PODCAST: Listen as Craig Adams discusses navigating digital streaming providers – from live streaming and licenses, to using playlists to get your congregation and choir more involved with the worship songs your church is singing.
People take advantage of the longer summer days by going to the beach, the lake, the mountains, the pool, the car wash, the mall, and anywhere else that isn’t the church.
In addressing upcoming church trends, Carey Nieuwhof mentions that after his church started a live stream they ended up with more online attendees than in-person attendees. Live streaming didn’t kill the church, but it did make them pause to consider how best to reach those online attendees.
A team’s success and failure rises on the health of its culture and how well it’s protected. But you can’t protect a culture if it hasn’t been defined. And you can’t truly lead unless you’ve defined what you’re leading towards.
Your volunteers worked countless hours (your staff, too). Take the time to write out ‘Thank You’ notes to each and every one of them. If you have the budget, include a gift card in the note to them.
Just because you love the church you serve, the people you serve with, and the work you do doesn’t make this tension between work and life disappear. In fact, it makes it worse. It makes it easier to justify not having balance or boundaries.
Leaders have people who follow them, while managers have people who work for them; this is about culture. Leading a team and managing a team are two different things.
Do you know which pastors struggle the most with burn out? It’s actually not pastors of large churches. It’s pastors of small churches. If you’ve ever pastored a small church you understand why. You’re expected to be everywhere and take care of everything.
There are many great sites to find training for worship leaders online today.
How do you engage your audience visually, in an organic, visceral, relatable way?
Sound and light in worship services excite our God-created sensory systems. While some worshipers welcome them, they could make others feel uncomfortable.
We’ve all heard the adage about only getting one shot at a first impression. So in addition to evaluating sermons and songs, we should also evaluate our worship spaces and structures.
PODCAST: Pastors often are hurt by church members or church circumstances. Thom Rainer discusses how to deal with this hurt and why you shouldn’t just throw in the towel at the first sign of hurt.
It’s not easy for most churches to attempt new songs. Whether it’s 1890 or 2017, people have not changed all that much. Even so, there are some good reasons to question whether doing a new song is appropriate.
The stronger our songs, the more vividly we can paint the nature and character of God, and the more passionately our people will respond in worship.