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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.

Vision and Leadership

Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.

Preaching and Communication

You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.

Are You Invisible Without Social Media?

If your church isn't engaged with social media or doesn't have an internet presence...will anyone know you even exist?

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Please Quiet Your Cellphones!

When you go to the movies, without exception you are given a reminder to silence your cellphones.  But what about the church worship services...especially this Christmas season when many, who are unfamiliar with church etiquette, will be filling our pews.  Therefore how do churches deal with cell phones in church.  Guest blogger Maria Rainer addresses that issue:

With the rise of cell phones being used in the United States, one would think that cell phone etiquette would be common knowledge. Increasing incidents of people texting or, worse, answering calls and having entire conversations during church services and events indicate, however, that either it is not common knowledge or that people are flouting it.

What Cell Phones Mean to Us
Cell phones have become, to younger and older generations alike these days, an extension of ourselves, a part of our identities. Turning off a cell phone even during service thus might mean a missed lifetime or social opportunity.

What May Not Work
Some churches have resorted to providing plastic bins at the entrance for all congregants to put their cell phones. Trusting others to take back only their devices and not steal those of others may be too much for most congregants, and prohibiting these devices entirely from church may also encourage lying within church walls. Neither does calling out those text messaging or having private phone conversations during a service work, as it may shatter egos in the process.

What We Can Do
Rather than by force or coercion, churchgoers and pastors alike might encourage one another to mind their greater purpose and the meaning of their very attendance, and at least silence their phones. Posting a large, plain sign at the entrance reading, “Please turn off all cellular devices,” may do the trick.

Or this funny video might do the trick:

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, where recently she's been researching music degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

Rethink Is Revamped

You have to stay current and fresh and a year ago I gave a lot of kudos to the United Methodist Church for engaging relevantly with social media with their new online presence. (see previous post HERE)

Now UMC has revamped their site, keeping it fresh and current, the new site url is now: - check it out!

How is your church or denomination engaging people online?

Is God Calling Me To Be A Pastor?

One of the best books out there on understanding one's call is Os Guinness, The Call.