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  • Multisite: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    Greg Atkinson
    Greg Atkinson
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    I’ve been a Campus Pastor before and I’m preparing to be a Campus Pastor again. You may think I’m thinking, “I’ve got this.” Nope. I pray and think all the time about the learning curve that I’m about to embark upon. I have a brand new church’s DNA to learn, embrace and share. I have a new vision and values to learn, embrace and champion.I’ve always said that multisite churches come in all shapes and sizes. One size doesn’t fit all. I heard someone describe multisite to someone the other day as “You watch a teaching pastor on a…
  • Service businesses using technology: Pest control men and Plumbers

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

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    Gerry True
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Insight from experts can make all the difference. That’s what our upcoming event, the Certification Lab, offers. It’s a two-day, intensive workshop event, limited to 50 participants, so you can get small group interactions with expert church communicators, including Gerry True. For now, you can enjoy Gerry’s insights in text: Do you ever wonder why planning ahead is so hard? Church communicators spend hours diving into details, striving to keep everyone informed and everything moving forward. We keep one eye on what’s coming while juggling what is needed right now. Yet, just when…
  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

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

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    djchuang
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    As September 2014 marked the start a new school year, Saddleback Church is doing an encore of sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, titled “ the best messages that I wish my friends could hear” and noted as “six of Pastor Rick’s most talked about, most watched, and most shared messages.” Winning with the Hand You’re Dealt How to keep from stressing out Escaping the People-Pleaser Trap (aka You Can’t Please Everyone) If you’re local to one of Saddleback’s many locations, this is a great opportunity to experience the community at Saddleback Church.
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  • Service businesses using technology: Pest control men and Plumbers

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

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

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

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

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

    Gerry True
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Insight from experts can make all the difference. That’s what our upcoming event, the Certification Lab, offers. It’s a two-day, intensive workshop event, limited to 50 participants, so you can get small group interactions with expert church communicators, including Gerry True. For now, you can enjoy Gerry’s insights in text: Do you ever wonder why planning ahead is so hard? Church communicators spend hours diving into details, striving to keep everyone informed and everything moving forward. We keep one eye on what’s coming while juggling what is needed right now. Yet, just when…
  • Selfie Sunday: How a Divided Congregation Reunited

    Evan Duncan
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Four years ago, our sanctuary burned down, forcing our congregation to split and worship in two separate spaces across town. One for traditional services and the other for contemporary worship. Recently, we opened a new and long-anticipated worship space. Finally, our diaspora congregation was reunited. We took to social media to help foster togetherness as the church joined together once again. “Instead of thinking of technology as a gimmick, use it as a way to commemorate the great things God has done.” The pastor ended the first service in the new building early and dismissed the…
  • Church Comm Training: Jenny Rain at Certification Lab

    Dave Shrein
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Our Certification Lab is coming Oct. 13-14 to Southern California. It’s a highly practical and personal training event, limited to 50 people. Our podcast host Dave Shrein talks with previous participant Jenny Rain about her experience at Certification Lab. They talk about the role of the communications director and some of the practical things she’s learned: (Problems with the embed? Watch on YouTube) “I didn’t know the questions to ask before I started.” Participants walk away from the Certification Lab with real, practical solutions to their unique challenges. Register now. Gain…
  • Chasing Church Excellence Can Drive You Crazy

    Phil Bowdle
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    A dose of perspective from an experienced mentor can make all the difference. That’s what our upcoming event, the Certification Lab, offers. It’s a two-day, intensive workshop event, limited to 50 participants, so you can get small group interactions with expert church communicators, including Phil Bowdle. It’s coming to Southern California from Oct. 13-14. Register today. Until then, enjoy some of Phil’s perspective: “You can’t measure excellence by what the church down the road is doing.” For my first five years working in creative ministry, I was obsessed with the idea and…
  • How to Be a Communications Pastor

    Evan Courtney
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The general task of a communications pastor is to oversee the nuts and bolts of communicating internally and externally through multiple channels including, print, web, social, etc. Tim Schraeder explains more about this in his post “What is a Director of Communications.” 1. Help Accomplish Your Pastor’s Vision Beyond making slick designs and making sure you are active on the newest social network, your number one goal as a communications pastor is to help accomplish your pastor’s vision. Your graphics, strategies and goals aren’t about you. They’re about seeing what God has…
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  • Multisite: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

    Greg Atkinson
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    I’ve been a Campus Pastor before and I’m preparing to be a Campus Pastor again. You may think I’m thinking, “I’ve got this.” Nope. I pray and think all the time about the learning curve that I’m about to embark upon. I have a brand new church’s DNA to learn, embrace and share. I have a new vision and values to learn, embrace and champion.I’ve always said that multisite churches come in all shapes and sizes. One size doesn’t fit all. I heard someone describe multisite to someone the other day as “You watch a teaching pastor on a…
  • Big Announcement: I’m Joining the Staff of Transformation Church

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Where to begin? For the past year, I’ve been speaking, writing, consulting and serving as the Editor of Christian Media Magazine. But as many of you know, my heart is in the local church. In a way that can only be described as a God-thing, God brought me and Pastor Derwin Gray together to talk. I found out they had been praying for a Campus Pastor for their Rock Hill campus and you know I had previously served as a Campus Pastor at a multisite church. I, too, had been praying for a Campus Pastor position. God got us connected and the rest is history.What you may not know is that…
  • Romans 12: A Blueprint for Biblical Leadership

    Greg Atkinson
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    Romans 12 (NIV)A Living Sacrifice12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Humble Service in the Body of Christ3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself…
  • Unplugging this Week

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

    Greg Atkinson
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    My best friend, Thomas Rose, is a worship leader in Nashville and also has a band called The Rose Factor. Here is their video of “Oceans” by Hillsong United. Let this arrangement and the graphics that go with it inspire you. Maybe consider adding a click track to the video and using it as a video track at your church? Go for it! Worship God with this beautiful song.
 
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  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

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

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

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

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

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

    djchuang
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    As September 2014 marked the start a new school year, Saddleback Church is doing an encore of sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, titled “ the best messages that I wish my friends could hear” and noted as “six of Pastor Rick’s most talked about, most watched, and most shared messages.” Winning with the Hand You’re Dealt How to keep from stressing out Escaping the People-Pleaser Trap (aka You Can’t Please Everyone) If you’re local to one of Saddleback’s many locations, this is a great opportunity to experience the community at Saddleback Church.
  • The Very First .CHURCH Websites are Live!

    djchuang
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Today (September 17th, 2014) marked the first day of general public availability of .CHURCH domain names, with annual registration fees are retailing for around $25-45/year. (though during the past 7 days, some 600+ registered early by paying an extra premium setup fee.) Getting a meaningful and memorable .CHURCH domain name is only part of the equation. A website has to developed and connected to that domain name. But, if you build it, they won’t come. People have to know about the website and/or find that website. Currently, Google remains the most popular search engine. And,…
  • .CHURCH domain name can be registered now

    djchuang
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    [update 9/19/14] See this list of registrars and pricing for .CHURCH domain names for where you can register .CHURCH domain names now September 10th, 2014 at 9:00am PDT (16:00 UTC) will mark the start of a 7-day period called the Early Access Program (EAP) that allows anyone in the world to register a domain name ending with a .CHURCH extension on a first-come first-serve basis. The premiums are the highest on the first day, and then the premium becomes lower on the following days, and so does the opportunity to get the domain you might want. I found 3 registrars that have EAP registration…
  • How to create and share lists more interactively

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

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Seattle is home to a number of new churches that are embodying their belief that the gospel is good news to neighborhoods by seeking to be incarnate the Kingdom of God as a tangible asset to their community by way of providing a "third place"-- a space that is open to all and fosters community and advances the well-being of the neighborhood. Aurora Commons  This 'neighborhood living room'
  • New Seattle Churches Mapped

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    More than 100 new churches have taken root in Seattle, WA since 2001. Explore the churches on this map I created which lists websites, Facebook and Twitter pages, denominational identity, and founding date. To learn more about the New Seattle Churches Project, check out www.newseattlechurches.com and follow me on Twitter for study findings @newSEAchurches.
  • 'Some Fell on Good Soil': Church Planting in Religious Ecologies

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    In the midst of the decline of mainline denominations and the rise of the “nones” in the U.S. something surprising is happening.[i] Church planting is booming.  According to Ed Stetzer and Dave Travis, the number of new churches started annually jumped from approximately 1500 in the late 1900s to 4000 by 2006.[ii]  Such a spike is not only the greatest surge in church planting in the last
  • The Deconstructed Church: Marti & Ganiel on the Emerging Church

    28 May 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Emerging Church Movement is here to stay.  So say researchers Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel in their new book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity.  I'm looking forward giving it a careful read and drawing on their research as I reflect on my study of New Seattle Churches. Marti and Ganiel's research is "based on ethnographic observation of emerging
  • Practices for a Missional Church Planting Order

    21 Dec 2013 | 6:24 pm
    What practices can sustain missional practice and spiritual vitality among church planters? Taking cues from Ignatius of Loyola, who gains authority by virtue of the missionary order he founded, as well as contemporary missional practitioners, this article proposes a rule of life for a church planting order that addresses the need for a foundational vision of God’s love and invitation to
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  • Contentment In Exile and When Rebuilding

    Eric Bryant
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    “Rebuilding the Temple” by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld and Verlag von Georg Wigand (1908) Israel found value in being God’s chosen people, their kingdom in which they were promised that the line of David would never end, and their Temple which attracted people from all over the world. They had a crisis of faith when the nation split into two over a debate over who should succeed King Solomon and then again when the northern kingdom was defeated by the Assyrians. Miraculously, the nation of Judah overcame the Assyrians as prophesied by Isaiah. Then the Assyrians were…
  • Conversations on Faith – Retreat

    Eric Bryant
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    From the Hill Country Institute website: There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. —C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory” Every person is a living work of art, a masterpiece uniquely created by the King of the Universe. But often the masterpiece is hidden beneath layers of hurt, pain and sin, and it’s easy to forget there is a valuable treasure underneath. Results from a recent study conducted by the Barna Research Organization concluded Christians aren’t doing such a great job of representing Jesus to the world. Christians are often experienced as…
  • The Exchange – From Striving to Satisfied

    Eric Bryant
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: “The Exchange.”  I shared about an exchange from striving to satisfied at the McNeil campus. Kenny Green shared at the South Campus. You can watch the message I shared at the McNeil campus here: Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next StepsLeader’s Guide Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Next StepsLeader’s Guide Sept 28 | From…
  • “Exchange: Lonely to Never Alone”

    Eric Bryant
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our series: “The Exchange.”  John Burkeshared about an exchange from lonely to never alone at the McNeil campus. I shared at the South Campus. You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. You can listen to the message I shared at South Campus here: Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next StepsLeader’s Guide…
  • A Fruitful Life: An Update

    Eric Bryant
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    According to Jesus, we were created with unlimited potential in the area of spiritual influence as part of His New Kingdom. Our fears, weaknesses, past mistakes, regrets, background, and the trials we face do not have to keep us from being fruitful – being transformed and transforming others in dramatic ways. The book will help you with the following: Discover your calling. Make decisions using a grid for hearing God’s voice Overcome the most painful moments of life. Make progress in areas where you are most tempted. Experience renewal and bring change to others. The Snippet series is far…
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  • Podcast: The God In-Between

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

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

    Chuck Warnock
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    This is the message I preached on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Taken from the lectionary reading, Genesis 45:1-15, it’s the …Continue reading →
  • Communion Sermon: You Should All Eat Together

    Chuck Warnock
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The point of the sermon was to address an …Continue reading →
  • Podcast: “You Should All Eat Together”

    Chuck Warnock
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Apostle Paul criticized the church in Corinth for the manner in which they observed communion. Last Sunday, I preached …Continue reading →
 
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  • WMC Podcast – 0135 – Building A Strengths Based Team

    David Lindner
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Building A Strengths Based Team In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David & Kevin talk about the ideas behind the books, “Strengths Based Leadership” & “Strengths Finder 2.0″. As we talk, we discover that the principles of the book are built on a principle of teams that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about thousands of years ago. Why don’t you chime in? TWITTER: @wmcatalyst FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/worshipministrycatalyst VOICEMAIL: 360 818 – 4339…
  • WMC Podcast – 0134 – Keeping Up in the Technology Race, Is It Worth It?

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

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

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

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

    Kurt Steinbrueck
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you are driving to work in the morning or heading across the country on a family vacation, travelling can be time consuming and expensive.  Well, this week MapQuest and Google released some new features to help you save time and money. Here are 5 tips to save time and money when you travel or commute: Save time on your daily commute with MapQuest’s Commute app.  MapQuest has released a new app called commute that will monitor your normal route to and from work and alert you of traffic and driving conditions.  You can also link to MapQuest’s navigation app to request…
  • 7 Ways to Empower People Through Your Church Communications

    Paul Steinbrueck
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The church is the people. We’ve all heard that. Most pastors and church leaders will tell you they believe it. But the reality is many churches don’t function that way – offline or online. Most churches were started by people who genuinely love God and other people and are passionate about helping people reconnect with God through faith in Jesus and become disciples of Jesus. However… It’s very easy to go from God-centered, to mission-centered to church-centered. One day we wake up and find that we have made it all about the institution of the church. We treat…
  • How Did Prince of Peace Welcome in the New Autumn Season?

    Mark Steinbrueck
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has served the community of Schaumburg, Illinois, and the surrounding Northwest Chicago suburbs for over 50 years.  Their internet presence was represented by an old, out of date website and they were in need of a new website to help them accomplish their mission and goals as a church. So last week, they launched their new Custom Pro Website from OurChurch.Com.  Below are some of the features that is helping Prince of Peace accomplish their goals as a church: Beautiful Custom Design:  Prince of Peace’s new design is open and clean and makes it easy for…
  • 7 Things We Can Learn a/b Church Social Media from the Chicago Sun Times Article #ChSocM

    0daymusic.org
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Chicago Sun Times recently published an article about three Chicago churches who are successfully using social media for outreach and engagement. What can we learn from it? 1) Media takes notice of remarkable churches. While it seems like churches are more often in the news for the wrong reasons, newspapers do report on churches that stand out for their innovation and the impact they have on their communities. Kudos to the Sun Times for publishing this article. What could your church do – what does your community need – that no other churches are doing? 2) Church social media…
  • Google and Bing Both Updated How They Rank Sites

    Paul Steinbrueck
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Google and Bing changed things around once again, both of them updating their algorithms (how they rank websites) in the past month.  Bing wants to stop people from unnaturally manipulating their search results and Google wants to make the Internet more secure.  But how will that affect you? In addition to the algorithm updates, Google made a few big announcements including one about their Penguin update which has penalized thousands of websites for the links they have. I’ll tell you all about it and explain how it effects you in this month’s video.
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    Emergent Village

  • How to assemble new furniture to decorate your home

    Thomas
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking to revamp your current address, there’s always something exciting about the prospect of new furniture. The things we surround ourselves with in our homes can have a big impact on the way the place looks and, ultimately, on the way we feel when we’re at home. For this reason, it’s important to get things right. An increasing number of us are finding ourselves buying flat-pack furniture, or furniture which needs to be assembled when it arrives. This is certainly far more convenient to buy, and often more affordable,…
  • Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Kitchen Space: How To Find The Best One?

