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12 Emails You Can Send To Your Church

12 Emails You Can Send To Your Church
Church Fuel


I subscribe to several church email lists. That means I get a ton of announcements. Pretty graphics describing a new series. Dates of special events. And lots of information. But rarely do I get something that helps me grow in my faith.

Fancy newsletters and information blasts rarely connect with people. They become inbox noise to people who are already busy. But email isn’t just for making announcements or sharing information-you can pastor your people via email.

You can use email to authentically connect with your congregation – to let them in on parts of your life. You can use email to share helpful resources to help people grow on their own. You can use email to challenge people to get more involved.

An email from the pastor is a powerful tool to help lead the church. Instead of blasting information, you can send authentic notes and helpful content. And I’ve done a lot of the work for you. Here are twelve cut-and-paste emails written from a pastoral point of view.

Some encourage people to take a step – maybe to serve somewhere or make a donation. But others are written to help them take a step of faith. To offer encouragement. To provide helpful resources. To pastor people.

Make a few adjustments and send them to your congregation. Wherever you see a sample church’s name, replace it with your own. Where you see reference to a link or download, supply your own material. Personalize them to fit your own church’s culture…and then send!
If you want more help on how to communicate effectively with your church, come join the Church Fuel community. We’ve got insanely practical resources, lots of coaching, and a community of pastors who know what’s like to communicate an important message.


Michael Lukaszewski Founder and CEO of Church Fuel



PURPOSE: Communicate wins to your church and inspire people to stay involved

CALL TO ACTION: Download last year’s annual report

It’s nearly 2017. Can you believe it? I suppose this time of year puts people in a reflective mood. Last week I spent a little bit of time looking back on the last twelve months. There were some tough times, but there were a lot of good times. Here are just a few of my personal memories.
– Misty got her driver’s license – stay off the sidewalks!
– James played on a U9 baseball team and they made it to the league finals. Our family spent a week at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina sitting by the pool and eating watermelon. I even got to play a little golf. 2016 was also an important year for our church. When I came to BridgeWater Church three years ago, I prayed God would use our church to reach people. Here are a few things God did this past year.
– We baptized 62 people from age 7 to age 72. It’s always amazing to see life change pictured right before our eyes.
– By numbers standards, this was our best year ever for small groups. 64% of adults and students participated in a small group.
– We gave $23,324 to missionaries we support around the world. The Smiths in the Philippines and Haiti World Mission in Haiti received some of that support.

There is much to do, but before we charge into the new year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the last year. God has been faithful to our church. He is opening doors every day. People are being impacted by your involvement and generosity.

Our media team put together a PDF that tells even more stories. It’s our 2016 annual report. You can read and get a full report on the fnances, attendance, involvement, and more.

PDF: 2016 Annual Report


Pastor Chris
P.S. I’d love to hear from you. What did God do in your life this year?



PURPOSE: Facilitate relationships

CALL TO ACTION: Take a step toward getting connected

One of the criticisms I hear about a big church is it’s too hard to get to know people. How can the pastor know if you’ve got something going on in your life if there are thousands of people there? But here’s what I’ve experienced. A church of ANY size seems too big if you don’t know anyone. Here are three ways you can get to know people at Bridgewater Church.

#1 – Linger in the lobby.
When the service is over, don’t rush to the parking lot. Take your time. Grab a cup of coffee in the lobby and introduce yourself to someone. Stop by the Information Center and meet one of our hosts. If you have children in KidZone, talk to the other parents and the volunteers. They aren’t too busy to talk with you.

#2 – Join a small group.
One of the best ways to “do life” with people is to join a small group. At Bridgewater, we call them community groups, because we want community to develop there. Whether it’s 50, 500 or 5,000 people in a church service, it’s tough to talk about life on Sunday morning. So these community groups meet in homes throughout the week. You can give one a try, and if it’s not right, you can try another one.

#3 – Join a volunteer team.
This is one of the best ways to get to know people. No matter your stage in life, there’s a certain camaraderie from working together. For example, the 25 or so adults who work in Fuse (our Junior High program on Wednesday nights), have become like family. Same goes for our 9 am parking lot workers – they have been known to tailgate before their shift. Serving at Bridgewater isn’t complicated. Those are just three ways you can meet people and make church feel a whole lot smaller!


