Creating A Church Testimony Video

Powerful evangelism takes place as people hear experiences which show Gods power and continued ability to change lives and reclaim hope.

Here is a step-by-step system for creating gripping church testimony videos. This is the type of video that shares the real story of someone in your church – their story of life change in Christ.

By the end of this video, you’ll know what questions to ask during your interviews, the best way to light your setup, and you’ll see a pair of real examples.

 

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Dan Story:  https://vimeo.com/160722018

Aaron Story:  https://vimeo.com/179466658

Creating Sermon Quote Memes Using Pablo

 

If your church is on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, you are likely always looking for content. Sermon quotes are a great way to keep the message fresh for people who were in church on Sunday or encourage those who missed it to listen or read it online.

Sometimes preachers are willing to pull out quotes of what they thought was important. This is also an excellent role for a volunteer. Look for the people who take notes during the sermon. They probably have them ready to go as soon as worship is over. You can post these quotes as plain text on Facebook or Twitter.

But, for more impact, make them into a graphic. Using a free web app called Pablo (https://pablo.buffer.com/) you can create beautiful images with overlaid text. Pablo will even help you get the image sizes right for posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

Get away with HIM and you’ll recover your life

Scripture Thought

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  Matthew 11:29-30 The Message (MSG)

Perfect Love

If we do our work in yoke with him, we will find fulfillment and experience good relationships with God and people.* When God gave work to Adam in the Garden of Eden, the work was easy and the burden light under God’s authority.

Jesus invites us to work in yoke with him with the promise of rest for our souls.

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7 Questions To Ask Before You Preach

Francis Chan: 7 Questions To Ask Before You Preach

This message appears as a chapter in Thinking. Loving. Doing: A Call to Glorify God with Heart & Mind (https://amzn.to/2IW0gMR).  It highlighted the importance of loving the people to whom he preaches. He mentioned seven questions that he asks himself in preparing to preach.

1. Am I worried about what people think of my message or what God thinks? (Teach with fear.)

2. Do I genuinely love these people? (Teach with love.)

3. Am I accurately presenting this passage? (Teach with accuracy.)

4. Am I depending on the Holy Spirit’s power or my own cleverness? (Teach with power.)

5. Have I applied this message to my own life? (Teach with integrity.)

6. Will this message draw attention to me or to God? (Teach with humility.)

7. Do the people really need this message? (Teach with urgency.)

 

Francis Chan (website: FrancisChan.org) is an author and church leader, formerly the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. Chan has authored several books, including Crazy Love and Forgotten God. He is also the founder of Eternity Bible College and sits on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis lives in California with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

 

Francis Chan

Promote Your Vacation Bible School on Social Media

Vacation Bible School

School’s out and kids (and parents!) are itching for new exciting activities to spend their summer days. As your church starts to plan for Vacation Bible School or day camps, how can you best get the word out so families know about the fun that will take place at your church?

Using social media as a tool to reach new and existing families in your church is an easy and cost-effective way to spread the word about your upcoming summer programs.

Here are 5 tips for promoting VBS on social media.

Don’t wait to start promoting your VBS! Parents start planning out activities for their kids well in advance for the summer. Make sure your church’s VBS is on the calendars of families all over your community by promoting on social media!

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Needs Guests are Attempting to Meet When They Come to Your Church

I saw this article that asked the question: “Why do people come to church?”

When you think about it from a broader, cultural context, it’s sort of an unusual behavior. Especially when it seems like the new studies on church attendance that come out every week all point to the national decline in church attendance.

But why?

In an age when attending church is becoming a fringe behavior in our culture, here are the top 5 reasons why from Rich Birch @ Unseminary?

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8 Common Characteristics of Successful Church Revitalizations

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  1. The pastor formed an alliance of key influencers in the church
  2. The influencers made a commitment to pray daily for revitalization
  3. The church made a commitment to look like the community
  4. The church boldly confronted the issue of sacred cows
  5. Leadership developed a clear and compelling vision
  6. Leadership communicated a sense of urgency
  7. The pastor was willing to endure a season of intense criticism
  8. The leadership of the church was willing to let go of members

Some highlights from today’s Report:

  • When you listen to members in the church, you build trust that can help you lead more effectively.
  • Successful revitalization often doesn’t place until the church decides it must look more like the community.
  • Churches need to do away with the idolatry of sacred cows.
  • Your church needs to have a clear and compelling vision.

