Many Christians around the world will celebrate Pentecost on May 19, 2013. Some, however, may not understand the meaning of this traditional Christian celebration. Whether you have been observing Pentecost for years, or whether it is a completely new concept to you, here are a few reasons why celebrating Pentecost this year might be a good idea.
Nearly any Christian can tell you why we celebrate Christmas and Easter. But what about the ascension? For centuries, churches observing the Christian calendar commemorate Ascension Day, an event that falls forty days after Easter. In 2013, Ascension Day is celebrated on Thursday, May 09. The meaning of Ascension Day is obvious from its name. But what is its significance?
Fear. It is a primal feeling, yet it permeates every aspect of our lives. With nauseating power, we encounter fear where we least expect it and most despise it. We feel it in relationships. We’re nagged by fear in our careers. We sense its gnawing presence while driving on the interstate, when looking into the face of our child, or even when going to bed at night. Fear is everywhere. And fear is powerful.
Churches have fallen on tough times. Giving is down. Way down. From established churches to startup churches, it seems like everyone is reeling from the economy. With lost jobs or slashed incomes, churchgoers just aren’t giving. Thousands of churches are experiencing budget shortages and major cutbacks. What can churches do to increase tithing?
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Pastors are a misunderstood lot. Whether you are a pastor or have a pastor, you may have experienced some of this misunderstanding. A lot of people have a lot to say about how the pastor can do his job better. We’re not going to attempt that right now. Instead, we’re going to share a bit of advice that could save your pastor from burnout, and make his life a whole lot easier. Continue reading “Twelve Things You Need to Understand about Your Pastor” »
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If the words “church budget” make you feel queasy, you’re not alone. Shrinking budgets seem to be the status quo for most churches. Churches feel torn between the desire to give generously to the spread of the gospel and the poor, while at the same time needing to provide for their own support. Although there is no easy solution to dire financial concerns, here are ten budget tips we can offer. Continue reading “Ten Tips to Drastically Improve Your Church Budget” »
This weekend, we celebrate of the greatest day in human history. Hopefully by now, you’ve prepared your bulletins, PowerPoints, and Easter videos. Now, what about your heart? Celebrating the resurrection is a privilege, but often our hearts just aren’t into it. As you look ahead to the coming weekend, here are ten ways you can prepare your heart.
Easter Sunday is more than just a big event on the church calendar. It is a celebration of the biggest event in human history. Have you ever stopped to think, “Why do we have Easter? What’s the big deal?” What is the reason for the resurrection?
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You’re counting down the days until Easter Sunday — the biggest day on the church calendar. Many churches plan months in advance for their Resurrection Sunday services. Whether you’re way ahead in your planning, or are just now preparing, here’s your handy Easter checklist to help get you ready.