Sending a child to just any old camp takes on the risk of exposing them to values that are in conflict with scripture; but seeking out a good Christian summer camp can make all the difference. A Christian Bible camp should provide the means for kids to acknowledge and worship the Creator while enjoying outdoor adventures and give them opportunity to learn Christian values while engaging in group activities. Bible camps are a great place for kids to connect with their peers, be steered and influenced by godly counselors, experience and conquer new adventures, and be transformed by the Word of God. Here are some great camps to consider in the Top 10 Christian Camps in the United States. Continue reading “Top 10 Christian Bible Camps For Kids & Families in the U.S.” »
This week, we’re spotlighting an indie band that calls Southern Oregon home, just like we do at Sharefaith.Pilgrim Song started two years ago as a project of simple songs and friends. Their goal has always been to bring people into the joy we experience through Christ by creating music that shares the gospel. They offer a unique style of music that can’t be contained within one typical genre. Continue reading “Sharefaith Music Spotlight: Pilgrim Song” »
In an old classic movie from the 90s, the owner of an auto parts factory gives his dim-witted son a plush office job even though he just graduated from school—barely. The owner’s right-hand man does not approve. When he sees the son’s new office, he sarcastically quips: “You have a window. And why shouldn’t you? You’ve been here 10 minutes.” Although the movie had a happy ending, organizations that employ relatives or close friends often have disastrous results.This can be particularly difficult in the church when employing family members can seem to be a very natural thing to do. Family and friends of church leaders often seem a good choice for hiring because they love the church, understand the mission and we trust them.
Nepotism often works out well, but only if policies and procedures govern all employees, and there are no biases in how employees are treated.
Here are seven things to consider when hiring family or friends:
Kristene DiMarco is not a name everyone is familiar with. She is one of the many artists associated with Jesus Culture. Her debut album, Those Who Dream, was released under her maiden name, Kristene Mueller, back in 2008. Since then, she has released another studio album in 2012, Safe Place, and has been featured on many of Bethel Music’s albums as well. Mighty is her first-ever, full-length live album. Continue reading “Sharefaith Music Spotlight: Kristene DiMarco’s New Album: Mighty” »
9 years ago I got my very first set of custom in-ear monitors, a pair of UE7’s from Ultimate Ears. I still remember the day I opened the box and put them in my ears. My life was completely changed. I had never heard music the way I was hearing it that day. I heard guitars and vocal effects and clarity that I didn’t even know was in my music. I then brought them to church and started running monitors with them. It was a night and day difference from my generic foam tipped Shures. Fast-forward to today, I now have five different sets of custom IEMs (in-ear monitors) from various companies, work as a professional audio engineer specializing in Monitors, and my UE7’s are still my go-to set. Continue reading “In-Ear Monitor Review: Pro Ultimate Ears UE7” »
The reality is that many of us have churches that are in transition, rapid growth, or undergoing leadership challenges. Aversion is the common response to change—especially so it seems within the local church. People are not paid to sing in choir, usher at the door, or teach a kids class. So, how do you fire a volunteer and make them still feel like heroes? There are a few lessons I have learned from experience and others that might work well for you, too. Most of the issues we have with people have to do with our ability to lead them. With that, here are five lessons on how to fire church volunteers while making them our heroes. Continue reading “5 lessons on How to FIRE Church Volunteers While Making Them Heroes!” »
If I have heard it once, I have heard it hundreds of times… I understand we are trying, well, something with this worship style, but does it have to be so loud!? It hurts my ears and I cannot concentrate, much less hear from God.
Now, before I hear the “Amens!” from my traditional worship brothers and sisters thinking I am on my way to condemning “rock band worship,” I have heard this exact same question about the worship featuring musical leadership from, wait for it, the Pipe Organ! Continue reading “Worship Leaders – Does the Worship Music Have to Be So Loud!?” »
Close your eyes and think back to the last time you suffered with a painful dental or medical malady. Now, imagine if there were no hope for relief and you are left with the anxiety of facing the days ahead with no answer to your problems and no remedy for your pain. Many individuals in the world cannot just book an emergency appointment when something goes wrong with their health, and sometimes there are emergency situations so catastrophic that the event extends beyond the abilities of local medical organizations to support. This is where mercy comes in—mercy in the form of dental and medical attention for those who would otherwise be unable to access the help they need, when they need it. There are heroes among us who have stepped forward to be the extension of God’s hands and feet—Christian-backed medical organizations filled with people who are prepared to serve when they are most desperately needed. Here are some of the Top Christian-Backed Medical Organizations in existence today. Continue reading “Top Christian-Backed Medical Organizations” »
Most working adults can give at least one example of a time when getting things accomplished at work was slowed by bureaucracy and red tape. Multilevel decision making processes slow productivity and can be a source of frustration for workers who are simply trying to do their job.
A church’s internal structure is intended to clarify lines of authority and to support work process flow – while eliminating duplicate systems – not to slow things down. There are many different types of organizational structures that fit different business models. Occasionally, structures that have multi-level reporting relationships can slow the decision making process between the top and bottom of the organization.
Bureaucracy (administration characterized by excessive red tape and routine) hurts organizations when it creates bottlenecks in the decision making process – and ultimately work flow. This type of multi-layer decision making slows work processes which can have an impact on mission fulfillment. Continue reading “Get Things Done By Removing Church Bureaucracy” »
Teaching people how to manage their time has become a booming industry. If you search for time management books on Amazon, you will find 138,562 results. This demonstrates the universal need that people have for managing this limited resource. Moreover, every one of us has the challenge to make good use of the time we have.
We all struggle with managing our time and controlling those things that steal our time. Things like unproductive emails, Internet search rabbit trails or conversations that go off on time-wasting tangents. These are all examples of things we do that rob us of one of the most valuable resources we have—our time. Continue reading “6 Time Management Tips For Pastors & Ministry Leaders” »