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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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Showing posts with label Infographic. Show all posts

Everything You Need To Know About The Bible [Infographic]

Studying Jonah? Revelation? Colossians? New Spring Church has a great collection of infographics as part of their Bible Need To Know series. These infographics will help you understand and give you a basic overview of a particular book of the Bible. They don't have an overview of every book in the Bible, but so far they have a pretty good collection. You can check them all out HERE


25 Proven Steps To Beat Porn Addiction

Porn addiction is running rampant - not just in our culture but also throughout the church. And yet too often the church is afraid or relunctant to talk about the issue and problem candidly. Our silence though is helping to breed shame, guilt and creating deeper addiction. There a lot of things we need to consider in helping to address and break porn addiction. Yet one of the first steps in moving forward toward freedom from porn is having intentionality and a plan.

Stop Procrastinating carried out a groundbreaking survey of 2000 men who beat their porn addiction to find out what techniques and strategies really worked. Then they detailed the answers in this infographic below. The survey found that more than 75% of men who adopt a plan will reduce or break their addiction to porn.

So make sure you check out our instructive infographic below. It can really help you to combat your use of porn – it’s backed by evidence and science.


Courtesy of Stop Procrastinating – Guide to beating porn addiction.

Your Website Is Still The Best Way To Communicate [Infographic]

communications
Are you curious how your nonprofit, church or ministry's marketing and outreach compares against other organizations? Which marketing and social media channels are most important to those in the non-profit sector? Do you share the same challenges faced by other organizations?

All of these questions are answered in the Nonprofit Marketing Guides’ 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. Here are some highlights from the report and the infographic below:
  • Your church and ministry's website is still the most important communications channel. 
  • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube remain the top three social media sites for nonprofits.
  • Your peers in other ministries are posting to Facebook at least once a day.

How Often Should Your Ministry Communicate?


Perhaps as you plan around all your communication channels, your ministry and organization are constantly asking - to what frequency should we be communicating? Of course, the right answer for your organization depends on many factors, your audience, the relationship you have with the people, their expectations, etc...

Yet perhaps you need some averages to use as benchmarks and to start the discussion? Here are the most popular communications frequencies, according to the 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report.

Twitter Updates: Multiple times a day

Facebook Updates: At least once a day

Email Appeals: Quarterly

Email Newsletters: Monthly

Direct Mail Appeals: Twice a Year

Direct Mail Newsletters: Quarterly, assuming you send one. A third of nonprofits won’t send one at all.


(ht: Kivi's Nonprofit Communication Guide)

#GivingTuesday 2015 Was The Most Successful Yet - Infographic

Giving Hands

Every year on the Tuesday following the Thanksgiving-Cyber Monday shopping period, many people are interested in giving back. To focus on that objective, #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012, and it has grown more popular each year.

This year, participants managed to raise almost triple the amount of money raised last year, bringing in more than $116.7 million, with more than 1.08 million donations from 698,961 donors.

Did you ministry participate in #GivingTuesday? Why or why not? Did you receive a good response from donors?

BTW, if you haven't had a chance to give - go to Ministry Best Practices' #GivingTuesday partner - CMDA Atlanta and give a gift of hope and healing today - GIVE HOPE & HEALING


The Shocking Truth On How Churches Communicate

Big Church
How churches communicate based on their size may surprise you. You may be thinking the larger the better, but is that notion really true?

The Unstuck Group dug a little deeper to find the differences of church communication between small and large churches. Small churches being those with 1-499 and large churches being those with over 500.

Look at the infographic below and see if any of the winners in the side by side comparisons surprise you? How does your church stack up?

Can We Really Trust That This Common Productivity Hack Works?








“You can do two things at once, but you can't focus effectively on two things at once.”

“Juggling is an illusion. ... In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession. ... It is actually task switching.”

- Gary Keller - The One Thing

I just finished was Gary Keller's book called The One Thing - a must read book for any leader.  This book, as well as other experts and proven research have put to rest the myth that multi-tasking works - yet there are still too many people who are bragging that they do it, and believe that it actually helps them.

