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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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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

The Big List Of The Best Bible Apps

Looking for some apps and tools to study the scriptures...check out this roundup of some of the more helpful tools available.

The Bible App by YouVersion
iOS | Android | Web | Desktop

This is one of the most popular of the Bible apps. YouVersion’s app has been downloaded well over 100 million times. It’s quick, free, and probably the Bible app your friends use.

From their website: Our focus remains on relevancy as we consistently strive to demonstrate and teach people how God’s Word relates to everyone, no matter where they are in life. [. . .] We aren’t just building a tool to impact the world using innovative technology, more importantly, we are engaging people into relationships with God as they discover the relevance the Bible has for their lives.

Web | Desktop

STEP stands for Scripture Tools for Every Person. STEP is a project from Tyndale House in the UK. The STEP Bible study tool has a full resource of Bible and language tools and allow for in depth study across a wide variety of different Bible translations.

From their website: STEP Bible is packed full of features to help people study the Bible text, from reading and comparing different versions of the Bible to grappling with original language words, through using word clouds to track themes as they unfold in a book, STEP Bible can assist.
iOS | Android | Web

This family of Christian apps feature text, audio, and video Bibles in 1600+ languages (including multiple international sign languages). According to their site, has the world’s largest Bible language library.

From their website: Together with the ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing, provides a vast library of Bible translations to bring God’s church together making disciples from every nation, tribe, language, and people with the tools and technology of today.

Bible Gateway
iOS | Android | Web

If you Google any Bible reference, there’s a good chance Bible Gateway is your #1 result. But they’re more than an online Bible reader: they have mobile apps and lots of supplementary resources.

From their website: Bible Gateway is your rich social and personal connection to freely read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone . . . anywhere; in more than 70 languages and more than 180 versions! Its simple yet advanced searching capabilities allow you to quickly find and compare particular passages in multiple Bible translations based on the keywords, phrases, topics, or Scripture references you have in mind.

Olive Tree
iOS | Android | Web | Desktop

The Bible Study App by Olive Tree is a widely-used tool for Christians who like to dig around while they’re reading the Bible. Plus, John Piper has said it’s his go-to Bible app.

From their app page: Over 4 million people on 6 continents use ‘The Bible Study App’ to read and study God’s Word! This Bible app is more than just an e-reader, ‘The Bible Study App’ links your Bible reading with outstanding commentaries, maps, and dictionaries for an in-depth study experience. You can take notes, highlight verses, bookmark passages, and sync all of these things between different devices. Install now to explore over 100 free downloadable resources that make ‘The Bible Study App’ a must have.

Logos Bible Software
iOS | Android | Web | Desktop

Logos Bible Software has been a powerful research library for preachers and seminarians (though they’re becoming more lay-friendly). Their intricate tagging system makes Logos an invaluable tool for hardcore Bible geeks.

From their website: With easy‐to‐use tools and a massive theological library, Logos 6 delivers insight. Pinpoint answers in seconds, study the Word in its cultural context, uncover meaning in the original languages, and answer questions with confidence.

iOS | Desktop

Accordance is the elegant Bible scholarship software for savvy readers and ministers. It focuses on speed, ease of use, and building a specialized library of relevant resources for Christians.

From their website: Your time is valuable, so Bible study software shouldn’t be cumbersome or complicated. Accordance Bible Software places all the tools you need right at your fingertips in one easy to use, lightning-fast interface. And with a host of amazing new features in Accordance 11, going deeper in the study of the scriptures has never been simpler.

iOS | Desktop

It’s the iconic, barebones free Bible study tool. The e-Sword app lets you search and compare various Bible translations, plus some quick original-language lookups (using Strong’s numbers). It’s well past 25 million downloads.

WORDSearch Bible Software
iOS | Android | Desktop

It’s a Bible app that helps Christians search the Word. You can also build out a library of Bibles, commentaries, lessons, maps, and more resources from their store.

From their website: WORDsearch Bible Software, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, has been a provider of premium Bible study software since 1987. WORDsearch is recognized as the leading Bible software “serving those who preach and teach to change lives.” WORDsearch offers preachers and teachers over 4,500 Bibles and books that make Bible study faster, easier and more enjoyable. The QuickVerse brand is also a part of the WORDsearch family of Bible software.

