How Tradition Can Save Your Modern Worship Services!

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As a child, I remember church being a place that looked very different from any other. Pews, pulpits, choir robes, and music that sounded unlike anything on the radio. The tones of an organ humming and sound of people singing embedded a distinct set of memories. From the moralistic Sunday school lessons to the rancorous church business meetings, my church was perhaps not unlike yours. The endless casserole spread at church potlucks meant “church growth” happened on a weekly basis–just not always the kind some hoped for. Your Evangelical tradition may have been far different from mine. If you grew up Catholic, you might have sung liturgy and recall the first taste of communion wine when you were confirmed. Every tradition has clergy fashion statements, with collars or, in my case, those funny wide ties that never reached the belt. Flipping through a hymnbook on a Sunday night service was accompanied by childish games of renaming the titles of hymns or reworking the lyrics to the point of sacrilege. If you grew up with traditional church, you might be too familiar with it to savor the richness of it. At least, I can relate to that experience. We make fun of it, even if we still appreciate our upbringing, but many of us abandoned church as soon as we left for college. Worship has changed over the years–much in reaction to this exodus. There was a need for a revolution in the last decades of the 20th Century. The way church was done did not work for so many. Today, we may be in the same boat.

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The Crucifixion Sunday School Lesson For Kids

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The Crucifixion Sunday School Lesson For Kids

While it’s a painful subject to think about, the crucifixion of Jesus is the central event of the Christian faith. It was at this moment that Jesus took upon himself the full weight of our sinful choices. And there, upon that lonely cross, Jesus hung in our place and received the full weight of God’s wrath and judgement. This Crucifixion Sunday School lesson is among the most important you could ever share with your children. With the resources of Sharefaith Kids, you can teach this vital message with confidence, and inspire your kids along the way!

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Church Drums: Thou Art A Shield About Me!

I just got back from the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. It is the biggest and baddest toy store for musicians and techs in the country. Hundreds of distributors and manufacturers of musical instruments, analog/digital hardware and software, loudspeakers, earphones, DJ and lighting products all demonstrating their newest products to tens of thousands of attendees.

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Factory Vs Family: The Secret To Recruiting And Keeping Committed Volunteers

Factory Vs Family: The Secret To Recruiting and Keeping Committed Church Volunteers

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?

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10 Christian “Founding Fathers” Of The United States

10 Christian Founding Fathers Of The United States

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.

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Worship Team Nightmares: How To Successfully Deal With The Worst Of It!

Worship Team Nightmares

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.

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Using Technology to Minister to Soldiers and Missionaries

Using Technology to Minister to Soldiers and Missionaries

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.

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Surveillance Cameras, Should Churches Use Them?

Surveillance Cameras for Churches

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.

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