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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.

Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts

How To Get Maximum Impact In Sharing Your Story Via YouTube

You probably already know the impact a video makes in helping your church or ministry communicate it's message. The visuals that a video provide are powerful. Now, with the help of YouTube, your video will have a lot more BANG!

As a non-profit, church or ministry, you can register your account with YouTube in their nonprofit category. By being in that category organizations up to now have had the privilege of inserting a "Call to Action" overlay on top of the video. Certainly up to now this has been a great way to drive someone to action, whether it be to serve, go, give or to learn more. But now YouTube is offering something different. Something more powerful. You'll first notice the difference when you're editing a video in the video manager - you will now see a new option called "cards"

With cards you have more options to engage your audience. You can use cards to add interactivity to your videos. Cards can point viewers to a specific URL (from a list of eligible sites - this is a site that you must verify ownership over) and show customized images, titles, and calls to action, depending on the card type.

Watch this video, which is an overview of cards - it's use and function.

Also, watch how a non-profit called CMDA Atlanta, uses cards to engage the audience throughout the course of the video.

What do you think? Can you see how the power of using cards will be a game-changer for your ministry?

Merry Christmas - The Story Told In Video And Graphics

Merry Christmas from Ministry Best Practices. As we celebrate this day with our families, we wanted to share with you a video and some graphics that may be a blessing to you and to your friends and family.

Below is another great video from Dan Stevers that communicates all you need to know about Christmas "in a nutshell".

Also, below is a collection of graphics and illustrations that communicate in creative ways the message of Christmas, particularly the message that Jesus came for a be our redeemer by dying on the cross for our sins and giving us new life through His resurrection.

Jesus Is The True And Better

This is a video that's been out there for a couple of years, but just saw it recently as it was played at a Christmas concert at my church. Seeing it again reminded me, especially during this Christmas season, of how Jesus' coming is the perfect culmination and fulfillment of all that has come before.

from Dan Stevers:

In 2013 I heard a talk from Tim Keller that changed the way I read the Bible, specifically the Old Testament, and I knew I had to share it. The idea of seeing Christ throughout the Old Testament was a revelation for me that changed the way I view the Bible's stories and characters.

After months of working on this project with some truly talented people I am thrilled to present "True and Better". May it help you to see Christ throughout the entire Bible and may it change your life like it has mine.


How Not To Make Disciples

Want to know how NOT to make disciples? In this humorous and insightful 2 minute video clip from the Verge Conference, Francis Chan begins to answer the question, “How can we make true disciples of Jesus?”

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Explore The Narrative Of The Bible Through Video

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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.

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 to learn more.

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

Jordan's Song

We wanted to bless you today with beautiful and moving song composed and performed by 92 Keys called Jordan's Song. Jordan’s Song is in memory of Jordan Zappia who died unexpectedly at 16 months and is dedicated to all families who have lost a child. Jordan’s Song is an original composition created by 92 Keys and filmed in Boise, Idaho. You can read more about the song, story and project HERE on their website.

How To Cure Inattentiveness

A new product to address smartphone distraction and inattentiveness. Present Spray is for that moment when you realize that the person you thought you were talking to wasn’t actually paying attention to you? Patent pending.  Enjoy!

Why Do We Feel The Need To Blame Others?

You are probably a bit of a blamer - most of us are. In this witty video short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behavior.

Spiritually, at the core, blame shifting surfaces when we forget the gospel and fail to apply it to our life. Here below is how blame shifting often manifests itself and how, when we apply the truth of gospel, it brings remedy and arrests our need to blame others.
  • Complain: When I complain, I'm looking for sympathy when I suffer.The Gospel says that God identifies with me in my weakness and knows himself what it's like to suffer.
  • Criticize: When I criticize, I have self-righteously set myself up as the judge of others, but my insight is skewed. I see the sin/mistake/character flaws of others, but I foolishly think I’m exempt. I'm self-deceived. The Gospel tells me that I am a sinner, and that I will not find a worse sinner out there. It was my sin that held him there, and I am often blind to my own sin.
  • Defend: When I am defensive, I feel a need to explain myself or to get someone to understand me. Ultimately, I'm trying to justify myself. The Gospel says that I can be misunderstood. I don’t have to defend myself, because I can trust myself to "him who judges justly." Jesus is my advocate. He is the best defense attorney in the universe! I don’t have to justify myself, because I am justified in him.
(list from Christ City Memphis)

Are You Failing To Ask Donors For Money?

