Ministry

How to Maximize Your Ministry Potential – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I’ve always had an insatiable appetite for more. Satisfaction is hard for me. I have a burning desire to accomplish more, do more, reach more, and… well, so much more. This passion has fueled me to improve and get better. It has helped me work smarter. It has helped me maximize my ministry potential. And when I say, “maximize,” I mean to bring increase as much as possible. Personally, that means I have to maximize myself and what I do…

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Equipping Your Volunteers to Be Their Best – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Children’s Ministries thrive through the support of volunteers who are at their very best–volunteers who are passionate, love serving, and whom we know are going to show up. However, in order for them to be at their best, we must be prepared to give them the resources they need to get there. More often than not, these resources are intangibles that come through our intentional leadership and love. Here are the things I’ve found they need to have from you…

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Do You Love Your Church? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I hear some pastors and staff and volunteers talk sometimes and from what I hear there are some serving in churches and they don’t love the church? To me that would be like working at War Mart and hating Wal Mart. I would be miserable and that misery would show in my job performance. I’m working through 1 Thessalonians and this morning I read this:9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other,…

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Summer Break – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Life is hectic! Who isn’t busy this summer? One of the things I enjoy in life is posting here to my blog. It has been a while since I posted. I have found that I have been pretty busy this summer. What has happened so far this summer? In June I traveled with our student ministry to the island of Eleuthera on our mission trip. While in Eleuthera our students helped Camp Bahamas prepare for summer camp. Side Note: By…

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Reproof Is a Pastor’s Gift of Love – Christian Article

In the logic of Scripture, reproof is a gift. In the logic of certain secular mindsets, reproof is an act of oppression. For one kind of secularist, even the word “sin” is intrinsically oppressive. It implies, the secularist suspects, that you think you know the standards and I don’t. You, therefore, hope to use them to lord it over me. You want to control my behavior. This view makes sense from the perspective of a flat, two-dimensional world, where contests…

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Church Growth – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Church Growth I see many “free” video courses pop up on social media about church growth. “Is your church stuck at ___ (fill in the blank with the number) and you want to grow past _____ (fill in the blank with number). There are a lot of church growth strategies and ideas floating around out there. Here are two ways to grow a church: (in my opinion) Step One: Faithfully SharingBecoming a Great Commission Community. Church members sharing their faith…

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Digital Discipleship Made Simple – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The final instructions that Jesus gave his disciples before ascending to Heaven was simply to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). The question that follows is simple: How are we to go and disciple others? When my grandson was about a year old, he would take a cell phone, hold it sideways, then slowly spin it around from the back to the screen, and keep rotating it. Everyone was perplexed by this action until I realized that…

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Living with cancer as a volunteer youth worker – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This brave and honest anonymous post has been written by a youth work volunteer who recently was given the all clear after treatment for cancer. We hope this will be an encouragement to anyone walking through similar challenges.   Cancer: In August 2016 I was diagnosed with a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which is a type of blood cancer. It meant that I had to have lots of different treatments and medications and trips to the hospital and in turn meant that…

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5 Advantages of a Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry – Christian Article

When I first began to drive, finding destinations required a map. As in a fold-out map. It wasn’t uncommon, when using one that hadn’t been updated to include new roads, to take a wrong turn and have to pull over, look at the map again, and adjust the route. There was none of this Google-Maps-automatically-adjusting-directions-to-help-me-find-the-best-way-out. It was a slow processs, and compared to today it all seems so archaic. And this reaction—it all seems so archaic—is the response I sometimes…

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Do You Love Your Church? Love is Kind. Part 3 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

4 Love is patient and kind.1 Corinthians 13:4 Ministry is about people and there is no getting around it. When we put people in the mix we open the door to frustration. We cannot let our frustration or disappointment lead us to be unkind. Do we love our church? Love is kind, in fact kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is active in our lives kindness should be evident. If kindness is lacking then we need…

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Crossing the Checkpoints for Life’s Race – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Back in 2013, the highly-respected late Jerry Vogel wrote about a few of the spiritual mile markers to be celebrated in families’ lives (post). As many of us are planning for a new ministry year with kids transitioning to new classes, this seems like a good time to…

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Who First Showed Danny Akin the Beauty of Jesus? – Christian Article

Emma Lou Akin was my mother and one of the kindest, godliest people I have ever known. She showed me the beauty of Jesus her whole life. Our family regularly noted that the phrase “I want” seemed to be completely absent from her vocabulary. Every time a special occasion rolled around, like her birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day, we would always ask, “Momma, what do you want to do?” “Where would you like to go out and eat?” Much to…

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Taking Care of the Introverts in Your Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Recently a new book by Susan Cain was released! Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (A guide for KIDS and TEENS) It landed on my doorstep and I made the clumsy assumption that I could crack it open and read a few pages without wanting to stay up until 3 a.m. reading the rest of it. It’s a good thing I’m a mom and my kids prefer a human parent over having a sort of resembles a human but resembles a…

