Top 15 Christian Publishers and Christian Publishing Companies

It might surprise you in this digital and self-publishing age we live in, that there are still about 100 publishers in the US of varying sizes. Many of these Christian publishers are smaller, producing only a handful of titles each year, but some are very large, multi-imprint companies that serve Christians all around the world.

Here are our top 15 Christian publishers, who made our list because of (1) reach; (2) history and mission; and/or (3) representative of a particular kind of publishing group, aka denominational, academic, church resourcing. (more…)

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Church Volunteers – 10 Proven Ways to Recruit and Keep Them

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Finding and keeping church volunteers for any organization or event can be difficult, and for a church, this challenge usually is increased. There are natural reasons for it. First, church happens weekly. There’s no perceived end and the schedule can feel exhausting. Second, people have tremendous needs and often see their church attendance as a time to alleviate life’s pressures. Third, they may have a mistaken view of the clergy’s role to, “take care of it all”. Some of the following 10 ways to recruit and keep volunteers may seem obvious, but they are often overlooked.

10 Proven Ways to Recruit and Keep Church Volunteers

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5 Surefire Sunday School Teaching Tips

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Teaching children is one of the most rewarding opportunities a person can undertake. But it is also an opportunity that can turn into a train wreck if the wrong approach is taken. Children are hard-wired for messages full of interaction and engagement…not an hour-long lecture. If you’ve attempted the hour-long lecture, you have most likely made the vow: “never again!” Lets face it, we could all use some some Sunday school teaching tips from time to time.

Children’s ministry is a unique audience that requires a unique approach. So, whether you’re a seasoned pro, or being asked to teach Sunday school for the first time, here are some surefire solutions. (more…)

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The Ultimate Guide to Doing Church Sound for Worship

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Doing church sound for worship – the ultimate guide part 1. If faith comes by hearing, shouldn’t our church sound systems be a priority? Many churches invest heavily in audio and media systems, and others, unfortunately, do not. Whether you’re a small, mid-size, or mega-church, church sound systems that will allow the Word and the music to be heard with detail at the appropriate level for your congregation, based on the style, culture, and make-up of your church, should be one of your highest priorities. This comprehensive guide to mixing and doing sound for worship in church will be the only guide you’ll need and the perfect training manual for your new or even mid-level sound-tech.

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Church Websites – 70 Most Inspiring of 2016

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Church Websites that inspire! We all need to take a look before designing our own.  You should be proud of your church website. It’s not just a stagnant information page, it’s a channel where you communicate with new and current members. Church websites often look horrible as little attention is paid to design or content. Many churches still believe that beautiful church websites cost a fortune or that you need a developer. Sharefaith Inc, for the last 7 years has built beautiful church websites for nearly 8,000 churches and we know that when you start your church website you’re looking for design and content inspiration. We, ourselves, love looking at beautiful church websites and that’s why we assembled this list of top 70 beautiful church websites that inspires.
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5 Steps to Improve Your Worship Leading

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There is a delicate balance between keeping and maintaining the things that are working, releasing the things that no longer connect with your congregation, and introducing new worship actions that broaden your reach. Every leader in every church must try to make these decisions based on prayer and what works for the individual congregation. Here are a few suggested steps to help you assess and improve the worship in your church: (more…)

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Wired VS Wireless – Which Mic Is Best For You?

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There are always pros and cons to using wireless on any type of device for both pastors and worship leaders and it’s one of the most common questions I get. In this article, I’ll show you great examples of when a wired device (microphone or in-ear monitor) is a better choice over wireless and when wireless would be the better choice.

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Top 100 Best-Selling Sunday School Books for Ministry

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Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:15-17). Why are children so important to Jesus? It’s not simply that they represent the next generation of leaders; it’s because their capacity to understand and subscribe to a faith in the unseen God is so much greater than those who passively believe. We’ve assembled a list of top books that will certainly benefit you in your work with children, and we hope too, that your work with children will continue to benefit you and your faith as you press on to know Christ and make him known. (more…)

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