Before you pick up a copy of Keller's book, here are some key insights from the book
  • Extraordinary results are determined by how narrow you can make your focus
  • Do fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects
  • Small dominos can topple much larger dominos; stack them right
  • Success is built sequentially
  • The six lies between you and success: Everything matters equally, multitasking, a disciplined life, willpower is always on will-call, a balanced life, and big is bad
  • Multi-tasking is a lie
  • It takes 66 days to create a habit
  • Become a person of powerful habits
  • How we phrase questions we ask ourselves determines the answers that eventually become our life
  • Connecting purpose, priority, and productivity determines how high above the rest successful individuals and profitable businesses rise
  • Purpose without priority is powerless
  • Resting is as important as working
Below is an helpful infographic that doubles down on the futility of multi-tasking.

Here are three key points from the infographic below to help you stop multitasking and be more effective:
  • People don’t multitask, they switch tasks, which with the starting and stopping, make it 4x longer for your work and can have 40% more mental blocks. Therefore much work time is actually lost! 
  • The best way to be more effective is to reduce the attempts at multitasking. Decide what is most important and do it first. 
  • According to the infographic, when you have better prioritization, you can have lead status (insert here: time with congregants), more revenue (insert here: time for better tithing options) more conversion rates (insert here: time responding to emails and contacting community members).















































































































(ht: Churchmag)

10 Facts About The Great Commission

The Great Commission
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. 
(Matthew 28:19–20)
We hear the Great Commission from the gospel of Matthew mentioned quite often, yet for most the main takeaway is to "GO". But this conversation between Jesus and his disciples is jam-packed with other interesting and important things to know. Here are the 10 facts I wish everyone knew about the Great Commission.



(ht: Churchmag)

Are You Leveraging The Power Of Online Giving?

Online Giving
If you have been paying attention these last couple of years, you've probably noticed that online giving has seen phenomenal growth.

 Is your church or ministry offering online giving? Is online giving easy and seamless to your constituents? Are you offering more than just a "donate button" but also providing text to give and mobile app options too?

In the infographic below is a closer look at both the how and why of online giving growth.



(ht: ChurchMag)

Give The Gift Of Hope And Healing

Ministry Best Practices is proud to be a part of #GivingTuesday today and to support Christian Medical and Dental Associations of Atlanta (CMDA Atlanta).

CMDA Atlanta is a movement and ministry dedicated to seeing people's lives transformed through providing needed medical care alongside the hope of the gospel. CMDA Atlanta is impacting the world with the gospel through the care and compassion of medicine.

Please watch the video and see the infographic below - both illustrate the need we are meeting and the scope and impact that CMDA Atlanta is having. It also shows how you can help and be a part of this life changing work and ministry. If everyone just gave something, whatever they were able, we could, through this movement and ministry, easily reach the need in making a significant impact in transforming lives with the power of the Gospel through medicine.  Thanks for your prayerful consideration for this ministry during #GivingTuesday

Go to www.CMDAatlanta.org/donate to learn more.


This infographic below also illustrates the impact you can make through this ministry.


How Do Pastors Feel About Their Job?


excerpted from Christianity Today:

Though pastors are stressed by overwhelming ministry demands and low salaries, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year.

In a first-of-its-kind study, LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent of senior pastors in 2005 had left the pastorate 10 years later for reasons other than death or retirement.

"Pastors are not leaving the ministry in droves," said vice president Scott McConnell.

Still, pastors say the role can be tough:
  • 84 percent say they're on call 24 hours a day.
  • 80 percent expect conflict in their church.
  • 54 percent find the role of pastor frequently overwhelming.
  • 53 percent are often concerned about their family's financial security.
  • 48 percent often feel the demands of ministry are more than they can handle.
  • 21 percent say their church has unrealistic expectations of them.

"This is a brutal job," McConnell said. "The problem isn't that pastors are quitting—the problem is that pastors have a challenging work environment.

"Churches ought to be concerned, and they ought to be doing what they can."

Here are some fascinating infographics and statistics from that report. 





Read the entire report overview HERE

Christian Universities In America - Infographic



The United States has a long history with Christian universities. Let’s take a closer look at the history behind and the current state of private, Christian colleges in the U.S.


4 Facts About Seminary Debt

Student Debt
Being called into vocational ministry and going to seminary to prepare for that call can be a wonderful blessing. I have fond memories of my time in seminary. Yet there is another side to the coin - the cost of seminary and the mountain of debt that a student can incur to finish seminary. If you are a student considering seminary (or know someone who is) here are 4 important facts to be aware of.