Pastor Chris



PURPOSE: Promote spiritual growth

CALL TO ACTION: Take one of the five steps

It’s my honor to be your pastor.
But I have a confession to make. If you’re depending on me to meet all of your spiritual needs, you’re going to be disappointed. I’m not the guru or expert. I don’t have a corner on the market.
Back in the 1500s, a guy named Martin Luther started a reformation helping people understand they could have direct access to God.
Luther was right – YOU have direct access to God. You can pray on your own, worship on your own, and serve on your own. The church is a huge part of faith, but you can grow in your faith all week long, not just on Sunday.
I wanted to send you some links and resources to help.

– YouVersion is a great website (and they have a fantastic app, too) for reading the Bible. You can choose a reading plan, share notes and questions with others, and keep track of your progress.
– The ESV Study Bible is a great Bible to keep at home. There are lots of footnotes and articles to help you understand context and meaning. I use this Bible when I’m working on sermons.

Here are a few of the books I’ve read that have helped me grow in my faith.
– Basic Christianity
– The Reason for God
– Knowledge of the Holy
– What’s So Amazing About Grace?
– Mere Christianity

I listen to lots of sermons – here are some of my favorites.
– Andy Stanley
– Tim Keller
– John Ortberg
– Matt Chandler
– Rick Warren

I hope this list helps you grow in your faith. Pick one of the resources and try it out for a week or two. And be sure to let me know what you find helpful.


Pastor Chris



PURPOSE: Encourage people to consider joining a small group

CALL TO ACTION: Check availability of small groups

I know joining a small group is a big jump.
There are a lot of reasons you shouldn’t do it. Heck, I’ve made some of these same excuses and I’m the pastor! Here’s my list of excuses.
Excuse #1: There are weird people. You’re thinking something like this, aren’t you? If I join a small group, there will be weird people in there. They will probably have cats and want to talk about the book of Revelation the whole time. They are either going to make their own bread and homeschool their kids, collect action figures, or have a carpet recycling website. I don’t know if I can handle that level of weirdness. Let me go ahead and confirm your fears. Chances are, there WILL be a strange person in your group. But if it’s any consolation, you’re the person everyone else is afraid of.
Excuse #2: I’m too busy. On any given week, you work about 50 hours, drive about 10 hours, go to the grocery store, mow the grass, watch Sports Center, grill burgers, drive the kids to soccer practice, and call your mom. Every time you check one thing off the list, another thing is there to take its place. The pace is brutal, and you need all the hours you can. So the thought of taking a night in the middle of the week to go hang out with people and talk about the Bible isn’t really all that appealing. “This season of my life is just busy,” you tell yourself. But deep down you know this season of your life isn’t any busier than the last season of your life and is just as busy as the next season of your life. They are all busy seasons.
You don’t need a lecture to prioritize what’s truly important, so I’ll spare you. But I do want to give you permission. Permission to let something go undone. Permission to tell your kids they can’t do that activity because mom needs a night. Permission to eat out instead of make that healthy dinner.
Excuse #3: I’m an introvert. I’m pretty sure 60% of the people in the world are introverts. It seems like less, but that’s just because the extroverts are loud and everywhere. I’m an introvert – I am renewed and relaxed by being alone. Whether that’s in a coffee shop with a good book or in a movie on Friday afternoon – I like doing things by myself. Large groups of people drain me. Conversations wear me out. Like a strong blue cheese, it’s good in small amounts, but too much isn’t good for me. If you’re an introvert like me, the thought of hanging out with people talking about life sounds miserable. But once you break the ice and get through some of the silly stuff, it will be worth it. If you want people to come to your funeral, you’re going to have to get to know some people while you’re alive. Those are three of the reasons I’ve given myself for not jumping into a small group with others. So, what are yours?

Pastor Chris
P.S. If you’re ready to jump in, we’ll make it as easy as possible. Here is a link to some of the groups meeting right now. Each of them has space for new people. All you have to do is contact the leader.



