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5 interesting sermon topics to reach people in the new year

Many people resolve to pay more attention to their spiritual life, and worship attendance spikes. Maximize the impact of your service with these great sermon ideas. Read More

Communications Resource

3 New Year’s resolutions for church communicators

Online communication is constantly changing. If we don't adapt, we will be ignored or forgotten. Adopting these three resolutions will help you keep up with the techniques and approaches that bring results. Read More

Leadership Development

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New Year’s resolutions to equip new leaders!

Do you want to get your church hopping in the New Year? Check out these six motivating and inspiring ways to get your new leaders off to a positive start. Read More

Preaching Resource

January Sermon Series

This four-week sermon series from Discipleship Ministries explores the questions we all have for God. Includes an invitation flyer and short video you can use in worship or on social media. Download

Worship Resource

A time to laugh: Using humor in worship

Humor can be a non-threatening, yet meaningful, way to communicate God's love. Read More

Stewardship

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How to talk to your congregation about giving

As a church leader, you may be in the uncomfortable position of asking your congregation to give generously. Use these tips to help craft a positive invitation. Read More

Social Media Resource

How to respond to trolls, haters, and honest feedback on Facebook

It is not a matter of if, but when, you will have to deal with negative content on your church’s Facebook page. Learn how to handle these touchy situations. Read More

Social Media

How to use social media to restore trust in the church

Trust is central to the relationship between your church and community. Discover actionable tips that turn your online channels into powerful tools for building that trust. Read More

Gratitude

Living with a grateful heart starts with simple practices

Appreciation, modeling, serving among ways to teach and learn gratitude. Read More

Preparedness

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Keeping your church safe from violence

Church leaders find themselves grappling not only with the pastoral and theological questions of members, but also practical concerns about how to keep their flock safe. Read More

Preaching

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Ten suggestions for preaching after a catastrophe

When a tragedy or disaster happens, congregants expect, and need, to hear a word of comfort from the pulpit. Preaching professor Richard Lischer offers some practical advice for this difficult task. Read More

Embrace Love

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Embracing Love: Responding to Violence

Use these resources to help your congregation process their shock and grief after tragedies like the mass shooting in Texas and find ways to respond in concrete, loving ways. Read More

Creative Arts

Bring the beauty of the arts to your church

While the church often incorporates the musical arts into worship, there are a variety of other artists who can use their talents to glorify God. Read More

Prayer Resource

Innovative ways to encourage people to pray

The practice of prayer may be ancient but the application doesn't have to be. How can churches encourage and enhance the experience of prayer? Read More

Ministry Resource

One bite at a time: Event planning made easy

Make your event planning more manageable by breaking it into smaller pieces. Check out these great resources to plan your next big event. Read More

Stewardship

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3 ways to encourage gratitude in the church

Did you know that being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones? It's true. Here's a few ways to express thankfulness in your life and ministry. Read More

Worship Tips

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Tips for including church members in your service

Help the members of your congregation find a deeper connection within the church by engaging them in the planning and execution of worship services. Read More

Worship Resource

5 lessons from a hilarious spoof on contemporary worship

"Sunday's Coming" is a "movie trailer" made by a large church poking fun at their own worship. It's obviously a spoof, but also contains some powerful lessons. Read More

Communications Resource

How to develop an excellent church communication plan

Download templates, worksheets and daily planners to clarify your goals and maximize outreach! Read More

Ministry Resource

How to attract millennials to your church

Learn what millennials like and what turns them off. Seek out personal relationships with them, and help them see the relevance of the church for the world and for their own lives. Read More