Are you afraid to ask donors for money? Unfortunately many people are, and yet the irony is that even some of them are "fundraisers" themselves.

But have you ever considered the thought, what if donors WANT to be asked? In this video, you’ll hear two stories of when donors weren’t asked…and the development person who regretted NOT asking.

Click the image below to go to the video and watch and learn from other people’s mistakes.

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How To Discover The Power Of A Grounded Question

Mark Strom unveils for us the power of a grounded question. The power to breathe new life into ideas and conversations! His learning is grounded in his own story: a childhood of chronic illness growing up in Australia, a first career as a truck driver ...and laborer, over two decades advising senior leaders on strategy, innovation and engagement, and first-hand experience of leading the turnaround of a public institution as its CEO. A must see video to watch!

Connection Between Porn & Sex Trafficking Is Undeniable

Sex Trafficking
This is an issue that we need to be addressing within our churches, especially with our young people.

from Walt Mueller 

Since we began researching and talking about the issue of pornography, we’ve seen the value of telling the truth about the connection between pornography and sexual trafficking. This is a truth that our kids need to hear. We must connect the dots for them. Sexual trafficking is an issue that the emerging generations care deeply about. Still, pornography use is pervasive among this very group, shaping them (more accurately misshaping them) in powerful ways. Not only must we seek justice in response to sexual trafficking, but we must seek justice by seeing how pornography use makes us complicit in sexual trafficking. If we seek to fight sexual trafficking yet engage in it ourselves, we are divided, dis-integrated selves. We are doing wrong.

This great little video is something you can use to spark discussion and a thoughtful response to these issues. . .

The Rise Of The Churchless

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Based on two decades of Barna Group interviews with thousands of churchless men and women, the new book Churchless by Barna and Kinnaman outlines a profile of the unchurched and the cultural context that has led to the trend away from church.

 “It’s critical to recognize these trends have a huge impact on how our churches and faith organizations work,” says David Kinnaman in a joint interview with George Barna. “It is harder today—based on this data—to go out and say ‘invite your friends to church.’ So recognizing the context in which these trends play out is very important for church leaders, and for us as researchers.”

According to the Churchless data, in the 1990s, 30% of the American population was unchurched. Today, two decades later, that percentage has risen to more than four in 10 Americans (43%). (Tweet This)

“If we want to turn that trend around,” says George Barna, “we’ve got to understand what these people are thinking, what they’re doing, why they are making these particular choices, what we could do to actually serve them better, to understand them, to love them, to do everything we can to help them get closer to God. . . . Armed with this kind of information, it’s a lot more likely that you’ll come up with a strategy that enables you to have positive impact on the lives of such people.”

Kinnaman agrees, “Jesus asks us to be faithful wherever we are, in whatever context we are. So good information helps us to learn how to be faithful.” Watch the full interview with George Barna and David Kinnaman below, and find out more about today’s unchurched population in their new book, Churchless.

Christmas In The Dark Places - Video

This can be a very difficult season for many people - loneliness, hurt and pain. We think and assume that Christmas is a season of joy for everyone, yet for many people it is a place of darkness and depression. There is hope. Real Christmas can shine in the darkest places.

Watch the video below, Christmas in Dark Places by RevivalMedia - and make sure to read the video's accompanying transcript also available.

It used to be summer when Christmas came round,
Neath tall southern skies, over sun-scorched ground,
With the backyard cricket, the barbies, the beach,
And munching on mangoes to watch the Queen's Speech.
The slatherings of sunscreen, the glorious glare
And toasting the glow in the warm evening air. 
It used to be summer... when I was young.
A golden age in a land far flung.
But there came a point, I crossed a divide,
Went up in the world and summer had died.
December is dark now, the nights close in,
So we huddle together as kith and as kin.

It's winter now when Christmas rolls round,
We celebrate still though with different surrounds.
We mull the wine and strike the matches,
Light the fires, batten the hatches,
Gather around the warming beam
Of family love or a TV screen.
So safe inside, no place to go,
We toast marshmallows and let it snow.