PURPOSE: Help people understand the spiritual component to work

CALL TO ACTION: Order Tim Keller’s book, Every Good Endeavor

When you read the Bible, you’ll meet a lot of people God used who didn’t have “Christian” jobs. Nehemiah was a city planner and Esther was a powerful woman in a political world. God used them both. I wanted to share some thoughts with you about work. After all, we spend way more time at work than we do at church. But so many of us are miserable in our jobs. We view them as a means to an end. It’s something we get through so we can get what we want (the weekend or retirement). I’ll start at the beginning. In the beginning, God worked. The Bible begins talking about work as soon as it begins talking about anything – that is how important and basic it is. Work was not an evil that came into the picture. God’s plan for humans always involved them working, living in the constant cycle of work and rest. God made the world to need work. While God created other forms of life, only humans are explicitly given a job. We are called to stand in for God here in the world, exercising stewardship over the rest of creation. The Bible sees all work as distinguishing human beings from animals and elevating them to a place of dignity.
In Genesis, God is a gardener. In the New Testament, he is a carpenter. God made it our job to develop and build this society. We’re not just here to take up space – we are here to cultivate the garden. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul counsels readers that when they become
Christians it is unnecessary to change what they are currently doing in life in order to live lives that please God. In other words, you don’t have to quit your job and become a missionary to make a difference. You can be a missionary at your job. So how should we connect work to worship? How we view work and how we do our work matters more than you might imagine. Jesus spend the majority of his life as a carpenter, not a rabbi. He spent more time making tables than walking on water. Jesus knew what it was like to get up and go to work every day. Working with his hands was not beneath him.
Check out this quote from Dorothy Sayers.
“The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to moral instruction and church attendance. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.” The Apostle Paul said it this way: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
– Colossians 3:23-24
Work is not about economic exchange, making money or getting the dream, it’s about God-honoring human creativity and contribution. Martin Luther King, Jr. said this: “If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like
Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.”
I’m blessed to be the pastor of Bridgewater Church. But don’t you ever think your job isn’t important. Don’t you ever think what I’m doing is more impacting than what you’re doing. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference at work.
On Monday, go to work with God in mind. Go with a divine perspective. Understand that God has you there for a reason and that wherever you are, you are a minister of the Gospel.

Pastor Chris
P.S. If you want to read more on this subject, check out the book, Every Good Endeavor, by Tim Keller.



PURPOSE: Encourage families to enjoy life this summer

CALL TO ACTION: Schedule one of the family activities this summer

Hey, it’s Pastor Chris.

I hope you’re excited about a great summer and maybe have a weekend getaway or family vacation planned. I love summer vacations – but you don’t have to do an elaborate trip to enjoy some time with your family and friends. I was searching for things to do with my family this summer and came across a ton of great articles and ideas.

Here are five of my favorite ideas:
1. Family Game night. Each person picks a classic board game and play as a family. You can print up funny certificates for the winners.
2. Around the World theme weeks. Each week, pick a country and learn a little about it. Put the fag on your fridge. Cook a meal that comes from that part of the world. Pray for a missionary there.
3. Disposable Camera project. In a world of iPhones and Instagram, you might be surprised they still sell these film cameras. But they do. Give one to each family member and give them an assignment. Develop in an hour and let everyone share during dinner on Sunday night.
4. Visit the library. Yep, the library. In addition to books and films, you might also enjoy story time or some of their special activities.
5. Summer Movies. The Cinemark Theater on Roosevelt shows family movies on Tuesday for $1 each.

Our children’s ministry also has some big activities planned for you and your family this summer. Check out those details below:
1. VBS is July 12-14. Last year, more than 200 children attended.
Here’s the link to pre-register.
2. Small Group Bowling. All the KidZone small groups are going bowling on June 17 at 6pm. Check with your child’s small group leader for information.
3. KidZone is every Sunday morning at 10 am. Kids are learning about heroes of the Bible during their large group and small group time. You won’t find a better activity!

Pastor Chris



PURPOSE: Invite people to volunteer

CALL TO ACTION: Fill out an interest form

Are you looking for some ways to get more involved at Bridgewater? Well, here’s a list of some out of the ordinary things you could do but that would make a big difference.
1. Help in the office during the week.
2. Be a part of our Social Media Team.
3. Escort first time parents and kids to their classrooms.
4. Be a part of a small group that helps our pastor with sermon prep.
5. Lead a small group of teenagers. Questions and pizza provided.
6. Hand out bulletins as people enter the auditorium
7. Wear a neon vest and help park cars.
8. Review handouts and newsletters for typos. (See what I did there?)
9. Work from home to prepare craft projects for children.
10. Troubleshoot the computerized kid’s check in on Sunday mornings.
11. Wear a security shirt and an ear piece and patrol the parking lot.
12. Create announcement videos.
13. Help curate audio and video content on the web.
14. Go through some tech training and work on the tech team.
15. Take pictures at special events.
16. Provide snacks and drinks for other volunteers.
1 7. Pray for the church service during the church service.
18. Join the web team and help keep our website current.
19. Help us keep track of data and spreadsheets.
20. Rock babies during the church service so parents can go to church.
21. Write stories and recaps of events and activities

Are you uniquely skilled or passionate about any of those things? Do any of these things sound interesting to you?