Bible Web App

This sleek Web app lets you read Bibles, commentaries, and even Greek and Hebrew texts side-by-side. It’s free to access, and its search result graphics are a delightful treat for Christians.

From their website: Online Bible study application with bonus study features for studying Greek and Hebrew. Developed by Digital Bible Society with major contributions from John Dyer and Michael Johnson.

Blue Letter Bible

The Blue Letter Bible has been making the Bible and other reference works free on the Web since 1995. They took the name “Blue Letter Bible” from the fact that way back then, most hyperlinks were blue. Their vision was to link every word of the Bible to supplementary reference works—which would make for a lot of blue letters!

From their website: Blue Letter Bible provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through our free online reference library, with study tools that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith.

An addendum: If you are Windows Phone user, a reader pointed out that there a couple of good options for you as well.

Bible NIV
Daily Bible

Tools For Finding And Creating Illustrated Bible Verses

As a church communicator perhaps you've discovered, as many others have, that a powerful way to make a Bible verse and it's truth memorable is to in fact illustrate it. And now it's easy to find and even create illustrated Bible verses. In the online Bible study tool, Biblia, it will, when applicable show you illustrated depictions of the Bible verse you may have looked up and are studying, such as these examples below. (if you are viewing this in an email and the embedded verses don't display, click to view on the web)

If you want to create your own, there is the  YouVersion app which will allow you to create a verse image straight from the app and even enable you to easily share it with your friends.

Explore and try these options above. They will help you make these and many other verses of Scripture memorable and visually compelling for you and your audience.

Explore The Narrative Of The Bible Through Video

Bible project
Are you familiar with the Bible Project? If not, you need to be, they are doing some great work. They are a group of people committed to creating free videos and resources that explore the narrative of the bible. There videos are not just a great resources for your own personal study, but would be great for any Sunday School or Bible Study group too. Check out the video below, and more from them on their website.

Link Love Thursday

These are some good reads from the interwebs, we want to share them with you, please check these out:

6 Core Skills Of A Leader Who Develops Talent by Dan Rockwell

Rise & Shine: The Morning Rituals Of Our Great Creative Minds by Taylor Pipes

3 Reasons Why Reading The Bible Feels Like A Chore by Aaron Armstrong

No Grey Area by Kevin DeYoung

Brian Williams And The Tragedy Of The Male Ego by Rick Phillips

8 Books For Pastors Who Want To Last

Finishing Strong
guest post by David Sanford

Every pastor who still wants to be in the ministry five years from now needs to carefully read eight books. All eight have been game-changers for me.

1. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by Arbinger Institute (Berrett-Koehler). This international mainstream best-seller applies what turns out to be the Golden Rule and a few other biblical principles to daily life including marriage, family, work, and ministry. Foundational truth of this book: We all have blindspots. By definition, we can’t identify, let alone address, our blind spots on our own. Instead, we need to invite a few respected, trusted individuals to speak into our lives with love and truth about each blind spot, weakness, and failing.

2. Leadership Above the Line by Sarah Sumner (Tyndale). On the back cover I’m quoted saying: “If you lead leaders, push other books aside—and make this the next one you read. Leadership Above the Line is 60 percent story, 100 percent breakthrough insights on leadership formation. Dr. Sarah Sumner’s character-based model is clear, her story is compelling, and her application tools are transformational. Highly recommended!”

3. The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and Ken McElrath. This best-seller redefined what it means to climb to the top of the ladder. The authors forcefully argue against the traditional leadership ladder and, in its place, present a compelling, biblical, and counterintuitive character-based ladder developed in the context of relationships of respect and trust.

4. TrueFaced: Trust God and Others with Who You Really Are by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol and John Lynch. Building on their best-selling breakthrough work, the authors emphasize the pivotal role of trust. Without trust, they argue, we effectively shut out God and others from speaking into our lives—speaking into our character development and the destiny God has planned specifically for you and for me.

5. Free to Disagree: Moving Beyond the Arguments Over Christian Liberty by John Wecks (Kregel). I sometimes jokingly say this book should be titled, Free to Disagree Agreeably. I recommend reading this book together with…

6. One Lord, One Faith by Rex Koivisto. Koivisto’s book differentiates between what the author calls “the core of orthodoxy” over against secondary and tertiary points of doctrine and practice.

