Dating back to 1621 when the Pilgrims gave thanks for God’s provisions in the harvest and for their newfound friends, the Wampanoag Indians. They celebrated God’s faithfulness and the freedom they now enjoyed to put him central in their community. In that spirit, we wanted to provide you a top 8 thanks list on how to use Thanksgiving effectively at church and in your small groups. Continue reading “Top 8 Tips To Celebrate Thanksgiving Well in Today’s World” »
Today is a big day for Sharefaith and for you!
With research suggesting that only 15% of church-going Christians tithe, Sharefaith has the goal of partnering with churches to change that trend. That’s why we worked hard to bring you Sharefaith Giving – a complete giving platform that includes online, mobile and text giving, as well as event registration. No need to download an app. Now anyone can tithe anywhere, at any time.
What should you do next? Go discover Sharefaith Giving and learn all about this complete powerhouse giving platform. Then signup for our free Giving webinar, this Thursday 11/19/15 at 11AM Pacific, where we’ll do a hands-on walkthrough of the entire product!
What happens when you lead thousands of worship services with ease is that there are those few in your history there to keep you humble and grounded. Worship services will fail from time to time. In fact, sometimes the nightmare is recorded for all to see on social media. What do you do when the worship service happens to fail–and fail big time? At my own expense, I am going to share a few tidbits from my past that I hope end up encouraging you in some way. Think of this article like the Americas Funniest Videos of worship leading. Or, maybe learn what really ends up being important. Continue reading “What To Do When the Worship Service Fails Big Time?” »
I am sitting in a coffee shop thinking about my worship experiences over the last several years. I have been blessed to be involved with many churches and therefore, a healthy number of worship services across all the major demographic areas. While there are many people talking about the role of the arts, especially music, in worship, there is one area that no one seems concerned about: Scripture. It is almost like it is assumed that since there is a sermon then there must be Scripture. Actually, in my experience, it is a shocking fact that while there may be a lengthy sermon, long song sets, elaborate prayers and other “acts” of worship, there is considerably less actual Word than there are of expressions of the Word. That should be a concern for us all. Here are 4 reasons we need to read more Scripture when we gather for worship. Continue reading “4 Reasons Why Your Worship Service Needs More Scripture” »
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
In a space that often contains political rants, kitty videos, and endless distraction lies opportunity for spiritual impact. In a spiritual community, it seems wise to learn to be who we are in all the places we live—whether online, at the workplace, or in our neighborhood. Imagine the tools of social media on your smart phone and computer actually helping foster fellowship and spiritual growth. The choice is ours use this medium as a distraction or something more. But, how do we do this? Continue reading “Shepherding Through Social Media: 8 Tips on Fostering Fellowship and Spiritual Growth” »
From keeping the Sabbath to simplifying our lives, this list of top Christian books on healthy living provides practical, biblical, and wise words of inspiration and admonishment. The combined research from these Christian authors proves that God’s way of living healthy lifestyles is truly the best way. Be informed and encouraged with any or all of these Top 10 Christian Books on Healthy Living. Continue reading “Top 10 Christian Books on Healthy Living” »
Looking for inspiration and entertainment? These Christian films promise to deliver—some with adventure, suspense and special effects; others in lessons of love, hope and the beauty of forgiveness. Christian film companies have produced 100’s of films, but here are a handful of Christian-based movies that stand apart. Read our review of 25 Christian-Based Movies to Watch: Continue reading “Top 25 Christian-Based Movies to Watch (5 Bonus)” »
‘Tis the season for those Christmas carols that we all know and love. Every year we are blessed with the opportunity to remember our Lord Jesus Christ and to sing carols that warm our hearts and glorify Him. Many carols have been written throughout time, but there are few that can be considered a top Christmas carol or hymn. Each carol or hymn has a story behind them, some more intriguing than others as you will see. Here is our list of the top 20 most popular carols and hymns of all time and a little snippet of how they came about. Songs have been chosen based on popular organic searches through Google. Continue reading “Top 20 Christian Christmas Carols and Hymns of All Time” »
There comes a time when a beloved event, ministry function, or recurring project must come to an end. Since these were birthed by the passion and time of your volunteers and church leaders, sunsetting them can be a touchy topic to approach. Wisdom shows us that everything has its time and season. Whether or not the church ministry is loved or formerly successful does not necessarily make it effective or entirely helpful. How do you pull the plug on a church ministry or know when to keep it on life support? After all, every ministry has a shelf life. Continue reading “Ministry Shelf Life: How to Determine When To Quit or Save a Church Ministry” »
Last week when I wrote on Guiding Councils, I briefly mentioned charter teams. Church charter teams are there to help improve their systems and process and work on improvement efforts. Successful teams are driven by directives of the organization and are steered by a Team Charter. According to highperformanceteams.org, a team charter statement is “a written document that defines the team’s mission, scope of operation, objectives, time frame and consequences.” Continue reading “Writing a Team Charter – Part 2 of Church Councils” »