10 PIECES OF ADVICE FOR A YOUNG CHURCH LEADER

You’ve served, prayed, studied and waited for this day to come. I know that feeling from so many years ago: the eagerness to get started, the ideas that keep popping up in your head, and the excitement leading to the beginning of your ministry role. I’ve been there, and there’s nothing like it.

As someone who has been in ministry for decades, I want to share some advice that should serve young leaders both now and in the future.

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5 essential elements of transformational small groups

Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another.

When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied 2,300 churches sponsored by 15 denominations. Less than half of those churches said they had a plan for discipling people. Only 60 percent had someone responsible for the spiritual formation of children, students, and adults.

The vast majority of these churches weren’t satisfied with the state of discipleship or spiritual formation. We know there is a great level of dissatisfaction in many churches about where they are on the issue of discipleship, but what is the solution?

We also conducted a Transformational Discipleship study of more than 3,000 Protestant churchgoers and asked them about spiritual formation. One of the five items most predictive for spiritual maturity was participation in a small class or group of adults such as a small group, Bible study or adult Bible fellowship.

But what makes a small group thrive? Our studies discovered five elements of a transformational small-group environment: mission orientation, word-driven mentality, multiplication mindset, stranger welcoming and kingdom-focused.

1. Mission orientation

First, every small group should be mission oriented and focused on becoming part of and following God in His mission for the world. When someone becomes a believer, he or she takes on the responsibility of being globally minded; this mindset contributes to his or her spiritual growth and maturity.

2. Word-driven mentality

Second, small groups need to be firmly rooted in the Scriptures, which are a source of life and growth. Sharing life’s struggles and encouraging one another is a healthy part of any community. But too much sharing can make the group seem like a support group. The needs people share in the group need to always be hedged-in and examined through the lens of Scripture.

3. Multiplication mindset

A third aspect of transformational discipleship groups is a multiplication mindset. The purpose of a group is to eventually reproduce into another group that is making and growing disciples of Christ. This element of small groups helps members stay open to change and inviting to new people.

In order for this element to function properly and most effectively, church leaders need to relinquish ministry and leadership into the hands of believers in their church and not cling tightly to power. While groups can multiply under the leadership of an elite few in the church, the possibilities of growth is minuscule compared to what occurs when the laity are leading their small groups.

4. Stranger welcoming

A fourth element of small groups is that they are welcoming of strangers. Small groups must always be aware of new people in the church and new people in their groups. Intentionality involves creating a welcoming and relational environment for new people. Without this the group becomes inward-focused and loses sight of the mission to make more disciples.

5. Kingdom-focused

A fifth and final component of transformational groups is a kingdom-focused mindset. Groups need to stay focused on what God wants to accomplish in their time together, not how they can be the most exciting small group in the church. Groups cannot exist for the sole purpose of emotional support for its members, but must find their place in God’s greater plan of advancing his kingdom.

Transformational discipleship can happen when small groups are focused on God’s mission, His kingdom, and His word. And when they are welcoming to strangers and intent on multiplying. All of this begins when people move out of the pew and into circles in order to be in community with one another and provoke one another to love and good deeds. This is essential.

Ed Stetzer Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research.

This article was first published on EdStetzer.com. Used with permission. 

Video – Set Up Your Church On Google My Business

One of the best ways to get organic traffic to your church is by setting up your Google My Business account (aka GMB). Here is a tutorial showing you, step by step, how to do it.

Setting up a Google my business listing may seem easy at first. The 2019 interface is very intuitive, so it seems. You go to Google my business, create an account, start filling up the form and, in less than 10 minutes, you’re done.

A few days later you verify your listing with the Google postcard verification code hopping customers will be flooding in…but the phone stays quiet.

Why?
– Have you chosen the right category for your business?
– Was there a Google listing for your business already in Google?
– Did you fully optimize your listing so you get the best chances of being found in the
Google snack pack and across Google maps results?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions I suggest you watch this Google my business tutorial I have put together where I cover every aspect of setting up a Google my business listing the right way and how to optimize it so you hit the ground running from the minute you verify your listing.

Throughout this video you will learn the following:

STEP N#1 Create a Google account: 1:00
STEP N#2 Check if your business is already listed on Google: 2:28
STEP N#3 Create the right google listing for your business : 4:27
STEP N#4 Optimise your listing for best SEO results: 10:25

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Request ownership of a business listing https://support.google.com/business/answer/4566671?hl=en
Create your listing https://www.google.com/business/
Google my business guidelines (https://support.google.com/business/a...)