“Take a step back to look at the church as a whole, its strengths and weaknesses, its character or ethos, its beliefs and faith identity, among other factors.” Matching Resources to Church Identity Every year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) gets phone calls and emails from alumni, clergy, and […]
Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.
Inviting your guests to what is coming up next at your church is an important part of welcoming and evangelism. Easter affords an opportunity to welcome large numbers of new faces to the Next Big Thing with your congregation.
eFormation is a 21st century learning community, focused on digital media for ministry. Join us for our flagship event June 5-6.
“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.” Building Faith offers ideas and inspiration for Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday.
Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.
Your invited to this free webinar on planning for Lent. Big picture thinking and practical ideas with Matthew Kozlowski, Krista Lovell, and Sue Van Oss.
Ministry leaders have an opportunity to take what the common tools of technology in our culture to be a reminder of Christ’s presence with us.
Advent hymns teach the season’s lessons of expectation and preparation with tunes that stick and lyrics that connect our lives to Scriptural themes.
This ministry of gratitude is essential, for it reflects our gratitude to God for the many gifts and blessing we have received through the people who serve God and the church.
Engagement, that spark which leads to interaction and learning. Here are tried and true ways to plan and lead lessons that engage teenagers.
Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, can be tailored to various ages and is an excellent activity for distilling a mission.
With careful planning, coffee hour can be where congregants spiritually nourish one another, newcomers feel welcomed, and oldtimers enjoy fellowship.
Charitable giving in the U.S. continues to grow, and e-Giving is by far the preferred method. How can churches make e-giving an option for parishioners of all ages?
Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.
Growing food from the earth is much like growing faith. The growing never really ends, and the fruits of the spirit appear.
Little ideas can strengthen faith. Use dry erase markers to write Bible verses, faith messages, or pictures. Works for church, or on the mirror at home!