Nothing encourages, strengthens, and uplifts like the Word of God, so use it at all times to speak life into your pastor and leadership team. Understanding their calling and helping them to stay accountable to it is an honorable ministry. Even if words of encouragement do not come easy to you, still make it a practice to edify your leadership team and remind them of the incredible honor of their calling. Here are 10 incredible Bible verses for leadership – perfect for Pastor Appreciation Month.
Before diving into the reasons, let’s just start off with a disclaimer. The pastors we’re talking about in this article are those who take their calling serious; who thrive in ministry; who love living out God’s mandate and place God at the center of everything they do. They uphold truth over relevance; people over profit; ministry over marketing. Continue reading “5 Ways To Better Appreciate Your Pastor” »
How many brothers and sisters on the frontlines of the battle are forgotten, left alone to wage a war against an enemy who hated Jesus before it ever hated them? Do you ever wonder on your most miserable day, how these heroes, who are persecuted for their faith, handle pain, grief, loneliness and isolation? The truth is, they cannot wage these battles alone and I believe there are ways we can help lighten their burdens. Continue reading “The Persecuted Church – What it Needs and How You Can Help” »
Whether you are a pastor, worship leader, missionary or counselor, you answered a call when you first started. You were excited, inspired, anointed and willing to go wherever God led. Fast forward to now. Is that flame still burning? If you see these 10 signs, you should be alarmed. If this is just a season, then stay faithful. If it’s more than that, then it’s time for a break, to seek counsel or perhaps pass the baton. Continue reading “10 Warning Signs That Should Make You Rethink Your Ministry Calling” »
There is a saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” These words are so true in every area of life – particularly for organizations that are striving to achieve something. Churches are founded to fulfill a specific mission and developing a plan to achieve that mission is what goal writing is all about. Organizations write goals because it provides a road map for attaining the mission and vision. Goals simply provide a structured process to get things done. Organizations that don’t write goals miss the opportunity to set their own direction. Continue reading “10 Tips for Writing and Setting Church Goals” »
(Medford, OR) September 3, 2014 – Sharefaith announces the launch of SharefaithKids, a cloud-based children’s ministry curriculum. The new Sunday school resource is fully available to churches worldwide today. Continue reading “It’s Here! SharefaithKids Sunday School Curriculum Has Arrived” »
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” »
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” »
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.