlin (A) Come As You Are – Crowder (A) Beautiful Things – Gungor (D) Great I Am – Jared Anderson (D) Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B)
 
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Review of Touched by Heaven

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    This was a hard book to put down! Nancy was beaten by her father starting at age five. All she could do was pray on her knees by her bed afterwards. And Jesus began visiting her. Even as an adult, married and away from her father, He continued to show up. At first I kept thinking why we He come to this one person so often and no one else? Then I read something her husband, David Ravenhill, wrote in the Epilogue. Jesus once said in the Bible that He could do no mighty works in His hometown because of their unbelief. And it was unbelief that kept Israelwandering around the wilderness for forty…
  • Christian Book Review

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

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

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

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

  • Killing Jesus: A Review

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Killing Jesus, the National Geographic Channel's film production based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugan, lives up to its title. Both the book and the film are intent on giving a historical perspective on the person of Jesus, the context and the motivations behind the man's life and, especially, his death.There are some unique characters rarely seen in other films about Jesus. The prophet Isaiah is seen in a dream, tormenting Herod with woes of God's wrath upon him. Killing Jesus gives special emphasis to Jesus's family, especially his brother James, with scenes with Jesus and his…
  • Alister David

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
     Introducing Alister David Mayward, born March 7 at 12:41 PM. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and 100% awesome.Alister means "defender, protector of humanity." David means "beloved."He is both, protected and beloved, deeply good and wholly a member of our little family. He's got some very caring and curious big siblings.Alister, I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you…
  • What Movie Should I Show My Youth Group?

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

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

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

  • Darren Decodes Daniel… delicately (@darrenrhill)

    Darren Hill
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We love a good conspiracy theory. In fact, I will admit I was a little excited as news emerged that Mulder and Scully would be returning in The X Files. No sooner had the contracts been signed, the twitterverse was alive with the characters tweeting each other. The endearing thing about The X Files, for me, was the battle for the characters to uncover what was hidden. For Mulder and Scully it was often Alien and Government conspiracies, and they are not the only ones who enjoy such a challenge. The success of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code is another example. Secret codes, hidden messages…
  • Live Streaming on Mobile (@ijasonham)

    Jason Ham
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The recent explosion of video-based content on Social Media has been phenomenal. Vine’s, GIFs, an increase (and preference) for video on Facebook has all shot up, not to mention the never ending success of Youtube. Step into the market Meerkat, a new mobile app that allows users to stream live video of themselves on the internet, sending a automatic tweet to the users account to encourage others to come and view the stream. In just 17 days since launch, it has already attracted its 100,000th user, and it just keeps on growing. The video also has an option for a chatroom so viewers can also…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Homesickness (@longingtobeholy)

    Nick Parish
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ok, so perhaps you’re thinking I’m really taking liberties here.  Since when is homesickness a spiritual discipline?  I know, some of my previous ‘disciplines’ were a bit off the beaten track, but surely this one is just proof that I’ve finally flipped…  Well, bear with me. This month here at BigBible, we’ve been concentrating on the book of Daniel.  Daniel starts with a bunch of people being wrenched out of their homeland and plonked in the heartland of their captors.  They’re given Babylonian education and Babylonian food under Babylonian…
  • Daniel – why the Bible is even vaster than you think (@nicolahwriter)

    Nicola Hulks
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
      These days when we can read the Bible on our Smart Phones or Google up a reference I wonder if we miss something of the scope and enormity of the text. There is nothing like turning to a new section of the text in an old Church Bible, requiring two hands and sending up a cloud of dust as the pages thump down, to remind you of how vast this thing is. The span of history covered, the diversity of voices, the different genres and audiences envisaged all contribute to making the Bible what it is, absolutely fascinated and massively complex. The book of Daniel is a wonderful example of…
  • Digital theology: what’s next? (@tim_hutchings)

    Tim Hutchings
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    This summer, if all goes according to plan, a group of researchers will get together in London and start thinking about the theology of social media. But what should we be talking about? So far, I think, digital theology has focused on a pretty limited range of issues. The main topics over the last 20 years have looked something like this: – Community: what happens when people build relationships online? Can we talk about “real community” online, and is that healthy? – Leadership and authority: how will the internet affect who we listen to, and who gets to speak?
 
