Since 1999, something extremely powerful has been happening in a building in Kansas City, Missouri. Every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, and every minute, people have been praying. Located in the International House of Prayer’s prayer room, anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred worshippers are gathered to pray, meditate, and worship. Continue reading “In Worship and Prayer 24/7 – International House of Prayer” »
I am guessing by your interest in this topic that you already have a website. So I don’t need to tell you how a web presence for your church and various ministries, in this day and age, is essential. Your site is the preliminary welcoming committee, the doctrinal statement, a bridge to the church community, a bank of resources, etc. Now that you have a web presence, it is imperative that it is also actively engaging and goes beyond just another medium for reading and viewing images. It must be interactive. Continue reading “7 Awesome Ways to Make Your Website Interactive” »
According to the research one of the main causes of pastoral burnout is relational isolation. That is, pastors tend not to have deep enough friendships to really share their struggles, vent, or just relax. About 70 percent of the pastors polled in a large survey said they had not one close friend. Continue reading “Your Pastor Needs Friends Too – Conquer Pastor Isolation” »
One of the most visible manifestations of your church’s ministry is your website. It’s worth having one, and it’s worth doing it right. As you invest time and resources into the best church website you can have, you’ll find yourself needing help from volunteers. We’ve assembled a list of the best seven tips for training volunteers to update the church website. Continue reading “How to Train a Volunteer to Update Your Church Website” »
Many times the first inclination when selecting members for the worship team is to get caught on either side of two extremes. It is easy to ignore someone’s inconsistent walk with God or arrogance when we’re dazzled by their amazing talent. Conversely, we may seek out the most humble and godly people available, without considering whether they have adequate musical ability. The balance in scripture seems to be to choose gifted musicians and singers with exemplary character and passion for God. Continue reading “Selecting Members for your Worship Team” »
It can be agonizing — planning your “special” Christmas sermon. Some people are expecting a feel good bit of “ho-ho” sermonizing. Others are expecting a humdinger of a sermon “because all the unsaved people are visiting!” Some people are just anxious to fight the crowds at the mall to finish up their procrastinated Christmas shopping. And some people are truly yearning to meditate upon the incarnation of Christ.
You? You’re just tired from the late-night cantata rehearsal, sick of the commercialization, and just want to stick it to Santa Claus one last time this year. Your Christmas sermon is pretty important. The humdinger crowd is right — a lot of people are sitting in your pews that day that won’t be in a church the other 51 Sundays of the year. Christmas only comes once a year, and that whole incarnation thing — yeah, that’s pretty important to the Christian faith.
Not to make your holiday headache worse, but we have a list of five tips that might help to fend off the frustration as you prep your Christmas sermon.
In researching this topic I was surprised to discover that pride and sin are so intrinsically linked, they are really the same thing. The inclusion of the word “remain” in the title above assumes we were humble to begin with, but since we are all sinners and pride is the very quintessence of sin, then we are all guilty. Pride is any thought or action that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and to be truly humble is to maintain an attitude and state of mind that is constantly pleasing to God. Constantly?! Overwhelming, I know, but what may seem impossible to us is possible with God. Here are some helpful considerations as you seek to please God and to walk in humility as a worship leader: Continue reading “How to Remain Humble as a Worship Leader” »
Pastors burn out a lot. Many of us leave ministry altogether and many more have at least thought about it. I certainly have. I’ve been a pastor for 35 years and on at least two occasions have seriously considered resigning my commission. Don’t misunderstand, I actually love gospel ministry, but that doesn’t mean I see it through rose-colored glasses. It is hard work and anybody who says otherwise either hasn’t really done it or is selling something. Continue reading “Overcoming Pastor Burnout – Don’t Quit Yet” »
Planning a worship service is a big deal. I probably don’t have to convince you about the importance of planning ahead for every worship service. Even if you’re of the “let-the-Spirit-lead” persuasion, you know that planning is crucial. Pardon the cliché, but a failure to plan is a plan to fail, even for worship services.
You’ve got to plan, you’ve got to plan well, and you’ve got to plan well in advance. So, who should be involved in laying these plans for the worship service? What’s their role? How does it all come together? Continue reading “Who Should Be Involved in Planning a Worship Service?” »
Church growth is a result of a positive church experience, members inviting family and friends as well as a reputation that is spread by word-of-mouth. Many people will visit a church several times before making a decision to call that church home. The challenging part, particularly for churches of a few hundred people, is that visitors can sneak in and out without anyone even knowing they were there.
Someone once said that a visitor will make a decision about a church long before the pastor even begins to speak. If this is true, what is the visitor evaluating in the process?