Our summer's gone, if you've been around,
you've felt the fall: life's run aground.
We've gone up in the world, seen summer die.
So what's our hope? The dark defy?
Stoke the hearth? Retreat indoors?
Rug up warm with you and yours?
The shadow reaches even here,
But THIS is the place for Christmas cheer.

It's dark, in the bible, when Christmas is spoken.
Always a bolt from the blue for the broken.
It's the valley of shadow, the land of the dead,
It's, "No place in the inn," so He stoops to the shed.
He's born to the shameful, bends to the weak,
becomes the lowly: the God who can't speak!
And yet, what a Word, this Saviour who comes,
Our dismal, abysmal depths He plumbs.
Through crib and then cross, to compass our life.
To carry and conquer. Our Brother in strife.
He became what we are: our failures He shouldered,
To bring us to His life: forever enfolded.
He took on our frailty, He took on all-comers,
To turn all our winters to glorious summers.

It's Christmas now... whatever the weather,
Some soak in the sun, some huddle together.
But fair days or foul, our plight He embraces.
Real Christmas can shine in the darkest of places.

How To Make Any Church Hip And Relevant

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Need to make your church hip and relevant? Need to bring the crowds into your church this Christmas? Then perhaps this strategy maybe an option for your next church promo. (enjoy a little humor today)

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How To Create Shallow Small Groups In Your Church

Shallow Small Group
These videos are a classic and been around for a few years, yet after watching them again I think that they are still very relevant and make a salient point - that too many of our small groups are simply shallow - they aren't intentionally helping to make and equip disciples of Jesus Christ.

The best small groups that I have discovered for my walk with Christ have revolved more around serving together than meeting around onion dip and chips in someone's living room.

How do you experience small groups? Has it been frustrating or rewarding?

Video #1

Video #2 

Rescued From Our Brokenness

We see the evidence of our broken and hurting world everywhere. The images that confront us and we see of that broken world are powerful. Yet even more powerful than any brokenness, hurt or pain, is the rescue and hope that comes through Jesus Christ. I trust this video will bless you today.

Maybe It's Time To Challenge Your View Of Millennials

from Mashable:
This argument isn't new: Millennials, or those born between 1980 and the mid-'90s, are lazy, apathetic, entitled, narcissistic — the "Selfie Generation," too obsessed with technology to make lasting, meaningful connections. 
But as most millennials will tell you, those are exceedingly unfair generalizations. Gen Y does care. In fact, 84% of millennials say that knowing they're making a positive difference in the world is more important than any professional recognition. Welzoo, an online charity driving service, and Column Five created a new video campaign, dubbed "The Millennial Rebuttal," to fight these stereotypes.
I would agree with this assessments especially based on experience with my ministry CMDA. Having just gotten back from the Global Mission Health Conference, I saw thousands of millennials, who are within healthcare, show and demonstrate a significant desire to make a positive and meaningful difference in the world through their vocation and calling of medicine.

Watch this video below, and you decide if millennials are all too lazy, apathetic and entitled.

That Is The Grace - Video

“The marker of those who understand the gospel of Jesus Christ is that, when they stumble and fall, when they screw up, they run to God and not from him, because they clearly understand that their acceptance before God is not predicated upon their behavior but on the righteous life of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial death.” ― Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

How To Unleash Your Creative Sparks To Find Fresh Ideas


This PBS video below echoes some of the themes we have covered before here at Ministry Best Practices, 

5 Ways To Spark Creativity

Where Are You The Most Creative?

29 Ways To Stay Creative

3 Simple Rules To Help Sustain Creativity

4 Phrases That Will Kill Great Ideas Forever

Ways Your Mother Lied To You About Creativity

As we've said before, creativity isn't about merely finding or discovering something never thought of before, rather it is about making new and fresh associations with what we already know. Watch the video below and be inspired! 

from the video producers:

Creativity has always been essential for our cultural growth, but there are still many misconceptions about this elusive process. 

Not the left-brain/right-brain binary that we've come to believe, being creative is considerably more complex, and requires a nuanced understanding of ourself and others. Being a powerful creative person involves letting go of preconceived notions of what an artist is, and discovering and inventing new processes that yield great ideas. Most importantly, creators must push forward, whether the light bulb illuminates or not.