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Writing a winning resume

    Kenny
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    I had so much fun with Monday’s resume post, I decided that I would do another one. In that post I wrote about tips to make your resume 10,000 times better. Most of them are small things. Tweaks and adjustments. However, there’s a bigger issue that I didn’t really address. What if you don’t have awesome content for your resume… meaning, your experience is less than exciting. Maybe you’ve been a volunteer at a church and you just don’t have enough experience to put much down on a resume. Perhaps you’re at a church that’s been in significant…
  • Your resume is awful

    Kenny
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Every month I have people send me resumes. It’s smart actually. On average, I have a position come available every year. I have a position coming available in a few months that I haven’t started promoting yet. I often know people who are hiring as well. I admire those who take a risk and send their resume like that – it shows initiative. Unfortunately though, most resumes I receive are junk. This weekend someone sent me a resume and I was prompted to write back immediately. I actually wrote a long response because I truly wanted to help. However, my first paragraph contained…
  • Understanding your volunteers

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

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

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

  • The one surprising reason you should go to a conference

    samluce
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Stewardship. Leaders should attend training conferences because we are not just volunteers or leaders we are stewards. When you realize that you are a steward of the time and influence God has given you it changes how you use your time. It’s not your own. I love how the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism draws this point out so vividly. It says What is our only comfort in life and death? The answer is “That we are not our own but belong body and soul to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. When we realize that we are not owners but stewards it changes events like these from have to,…
  • Effective Leaders Make Decisions

    samluce
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    A decision is a judgment. It is a choice between alternatives. It is rarely a choice between right and wrong. It is at best a choice between “almost right” and “probably wrong”—but much more often a choice between two courses of action neither of which is provably more nearly right than the other. Peter Drucker One of the things I never anticipated as a Bible College student and as a young 21 year old entering the ministry was the enormous amount of decisions I would have to make. Small decisions based on what type of paper to use for a craft, to large ones such as how to advise…
  • Weekend Reading 3-20-2015

    samluce
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    What Books I’m Reading Culture Making by Andy Crouch Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower What Blog Posts I’m Reading now Pastors keep a close watch on your life and illustrations by Jared Wilson – Love Jared’s candor and his desire for preaching to be both practical and trans-formative. If you preach to any age group check out this post. Teaching kids about Prayer and Fasting by Dale Hudson - Great post on the practical ways you can help kids connect with God and be apart of a church wide time of prayer and fasting. Mom’s Need Theology Too by Christina Fox - While books with…
  • Creative ways to communicate to kids: Self Interview

    samluce
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Kids are the best critics because they haven’t learned the subtle art of not offending others with brutal honesty. When you are boring they will call you on it. I remember one time I thought the lesson was going well. The kids were a bit non-responsive I figured they were tired…until one of the kids I was teaching stood up cupped his mouth with his hands and said “This is boring!” Ouch. It’s moments like that has forced me as someone who has communicated to kids for the past 18 years to always be looking for creative ways to communicate to kids. To give them truth in ways they…
  • Why parents should pray more than anything they do

    samluce
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    There are few things more powerful and more profound a parent can do for their kids than pray for them. “Men ought always to pray.” Luke 18:1 “I will that men pray everywhere.” 1 Timothy 2:1 I have a question to offer you. It is contained in three words, DO YOU PRAY? The question is one that none but you can answer. Whether you attend public worship or not, your minister knows. Whether you have family prayers or not your relations know. But whether you pray in private or not, is a matter between yourself and God. All the children of God on earth are alike in this respect. From the…
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    Jeff Mikels

  • Bash // Create or Attach to Screen Session on Login

    Jeff Mikels
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    I use GNU Screen for everything I do in Linux… perhaps you do too, but perhaps you are annoyed that every time you log in to a terminal session on your Linux machine, you have to go through the one extra step of reconnecting to your screen session or checking to see if one is already running and then maybe creating a new session. Here’s a way to make sure whenever you SSH into your Linux server, you always get right back where you were in your previous screen session just like you left it. The added bonus of this is that whenever you detach from your screen session, you are also…
  • Hide Desktop for Distraction Free Writing

    Jeff Mikels
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Distraction free writing is all the rage these days, and I’m a huge proponent of the movement because I am very prone to distraction. Why right now, I should be doing something else, but I got distracted with this! Anyway, one of my essential tools for a distraction free environment is a totally black desktop with no icons showing. Each operating system has techniques for making this happen, but I have found a solution that works on all operating systems equally. The only requirement is that you have Python installed (tested on 2.7). This code runs as an app, so you don’t have to…
  • 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…
 
