There will be many times when you don’t lead worship with a larger team. Leading solo at a Bible study, youth event, or camp may require just a guitar and some percussion. But sometimes a mic, some portable speakers, and these three little tools could make you sound great while keeping a professional feel during your acoustic worship approach. These may not be brand new, but we’ve heard so many good things about them that we now think they should be in the arsenal of every worship leader: Continue reading “Three Fantastic Pieces of Gear For Solo Worship Leading ” »
So, you’ve been given the significant task of planning and overseeing this year’s Vacation Bible School? By now you have considered your overall objective (if you still need a little help with this, read VBS: 10 Things That Vacation Bible School Is, and Is Not) and you are exploring possible themes, looking into curriculum, discussing budget, and rolling it all into a master checklist. With a head full of ideas and a blank page in front of you, the overwhelming task is not made any easier by the plethora of fragmented resources thrown your way. But be of good cheer! SharefaithKids offers 52 lessons complete with videos, slideshows, and activities to choose from that can easily be converted to a complete VBS experience. Top that off with the ease in which you can present video and slideshows on any popular multimedia device, and your planning just got a little easier! Simply pick a theme or series of common themes and you have a week of fun and interactive Bible learning your VBS Kids won’t soon forget! Continue reading “Using SharefaithKids for Your Vacation Bible School” »
When you hear an unforgettable sermon, or even when your church is going through a teaching series, it’s so beneficial to brand your sermon. Branding it gives it an identity. Sermon branding has been Sharefaith’s expertise for over 13 years. If you are familiar with our Church PowerPoint sermons, you will know that they have a title, image, and design that all fit together. This is pure branding to create a picture in the mind of the congregation in order for them to not only associate the design with the sermon, but to better relate to it as well. You need to do that with all your sermons you place on your church mobile app. It not only looks better, it works better! Continue reading “3 Ways Branding Your Church Mobile App Sermon Will Get More People Listening” »
Do all worship leaders suffer from a fear of failure? Is it ingrained in musicians and singers to drift towards self-focus? Do you become prouder or more humble over time? More so, do your skills as a singer or instrumentalist remove the fear to sing or play in front of people? Can you get to a place, leading worship, where your focus is so directed to God, that you don’t even notice anyone around you. Is that the place where all worship leaders ultimately need to be? Continue reading “5 Ways Worship Leaders Keep God Center Stage During Worship” »
Vacation Bible School started out as a simple week of Bible training for children that over time has become a carnival ride of themed and live interactive learning; but let’s strip away method long enough to consider the bare bones objectives that will help us stay on course with the purpose for which we have been called. People in the community may see it as a chance for free babysitting, but we have given the directive to provide substantive and truthful answers to little minds that inquire, and the sobering reality is that we are accountable for every moment given and every resource afforded. As you make plans for your church’s Vacation Bible School, please take the time to do a little soul searching and consider VBS: What It Is, and What It Is Not. Continue reading “VBS: 10 Things That Vacation Bible School Is, and Is Not” »
Everyone suffers from discouragement. Fear and anxiety are commonplace in the secular world, but also in ministry. Avoiding discouragement in ministry is a priority for countless pastors and ministry teams around the world. It can come from burnout, lack of prioritization, or inability to delegate. Most of the time, it also originates from Christians placing such high expectations on other Christians to behave like perfect Christians, so that when we do step out of line, or make the wrong move, everyone is more than devastated.Then there is the all too familiar spiritual aspect of discouragement, which we know, originates from the pits of Hell. Is it possible to avoid discouragement in ministry altogether? We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how it affects us. How can we be more proactive in combatting ministry burnout and, especially, discouragement?
Here are ten ways pastors, worship leaders, and ministry teams can stand fast against discouragement in this new year! Continue reading “10 Ways to Avoid Discouragement in Ministry and Church” »
A church app is like a website on steroids. Its outreach potential is very powerful, given the adoption rate of mobile phones and tablets among churchgoers. Usually, a church mobile app serves a great need for sharing sermons, events and perhaps even daily devotional encouragement, yet it also has a great advantage for worship leaders. Here’re five ways a church mobile app can benefit a worship leader. Continue reading “5 Ways Worship Leaders Benefit From a Church App” »
Your new church apps are flying in, and we’re getting them submitted to the Apple and Google app stores as quickly as possible. As many of you are aware, Apple is a little more picky about what they will let into their App Store than Google, and every rejection by Apple can add a week or more to the time it takes to get your app into the hands of your congregation. Having submitted many apps to Apple in the past few weeks, we would like to share the most common reasons why an app could get rejected and provide a few tips so you can get your app live and in the hand of your church! Continue reading “5 Tips to Ensure Your App Gets Approved by Apple” »
The selection for this year’s top 10 Christmas worship songs are rich in Messianic content. They are songs that evoke worthy praise and really bring the power and sentiment of Christmas alive. They are the kind of motivating music and lyrics that make you want to announce unashamedly to the crowd of anxious and busy shoppers that Christ the Savior is born and He will return! Hail the King of Heaven! Continue reading “Top 10 Worship Songs for Your Christmas Sermon” »
Christmas and Easter are two of the busiest times of the year for churches. This is due in part to the reality that many people attend church only on these two days. Because of this increase in church attendance, there’s more to do, and there’s an increased need for help. Many churches do special things during the Christmas season. Some add a special Christmas production, host special events for children or ramp up services for Christmas Eve. Regardless, having a team of volunteers ready to meet the challenge of getting it all done is critical to success.
This time of year is also an opportunity to get new people involved for the first time. Having a clear goal and definite ideas about how to manage the volunteers can make the difference between winning a new volunteer or not or perhaps even losing a faithful one. Continue reading “How to Manage The Influx of Volunteers During the Busy Christmas Season – 10 Things to Consider When Managing Church Volunteers” »