    Thomas
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Do you know that the kind of countertop you choose for the kitchen says everything about you? For instance: It not only helps your friends or neighbours to know about your taste but also reveal everything about the personality. If you have decided to do a kitchen makeover, then what you should do now is buy kitchen countertops. However, it’s advisable to consider certain aspects so that you can make the right choice. Along with the aesthetic aspects i.e. feel, colour and shape; it’s also very important to choose a kind of material which is strong and durable. What this mean is that you…
  • Heating the Pond

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

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

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

  • 12 Indicators You’re NOT an Empowering Leader

    Ron Edmondson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love all the talk these days about delegation and empowering of leaders. I think it’s critical. I wrote earlier about leading leaders and not followers (Read that post HERE), so I certainly agree with the trend. I talk to people in ministry and business frequently, however, who are led by insecure, controlling leaders. It led me to write the following list. Here are 12 reasons you may want to reconsider calling yourself an empowering leader: Your number one answer is “NO”. You have to personally approve every decision and control every outcome. Everyone on your team works “for…
  • How to Motivate a Leader — 7 Suggestions

    Ron Edmondson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Have you ever wondered how to motivate a leader? It actually may not be as difficult as we make it out to be. Most leader-types share some common traits. They may lead entirely different — they may have different causes and interests — but most leaders are motivated by similar influences. Here are 7 suggestions to motivate a leader: Challenge – If there’s a task that would be a huge accomplishment, you’ll likely grab a leader’s interest. Be careful telling a leader it “can’t be done”, unless you want to see some motivation accelerate. (I…
  • To the Pastor Considering an Extramarital Affair

    Ron Edmondson
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    This is a guest post by my friend Dr. Jennifer Degler. Jennifer pulls no punches. But, she’s a difference maker in the Kingdom. I’m thankful for her influence. Dear Pastor, If you are a pastor considering or engaging in an affair, may I offer you points to ponder from a psychologist who has been honored to work with hurting people on all sides of an affair? 1) The biggest lie you are telling yourself is “I am attracted to my affair partner because of things that are wrong with my spouse.” Here’s the truth: “I am attracted to my affair partner because of things that are…
  • A Quick Thought on Planning Organizational Charts for Churches

    Ron Edmondson
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Here is a quick thought when planning your organizational charts — especially for churches Staff for needs. Don’t staff for structure. I’ve seen this in so many organizations, but probably especially in the church. We naturally assume that if a position comes open we have to fill it with the same title and function of the previous position. That may or may not be wise. Over time, if we only do what we’ve always done, we can end up with positions that are no longer the best use of limited resources for the church. Other positions that have more immediate relevancy…
  • 4 Suggestions for Managing the Highs and Lows of Ministry

    Ron Edmondson
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Pastoring can be an emotional roller coaster at times. You have a great Sunday and then the critics seem to come out on Monday morning. (Or Sunday walking out of church.) You have your week planned and numerous crises happen in the same week — and your “day off” is spent part of the day preparing for Sunday. (And, don’t they seem to come around often.) It seems you can never get ahead and you’re always playing catch-up. It’s life. It’s ministry. It’s normal. (And, it’s not just pastors.) Some days are always better than others, but…
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  • From Dream to Dedication Day

    Guest Contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve learned repeatedly that the Kingdom is built on relationships, rather than bricks and mortar. One key relationship that God has been nurturing is my friendship with John Cissel, SIOR since he gave up his personal ownership of a major real estate brokerage firm in the Northeast US to focus on Kingdom building. If you don’t know John yet, you will be blown away at his thought leadership. He is not only a licensed real estate broker, but also holds a General Contractor license, because doing real estate in an urban context requires a detailed understanding of how buildings go up, go…
  • Experienced Servers Apply

    Ryan Stigile
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently, I passed a truck stop attempting to hire more wait staff. The sign said, “Experienced servers apply.” I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Is it really that important for a truck stop server to be experienced?” Though not usually quite as obvious, many organizations overvalue experience. Churches are no exception. It is natural to take the same hiring approach as this truck stop, focusing only on people who have done it before. But experience isn’t nearly all it takes to be successful. Have you ever had a serious problem with a staff person?
  • Activity Does Not Equal Impact

    Tony Morgan
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    At the conclusion of every consulting engagement with The Unstuck Group, we ask for feedback from the churches we’ve served. One of the specific questions we ask is this: “What were the greatest takeaways from your consulting experience?” We’ve been accumulating the responses to the question for the last few years. Last night, I dumped all those answers into program that generates a word cloud. This was the result: This was so encouraging to me. When I look at this picture I see the values our team embraces. I see the key conversations we prioritize with leadership…
  • How To Shift Your Ministry Momentum And Fund Your Vision

    Guest Contributor
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every church leader has a vision for what your ministry could become, but you also realize that achieving certain ministry goals also requires finding a way to fund them. Raising money for ministry isn’t something new and there has always been more than one way to do it. One option that many churches today are considering is a single-fund campaign. A single-fund campaign provides another option or an alternative to the multi-fund, traditional capital campaign. While it has its own set of complexities and nuances, a single-fund campaign provides a viable means by which you can fund ministry…
  • Why Most Football Teams Are Better Than Your Church Staff

    Ryan Stigile
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Football season recently kicked off and weekends are finally more than lawn mowing and car washing! With it comes a constant reminder of the power of a team. Think about it: 11 players, each with different skills, playing a different position while running the same play together. When everyone does their individual part with excellence, teammates accomplish more than they ever could on their own. What if every church staff operated like a good football team? Imagine the impact that would be made if each leader had a clear role in a much bigger play that focused the entire church in the same…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Wanting God in the Midst of Imperfect and Crazy

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today I’ve asked my sweet friend Lisa to share on my blog. Because she has good things to say. Good things that resonate with my heart and soul and challenge me and beat me up in the best way. My life is usually crazy and always imperfect and I can choose to either embrace it with a bitter heart and want it all to be easy or I can want God. Lisa talks about this in her new book I Want God  and gives us a little glimpse of how deep this message goes in today’s blog post. I hope you love it! I will never forget the day in college when my friend asks me to describe God, the way I…
  • Because Free Books are Good and Because Friends are Better

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    In a couple of weeks (October 7 to be exact) my latest book, Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community, will ship and be placed on book shelves and will hopefully, hopefully, hopefully help people think about and relate in community in very Jesus-like ways. What’s the book about? Well, when I started doing the writing/speaking/blogging thing, life was pretty great. I got to do what I dreamed of for a living, I met fascinating people, I traveled the world, I spoke at conferences…I felt known.  I know many people who strive to live that life thinking a…
  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

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

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

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

  • Pastor Entourages, Hippie House Churches, & Your Spiritual Drug Addiction

    loswhit
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    It is a drug. It actually is. That Judgement Crack. It LITERALLY gives us a high. “That church’s pastor has an entourage. I’d NEVER have an entourage.” “That church meets in homes? How could they possibly EVER reach enough people for Christ in homes?” “Sure they put out a new worship record every year. But let’s be honest, only like 1 of the songs are worth singing.” “Oh. That church? That’s basically a club with a cross. You go there to hookup.” “Our pastor doesn’t believe in the video campus model. We have ACTUAL teachers at every campus. It’s much more…
  • 5 Things We Forget To Tell Our Daughters…

    loswhit
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is going to be this guy. His smile will charm you, his words will woo you, and he will actually want to be yours. When that guy shows up, remember that the desire he has in his heart for you quite possibly equals 1/10000th of the desire God has for you. There is going to be this girl. She is going to be your best friend. She won’t mean to, but she is going to say some things behind your back that will wreck your world. Know that she is simply human and wants to be just like you. Forgive her. This is key to not self poisoning yourself. There is going to be this dream you have. It’s…
  • “If we build it, they will come.” The Field Of Dreams Church Growth Strategy And Why It Needs Tweaking

    loswhit
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    It is relatively new. To a degree. I mean the stained glass windows of the churches of yesterday were created by amazing artists and, I’m sure, in somewhat of a hope that it will allure people to worship their God more intensely. But I’m not sure that people came to a church service in order to stare at the windows for an hour. Somewhere in the last 20 years a slew of churches have grabbed a hold of a new “outreach” strategy. If we build it they will come. So we create attractional services to attract people to see God for the first time. Which…happens. Which…works. But I can’t…
  • I’M THE WORST HUNTER ON THE PLANET. I’M THE BEST HUNTER ON THE PLANET.

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Ken Silva, Emergent Nemesis, passed away this week. I was very upset to hear this because, despite being on different sides of the table, Ken was a friend of mine. He invited me to come up to New Hampshire and have a drink with him on his porch. 1. Ken Silva was the pre-eminent critic of Emergent Village. He posted ...
  • Hong Kong Protest – Social media being shut down

    Andrew Jones
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    My friend in Hong Kong is sending photos of the riots and is talking about tear gas, rubber bullets and pretty much everything closing down in the area he is currently staying.  Very disturbing and very different from when I was there a few years ago. Pray for Hong Kong and for China. These photos are free for use and ...
  • The Next Season: Who’s with us?

    Andrew Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact ...
  • Truck revamp

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

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he ...
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    Pete Wilson

  • The Blame Game

    Pete Wilson
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s not a new game. Adam played it. Eve played it. I’m so guilty of wanting to play the “blame” game. And few things hold me back from becoming the person God created me to be than this.
 
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    Perry Noble | Senior Pastor, NewSpring Church

  • I’m NEVER Going Back To Chick-fil-A Again - EVER!

    web@newspring.cc
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    For years I have been an avid supporter of Chick fil A. I stood by Dan Cathy when the company was taking heat for not being “Politically correct”. I have eaten there AT LEAST 3-4 times a week for the past several years. I have toured their corporate offices in Atlanta. But after what they have recently done I am COMPLETELY through with them. They will NEVER get ANOTHER DIME of my money. I am hurt, offended and in a complete state of shock. No, it’s not because they just switched their grilled chicken sandwich. In fact, I do think…
  • Top Ten Workout Songs On My iPod Playlist Right Now

    web@newspring.cc
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    #10 – “Unbroken” by Disciple#9 – “Make War” by Tedashii (this one’s been around for a while, but ALWAYS fires me up!) #8 – “Light Up The Sky” by Thousand Foot Crutch#7 – “’Till I Collapse” by Eminem#6 – “Undefeated” by KB#5 – “100” by KB#4 – “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo#3 – “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy#2 – “Radical” by Disciple#1 – “Fear” by Lecrae (hands down my favorite song he…
  • No Matter What Your Plans Are, God’s Are GREATER!

    web@newspring.cc
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past Friday at 9:20 AM I tweeted, “Hey @newspring, will you pray and believe with me that we will see at least 100 people receive Christ this weekend? Who’s in?” So many people, both on Facebook and Twitter rallied to the call, prayed and even invited people to church, believing that God could do great things. We prayed for 100…But God saved 204 people at NewSpring Church yesterday. (And we celebrate EVERY salvation because every number has a name, every name has a story and every story matters to God!)    Clearly He had GREATER…
  • ISIS, Radical Violence and The Gospel

    web@newspring.cc
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    ISIS is a problem...a MAJOR problem that we cannot look away from. Some may say this is simply a political issue that the church should not get involved in... I say it is a humanity issue that must not be ignored.The goal of the group known as ISIS is found in their name: an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is terrorizing the Middle East by forcing over one million people from their homes and holding some innocent adults and children hostage. ISIS is violently taking control of towns and regions, and even executing several American and British civilians on…
  • Seven Passages Of Scripture That CHANGED My Financial Future

    web@newspring.cc
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    #1 – Deuteronomy 8:18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.This verse clearly showed me that EVERYTHING I have is from the hands of God—EVERYTHING! (See also Romans 11:36)#2 – Proverbs 3:9-10Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.In this verse I see a command and a promise. If I…
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    MoreThanDodgeball.com

  • Pet Peeves in Ministry Circles

    Tony Myles
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It happened again. I watched someone get up to speak to a large audience. The total time of what was going to be said would’ve been about 15 to 20 minutes. Just as I was getting ready to hear the message, I watched one of my pet peeves unfold. Water bottle swagger. Why do some public […]
  • Should Small Churches Go to Big Conferences?

    Stephanie Caro
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I’m in the midst of big youth conference season. REALLY happy to be able to serve small church youth ministries and uber-grateful that I’m invited to the conference table. In these next 7 days, I’ll head to teach at Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention. From there, I leave to spend time with the Simply […]
  • LTYM: Small Group Leader Training & Parent Expectations

    Aaron Crumbey
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Check it out!!! This episode we give the top 6 areas to train small group leaders on, and AC interviews a parent on their expectations concerning small groups. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and send questions to talkyouthministry@gmail.com     Hope it helps, Kurt & AC
  • It’s Okay to Use Curriculum

    Tony Myles
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Our student ministry had Kurt Johnston teach for us this past month. “Jealous?” (I tried to write that in my best Jon Lovitz impersonation) TBH – that’s how “the kids” say “To be honest…” – we had Kurt “in house” via video. Our student ministry has been working through a DVD/discussion curriculum called “Smart Stuff.” It’s […]
  • Middle School Ministry Cohort…A Big Dose Of Awesomeness!

    Kurt Johnston
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    I’ve been watching, and admiring, the success of The Youth Cartel’s YMCP (Youth Ministry Coaching Program) from a distance for quite some time. And having talked to some men and women who have been part of it, I’m convinced it’s worth every penny of investment. So I was super excited when Marko asked me and […]
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    History in the Making

  • Look Better than You Are, Not Better than Others

    Ben Arment
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    I've gone back and forth so many times about writing this post because I didn't want to offend anyone. But I can't bottle this up anymore... If you're using an executive assistant - unless you're famous or incompentent - they're meant to be ENDO-skeletal in their support to you, not EXO-skeletal. In other words, they're meant to support you behind the scenes... not become your dumping ground for relationships. I can't tell you how many times someone has handed me off to an assistant to schedule an appointment, when all it required was one glance at a Google…
  • Photo Recap of Dream Year Pitch Nights

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

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

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

    Ben Arment
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    STORY isn't built off the backs of an existing production team or facility. Everything we do rises from the venue like a phoenix in the desert. One very expensive phoenix. But our biggest advantage is our limitations. I can't imagine what it would be like to have an unlimited production budget... or speaker budget... or creative budget. I wouldn't even know what to do with that. And yet we attract a who's who of creative influencers across the country because we're breaking new ground with this principle of restraint... First, write the rules. Then be creative. In other…
 
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    9Marks Blog: Building Healthy Churches

  • Twenty-Two Problems with Multi-site Churches

    Jonathan Leeman
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I love my gospel-loving friends in multi-site churches—both leaders and members! But as Christians we work continually to reform our churches in light of Scripture. So I trust a little push back on the multi-site structure serves everyone, assuming my concerns turn out to be valid. Below are 22 misgivings I have about the multi-site model. All of these apply to churches that use a video preacher. Over half apply to churches who employ a preacher on every campus.* Some of these are grounded in biblical or theological principles; some are matters of prudence. 1. There’s no clear…
  • If You're Thinking about Leaving A Church . . .

    Mark Dever
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    The following is from page 57 of Mark Dever's What Is A Healthy Church? BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE   1. Pray.   2. Let your current pastor know about your thinking before you move to another church or make your decision to relocate to another city. Ask for his counsel.   3. Weigh your motives. Is your desire to leave because of sinful, personal conflict or disappointment? If it’s because of doctrinal reasons, are these doctrinal issues significant?   4. Do everything within your power to reconcile any broken relationships.   5. Be sure to consider all…
  • Book Review: The Missional Quest, by Lance Ford & Brad Brisco

    Brian Davis
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Missional Quest wants us to know that being “missional” derives directly from who God is. The evidence of "sending language" in the Bible, they assert, "not only emphasizes the missionary nature of God, but it also stresses the importance of understanding the church as a sent, missionary body" (26). This produces an “alternative vision of the church,” rooted in the sending-ness of God, that will change how we understand the nature of the church. The church changes from being a cul de sac of consumers saying “gimme,” to a hub of…
  • Encourage One Another: Giving Grace with Your Words

    Garrett Kell
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb. 3:13) Yesterday I received a kind note of encouragement from a friend. It was only about three sentences long but the Lord used it to stir some much-needed strength in my soul. Receiving the note led me to open up my Bible and dig around to see what the Lord says to us about encouragement. As I read passage after passage, I was struck by how vital this expression of love is for God’s people. In one sense, encouragement is like…
  • Book Review: The Rise of the Nones, by James Emery White

    Derek Rishmawy
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Let's begin with a boring statistic: 8.1 percent. According to an American Religious Identification survey, that's roughly how many Americans in 1990 were willing to identify themselves as having "no religious identification." Fast-forward eighteen years to 2008 and that same ARIS study number becomes 15 percent. Give it four more years in the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life's 2012 study it becomes 19.3 percent.  That's one in five Americans. In other words, in a space of about 20 years, the number of Americans willing to claim no religious identity has…
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  • Chrome Bravo Backpack (What’s Inside)

    John Saddington
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    I’m somewhat obsessed about backpacks. Even as a child I would obsess about them and stand there in the store aisle toying with them, trying them on, walking around the store with them as I attempted to find the perfect one for the coming school year. I can remember my mother yelling “Hurry up!” as I painstakingly compared and contrasted my options. There were just too many points to compare, too many weights and balances to experience and try, and never enough color choices (although I really like black). As an adult I’ve somewhat learned to manage my obsession…
  • Never Underestimate Initiative

    John Saddington
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    I attempt to spend time with every single Academy cohort @ The Iron Yard so that I might pour into them as much as I possibly can so that they can have the most success when they leave the program. I have a few presentations that I give covering blogging, personal branding, product development, entrepreneurship, and pitching for Demo Day. These talks are some of the best part of my job even though it often requires a bit of travel. The blogging and personal branding talk is one of my favorites because I believe it can create some of the most value for our students. For some, this is the very…
  • Freedom: 4 Months without Comments

    John Saddington
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    It’s been almost 4 months since I’ve turned off comments on this blog and although the intent was to originally move some of those conversations to Twitter I quickly adjusted my implementation to neither encourage nor explicitly direct people to comment there. Social sharing. Yey. I just removed them entirely and kept some of the social sharing links at the bottom. Boring, I know, but apparently that’s where I’m headed anyways. And it has been entirely worth it. You see, the net-gain has been amazing as quality of life has improved. Tactically I have saved myself a ton…
  • I Got Boring

    John
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Fame is an interesting thing. Being “internet famous” is even more weird. Stories like Phil Fish scare the shit out of me. Literally. A large dose of anxiety is attacking me as I type these very words. I used to be somewhat “subculturally important” at one point in my life. I am no longer important in that particular context or culture; I am no longer “famous” or on the fringe of being “famous”. In fact, the people that used to care about my opinion in that subculture no longer care – they’ve entirely moved on. How do I know that?
  • On Selfies and Employment

    John
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    via Dr. Tracy Alloway, professor at the University of North Florida: Every narcissist needs a reflecting pool. Just as Narcissus gazed into the pool to admire his beauty, social networking sites, like Facebook, have become our modern-day pool. How do you react to this? How do you react typically when you see a selfie posted in your own social network? When I thought about this explicitly I had to laugh because I think that I am the only person that I follow on Twitter that actually does the so-called selfie. I have typically made them somewhat goofy and I surround them with some other…
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  • Follow the D6 Conference LIVE!

