Exodus 35:29 (NLT) So the people of Israel—every man and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them through Moses—brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord.
Don’t forget, our electronic devices are tools. We should never let them become distractions or detractors, but they can be useful.
Here are 3 things to do with your smartphone while you’re sitting in church this Sunday…
I see it all the time. A Facebook profile that should be a page. A Facebook page that is dormant or only posts things that are also posted on someone’s profile. For a lot of people, this may not matter that much. For a church or business that’s using Facebook as a key part of their advertising and marketing strategy, it matters.
As I’ve looked around Facebook and seen the pages I like and follow and as I’ve talked with other churches and learned along the way, I’ve come to some conclusions about Facebook and social media. Some conclusions about how to best utilize it and how to make it look excellent without shelling out a ton of money.
Here are a few tips for businesses, churches, and anyone wanting to better use Facebook (and most other social media networks as well)…
One of the most common asked questions for me as a pastor is the question,
“Can you pray for me?”
Being a pastor that loves people, I certainly can’t tell people no.
For years, I’ve had trouble remembering who to pray for. I’ve made attempts in the past to write them down or enter them into the reminders app on my phone, but none of that stuff ever worked. A few months ago, I decided that I needed an app or program that could handle only my prayer stuff. I didn’t want it to get confused with the other lists and to-do’s on my phone and computer.
If you see small groups as a church growth strategy, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Trust me.
Small groups are more than that. Let’s not ask small groups to do what an event, or a mailer, or a concert, or a guest speaker, can do.
Small groups are the backbone God uses to fuel faith. They’re the system that churns out disciples. The engine that meets not because it’s always met so it has to meet to check off a box…but because it wants to.
We all remember when that was the hot button thing to say when a friend of yours was about to do something wrong. We were even told to ask ourselves, “WWJD?” when we were faced with a temptation. That trend lasted through the late 90’s/early 2,000’s. We had bracelets and bookmarks and clothing with What Would Jesus Do? on them. That trend would eventually go away, but in it all, we never talked about things Jesus wouldn’t do.
Here are 3 things Jesus never did while He was on earth…
Now, before you shut me down, I’m probably not saying what you think I’m saying….
All I’m saying is that things change.
Everything evolves over time. Sometimes, it may not seem like it’s for the best, but things do evolve and change. Think about the last 10 years and how much society, social nuances, and technology have changed. It’s mind blowing if you look at what’s happened over the last 10 years. Since 2000…
The millennial generation (those in their 20 and early 30’s now) has managed to gain a lot of generalizations about their attitude and work ethic. We’ve been called a lazy generation and a generation that is better at criticizing than helping. Sure, some of us certainly have played into the formulation of that stereotype, but across the generation, a lot of what people assume about us simply isn’t true.
Here are 2 myths that many people have believed about millennials that just aren’t true…