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 5 Surefire Ways To Strengthen Your Faith

    Jack Wellman
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here are 5 great ways to fire up or strengthen your faith straight from the Bible. Serving in the Hard Places If you think you need to have your faith strengthened then try serving someone.  For one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Find A Good Christian Counselor

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many people, including Christians, struggle with life issues that impact their lives in a negative way. For this reason, many people seek the advice of a counselor for help with these issues.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Good Chapters Of The Bible To Read During Tough Times

    Jack Wellman
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What are 5 good chapters that we can read during really tough times in our lives? What ones would you recommend? The Confidence of our Calling: Romans 8 This might be one of my favorite chapters in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Ways to Cope with Mentally Ill Family Members

    Crystal McDowell
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dealing with mental illness can be perplexing problems for families. Someone in your family could have heart disease, cancer, or broken bones—and you could talk about it, receive empathy or help.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 More Prophets in the Bible

    David Peach
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are two primary meanings for the word prophet in the Bible. One is that a prophet is one who proclaims God’s message. Another meaning is one who sees or announces the future. Both meanings are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Matthew Starner

  • You’re Not Too Cool for Traditional or Too Mature for Contemporary

    Matthew Starner
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    I’ll be honest. I stole curated that title from a post over at The Worship Community. The post itself was fine, but the title put into words what I have been feeling for a long time: the polarity between “traditional” and “contemporary” is tired and unnecessary. Before I get too far into this though, what I want to speak to is not style but content. You can take the same lyrics and tune and accompany it with an organ, a worship team, or sing it acapella. There are many possible styles for the same piece. Instead, what I want to focus on is content. You’re…
  • Worship Leader: You Shouldn’t Play that Song

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

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

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

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

  • The importance of discipling our homes

    Justin Long
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here’s a very long range idea: some will simply disciple those in their home (i.e. children), while some will lead leaders of homes, and some will lead leaders of leaders of homes. If all an individual does is disciple those in his own home, this is no shame. Many of the early churches were “households of faith.” Further, this can actually lead to a movement long-term, if those children grow up to do the same, and so on, to the fourth generation. Obviously, we would all rather a movement happens faster than that, and a movement that stays only within the households of…
  • Should we always be making disciples?

    Justin Long
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If at any given time in our life we are not making disciples, are we disobeying? I suppose there’s lots of different answers to that one. Mine is: not necessarily. Here’s why. At any given moment, a lot of people aren’t at the stage of having children. Some people are too young. Some people aren’t married. Some people aren’t able to have children. Some people are called not to marry (e.g. live celibate for the service of the Kingdom). Yet the mandate in Eden (and repeated after Noah, so still applies today) was, “Be fruitful and multiply.” I think…
  • Refugees, graphed

    Justin Long
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Refugees mapped: How many refugees are there: UNHCR Consolidated Report Refugee Populations, 1960-2009 Growth in refugee populations: Where do they come from: Where are they living now: Hosted over time: Infographic from Economist:
  • Why discipleship without reproduction is not Biblical discipleship

    Justin Long
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve probably heard this phrase said, in some variation: “Discipleship without reproduction is not Biblical discipleship.” Why? Because in Matthew 28, Jesus said: “Go and make disciples… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The commands we are to obey include the command to make disciples. Therefore, if a disciple is not making a disciple… he is not obeying everything.  
  • Singles males vs Single females vs Couples in mission

    Justin Long
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dear Justin, I remember seeing an email or tweet at some point from you looking for numbers from missions orgs in regards to single guys entering the field. Did you happen to publish any research on that? Or can you point me to any good blogs or articles talking about the lack of single men entering missions? I’d love to see what others are saying and perhaps find out how they have addressed it. Good question. It’s not written about much. The agencies that have given me data usually stipulate they don’t want their individual numbers to be made public (although its fine if…
 