    Terrace Crawford
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m soon flying out to Louisville to help lead\cover the D6 Conference. We want you to experience the event even if you can’t make it out to KY.  Here’s a few quick ways to not miss any of the action: … Continue reading →
  • The Real Key to Success with Proven Results!

    Terrace Crawford
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    I read so many articles each week that really try to pinpoint how to be successful. I’m very ambitious and an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally I get sucked in easily by this sort of topic. The truth is, there … Continue reading →
  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

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

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

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TerraceCrawford.com this month: D6Family - Check out … Continue reading →
 
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  • Episode 05: Here’s Where to Find Your Great Songs [Podcast]

    Editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    05 Heres Where To Find Your Great Songs Summary:Sometimes, our greatest, most encouraging songs come from this least expected place. Join Russ Hutto as he talks about learning our “great songs” through times of trial and afflictions. Subscribe to The Worship Community Podcast on iTunes Show Notes:Original post: http://bit.ly/1rmaSae Related posts: Episode 04: Thoughts On Worship (TWC Podcast) Episode 3: Is There A Place For Performance In Worship (TWC Podcast) Podcast 02: Sing All
  • Dustin Smith is Coming Alive with His Latest Project

    Editor
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    It’s a fact: God chooses the most unlikely people to accomplish great things. Moses the stutterer. David the “runt of the litter.” Mary, a young girl. So it makes sense somehow that God would pluck an enthusiastic youth worker with an earnest desire to serve Him, but without any professional music experience, tell him to pay attention, write some songs, let the people sing and then take him around the world to lead and teach about worship. But that, in reality, is the short version of Dustin Smith’s ministry. Listen to and Download a free chart for Coming Alive at HighestPraise.com…
  • Sunday Setlists #323

    Editor
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Share your worship confessionals, recaps, and setlists for the week of: Sunday, September 28, 2014!! Welcome to the 323rd consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists!” Share your experiences from your worship gatherings. How’d it go this weekend? What songs did you sing? What creative elements did you incorporate into your service? Any special readings, videos, or songs? Join others from all over as we share our Sunday Setlists! Click here to receive an email reminder each week to participate. Click here to view the archives of “Sunday Setlists” posts. To participate:…
  • What if there was a Snopes.com for Your Spiritual Life?

    Editor
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    I often tell my students not to immediately believe anything they read or see on the internet if it seems TOO good or bad to be true, because most of the time it isn’t! Cell phones popping corn, videos of people jumping over buildings, Bruce Lee playing ping-pong with nunchucks…fake, fake, fake. A great resource to fact check online videos and stories is http://www.Snopes.com. Before reposting a video or story on social media, I strongly suggest a quick check at Snopes to verify authenticity, saves everyone a lot of stress and potential embarrassment. I like to think that a good study…
  • 10 Ways Leading Worship Is NOT About YOU And About YOU At The Same Time

    Editor
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Worship Leaders: worship is not about you. It’s not about how great you can sing or play. It’s not about how trendy your jeans are. It’s not even about how catchy and memorable your worship “hooks” are. Worship is about God. Bringing Him glory. Reflecting HIS image. Overflowing the blessings of HIS “living water” out for others. But LEADING worship does involve you. It involves your mind, your body, and your spirit. Worship leaders, stepping in front of people to help create spaces for worship to happen DOES involve you! Whether it’s a small…
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  • #Bendgate & Your Belief

    Jason Bedell
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have been out for a couple of weeks and here’s what we know: – They’re bigger – They’re faster – They’re BENDing! (clearly not meant to be a feature) Every news outlet has been covering it. “iPhone 6 is bending in people’s pockets.” “Phone isn’t made to last week.” “I only had it in my front pocket driving and now it’s ruined.” Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media have blown up deeming #bendgate the worst possible thing to happen to Apple and their new flagship…
  • Bittersweet

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

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

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

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

    Tim Stevens
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Many months ago I made a list for myself of things I need to remember as I go throughout my day. I've revised it slightly for you, but here are some things you might need to remember today:You don’t need to defend yourself.Don’t say anything in the emotion of the moment.It’s not your job to convict others of what they are doing wrong.You aren’t the general manager of the universe.You are more than your job.Trust God.You don’t have to say everything you are thinking.God knows.He is in control.It doesn’t matter what someone else says, always take the high road.People will remember…
  • When Hurting Someone is Right

    Tim Stevens
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    A good friend said to me recently, “Just because you caused someone hurt doesn't mean you did something wrong.”Of course, we know it’s true. When the abused finally decides to end the relationship, the abuser might be hurt. When a parent disciplines a child—the time-out or loss of privileges can be painful. When a doctor sets a child’s broken bone, extreme pain is immediately felt. When I made the decision to walk away from my job after twenty years—it was right, but it was also painful for some of my closest friends.Sometimes we hesitate too long to make the right decision…
  • What If I Am A Narcissistic Leader?

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

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

    Tim Stevens
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve been studying narcissistic pastors for a few years. And so therefore, I’ve been reading everything I can about Mark Driscoll as the drama has been unfolding. First it was accusations of plagiarism, then questionable use of church funds to promote his own book, and most recently bullying. I don’t know Mark, have never been to Mars Hill Church, and have no idea whether the accusations are true or false. But he leads one of the largest churches in the country, helped start the Acts 29 church planting network (from which he was recently kicked out), and is arguably one of the strongest…
 
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  • Worship Team Administration 101: 5 tips to solve the details dilemma

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

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

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

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

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

    Bill Reichart
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    It is likely that you've heard the term, "Missional" or "Missional Church". "Missional Church" is a term that describes a people of God embarking and living out a missionary lifestyle; adopting the posture, thinking, behaviors, and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message.In addition to that basic definition, Jeffrey Kranz has developed an infographic that shows what the missional church’s orientation should be.  I hope this infographic is helpful as you communicate and teach this to others.(ht: Gospel Coalition)
  • The One Person In Your Church That Will Derail You

    Bill Reichart
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Nitpickerfrom Seth Godin “The pedant (that’s what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that’s wrong or out of place) is afraid. He’s afraid and he’s projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, “here, I made this.” Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn’t perfect.That’s okay. They…
  • Living East Of Eden

    Bill Reichart
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the biggest challenges I face in leading mission teams around the world, is the part of the experience when the team comes back home.  Re-entry. The trips are a spiritual mountain top experience for many of the team members - even with all of its hard work and effort.  Yet coming home to the mundane, routine and stressful life can feel like a valley to most.Therefore it is not uncommon that team members may struggle with their re-entry home.  They quickly discover how much they miss the close-knit fellowship and times of continual worship.  They hunger for the sense…
  • Do You Wake Up With The Devil Sitting On Your Face?

    Bill Reichart
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    If you are anything like me, you may spell morning a little differently - "m-o-u-r-n-i-n-g".Mornings are tough. They are a struggle. I am not typically a morning person. It is hard to wake up. But that isn't the only issue, when I do eventually wake up I then find it hard not to get drawn in the busyness and complications of my day. When I wake up I feel the smack across my face of all the things reminding me that they need to be done. The day screams - Urgent! Hurry! Get busy! My heart gets so easily burdened and distracted in the morning. That is why I appreciate these comments from C.J.
  • 13 Resources For Ministry Leaders Who Struggle With Porn

    Bill Reichart
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The culture is drowning in porn and unfortunately the church and it's leaders aren't doing much better. Below are some helpful resources for ministry leaders to help them out of the bondage of porn and onto the pathway of freedom. Please feel free to add in the comments section any resources that have been helpful for you.from Covenant Eyes:Internet Pornography: A Ministry Leader’s Handbook —This free e-book, written by pastors and counselors, helps ministers who struggle with pornography understand the importance of confession and accountability. It addresses why pastors are particularly…
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  • How I made $2,145 Last Month by decluttering

    Bob
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    A few months ago I began a journey towards minimalism.  And not the weird kind where you sleep on the floor and only have one plate and one fork, but a kind where I question all my possessions and get rid of the stuff I don’t need. I had read a few books that were getting me inspired and then I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Joshua Becker who is one of the premier minimalism authors out there.  Spending time together was refreshing on a whole lot of levels, but as far as this article is concerned he helped spur me on to take major action in this direction. I…
  • How and Where Currency is Made – Do You Know?

    Tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    “That’ll be $12.74, sir.” You hand the cashier a twenty-dollar bill and get a few pieces of paper and a couple of coins in return. Exchanging money isn’t anything new to us now, but you might be surprised how money has evolved throughout the years. The crisp twenty-dollar bill that ‘appears’ from the ATM has come a long way since the creation of U.S. currency over 150 years ago. A Brief History of Money Though coined money has been around for centuries, paper money – or banknotes – started to really gain momentum around the 1600’s in Europe. In America, the Civil War was…
  • 16 Ways to Protect Yourself from Online Fraud and Identity Theft

    Rich Avery
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    While no one can totally prevent it, there are many things you can do to protect yourself from online fraud and identity theft. What is Identity Theft and Identity Fraud? According to the US Department of Justice, “Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.” How Does Identity Fraud Happen? If you’ve ever received an email from a friend claiming to be stranded overseas and in need of…
  • The Top 10 Retirement Planning Mistakes – Are you making any of them?

    Bob
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The folks from over at MoneyTips.com recently did a survey of over 500 retirees. They asked them all kinds of questions and the results led to some pretty helpful information. They also compiled all the information and used it to create a helpful (and FREE) ebook that you can download here.  (It will only be free for the next week – so get yours now!) Top 10 retirement planning mistakes In the survey they asked the retirees what mistakes they made in their planning and saving for retirement.  Below are the top 10 mistakes that we can learn from! 10. Made early withdrawals from IRAs…
  • 4 Cheap Healthy Meal Plans for Families

    Carol
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the most common reasons I get online, besides Facebook and Pinterest, is to look up recipes and meal plans. Let’s face it; cooking is a part of our lives — every single day of our lives, forever. Consequently, we often get bored with planning healthy meals for our families. I get so bored with it, I frequently tell my kids, “When it’s just me and Dad, I will spend Saturdays making a big salad, grilling a few chicken breasts, and making rolls. We will live off that all week.” The kids think I’m nuts. They have no idea. Sometimes, it’s not the boredom, it’s the finances.
 
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  • Should Religion and Politics be Mixed?

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A really interesting surbey from NPR. It basically talks about how more and more Americans are favoring mixing religion and politics. To be honest this is a really interesting topic because as we go to war and make difficult decisions many of us wonder how it affects our core religious beliefs.  I don’t think that there is anything actually wrong with mixing the two if the politician believes it can help him or her make the right decision. More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says – NPR (blog) http://news.google.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:36:40 GMT NPR…
  • Insights into the Zoroastrian Religion

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

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I tweeted this earlier today… “If a relationship ends because expectations were not met, it means that strings were attached and it was never a relationship to begin with.” Needless to say I got lots of reaction. Both in agreement and in disagreement. Twitter is a great place for starting conversation, but not necessarily a great place to continue it, so I thought it would be appropriate to expand my thoughts here. We all are led by convictions, beliefs, morals. These things allow us to be well equipped as we choose who we enter a relationship with. One person I spoke with on…
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  • RESURGENCE LEADERSHIP #034: JOHN PIPER, WHY I TRUST THE SCRIPTURES, PART 2

    Resurgence
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. This Week John Piper: Why I Trust The Scriptures Part 2 of 2: Many people dismiss the Bible as an outdated relic of the past that couldn’t possibly remain applicable to modern life. Author and pastor John Piper explains why we can have confidence that the Scriptures are trustworthy and true in this message recorded live at Mars Hill Church in 2008. Subscribe…
  • John Piper: Why I trust the Scriptures, Part 2

    Resurgence
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Part 2 of 2: Many people dismiss the Bible as an outdated relic of the past that couldn’t possibly remain applicable to modern life. Author and pastor John Piper explains why we can have confidence that the Scriptures are trustworthy and true in this message recorded live at Mars Hill Church in 2008.
  • John Piper: Why I trust the Scriptures, Part 1

    Resurgence
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Part 1 of 2: Many people dismiss the Bible as an outdated relic of the past that couldn’t possibly remain applicable to modern life. Author and pastor John Piper explains why we can have confidence that the Scriptures are trustworthy and true in this message recorded live at Mars Hill Church in 2008.
  • Resurgence Leadership #033: John Piper, Why I Trust the Scriptures, Part 1

    Resurgence
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Resurgence Leadership Program is back after two weeks off! Each week the Resurgence Leadership podcast features Pastor Mark Driscoll with other pastors and teachers offering biblical wisdom and practical insight to help Christian leaders everywhere influence more people for Jesus. This Week John Piper: Why I Trust The Scriptures Part 1 of 2: Many people dismiss the Bible as an outdated relic of the past that couldn’t possibly remain applicable to modern life. Author and pastor John Piper explains why we can have confidence that the Scriptures are trustworthy and true in…
  • Good News for Weary Women

    Resurgence
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Elyse Fitzpatrick loves the church and pours herself into it every week. The church isn’t perfect, though, and in this video she confronts the unhealthy messages we often hear from the body of believers. This is a session from the companion DVD to Good News for Weary Women, Elyse’s latest book. In it, Elyse touches on the good and the bad that have come out of feminism, the biblical femininity movement, and well-intentioned teaching on how to be a virtuous woman. These messages all too often put pressure on people to do better and try harder. This is bad news, but the gospel is…
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  • lifehacks247: For More Posts Like...

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
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  • "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they..."

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” - Gabriel García Márquez (via bijan)
  • ""One of the most compelling sounds for the human ear is the sound of another human voice talking..."

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    “"One of the most compelling sounds for the human ear is the sound of another human voice talking about something they care about." - David Candow, NPR” - The value of the human voice. (Thanks @misslydiajean!)
  • Passing the baton for a new season...

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Over the past 12 years, I’ve served in a variety of roles on the Granger staff—part-time, full-time, technical, creative, communications, leadership, special teams—and I have loved every minute of it. It’s been an honor to work beside incredible people on innovative projects through every season to help remove barriers and show people they matter to God. My faith has grown, my skills have sharpened, my rough edges have softened and my brain has been stretched! I am in a new season of life and will be stepping away from my position next month to pass the baton to a new team of artists…
  • We got to meet one of our heroes today. Jeanne White, Ryan...

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

  • Are You Suffering from Upgrade Lust? [Podcast]

    Eric Dye
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The iPhone 6 was released last month, so the subject of upgrades are on many peoples minds, including ChurchMag’s Phil Schneider. In the back-channel of the ChurchMag Authors Guild, Phil brought up the topic since he’s due for an upgrade on his own phone and couldn’t decide whether or not to make the jump. So in this episode, we talk about upgrading smartphones, church tech equipment, laptops, and the basic fundamentals of what should be considered when deciding on whether or not to upgrade. I hope our conversation helps! Series Two — Episode Twelve Have you ever…
  • Should You Jump On That Viral Web Hype?

