In the world of airline travel, there is nothing more important than safety. It’s why the world’s largest airline manufacturers have invested countless resources to ensure that their planes are as safe as possible. A recent Boeing study determined that 80% of plane crashes were caused by human error. The most dangerous planes were those that required large amounts of manual effort; the safest were those that left little room for a pilot’s mistakes. And so, to improve the safety of their jetliners, manufacturers have worked to take the human effort out of their flights. Though the consequences pale in comparison, the same can be said for the world of online ministry. To remove error from video streaming, we must take human effort out of the equation.
It’s not uncommon these days to see a computer onstage during worship. If you look closely, you’ll probably even see an iPad or iPhone. Many worship leaders are using these devices to read chord charts, process guitar effects and run backing tracks – sometimes all from the same device! A friend in Nashville once told me that your mobile device has more power than the computer that put a man on the moon! Technology has made leading worship easier on so many levels, but slightly more complicated as well. The days of rolling in last minute with just an acoustic guitar, bongo and overhead transparencies are rare, if not over. There is more to prepare for ahead of time. Using tracks in worship has been one of the greatest advancements in cultivating the modern worship sound. It has made complicated song arrangements and modern sounds much more attainable for worship ministries of all sizes and talent levels. I’ve been using tracks in worship for over 10 years and have spent the past 5 years running a company that creates track products for churches. Here are some common concerns worship leaders have before they take the plunge into the world of tracks.
The book of Genesis contains some of the most beloved kids Bible stories of all time. Filled with drama, adventure, and life, it’s little wonder these kids Bible stories are a staple in every Sunday School, homeschool, Bible study and VBS. Now these timeless accounts have been brought to life like never before in the Kids Bible Videos of Sharefaith Kids. Perfect for today’s technology-driven world, these Kids Bible Videos are a must-see classroom resource!
Sharefaith has been the go-to provider for sermon and worship media for years, including worship video backgrounds and worship video loops! Recently, we sent a team across Southern Oregon to capture the beauty of God’s creation and create a massive waterfall video and motion background collection! These waterfall video loops are simply breathtaking! Don’t just take our word for it, we have included all 20 of these UHD 4K waterfall video loops below. So take a few minutes and be wowed by God’s majestic creation of such waterfalls like Toketee Falls & Watson Falls and many more waterfalls located throughout the state of Oregon!
Let’s be honest, the best part of Sunday School is the kids. Well, serving God and the kids. There is nothing quite like being around children; their laughter, questions, blunt statements and refreshing honesty – it’s the best! But the more time you spend around kids, the more you begin to discover that Sunday School children fall into some identifiable categories.
Exhibit A – The Little Angel. This vibrant child is one of the many reasons you LOVE serving in Sunday School. Like a sponge, they soak up every bit of your lesson and then with wide-eyes, tell you “Thanks!” They love your teaching and you love them for loving your teaching. But be careful, these teacher’s pets often struggle with trying to be perfect. It’s important to let them know that we all, their favorite teacher included, make mistakes.
Of course, we can’t forget – The Cryer. With a heart so tender, it constantly teeters on the verge of a full-blown, tear-shedding, class-engulfing meltdown, this precious one always has your FULL attention. It’s a scary thing to be dropped off in a room full of strangers, so can you really blame the tender-hearted for getting a little emotional? Make your room a welcoming, safe place and you’ll get to experience one of life’s great joys: watching the Cryer get dropped off with a smile on their face – excited to see you, their new best friend!
Admit it. You’ve encountered these two, and are now curious about the rest of our list! Read 10 students every Sunday School teacher will recognize, and discover that, as Sunday School teachers, we have a lot in common!
The Annual Complete membership has always been Sharefaith’s most popular (and ridiculously value-packed) plan, including: a church website, free migration, free mobile church app, 78,000 graphics, presentation software, online giving and much more! But now, this plan (a member favorite) has just DOUBLED in value with the addition of the world’s largest, fully-downloadable Kids Bible Resource library! If you are already a Complete member, or considering joining, stop whatever else you’re doing and discover why Sharefaith Kids is your Complete solution for Sunday School, Small Groups, VBS and much more!
We need effective leaders of worship like never before. We need songs and services led by authentic and healthy people. In a day when celebrity and fame are sought after, we need servants to our congregations rather than platform-building personalities. Through musical leaders, the Bible has been put to music in the form of Psalms and hymns. In history, both soaring and humble melodies have arisen in the Western Church over the years. Today, the proliferation of worship leader training programs at the university level is a sign that there is a need for both the leadership of churches and worship leaders themselves to be effective. Why is this so? And, what does the recipe for an effective worship leader look like?
Worship leaders are not superheroes, rock stars, or even your monk-like spiritual guides. They are people, men, and women who prepare a table with the hope of making Christ the host and main person of interest. In our modern worship models, we expect a flawless expression through a flawed human 52 weeks out of the year. On one hand, we want this person to be “real” or authentic, but God forbid that get in the way of our production. Sometimes, the role of serving as a church musical leader in worship gets lost in translation. There is a real human side to the activity of leading worship. We want the worship leader to be a visible leader who rallies us and expect our church to keep up with whatever is hip in “ministry models” out there. Has your worship leader been fitted for his or her cape yet? This article addresses 5 questions on worship that fall under the umbrella ‘Are Worship Leaders Superheroes?’ (more…)
The Bible is filled with amazing stories of faith that are beloved by Sunday School teachers and their students alike! But if you had to pick your top 10 examples of faith in the Bible, what would they be? Which kids Bible stories would rise to the top? In this article, we’ve collected a list of what we feel are the top 10 examples of faith in the Bible, featuring the awe-inspiring artwork of Sharefaith Kids. Did your favorites make the list? There’s only one way to find out!
The number of families choosing to homeschool is on the rise and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Each year, a growing number of parents and children are discovering the unique opportunities and challenges found in homeschooling. To get the most out of this life-changing scholastic approach, it’s important to check your foundation. A homeschool with Christ at the center is a homeschool set up for success. So, is this the year God’s Word takes center stage in your weekly schedule? Is this the year you discover how family devotions can transform your homeschooling?