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    RevTrev.com

  • 7 prayers you can pray for your heart

    revtrev
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com and pastor of http://iHarvest.ca in Beaumont Alberta Canada shares 7 prayers you can pray for your heart. You can comment on http://revtrev.com/tv/ and upload your own video responses to this.
  • Key 10 to revive your soul through prayer – revelation

    revtrev
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com shares with Harvest Community Church in Beaumont (http://iHarvest.ca) Key 10 to revive your soul through prayer – revelation His tips… 1. Pray out loud. 2. Pray with others. 3. Pray the Word.
  • Key 9 to revive your soul through prayer – deliverance

    revtrev
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com tells Harvest Community Church in Beaumont Alberta (http://iharvest.ca) that “In this life that you’re in, you don’t have to sin” as he shares about Key 9 to revive your soul through prayer – deliverance
  • How to overcome habitual sin

    revtrev
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Trevor Lund of http://revtrev.com talks about “In the life you are in, you don’t need to sin” and how it applies to habitual sin. Are you living under the law? Are you fighting a zombie? Are you battling demons? Discover solutions for each possibility.
  • 5 tips to let prayer prepare you

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

  • Making the Most of Your Home Page Slider

    Vicky
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    The fH Design Team shares these great tips for keeping your home page slider looking awesome! To change your slider, simply go to the settings section when you login. The slideshow can be customized quite a bit. http://crossroadsny.org/ is an example of simply changing the orientation from horizontal scroll to vertical scroll. Makes all the difference. Make sure the image you upload matches the dimensions (width and height) of your slider. You can use Pixlr Express to make sure you design the slider correctly. Pixlr Express is a web-based editor that makes designing easy. You can crop,…
  • New Site from fH: Summit Community Church

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

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

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

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

  • The two choices when faced with a season of suffering

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    My wife and I, before having our daughter, had two miscarriages in 2010.Truth being told, she handled it far better than I did (here's the first post I did afterwards).The difference between the way my wife and I faced our miscarriages had to do with the way it immediately affected our view of God.For, when faced with a season of pain, generally, a Christian is faced with one of two choices.And, in the raw emotion of the situation, you may well bounce between either, you'll probably settle in one...Either... You can draw closer to God and become more aware of His…
  • The word after sorry makes all the difference...

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    You break something. Again.You arrive late from an activity and parents are waiting.You write the incorrect details on a note.You forget the keys to the accommodation you're staying at.Mistakes happen.Commonly, as pointed out in this post about avoiding getting fired in ministry, there can be two responses.I'm sorry, BUT...I'm sorry, AND...These two sentences are not the same.One raises defenses.The other heads towards solutions.One wants to give excuses.The other wants to ensure systems improve.One looks at what has happened in the past.The other looks towards the…
  • Would a season of giving kid's talks make sermons better?

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    It's no secret that many folks in church remember as much from the "kid's talk" as they do from the sermon on a Sunday morning.To a degree, this makes perfect sense.By design, they are meant to be simple, focussed, memorable messages.This morning I explained how God draws us to Himself and the obstacle of sin via two Thomas the Tank Engine trains held together by magnets.Last week I spoke about John 3:16 using the framed square of carpet I proposed to my wife on.Approximately 40 times a year I need to do a children's address in church, and, the vast majority of the time I'll look…
  • The secret sauce of small group leading

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    In the past I've lead lots of small groups to discuss the bible.Including mixed years.As single gender groups.For teens.For young adults.On camps.At youth groups.At after-school groups.In cafes.During church services.This Friday, for the first time in a long time, I'll be leading a small group.With my awesome youth group leaders taking over this week, leaving me relatively in the dark as to what's going on and not giving the talk, I'll be with a group of rowdy junior boys.So, I figure I should share my secret sauce for effective small group contribution.In short, don't…
  • Double-shirting

    17 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    Whenever I'm involved in a public event, I'll make sure that I wear my "work clothes." Subsequently, I've written that I'm a pants man and there'll be some people at church who've never seen me without long pants, covered shoes and a button up or collared shirt.But there's another, relatively hidden, apparel choice I make every workday.I wear two shirts.No matter if I'm wearing a polo or button up shirt, I'll always have another shirt underneath.Why?First, within reason, double-shirting cancels out the need to wear jumpers.Second, the button up shirts I wear are…
 
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    Ryan Guard

  • A young man and his dad came up to me after a service this...

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A young man and his dad came up to me after a service this weekend. The dad said, “This is my son. He has some developmental challenges he’s working through, and one of the ways he is able to focus during a sermon is by sketching what it being taught. He wants you to have this.” Greatest gift ever. (at MISSION Community Church)
  • Bartering With Jesus

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Jesus said to me, “I want all of you.” I said, “Here are my Sunday mornings.” "Thanks," he replied, "but I want all of you." "Ok here are my Wednesday nights too", I replied. "That’s great, but I want all of you" he insisted. Reluctantly I replied ,”Ok, I get it. Here is the music I listen to, the movies I watch, my hobbies, and… here, here’s some money too.” "Thanks, but I already owned all of that," he replied. "I want all of you." "Well now you’re just being greedy," I replied.
  • "“I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this:..."

