An athlete will train hours a day, research the latest techniques, hire personal trainers and psychologists to reach their potential. Entrepreneurs will ride the storms of costly choices, deal with uncertainty in a changing economy, and even undergo the pain of experiencing and recovering from a bankruptcy, to finally realize success. A scholar will undergo intensive research and study, pursue the highest research-oriented degree, and gain mastery in a particular discipline in order to build credibility, affect policy and wield influence. Anything worth doing is worth doing well and most pursuits are not all romance and good days. There are costs involved that will require sacrifice, persistence and discipline. A successful marriage requires no less! Goals must be set, sacrifices made, and it must be understood that there will be difficult times that will challenge the deepest of resolve. Continue reading “10 Great Ideas to Help Strengthen Marriages in the Church – How to Reinforce the Core of Marriages in your Ministry” »
In youth and children’s ministry we depend heavily on volunteers from the church to minister to children. Often the people who volunteer get burned out and need to take seasons off or just plain quit for no reason. In addition to that, some volunteers are just not faithful in showing for their responsibilities. Here are some tips to keep your volunteers engaged and thriving. Continue reading “Top 10 Ways to Encourage Youth Ministry Volunteers – How to Keep Valuable, Long Lasting Volunteers in Your Youth Ministry” »
This Sunday, in a church near you, someone is going to yell. And that person will probably be the preacher. Yelling has long been part of the preacher’s arsenal of public speaking tools. When the crowd tunes out, take it up a notch. When someone nods off, let loose with a stentorian bellow. When people seem placid, fire ‘em up with a rousing round of shouting. When you catch a whiff of apathy, yell about it. If the “amens” reach a lull, cut loose with another ear-splitting session. When the sermon is nearing its climax, make people reach to turn down their hearing aids. Crank it up, shout it out, and bring the house down! I want to raise the yelling question because a lot of preachers shout, and it undoubtedly has an effect on the delivery and the message. Is this effect good or bad? Continue reading “Does Your Pastor Yell During Sermons? A Discussion If Yelling Helps Further the Gospel” »
Have you ever found the absolute perfect PowerPoint graphic for your upcoming sermon, only to wish the text or scripture was in another language? With Sharefaith’s Photoshop Source file option that comes with every new Church PowerPoint release, you can update the language in a matter of minutes. Continue reading “How to Convert Church Media Text Into Any Language” »
Have you ever said to yourself, “Self, I wish I could launch a video ministry at church, but I have no idea where to start”? If the answer is yes then I’ve got some great news for you, I’ve compiled the top ten most important pieces of gear you need to start a video ministry at your church. This gear will translate to just about any facet of the video ministry. Whether you are thinking about live streaming, IMAG (image magnification….which means projecting a live video feed onto your screens), or if you just want to start a DVD library of your services; you’ll need most if not all of this gear.
Want a new countdown timer for your upcoming church service, but tired of purchasing a new video loop every time you want a new font, color or background loop? Watch this quick tutorial video for the quickest way to create a countdown timer in any style on any image or video with Sharefaith Presenter. Continue reading “The Fastest Way to Build a Countdown Timer on Any Image or Video – Using Sharefaith Presenter” »
Get your sermons and worship service in the hands of millions of believers online through podcasts. Here’s the fastest way to add a full Sermon/Audio player to your Sharefaith church website. Go ahead and customize it and make it podcast ready! Continue reading “How to Add Sermon Podcasts to Your Sharefaith Church Website” »
Church leadership is about how we behave, communicate and manage – while leading people toward a shared goal. Ministry leadership is responsible for influencing how work gets accomplished, and effective leaders, have certain traits and characteristics that affect how they interact with others.
Successful professionals demonstrate leadership qualities while continuing on their own personal development journey. They are life learners and take pride in developing others and watching them grow.
Everyone makes mistakes, including the church sound tech. Whether you’re a seasoned sound tech or a bass player who was asked yesterday to run the board for your first time, you’ll probably make mistakes. Luckily, many of these mistakes can be avoided. In my travels around the country visiting churches and working with sound systems there are five tips I’ve developed for every church sound tech to keep in mind. Continue reading “5 Mistakes Every Sound Tech Can Make and How to Fix Them” »
Every pastor that works with youth wants to find ways to connect with kids while teaching. It isn’t easy being in youth ministry and we all need tools and practical suggestions to find new ways to hold attention and make connection. Here are a few practical ways that you can step into the world of your youth and meet them where they are. Continue reading “10 Great Tips to Connect with the Kids in Your Church – How to Relate to Your Children & Youth Ministries” »