The holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the new year—are a special time in ministry. Not only do we celebrate the birth of Jesus but we also get the chance to welcome visitors in our churches—many of whom will be attending for the first time. (more…)
Generosity is part of who God is—there are thousands of Bible verses that teach us about his generous character. We can also learn about biblical generosity from one another. Because we’re created to live in community, we are designed to care for and meet each other’s needs. [Read more…]
I spent hours trying to find one photo to promote an event at church. One photo. I was looking for a picture of friends hanging out to promote a small group Christmas fellowship. But every free photo I found didn’t fit our church event.
Sound familiar? [Read more…]
When someone new sets foot in your church, what happens?
A greeter hands them a bulletin as they walk through the door, an usher helps them find their seats.
Maybe your regulars introduce themselves and strike up a conversation. Maybe they don’t.
This is where your screen comes in. It’s an anchor for regulars and a lifeline for newcomers. With the right slides, newcomers can wander into your church and feel like they’re exactly where they’re supposed to be.
Here are five things every church presentation needs to do. [Read more…]
Did you know your Faithlife TV Church subscription includes access to Faithlife Sermons? (It’s a remarkable warehouse of material—full of sermon illustrations, media, outlines, and more. Even better, it’s your own personal sermon database.) When you upload a message to Faithlife Sermons, it will automatically upload to your church’s Faithlife TV channel. [Read more…]
It’s difficult for parents to find things for their kids to watch on TV. What sources do you trust? How do you vet programs? Do you prescreen all the material you give to your kids, or find reviewers you trust to give you a summary? There are a range of merely inoffensive shows available, but where can you go to find consistently great kids’ content about the Bible? [Read more…]
The Bible identifies many groups of people close to God’s heart, but of tender importance to him are orphans:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (Jas 1:27; see also Deut 10:18; Ps 68:5–6) [Read more…]