Vacation Bible School is the most important event on your summer calendar, but as school draws to a close, it can be overwhelming to take on a 5-day program that carries with it a high price tag. Not to worry! Sharefaith Kids is excited to introduce Kingdom Heroes, your FREE Vacation Bible School solution. Loved by kids and teachers alike, Kingdom Heroes is going to take your VBS from blah to epic in three easy steps! Our kids Bible videos, Curriculum, Sunday School activities and lesson slideshows provide innovative tools to share the Gospel with your kids this summer in new and creative ways!
Whether home sick, traveling on business, in the hospital due to illness, or out of town on vacation, even the most devoted saints within your congregation miss a Sunday or two throughout the year. What can you do to reach them while they’re away and serve them just as faithfully as if they were sitting in your seats?
How do we get young people to be involved? I think we simply invite them. There was a young youth ministry intern who was tasked by our youth pastor to raise up an all middle-school-aged worship band. My church in that season had plenty of young college-aged kids who wanted to serve in our church. That alone was a bonus, but this idea of letting the kids take over was something I had not seen first hand before. When they began leading worship, they all were pretty remedial at their instruments, learning them in their first-ever group setting. The sound was not always on the beat or in tune. It is one thing to pluck a guitar in a small room in the back of a music store. It is another to prepare to be in front of your peers playing music! I think they had but four songs they learned. And, yes, it did not sound very good––at first.
Constant exhaustion is how we often feel. Whether we’re in the hustle and bustle of a big city or the Wendell Berry landscapes of a country farm, the to-do lists that accumulate often bombard us with waves of anxiety. We get unsettled by all the appointments and deadlines we can’t quite make. Our wants get scrambled up with our needs and it’s not always clear how to not only relax, but live in the chaos with a simple and real peace. How do we authentically preach patience in such an impatient, wound-up world? Here are 10 suggestions you might consider. It may be fodder for a single 10-point sermon or perhaps beginning threads for a sermon series on patience.
John Wesley famously said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” Born in England on June 28, 1703, John would go on to reform the Anglican church from within, fathering a movement called Methodism.
In the last post (Audio Recording Essentials – Part 1), we asked some important questions, such as: “What are you recording?” and “Why are you recording?” We discussed that the tools required for one application may be completely different for another. We also looked at some various audio recording devices and formats that would work well for basic recording applications. We determined that SD/SDHC/SDXC cards are a very popular format to record to and used in many other devices, as well: cameras, computers, displays, etc. Now let’s talk about digital mixers for audio recording as well as some audio editing tips and tricks!
From the cross, Jesus doesn’t say much, only about 60 words in seven statements. With the parables said, the healings performed, the warnings pronounced, the endless walking done, Jesus is now perched on a cross for all people to interpret. Similar to Moses’ raised pole in Numbers 21:4-9, where anyone who stopped and really looked avoided death, Jesus is raised up. Do we see him? Are we inviting our congregations into a fuller understanding of what happened and why?
Sharefaith church websites is getting an upgrade that all website users are going to love! Our goal is to continue to make powerful, easy to use church websites while creating awesome technology that points to Jesus and helps you spread the Gospel in your communities. In this latest church website update, we are introducing three NEW features that we know you are going to love! (more…)
I spend most of my week talking with pastors. Though advent is a busy season for their ministries, I’ve been surprised to hear over the years that Easter might be an even busier time for them.
Palm branches and Easter lilies need to be ordered. Children’s choirs and orchestra pieces need to be arranged and practiced. “Visit Us” mailers are designed and distributed, while inviting road signage is drawn up and displayed. Finally, don’t forget the meticulous planning that is required to create a memorable and meaningful Good Friday service.
No doubt the death of Jesus puts disciples into crisis mode. They don’t understand what Jesus plainly tells them, “I’ll suffer and die and raise from the dead three days later.” They don’t even understand when the tomb is empty and the women come back and exclaim the news. Perhaps they first believe the rumor that circulates quickly: someone has stolen away Jesus’ body. Perhaps that’s why they lock the upper room door behind them and sit together, frightened. Not for long. The truth of the resurrection comes flooding in with multiple encounters with Jesus. He shows them his crucifixion scars and eats dinner just like before… but it isn’t like before. Something new is beginning to transpire.