    Rachel Blom
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every day, there are trending topics on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and whatnot. Some fade within hours, some last a bit longer, and some make it to weeks, or even months. To name just a few examples of the latter, think Gangnam Style, the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the Harlem Shake. When such a hype presents, the big question is: Should you jump on that hype? It may be tempting if you have a blog, to draw some extra traffic by using a hype that’s already there. Or in your church or youth ministry, create an event that build on something that’s hot. But should you? Here are three…
  • LEGO Calendar to Sync with iCal and Google

    Eric Dye
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is one of those “shut-up-and-take-my-money” moments. This LEGO calendar can sync with iCal and Google Calendar! Can you imagine this in an office? #EPIC! The London-based product design and invention studio Special Projects needed a better way to organize and schedule their team. So being an awesome product design and invention studio, they made their own. And here it is: Bit Planner Each color represents a different client: And each person in the office has their own character: Each row represents a month, divided into columns that represent days: Each person’s row allows…
  • SproutMark — Asking the Right Questions

    Eric Dye
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Communication is key in any organization and with any kind of team. One of the greatest assets of working in a team environment is the ability to look out for each other’s blind spots or approach problems from multiple points of view. Feedback is key and is usually the catalyst for positive improvement. So how can you accelerate this dynamic? How can you mindfully inquire feedback and introspection of your team or ministry? There’s an app for that. SproutMark SproutMark is an online application that helps you connect with your team members and intentionally address problems and…
  • Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success [Diagram]

    Eric Dye
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    After seeing what happens to my brain on coffee, it’s made me rethink my daily dose of morning and afternoon espresso. I can say that after going almost a full month without regular intakes of coffee has been a curious journey. To summarize my experience, I would say that I am not entirely comfortable with caffeine’s effect on my mind and body. And after reading Dr. Travis Bradberry’s post on LinkedIn, Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success, I am even more skittish about returning to this delicious beverage. Take a look at this diagram and you’ll see what I mean: If…
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    CJ Alvarado

  • I ditched email…

    CJ
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was ridiculous. So ridiculous. Every morning my day started the same way. I’d wake up and the very first thing I would do is check my email. I’d roll over and reach for my phone. My eyes, still squinting, would rush to adjust and focus on the bright screen. Barely able to see, I’d - Read More -
  • explorers

    CJ
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.
  • On Danger

    CJ
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    We miss out on so much when we fail to better discern perceived danger vs actual danger. Our minds can be quite good at conjuring up a number of spooky scenarios and reasons for not venturing out and exploring something new even when no real danger exists. In between the dreams of our heart and - Read More -
  • Point A to Point B

    CJ
    13 Jan 2014 | 6:29 pm
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ? Ernest Hemingway I tend to want to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as I can. Truth is, after you reach your destination, there’s some new destination in mind and after that - Read More -
  • Don’t Set New Goals. Make New Habits Instead.

    CJ
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:34 am
    Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous pre-success failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out I’m in the business of creating, sharing and building ideas. Every year at this time, I see a lot of ideas floating around–ideas about new things people want to do or accomplish. We - Read More -
 
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  • God Sent the Rain: An Amazing Display of God's Power in Africa

    Mark Wilson
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I received the following update recently from my dear missionary friend, Dr. Harold Adolph.  I have visited the Soddo Christian Hospital and have met many of the staff.  This report of God's miraculous power reminds me of Elijah vs the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel:We are back from our emergency trip to Ethiopia. . . and getting our feet back on the ground in Florida. We are full of praise to God for His obvious blessing of the ministry of Soddo Christian Hospital. A small team from the hospital recently felt very burdened for the Borano people along the southern border of…
  • 20 Stress Busters

    Mark Wilson
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    When you are under tremendous stress, and life feels like a pressure cooker, then it's time to stop and evaluate what's happening inside of you.  Stress is like the red lights on the automobile dashboard.  It indicates a warning that something under the hood needs attention.  Here are a few questions to consider when you feel the tension rising:1)  What symptoms indicate that I am stressed out?  2)  What are the immediate and underlying causes of my tension?  Often, the thing that is "stressing us out", is just a symptom and not the cause.  Look beneath…
  • A Bike Race Brings the Difference Down

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

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

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

    Tim
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Today I am continuing this series on getting things done. Yesterday we saw that we exist to bring glory to God, and that, as Christians, we bring glory to God when we do good works for other people. Christ “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14) and now calls upon each one of us to “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Therefore, “productivity is effectively…
  • A La Carte (October 1)

    Tim
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Every week Zondervan lets me choose one ebook to offer at a sale price and this week I chose A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99). Crossway has a big list at $0.99 each: A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester; John Newton by Jonathan Aitken; Joy by Lydia Brownback; How to Argue Like Jesus by Joe Carter; Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax; The Immigration Crisis by James Hoffmeier; Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile; Church History by Christopher Catherwood; Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs; Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogge. Other deals…
  • How To Get Things Done

    Tim
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    They are questions I receive often: “Do you ever sleep? Do you work all the time? Do you ever stop?” There seems to be this impression among certain people that either I am an unrepentant workaholic or that I am remorselessly neglectful toward life’s other responsibilities. The truth is far less sordid: I have invested a lot of effort over many years in learning how to simplify life and how to maximize productivity. I love to make the best use of my time and energy, and I am constantly fine-tuning the systems that allow me to remain that way. Today I am beginning a series of…
  • A La Carte (September 30)

    Tim
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    Here are some new Kindle deals: Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung ($0.99); The Journey to Joy by Josh Moody ($0.99); Boring by Michael Kelley ($2.99); Why Business Matters to God by Jeff Van Duzer ($2.99); A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99); The Insanity of God & The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken ($2.99 each); Manhood Restored by Eric Mason ($2.99); Connected by Erin Davis ($2.99); Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler ($2.99); The People of God by Trevor Joy ($2.99); Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous ($0.99). The Ata: God’s Narrative…
  • Your Life Was Meant To Be Ordinary, Not Radical

    Tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Michael Horton is the author of over thirty books and this excerpt which comes from his new book, Ordinary, releases October 7. You can now follow Michael on Twitter.  Download a free study guide at ordinarybook.com. Think of the things that matter most to you. How do you measure your relationships? How do you “measure” your marriage, for example? When my wife and I talk about our relationship, we often have different takes on how things are going. Looking back over the course of our married years, we have seen many ways in which the Lord has bonded us…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • How God Embraces the Embarrassed

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether it’s a laughable underwear-on-stage experience (laughable later), or a deeply unsettling loss of integrity, embarrassment is a besetting quality of human life. It lurks and stalks beneath the surface of our circumstances, waiting to sink its teeth into our every failing and loss — intentional or naive, serious or jovial, public or private, embarrassment is a trained hunter of human failure. Getting Behind the Blush As with any concept, it is best to begin with a clear definition. For our purposes, we will define embarrassment this way: The emotional experience of being judged by…
  • Twelve Benefits of Team Leadership

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Christian leadership is not for the lone wolf. The labor is too important when souls are in the balance, and all of us are simply too frail and shortsighted, with too much indwelling sin and too many blind spots, to go at it on our own. Whatever the role, whether on the college campus, or in the inner city, or among an unreached people group, or in the local church, we desperately need each other in all of life, and especially in leadership. Christian leadership is a team sport, and in a post-Enlightenment society, still deeply affected by modernist individualism, the biblical model of…
  • What Is the Highest Good?

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    “God, and God alone, is man’s highest good.” Herman Bavinck Nearly every Christian has uttered, “God is good.” When we experience a job promotion at work, witness the physical healing in the life of a loved one, the marriage of a godly couple, or receive new possessions, we appropriately praise God for his goodness. To experience goodness and not give thanks to the divine source is the epitome of ingratitude and a step toward apostasy. But while all Christians have said that God is good, often we miss the fact that God is himself our highest good. And even if we acknowledge this to…
  • Boomers’ Bodies — And Yours

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    All of the 10,000 people in America who turn 65 each day have wrinkles. Our skin is more flaccid. Our complexion is more mottled. Our equilibrium is more tenuous. And our hair is more scarce. The effect of aging on our appearance and our bearing is universal. No one escapes. Except by death. The reason for this is that God has subjected the creation to futility (Romans 8:20). It is in bondage to corruption (Romans 8:21). Even new creatures in Christ groan, waiting for the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23). In other words, when sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God established a…
  • Where Satan Will Attack You Today

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    You wonder why it’s so hard to find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists. And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your head. We Destroy Arguments Here is how Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (emphasis added): For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the…
 
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    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • Elevation Creative: The Burning Bush

    webteam
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Wake Up the Wonder, the new album from Elevation Worship, releases November 25. “Wake Up The Wonder” is our prayer believing for revival. It’s the stunned and speechless shift from darkness into light, from unconscious into conscious, from spark into fire. Inspired by the forthcoming album from Elevation Worship and the life of Moses, this short film is that journey. From a new start, to utter brokenness. From a reckless moment to unexpected awe – a moment of wondrous mystery.
  • One of Our Greatest Misconceptions About God

    webteam
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    From the outside looking in, a life in Christ can seem like a life of restriction. Like one long list of all the fun things you can’t do. But Jesus didn’t leave Heaven and come to Earth to hold us back. He came to set us free. In this clip from our series This is Your Permission Slip, Pastor Steven explains how having a greater understanding of who Jesus is helps us embrace boundaries and change the way we approach God.
  • Why Boundaries Are Important In Our Relationships

    webteam
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    God calls us into certain relationships, but being a Christian doesn’t mean saying yes to everyone and everything that comes our way. In this clip from our sermon series How to Hug a Vampire, Pastor Steven shows us through the life of Peter, how Jesus set loving boundaries in His own ministry to ensure nothing kept Him from the will of His Father.
  • Elevation Creative: Christianisms

    webteam
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    When you’re young and love and looking for guidance, who do you turn to for advice? Most of us hope to find older couples who have a lasting, loving, Christ-centered relationship. Their experience can be encouraging as we begin our own journey, and their wisdom can help guide us through our relationship questions. But for fun, as we closed out our series Meant to Be, our Creative team put together this humorous look at what might happen when the relationship questions get turned back on us.
  • How to Build Our Relationships Like Jesus

    webteam
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Married or unmarried, relationships are complicated. As believers, we’re called to keep Christ front and center in our lives. But commitments to our spouses, friends, and family can cause conflicts of interest. How do we build healthy relationships with the people we love, while keeping God as our first priority? Pastor Steven wrapped up our Meant to Be series by explaining the unnecessary complications that sidetrack us, and show us how we can learn what’s truly meant to be in our lives when we put Jesus first.
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    Adrian Warnock

  • Does real hope only belong to the Christians?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:36 am
    As a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry, I learned a lot about hope. Hopelessness is intimately linked with depression, which causes incalculable misery. Hope can be destroyed by unemployment, a terminal illness, or the death of a loved one. Mental and even physical illness can be the result of shattered dreams. When someone feels their [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Suicide Prevention: What the Church can do

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    This month’s Patheos Book Club includes the book, “Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors.” By Karen Mason. It is a timely book, and an important book. It has been encouraging to me to see a significant shift in the approach of the Christian community to issues of mental health in recent years. [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • Could Piper be wrong about the man in Romans 7 and does it matter?

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    The three sessions in Romans with John Piper yesterday were food for the soul. They were enjoyable, engaging, and illuminating. In fact they were life-changing.  Nothing I am going to say in this article should in an way take away from that. And I would urge everyone reading this article to take the time to [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • How I realized I don’t love the Bible as much as I need to

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    When you are listening to a sermon, sometimes you should write copious notes. Other times you should just capture a few key thoughts. Other times you should just listen as the Spirit of God drives the Word home to you. Last night here at DGNatCon was one such night for me. In fact I believe [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
  • There is nothing sadder than a rudderless leader

    adrian.warnock@gmail.com (Adrian Warnock)
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    I know I may make a few enemies by this post, but I am going to say it anyway: There are many pastors who should not be leading God’s people because they are not conscious of being led by God themselves 1 Samuel 28 reveals a desperate King who no longer receives God’s guidance. Whatever [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Fear(s) of the Dark

    Steve McCoy
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I haven't seen the full Fear(s) of the Dark film, but this Richard McGuire clip is a lot of fun. Turn the lights off and bring in the kids too.
  • Lots-o-Links 9.25.14

    Steve McCoy
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The Palomino Blackwing Pearl is probably the greatest pencil I've ever used. If you've never tried them, wowwy you are in for a treat. Pick up a pack.Austin Kleon has made clipboards look like an interesting as a part of office design.This is one of my favorite themes: it’s not that I have a need and then I seek out the right tool for it, but most of the time, having a tool lying around (like a row of clipboards) will inspire me to find some use for it.Where Have All The Poets Gone?We need our poets now more than ever. In fact, they should be on the front lines — at rallies and marches…
  • Far Kingdom

    Steve McCoy
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    I haven't been shy in expressing my love for and joy in the music of Gray Havens (Dave & Licia Radford). The new song, "Far Kingdom," is a song I've been listening to for a while from their upcoming January 2015 album Fire & Stone. I couldn't wait to introduce to you, and they've just released a video so I get the pleasure of sharing it. It's simple, and soaring, and gorgeous. I have yet to listen to it without getting the chills. Follow the lyrics below the video. Also check out Where Eyes Don't Go.  Far Kingdom is from The Gray Haven's upcoming album, "Fire and Stone," to be…
  • Check Out Delta Spirit: Into the Wide

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

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

  • Prepare Him Room Giveaway Contest Winners!

    Bob Kauflin
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Thanks to all those who participated in the Prepare Him Room giveaway contest. I learned a few things along the way. 1. People can have a hard time counting to 50, or else the joy of commenting on a post can cause a person to wax eloquent and ignore silly contest rules, e.g., a 50 word limit. 2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is a really popular Christmas song. 3. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day has more content than I thought. I had forgotten how meaningful the words are: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,…
  • Win a Free Download of Prepare Him Room!

    Bob Kauflin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    In another post I shared the story behind our new Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. Now you can be one of ten people who can win a free digital copy. Here’s the deal. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Christmas carol and why in 50 words or less. You can enter three times. I’ll pick some of the most creative answers as winners and the rest at random. How many random comments I pick depends on how many creative responses I get! You have until midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to enter. I’ll announce the winners around noon (EST) on Wednesday, October 1. We’ll…
  • Prepare Him Room Releases Today!

    Bob Kauflin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In June of 2013 I received an email from my friend, Marty Machowski. Marty serves on the pastoral team of Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Church near Philadelphia. He has writes children’s books and devotionals, most notably The Gospel Story Bible. Marty asked me if Sovereign Grace Music wanted to produce an album to accompany an Advent devotional and curriculum he had written for New Growth Press. I was instantly intrigued by the idea. Our first and only Christmas album, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man, came out in 2006 and I thought we were long overdue…
  • The Gathering: Coming to New Orleans Next Weekend

    Bob Kauflin
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:30 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…
  • The Unbelievable – Acoustic Preview

    Bob Kauflin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    This coming Monday, Sept. 29, our second Christmas album, Prepare Him Room, is coming out. And we’re pretty excited. I’ve been breaking all my rules for “no Christmas music before Thanksgiving” and loving it. In preparation for the album, we’ve put together four acoustic videos to preview some of the songs. They aren’t the versions that went on the album, but they give you an idea of what to expect. The Unbelievable is the fourth video we recorded, written by my good friends Steve and Vikki Cook. We’re so familiar with nativities, carols, and the…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Things to Say to Christian Kids

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    This morning I had the opportunity to speak at Piedmont Christian School's Chapel. The age range 3 to 17. Yes, you read that right.So what does one speak to at a Christian school? (Last time I spoke on the Greatest commandment - to love God and love others ...(also I had a Bible Coloring book for an object lesson)I spoke on the importance of what it means to be a Christian. the lessons of:1. Be Transformed ...be different from Romans 12:1-22. Be loving from 1 John 4:7,83. Be Courageous - have a heart for Jesus and the lost from Jonah 4.So if you had a platform to speak to Christian kids and…
  • A Coyote near my home

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I was cutting the grass of my yard on my riding lawn mower when I came across this creature. (I looked online to see exactly what the animal was) At first I thought it was a gray fox but too big (It was the size of a dog) ..... It crossed the road into my yard and then into the woods behind my house to never be seen again. There have been a few times I've seen this animal near our home. A fox, coyote, wild dog? Seems odd for the animal to be here but oh well ..welcome to the neighbourhood ...along with the turtles, frogs, deer, skunks, mice, cats, wolf spiders, racoons and other creatures…
  • Aging With Grace Seminar

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    I recently went to an "Aging with Grace" seminar sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches .... very interesting session. It had a variety of churches, health care organizations and resources in the Central Virginia area ... I went to two breakout sessions: From Prayer to Practical and Legal documents (From wills, to end of life care) both well worth it. Then we broke for lunch and had time for to see all the different vendors. The facilities (Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center) were amazing. The afternoon, key note speaker, was ok. His premise of King David aging with grace was flawed ....
  • An old post from 2003: Dare to Dance with a cat.

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Dare to Dance with a Cat Yesterday I did it. I danced with my cat. His name is Pepe. It was a fast song ...by some group named the Supertones. Anyways, I picked him up and we danced. Not really good and not really too fast. But do know know what happens when you dance with a cat? Yesterday, I found out quick. It wasn't the pain, nor the clawing that got me. It was the shock. Here I had a peaceful loving pet; and suddenly ...without warning I was toast or rather a scratching post. Will I do it again? Probably not for some time. But some of us would dare to. Now I got thinking that is how it is…
  • Watch Dogs 2014.

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Went to a meeting about being a watch dog in my children's schools. Should be a good thing. Anyone else involved?I know my friend, Shawn Williams is. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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  • WHY WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 5K RACE – ADOPTION UPDATE

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

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

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

    markartrip
    7 Jan 2014 | 2:25 pm
    On Sunday Movement Church announced that starting February 2nd our worship experiences are moving to the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA.  As a young church, we are excited for this move and the way God has opened the doors to make it happen.  This move will provide great exposure to our community and allow us to grow and accomplish our vision in some new exciting ways. Our vision is to be “a movement of people finding their way back to God.” This happens through people knowing Jesus and we want this move to be about that. Not everyone was at church Sunday and we also have many friends…
  • CELEBRITY LOOK-A-LIKES THAT I KNOW PART 4

    markartrip
    30 May 2013 | 9:45 pm
    If you hang out with me for more than one hour I will probably tell you that you or someone close by remind me of someone. It might be someone famous, or it might just be another friend of mine. Through the years this has lead me to do a few different “people I know who look like celebrities” (or not so famous people too) posts on the ole blog here.   So here goes the fourth edition. Check out these links to the first, second, and third edition. Don’t be offended, just humor me.
 
