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A Pastor’s Guide to Effective Sunday Morning Huddles

Conducting a successful Sunday morning service week after week requires intentional planning and coordination of numerous volunteers. With so many moving parts and on such a tight timeline, holding a Sunday morning huddle is a great tool for setting the morning off on the right foot. A huddle is a dedicated time before the service where volunteers come together to prepare, connect, and align their...

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How to Engage Volunteers for One-Time Projects

In the life of a vibrant church community, there are often special, one-time projects that require the energy and dedication of volunteers. Whether it's setting up for a special event, lending a hand at Vacation Bible School (VBS), or participating in a community service excursion, these projects, though not recurring, are important parts for fostering community engagement and spreading goodwill b...

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How to Nail Content for Your Church’s Social Media

Social media has become a powerful tool for churches to connect with their congregations and reach the wider community. Most churches, however, don’t use social media to its full potential. What if, instead of just using your social platforms to share updates and post event flyers, you could actively deepen your community, reach new people who need encouragement, and share God’s truth and love...

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How To Structure a Newcomers Class for Church Membership

Every church congregant goes through certain phases— first, they may just be visiting. If they stick around, they’ll probably attend casually and anonymously for a while. After a little bit, as they feel more belonging and investment in your community, it’s important to give these newcomers the opportunity to take a more concrete step in becoming an active participant in and member of the co...

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3 Immersive Ideas for Good Friday Services

Good Friday is a solemn and reflective day in the Christian calendar, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for humanity’s sins. On the original Good Friday, Christ-followers did not know that Jesus would rise again in three days. They thought they were witnessing the death of God. When we recognize Good Friday today, we’re solemnly remembering the ultimate act of love that came before...

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Meaningful Youth Ministry Trends for 2024

Youth ministry is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape, shaped by the unique challenges and opportunities of each passing year. As we embark on the journey of 2024, here are the latest trends shaping the spiritual development of today's youth to give you ideas and inspiration for how to breathe new life into your youth ministry in the new year. Digital Discipleship. In an increasingly digital...

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Exciting Trends in Kids Ministry for 2024

As we step into 2024, the landscape of kids ministry continues to evolve, driven by innovation, changing societal norms, and the ever-growing need for engaging and impactful experiences for children. Here are some of the most notable trends shaping kids ministry in 2024 to give you insight and inspiration for how to nurture the spiritual growth in your children’s ministry in this new year. Di...

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10 Ideas for Elevating the Guest Experience in Your Church

The heart of every hospitality ministry desires to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for both regular attendees and newcomers. Your team plays a crucial role in shaping the first impressions of guests, making it essential to focus on simple yet impactful gestures. Here are some ideas to enhance the guest services and hospitality experience within your church. Genuine Greetings Sometimes th...

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7 Fresh Ideas for Young Adults Events in the New Year

The new year is an exciting time in our culture. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the past year and how we want to grow, learn, and evolve in the new one. You can take advantage of this reflective, aspirational energy in your youth ministry with events that encourage your students to consider how they can continue to seek God and God’s plan for their lives in 2024. We’ve put together seven ...

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7 Creative Ideas for Approaching Church Small Groups

Small groups play a vital role in fostering community, deepening spiritual connections, and providing support within a church family. It’s easy for churches to fall into a rhythm with groups, offering the same recurring studies and breakouts based on age and gender. While there’s nothing wrong with consistency— especially if it’s serving your community!— your church has the creative oppo...

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5 Tips for Talking About Giving Around Christmas

As the Christmas season approaches, churches welcome a diverse array of visitors and guests eager to partake in the warmth of community and celebration. For pastors like you, this presents a unique opportunity to engage the congregation in conversations about giving, sharing the spirit of generosity that defines this joyous time. Finding the right "giving language" is crucial during the holidays, ...

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7 Tips for Simplifying Your Holiday Calendar

The holiday season is a special time for the church community, filled with opportunities to connect, celebrate, and share the joy of the season. However, managing the church's holiday calendar can be overwhelming, with the temptation to pack it full of events and activities. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of simplifying your approach to the holidays and focusing on just a couple of ...

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How to Build a Strong Teaching Team at Your Church

Does your church need a teaching team? In many churches, the role of teaching and preaching often falls on a single individual, typically the pastor. While this tradition has its merits, there are numerous benefits to building a church teaching team. A teaching team can bring diversity, depth, and a broader range of perspectives to the pulpit. It also allows for pastors to lean into their gifts a...

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Six Church Service Ideas for the Sunday After Thanksgiving

The week after Thanksgiving is a special time for church communities to come together and reflect on gratitude, share in fellowship, and spread love to those in need. It's an opportunity to transition from a season of thankfulness to a season of giving. In this blog post, we'll explore some creative church service ideas for the week after Thanksgiving that can help foster a sense of unity, service...

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Do prizes and giveaways help or hurt church growth?

In a time where attracting and retaining congregants has become increasingly challenging, churches often find themselves exploring unconventional methods to foster growth and engagement within their communities. One such strategy gaining traction is the use of prizes and giveaways to entice individuals to attend services, events, or participate in various church activities. While these incentives ...

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Buy It or Write It: Choosing Curriculum for Kids’ Ministry

As a Children's Pastor, implementing a curriculum that will guide the spiritual growth and development of the young minds in your care is just one of your many important tasks. When it comes to curriculum, there are two main options: purchasing a ready-made curriculum or crafting your own from scratch. Both approaches have their merits, and in this post, we'll explore the pros and cons of each to ...

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6 Inspiring Student Ministry Series Ideas for the Fall

Fall is an exciting time of transition in our ministries. Not only do the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, but students are returning to school, moving up grade levels, and ready to get back to work. In youth ministry, we have the opportunity to ride the momentum of this back to school energy and invigorate an atmosphere where young hearts can encounter God in fresh and meaningful w...

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Best Practices for Changing Lyric Slides

When executing services and events at your church, the onscreen presentation is a huge part of your congregation’s experience. When it comes to slides with lyrics, going unnoticed is the goal. If an attender is thinking about when the slides change, it’s likely because they’re too early or too late. In that case, they serve to distract from the experience rather than enhance it. Here are...

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How Pastors Can Embrace Sabbaticals for a Lasting Ministry

In the relentless pursuit of ministering to others, church pastors often find themselves drained emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Sabbaticals serve as an invaluable tool to help ministry leaders refresh their spirits, recenter their vision, and fortify their commitment to their calling. Taking months away from your ministry, however, can be an intimidating proposition. Here, we’ll delve...

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How to Follow Up with Families After Vacation Bible School

Summer Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an exciting and impactful event in the life of a church community. It provides a unique opportunity to share the love of God with children and families, creating lasting memories and building strong relationships. However, the impact of VBS does not end when the final day concludes. Sometimes families are introduced to church and Jesus for the first time throu...

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