Top 10 Christian Books on Healthy Living

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From keeping the Sabbath to simplifying our lives, this list of top Christian books on healthy living provides practical, biblical, and wise words of inspiration and admonishment. The combined research from these Christian authors proves that God’s way of living healthy lifestyles is truly the best way. Be informed and encouraged with any or all of these Top 10 Christian Books on Healthy Living. (more…)

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Top 25 Christian-Based Movies to Watch (5 Bonus)

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Looking for inspiration and entertainment? These Christian films promise to deliver—some with adventure, suspense and special effects; others in lessons of love, hope and the beauty of forgiveness. Christian film companies have produced 100’s of films, but here are a handful of Christian-based movies that stand apart. Read our review of 25 Christian-Based Movies to Watch: (more…)

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Top 20 Christian Christmas Carols and Hymns of All Time

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Last Updated: November 2016

‘Tis the season for those Christmas carols and hymns that we all know and love. Every year we are blessed with the opportunity to remember our Lord Jesus Christ and to sing carols that warm our hearts and glorify Him. Many carols have been written over time, but there are few that can be considered a top Christmas carol or hymn. Each carol or hymn has a story behind it with some more intriguing than others as you will see. Here is our list of the top 20 most popular carols and hymns of all time and a little snippet of how they came to be the songs we know and love. Songs have been chosen based on popular organic searches through Google.

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Ministry Shelf Life: How to Determine When To Quit or Save a Church Ministry

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There comes a time when a beloved event, ministry function, or recurring project must come to an end. Since these were birthed by the passion and time of your volunteers and church leaders, sunsetting them can be a touchy topic to approach. Wisdom shows us that everything has its time and season. Whether or not the church ministry is loved or formerly successful does not necessarily make it effective or entirely helpful. How do you pull the plug on a church ministry or know when to keep it on life support? After all, every ministry has a shelf life. (more…)

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Writing a Team Charter – Part 2 of Church Councils

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Last week when I wrote on Guiding Councils, I briefly mentioned charter teams. Church charter teams are there to help improve their systems and process and work on improvement efforts. Successful teams are driven by directives of the organization and are steered by a Team Charter. According to highperformanceteams.org, a team charter statement is “a written document that defines the team’s mission, scope of operation, objectives, time frame and consequences.” (more…)

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Six Councils Your Church Doesn’t Have and Definitely Needs

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In Jim Collins classic book, Good-to-Great, he talks about using councils to help guide the organization. Councils should be made up of a group of the right people to discuss debate and make decisions about the operation of the organization. People selected to serve on councils should be those with knowledge, experience and a passion for the topic. These knowledge experts should be steered by the board and used to facilitate a decision making process that benefits the church.

Church councils should be chartered by the board and have someone assigned to facilitate the process. This facilitator should help the council identify a team, create a team charter, ground rules and team goals. By going through this process the team has some accountability and a set direction. Councils should meet on a regular basis and report back to the church board. (more…)

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Sharefaith Music Spotlight – Sean Feucht

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This week’s spotlight is Sean Feucht and his new album, Victorious One – Live at Bethel. Sean is a missionary, musician, speaker, and author who has been all over the world. He is also the founder of a worship, prayer, and missions organization called Burn 24/7, which  is a movement of burning hearts all across the globe returning back to their first love Jesus Christ and then spreading that love to nations. (more…)

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Sharefaith Music Spotlight: Zealand Worship

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In this edition of Sharefaith Music Spotlight, we are going to be spotlighting a brand new band that just released their first EP this year in 2015, Zealand Worship. Zealand Worship is founded by Phil Joel, who was also one of the co-founders of the well-known band Newsboys. He provided background vocals and played bass with the Newsboys for over 10 Years! Phil Joel was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is no stranger to music, aside from releasing over seven albums with Newsboys, Phil has also released over four solo albums. (more…)

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Does Your Church Focus on Wellness for Your Employees?

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The cost of providing healthcare benefits is rising at a slower pace than it was a few years ago, yet organizations continue to look for ways to control healthcare costs. Anyone who administers an employer-sponsored health plan understands that the cost of healthcare coverage is more expensive for organizations that employ unhealthy people. This understanding led organizations of all types to embrace wellness programs.

As healthcare improves, more and more people are interested in learning how to improve their overall health. This interest provides employers with a unique opportunity to help employees learn how to make choices that support a healthy lifestyle, which ultimately improves their health. (more…)

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18 Shocking Facts About Church Embezzlement

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Churches would not exist without the generous donations made by tithing members. These financial supporters make sacrifices to give to their church because it is a basic Christian principle. Tithing church members give out of their hearts and pocket books but have an unspoken expectation – for church leadership to manage and safeguard those donations.

Every time I read about fraud and embezzlement in the church I am amazed. I am amazed that a trusted church member could actually steal from their church; I’m amazed that church leadership is naive enough to have little or no financial controls; and I’m amazed at the amount of money that can be stolen without anyone even suspecting. (more…)

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