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Photo: Drew Dyck A fresh crop of October links! Mind you, they’re all dated September. But they’re new to you. Campus prayer focus See You At The Pole turned 24 last week. MGM has acquired a 55 percent stake in the film and television production company owned by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive producers behind the Emmy-nominated “The Bible” series. The family of Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith have launched a lawsuit against the church over distribution of the late pastor’s property, royalties and life insurance; and also elder abuse……
  • Currently Reading: N. T. Wright on The Psalms

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    Okay, I admit it.  I currently have four books on the go, and one should probably finish one before starting another. N. T. Wright’s The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential should not be confused with Lee Strobel’s The Case for… series. I don’t think of this as apologetic, though in a way, it is a defense of the Psalter at a time when people’s reading habits probably direct them more to the gospels, the epistles or the history narratives. Or more likely, they’re not reading at all. He brilliantly notes themes and motifs that run throughout the…
  • Currently Reading: Apologetics Beyond Reason

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    James W. Sire is the author of the landmark apologetics book The Universe Next Door (1976) and the more recent A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics (2006) and has been an editor at InterVarsity Press (IVP) for several decades. In the first chapter of Apologetics Beyond Reason: Why Seeing Really is Believing he explains that it might be time to chart a different direction. For those in our culture who put their trust in human reason, these apologetic approaches have worked well. Many Christians today read and benefit from them. Without the, thoughtful Christians would have too few resources…
  • “We Don’t Go To Restaurants”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Depending on your social/church circle, it’s possible you’ve heard the phrase, “We don’t go to restaurants;” or even use it yourselves. Usually there are one of three underlying convictions at work behind the statement: a sort of righteousness associated staying away from those places; which presupposes that every Waffle House is a seedy sports bar a financial decision based on good money management, and rigid budget, or a distinct savings goal like a new car or new house a stewardship decision which is spiritual at its root, but is coupled with a personal…
  • What I’m Hoping to Accomplish Here

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    In theory anyway, some day I’ll look back at what’s posted here and possibly regret a few articles and might start deleting some. But in the meantime, I try to deliver a decent product 7-days-a-week to my readers.  Here are some questions I must either ask now or ask later… 1. Was it informative? My opinions leach out all over this blog, but hopefully I also provide raw information, spot new trends, help readers make connections to other resources, and even educate my readership about things they didn’t know. 2. Was it helpful? The passing on of information by itself…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • “Producing Fruit” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 21:33-46

    Stephanie Fernandez
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on Matthew 21:33-46 where Jesus talks about bearing spiritual fruit. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year A – 17th Sunday After Pentecost, Gospel Reading – Matthew 21:33-46. Opening Activity – Producing Fruit – Favorite Fruit Supplies – blank paper, coloring/writing utensils Ask each child to think of their favorite fruit and draw a picture of it in the middle of their page. “So I want…
  • What is the Revised Common Lectionary?

    Tony Kummer
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    In short, it’s a shared calendar of Bible readings used across many different Christian churches from several nations. Many churches in the Protestant tradition share a common scripture reading calendar called the Revised Common Lectionary. It marks out the long-standing dates and themes on the church calendar such as Advent, Pentecost, and Lent. While often associated with mainline churches, this practice is non-denominational and only suggests which Bible verses to read. These scripture readings are used as a guide across many traditions. Any given Sunday you will find Episcopal,…
  • Free unFrozen Children’s Ministry Christmas Program

    Nevan Hooker
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    My friends at Children’s Ministry Deals have created a new Children’s Ministry Christmas program called unFrozen. This Christmas program brings to life the idea that Jesus was born to melt away the old, and bring new life and a new kingdom. This new Christmas program contains a collection of unFrozen themed skits, readings, and song ideas to transform the same old “once upon a time” program into an evening of joyful worship, playful presentation, and fresh examination into the story of Jesus’s birth. This Christmas program is a 100% free download from Children’s…
  • How Socially Connected Should a Children’s Pastor Be?

    Mimi Bullock
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 2014, the children’s pastor must skillfully walk the increasingly awkward line between what’s appropriate and what’s not. Eighteen years ago, (yeah, I’m a kids min veteran) I never thought twice about hugging a child or calling a kid. I can’t say that today, sadly. Now that everyone is on the web (even the kiddos) the kids’ pastor faces a lot of pressure to be hip and become socially connected. By adding your tweeting, liking and pinning to the mix, you have even more awkward lines to walk. If you do choose to utilize the Internet to maintain and build…
  • Bible Lesson: Proverbs-Two Paths: Pride & Humility

    Kelly Henderson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    This lesson is another in a series from Proverbs that our entire church is doing.  The lesson was prepared for a small group of students ranging from age 5-10.  This lesson focuses on how the path of pride leads to destruction and the path of humility leads to wisdom. Bible Passage: Proverbs 11:2, 16:18, 29:23, Daniel 4 Bible Story Title: Proverbs-Two Paths: Pride & Humility Target Age Group:  Ages 5-11 (3rd-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, pens, pencils, activity pages, visuals for Nebuchadnezzar’s…
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    Man of Depravity

  • The Investigation

    Tyler
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    David ends his well known Psalm 139 with the phrase, “lead me in the way everlasting.” For most Christians this is a prayer they would claim for themselves. Christians desire to follow God’s direction and leading. Rightfully so. God’s way is the right way, so listening and discerning His movement is vital for fulfilling His desire for your life.  But what gets lost when we throw out this desire as our end goal is the difficult process it takes to get there. Just previous to the “lead me” statement David says, “See if there is any offensive way in…
  • Nepotism and Having Dad as My Boss

    Tyler
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Two years ago I joined the pastoral staff at the church where my dad serves as the senior pastor. He has been in that role since the forming of the church over a decade ago. As a college student I led worship at the church. Rose and I would visit a few times a year when we were home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I grew up with many of the individuals within the congregation. Coming to New Harvest had the feel of a homecoming, but it came with responsibilities, the biggest one being the navigation of pastoral ministry, while having dad as my boss. It certainly hasn’t been easy having…
  • My Frustration with Sunday Morning Worship

    Tyler
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    I’ve been leading worship for about a decade on a week to week basis. Over half of that time the worship leading has been part of my vocation and calling as a pastor. During this time of leadership I have advocated for and led what are often called contemporary worship songs. I often think of it as “four songs and a blaze of glory” (cause you’re always winning when you make reference to church and Bon Jovi at the same time). In this, the goal is musical excellence for the sake of glorifying God, while putting on a concert-like experience for the church. It’s…
  • A Theology of Place (Why We Bought a House in the Place I Didn’t Want to Live)

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

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

  • Life Between Sundays: 4 How To Really Enjoy Your Family

    paulwnewell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents Relationships Think Evangelism Go…
  • Life Between Sundays: 3 Workplace Violence (When I Hate My Job)

    paulwnewell
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents Relationships Think Evangelism Go…
  • Life Between Sundays: 2 Living Above Average

    paulwnewell
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents Relationships Think Evangelism Go…
  • Life Between Sundays: 1 When You’re Stuck

    paulwnewell
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents Relationships Think Evangelism Go…
  • Summer Blockbusters 8: Towering Inferno – Your “But Even If” Moment

    paulwnewell
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Loading Message(s)... Copy and share the link below: Okay, I'm Done Explore Other Messages: - Browse Series - Life Between Sundays Summer Blockbusters Manly Men of the Bible Bringing Home Big Words FUEL STORY Strength The Return: An Old Testament Christmas Story The Verb Vibe Life Apps View Series Archives - Browse Speakers - MEN'S BIBLE STUDY John Carlson Mike Lind Paul Newell Terrie Newell Dr Lou Petrie Dr. Ron Sheveland Kevin Simmons - Browse Topics - Demonstration Life Application Prayer Forgiveness James Confession Trust Rest Christian Blessings Parents Relationships Think Evangelism Go…
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    Cameron Smith Creative

  • ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’

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

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

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

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Have you ever been in a brainstorming session and just feel like you’ve run head on into a solid brick wall? I know I have. In fact, it seems to happen quite frequently. For me and my team, the typical brainstorm session looks like this: 1st 10 minutes – LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS. 2nd 10 minutes – SOME good ideas. And then…….slowly…..but surely….. the ideas begin to fade. We get stuck. We hit the wall and silence falls over the room. Now what? For me, this can often be the_most_painful experience in my job. I loathe these moments. Not only because they can…
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    admin
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:35 pm
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    Kevin Campbell

  • Hungering To Share His Name

    Kevin Campbell
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Here is the final message in our FOR THE CITY messages – Hungering To Share His Name! Shaun Nibert did an amazing job communicating that sharing with others about Jesus flows from simply knowing HIM! We can make it SO complicated when God has made it so SIMPLE! Here are my favorite statements from this powerful message: “God is plotting and scheming for ways to bring you back to Him.” “Shouldn’t everyone on the planet KNOW they are fearfully and wonderfully made?” “Surely God wants rescued people to revue people!” Here is the full message:…
  • Final Week In Our 21 Days of Prayer

    Kevin Campbell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    I hope you will join us at Elevate in our final week of our 21 Days of Prayer. Let’s finish strong together! Below are the daily Scriptures and prayers for this week. Print them out, review them, and saturate your soul in them. Thanks for being a part of this journey! Day 15: “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” -Isaiah 55:7 Turn to God for complete forgiveness ask for Him to forgive specific areas of your life and ask him for strength…
  • FIVE Reasons To Be At Elevate This Sunday

    Kevin Campbell
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Huge Sunday Coming Up Why YOU should be at Elevate This Sunday:   1) It is the FINAL message in our For The City messages. The movement NOW gets started!   2) Shaun Nibert is preaching again. HELLO!!   3) The Leadership team from Rancho De Sus Ninos Orphanage will be at church and sharing about their impact!   4) Our For The City Offering that will happen at the end of the service. Give toward it right here or on Sunday by using the For The City offering envelope. Here are the details of the offering.   5) It’s the LAST Sunday to sign up for…
  • The Church I See…

    Kevin Campbell
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    I am thankful for what God is doing at Elevate Church. I realize we have a long way to go, but I am grateful for where God has brought us and what He is doing through this family called Elevate. While we are living out many of these things below, I recognize we are a work in progress and have a ways to go in other areas. Regardless, this is what I see in Elevate Church and what I pray we become even more of in these coming days. The church I envision: The church I see is a church fully ALIVE. A church that is completely engaged with its MISSION. A church that is dangerous for Jesus! A place…
  • The Practical Way We Show LOVE

    Kevin Campbell
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    You can give without loving but you can’t love without giving! On Sunday, we continued our For The City movement with a message on how we show love through our giving. Giving displays what is on our hearts and it indicates the direction our hearts are going. What we give and where we give matters. Check out this important message in our For The City movement: Give It Away from Elevate Church on Vimeo. Related posts: What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? The ONE Thing Every Person Needs! 3 Things We Must Give Our Children
 
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    Digital Evangelism Issues

  • Is your church website address this big?

    siskin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    If your church website is prioritized for outsiders (as it surely should be – Col. 4:5), then naturally you will want to attract many to your site. See these parable stories about church sites: Desperately Seeking Lodgers | Stonylands Golf Club. There are various ways to tell people, including contact cards, search engine optimization, and paid-for Google AdWords or Facebook adverts (which can be targeted very precisely, based on searches for your own town name). But here’s the thing – the easy, no-brainer starting point is to display the church URL (web…
  • Which is the most popular TED lecture? Ever

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

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

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

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

  • Young Influencers List, September edition

    bradlomenick
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Here you go, the September edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month’s editions here. 1. Journey Smollett-Bell- LA based actress, best known for playing Jess on the hit show Friday Night Lights. 2. Brian Carpenter- founder of Refuge Foundation in Billings, MT, an incredible fishing and hunting leadership ministry. 3. Trevor Knight- current quarterback of my beloved Oklahoma Sooners! 4. Jessica Honneger- founder and chief dreamer of Austin based Noonday Collection, a clothing and jewelry org that is creating economic impact for the vulnerable around the world…
  • 5 Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah

    bradlomenick
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    One of my favorite Old Testament leaders is Nehemiah. He was a government worker in the employment of a foreign administration. A high ranking worker no doubt. A leader. A cupbearer to the King. Trusted and respected. Then he became a building contractor, called in to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Through the story of the Old Testament book, we can discover a few of the leadership qualities that he possessed. 1. Compassion- when learning of the condition of the wall and of his people, Nehemiah wept. 2. Conviction- he understood that loyalty to his country and to his people in Jerusalem…
  • 4 Ways Leaders Can Release Control, and Ultimately Thrive :: Guest Post

    bradlomenick
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    (from Cole NeSmith) I love control. We love control. Control and leadership are actually very fine lines. I started writing my new book, Spiritual Innovation, in 2013 and very quickly I discovered that control is at the root of so much of what I do on a daily basis in my life and leadership. I suspect the same is true for you. At the heart of Spiritual Innovation is the reality that God is infinite, and throughout history, He has revealed more of Himself and His activity to and through His people. God (being the same today, yesterday and forever) is still up to revealing Himself in the most…
  • Say No to the Good, and Yes to the Best

    bradlomenick
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    “Learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.”  - John C. Maxwell I love this quote, but I struggle constantly with implementing it. It makes total sense, but as a persuader, my leadership style is to include and to invite more and more into the conversation and the huddle. I have a hard time saying no, because for me that feels like I am excluding someone. I’ve learned how to do this, but it still goes against my natural leadership style. But as leaders, we have to be willing to say no in order for our time and energy to be spent on the things that only we…
  • 11 New Books I Highly Recommend

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

  • A blueprint for RCIA formation

    Mary Birmingham
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    One Sunday morning during the Easter season, a neophyte walked in with a bounce in her step and an inner glow. The joy of her conversion shone all over her face! The pastor asked Mary if she would share her … Continue reading →
  • Episode 92: National Statutes for the Catechumenate

    Jen Pardo
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    In this episode, we review some key passages in the National Statutes for the Catechumenate. And in the “Did you know?” segment, we discuss blessings you can pray over the catechumens. Also, Nick and Diana answer a listener question about … Continue reading →
  • A Jewish screenwriter’s tips for RCIA catechesis

    Nick Wagner
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Billy Wilder is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. He was nominated for 21 Academy Awards, 12 of them for writing. I’m sure he had no idea what Christian catechesis was, but his storytelling tips for screenwriters can … Continue reading →
  • Episode 91: How to do an RCIA dismissal session

    Jen Pardo
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    In this episode, we will take a look at how you do the dismisssal session. In the “Did you know?” segment, Nick and Diana discuss what might happen to the combined rites if the RCIA is eventually retranslated. And a … Continue reading →
  • San Francisco focuses on the six principles of the RCIA

    Nick Wagner
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    TeamRCIA’s most recent institute was held at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We started on Friday night with a focus on the six principles of the RCIA (click here to learn more about the six … Continue reading →
 
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    Brandon A. Cox

  • Who Is Jesus? The Head of the Church, Pre-eminent In All Things

    Brandon
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    My favorite term referring to my role as a Pastor is the word undershepherd. I’ve been assigned the task of leading and feeding a flock, a local body of believers. And while I seek to lead with vision, with integrity, and with faith, I readily recognize that I am not the head of Grace Hills Church. That’s Jesus’ job. So I shepherd the flock, but I do so under the direction of King Jesus, the Chief Shepherd. Paul reminded the Colossian believers that “Christ is also head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.
  • Who Is Jesus? He’s the Visible Image of the Invisible God

    Brandon
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    One repetitive theme of Jesus’ teaching to His closest disciples regarded His oneness with the Father. He once said to them, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Then Phillip brilliantly asked, “Jesus, can you show us the Father?” Uh… “If… you’ve seen ME… you’ve seen the Father…” (That last part was my interpretation of what Jesus might have been thinking – you can read it in John 14.) We still struggle with this concept today in religious circles. Major religions that try to identify as…
  • Living In God’s Power Versus the Alternative

    Brandon
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are two possible sources of power that we can live in: God’s power or our own power. There is no real comparison between the two, but there is a key difference worth pointing out. My power will always be limited while God’s power is unlimited. In my own power, I can be happy in good circumstances, but in God’s power I can find joy in all circumstances. In my own power I can resist temptation once but in God’s power I can flee from temptation entirely. In my own power I can become content for a short time but in God’s power I can be satisfied fully and…
  • The Gospel Transforms the Real Lives of Real People

    Brandon
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    In Western culture, we tend to be compartmentalists, which explains why we take our religion and put it in a box all week and take it out only when we engage in some kind of ritual such as attending church weekly, or maybe annually. We live on the mistaken assumption that the gospel is all about an event that happened a couple thousand years ago to a man named Jesus who is somewhat irrelevant to our modern technological age. The gospel revealed in the Bible, however, is a gospel that transcends time and culture and transforms us at every level, in every area of our lives. When Paul wrote to…
  • The Gospel Changes Everything

    Brandon
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    The word “gospel” has lost a bit of its meaning in our modern culture. We say that things are “the gospel truth” that really aren’t the gospel truth. We use the word to describe styles of music. And Christians sometimes talk about taking a stand for the gospel in reference to various political and social justice issues. But the word has a rather rich and very specific meaning. The “gospel” is literally good news. Good news about what? Or rather, about whom? The gospel is the good news about Jesus. The good news is that while creation is lost, bearing…
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  • Podcast Interview

    Peter Mead
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Glen Scrivener is a good friend of mine and the ministry I am involved in, Cor Deo.  Every year Glen joins us for a day during the full-time course and shares with the team about the Gospel and evangelism.  Back in 2012 he spoke at our Delighted by God conference in London.  Here is his latest episode of The Evangelists Podcast in which he interviews me about Cor Deo, about the book, Pleased to Dwell, and a little bit about Bible reading too.
  • Rick McKinley – Where’d Jesus Go?

