When you work with youth ministry over the course of a few years you begin to see some patterns. Just about the time you get to build a really great rapport with kids, they grow up and age out of your youth group! It is a part of the rhythm of working with young people. With summer here, you’re likely starting to see fresh new faces in the group. Here are ten tips to rebuilding, once your core group has moved to a higher grade level and aged out of your sphere of ministry. Continue reading “How to Prepare for Fresh New Faces in Your Youth Ministry – 10 Tips for Rebuilding a Core Group” »
The blood of Jesus provides the only solution to my greatest problem. I was a born into a fallen world, resigned to participate in a degenerate existence with no hope of recovery. The pain of sin and death immediately attached itself to me and put into perpetual motion the ravages of death, each day drawing me closer to my eternal demise. Even my own will, separated from God, would be owned by my greatest enemy to disseminate deceit and to seal my own fate. Apart from the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ, I was doomed. But God demonstrated His own love for me in that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8). My biggest problem solved! Continue reading “30 Things the Blood of Jesus Does – 30 Scripture Verses That Show the Powerful Effects of Jesus Shedding His Blood” »
Looking for the top Bible Apps for Study, Fun and Devotions? We assembled a short top 10 list of Bible Apps for IOS & Android devices that will help you grow in knowledge of the Word of God. You can take God’s Word wherever you go and make a daily effort to spend time with Him. Continue reading “Top 10 Fun Bible Apps For Study and Devotions – Bible Apps for IOS & Android” »
This carefully selected list is not limited to standard ranking, but also based on the actual benefits each contributes and their ability to draw an audience into a worthwhile conversation. They were decided on their expertise to produce sound, meaningful and relevant content; and their accessibility despite wearing the many hats popularity tends to demand. Here is my list, the Top 15 Christian Female Bloggers: Continue reading “Top 15 Christian Female Bloggers – Top Must-Read Blogs By Christian Women” »
The battle between guitar players and sound techs has been raging for years. Guitar players want to turn their amps up to eleven and sound techs are trying to control the mix. Over past ten years I’ve come up with ten tips to bring peace to this delicate balance. Continue reading “Get an Amazing Guitar Tone – 10 Tips to Improve Your Guitar Sound” »
People work for a ministry because they feel called and have a passion to help fulfill its mission. This type of committed employee is what great organizations are made of. However, helping employees maintain that passion and commitment takes strategy and proactive communication.
Engaged employees consistently perform at higher levels because they believe in what they are doing and the organization makes them feel valued and appreciated. Maintaining this level of employee engagement requires communicating often and having direct conversations with employees.
These conversations are intended to communicate organizational priorities and help to uncover information that can improve the work environment and the process of how work gets done.
Let me describe a common scenario. This is a true story. My passion for Church Websites began at home. I used to be a volunteer youth group leader at a medium-sized congregation, and I worked professionally in the tech industry. As a young man (with a lot of time on his hands), I designed and built my church its first website in 1998. At first, I was its sole maintainer. But as my career began to take off and my family grew, requiring more and more of my time, it became difficult for me to continue updating the website and its content. Continue reading “Getting Advanced with Your Church Website – Introduction” »
Pain is everywhere. And it’s real. God knows about pain. His original design was a world without pain, and without the sin that gave birth to it. Yet when sin entered, and with it death, the entire world hurtled headlong into this vortex of pain (Romans 5:12). Now, death reigns. Pain persists (Romans 5:14). Because of its power, we feel puny, trampled, and crushed. There are all kinds of pain: Continue reading “7 Things We Should Stop Doing in Response to Pain” »
Setting up a sound system can be messy work. There are twenty different types of cables running in fifty directions, and so often the one guy that wired it all together ten years ago doesn’t come to church anymore. Or maybe your church is mobile and has to set up and break down every single Sunday. Either way, setting up a sound system can be tricky business. Here are my top ten tips to setting up a sound system: Continue reading “How to Make Your Church Sound System Rock – 10 Tips when Setting up the Worship Sound System” »
Because of our human tendency to emphasize some truths in scripture and to neglect others, we are all prone to heresy from time to time. This is one of the many reasons we need other members of the body of Christ to speak into our lives and give balance. But how can we distinguish between someone who simply needs their doctrine tweaked and an actual false teacher? Simply defined, a false teacher is an individual who has influence over others and exalts his own knowledge and authority over God’s without regard for how others will be affected. A false teacher has a philosophy and makes statements that are in direct contradiction to what the Bible teaches. Because much of what they pass off as absolute truth is contrary to sound doctrine (as revealed in scripture), the false teacher leaves behind a wake of division and strife (Romans 16:17). To help identify this charlatan in a modern context I have listed 10 characteristics of the false teacher. Continue reading “Top 10 Characteristics of a False Teacher – How to Recognize a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” »