Because we live in a broken world, our children face a battlefield every day. And on this battlefield, they face monsters of fear, anger, shame, apathy, greed, loneliness, and pride. However, we know that, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). We also know that these monsters gain strength and grow from a pack of lies that suggest we are unworthy or wrong-headed to think we can do anything about our state of affairs. God’s Word tells us something different, and as our children realize God’s teaching through the Word, they will understand more fully how to fight against these monsters. Is your child wrestling with one or more of these monsters? Set apart some time and read through this article with them. Together you’ll learn how to overcome fear and find victory as God’s Word exposes each monster as a lie. As a bonus, you can download a free "7 Monsters" resource pack that includes a powerpoint, bookmark, and video bumper.
Churches today that don’t use video confine their outreach potential and limit their overall impact. More than ever, people are giving their attention to the screens in their hands. Churches who use video to get on those screens open themselves up to a highly relevant avenue in which to influence people for Christ. So, “When might the best time be for a church to start up a video ministry?”, you might ask… “Um… How about now!?” So without further ado, here are seven specific ways in which video can help expand the outreach and impact of your ministry this holiday season.
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Pastor Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of October. While it may seem your pastor gets enough appreciation from their loyal fans or the satisfaction of a well-delivered sermon, your pastor could likely use some appreciation. Consider this article as the ultimate guide for Pastor Appreciation Day and perhaps you would consider taking the whole month of October to honor and appreciate your pastor.
Our family decided to do a little staycation this summer. With two little guys, it just felt easier to take a break here at home than to load up everything that’s required to take two young kids on vacation somewhere. (You feel me, parents?) During our time off together as a family, here’s what I learned. There are two keys to any good vacation or staycation… Communication Planning
We’ve got two words for you… Capital campaign. You know what we’re talking about, right? That clearly defined season at your church that’s designated to raise money for a specific ministry. Those two words probably evoke one of two reactions from you as a church leader… You’re excited about the possibility. You’re overwhelmed with dread. Honestly, we understand both! No matter how you feel about capital campaigns, here’s the truth: they’re probably a necessary part of life at your church. Creating a calendar for raising money at your church is huge! Think about it… For starters, without a designated and organized effort, it’s hard to gain momentum. Next, people understand campaigns. They recognize that campaigns have both a start and end date. In other words, they know that your church is asking for money specifically for this season. Campaigns allow your church to increase its focus and energy around your church budget for a short period of time. So whether you’re raising money for a specific fund, vision, building expansion, staff hire, or new ministry, we want to help make your capital campaigns both simple and successful. To do that, walk with us through the three phases of a great capital campaign…
Our friend Brett Bzdafka is back on the blog today to give you some insight into why Clover Streaming is so special! We also wanted to let you know about a webinar coming up on October 2nd at 11am PST titled "7 Proven Ways Video will Help Your Holiday Ministry". If you're even starting to think about Christmas , be sure to click on this page and get registered! On a scale of 1 to 10, how “techy” would you consider yourself to be? Regardless of your answer, this reality rings true... We live in a video world. For some reason there’s this perception out there that only church staffers who view themselves at around an 8 or higher on the “techy” scale are capable of running a video ministry. Maybe that’s the way that it used to be, but we’re happy to announce that things have changed. At Clover, we believe that every church should be empowered with an easy way to use video to reach people for Christ.
In case you missed it, my family grew by one member this year. We welcomed our newest little guy into the Marzano crew. Now that I’m a father of two, it changes the way I see the world (Those of you who have kids know this to be true)…. It changes the choices I make. The way I sleep (and don’t sleep). How I do my grocery shopping. And it changes the way I see church. When I think about when to attend, where to plug in, and whether or not to serve, I don’t start by thinking about what’s best for me. Like most parents, my first concern is what’s best for my family. That’s why it’s so important for your church to include information about children’s ministry on your website.
Disasters happen, is your church prepared? Hurricanes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes, power blackouts, active shooters, and epidemics are just a few examples of disasters that could disrupt the lives of your congregation and community. Because preparing for disasters forces your church leadership, staff , and members to think about uncomfortable topics, proactive leadership from the pastor and church leadership is required to combat these natural tendencies.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Your website is the front door to your church. It’s the first thing most people see. Before they ever set foot in your church’s actual lobby, they’ll spend time on your website. That’s why you want their experience on your site to be so simple, easy, and engaging that they’ll make the move from spectator to attendee at your church. One goal of any church website should be to move visitors from behind the screen to inside the walls of your church. And one of the best ways to do that is to make sure your website makes a great first impression! If the website is the front door to your church, then the home page is the front door to your website!
For those of you who have been keeping up, our friend Brett Bzdafka from BoxCast is back! He's guest writing today to give you some insight into live streaming, and how you can easily get up and running with Clover and BoxCast. To learn more, click on the button at the bottom of the post. Part 1 of the Conversation: “Wouldn’t it be great to broadcast our services live onto our website? I noticed that the church down the street started doing that a few months back and it looks really nice. I know that a lot of people in our community come to our website to see what we’re like before visiting, so it would be really neat to be able to give them a glimpse into our Sunday morning worship through online video. We do have a lot of members that are homebound or in the hospital, as well, so live streaming would probably be a real blessing to them, too.” Part 2 of the Conversation: “As much as I’d love to look into what this might look like for our church, I bet broadcasting video online is really complicated and expensive. We are really busy on Sunday mornings, too, so this would be another thing that would take more volunteers and I’m just not sure that we could manage this. We’d have to find a volunteer who is really techy, as well, and I’m just not sure that we have a person who fits that mold. Well, maybe we’ll stream our services one day, but it’s probably just too much to look into now. Let’s revisit broadcasting online in a year or so.”