The quality of the message being given cannot be measured by the amount of people in the pews, but the sense of community that the church is offering can. It makes no difference what type of social interactions are being offered on the internet, people need others in order to thrive and your church is the perfect venue to nurture that growth. Take the time to grow your congregation and you will be helping them as well as your church. 1) Make a Great First Impression Nobody likes that new kid in the class feeling. Assign the task to a regular member of your church to look out for newcomers at the door and make them feel welcome. A warm smile and handshake from a stranger will work wonders at making the new member feel at home. Have your welcome wagon set up to get the new members
A potluck is a great event that brings your community and your church together. Best of all, you can have one for just about any reason – maybe it's Pastor Appreciation Day at your church, or you're celebrating Memorial day – or you just feel like having a fun event that anyone can enjoy! But potlucks don't just "happen". To host a successful potluck (and make sure you have enough food), you have to put in quite a bit of work – even though each attendee is bringing a dish of their own. So if you've had trouble organizing potlucks in the past, or are simply looking for some great tips to make your church potluck even better, you're in the right place. Read on, and see our top tips for potluck organization! 1. Start Planning as Early as You Can Church potlucks should usually be planned a
Mission trips are a fantastic way that your church can engage with the youth, and make a real difference in a community. Whether you're renovating old homes, volunteering at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, or spreading the Word of God anywhere else, a summer mission trip can be truly life-changing for a teenager. Youth groups love the opportunity to connect, bond, and fellowship with each other during a week-long missions trip. Friendships and relationships can deepen, and so does the spiritual connection with the Lord. But if you're a newer youth pastor, or just getting started with summer missions trips, the whole process can be very intimidating. So here are some of our best tips for planning an effective summer missions trip for your youth group. 1. Start by Thinking About the Trip Date You should start planning your trip 12-15 months in advance. Yes, seriously!
DialMyCalls offers a church calling service that is used by thousands of religious organizations all across the United States and Canada. Pastors, churches and religious organizations rely on our service to send out a automated updates and notifications to an entire congregation at once. Churches utilize our service to send out community event reminders, weekly church updates, prayer requests, fundraiser notifications, and much more. Let's take a quick look at how First United Methodist Church of Unadilla NY utilizes DialMyCalls: Why Did 1st UMC of Unadilla Need a Church Calling Service? Connect with the community for special events. First United Methodist Church of Unadilla, NY needed a church notification system capable of contacting 350-450 contacts at once. Why Did 1st UMC of Unadilla Choose DialMyCalls? "We were looking for a change in services due to an increase in price with the current solution and DialMyCalls had a good price
It can be hard for modern churches to stay engaged in their communities, especially as the culture surrounding our society continues to change. Too often, churches retreat into their own bubble – interacting only with other churches and their own congregations, and leaving the communities in which they’re located totally out in the cold. Church leaders have a responsibility – a duty! – to share themselves and the word of God with those around them. And in this article, we’ll take a look at 7 simple ways to do so. 1. Community Events Lots of churches have events that are hosted on their grounds for their congregations – events such as 4th of July parties and other celebrations – but these events shouldn’t just be for church members. Next time your church is having a celebration like a cookout or a party, consider opening it up to the
If you attend church on a regular basis, then you’ve probably noticed that many churches are modernizing their approach to worship and congregational gatherings. While most churches still hold physical worship services, many are also dabbling in online media, podcasts, and live streaming services. But what does this mean for the future? Top 5 Types of Church Technology When you think about church, technology probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But take a look around and you’ll see that technology is making major moves in this industry. And despite some friction and pushback from certain individuals and groups, it appears that the technological disruption is largely positive. Here are a few current tech trends for churches: 1) Online Media In an age where a lot of small and local businesses have yet to fully realize the potential of online media, churches – by and large –
Whether you’re a pastor, an administrator, or a devoted volunteer at your church, meetings can feel like a serious drain on your energy and time. When not properly planned, meetings can meander off in a million different directions, making it impossible for your group to focus on important issues that need to be resolved. Poor organization, poorly defined meeting goals, and a lack of meeting structure can cripple an organization’s meetings, and houses of worship are no exception. If you feel like your church meetings aren’t really accomplishing anything except wasting your staff and your volunteers’ time, it might be time to reassess how you go about planning and executing your church meetings. Maybe you’re having trouble contacting everyone effectively, leading to important people accidentally missing critical meetings. Maybe you’re never quite sure what to talk about, leading to poor focus and meetings that spread your subject matter too
In the summer, many church leaders and pastors find that attendance takes a quick dip in numbers as their congregates prefer to take a quick dip in the ocean. There is not much you can do to prevent families from wanting to take advantage of the summer heat, but as they say "if you can't beat them, join them". By getting out into the sun yourself, you have the chance to grow closer to your church members, continue spreading your message, and maybe even increase attendance in the future. Give the Gift of Cool Refreshments If you are lucky enough to have a body of water close to your community, like a river, lake or even the ocean, grab some sunblock and head there. One cool way to stand out and make your presence known is to hand out cold juice boxes and snacks to the kids and families.
Churches are the center of the community, hosting numerous events throughout the year in order to bring people together. When you are called upon to host one of these events, you are given a lot of responsibility. Follow these tips to help make every event your church hosts a success. 1. Set Up a Monthly Calendar A lot of time goes into planning events for your church, and the sooner you know what you have going on and when, the better. Use a large calendar and begin picking the dates for your various events so that you can begin to plan them as early as possible. 2. Know Your Budget It can be very easy to lose track of how much you are spending when picking out decorations and choosing caterers. With each event that you have planned you should first budget how much the church can afford to
Starting a new church is a complex undertaking, but also a rewarding one. There are legal steps that need to be taken, location scouting, the actual building and then the recruitment of a congregation. Yet at the end of it all, you will feel a deep sense of accomplishment right down to your soul. Surprisingly, the first thing you need to accomplish before anything is to establish a church name. This will be necessary in order to start the process of becoming legally and tax compliant. This is a multi-step process involving paperwork and filing with the proper authorities to ensure that your church is recognized as a legal institution, with the correct tax filing status. Unless you have first-hand knowledge of this process, it is a good idea to have an attorney, ideally one from your congregation take care of this aspect for you. Choosing a Location for
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