1. A majority of seminary students will take on debt
2. Seminary students already bring lots of debt with them from the undergraduate education
3. There is a lot of regret with seminary grads in regard to their debt and what they didn't know
4. Ministry jobs don't pay enough to adequately repay that debt

None of these facts alone should dissuade you from going to seminary, but you should at least be aware of the financial issues and count the cost (literally!)





(ht: Seminary Scholarships)

Want To Create Awesome Visual Content For Social Media?

Visual Content
You probably are well aware that using eye-popping visual content for your church/ministry on social media channels increases engagement with your audience tremendously. If you have any doubts, look at these statistics below. According to HubSpot:

  • Facebook posts that feature photos account for 87% of interactions on the site. (Source: eMarketer)
  • Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites, and 150% more retweets than those without. (Source: Buffer)
  • Even tweets that only have a link to a photo or video receive a boost in retweets averaging 35% and 28%, respectively. (Source: Twitter)
  • In 2014, 70% of marketers planned to increase their use of original visual assets like infographics and memes. Visual content also ranked first among content types marketers want to learn more about. (Source: Social Media Examiner)
Of course the key to designing and sharing great visual content is knowing the appropriate dimensions necessary for each individual social media site (btw, Canva.com does a great job in helping you keep to the necessary image sizes)

Below is a helpful infographic which outlines the various social media image sizes.

(ht: Canva.com)


Is your church asking too much info from first-time visitors?

When a first time visitor comes to your church, how much information do you ask from them? You may assume that because someone has visited your church that they are willing to simply divulge as much information as possible to you. Yet a first-time guest to your church may not be as willing to do so as you think, in fact, many first-time visitors may be simply there to check out your church with relative anonymity. Or perhaps there is general concern that divulging too much information may invite unwelcomed communication from the church - communication that they are not ready yet to receive.

So the question is, how much information should you request from a first-time visitor? What information is enough?

What information does your church ask of your guests and visitors?


Working In The Clouds Or The Dirt?

Working Dirt
What kind of leader are you? Are you the kind that always likes to work in the clouds - loves the big picture, generating new ideas, loves to cast vision and motivate others? Or are you the kind of leader that so often works in the dirt - loves building systems, achieving goals and is energized by the details and the process?

As a leader you may gravitate to one or the other of these emphases. Yet as a leader we are called to do both...sometimes having to operate in the clouds and sometimes having to operate working in the dirt.

So how do you do them both? The infographic below has some great tips for not only starting to generate ideas (working in the clouds), but then making them flourish (working in the dirt).


Churches Take Notice Of The Top Web Trends For 2015

Here are the top 5 web trends of 2015. Here are some highlights, that churches should pay attention to!

  • Americans spend 2.5 hours/day on mobile devices and 57% of people will not recommend someone if the website looks bad on a mobile device.
  • The average attention span for an adult online is only about 8 seconds. You do not have long to get your content to your website viewers.
  • 40% of people respond better to visual information than plain text (so your website better use video and picture media to tell your story..not just words)


(ht: ChurchMag)

The Top Bible-Minded Cities In America



Hollywood has been betting big money that America still loves the Bible. From Noah to Exodus to the forthcoming Last Days in the Desert, a fictional look at Jesus’ temptation in the desert, Scripture has returned to the screen. But what is America’s relationship with the Bible?

In Barna's annual “Bible-Minded” cities report, Barna Group partners with the American Bible Society to explore how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. Which cities top the list? And which cities have the least Bible-minded populations?

Find out where your city ranks >

How The Most Creative People In History Lived Their Day

creative thinking
Turns out great minds don’t think alike. Discover how some of the world’s most original artists, writers and musicians structured their day, based on ‘Daily Rituals’ by Mason Currey. Filter the different categories by toggling on or off, and hover over the colored bars to learn more about the daily (click HERE for the interactive graph)


The above info doesn't characterize the entire life of each person but a specific period of time as recorded in diaries, letters and other documentation.

22 Expert Tips On Fundraising - Infographic

See below in the infographic by Jenn Fortner the top tips and advice on fundraising by the experts. She asked 22 fully-funded missionaries to anonymously answer the question: "If you could tell a new itinerating missionary one thing about raising fund, what would it be?" The infographic below pulls together the responses she received.


(ht: Jenn Fortner)