Having a church website is great. You can rally and inform your current members, and invite or introduce people from your community to your church and beliefs. But just having a website doesn’t work. You need to find ways to promote your site effectively so that people will visit. Unfortunately, it is no longer enough […]
The last couple of weeks have been unseasonably warm here in the Pacific Northwest, and last Sunday was especially hot. My kids pulled out the slip-n-slide, and spent the afternoon staying cool with their neighborhood friends. Then they heard that magical sound coming down the street: the distinctive chimes of the ice cream truck. Thinking […]
Opening on March 3rd, History Channel’s The Bible received ratings unexpected by Hollywood elites. By its final episode on Easter weekend it had been seen by over 13 million viewers. Through various blogs and news articles I have seen Christians take a stance both for and against the various episodes and their accuracy to the […]
Easter is early this year. In less than four weeks, you’ll need to be prepared for what is often the highest-attended service in your church. Will your sermon be ready? As you’re preparing, don’t neglect a crucial element in communicating your message: visual elements. The message of the resurrection is a powerful love story, one […]
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A few months back, I decided to try using my iPad for preaching. When I speak, I don’t use a manuscript, instead relying on the sermon graphics as visual cues. My problem was that when we moved into a new facility earlier this year, the screen on the back wall was too small for me to read from the stage, and the congregation’s screen is almost directly overhead. So [...]
In this video, SermonView’s Larry Witzel explains how you can use your iPad to control your sermon slides from up front while preaching.
The message of the gospel has not changed, but the ways that we can communicate it has radically been overhauled by technology. As churches learn to communicate with their members and evaluate various forms of outreach it is easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of online tools that may, or may not, be […]
God wants your church to grow. As the Apostle Paul wrote about the Church in Colossians 2:19, “The whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow” (NIV). Yet today, even churches that want to grow are in a challenging environment, where seeds are too often choked out by all the weeds in our society (Mark 4:18, 19).
If you want to see God’s church grow, there is one thing you absolutely must do. If you want to reach people where they are at, if you want to punch through the communication clutter all around us, you cannot speak softly.
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I grew up outside of the church. During my early high school years I was sent to a Christian school—not because my parents had faith, but because the school offered discipline and structure. As a young man entering this new world I felt confused by the ideas and words that were used around me. Today, […]