How to Encourage Your Congregation Through Your Church Website

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Encouragement comes in many forms, and while the act of “one-another” fellowship typically involves a physical assembly of two or more, we cannot discount the benefits of offering virtual support and inspiration. Your website has the potential to present refreshment to the weary, quiet answers to those seeking, and just good in-between inspiration and hope to a community of believers endeavoring to make sense of it all. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Here are some practical ways to offer encouragement using your church website: Continue reading “How to Encourage Your Congregation Through Your Church Website” »

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Best of the Best: Top 10 Microphones and Their Uses – The Top Mics for Every Category Your Church Will Need

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In today’s world there are more microphones than there are items on the local Chinese food menu. Man I love that Lo Mein. Anyway, every sound tech is going to find microphones that they prefer to match up with specific gear. There are several go-to microphones that I have in my arsenal that reserve for special uses. With that being said, here are my top ten favorite microphones of all time.

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The Rise And Fall Of Christian Leaders – Dangers and Warnings of Being a “Celebrity” Pastor

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Proverbs 16:18 says: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – ESV
James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (ESV).

 

Most people assume that the act of teaching, ministering, and mentoring fits with a high-level leadership position, when in fact our daily lives are filled with teaching moments. No matter what position you hold, the cause and effect of your sustainability as a leader, teacher, or pastor will depend on your understanding of pride. Make no mistake, with great responsibility comes great accountability. When God places you into a position of leadership, you become a walking target who can cause far greater damage than you ever imagined possible.

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Achieving Ministry Goals with Effectual Management – 10 Principles to Help Your Church Govern Itself

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Managing a church is very similar to managing any other organization. It requires structured business systems and processes to ensure that the resources (people, time and money) that God supplies are used responsibly and for its intended purpose.  Effectual church management does not happen by accident. It is the consequence of a series of intentional decisions, followed by deliberate actions that lead to a desired end result. There are principles that every church should embrace to govern itself.  These principles can help a church achieve its mission and set the course for growth and longevity. Continue reading “Achieving Ministry Goals with Effectual Management – 10 Principles to Help Your Church Govern Itself” »

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Practical Ways to Teach Modesty to Today’s Youth

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Just mention the word modesty and chances are you will be misunderstood. The first things to come to my mind are burkas, long denim skirts, turtlenecks and culottes. Many times the topic is overlooked because battling preconceptions on the topic is just too much work; cultural influences scatter standards every which way; and let’s face it, this is not a topic our younger members think many of us are even qualified to tackle. But the thing is, these objections don’t make it any less important, scripture has plenty to say about the topic. We are specifically called to honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20); woman should dress respectably and in a way that professes godliness (1 Timothy 2:9-10, 1 Peter 3:3-4), furthermore the lack of discretion can actually render one less attractive (Proverbs 11:22). Although there is potential for cultural and generational disconnect, I believe there are effective steps we can take in helping our youth understand the importance of modesty. Continue reading “Practical Ways to Teach Modesty to Today’s Youth” »

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Is Culture Overtaking Your Church? 10 Cultural Things That Are Seeking to Compromise the Church

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I am not necessarily advocating the work of Geert Hofsteed, but I find his attempt at defining a concept as difficult as the abstraction behind the word “culture” is more than adequate: “[Culture] is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another.” So the question is, what is the dominating thought and behavior that contributes to American culture and how is today’s culture influencing the church at large? I thought I would take a different approach in answering this question other than simply reviewing the basic parts said to define culture. I decided to let actual people regurgitate today’s consensus, after all it is collective thoughts (conceived and suggested) that give birth to the kind action that influences culture. Below are ways popular culture has affected compromise in the church: Continue reading “Is Culture Overtaking Your Church? 10 Cultural Things That Are Seeking to Compromise the Church” »

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10 Ways to Improve Your Live Stream – Tips to Get Your Church Live Stream at Top Quality

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Live streaming is an easy and inexpensive way to connect with people outside the church building. Some providers, such as Youtube, offer free live streaming for verified non-profit organizations making it even easier for churches to stream their Sunday morning service. You may find, however, that once you begin live streaming the quality of the broadcast might not be what you expected. Here are 10 tips to improve the quality of your live stream.

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What Would Jesus Really Do? Here are 10 Examples of What We are Called to Imitate

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I appreciate the sentiment behind the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), seeking to reflect Christ’s example in our own lives, but let’s face it, Jesus had a very different ministry than any of us; making direct parallels is going to be difficult. For instance, what would Jesus do for a paralytic man in need of healing? He would forgive his sins (that would be blasphemy coming from me). What would Jesus do to repeal an evil curse responsible for everything wrong in this world? Well, for starters He would die for it. He is going to overturn tables and money changers, drive out merchants and make bold accusations. Jesus came to deliver divine law, satisfy the demands of justice and fulfill righteousness – these are the kind of things that Jesus would do. Continue reading “What Would Jesus Really Do? Here are 10 Examples of What We are Called to Imitate” »

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10 Must-Try Lighting Techniques for Your Worship Session

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As more and more churches begin to lean in a more modern direction with updated sound systems, HD video projectors, and camera equipment; one vital piece of the puzzle can be easily overlooked: lighting. Lighting has been used on professional stages for decades. What used to only be found at a music festival or broadway play is now easily accessible and affordable for churches to begin utilizing. But gear isn’t the only thing to think about in the lighting world, with a big dose of creativity and a little direction some amazing scenes can be set with lights. Here are ten techniques that will completely change the atmosphere of your worship service: Continue reading “10 Must-Try Lighting Techniques for Your Worship Session” »

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Sharefaith Kids – Coming September 2014

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We are thrilled to announce that Sharefaith Kids 52-Week web-based Sunday School Curriculum will launch in September 3rd 2014, giving churches around the world immediate access to an exciting, dynamic and brand new way of preparing and teaching Sunday School. Tailored for Sundays but perfectly fitting for VBS and a Kids Bible school, Sharefaith Kids is a God-centered, Gospel-focused aid that shines through the use of cutting-edge technology. Continue reading “Sharefaith Kids – Coming September 2014” »

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