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There is a saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” These words are so true in every area of life – particularly for organizations that are striving to achieve something. Churches are founded to fulfill a specific mission and developing a plan to achieve that mission is what goal writing is all about. Organizations write goals because it provides a road map for attaining the mission and vision. Goals simply provide a structured process to get things done. Organizations that don’t write goals miss the opportunity to set their own direction. Continue reading “10 Tips for Writing and Setting Church Goals” »
(Medford, OR) September 3, 2014 – Sharefaith announces the launch of SharefaithKids, a cloud-based children’s ministry curriculum. The new Sunday school resource is fully available to churches worldwide today. Continue reading “It’s Here! SharefaithKids Sunday School Curriculum Has Arrived” »
In children’s ministry and youth ministry, we all know the need we have to see transformation take place in the hearts of our young people. We desire to see God do something in the young people we pour our love and energy into. Here are a few tips to understanding how grace actually works.
First it is good to understand what I say when I talk about “grace”. I will define it in two different ways. Primarily, grace is the understanding of God’s benevolence towards us. It is the teaching that God loves, blesses, and seeks to save us regardless of our contribution to the relationship. It is the attitude of God towards His people apart from their works. As the often quoted Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “for by grace you have been saved through faith. And it is the gift of God, not a result of works…” Continue reading “8 Ways the Power of Grace Transforms Youth Ministry” »
Encouragement comes in many forms, and while the act of “one-another” fellowship typically involves a physical assembly of two or more, we cannot discount the benefits of offering virtual support and inspiration. Your website has the potential to present refreshment to the weary, quiet answers to those seeking, and just good in-between inspiration and hope to a community of believers endeavoring to make sense of it all. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Here are some practical ways to offer encouragement using your church website: Continue reading “How to Encourage Your Congregation Through Your Church Website” »
In today’s world there are more microphones than there are items on the local Chinese food menu. Man I love that Lo Mein. Every sound tech is going to find microphones that they prefer to match up with specific gear. There are several go-to microphones that I have in my arsenal that reserve for special uses. With that being said, here are my top ten favorite microphones of all time.
Proverbs 16:18 says: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – ESV
James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (ESV).
Most people assume that the act of teaching, ministering, and mentoring fits with a high-level leadership position, when in fact our daily lives are filled with teaching moments. No matter what position you hold, the cause and effect of your sustainability as a leader, teacher, or pastor will depend on your understanding of pride. Make no mistake, with great responsibility comes great accountability. When God places you into a position of leadership, you become a walking target who can cause far greater damage than you ever imagined possible.
Managing a church is very similar to managing any other organization. It requires structured business systems and processes to ensure that the resources (people, time and money) that God supplies are used responsibly and for its intended purpose. Effectual church management does not happen by accident. It is the consequence of a series of intentional decisions, followed by deliberate actions that lead to a desired end result. There are principles that every church should embrace to govern itself. These principles can help a church achieve its mission and set the course for growth and longevity. Continue reading “Achieving Ministry Goals with Effectual Management – 10 Principles to Help Your Church Govern Itself” »
Just mention the word modesty and chances are you will be misunderstood. The first things to come to my mind are burkas, long denim skirts, turtlenecks and culottes. Many times the topic is overlooked because battling preconceptions on the topic is just too much work; cultural influences scatter standards every which way; and let’s face it, this is not a topic our younger members think many of us are even qualified to tackle. But the thing is, these objections don’t make it any less important, scripture has plenty to say about the topic. We are specifically called to honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20); woman should dress respectably and in a way that professes godliness (1 Timothy 2:9-10, 1 Peter 3:3-4), furthermore the lack of discretion can actually render one less attractive (Proverbs 11:22). Although there is potential for cultural and generational disconnect, I believe there are effective steps we can take in helping our youth understand the importance of modesty. Continue reading “Practical Ways to Teach Modesty to Today’s Youth” »
I am not necessarily advocating the work of Geert Hofsteed, but I find his attempt at defining a concept as difficult as the abstraction behind the word “culture” is more than adequate: “[Culture] is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another.” So the question is, what is the dominating thought and behavior that contributes to American culture and how is today’s culture influencing the church at large? I thought I would take a different approach in answering this question other than simply reviewing the basic parts said to define culture. I decided to let actual people regurgitate today’s consensus, after all it is collective thoughts (conceived and suggested) that give birth to the kind action that influences culture. Below are ways popular culture has affected compromise in the church: Continue reading “Is Culture Overtaking Your Church? 10 Cultural Things That Are Seeking to Compromise the Church” »