Finally, every pastor in the ministry for the long-haul needs to read these two books:

7. Leaders Open Doors by Bill Treasurer (Open Book). I’m from a long line of atheists in Seattle. When I fully dedicated my life to Jesus Christ at age 13, I was disowned. To this day I thank God for my first Christian Education pastor, my first youth pastor, and my first senior pastor. Each opened doors for me and completely changed the trajectory of my life. The senior pastor served God winsomely to his dying day. The other two are still in pastoral ministry, and for good reason. They still know how to open doors for others.

8. The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Conflict by Ken Sande (Baker). When Ken Sande speaks, I listen. He’s an attorney, a pastor by heart, and a Bible teacher extraordinaire. In this landmark volume, he presents four basic biblical principles for resolving conflict: Glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Get the log out of your own eye (Matt. 7:5). Go and show your brother his fault (Matt. 18:15). Go and be reconciled (Matt. 5:24). Bottom line: Ken Sande says that conflict consistently presents us with the opportunity to demonstrate the presence and power of God at work in our lives.

David Sanford serves on the leadership team at Corban University in Salem, Oregon. Among his many publishing credits, David is executive editor of Holy Bible: Mosaic, general editor of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family, co-author of How to Read Your Bible, and author of If God Disappears: 9 Faith Wreckers and What to Do About Them.

13 Resources For Ministry Leaders Who Struggle With Porn

Church Drowning Porn

The culture is drowning in porn and unfortunately the church and it's leaders aren't doing much better. Below are some helpful resources for ministry leaders to help them out of the bondage of porn and onto the pathway of freedom. Please feel free to add in the comments section any resources that have been helpful for you.

from Covenant Eyes:

Internet Pornography: A Ministry Leader’s Handbook —This free e-book, written by pastors and counselors, helps ministers who struggle with pornography understand the importance of confession and accountability. It addresses why pastors are particularly vulnerable to pornographic temptations and what should be done to bring this truth into the light.

10 Stories of Pastors in the StruggleRead, watch, and listen to the stories of pastors who have struggled deeply with porn and sex addiction and how God set them free. — Jeff and Marsha Fisher were church planters until Jeff’s porn addiction came to light. After he was removed from church leadership and found help in overcoming his sin, he started, a website for anyone trapped in sexual temptations.

Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, by Michael John Cusick — Michael was sexually abused and exposed to pornography as a child. Later in life, serving as both a youth pastor and a counselor at a Christian university, his sexual struggles only became more acute with porn and prostitutes. This book talks about what he learned in the midst of recovery

Ashamed No More: A Pastor’s Journey Through Sex Addiction, by T.C. Ryan — Pastor Ryan had a lifelong struggle with sexual addiction and secrecy. This book shares his story of learning to let the gospel of Christ transform him into a man who can be open, honest, and unashamed before God and his Christian family.

Breaking the Silence: A Pastor Goes Public About His Battle with Pornography, by Bernie Anderson — Bernie Anderson battled behind closed doors with pornography for years. In this book, Anderson tells his personal story of struggle and how God changed his life, giving practical tips to protect yourself and your family.

My Struggle, Your Struggle, by David Erik Jones — Pastor Jones struggled with porn as a pastor. This book is his personal story of porn addiction that lasted 20 years and how he found freedom while serving in the ministry.

Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn’t Good Enough, by Justin and Trisha Davis — Justin didn’t just struggle with porn. As a pastor, he also began an affair with another church staff member. This book shares Justin and Trisha’s story and how their marriage recovered.

The Pornography Trap, by Dr. Mark Laaser and Ralph Earl, Jr. This book addresses what should be done when ministry leaders (pastors, deacons, choir directors, Sunday school teachers, etc.) struggle with Internet pornography. The authors share the core issues related to sexual sin and how to develop a biblical view of healthy sexuality.

Restoring the Soul of a Church, edited by Dr. Mark Laaser This book from the The Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute describes the devastation that can happen to a church congregation when a pastor sexually sins and is removed from the church. It gives insight about the neglected secondary victims of abuse: the congregation, the wider community, other clergy, the wider church, the offender’s family, and the pastor who takes over.

