In this edition of Sharefaith Music Spotlight, we are going to be spotlighting a brand new band that just released their first EP this year in 2015, Zealand Worship. Zealand Worship is founded by Phil Joel, who was also one of the co-founders of the well-known band Newsboys. He provided background vocals and played bass with the Newsboys for over 10 Years! Phil Joel was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is no stranger to music, aside from releasing over seven albums with Newsboys, Phil has also released over four solo albums. Continue reading “Sharefaith Music Spotlight: Zealand Worship” »
The cost of providing healthcare benefits is rising at a slower pace than it was a few years ago, yet organizations continue to look for ways to control healthcare costs. Anyone who administers an employer-sponsored health plan understands that the cost of healthcare coverage is more expensive for organizations that employ unhealthy people. This understanding led organizations of all types to embrace wellness programs.
As healthcare improves, more and more people are interested in learning how to improve their overall health. This interest provides employers with a unique opportunity to help employees learn how to make choices that support a healthy lifestyle, which ultimately improves their health. Continue reading “Does Your Church Focus on Wellness for Your Employees?” »
Churches would not exist without the generous donations made by tithing members. These financial supporters make sacrifices to give to their church because it is a basic Christian principle. Tithing church members give out of their hearts and pocket books but have an unspoken expectation – for church leadership to manage and safeguard those donations.
Every time I read about fraud and embezzlement in the church I am amazed. I am amazed that a trusted church member could actually steal from their church; I’m amazed that church leadership is naive enough to have little or no financial controls; and I’m amazed at the amount of money that can be stolen without anyone even suspecting. Continue reading “18 Shocking Facts About Church Embezzlement” »
If you are a hard working, conscientious worship leader, you are always striving toward making your worship better; better for you, for your team, and of course, better for your congregation. Sometimes we just run out of new ideas and need a little push to get our creative motor running again. Here are 3 simple steps to get you moving in that direction. Continue reading “3 Simple Steps to Dramatically Improve Your Worship Service” »
Ministry burnout can be a real challenge to serving the Lord in the church. There are many reasons you may find yourself in this position. Once you have determined that you are dealing with burnout, then identifying and facing those reasons is important. Only by being honest with ourselves and dealing proactively with these issues can we begin the process of putting out the fire of burnout and relighting the blaze of healthy ministry.
In the last article I looked at identifying the problem of burnout. Now lets talk about the steps we need to take to move toward an exit from burnout and a reentry into the joy of ministry.
In this edition of Sharefaith Music Spotlight, we will be spotlighting a band who started out in Portland, OR and now calls Tennessee their home. The Neverclaim started their music career back in 2007 and released three independent albums, I Became Low, Quietdown, and Revival. Since their humble beginnings, they have toured and played many concerts with such artists as Newsboys, Casting Crowns, and Third Day. It was Mac Powell from Third Day that helped The Neverclaim get connected with Essential Records and release their self-titled studio album back in 2013. Continue reading “This Week’s Sharefaith Music Spotlight: The Neverclaim” »
You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. The senior pastor invited me into his office during the tail end of a meeting. Immediately I became witness to a confrontation that I should have never seen. With brazen execution a parishioner pointed her finger at the pastor as she threatened to take her popular non-profit ministry and all the money raised somewhere else if the pastor did not give her what she wanted. Unbeknownst to me, I walked into a bully with my pastor as the victim. The scene was like the back room of a corporate company takeover. This prominent leader in the church clearly was leveraging her status and money to intimidate our pastor. Apparently, this leader’s spiritual good works allowed Machiavellian posturing. She got her way. But, people were hurt in the process. All of this happened unseen, as often is the case in spiritual bullying.
So now that you’ve got a brand new Sharefaith website, you’re super excited to launch next week. But something’s missing. Your church logo is old and drab and sticks out like a sore thumb on your spiffy new website. Luckily, we’ve assembled an awesome list of 10 free and paid logo makers that will add the final touch on your church logo that you’ve been looking for. Continue reading “Design Your Website Like a Pro Pt. 1 – Top 10 Logo Resources” »
Anyone who has ever held a management position understands the challenges that come with managing employees. Managers are responsible for job skills development and holding employees accountable for completing job tasks. People in management positions, need to have an aptitude for dealing with the many diverse aspects of interacting with employees. A great manager cares about the employee on a personal level as well as the employee’s ability to accomplish key responsibilities. Continue reading “8 Qualities of a Great Church Manager” »
This week’s edition of Sharefaith Music Spotlight, we will be going out of the country and highlighting a band that calls Ireland home, Rend Collective. This band is a fairly young band that has only been around since 2010. Starting their music career under their former name, The Rend Collective Experiment, RC hails from Bangor, Ireland. They feature quite a unique style of music spanning many genres from folk, rock, and experimental, all with an Irish twist.