We’re very excited to release Sharefaith Websites Version 4, featuring our Single-page active full-screen website template that uses the amazing ‘parallax’ effect. Your church story will unfold in a beautiful single-page scrolling design that is sure to impress and engage your church website visitors and differentiate your site from the crowd. This upgrade is absolutely free to all Sharefaith Website customers. If you’re not a Sharefaith Website user, see our new template in action by trying out a demo or signup for a Sharefaith Website membership for only $49/m! Continue reading “Introducing New Single-page Scrolling Website Templates” »
Easter is over (not really, but you know what I mean) and now we get back to the redemptive routines of ministry. The appropriate and massive effort that most of us pastors put into our Resurrection celebrations and the entire Passion Week Production is behind us. We and our staffs lay panting on the sanctuary floor after the crowds leave and the sound guy shuts down the P.A. We add the C.E.O.s (Christmas and Easter Only people) to our prayer lists and prepare for the dwindling attendance that usually accompanies summer’s long days and vacation schedules. Hmmm, what to talk about now … Continue reading “Post Easter Preaching – What Now? Remember the Ascension” »
It is our responsibility as Christians to love the church, to protect it, and to prevent it from false doctrine. In Revelation 2-3 , we read Christ’s words to seven young churches. In these letters, he provides hope, encouragement, warning, and rebuke.
We would do well to heed Christ’s loving words, and to apply his warnings to our churches today. This article helps to inform us of the risk of falsehood, and provides cautions against the false teaching that can easily entrap churches today. Continue reading “5 Warning Signs for Today’s Churches” »
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Because we are surrounded by the physical, it is much easier to acknowledge being subject to its laws and limitations than it is to contemplate the spiritual clash of powers going on behind the scenes. But it is in this realm that battles are actually won or lost. Courage against a giant does not come from fortifying an arsenal with mere physical assets. The battle is always the Lord’s and we have been prescribed the tactical knowledge and resources to give us the ability to see the unseen with certainty, to have great authority against forces of evil, and to continue in hope even when the physical evidence shows something contrary. The highest level of courage can only be obtained if our confidence is in something or someone greater than our enemies and much greater than ourselves. Continue reading “Build Courage Through Faith” »
Surprise! Last week our Easter sale was a major success, but because we know ministry teams are so busy during this final week and that there might be last minute changes, we are offering a 2nd chance, 4-day sale! Starting today, get 20% off any Sharefaith membership, and 15% of our worship presentation software, Sharefaith Presenter. If you missed out last week, make sure you don’t miss this rare 2nd opportunity to get your church website, 55k graphics, and hosting for 20% off! See the Easter sale now
Preaching the resurrection is the thing we do every Sunday more or less, is it not? The entire Christian life is a direct result of the resurrection of Christ. All of our work as pastors focuses on teaching people to live in the resurrection reality. All grief management, discipleship encouragement, judgment warning and instruction in righteousness grows directly from the fact that Jesus Christ has inaugurated the New Age in the midst of the Old Age.
This topic is addressed to believers who are regular church-goers; those who have made a commitment to a particular church family. It seems these days dedication to a church body tracks pretty closing with the life cycle of today’s marriages. Too many join up with a community of other believers – with like passions, goals, and vision – but the moment needs aren’t met and things start to sour, it’s time to quit, citing irreconcilable differences. The metaphor isn’t perfect, because let’s face it, there are far more legitimate reasons to leave a church than to leave a marriage. But I think it helps illustrate the general lack of commitment dominating today’s culture. Below are six reasons that are not good enough to call it quits on your church. Continue reading “6 Terrible Reasons to Leave the Church” »
One of the hardest aspects of pastoring is riding with the Lord’s people (including ourselves) through our tumultuous struggle toward spiritual maturity. Any experienced minister knows the frustration of seeking to direct a disciple or a group toward loyalty to the Lord, only to watch helplessly as they flame out and crash. I think this is why so many of us subtly (or not) shift the foundation of our preaching from who Christ is and what he did, to who we are and what we must do. We change our emphasis from the gospel to character development out of frustration with the “slow growth” we seem to see. To do this we apply “less grace” in an attempt to elicit more obvious compliance. But bare compliance is not discipleship. Pastoral work degenerates into behavior modification. This is a huge mistake. Grace is what actually transforms character in a real Christian. And the real Christians are, after all, the ones the Lord charged us to nourish (Jn.21:15-18; Acts 20:28). Forcing goats to obey rules does not turn them into sheep. This is not to say that pastors should never be direct and forthright to the Lord’s people on moral issues. But the pastor’s theology must be clear on how spiritual formation actually takes place. Continue reading “Spiritual Formation or Superficial Ritualization?” »
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” The evangelistic element of the Resurrection Day celebration places an emphasis on the word “world”. Romans 10:14 states “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” It is the objective of Easter Sunday to declare the hope that is found in the death and resurrection of Jesus. I have no doubt that you have put a great deal of effort into maximizing the impact through the Word and song, now let’s consider ways to draw people to this well-planned presentation of redemption. Continue reading “6 Tips To Invite People To Your Easter Church Service” »