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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.

Do More Than Just Pass The Plate - Infographic

Does your church or ministry provide online giving? Perhaps you do in some way, yet is it easy to access and use? Are you encouraging people to utilize it? Many organizations aren't fully utilizing online giving and all of it's capabilities (i.e. mobile, access to giving history).

If your organization is simply only passing the offering plate and not providing for online giving then you are missing out.

Here are three key points from the infographic below:
  • Outside of the church, Americans are writing less checks and paying bills online more.
  • With online giving, you can reach this generation of checkless and paperless people as well as set up automatic, recurring donations.
  • Only 14% of Protestant churches in the U.S. offer online giving, but churches with online giving actually earn more money.


How Is Media Affecting Kids?

It is important for the church to understand how technology and the digital media is impacting the next generation - so here are some important facts to consider:
  • Children under 2 spend 53 minutes a day watching television.
  • 73% of parents say they want to limit their children’s TV watching, but many do not put up barriers or rules to prevent it.
  • More than three fourths of teachers use media and technology as a teaching tool in schools.


Book Giveaway - Ministry In The Digital Age

Ministry Best Practices is giving away a free copy of this fantastic primer on how to use and leverage technology for your church and ministry.

Ministry in a Digital Age is not a simple "how to create a website" or "how to use Facebook" for churches and ministries   This is a book on how to go about putting together a strategy for using digital tools.  

David Bourgeois wrote this book not to convince you that the Internet or social media is important or that your ministry should use it. Rather, he wrote this book for one purpose: to provide churches and ministries with the guidance they need to successfully embrace and use digital technologies as a means to fulfill their mission.

Ministry Best Practices has ONE FREE copy to give away.  To enter to win all we ask you to do is either:

Tweet this post with the hashtag #MinistryBestPractices  OR
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A winner will be chosen by the end of the week, midnight on Saturday.

CONGRATS to Karla Meachem winner of the book giveaway.

The Hyper-Connected Teenager

It is self-evident that you and I are living in a hyper-connected culture - we seem to be always "on". And what is true of many adults is even more true of our teenagers-they are constantly connected. For those of you involved in youth ministry, that fact can either be a good thing, or it can be a disaster.

The infographic below looks at both sides of the hyper-connected are some key takeaways:

1. The risk of losing face to face communication.  Teens today are replacing relationships for digital ones. They are similar, but face to face communication is critical and crucial in a church/youth group setting.

2. 95% of teens have access to the internet, and 74% have access to internet through a mobile device. The fact of the matter is that youth ministers/workers need to be navigators of the digital world, not novices.

(ht: Youth Ministry Media)

How To Treat Your Elders?

How should we treat our elders - those in leadership within our church? 1 Timothy 5:17-25 lays out 4 things that God’s people must do:
  • Provide for their needs (5:17-18)
  • Protect their reputation (5:19)
  • Pursue their repentance (5:20-21)
  • Provide their reinforcements (5:22-25)
(ht: Blog of Dan)

Science And Religion - Infographic

For many in our culture science is their religion...and unfortunately science and faith have been pitted against each other- yet that hasn't always been historically the case. But as Dr. Voorhis aptly says, "Science and faith must be friends, for the same God is active in both."

(ht: Veritas Forum)

Characteristics Of A Good Leader

Just being in a position of leadership does not make a leader great. Clare De Graaf, author of "The 10 Second Rule", explores what it takes to become a great leader.

Are Christians More Like Jesus Or Like The Pharisees?

One of the common critiques leveled at present-day Christianity is that it’s a religion full of hypocritical people. A new Barna Group study examines the degree to which this perception may be accurate. The study explores how well Christians seem to emulate the actions and attitudes of Jesus in their interactions with others. You can find more about the study and it's methodology HERE

Where Are You The Most Creative?

According to this infographic below, a British company surveyed workers and found that not only are their workers more productive when working remotely, but they also feel less creative at the office. Where do they get their most innovative ideas? At the pub :-)

Where are you the most creative?  I know for me it certainly isn't in a boardroom or office environment.