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    ““I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this: “If I was saved by my good works — then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with rights. I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace — at God’s infinite cost — then there’s nothing he cannot ask of me.”” - "The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller
  • A Life Few Have Ever Dreamed Of

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I came home from school in the Fall of 1993 to find my dad passed out drunk on our couch. He had taken a steak knife from the kitchen and dragged it repeatedly across both of his forearms. I’m not sure if he was trying to kill himself, punish himself, or just feel something.  By the time I got there, the blood had dried. I called 911, then poured what was left in his bourbon bottle down the drain. He’d been fired from his job as a lumber salesman that day, and that was the tipping point for his brokenness. He’d never recover.  He’d been drinking heavily in secret…
  • Exciting Announcement

    19 May 2014 | 2:21 pm
    My job titles keep changing!  Back in December I was the High School Pastor… then I was the High School & College Pastor… then, I don’t know what else…  Then our world flipped upside-down.  Now I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position as Teaching Pastor & Student Ministries Pastor here at Mission!  That means I’ll teach on the main stage at least 25% of the time from here on out, as well as in some other ministries as needed. I’ll also oversee our Student Ministry team, which is led by an amazing group of pastors,…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • New England Churches

    Fr. Peter
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I am a fan of New England Churches.  Perhaps it is the architecture or the quaintness of a time gone by but each time I drive through a town, and see a steeple, I stop and check out the church.  I think I will make posting photos of these churches a new feature here on […] The post New England Churches appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • O Faithless Generation

    Fr. Peter
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    We have now passed the halfway point of Great Lent and our focus is turned toward faith, or should I say the lack of faith.  The middle of anything can be a very difficult place to be, there is just as much behind us as there is before us.  I am not a marathon runner, […] The post O Faithless Generation appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • Podcast: Behold Thy Cross

    Fr. Peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this episode Fr. Peter explains that if we are to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, then we must take up our cross and follow him. The post Podcast: Behold Thy Cross appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • The Journey Begins With A Yes

    Fr. Peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    I have been writing about spirituality for many years now.  I have written about the need for us to forgive others and ourselves.  I have written on the necessity of confession and Scripture reading.  I have written on spiritual reading and Eucharist but what I have not written about is that none of that will […] The post The Journey Begins With A Yes appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
  • 10 Tips for Stress Control

    Fr. Peter
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    As people, we are under more and more stress each and every day and that stress is not good for us.  Stress can, and will, affect us physically and spiritually as well as emotionally so knowing how to deal with stress is the key to health. Here are ten tips for dealing with stress in […] The post 10 Tips for Stress Control appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.
 
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    Proclaim Blog

  • Pro Media is Free for Easter

    Kayla Philp
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Easter is a special time of the year. For some people this will be their first time to church since Christmas. Put your best foot forward with Pro Media and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with beautiful imagery. No matter what type of service you are planning Pro Media has what you need. Get your first month of Pro Media free! Simply open Proclaim and follow these simple steps before Easter: Click on your name in the upper right corner, then click “Purchase media subscriptions.” Check “Proclaim Pro Media,” select the “Monthly” option, and select your church size. Click…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on March 22

    Kayla Philp
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:51 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. “Nothing But The Blood” “How Great Is Our God“ “This Is Amazing Grace” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “Doxology” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Our God” “Mighty To Save” “Revelation Song” “O, How I Love Jesus” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks,…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on March 15

    Jason Hickerson
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:44 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. “Nothing But The Blood” “How Great Is Our God“ “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “This Is Amazing Grace” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Doxology” “Here I Am To Worship” “Mighty To Save” “Cornerstone” “O, How I Love Jesus” You can find chord charts, lead sheets,…
  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on March 8

    Jason Hickerson
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:56 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. “How Great is Our God” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)“ “This is Amazing Grace” “Doxology” “Our God” “Blessed Be Your Name” “Mighty to Save” “Revelation Song” “Here I Am to Worship” “Lord I Need You” You can find chord charts, lead sheets, click tracks, and…
  • New Pro Media Update

