10 Things to Practice for Worship Techs

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Technical skills are important and hard to hone with the limited time a volunteer sound tech has available. Being a sound operator in church requires much more than technical acumen, it also requires an understanding of why we do what we do and for whom.  Although there are dozens of things to practice, I’ve limited this article to the ones that follow. (more…)

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30 Must-See Inspirational Christian Videos To Watch

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Distractions often are needed throughout our day, calling for that Facebook meme or Youtube shock. But, maybe you are in need of a true lift—some inspiration. We decided to pull out and post 30 inspirational videos to encourage you in your faith! Whether its a spoken word, a song, or a film short, we hope you can take a pause instead of a distraction today. Try one, or more and please tell us about how you’ve been lifted or encouraged.

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Top 100 Bestselling Church Leadership Books

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James tells us that, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (3:1) How much more are those who shepherd, lead and teach the teachers? You are responsible for breathing in the life of the Spirit in every word and action. You are given the charge to disciple and build a sanctuary in a land weary with the Fall. We hope this list of top leadership books will equip you in your ministry and overall path, that you may bear the marks of Christ in your work. We pray you might be built up in the faith as you embody His hands and feet in fields, as Jesus reminds us, that are ripe for harvest (John 4:35).

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10 Ways to Judge Popular Christian Books for Heresy!

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Christian books are popular, millions being sold not only in the local Bible and book shop, but at Targets and airports around the globe. While the word heresy is a strong word, all it means is a divergence from the authoritative belief system. Merriam-Webster says it means “a belief or opinion that does not agree with the official belief or opinion of a particular religion.” In this case, “official” means Christian history and biblical authority. Basically, if a Christian author is clearly outside of what has been historically Christian and is not backed up by the Bible as their authority, it can be called heresy. (more…)

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When Churches Do This, Worship Can Be Amazing!

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Churches are always looking for ways to make their worship “better,” whatever that means. But we often think that means spending money, or working to make people happier about worship. Actually, there are several basic things that, when done well, make our worship services rise beyond our expectations and the expectations of our congregation. In this article, I will deal with one key action that can be enacted in multiple ways, all working toward achieving the same key goal – accessibility! (more…)

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How To Start A Women’s Bible Study Group

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Women thrive on fellowship and bible studies are a great way to make friends, identify prayer partners and grow in your faith. Starting a woman’s bible study requires some planning. However, once a planning process is created it can be developed into a humming machine that simply needs to be oiled on occasion. (more…)

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Top 100 Best-Selling Christian Devotional Books

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“Devotion” in the dictionary means love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. It can take many shapes and can be expressed in multiple ways, but the driving cause is the act of being devoted. Jesus devoted his life to God’s teaching and there is no better book than the Bible when it comes to devotion, but there is a plethora of other resources that can be utilized to bring in a different idea or perspective. Here is the most recent curated list of the Top Devotions that you can find today.

 

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How to develop a Sunday School Budget

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Putting together a budget rarely ranks high on our ministry to-do list. In fact, many of us would prefer to work back-to-back services with toddlers rather than plan out a year’s worth of income and expenses. However, a failure to budget wisely can quickly lead to frustration for you, other departments within your church, and even the children you serve.

Most of us did not get into ministry to crunch numbers, but a budget is much more than a math problem for you and your team to solve. In fact, a budget serves three key functions in your Sunday School department: (more…)

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10 Most Overused Cliche Things Worship Leaders Say

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We all have them, verbal ticks, repeated sayings, you know, call them linguistic ruts. Worship leaders are no different. Over the years we have developed several words and phrases that are so common they have become cliche’s themselves. These words and phrases we use in an effort to make our ministries more effective can have the opposite effect. They can actually block people from hearing us and actively engaging. But without someone to point them out, many of us carry these into our ministries, unaware of the effect they have on how our spoken words are received.

In an effort to shed some light on these common sayings I asked a group of worship leaders from around the country, across denominational lines, to offer up things that they wish we would all reconsider, rethink, reword, or even just drop, from our worship leading vernacular. As I list these, I hope that you will listen with an open mind. Ask yourself if any of these apply to you and if you could benefit from a new direction in your verbal leading. Remember, these come from your peers reviewing us all, including themselves. (more…)

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