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Why Not Try This? – LIKE Card

by Dustin Serns, Pastor of the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church
Source: NAD Ministerial

At the end of my first sermon in my new district, I gave everyone two “LIKE Card” Bookmarks.

LIKE is an acronym

·      List 5-10 people you’d like to see baptized.

·      Intercede for them daily.

·      Kindness shown through words and acts.

·      Encourage Bible study & decisions.

The members kept one card in their Bibles as a prayer list and handed in the other copy for the church leaders to pray for. It didn’t take long before we started seeing God answer.

The first name on Candy’s card was her husband Cliff. Throughout their 42 years of marriage, Cliff had shown Continue Reading…

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Why Not Try This? – 7 Design Trends for Church Websites in 2018

In order to catch people’s eye and move them toward a visit to your church, your website must be functional, easy to navigate, and visually pleasing. It should look professional, and represent a community where someone would want to hang out and spend their time-just like your current church members. Read More Here!

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Why Not Try This? – Improve Your Church’s Welcome

Learn how you can make your Sabbath morning worship welcome time excellent, intentional, strategic, and short. Click on the article 9 Tips to Improve Your Church’s Welcome Segment to find out!

 

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Why Not Try This? – Making an Annual Church Calendar

by Seth Pierce, Pastor of the Puyallup Seventh-day Adventist Church
Source: NAD Ministerial

The Bible says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Too many churches approach ministry with a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mentality. Instead of carefully making plans for outreach and church life they coast along hoping something good will happen by accident, dumb luck, or God simply taking pity on their depressing lack of effort. I have found that it isn’t only local churches that struggle with this, but schools and occasionally conference departments too. A lack of planning creates an undercurrent of stress that saps energy and fun out of serving Jesus. While planning is hard work,  it prevents even harder work in the long run.

Several years ago, our church rented to a Methodist congregation and I was Continue Reading…

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Why Not Try This? – 3 Ways to Use Facebook for Evangelism

by Larry Witzel, Co-Founder & President of SermonView
Source: SermonView

The key to using your evangelism marketing budget effectively is deciding who you want to reach, then finding the best ways to reach where those people are. There are many ways to reach potential interests: Road signs and banners reach people as they drive by your church neighborhood. Direct mail reaches people in their homes. Your members can take invite cards wherever they go and invite the whole neighborhood.

But, in the modern world, there is one place where people spend a lot of their time. Facebook.

With nearly 2 billion active users, it’s the largest social network in the world, and by a huge margin. Two-thirds of Americans are active on Facebook, spending an average of 50 minutes per day on the platform.

If you want to reach people where they are, Facebook has to be part of your mix. Keep reading to learn the three ways to use Facebook as part of a multi-touch evangelism marketing campaign Continue Reading…

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Why Not Try This – 17 Tips for Better Church Meetings

17 Tips for Better Church Meetings – Meetings! I think I’ve met one person who lives for them. Everyone else complains and just muddles through on a prayer. They are an inevitable part of pastoral ministry. Here are some great tips to help improve the quality of those meetings so you’re not just muddling through them.

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Why Not Try This? – Just Say No

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Source: NAD Ministerial

After 22 years in ministry I have noticed some patterns in myself and others. What I share today is the product of personal observation and experience. While it may not be the same for everyone, it is common enough to warrant a blog. Here are three things to consider: Continue Reading…

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Why Not Try This – Adventist Giving: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

by Source: NAD Ministerial

An article published in late 2016 in the New York Times had this somewhat alarming title, Donations to Religious Institutions Fall as Values Change.

For much of its history, the Adventist Church enjoyed the abundance of generosity from church members as they gave their tithes and offerings, perhaps out of habit, or parental example and persuasion, or simply belief in God and the church.  However, in recent years that has changed somewhat, almost paralleling what is happening in the rest of the religious world in North America.

Back in the “good old days” which we remember fondly, when a pastor could say to his congregation, “God said to give, so you must give,” or something in a similar vein, church members by and large gave without questioning.  That’s no longer true, and whenever it’s mentioned to pastors that generous giving has taken on different dimensions, they nod in solemn agreement.

Today members usually want to know what happens with their money, they expect to have a voice, they want reports, they want to know just what their money is used for, and if they don’t receive answers to their questions, they may well do one of three things—stop giving, lessen their giving and channel some of their funds elsewhere, or demand more attention as donors—and yes, that word, “donors” is not just relegated to secular causes.  The habits of giving by most church members and their expectations of information and recognition have become nearly parallel with those whom we have traditionally labeled “donors.”

Although religion is still the Continue Reading…

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Why Not Try This? – Inside the Mind of Hate-Filled Harry

In 26 years as a local pastor/administrator, Roger Hernandez has observed that antagonists follow a pattern with their attacks. He shares four approaches an antagonist may use to bring a church leader down. Hernandez says this won’t stop a person from being hurt, but “at least you can see the hate coming and prepare better.” Read More

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Why Not Try This? – 3 Words Every Leader Hates

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Source: NAD Ministerial

There are three words every successful leader is destined to hear.

They represent the nameless, faceless opposition that can distract, depress or demoralize you if you’re not careful. And those three words are:

“People are saying.”

These words follow successful leaders because they are generally the result of movement and change. They are like a sniper’s bullet. Difficult to trace, but impossible to ignore.

To be clear, not all change is good change. That is something I address in my blog The First Thing Every Leader Should Do. The answer is nothing. Do nothing but listen and learn.  But after you’ve listened and learned it’s time to move. And when you move there will always be those who are reluctant to move with you or the program.

Unfortunately, few detractors these days seem interested in attaching their names to criticism, especially in the church. So they find ways to make their concerns known to a third party. The infamous “unnamed source.”

Recently I was Continue Reading…

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