You all face this question in whatever church ministry you lead. How do we recruit and keep committed people volunteering in our church? Our culture of mobility and distraction means church attendance for even the most adherent is likely to be about twice per month. You have ministries that require deliverables on a 52-week basis. The train doesn’t seem to stop for long at each week. Music, altar, childcare, youth, refreshments, and even parking in some cases all need attention. Beyond these, there are mid-week charity projects and special events around the church calendar. How are your Easter and Christmas seasons treating you lately? All of our plans succeed only by having people in place, trained, and committed. These activities all are applied almost as a template on the scattered lives of our people who schedule soccer games, family crisis, and work commutes before we can even open the church calendar. Our culture says that we then should be more efficient. Some refuse this for old-fashioned we’ve-always-done-it-this-way squabbling. But, what if we see that people are the product as well as the process. Shouldn’t we find a system to solve our dilemma of recruitment?
February is the classic time when we remember the country’s earliest leadership due to George Washington’s birthday on the 22nd. Today, it’s normative to dismiss figures in history because we think ourselves wiser and better. It’s what C.S. Lewis calls chronological snobbery. If we’re not careful, we can fall into this trap of arrogance and not realize the tides of change that made America were orchestrated by principled, God-fearing people.
Nightmarish scenarios will rule the day when we least expect it. Worship teams, as a visible face of the church, will walk amongst landmines when a church splits, a pastor transitions, or major events like moving into a new church building. Yes, even good news can rock the world of your worship team. In one case, I met with my pastor about some conflict about music on the worship team. He had his opinion, and it happened to be the same as mine. But, his wife’s opinion lead the opposing thought. His wife happened to be on the team and he gingerly shrugged his shoulders as to how we were to move forward–talk about being caught in a “no-win” situation! One morning I walked into the pastor’s office only to find out there were two ladies there with papers in hand. The body language foreshadowed tsunami level waves of critique about the worship ministry that would be read from that sheet of paper in hand. An example of the fun was that one of them took the encouragement I gave to smile at people as saying she was unattractive. Things can get worse. That was not as bad as the time a worship team member accused me of being too attracted to her as a reason for not choosing her for our worship team.
Life has changed for the better thanks to the many advancements that modern man has accomplished during the most recent century or so. The global standard of our homes, hygiene, and health has risen dramatically during this timeframe. Perhaps even more so, our transportation, telecommunications, and overall technology has radically transformed the way that we as humans function throughout our everyday lives.
In the midst of such overwhelming progress, however, many men and women still live heavily entrenched in the midst of profound difficulty and darkness.
Have you thought about using surveillance cameras at your church? A pastor contacted the Christian Law Association with a problem that most small churches struggle with and an attorney was able to provide a solution. We hope this story inspires you and your church and provides insight and offers solutions to what your church might be facing, currently.
The story of redemption is one of reconciliation, both to our God and to our neighbor. Revelation 7:9 says, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” It’s an eternity that casts off the pride of Babel and the false perception of Christ’s triumphal entry. In Heaven, our differences don’t divide us.
It’s Valentine’s Day! And love is all around. TV stations are flooded with cheesy Hallmark romance, stores are full of roses, flowers and teddy bears. Meanwhile, the world is constantly using technology to pollute God’s definition of what love is. Let’s redefine that definition as the church, shall we?
Hello fellow Sunday School teachers! Teaching Sunday School for kids is incredibly rewarding…but it can also be very frustrating. We all want our Sunday School lessons to be great, but there are a lot of challenges that stack up against us.
- Busy schedules make it hard to find enough study time.
- It’s tough teaching kids who have grown up with screens everywhere.
- And most of us don’t have any formal training with teaching or preparing a lesson.
Not to worry, there’s some good news for you.
First, your best ability you bring is your availability. There is never enough help in Children’s Ministry, but you’ve stepped up, challenges and all. So, if you haven’t heard it in awhile, well done!
Second, with a few simple steps you can teach Sunday School like a rock star! So, let’s look at how to prepare a great kids lesson for Sunday School.
Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day Mini Movie for your Valentine’s Day worship service, Valentine’s Day Banquet, Couples Conference or Marriage Retreat? Look no further! Sharefaith has been the go-to resource for over 120,000 churches worldwide for the last 14 years and has over 78,000 sermon & worship media and graphics, including mini movies. Your church will love this Valentine’s Day Mini Movie!
Church web design can be a tricky thing as you decipher the ins and outs to making your website informative, as well as effective in attracting potential newcomers to your church. However, there are plenty of things we have learned along the way to maximize your site’s outreach potential, and look good while doing it. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or total beginner, these church web design tips and tricks will help you see how you can make your church’s website even better. (more…)