8 Ways the Power of Grace Transforms Youth Ministry

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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” »

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How to Encourage Your Congregation Through Your Church Website

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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” »

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Best of the Best: Top 10 Microphones and Their Uses – The Top Mics for Every Category Your Church Will Need

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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.

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The Rise And Fall Of Christian Leaders – Dangers and Warnings of Being a “Celebrity” Pastor

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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.

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Achieving Ministry Goals with Effectual Management – 10 Principles to Help Your Church Govern Itself

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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” »

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10 Ways to Improve Your Live Stream – Tips to Get Your Church Live Stream at Top Quality

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Live streaming is an easy and inexpensive way to connect with people outside the church building. Some providers, such as Youtube, offer free live streaming for verified non-profit organizations making it even easier for churches to stream their Sunday morning service. You may find, however, that once you begin live streaming the quality of the broadcast might not be what you expected. Here are 10 tips to improve the quality of your live stream.

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What Would Jesus Really Do? Here are 10 Examples of What We are Called to Imitate

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I appreciate the sentiment behind the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), seeking to reflect Christ’s example in our own lives, but let’s face it, Jesus had a very different ministry than any of us; making direct parallels is going to be difficult. For instance, what would Jesus do for a paralytic man in need of healing? He would forgive his sins (that would be blasphemy coming from me). What would Jesus do to repeal an evil curse responsible for everything wrong in this world? Well, for starters He would die for it. He is going to overturn tables and money changers, drive out merchants and make bold accusations. Jesus came to deliver divine law, satisfy the demands of justice and fulfill righteousness – these are the kind of things that Jesus would do. Continue reading “What Would Jesus Really Do? Here are 10 Examples of What We are Called to Imitate” »

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How to Prepare for Fresh New Faces in Your Youth Ministry – 10 Tips for Rebuilding a Core Group

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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” »

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30 Things the Blood of Jesus Does – 30 Scripture Verses That Show the Powerful Effects of Jesus Shedding His Blood

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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” »

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Top 10 Fun Bible Apps For Study and Devotions – Bible Apps for IOS & Android

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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” »

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