The Ultimate Message Prep Guide

Message prep goes hand in hand with being a pastor or church leader. However, it often feels like it’s a free for all without any real guidance. While the actual words must come from your heart and beliefs, prepping the message doesn’t have to feel overwhelming or impossible. By using this ultimate guide, you’ll create more effective messages that keep your listeners or readers more engaged. Plus, they’ll remember the message easier. Ask Questions On Your Blog A large part of message prep is determining what to talk about. Go to your church’s blog and read the comments. Even better, …

The Biggest Communication Mistakes Preachers Make

A preacher’s job isn’t easy, especially when it comes to finding the right ways to communicate God’s word to your church family. Despite your best intentions, common communication mistakes may make it difficult for members to understand you. Even worse, these mistakes may cause members to miss important announcements. Keep your members engaged, encourage new membership and spread the word more effectively by learning which mistakes you’re making and how to prevent them in the future. Using The Preacher Voice Have you ever watched yourself during a sermon? When you step up to the pulpit, does a change come over …

Preach Without Notes And Connect More With Your Audience

Could you ever preach without notes? Right now, that probably sounds about as terrifying as a high-wire act without a net with zero experience. However, how often do you wish you could engage your members more? It’s not exactly comforting looking out and seeing your members looking bored or even worse, sleeping. Before you say it’s not possible, give preaching without notes a chance. It could be the perfect solution for better engagement and even church growth. Perfect Sermon But Zero Engagement You already work hard on your sermons. You do everything you can to make them perfect. This is …

This Is How To Use Your Church Website To Connect

Your church website is a great place for listing events, your hours and your location, but it could be used for so much more. Use your church website to connect to your members, others in your community and even people worldwide. Even those who may live 300 miles away might still think of your church as home, at least digitally. The key is learning how to use your site as more than a calendar of events. While you might need volunteers to help, keeping an active site is crucial to connecting and engaging in a digital world. Share Before, During …

The Best Social Media Platforms For Your Church

Whether you love it or hate it, social media is a great tool for bringing people together, including your church members. Social media platforms let your church connect with members 24/7 and meet new people, who could eventually become new members. The key is using the right platforms. While there are numerous social networks, many of which you’ve probably never heard of, a choice few have thriving communities and are ideal for getting your church noticed online. Facebook Facebook shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey, 68% of adults in the US say Facebook …

9 Tips For Improving Your Church Website

Does it seem like your church website is a digital trampoline where visitors come and immediately bounce away? Maybe it’s just eerily quiet and no one’s finding your site. No matter what the problem, improving your church website means more visitors, long visits and even growth in the physical church. Despite some of these tips seeming simple, they’re powerful and highly effective at transforming your church’s website. 1. Add A New Visitors Page Where should new visitors go first? A lively church website is filled with information and resources and it can be a bit overwhelming to someone new. If …

How To Choose The Right Audio Equipment For Your Church

The right audio equipment helps make your sermons, music and overall experience far more effective and engaging. Think about it as the difference between someone shouting in a large room and surround-sound audio in a movie theater? Which would you rather experience at church? Getting the right sound ensures nothing is distorted while making sure everyone hears clearly. It’s one of the simplest ways to create a more engaging experience for your members. Know Your Church Size The physical size of your church has a large impact on the type of audio equipment you’ll need. A small room obviously won’t …

How To Harness The Power Of Facebook Groups

How To Harness The Power Of Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are the perfect way for people to come together over shared interests, including their faith. If your church doesn’t already have a Facebook group, what are you waiting for? By harnessing the power of this highly effective Facebook tool, you not only engage your current members, but draw more in. Think of your own group as a way for everyone to talk about their faith and share their stories 24/7. It’s a great compliment to any church website. Understanding Facebook Groups Before you start harnessing their power, it’s important to have a little bit of background on Facebook …

Why People Often Hate Growing Churches

Why People Often Hate Growing Churches

Churches usually have two main goals – sharing faith with the community and continuing to grow the church. The two go hand in hand. As a church grows, you reach more people. However, you might have noticed that some of your members hate growing churches. They’re usually thrilled to see more people coming together, but it’s all the changes that go along with growth that could very well cause your original members distress. Disagreements Over Changes Change isn’t easy for anyone. In fact, people are wired to automatically reject a change that’s opposite of what they’re used to. Think of …