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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.

The Preacher's Ten Commandments

1. Know your Bible better.

2. Be a man of prayer.

3. Don’t lose sight of Christ. 

4. Be deeply Trinitarian.

5. Use your imagination.

6. Speak much of sin and grace.

7. Use the “plain style” - language that is clear.

8. Find your own voice.

9. Learn how to transition.

10. Love your people.

Read the whole post and thoughts from Sinclair Ferguson

Does Your Church Website STINK!?

Too often church websites STINK!  They are either created by some church member's cousin, with no real thought to design, functionality and sustainability.  They usually start off looking bad and get even worse as they have no ownership in keeping the content fresh and updated.  They become embarrassing online ghost towns.  And given that most people go to a church's website to explore and "kick the tires" of the church before they visit - a church can't afford to have a website that STINKS!!

See the complete infographic of the traps and pitfalls of webpage design, usability and SEO that a church needs to be careful not to fall into at: Ecreative Internet Marketing

If you want a website that DOESN'T STINK?!  Then you need to use Clover websites.  They provide attractive, usable, adaptable websites for your church or ministry.  Go to Clover and take a look at their great service.

10 Ways To Torpedo Your Church

  1. Never say NO.
  2. Please everybody.
  3. Don’t take a vacation.
  4. Strategize first, pray later.
  5. Act like you have it all together.
  6. Try to figure out what others are saying about you.
  7. Secretly criticize churches that are growing faster than yours.
  8. Try to make each service bigger and better than the previous week’s service.
  9. Immediately implement the techniques you just learned from a church growth conference.
  10. Disregard, marginalize, or forget the 9 ways above.

(ht: Charles Stone)

Did YOU Know?...

  • Facebook currently boasts more than 600 million users.
  • More than half of all American adults use the site regularly.
  • The average Facebook user spends 20 hours a month on the site.
  • While Twitter’s numbers are lower, its influence is still massive:
  • Twitter has more than 200 million users.
  • In an average week, 1 billion tweets are posted.
  • Twitter has been cited as inciting protests and revolutions in Egypt, Iran and other places around the world.
With these stats and trends, why is it that so many churches and ministries are ambivalent or clumsy in their approach and engagement with social media?

Social media channels like Facebook and Twitter are the Areopagus of the 21st Century. (Acts 17)

(ht: Neue)

Why Your Donors Give?

For all the donor research out there, it all boils down to 4 main core reasons and motivations on why people are apt to give toward your ministry or cause.

  1. It makes us happy. Flat out, we just feel like “good people” when we give.
  2. It makes us feel important. Donating our money or time to the greater good makes us feel like we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves. And, that is a good feeling.
  3. We want to be part of a success story. Hey, if a horrible disease can be cured, who wouldn't want to say they had something to do with it?
  4. Others are giving. It’s in our nature to want to jump on the bandwagon of something good. While we may not think to give on our own, when we see others doing it – our friends, family, celebrities, etc. – we want to be a part of that too.

At our core, our human nature is to enjoy feeling happy, important, successful and communal - and organizations that address these basic desires are apt to motivate people's participation and involvement with their giving.

(ht: ConnectionCafe)

A Snapshot - The Web Every 60 Seconds

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This infographic is powerfully illustrative of the enormity of content and activity that goes on every 60 seconds on the web...

The question remains, how is the church or your ministry engaging during those 60 seconds?

(ht: Go-Globe)

10 Things To Consider About Those Who Visit Your Church

#1 You will have more guests in one year than you think.
Research shows that five to eight percent of your worshipping community will self-identify as guests. Therefore the number of guests in one year is: [(Ave. weekly worship attendance) x (.05) x (52)]

#2 Many of your guests are going through situations that make them more responsive to God. These are the folks that are most likely to be moving, changing jobs, getting divorced, having kids, etc.

#3 Your guests are assessing very quickly whether or not they are coming back. This happens much faster than we think. For example, read The 11-Minute Difference.

#4 Your guests represent step one of accomplishing the Great Commission- these are the people coming to you! How much does your church spend on foreign missions? Compare that to how much we invest into the fish that swim to the boat before we cast a net.

#5 A guest who is attending may represent years of prayer, service, and invitation by a church member. My mom and I attended church without my father for 12 years. The first time my Dad came to church with us, imagine how I felt about the church and the hospitality of the people. All I could think was “Don’t screw up!”

#6 Studies show that guests will talk about their initial experiences 8-15 times with other people. Serve guests well and multiply your message.

#7 A welcoming ministry is a great “shallow end of the pool” to get people involved in service for the first time.Yes, you have plenty of intimidating places to serve like worship, small groups, and children’s ministry. So why not leverage an easy place to start?

#8 Building a great ministry to guests nourishes a culture of hospitality because of the concrete reminders to the entire congregation that guests matter.

#9 Investment in a welcoming ministry is an investment into every other ministry your church offers. I ask churches to dream about what ministry they might start. I then tell them to get it done by first having great guest services. Do you want an amazing prison ministry? Maybe the next Chuck Colson is visiting next week.

#10 We are commanded in Scripture to be hospitable. The Greek word philoxenia literally means to “love strangers” and is used in Romans 12:13 and Hebrews 13:2.

( ht: Will Mancini)

The Key To Effective Leadership

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Ducksboard - The Only Dashboard You'll Ever Need

Just came across Ducksboard and love what I saw.

Ducksboard plans to be a place where all your analytics and metrics converge.  And not only does it mash up all the sites that I am constantly using in one place (Mailchimp, Google, Facebook etc..) but it provides you with access to the data on a multiplicity of devices.

Right now you can only sign up for invites but in the meantime you can take a virtual tour.

Ducksboard looks to be a very helpful productivity tool for churches and ministries.  Looking forward to my invitation to take it out on a spin.

(ht: ChurchMag)