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Do You Love Your Church? Part 4 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 This is the 4th post in this series, “Do You Love Your Church?” You can read the first three posts, HERE, HERE and HERE. Love is not jealous. If I love my church would I be jealous of other churches? In my years of ministry I have seen and experienced that jealousy. The times I would hear about the student ministry budget…

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Summer Busyness and Balance – Andy Lawrenson – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Having served in student ministry for over 25 years I have learned something about balance and time. This summer youth leaders you will be taking students to camp and on mission trips, water parks, amusement parks, the beach, etc. Make sure you balance your ministry time and your family time. If you are single make sure to balance your “you” time. I have heard of churches hiring youth pastors, church staff, who are single because, “they will have more time.”…

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Responding to The Game of Thrones Debate – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Game of Thrones. Is it the gloves off, gruesome, grim and gristly opiate for the masses – or the fantastical story that grapples with the true complexities of human experience? Is it right for a Christian to watch it for entertainment, or perhaps missional research – or should they steer clear of it all-together? Could this be a random cracking of the whip? Like Sabrina prompted last year, Deadpool three years ago, or Harry Potter ten plus years ago? It’s…

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10 church check in software options you need to know about – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

You don’t have to spend very long in children’s ministry to hear about the many different options for check in systems. From pen-and-paper sign-ins to check in software solutions, the array of choices can be daunting and the stakes could hardly be higher: the safety of the children in your care. Thankfully, a variety of tools exist to help you safeguard your ministry while minimizing headaches for parents and team members. We’ll take a look at some of the most widely used software options below. Know…

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Camp 2020 – Registration is Open! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Registration is open for all LifeWay Camps for 2020!  Many churches plan their calendars in advance, so look ahead and make sure you get your camp spots reserved now for next summer. CentriKid Camps and Student Life For Kids dates are online and open for registration, and many of them will fill up quickly. The earlier you sign up, the more options are available to choose from. For CentriKid Camps, visit centrikid.com For Student Life For Kids, visit studentlifeforkids.com No…

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Downshifting Your Summer Strategy – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

If you’re a volunteer youth worker who needs to take a break, this article might help you. If you’re a youth pastor with maxed-out volunteers, this article might give you perspective. I am a longtime volunteer youth worker and full-time staffer at my church in a non-youth ministry role. As I write, the summer hasn’t even begun and, already, I have facts-of-life factors pulling me back from my traditional fourth-gear pace. While I’m still involved with our weekend middle school ministry,…

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Tech Tuesday: How to Avoid Blunders on Stage – Christian Article

Raise your hand if you’ve been here before: You’re about to transition to a new verse or point in your sermon, when all of a sudden you can’t remember what’s next. Or you allude to the next slide in the presentation, only to see that you were wrong about the next slide. Now you’re busy backtracking. These are the blunders a confidence monitor can save you from. What is a confidence monitor? Aptly named, a confidence monitor helps you lead…

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Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace – Christian Article

Scott Aniol | May 26th, 2019 | Giving in to the constant pressure to satisfy the world’s hunger for bigger, flashier, and more impressive, we put on slick productions and programs, often at the expense of biblical faithfulness. Six-figure budget lines devoted to sound and lighting systems, in-church coffee shops, stage props and set designs—these things are foreign to the pages of Scripture. Source: Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace About Scott Aniol Scott Aniol is the founder and…

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Dear Church Member, Your Shepherd Is Also a Sheep – Christian Article

I was trying not to cry as I spoke into the receiver, but I couldn’t hold it in. The tears came, and as a 30-year-old man, I cried into the phone like a 10-year-old boy. It wasn’t pretty. I was speaking with my 60-year-old mentor, and I experienced a great sense of relief as I opened my heart to him. Also, I’m a pastor. Does that strike you as odd in light of my above experience? Does it change your perception…

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20 Quotes from the Book Your Pastor Wishes You’d Read – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I (Matt Smethurst) read Christopher Ash’s brilliant new book, The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed to Ask) (The Good Book Company, 2019). If you and I do not care for our pastors, then they will not be able to care for us. (11) We tend to see our pastors at their most polished. I want us to see them, or at least imagine them, as they are. (13)…

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3 Questions Your Church Should Be Asking about Technology and Scripture – Christian Article

Photo by Benjaminrobyn Jespersen on Unsplash A few weeks ago Faithlife hosted BibleTech, a two-day conference on the intersection of technology and Scripture in the Christian life. As a co-host, I had the privilege of sitting in on at least half the talks. Topics ranged from the future of AI in Bible study to the enduring value of paper Bibles, and overall attendees were warm toward technology. And yet there was an uneasiness in the air about it, too—fears about what technology might…

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Church Can Be A Scary Place For Those With Mental Health Issues Like Anxiety, PTSD or Depression… – Healthy Mind Ministry – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); For someone living with the many different forms of anxiety or depression, attending church can be next to impossible. We must start accepting the fact that as diverse as the human race is physically, it is also diverse mentally. There are many people who cannot attend a social function of any sorts, no matter if it is in the name of worshiping God, or not. Crowds, noises, and other stimulation become too much for…

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