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

  • Preparing for Parenthood

    Blake Mankin
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Meagan and I are having our first child, and we’re pumped up about it. We announced it to our families after we had a positive pregnancy test the week of Christmas. Talk about a fantastic present for both them and us. As joyful as it’s been, the first trimester (and now the second, thus far) was rough. Meagan’s been sick–really sick–throwing up all the time and continuously feeling nauseous. She’s gained an aversion to foods she used to love and a particular affinity for things like chocolate croissants and hummus. (Not together, but then again, nothing is…
  • You Can’t Take It with You: Storing Treasure in Heaven

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

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

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

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

  • Eyes to see

    Kris Burke
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Matthew 16:15-17 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. UFC, Lately, God has been showing me how so many walk in this world blinded to the truth. They are blinded to the state of their lives, blinded to their sin and blinded from seeing the Lord Jesus Christ for who He is. Jesus Christ had the same problem while He was walking this earth. Many people…
  • Light in the Dark

    Kris Burke
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Psalm 112:4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. UFC, Ever walk in a place that just seems dark? Maybe its your jobs or your schools but when you are there you feel as though you are surrounded by the ways of the world and there is an absence of light. We, as Christians, are supposed to be carriers of the light of Jesus Christ, light in the dark.   That light is supposed to shine from our hearts where ever we go. We are meant to bring light to the hopeless and desolate places. As you are at your jobs today, the light of…
  • Fruit of the Gospel

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

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

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

    Andrew Wilson
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    By Andrew Wilson Every church website has it’s milestones. Those things that give you the confidence to move forward and that provide little reminders of why you started your online ministry in the first place. ……Like when you find that perfect theme. ……Or, when you get that first visitor. …… And finally, when you receive your first comment. The […] This is a post from WP Ministries. Read the original post at How To Prevent Spam From Ruining Your Church Website
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  • Fun Sunday School Lesson Idea (Jesus Calls Peter / Miraculous Catch of Fish)

    Nathan
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Last week my lesson was on Peter being called by Jesus. It's the story of Peter, having fished all day, obeys Jesus and goes back out to fish again. When he puts his net down the fish come in hoards! There is a decent 'story' to this lesson, which helps. It's not like you have to keep kids attention for 20 minutes with a lesson on Leviticus. There is a cool story to tell here. But nevertheless, 20 minutes is a long time for a kid to listen and pay attention. So I always try to insert something in the lesson that will break up all the talking and get the kids focused again.
  • Easter Bible Verses for Kids

    Nathan
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Below are some good Easter verses for kids. I tried to include verses that would work for a varitey of ages, but none that would be too difficult for early elementary. Some of the verses I found 'qualified' but I felt like they just didn't fit. Needless to say this isn't meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather, a list of a few good options to choose from.    …On the third day he will be raised to life! Matthew 20:19b   Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" John 20:18a   "Why do you look for…
  • An Amazing Illustration of Faith & Following Jesus for Sunday School

    Nathan
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In preparing for an upcoming lesson I stumbled across this great story on faith and what it means to really trust someone. There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial feats. All over Paris, he would do tightrope acts at tremendously scary heights. Then he had succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow. An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the tightrope walker, saying, "Tightrope, I don't believe you can do it, but I'm willing to make you an offer. For a…
  • Sunday School Game for Elementary Age Kids That Rocks [Video Included]

    Nathan
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I’m reporting to you today from the front lines of game central. This week I watched as the kids at my church played this awesome game with glow sticks. After seeing it, I had to share! Easy setup, Easy fun It has all the qualities of a game you’ll love. It’s easy setup, easy to pull off, and both the kids and their parents L-O-V-E it. How do I know the parents love it? Because when we played this game at my church the parents were in the back of the room taking pictures with their phones during the game! Yeah…the parents were all over it!! Here’s How It Goes…
  • This “S word” will make you a better teacher [the word is “specific”]

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

    The Worship Lounge
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
    I love co-leading worship with Jessica Ellis. We met in 2005 at Bible college, my last year was her first year. Once she arrived, there was so much buzz about her voice. People would tell me that I needed to meet this girl because she was so good. Not only did I meet this girl, she ended up being my roommate. We got along super fast and now she is one of my best friends. Jessica, has a smooth, silky, powerful, absolutely amazing voice. A gift that she knows she was given to be used for God’s glory. When she sings her voice touches your soul like only she can.   Although I know at times…
  • #8: NEVER STOP GETTING TO KNOW JESUS

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

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

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

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