While fires at churches are relatively rare, they can be extremely dangerous – and unless you have the proper equipment in place and a plan to deal with an emergency fire, your congregation could be at risk. How can you make sure you’re prepared for a fire at your church? In this article, we’ll discuss a few of our top church fire safety tips, which you can use to keep your church building and your congregation safe. 1. Check Your Fire Alarms and Sprinkler Systems Yearly First and foremost, you should make sure that your fire alarms are functioning properly – this will ensure that you get an early warning if there is a fire. Related systems like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should also be inspected yearly, and have batteries replaced, if necessary. If your church has a built-in sprinkler system, you should also have it inspected. You
If you’re looking to expand the influence and impact of your church on your local community, you may be wondering how you can find community organizations who will be a good choice for church partnerships. If you do not have much experience in community outreach, it can be difficult to get started and form long-lasting church partnerships. You may not even know where to look to find organizations who can benefit from your help. So, in this article, we’ve put together a few recommendations on how you can find local community organizations, and form a strong partnership with nonprofits and charities who are doing great work in your area. Read on, and get all of the details. 1. Ask Your Church Members for Recommendations This is a great place to start. Chances are, even if your church doesn’t have an official partnership with a charity or a nonprofit, some of
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 name
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 – are
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. It’s
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