    Peter Mead
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Rick McKinley is the Lead Pastor at Imago Dei Community, the church he planted in 2000, in Portland, OR.  He is also co-creator of the Advent Conspiracy.  Rick and I sat next to each other in our graduation ceremony at Gordon-Conwell some years ago and it was great to get to know him in the midst of all the waiting involved!  He authored The Answer to our Cry (UK Link), Kingdom Called Desire (UK link) and This Beautiful Mess (UK link).  I am very thankful to Rick for this guest post for the Incarnation Series, Rick points us to the significance of the ascension and how that ties the…
  • Ron Frost – A Stirring Love

    Peter Mead
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Ron Frost is my friend and colleague as a mentor in Cor Deo.  He also serves as a Pastoral Care Consultant to missionaries with Barnabas International.  I first met Ron when he was teaching Historical Theology at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.  Be sure to check out his blog SpreadingGoodness.org (as well as his posts on Cor Deo’s blog too).  Ron loves how some Puritans, especially Richard Sibbes, point his heart toward Christ.  So in this entry in the Incarnation Guest Series, Ron takes us to Sibbes with the hope that our hearts will be stirred too: _________________________________…
  • David Murray – Rehearsal for Calvary

    Peter Mead
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary.  He is also pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church.  David is the author of Christian Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page (USA Link).  You can read his blog, HeadHeartHand or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray.  David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 1 to 18 years old.  I am thankful to David for contibuting to our Incarnation Series marking the release of Pleased to Dwell. Here, David takes us back to the book of Judges and points…
  • Peter Comont – Jesus Wept

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

    samluce
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    When I started as a children’s pastor parents would often come up to me and beg me to decry the evils of Pokémon and Harry Potter. I remember when the reality of how overwhelming keeping up with all the things that try to distract and displace the affections of a kid is exhausting. I quickly realized that my job as a children’s pastor is not to address every evil but to use the small window of time I have to paint a picture of Jesus that is so attractive everything else pales in comparison. In our Christian culture we so easily get this wrong we expend all of our energy in listing out…
  • Answer your kids direct questions with direct answers

    samluce
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    When kids ask you a question give them an answer. If they understand enough to ask tough questions than chances are that they are old enough to hear tough answers. I love technology. The leaps we have made in the past 30 years are astounding. I remember as a ten-year old being my families first remote control. As my family was sitting on the couch the kids would take turns either turning the sound up or changing the channel. We didn’t have remote controllers for our TV’s but we also didn’t have the internet. As a result there was many things we just didn’t know. In some ways looking…
  • Looking for a parenting resource for Advent?

    samluce
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    My friend Matt Guevara just launched a kickstarter campaign to provide families with a wonderful resource for advent. When it comes to partnering with parents one of the ways we can do that is by linking them to great resources that make them the hero not us. The beauty of putting a resource in the hands of our parents is that it transforms that parent into the communicator of truth their kids need them to be but they are often intimidated to be. When you provide a resource for parents to deepen a child’s understanding and love for Christ that parent grows as much as their child. I hope…
  • Apps that limit my child’s time on the iPad.

    samluce
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Yesterday I talked about the need to limit time on devices for kids. While these devices are life-giving for kids and a game changer for kids with autism, most kids are on them too much. Limit time on these devices is difficult. So I thought some practical advice would help.  Below is a free suggestion via The iTeach hub So how do you limit the length of a user’s session on an iPad? One easy way that this can be achieved is with the Clock app. It is an Apple app that should be already on your iDevice. Follow these simple steps below to use the Clock app to set the duration of a user’s…
  • Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPad’s. Why do we?

    samluce
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Recently my wife and I have had conversations about the dominance and the proper role technology should have in our lives and in the life of our kids. I then came across a 2010 interview with Steve Jobs. I was shocked to say the least. When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had…
 
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  • Social Media: Home Sweet Home

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days we are inundated with options regarding social media platforms. One of the mistakes newbies make is to think they all accomplish similar things and are used by everyone in general. Knowing what each platform has a sweet spot for allows you to engage appropriately and spend your time wisely as you invest in various social media communities. Here’s my latest take on some of the social media platforms being widely used today in 2014-2015: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, Reddit, YouTube and others. What would you add? What would you modify? I…
  • Don’t Take My Word For It: Why You Should Guest Blog Post For This Site

    Kenny Jahng
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the most common questions that I get, is–”How do I get more traffic and followers of my blog and content?” One of the first suggestions is: go guest-blog for others, like crazy! –AND make sure it is your best content. That response is usually, immediately followed by puzzled looks and defensive arguments, with the inquisitors trying to guide my recommendations for things to do on THEIR sites, rather than on others’. …But they’ve got it all wrong. I’ve always looked for other voices, to share on one of my blogs. It’s boring,…
  • The Social Media Platform Your Church MUST Pay Attention To NEXT

    Kenny Jahng
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
      Today’s post is from Jason Caston who helps to equip churches as they connect their ministry with the online community. There are many resources are available on his blog ichurchmethod.com. I recently asked Jason to share with us some of the up and coming social media platforms that have gained popularity. An interesting transition is happening in the world of social media, Facebook is undoubtedly the king of the hill and Twitter is up there as well but the popular new kid on the block is Instagram and it’s here to stay.  Instagram now has 200 Million users, over 20 billion…
  • Top 5 Things I Learned About Promoting My Content Online

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post is from Gangai Victor who leads an interesting blog and community over at www.votivepraise.com. I recently asked Gangai to share with us some of the learnings he’s gained from the “publishing” side of things regarding his platform and social media presence. Please engage with questions by dropping them in a comment below the post!   Self-publishing original content online is pretty easy these days—there are loads of free platforms out there to help us. If it’s a blog, there’s blogger.com. If it’s a book, say hello to Kindle. If…
  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
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  • Doing what only I can do

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I love my job. I spent about 11 years as a Children’s Pastor and nearly seven as a NextGen Pastor. I feel like I’m pretty good at what I do. I was made for this. I’ve turned around ministries and built people and programs that have reached thousands. My passion to do what I do so well leads me to work hard. If I can be honest, I constantly struggle with working harder than I should. Sometimes I work on the weekend. Frequently I work in the evenings after everyone has gone to bed. It doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. It’s a part of who I am. But there’s a flaw. As good as I feel…
  • The reason you will never have what you need

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Several weeks ago I attended the Catalyst One Day hosted at a local church. Content delivered by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel left me with dozens of ideas to process, but one single thought has returned to the surface more than the others – something Craig mentioned. He explained how church leaders often say things like, “Our volunteers will never show up at the time when we need them,” or “Families don’t seem to care about the resources we’re creating for them.” He described that these statement are looking at the situation from the wrong perspective. What we should say…
  • Systems: Don’t forget about the human element

    Kenny
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I LOVE systems. I LOVE the efficiency. I LOVE the productivity. I LOVE the automation. However, there is a very dangerous side to every system and I see the negative impact of a strong process all the time. Sometime the system is elevated above the people. We’re in ministry, which is the people business. Sometimes people don’t fit into our system. Their personalities and habits are completely unpredictable and they don’t do what we expect. They pop out of the plan and process we’re “working” and then we get irritated. We say things like, “Why…
  • Don’t ignore your system

    Kenny
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Recently I’ve written a lot about systems and processes. I love a good system and I’m always looking for a tool or trick that makes me better by taking myself out of the equation. However, I’ve learned that there’s another side of the coin when it comes to systems. There are some things to be aware of and I’ll start with this little idea. You have systematically thought through a problem. You created a system to take into account all the variables. You have a process that efficiently does what you created it to do. Whatever you do: Don’t ignore your system!
  • FOR SALE: Awesome Kid’s Welcome Center

    Kenny
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Eight years ago, Gateway Church opened the doors in NW Austin to a new facility which included a kid’s ministry building. The ministry “Kids Quest” had an “explorers/adventure” theme which was expressed throughout the building through many murals and 3D features. The centerpiece of our theme was expressed through our check-in/welcome area boat. It’s very impressive. This boat was custom built as a check-in desk that could be manned by 4-5 volunteers and contains an incredible amount of storage in all the cabinets below the counters. Well, we’re doing…
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  • Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Tony Hale Will Star in the ‘Angry Birds’ Movie

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This definitely sounds more promising than that Tetris movie. Variety is reporting that the upcoming Angry Birds animated movie has been cast—and it actually sounds pretty good. Jason Sudeikis will voice “Red,” the leader of the flock of furious fowl, and will be joined by Danny McBride (Bomb), Bill Hader (pig), Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle), Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key and Kate McKinnon in a really funny ensemble cast. The app-inspired epic hits theaters in July, 2016 ...
  • So There’s Going to Be a ‘Tetris’ Movie for Some Reason

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sure, stacking geometric shapes is a time-honored way to kill a few minutes on your iPhone or old graphing calculator, but some Hollywood studio executives believe that Tetris actually warrants an entire feature-length movie. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Threshold Entertainment is somehow adapting the classic video game into a big-budget adventure film. The studio’s CEO told the paper, “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” Aside from not…
  • Christine Caine Is Working on a New Program for Women Leaders

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Christine Caine is one of Hillsong Church's most influential leaders, and she's looking to pass along what she's learned to other Christian women under the guise of Propel, a training program for working Christian women. Created in partnership with Liberty University, Propel will offer events, articles and video content for women in the marketplace. Caine created Propel as a response to what she sees as a lack of female-led conferences for women who work outside the home, and hopes that it will encourage working women who may feel forgotten in Christian circles ...
  • Report: Wildlife Populations Have Declined More Than 50% in 40 Years

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A new Living Planet Index report from the London Zoological Society and the World Wildlife Foundation says the world’s populations of wild animals are an average of half the size they were in 1970. The index tracked the populations of more than 10,000 representative populations of species from 1970 to 2010 and showed a bigger decline than previously thought (prior studies estimated that populations had declined by 30 percent). The report sites human consumption—and the resulting habitat loss—as the main reason for the decline. According to the report, there are only 3,000 tigers left in…
  • The Latest ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Looks Amazing

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The latest look at Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar continues to live up to the hype. The Matthew McConaughey adventure hits theaters on Nov. 7 ...
 
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  • #Bendgate & Your Belief

    Jason Bedell
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have been out for a couple of weeks and here’s what we know: – They’re bigger – They’re faster – They’re BENDing! (clearly not meant to be a feature) Every news outlet has been covering it. “iPhone 6 is bending in people’s pockets.” “Phone isn’t made to last week.” “I only had it in my front pocket driving and now it’s ruined.” Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media have blown up deeming #bendgate the worst possible thing to happen to Apple and their new flagship…
  • Bittersweet

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

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

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

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

    David
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Darlene Schacht writes a blog called the Time-Warp Wife with the hopes to encourage women in their marriages. She is married to her husband of twenty plus years, Michael out in Canada. They have four kids, a bird and two dogs. Darlene is an award winning and New York Times best-selling author Her book, The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife is perhaps her most popular. Darlene’s latest book, Messy Beautiful Love shines a life on the…. well… “Messiness” of love. No marriage is perfect and Darlene is the first to admit it. Every marriage has to deal with…
  • NIV Pink Bible: An Invitation to Hope

    David
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
      This NIV Bible is a beautiful choice for any woman whose life has been affected by breast cancer. Whether she is a survivor or a co-survivor, the NIV Pink Bible brings the reader timeless words of comfort, hope, and encouragement. Specially written inspirational insights by a breast cancer survivor are sure to encourage the reader during this significant part of their spiritual journey. The NIV Pink Bible: An Invitation to Hope contains the complete text of the New International Version (the world’s most popular translation)—with 10 beautifully designed reflections and…
  • His partner – a look at 2 Thessalonians

    David
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    So in 2 Thessalonians, why do you think that Paul is going on and on about work; and the importance of work? Why? Well, because the Thessalonian church has the wrong ideas about the second coming. And so in his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul tried to resolve the question. He said in Chapter 5 verse 2 the last day will come quickly, as a thief in the night. Jesus says essentially the same thing in Matthew 24:36 “no one knows the day or the hour.” But the Thessalonians became convinced that the end was imminent and so then why do anything? Why work? They thought that the last day…
  • When others quit – a look at 2 Thessalonians

    David
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    2 Thessalonians 3:13-15 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.  If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.  Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. Paul says, “Persist when others quit” In other words even if everyone else around you gives up – keep going. Paul says in Galatians 6:9 Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Sure it’s easy to take a break when you see others take a break…
  • Hard Working Heroes – a look at 2 Thessalonians

    David
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.  It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. Paul says night and day we toiled and labored. The Greek word for toil, sometimes gets translated as pain. In other words we worked until it hurt, until we had blisters, until our muscles ached. During their visit,…
 
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  • Placebo Leadership

    Scott
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The Placebo Effect* It’s been demonstrated again and again that the placebo effect makes people get better. When a trusted doctor gives you medicine, odds are it will make you feel better (it may even cause you to get better), even if the medicine is only a sugar pill. Honest signals are the explanation. If […]
  • 3 Ways To Become A Social Screw Up

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

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

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

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

    Hal Mayer
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Most of us are big evaluators. We evaluate programs, people and processes all the time. Often it is failure or lack of achievement that tends to be the starting points for evaluation. Maybe you are not getting the results you... Continue Reading →
  • You are planning to do what?????

