January is already over and some of us still haven’t gotten used to writing 2017 on our checks and notepads yet. Though it might seem far off, soon it will be summer, then time for school and football to kick off, and before you know it, we’ll be making preparations for advent 2017. Time flies when you’re doing ministry, so don’t let yourself get so overly-busy that you end up forgetting to follow through on the many worthwhile ministry opportunities that lie before you in 2017.
I used to lead all worship music from my seat at the piano which included a choir, rhythm section, and, at times, horns or a small orchestra. I turned my head and body away from my vocal microphone to see what was going on with our teams and to give needed cues as the worship leader to the congregation. All of this turning, caused me to miss that sweet spot on my vocal microphone, besides causing back strain. The audio tech nearly faced-palmed each time this happened–likely when I was speaking or singing a vital part. Of course, I thought there must be ways to solve this problem. How about a head-worn microphone? Would that work?
Does your church currently have a ministry school or oversee a Christian school? Do you currently have any scholarship funds set up? If so, you might be shocked to find out that you may not be obeying the law. The donations you are receiving may not be tax deductible by the IRS. Here is a scenario of a Pastor whose church oversaw and operated a Christian school as their ministry and had some questions. They contacted the Christian Law Association, seeking some professional legal advice on what to do in regards to scholarship funds for their ministry school. You might find the answers to his questions very surprising.
Sharefaith is the go-to place for all Valentine’s Day resources for churches all over! We strive to provide you with the highest quality media resources for any need in your ministry. Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, we thought you could benefit from these Valentine’s Day Bulletins. They are perfect for do-it-yourself (DIY) Valentine’s Day Cards. Send these custom Valentine’s Day Cards to anyone and everyone to let them know about your Valentine’s Day worship service or just to send them some love.
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It’s a bit interesting to think that you can now get a degree in worship. The fact that we can even create techniques for leading worship is good, but could become problematic if we are not careful. What is the problem? Focusing on skill training—putting all the emphasis on the musicality and gifting of the worship leader—and missing the important work of helping them steward their hearts to a kingdom focused perspective. We forget that our worship leaders have hearts that need safeguarding against the vicious attempts of Satan to capture them in a trap of self-promotion. It’s sad, but it’s real. We make a distinction between pastoral training and training for worship as if the end goals were somehow different, but they’re not!
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If you are a church or ministry, having a tax exempt status is extremely important. But can you lose it? What if you are doing something currently that is jeopardizing your church tax exempt status? How about earning interest on your church income? Is this illegal? The Christian Law Association shares a story as well as some insight on this topic to help provide clarification for churches and ministries on what you are allowed to do with your income as a church. The Christian Law Association has been providing free legal assistance to Bible-believing churches and Christians who are experiencing difficulty in practicing their religious faith because of governmental regulation, intrusion, or prohibition in one form or another.
Check out our brand new church website template, “Living Waters”, which features a stunning and simplistic design that is packed full of awesome website features! The Living Waters theme is our latest church website template that empowers churches to design their own website in an hour or less! Select our new Living Waters website template and simply replace the demo content with your own, keep the same color scheme, imagery and design and you’ll have a website that is guaranteed to wow your congregation and your visitors in no time!
Have you started your planning for Easter 2017, yet? While it may seem a bit too early to some, Easter will be here before we know it. For many churches, this is their biggest outreach event of the year and they have the most attendance on Easter. So what are you going to do for Easter 2017?