Living in the 21st century, you have most likely seen a QR code at one point or another. They can be found anywhere from retail stores, magazines, or even clothing. But how does this affect the church and how can you use it to help increase your online tithes & offerings? Where do you even create a QR code? Once created, what do you do with it? In this article, we will cover all the basics of QR codes for churches and how it can increase your online church tithing.
As Americans, has our perspective on the Bible changed? Are our convictions regarding the Bible changing? In a world where the Bible is the most-read book, why does it seem like the times are changing? The Bible has been the same for thousands of years, so what’s happening now? For the past 30 years, Barna Researchers have gathered data to uncover these very answers. They have discovered that the percentage of people who say that they read their Bibles at least once a week is slowly decreasing. Perhaps cultures are changing; skepticism is on the rise and becoming increasingly antagonistic towards the claims of faith in the Bible. Does the increase in accessibility to the Bible play a role in decreasing the sacred stature of the Bible? Technological advances have made the Bible easily accessible to everyone around the world, but could that have an impact on the way we look at the Bible? The research below identifies some key trends that give us insight into the changes that we are seeing in today’s society. The following report takes into account the last 6 years of statistical data from the Barna Research Group. (more…)
Dr. Wayne Grudem in his Systematic Theology defines speaking in tongues as, “prayer or praise spoken in syllables not understood by the speaker.” Paul seems to make it clear in I Corinthians 14 that both public declaration and private devotion can be times of speaking in tongues. But is this gift of speaking in various languages for here and now? Should we curtail this gift to biblical times only, or, if used today, to certain church denominations where spiritual gifts are more emphasized? (more…)
With 150 Psalms in the Bible, there are many powerful, life-changing chapters and verses. King David wrote 73 of the 150 and his heart is felt as we read these passages. Here are 20 top Psalms of the Bible, along with the same verse in The Passion Translation to help give a fresh new perspective on these popular Psalms!
In Sunday School, there is a difference between a good thing and a God thing. Good things are valuable, but God things are the lifeblood of our children’s ministries. The pitfall to avoid is mistaking a good thing for a God thing. So, how is your Children’s Ministry doing? Have you managed to identify these 6 Top Sunday School Pitfalls to Avoid? (more…)
Whether you are a pastor, worship leader, on the worship team or a volunteer, we all can suffer from church ministry burnout. If we are not careful, we can easily overwhelm ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Church ministry burnout not only affects us physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. When we let ourselves get to this point, we can lose sight of why we are serving in the first place. Here are some helpful tips on how you and your team can avoid church ministry burnout.
The simple way to describe the church history is that the Apostles founded churches all over. (Early Church Mission by Eckhard Schnabel is worth having. It tells about their early journeys.) Until 1054, there was institutional unity. That year the Eastern and Western church divided to form what we know now as the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Why? It’s complicated, but the Pope and use of icons were central. Then the protestors against Rome began. Called Protestants, the movement had a long shadow with John Wycliffe and Prague priest Jan Hus predating the chief reformer Martin Luther who nailed his 95 grievances of the Church in 1517. Unlike Hus and Wycliffe (whose bones were burned later), Luther survived and became the father of the Lutheran movement and the focal point that would be the Protestant Reformation. With this as a simple backdrop of the church history, here are several historical snapshots of the denominations which splintered from the historical foothold of 1517. (The importance and need for reweaving denominations is for another article).
Curious about Sharefaith’s free church website migration? Just signed up for a Sharefaith Complete membership, but don’t know where to start? Well, you are in the right spot! We are committed to making your website migration a smooth and exciting transition to Sharefaith Websites. We’ll transfer your content, website files, imagery, domain name and more, at no hassle to you. We’ve put together a few videos to answer the most commonly asked questions about getting started with our free migration service, as well as a few limits and expectations for your church website migration.