    Hal Mayer
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:51 am
    We would probably all agree heartily to Benjamin Franklin’s statement, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” That sentiment begs this question, “So how should we plan”?Benjamin Franklin’s statement, “If you fail to plan, you are planning... Continue Reading →
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  • DIY Church Graphic Resources

    Lauren Hunter
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Graphics are probably more important now than they’ve ever been. Remember when all you had to choose from was the clip art that came with Microsoft Word? Thank goodness those days are long since over. With Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram just to name a few visually-driven social media network, graphics are a big deal and can have huge ministry impact. While some churches might have a graphics designer on staff, I’m willing to bet that the majority don’t. That’s why I’ve gathered some DIY church graphics resources that can benefit that volunteer, part-time…
  • September News & Thanks

    Lauren Hunter
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    We really like saying thank you here at ChurchTechToday. We’re blessed to have some pretty amazing church technology sponsors who have a true desire to see the Church helped, edified, and grown through all available resources. Below is a quick list of each sponsor and their latest company news or blog post: Premier Sponsors ACS Technologies – The City 5 Keys to Planning Great Church Events Church Community Builder 7 Ways to Connect the Dots Church Office Online Stop Spending So Much Money On Technology Elexio Cost vs. Value of Proper Church Software Implementation Piksel Faith…
  • WELSTech Shares Church Tech Advice via Podcast

    Lauren Hunter
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’re always so excited when we come across church technology resources that are incredibly helpful to the Church! WELSTech is a ministry of WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and seeks to “explore the use of technology to further the spread of the gospel.” They have a live show on Tuesdays at 4pm CT, then the show is archived on the WELSTech website for replays. Video and audio episodes are released weekly. The show’s hosts, Sallie Draper and Martin Spriggs, do a great job of tackling a particular topic like social media or digital note taking just to name…
  • Bulletin Plus Offers Innovative Alternative to the Church Bulletin

    Lauren Hunter
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    We’ve discussed the church bulletin a few times here on ChurchTechToday over the last seven years. About a year ago, we ran an article entitled, “4 Technology Options that Might Kill the Church Bulletin” which brought about many comments, suggestions, and examples of what churches have done and are doing. For whatever reason, the church bulletin brings about heated debates fraught with high emotions. So when we heard about Bulletin Plus, a newer church technology company, we took note and wanted to share with you their innovative approach to the church bulletin. Everyone on…
  • 4 Ways to Market Your Digital Giving Campaigns

    Kent Woodyard
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to digital giving, far too many churches and nonprofits take the “If we build it, they will come” approach. Don’t let this be you! Getting the right platform in place is just the first piece of the puzzle. A successful digital giving program is an ongoing process, but don’t worry, it’s not nearly as arduous as it can sometimes seem. Here are four things you can do today to ensure you are getting all you can out of your online giving and text-to-give solution: 1) Optimize Your Website For Giving: Be proud of your giving page! Don’t hide the link on the footer or on a…
 
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  • B2B Video Protips

    Mattofact
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Selling business products and services to other business comes with a unique set of challenges and requirements. Every industry has its own specific language and nuances that have to be carefully navigated. Truthfully, I’m more of a fan of speaking in terms of Human to Human marketing rather than Business to Business marketing. Businesses do not make buying decisions, people do! Real people who you interact with, talk to, and build relationships with — they are the ones making the decisions on what to buy. Here is a video I helped create in cooperation with the award-winning Eric…
  • Show’m what to expect

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

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

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

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

  • Who Is Jesus? The Head of the Church, Pre-eminent In All Things

    Brandon
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    My favorite term referring to my role as a Pastor is the word undershepherd. I’ve been assigned the task of leading and feeding a flock, a local body of believers. And while I seek to lead with vision, with integrity, and with faith, I readily recognize that I am not the head of Grace Hills Church. That’s Jesus’ job. So I shepherd the flock, but I do so under the direction of King Jesus, the Chief Shepherd. Paul reminded the Colossian believers that “Christ is also head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.
  • Who Is Jesus? He’s the Visible Image of the Invisible God

    Brandon
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    One repetitive theme of Jesus’ teaching to His closest disciples regarded His oneness with the Father. He once said to them, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Then Phillip brilliantly asked, “Jesus, can you show us the Father?” Uh… “If… you’ve seen ME… you’ve seen the Father…” (That last part was my interpretation of what Jesus might have been thinking – you can read it in John 14.) We still struggle with this concept today in religious circles. Major religions that try to identify as…
  • Living In God’s Power Versus the Alternative

    Brandon
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are two possible sources of power that we can live in: God’s power or our own power. There is no real comparison between the two, but there is a key difference worth pointing out. My power will always be limited while God’s power is unlimited. In my own power, I can be happy in good circumstances, but in God’s power I can find joy in all circumstances. In my own power I can resist temptation once but in God’s power I can flee from temptation entirely. In my own power I can become content for a short time but in God’s power I can be satisfied fully and…
  • The Gospel Transforms the Real Lives of Real People

    Brandon
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    In Western culture, we tend to be compartmentalists, which explains why we take our religion and put it in a box all week and take it out only when we engage in some kind of ritual such as attending church weekly, or maybe annually. We live on the mistaken assumption that the gospel is all about an event that happened a couple thousand years ago to a man named Jesus who is somewhat irrelevant to our modern technological age. The gospel revealed in the Bible, however, is a gospel that transcends time and culture and transforms us at every level, in every area of our lives. When Paul wrote to…
  • The Gospel Changes Everything

    Brandon
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    The word “gospel” has lost a bit of its meaning in our modern culture. We say that things are “the gospel truth” that really aren’t the gospel truth. We use the word to describe styles of music. And Christians sometimes talk about taking a stand for the gospel in reference to various political and social justice issues. But the word has a rather rich and very specific meaning. The “gospel” is literally good news. Good news about what? Or rather, about whom? The gospel is the good news about Jesus. The good news is that while creation is lost, bearing…
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    The Navy Christian

  • The Tapestry of my Sin

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

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

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

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

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

    Emily Kirkendoll
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
     Find out what’s happening in church life and how you can get involved: Visionaries Gathering, October 2nd // Zimbabwe Missions Trip, October 6th – 15th // Worship Night, October 29th // Visionaries Retreat, November 14th – 15th // Liberty Sisterhood, November 7th // Liberty City October Spotlight   Visionaries Gathering | Thursday, October 2nd Visionaries is a community […] Related posts: Rethink:Possible—Visionaries Gathering October 2nd Visionaries Join The Union Square Launch Team
  • Pride vs Humility: A Checklist

    Emily Kirkendoll
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Last week, Lead Pastor Andi Andrew shared a message called the The Key to Change, which explained how a humble position was frequently the catalyst for leaders in the Bible being used by God to overcome their situation. There was a very poignant part that bears further reflection. Here is a checklist from that message to test whether […] Related posts: Union Square Outreach Team Team Profile: Chad Rodriguez Who Jesus Is To Me: Tyler Pines
  • Visionaries Retreat Registrations Reopened with Guest Speaker Scott Harrison

    Emily Kirkendoll
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The Visionaries Retreat is scheduled for November 14th – 15th  in Tarrytown, NY. Registrations for the retreat sold out in less than two weeks, but we’ve negotiated with the venue to open up more space. We’re also delighted to announce another of our guest speakers. Scott Harrison, founder of the nonprofit charity : water, began […] Related posts: Visionaries Retreat – Guest Speaker Aaron Walters Invitation to Visionaries Retreat in Tarrytown, NY, Nov 14-15 Visionaries Retreat: Keynote Speaker John Bevere
  • Rethink:Possible—Visionaries Gathering October 2nd

    Matt Sadler
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    “That’s impossible.” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all probably said it. It’s impossible to get that promotion, to start a business, to land a new client, to keep an existing client, and on and on. Impossible. But we have a God for whom nothing is impossible. And our lives as business people are not isolated from […] Related posts: Visionaries Gathering – June 5th Visionaries Gathering: Thursday April 10th Visionaries Open Night – You’re Invited!
  • A Darling Night for Liberty Sisterhood (Photos from September 5th)

    Andi Andrew
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    I know that it’s been over two weeks since the launch of She is Free and our “Darling Sisterhood” gathering of Liberty Sisterhood, but I just have to share the photos taken on the night!    Below are the photos at the “Darling Sisterhood” photo booth in the lounge before the program began. I love how beautiful […] Related posts: Liberty Sisterhood Gathering on May 2nd Girls Night In – Friday, Feb. 22nd Highlights: The Launch of Liberty Sisterhood
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  • 7 Things I’ve Learned about Community

    Mark Howell
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    I’ve been at this community building thing a long time.  A very long time.  Learning about community and more importantly, building our own.  The response of our community has played a very important role in our world after the recent death of our son.  See also, This Is Why We Need Community. For a variety of reasons the need for community is more desperate today than ever before.  Broken families, job transfers that take people far from family and friends, concerns about safety and fear of strangers, and settling for entertainment all play a part in the need for community and a…
  • Breaking: No Problem-Free Small Group System, Model or Strategy

    Mark Howell
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Recently I gave a short talk to a Small Group Network huddle in Kansas City on the subject of no problem-free small group systems, models or strategies.  This is a very important topic because I believe the pursuit of problem-free solutions delays more ministry than anything else. You know this right?  At least at the basic level you probably already have the understanding that there are no problem-free small group systems, models or strategies.  I’ve talked about this many times over the last several years.  But sometimes, even when we know this in a general way, when it comes to…
  • 5 Ingredients that Build Pervasive Community in Your Church

    Mark Howell
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again…you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense of community in your church.  See also, What’s Your Urgency Level for Connecting Unconnected People? and This Is Why We Need Community. There are 5 essential ingredients that build a pervasive sense of community in your church: A thriving small group ministry.  If you want to build community in your church, you must understand that not only does life-change happen best in circles (not rows), so…
  • Dilbert on Self Awareness

    Mark Howell
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Sometimes you just to laugh. Not when standing near Alice…but you get the idea. Top 10 Posts for August, 2014 2013's Most Popular Articles Here Are My Favorite Posts         
  • 10 Articles on Building Community

    Mark Howell
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    Building community has been at the heart of my mission for a very long time.  I can’t imagine my life without it.  I cannot imagine the loneliness of so many who don’t have what we have. I know that when I do the percentage connected calculation there are many, many people in my church that have no one to turn to when tough times come.  They have no one to celebrate life’s wonderful moments and no one to weep with them when life is hard.  Unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at our church again.  See also, What Percentage of Your Adults…
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  • Iceland Marathon 2014 Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reflections on Open Vancouver

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    This past weekend, Trinity Western University and North Langley Community Church hosted the first Open Vancouver, an open-source youth ministry training event. Created by The Youth Cartel, the Open movement has spread to seven cities, with Vancouver as the first Canadian gathering. Eighteen presenters shared about a wide range of ideas and practices, and we focused mainly on youth ministry in the Vancouver area. Having been a part of Open Seattle for two years, I was eager to be part of the organizing team putting together Open Vancouver, and loved seeing how this little event felt like a…
  • VIFF Reviews: Wild; Foxcatcher

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here. I was present for the opening gala at the Centre for Performing Arts and viewed two biopics about unstable individuals struggling with the consequences of their decisions, featuring Oscar-worthy performances from their lead actors:Wild (Jean-Marc Vallee): Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee follows up Dallas Buyers Club with the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her journey from heroin…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 4: It's Okay To Be Sad)

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Ministry Lesson #4: It's okay to be sad. Jeremiah could be described as moody,…
  • I Want To Be An Unbusy Pastor

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Photo Credit: Mickey_Liaw (Creative Commons)I collapsed on the couch after another full Saturday of ministry commitments--my "day off" but we all know that isn't really true most weeks--while my children proceeded to destroy the living room. Couch cushions, puzzle pieces, Lego figures, and the books from the nearby shelves were being methodically scattered about. One book from the shelf ended up near my feet--Eugene Peterson's memoir on being a pastor--and as I picked it up, a page caught my attention. An asterisk and bold line in the margin, written there by my own hand years ago, caused me…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 3: Faithfulness is Success)

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

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

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

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

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

    Paul Clark
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    AN ORDINARY DAY MEETING COMMON PEOPLE BRINGS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING IN TIME.If I owned a time machine, there are many places I'd visit. Perhaps the rise of the Roman Empire, The Battle of Hastings, The invention of the Steam Engine, The Union of 1707. My list would be extensive. However first amongst my ports of call would the 1990's.Something beautiful happened to me in the 1990's. It began in the last throws of my teenage years and all the angst and awkwardness that came with being a teenager. I was working and throwing off those shackles. It's fair to say I was a nerdy teenager and by my…
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  • You Don’t Need God…

    Rob Shepherd
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    You don’t need God. I know that’s not something you expect a pastor to say, but it’s true. Have you ever made a good decision without consulting God’s opinion? Have you ever made it through a tough week and forgot to pray? Lots of people have lived meaningful lives and not sold out to God. Lots of people have also found God and settled for the crumbs under the table. Translation the bare minimum. Deep down inside we know that for most things we are capable of handling it without God. Sure there is the BIG HUGE situation where we drop to our knees, but with everything…
  • Why Is Being A Human So Difficult?

    Rob Shepherd
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Being a human is not easy. I won’t speak for you, but I’m jacked up on the inside. I have a lot of great things about me but the vast majority of my conflicts come from within me. I thought about this after analyzing the behavior of my son over the weekend. We were given free tickets to see Frozen On Ice. The only problem was we were given only 2 tickets. We contemplated letting our kids go by themselves, but they are three. That would have been all kinds of ugly. And a lawsuit. My daughter really wanted to ask Elsa a question. She would have ended up running onto the ice to ask…
  • 5 Questions

    Rob Shepherd
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    I love getting to know the readers of robshep.com. That’s led me to a series that I like to call 5 Questions. Here’s how it works. I ask 5 questions and you answer them in the comments. Ready. Set. Go. What is one thing you don’t understand why everyone else loves it? Starbucks drink of choice? Would you rather talk like a pirate for one year or look like a pirate for one year? If you could only change your weight or your age what would you change? Last TV show you watched? I’ll go first. Harry Potter. Granted I’ve never read the books, but the movies just don’t…
  • Next Level Update

    Rob Shepherd
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    That talk, I missed you, and we are hiring. It must be time for another Next Level Update… I missed Next Level Church on Sunday. I missed it like crazy. It was only one week, but I missed the conversations. I missed seeing the people. I greatly missed worshiping through song. Thank you again to Amber for filling in for me while I was gone. She did a great job on part two of our series, “Lip Sync.” Speaking of lip sync we did a fun bit in our Top 3 video from Sunday. You can watch the whole thing or skip to the 4:03 mark to see the bit. This Sunday is “That talk.”…
  • Shake It Off

    Rob Shepherd
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    I like Taylor Swift. I know some will try and take my man card for saying that. That’s cool. I’ll just shake it off. Speaking of shaking things off, have you heard Taylor’s newest single? It’s called “Shake It Off.” In fact if you haven’t heard it do your ears a favor and ask for an apology. It’s catchy! It is also inspired by my mom’s book. Have you read it? It’s called Shake The Dust And Move On. And My mom’s book inspired Taylor Swift’s newest hit. I was curious if Taylor had read my mom’s book because the theme…
 
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    News and prayer information from Richard and Pinuccia Wilson

  • More baptisms

    Richard Wilson
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    It was another wonderful afternoon on Sunday, with four baptisms from the church at Trento. This time we went to a park next to a lake, where there was lots of space to mingle with the others and celebrate this time together. In fact there were more than 100 adults, from Trento, the church at Rovereto, a lot of Africans as one of the people baptised is from there, as well as other Christians from around the province and friends and relatives. It was also great that it was the day that the missionary pastor until 1998, and who was my mentor as a young missionary at Trento, visited the church.
  • Normal and special

    Richard Wilson
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    The usual activities are getting back to normal, with the first Sunday School lesson last week and the first Bible study this week. At the same time, there are some important events in the church coming up, especially next Sunday afternoon the baptism of four people, who are courageously going to the lake – the water will not be too warm! Similarly, the family is returning to a rhythm, with school having started, and the after school activities (modern dance, music, and theatre for Stefania; handball and chess for Daniele) starting up in this period. Also there is of course another special…
  • New Year

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

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

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

  • Latest TeamUP Resource Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

  • How We Pick Songs For STORYCHURCH

    Alastair Vance
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As a worship leader I am pitched songs a lot, both from inside and outside of my team. I really love to hear song suggestions from people and what way it is currently resonating with them. I’m a firm believer in what God can do in someone’s life, in and through a song. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee we’ll lead our congregation with it. I will attempt to explain why in this post, by breaking down some of the song analysis my brain goes through on first listen. This post is not about compiling a set list for a given Sunday.  It is about maintaining the pool of…
  • STORYCHURCH Set List – 21 Sep 2014

    Alastair Vance
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Never Gonna Let Me Go – Kristian Stanfill (B) This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B) I Am – Crowder (B) Hope’s Anthem – Bethel (B) My Guardian – Ben Cantelon (F#)
  • Fishing on Jordan Lake

    Alastair Vance
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Thanks to Patrick for taking us out on his boat on Sunday afternoon to do a spot of fishing in Jordan Lake. The weather was perfect but the fish were scarce. With the sun setting and about 30 minutes to go we eventually started to get some bites. Patrick caught two, but the highlight of the trip was Dan catching his first ever fish in NC! He also gets bonus points for trying to reel in a 3-4lb catfish on the tiniest fish hook I’ve ever seen. I think it’s for tadpoles or something.
  • Don’t Listen To Them. Just Trust Me.

    Alastair Vance
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?” Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.” (Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭35-36‬ MSG) I love this. Jesus is making his way to heal a young sick girl. On the way Jesus is delayed by some crowds and the little girl dies. To everyone, it seemed like all was lost. They had failed to reach there on time. Jairus’ people were advising him not to bother Jesus any more. It was over. What…
  • Chapter Two Update from STORYCHURCH!

    Alastair Vance
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    There’s only one month left before we officially open our first permanent facility on October 12th. Here’s a video update from Pastor Jeremy on the status of the renovation project so far. You can play a part today!
 
