Archive for June, 2008

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10 ways to take care of your mamas

June 29, 2008

Ever since our son was born 9 months ago, my wife (Delina) and I have become aware of the lack of adequate facilities in many churches to accommodate mothers and children. In this session, Delina and I outline 10 things you can do to take better care of the mamas in your church.

Assuming that your church offers a Mother’s Room/Lounge, make sure that it is:

1. Easily accessible

2. Private

3. Single-use

4. Quiet and comfortable

5. Equipped with sound, video or some access to experience church service

6. Well-equipped with extras (wipes, diapers, rocking chair, etc.)

7. Baby proof

8. Clean

In addition:

9. The culture of your church should be welcoming and understanding

10. Train your ushers to assist the mamas hauling babies.

What sorts of facilities/service does your church provide for your member mamas and visiting mamas?

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10 Ways to “WOW” Your Visitors

June 22, 2008

We have the awesome responsibility to wow our visitors. Your church can be as small as a match box, but it should look presentable to guests and members.
Here are a few ways to wow your visitors.

1. Make your church plant appealing to the eye from the outside.

2. Greet visitors/seekers and be genuine.

3. Have signs

4. Make your plant look appealing on the inside.

5. Inspiring Music

6. Inspiring preaching

7. Adequate parking

8. Keep it about worship

9. Functional website

10. Be involved in the community

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10 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Naturally

June 15, 2008

These 10 ways were adapted from the book by Christian Schwartz Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches.

I hope these are a blessing to you. If you haven’t read the book I think you should pick it up.

1. Empowering Leadership

2. Gift Oriented Ministry

3. Passionate Spirituality

4. Fuctional Structures

5. Inspiring Worship

6. Holistic Small Groups

7. Need-Oriented Evangelism

8. Loving Relationships

9. Outreach

10. Provide professional growth

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10 Books Every Pastor Should Read

June 15, 2008

As a young pastor you know that we must stay up on our craft. Pastoral ministry is more than just preaching and teaching, we must be able to perform our duties in a professional manner reaching people for Jesus Christ.

While this is not an exhaustive list of books, they are books that will serve you and your membership in a awesome way.

Let me know your thoughts. Here are the books.

1. unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters

2. The Intentional Church: Moving From Church Success to Community Transformation

3. The Five Star Church

4. The Dynamics of Church Leadership (Ministry Dynamics for a New Century)

5. The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

6. First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences In Your Church

7. Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It

8. No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church

9. Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God (Lifechange Books)

10. Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God