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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.

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Win FREE Books - Enter Today!

Ministry Best Practices is thankful for our friends at Logos Bible Software who offer our readers a 15% discount on base packages of their incredible Bible software.

Yet what's even better than a discount? FREE! One of our favorite words!

One lucky reader in 2 weeks will receive, for FREE, a copy of the complete set (all 11 volumes) of the 9 Marks series for the Logos Bible Software.

These books are a great addition to any library and a must-read for Christians of all levels. Those who are young in the faith will be propelled forward in their spiritual growth with these accessible guides to important topics and significant doctrines. One the other hand, mature Christians, students, and pastors will reach new depths in their understanding of Scripture and the Christian life with these succinct, yet profound volumes. To get more information about this series, which is valued at just under $110, visit HERE.

To enter and to increase your chances of winning these books, complete as many steps as you can in the Punchtab below:


About the Giveaway
In case you have never participated in a Punchtab giveaway, here’s what you need to know:

The Prize
9Marks Series (11 vols.). The winner will be chosen at random on January August 1st and the collection will be sent to the winner’s Logos account. Don’t have an account? No problem! You can sign up for free here and download free apps to read your books on any device here.

How to Enter
Login below with your email address or Facebook account and follow the steps in the widget. That’s it! Each prompted action you follow will earn you additional entries. You can always come back and share a link to the giveaway with your friends for additional entries.

*Disclaimer - By entering this giveaway you consent to being signed up to Logos’ “Product Reviews” email list. You’ll receive emails featuring content written by Christian bloggers!

That's A Great Question! - FREE



That’s a GREAT Question by my friend Glenn Pearson, is only available FREE for two days only, so make sure to grab your copy today!

Believers and non-believers will be interested in this free eBook that helps to understand the presuppositions people have about God, and tackles many apparent contradictions in the Bible. 

On entering college, Glenn Pearson says, “I had no use for Christians who took the Bible seriously;” however, he came to faith in Christ, and then spent nine years on staff with Cru. He repeatedly heard the same questions about the Christian faith. “This led me to the concept of faith filters that allow skeptics to justify their philosophical and theological positions by using their own presuppositions to dismiss the parts of the Bible they don’t like,” he explains.

Check out this excerpt which defines the five basic filters that Glenn uses throughout his book. Glenn recommends his book for believers and nonbelievers.

Download your copy on Thursday, January 30th until late Friday night, January 31st. Visit www.dccebooks.com today and tomorrow, clicking on the book cover to get the free download (in various formats including Kindle, iBook, and Nook).

FREE Advent Devotional



Resources from John Piper are always solid and dependable - this free ebook is no exception.
“…this book of Advent devotionals aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. These short meditations are excerpted from the ministry of John Piper and correspond to the daily readings in Desiring God’s free devotional app, Solid Joys (available in iTunes and Google Play), as well as online.”
Download this in many different ebook formats from the Desiring God website.

Free Ebook For Preachers


from Preaching Rocket:

Learn How to Prepare and Deliver Better Messages from Fourteen of the Nation's Best Communicators
In this free eBook, you will learn...
  • How Andy Stanley builds messages that communicate to an unchurched audience.
  • Why Darrin Patrick believes in a teaching team and how he involves other preachers in the process.
  • Why Jon Acuff believs surprise and honesty are two of the most important ingredients in any talk.
  • What Louie Giglio says we should do when we don't have anything to say.
Click HERE to get it!

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
Share this post on Facebook and put a comment on the post stating you did

A winner will be chosen by the end of the week, midnight on Saturday.

CONGRATS to Karla Meachem winner of the book giveaway.

Free Zondervan Small Group Bible Study Sessions


Check out the Free Zondervan Small Group Bible Study Sessions on YouTube. Become spiritually interactive. Over 100 free Bible study sessions now on YouTube.

Discover, experience, and participate with John Ortberg, Lysa TerKeurst, Mark Batterson, Timothy Keller, Max Lucado, Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, and many more. There are videos relevant to everyone - women's ministry, men's studies, marriage studies, children's curriculum, teen studies, general small group studies, and much more.

   

 Go HERE to check them out!

Surfing For God Book - FREE!

Get ebook FREE today!
  • 68 Million searches for pornography every day!
  • 70% of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year!
Perhaps you've heard and seen statistics like this. Yet too often the advice for men and women struggling with this addiction and false fantasy is just to have more willpower or just have MORE faith. But that advice misses the point!  It usually leaves the person frustrated and still struggling.

According to counselor and ministry leader Michael John Cusick, there is a better answer.  And that answer he explores in his book, Surfing for God.  In his book, Cusick shows how the pursuit of empty pleasure is really a search for our heart's deepest desire and the real key to resistance is discovering the joy we REALLY and TRULY want.  Cusick's book goes to the heart and soul level and is deeply rooted in helping us live in the light of the gospel and the cross.

I highly recommend this book!  This book has been helpful for me and I have and will continue to use this book in my ministry work with others.

For a limited time, Michael John Cusick and the publisher Thomas Nelson is offering 25,000 copies of the electronic version FREE.  Simply go HERE and download.  Get this book, read it and pass it on.

If you are looking for the paperback version, you can simply buy that HERE

MailChimp For Churches




MailChimp is my ministry's preferred solution for creating and sending compelling email communications. I have recommended MailChimp to my ministry associates, leaders and many others. Why? Because it is easy to use, powerful and cheap!  In fact, if your church or ministry has less than 2,000 people (subscribers), it’s free.

MailChimp put together a useful guide for churches (and ministries) – it’s calledMailChimp for Churches‘. 

Now called Mailchimp for NonProfits!

If you are not using Mailchimp...you really may want to consider doing so today.