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    What I Learned Teaching Sunday School

  • Join me on a Western Mediterranean Cruise out of Barcelona, Spain September 6, 2015

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    This will be our third escorted group cruise. We always end up with a really nice group of people and have a lot of fun! Let me know if you'd like to join us!
  • Choosing Isaac's Wife

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

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

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    This past weekend, Trinity Western University and North Langley Community Church hosted the first Open Vancouver, an open-source youth ministry training event. Created by The Youth Cartel, the Open movement has spread to seven cities, with Vancouver as the first Canadian gathering. Eighteen presenters shared about a wide range of ideas and practices, and we focused mainly on youth ministry in the Vancouver area. Having been a part of Open Seattle for two years, I was eager to be part of the organizing team putting together Open Vancouver, and loved seeing how this little event felt like a…
  • VIFF Reviews: Wild; Foxcatcher

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    I'm attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, featuring over 350 films over 16 days. I'll be seeing less than a dozen of these films, and I'll record my reviews and reflections here. I was present for the opening gala at the Centre for Performing Arts and viewed two biopics about unstable individuals struggling with the consequences of their decisions, featuring Oscar-worthy performances from their lead actors:Wild (Jean-Marc Vallee): Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee follows up Dallas Buyers Club with the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her journey from heroin…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 4: It's Okay To Be Sad)

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    God has recently prompted me to read through the book of Jeremiah. I'll admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea. This lengthy prophetic tome is filled with blistering passages about God's wrath for the sinful nations, as well as Jeremiah's suffering at the hands of his own people. Yet as I read, I am reminded over and over again of God's faithfulness, His covenantal love for His people, and the nature of ministry. It is this latter point--the nature of ministry--that I wish to unpack here more fully.Ministry Lesson #4: It's okay to be sad. Jeremiah could be described as moody,…
  • I Want To Be An Unbusy Pastor

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Photo Credit: Mickey_Liaw (Creative Commons)I collapsed on the couch after another full Saturday of ministry commitments--my "day off" but we all know that isn't really true most weeks--while my children proceeded to destroy the living room. Couch cushions, puzzle pieces, Lego figures, and the books from the nearby shelves were being methodically scattered about. One book from the shelf ended up near my feet--Eugene Peterson's memoir on being a pastor--and as I picked it up, a page caught my attention. An asterisk and bold line in the margin, written there by my own hand years ago, caused me…
  • Ministry like Jeremiah (Part 3: Faithfulness is Success)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Better Together? (@ailsawright)

    Ailsa Wright
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I walked into church on Sunday morning my eye was caught by a poster. I’ve seen it before, both in my own church and others. It’s the poster which was used when the new Church of England diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales was launched in the spring http://www.westyorkshiredales.anglican.org/ . The dioceses of Wakefield, Bradford and Ripon & Leeds came together to form this new entity which is one diocese with five areas. So why did an old poster telling me old news catch my eye? It was the slogan along the top that suddenly rang bells with me. ‘Bigger, Better, Together’.
  • There is nothing new under the sun, but there are game-changers (@darrenrhill)

    Darren Hill
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/wespeck/4574733303/ It is one of Ecclesiastes well-known phrases, ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. You’ll also find the wisdom that there is a time for most things and that a lot of life is meaningless, like chasing after the wind. These phrases, and the rest of the book, make Ecclesiastes, this Gen X, postmodern, middle-aged man’s, favourite book in the Bible, well certainly my favourite in the Old Testament. It’s probably not on many favourite Bible book lists though. It can appear a little negative. What we want when we open the Bible is…
  • We All Tell A Story…Let’s Tell A Good One (@JamesPrescott77)

    James P
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    In recent years the power of story in our lives has become more and more clear. Many writers and speakers now discuss and examine the subject in more detail than ever before. And in the age of social media and blogging, our story is being recorded for posterity, in a way it has never been in history. And I can’t help but think of Ecclesiastes. It’s a book which tells the story of a man’s life. The name given is Kohelth, but many believe it to be Solomon. Whoever it is, it’s a book which tells the story of a life, shares reflections and insights into the meaning and purpose of life,…
  • Online Community and the #DigiDisciple (@changingworship)

    Robb
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    http://www.socialmediasmarketing.com/ We are moving with increasing speed into ever more virtual world. As head towards a bright new future we are charting unknown territory. Personally, I am an early adopter of new technology and ways of working and collect shiny things like a magpie in a box of Quality Street. The Church (TM) on the other hand… not so much. For many people in older generations it has taken a world of increasingly accessible devices to engage with the virtual world. It was the purchase of an iPad that gave my Dad the ability to surf the interwebs without shouting for my…
  • There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven (@dotsters)

    dotsters
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    http://i.imgur.com/gkwa4Nx.jpg So after 13 years working for an organisation that on the whole was a good time, I now find myself in a ‘strange land’ with some people who speak a ‘strange language’! I have felt quite an alien at times and wondered why now, of all times I am supposed to be living in Wales and working for the Church in Wales, when I was quite ok thank you very much where I was, working with people I loved (on the whole), doing a job I loved (on the whole)! The last 2 months of my time in the last job were quite hard as I was having to say ‘au…
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    Children's Ministry Online

  • Doing what only I can do

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I love my job. I spent about 11 years as a Children’s Pastor and nearly seven as a NextGen Pastor. I feel like I’m pretty good at what I do. I was made for this. I’ve turned around ministries and built people and programs that have reached thousands. My passion to do what I do so well leads me to work hard. If I can be honest, I constantly struggle with working harder than I should. Sometimes I work on the weekend. Frequently I work in the evenings after everyone has gone to bed. It doesn’t feel like work. It’s fun. It’s a part of who I am. But there’s a flaw. As good as I feel…
  • The reason you will never have what you need

    Kenny
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Several weeks ago I attended the Catalyst One Day hosted at a local church. Content delivered by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel left me with dozens of ideas to process, but one single thought has returned to the surface more than the others – something Craig mentioned. He explained how church leaders often say things like, “Our volunteers will never show up at the time when we need them,” or “Families don’t seem to care about the resources we’re creating for them.” He described that these statement are looking at the situation from the wrong perspective. What we should say…
  • Systems: Don’t forget about the human element

    Kenny
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    I LOVE systems. I LOVE the efficiency. I LOVE the productivity. I LOVE the automation. However, there is a very dangerous side to every system and I see the negative impact of a strong process all the time. Sometime the system is elevated above the people. We’re in ministry, which is the people business. Sometimes people don’t fit into our system. Their personalities and habits are completely unpredictable and they don’t do what we expect. They pop out of the plan and process we’re “working” and then we get irritated. We say things like, “Why…
  • Don’t ignore your system

    Kenny
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Recently I’ve written a lot about systems and processes. I love a good system and I’m always looking for a tool or trick that makes me better by taking myself out of the equation. However, I’ve learned that there’s another side of the coin when it comes to systems. There are some things to be aware of and I’ll start with this little idea. You have systematically thought through a problem. You created a system to take into account all the variables. You have a process that efficiently does what you created it to do. Whatever you do: Don’t ignore your system!
  • FOR SALE: Awesome Kid’s Welcome Center

    Kenny
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Eight years ago, Gateway Church opened the doors in NW Austin to a new facility which included a kid’s ministry building. The ministry “Kids Quest” had an “explorers/adventure” theme which was expressed throughout the building through many murals and 3D features. The centerpiece of our theme was expressed through our check-in/welcome area boat. It’s very impressive. This boat was custom built as a check-in desk that could be manned by 4-5 volunteers and contains an incredible amount of storage in all the cabinets below the counters. Well, we’re doing…
 
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    Art Lessons From God

  • 4 Steps For Getting Free Marketing for Your Creative Business

    tsnipes
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    One of the best ways any business can market themselves is to leverage the power of the media. This can get you more attention when you become INFORMATION rather than advertising only. So how does a business become informative rather than only sales focused? Here’s the way: Identify key local media entities: TV, radio, newspaper, … Continue Reading → Related posts: Top 10 Triggers That Lead to Growing Creative Businesses Below are the leading 10 items that can honestly help... Word Of Mouth Promotion On Steroids Are You Using the Medium to its Full Potential? You... If Your…
  • Tip: Create a ‘Spokesperson’ to Market Your Creative Biz

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

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

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

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

    samluce
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    When I started as a children’s pastor parents would often come up to me and beg me to decry the evils of Pokémon and Harry Potter. I remember when the reality of how overwhelming keeping up with all the things that try to distract and displace the affections of a kid is exhausting. I quickly realized that my job as a children’s pastor is not to address every evil but to use the small window of time I have to paint a picture of Jesus that is so attractive everything else pales in comparison. In our Christian culture we so easily get this wrong we expend all of our energy in listing out…
  • Answer your kids direct questions with direct answers

    samluce
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    When kids ask you a question give them an answer. If they understand enough to ask tough questions than chances are that they are old enough to hear tough answers. I love technology. The leaps we have made in the past 30 years are astounding. I remember as a ten-year old being my families first remote control. As my family was sitting on the couch the kids would take turns either turning the sound up or changing the channel. We didn’t have remote controllers for our TV’s but we also didn’t have the internet. As a result there was many things we just didn’t know. In some ways looking…
  • Looking for a parenting resource for Advent?

    samluce
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    My friend Matt Guevara just launched a kickstarter campaign to provide families with a wonderful resource for advent. When it comes to partnering with parents one of the ways we can do that is by linking them to great resources that make them the hero not us. The beauty of putting a resource in the hands of our parents is that it transforms that parent into the communicator of truth their kids need them to be but they are often intimidated to be. When you provide a resource for parents to deepen a child’s understanding and love for Christ that parent grows as much as their child. I hope…
  • Apps that limit my child’s time on the iPad.

    samluce
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Yesterday I talked about the need to limit time on devices for kids. While these devices are life-giving for kids and a game changer for kids with autism, most kids are on them too much. Limit time on these devices is difficult. So I thought some practical advice would help.  Below is a free suggestion via The iTeach hub So how do you limit the length of a user’s session on an iPad? One easy way that this can be achieved is with the Clock app. It is an Apple app that should be already on your iDevice. Follow these simple steps below to use the Clock app to set the duration of a user’s…
  • Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPad’s. Why do we?

    samluce
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Recently my wife and I have had conversations about the dominance and the proper role technology should have in our lives and in the life of our kids. I then came across a 2010 interview with Steve Jobs. I was shocked to say the least. When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had…
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    What Christians Want To Know

  • 32 Great Christian Quotes About Holiness

    Pamela Rose Williams
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Of all the Christian quote subjects available I believe holiness is the most talked about. It is a subject upon which some Christians disagree. Some believe that we must be completely holy here on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Advice For Christians Struggling With Lust

    David Peach
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I believe everyone fights a battle with lust at various times in their life, but for some people it becomes an all-consuming pattern that controls every thought. Whether you are controlled by lust,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Signs of a True Conversion

    Jack Wellman
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you know people who claim to be Christians but doubt whether they really are or not?  Here are seven sure signs of a person that’s truly been converted. No Ongoing Pattern of Sin The Book of 1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Honor Your Father and Mother: Bible Lesson and Life Application

    Dr. Michael L. Williams
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    For many years, comedian Bill Cosby told jokes about growing up in his family. He once told the story of his strict disciplinarian mother who wielded a stick “like a samurai warrior” when Bill... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 22 Christian Quotes About Money

    Pamela Rose Williams
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Money is essential to survive in this world. Although contrary to what most people believe, you do not need a huge amount of money to live. And money being the root of all evil has been misquoted for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 5 Secrets of waiting on God

    revtrev
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Read Mark 5:21-24; 37-41 In Mark chapter 5 Jesus came to Jairus’s daughter – he was told “she is dead” – Jesus said she is not dead, she is only asleep – Jesus said “Its not over – only believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of […]
  • The 2 First Things Your Should do When you Feel Helpless

    revtrev
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Read I Chronicles 14:8-17 I Chronicles 14:8-17 records that David is finally crowned as king – after the intense trials of his life he finally feels that there is going to be a time of relaxing. The minute the Philistines heard that David had been made king over a united Israel, they went out in […]
  • Easy D.I.Y. Advice on How to Rise from Discouragement

    revtrev
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
      God’s Suddenly from Discouragement Read Exodus 14:5-12 Last week we spoke about God’s Suddenly from bareness. We saw from Gideon’s life that we have a part to play – it is to be humble and obedient to God. Today we look at another one of God’s suddenlies. God’s Suddenly From Discouragement Exodus chapter 14 […]
  • What ever happened to Dad’s chair?

    revtrev
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Some of my earliest memories are of a game my grandpa and I used to play. He’d be out of the living room and I’d crawl on to his green-leather chair. I’d wait for him to come into the room. There was always a sideways look and then a methodical walk to where I sat. […]
  • What we all need to experience real grace

    revtrev
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Can we trust the body? Last week we looked at some of the problems of togetherness. Trusting the body is one of the toughest truths to live out. We can almost convince ourselves we can trust the Bible…and if you don’t I suggest you take the time do so. We can learn with patience and […]
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    Ramblings on the Way

  • Swapping your worship to click the next slide?

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Some have the gift of PowerPoint slide transition. I, seemingly, don't. At least not on a black-belt level.Yet I've found myself being the one, clicker in hand, on many-a-Sunday.Really, it shouldn't be that hard. Follow the words, click once when they start to run out on the current slide, repeat.But there's one drawback which is true for all churches which use projected words or people who actively monitor sound during a church service.They cannot truly worship.Sure, they can be aware of God's presence and have an encounter with God, but it will always be stifled by the…
  • An apology from the church

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Last night, in something I'd done previously at other churches, I started with an apology based on the words of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. I’ll admit, the church, including this one, isn’t perfect.For some of you, this might have been a long time coming…I feel I should start with an apology... forJust as (insert church name, which I'll call XUC), though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one XUC, so it is with Christ. I’m sorry if at church have not acknowledged your induvidualness. I’m sorry if we have ever asked you to be something that you are not or do something…
  • Tweaking the tunes?

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Last night, during my Christology lecture, we were discussing the various theories of atonement and got onto the use of atonement words/images in the songs we sing at church.This famously reared up as an issue around the song "In Christ Alone" back in 2010 due to the actions of the Presbyterian Church in the US.To be frank, I'd never heard the different words, "the love of God was magnified" used for the song.But, we did discuss if you should ever change the lyrics of a song.I don't think, with integrity, you can.Unless the song is in the public domain, the song…
  • Reminding them what they just read

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Sermons don't need to uncover hidden pearls of truth which make those listening sit back and marvel at your brilliance.In fact, if that's your aim, you should probably stop preaching. Instead, intellectually masturbate in private.Instead, sermons need to point people towards Jesus, inspire change, encourage the downtrodden and open the eyes of the proud.Last week I heard a effective way to achieve these aims.Have everyone in church read the bible passage together, then reminding them what they have just read and already know about the passage and God. In this method the magic statement is...
  • Autopsy of your words

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    It happens with Mark Driscoll.It happens with John Piper.It happens with Rick Warren.It happens with Joel Osteen.It happens with everything we have written form the early church fathers, right up to Whitefield, Wesley, Spurgeon, Tozer, Martin Luther King, Bonhoeffer, (insert popular preacher/author here)...I couldn't imagine it happening to me.I don't think I'll ever be that important, popular or influential for it to happen.And I wouldn't want it to.If someone took what I wrote (or preached) and dissected it, line by line, then I'm scared about what they would find and…
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    Fr. Peter Michael Preble

  • Orthodox Unity in America

    Fr. Peter
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick Recently, an essay was published on the blog of First Things with the title, Are You Greek? Unifying the Orthodox Church in the United States.  Written by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick the essay takes the reader through a bit or American Orthodox history and the question of Orthodox unity here in The United States of America. I am a priest in an ethnic Orthodox jurisdiction, the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese, however I am not ethnically Romanian.  Like Fr. Andrew I am a convert to Orthodoxy and I chose the church that I call my home because of a connection to the…
  • The Challenge of Our Time

    Fr. Peter
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Fr. George Florovsky “The great Russian bishop of the last century, Theophanes “The Recluse” (d. 1894), in one of his pastoral letters makes a startling statement. What the Russian Church most needed, he said, was “a band of firebrands,” which would set the world on fire. The incendiaries must be themselves burning and go around to inflame human minds and hearts. Theophanes did not trust a “residual Christianity.” Customs could be perpetuated by inertia, he said, but convictions and beliefs could be kept only by spiritual vigilance and continuous…
  • Launching Into the Deep

    Fr. Peter
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Gospel of Luke 5:1-11 At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when…
  • The Dash

    Fr. Peter
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    If you have been following these pages for the last few months you know that I have begun working as a chaplain for a local hospice provider.  This work has added a dimension to my ministry that I never thought I would have.  Helping people, both patients and their families, during their last days has many rewards and I am glad I decided to pursue this work. At a recent meeting of the hospice team, one team member mentioned the Poem The Dash.  I had never heard of this poem before so I did a quick Google search to find it.  The poem is about the dash that lies between your birth date and…
  • The Face Of Evil

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

  • Pain that heals

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

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

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

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

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

  • Advice to My 8-Yr-Old Birthday Boy

    Jonathan Herron
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    It was a rainy Monday in north-east Ohio 8 years ago today when my little buddy was born.  The whole experience was amazing: Josiah, today you are turning 8 years old.  That means I’ve only got 10 more years with you before you launch out into the world.  Here’s some advice I wanted to pass on to you: Make God Your Priority:  There are so many distractions in life: homework, new Star Wars films, friends.  Enjoy life but enjoy God the most.  When you actively put God 1st each day, He takes care of the distractions and details. Carry Yourself with Honor + Integrity: Do the…
  • When It’s Not Your Time, It’s Not Your Time

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

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

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

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

  • Proclaim Charts: Top 10 Worship Songs on September 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vine & Fruit

    Kris Burke
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    John 15:1-4 & 8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. UFC, God has been giving the church so much revelation of His word.
  • On The Right Trail

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

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

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

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