Stone Gate ResourcesDr. Harry Schaumburg has been counseling Christian men and women about sexual and relational brokenness for years—with a special emphasis on caring for pastors and ministry leaders caught in sexual sin. His intensive counseling is known around the world as one of the best for sexual addiction. — This is a ministry of Focus on the Family for pastors, including a pastoral care line for ministers who need to speak with a trained counselor. - This site is part of the Ministry Best Practices network. On the site are valuable resources and articles to combat and address pornography within the church.

excerpted from Covenant Eyes

Please feel free to add in the comments section any resources that have been helpful for you.

This Week's Ebook Deals!

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The Top 20 Books On Theology

Want to take a deep dive into the study of Christian theology? These books are a good start. These are Ministry Best Practices' top 20 books on theology - which encompass both systematic and biblical theology.  Here is the list below:

  1. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
  2. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John Frame
  3. Christian Theology by Millard Erickson
  4. Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by Gregg Allison
  5. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B.B. Warfield
  6. Ethics for a Brave New World by John and Paul Feinberg
  7. Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen
  8. The Church by Edmund Clowney
  9. Pilgrim Theology  by Michael Horton
  10. Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
  11. The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  12. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy
  13. God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughn Roberts
  14. An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach by Bruce Waltke and Charles Yu
  15. New Testament Theology by George Eldon Ladd
  16. New Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Exploring the Unity & Diversity of Scripture by Rosner, Alexander, Goldsworthy, Carson
  17. The Goldsworthy Trilogy: Gospel & Kingdom, Wisdom & Revelation by Graeme Goldsworthy
  18. A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New by Dr. Gregory Beale
  19. A Commentary of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament edited by D.A. Carson and Dr. Gregory Beale
  20. Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments by Geerhardus Vos
Would you add any additional books to this list?

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Top 15 Books On Evangelism

These are Ministry Best Practices' Top 15 Recommended books on the topic of evangelism. Some of these books address the theological underpinnings of evangelism. While many others help us in becoming a much more effective practitioner of sharing our faith in Jesus.

Here is our list:

Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People by Will Metzger

Just Walk Across The Room by Bill Hybels

Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman

The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert F. Coleman

Finding Common Ground by Tim Downs

Evangelism Out of the Box by Rick Richardson

The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!” - Charles Spurgeon

What would you add?

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Top 12 Must Read Leadership Books

As leaders we are continually called to be growing and developing. That goals is often accomplished by reading - that is why it is said that "leaders are readers". As a leader, I am constantly digesting books - especially ones about leadership. I know that this isn't an exhaustive list below, but here are some of the top leadership books you should have on your shelf and be ready to read (if you haven't already done so). Some of these books are classics. Some are fairly new and recent. Some are spiritual and ministry minded. Some are business and marketplace focused. Yet all of these books below are must read books for every leader.

Getting Things Done - David Allen

Making Ideas Happen -  Scott Belsky

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

Good to Great - Jim Collins

Spiritual Leadership - J. Oswald Sanders

Dangerous Calling - Paul David Tripp

Leaders Who Last - Dave Kraft

Decisive - Chip and Dan Heath

Courageous Leadership - Bill Hybels

Contemplative Pastor - Eugene H. Peterson

Any books you feel are missing from this list??

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The 25 Best Christian Books Ever Published - Classics

Recently I published the article, The Best 50 Christian Books Ever Written. And although the list included some books older than the 20th century, most of the mentions on the list were recent in their publication. Therefore, I want to compliment that list with this one below that includes older contributions that have lasted through the test of time.

Anything you would add? Please include your suggestions in the comments below.

Confessions, Augustine
The Rule of St. Benedict, Benedict Of Nursia
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis
Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin
Dark Night of the Soul, John of the Cross

Pensées, Blaise Pascal
The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Orthodoxy, GK Chesterton
The Cost of DiscipleshipDietrich Bonhoeffer

Religious Affections Jonathan Edwards
Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce C.S. Lewis
The Book of Common PrayerThomas Cranmer, et al.

Paradise LostJohn Milton
On Consideration, Bernard of Clairvaux
Lectures on Romans, Martin Luther
Something Beautiful for God, Malcolm Muggeridge
A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Helmut Thielicke

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Roland Bainton
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
Knowledge of the HolyA.W. Tozer
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith
The Idea of the Holy, Rudolph Otto