How Porn Is Harming Our Churches


Ministry leader, I hope that I don't have to tell you that pornography is prevalent everywhere today.

In fact, one in eight online searches is for pornography. Because pornography thrives in secrecy, many members of your congregation may be trapped in a cycle of sin and shame, thinking that they’re the only ones facing the temptation.

Download this FREE e-book, Porn-Free Church: Raising up gospel communities to destroy secret sins, to find out how you can help your congregation find freedom from porn in the Gospel. You’ll learn:
  • How pornography is harming our churches.
  • How to talk about pornography to people in your church.
  • What the Bible says about accountability.
  • How to counsel men struggling with pornography.
  • How to move past large events and pancake breakfasts to create a culture of accountability in your church.

Get Piper Now On Your iPad


This is great news for all you John Piper fans. Now, you can listen, watch and read over 5,000 resources from the teaching and preaching ministry of John Piper - right on your iPad or iPhone.

See the video below:


Get it from the Apple App Store for FREE!

You Might Be A Redneck If...

....you don't sign up for this Free Online Event. You see, Jeff Foxworthy wants you to preach better sermons.

 

So don't forget to sign up for Preach Better Sermons, a FREE online event with Andy Stanley, Dr. Charles Stanley, Louie Giglio, Perry Noble, Jud Wilhite, Vanable Moody and Jeff Foxworthy.

It’s happening on March 15 from 1-4 EST. All of these communicators will be sharing practical information on preparation and delivery, all to help you become a better communicator.

Change The Culture Of Your Church To Change Lives


Free Webinar for Church Leaders on Feb 29, 2012 called: “Pornography and Your Church” -
Changing the Culture of Your Church to Change Lives

The purpose of this webinar is to give pastors and lay church leaders practical ideas about how they can create a “culture of accountability” to combat the prevalent but hidden sin of pornography.
  • How do you help men to be more open about their habitual sins?
  • How do you help parents to proactively guard their homes?
  • How do you protect those on your staff from Internet temptations?
During this webinar you will hear from church leaders who have witnessed great changes among the men, women, and families in their churches.

You will also be given 5 practical steps you can take to walk your church through a similar process.

Space is limited. Join and be a part of this webinar on February 29, 2012, at 3pm

Go HERE to register

Free E-books And Resources

The Internet has introduced unprecedented challenges, and the potential threats can change daily. Being in ministry, I see all the time, the challenges to Christians and their families. As a part of the MinistryBestPractices family, I am committed to helping you be resourced in order to protect yourself and your loved ones online.

To help educate you about these Internet dangers, I am pleased to offer the latest educational resources from Covenant Eyes. All of them are completely FREE.  I know you will find these informative guides valuable, and I hope you will share them with your friends and family.

Check them all out HERE!

Free Online Summit - Check It Out!


The Leadership and Influence Summit is going to be online and for FREE on November 3 and 4.

Make Your Communication Come Alive


Do you find it challenging to find that right graphic or photo for the next church newsletter, website, or blog post?

Are you looking for free, quality stock photography for your church or ministry?

That’s where the free meta-search engine Everystockphoto can help you make your communication pieces come alive.  Everystockphoto searches millions of free stock photos from many different sources, including Flickr, stock.xchng, morgueFile and FreeRange.

All you do is enter a search term - like I did for "stained glass", and Everystockphoto returns the results in a series of easy-to-navigate thumbnails.  Clicking on a thumbnail reveals a larger image, together with more information about the photo, including license, image size, the name of the photographer and more. Also, the highest-resolution version of the image is available through the “Full Size” link.


For this blog post, I pulled one of the images of "stained glass" from the search and found this beautiful spiraled "Glory Window". You will definitely want to bookmark Everystockphoto, because chances are you are going to get a lot of use out of it.

Win A FREE Copy Of BibleWorks 8!

Cal.vini.st First Anniversary Giveaway. Over the next month (June 12th – July 12th 2009) you have the opportunity to enter to win one of two major prizes.

Cal.vini.st has procured two copies of BibleWorks 8 as prizes — the premier software tool for original language exegesis of the Biblical text. Each copy of BibleWorks 8 is valued at $349 (US).

Click Here for details on how to enter.

New Bible Translation - FREE To Download

On August 11, 2009, Thomas Nelson will release a new Bible developed by a trusted team of Bible scholars called The Expanded Bible New Testament.

For your free copy of the NT Expanded Bible in PDF, click on the link above.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

YouVersion 2.0 Is Now Online!

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The
Digerati team at LifeChurch.tv as been busier than Santa's elves. That team have so many great projects going such as One Prayer, ChurchMetrics.com and VideoTeaching.com, just to name a few... and now they have taken one of their premiere apps and made it even better...YouVersion

The new version has some great new features (for example, the parallel feature) and their user interface has been significantly upgraded. Be sure to check out the new YouVersion and see it with your own eyes.

Drive-in For A Free Webinar With Andy Stanley


DRIVE-IN is a series of live Web events created for international church leaders featuring Andy Stanley. DRIVE-IN explores the foundational philosophy and principles that guided the leadership of North Point Community Church in creating irresistible, relevant environments that continue to attract people who don't like church.

What can you expect?

DRIVE-IN includes a teaching session....

....a two-hour chat time with content experts after each session, an interactive blog, and fieldwork assignments, all designed to help you grasp the core principles Andy will present and begin applying them in your church community.

The DRIVE-IN premiere is on January 21, 2009 at 9am EST, followed by additional sessions on February 4, February 18, March 4, and March 18.

Go HERE to register!

FREE Resource On Retirement


You are never too young to think biblically about retirement. As a ministry leader, how do you view retirement? What do you teach your congregation about it?

Thank you John for this helpful and free resource:

Click here for the free PDF.

Click here for a hard copy.



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