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When Are You Too Old to Lead Worship?

David Santistevan on your best role for the glory of God and the good of the church. There comes a time in everyone’s life that no one looks forward to. That time where the train takes off. Life moves at deafening speeds. Where at one point you were on the…

Why Do Ministry Leaders Who Need Help Refuse to Reach Out for It?

Rhett Smith cautions against being so outwardly focused on the needs of others that you don’t look at your own needs. The irony of the work that I do as a therapist is that ministry leaders are one of the biggest referrers to my practice. They often instinctively see someone…

Keep Your Passion From Burning Out

“How do you stay motivated?” That’s what one of my mentees asked me last week while we were sitting around a fire in my backyard. He told me he struggled staying motivated to do anything for more than two weeks at a time before burning out and giving up. It’s…

Can the Church Calendar be Relevant in Contemporary Worship?

Glenn Packiam explains that the liturgical year was developed as a way to help the spiritual formation of Christians. I’m not in love with all things old. I don’t think then is better than now. I’m not trying to get back to how things were. My journey in learning about…

6 Ways You Can Promote Your Christmas Series or Event

Evan Courtney lists ways to invite visitors to your holiday services: One of the great things about Christmas is that people who don’t normally go to church are inclined to go during Christmas if they are asked or given the opportunity to go. So we need to leverage this and…

Readings and Scripture Ideas for Christmas Eve

Bill Hoppe offers themes, Scriptures and readings for Dec. 24: THEME IDEAS Darkness is overcome by light; despair gives way to hope; prisoners are freed; and death is vanquished by the promise of salvation. These are the life- and history-changing forces set in motion by the birth of a child—a…

Holiday Services and Men

David Murrow on creating men-friendly Christmas services: Kyle and Bonnie have been married almost twenty years. Kyle hates going to church. Bonnie loves it. This has caused tension in their marriage, as she subtly prays, preaches and prods Kyle toward religion, and he steadfastly resists. But Kyle “does Bonnie a…

The Top Five Reasons Your Church Could Land in Court

A review of 12,000 court rulings from 2012 reveals the most-common reasons that American churches were taken to court last year. Legal expert Richard Hammar compiled the rulings and analyzed which types are rising and falling for Church Law and Tax, CT’s sister publication. His top five categories: 5) Zoning…

5 Things Worship Leaders Need To Remember Each Sunday

Kristen Gilles encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus: If we’re honest, we’ll admit that most of us struggle to look up and fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Sometimes our hearts even want what belongs to Jesus. We want our performance to…

Avoiding Volunteer Burnout

Tiffany Deluccia on top problems churches have when trying to build a volunteer force: Tell me if this sounds familiar: Your nursery workers look…irritated. They had a passion for ministering to young parents by providing a safe and nurturing environment for their little ones, but that fire is gone. They’ve…

Why do One-Third of Pastors’ Kids Drop Out of Church?

What do Rick Warren, Katy Perry and Jessica Simpson have in common? They’re all pastors’ kids. A fascinating new study of children of the clergy is making news today, with some remarkable insights for us all. You’ve probably heard of the stereotypical prodigal pastor’s kid who was raised in the…

Stopping Church Decline

From Mark Powers, Director, Worship & Music Office SC Baptist Convention: There is good news and bad news for the modern Evangelical church. The bad news is that we are in a rapid statistical decline in almost every category of evangelical life: 80% of our churches have plateaued or declining…

Worship Planning: Song Types

Hoss Hughes on selecting songs and organizing your set list. There’s many creative ways to plan the music for any worship service: drawing songs out of a hat, throwing darts at your pile of sheet music, singing whatever feels good on Sunday morning and hoping the band can keep up.…

4 Technology Options that Might Kill the Church Bulletin

Lauren Hunter: What happens when printing costs rise, volunteer help is down, and people look less and less to paper and more to their iPhones? The church bulletin is a staple, tried and true, trusted in and relied on by all. Bored by the announcements? Peruse your well-loved bulletin. Looking…

How to Lead a Creative Team

Michelle Dunn on producing a worship experience: Accepting the position to lead a creative team really took some pondering, prayer and research for me. I am a person who plans, schedules, sticks with a plan and lives within the “box.” I have found that creative people seem to “dance to…

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