If you want to jump in, just hit reply and let me know. I’ll connect you to the right person and you can take it from there.

Pastor Chris



PURPOSE: Promote Spiritual Growth

CALL TO ACTION: Seven-day Bible Reading Plan

My powers of persuasion rarely work on my kids. But I’m hoping for better results today. I’ll be straight with you – I want to talk you into doing something. I’m hoping to convince you to read the Bible every day this week. Seven days in a row. Here are three reasons I think you should:
1. There’s interesting stuff in the Bible. Don’t ever let someone tell you the Bible is boring. If someone says that, they aren’t reading it right.
Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Samson and Delilah, wars and conquest, love and marriage, Peter cutting off a soldiers ear, a dead man coming back to life-I could go on and on. There are some incredible stories in the Bible.
2. The Bible is unlike any other book. This might surprise you, but the
Bible isn’t really a book at all. It’s a collection of 66 small books or letters.
It was written by 40 different authors across a couple of continents and in three languages. It’s been collected. Organized and preserved for us.
3. The Bible has influenced the world like no other book. The Bible has shaped more than preachers-it’s influenced Presidents and Kings.
I know it’s overwhelming, but did you know if you read just 15 minutes a day, you can read the whole Bible in about a year. If you read God’s Word for just 15 minutes a day, I think you will benefit.

I know this sounds weird, but if you want to start reading the Bible, I don’t recommend starting from the beginning. (I told you the Bible wasn’t like other books-can you imagine starting a novel from the middle?)

If I were you, I would start with the New Testament, specifically the Gospel of John. It’s all about the life of Jesus, and it was written by one of his best friends.

So what do you say? Will you give it a try?

Pastor Chris

P.S. If you want to read online, here’s a great website. You can follow a reading plan or just dive in to the Book of John.



PURPOSE: Encourage people to invite those they know to church

CALL TO ACTION: Invite one person to church

When we ask people how they first came to Bridgewater Church do you know what they tell us?
It’s not direct mail or Facebook.
It’s not the yellow pages or our website.
It’s not because of the awesome pastor.
The #1 way people end up a part of Bridgewater Church is because someone invited them. Here are three reasons you should invite someone to Bridgewater:
1. They might make a friend.
Some of my best friends in the world are at Bridgewater. Friendship is one of life’s great treasures, and church is a great place to make friends.
How cool would it be if you invited someone to church and they made a lifelong friend?
Do you know anyone that needs a friend? Invite them to church.
2. They might be encouraged.
They say only 20% of an iceberg is visible above he water. The rest is below the surface. I think people’s struggles are like that, too. You never really know what they are going through. They might look happy on the outside, but they are really in need of hope or encouragement. A simple invitation to church might be a spark of hope for someone.
Do you know anyone that needs encouragement? Invite them to church.
3. They might meet Jesus.
In the book of Acts, you can read about a guy named Andrew who brought his brother to meet Jesus. Andrew’s brother was Peter, who turned out to be a great Apostle (he’s got massive churches named after Him!). By far, the best reason to invite someone to church is they might meet Jesus. Eternity can be altered because of a simple invitation. So what do you say? Who can you invite to Bridgewater Church this week?

Pastor Chris
P.S. If you bring someone, please introduce them to me. I’d love to say hi.



PURPOSE: Encourage people in their everyday lives

CALL TO ACTION: Take time this month to remember the true meaning of the holiday season.

This is an awesome time of year. But it also drives people crazy.
On one hand you have cooler weather, football season (Go Big Blue!), and colorful leaves. And on the other hand, you’ve got busy school schedules, extra activities, and holiday planning. Halloween to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year.
The holiday to remind us to be thankful turns into family drama.
Celebrating the birth of Jesus is the time we shop for people we don’t really like. House guests, credit card bills, school plays, and needing to be in two places at one time!
(As I’m writing this I’m imaging that piano music from Charlie Brown and people running around in double time.)
So what do you do when you feel overwhelmed? What happens when you’ve got too much going on and you’re not sure how much more you can take?
I confess I don’t have it all figured out. But I do want to offer a few pastoral suggestions if that’s okay. Here it goes:
#1. You don’t have to do it all.
Your children are not going to be scarred for life if they don’t get what the neighbor’s kids get. You’re not going to get freed if you don’t attend the office party. And it’s even okay to miss out on a church activity or two. When the new year rolls around, it’s more important to have your sanity than to have attended every single thing.
#2. Take some time for yourself.
It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. After all, there’s a reason they tell you to put the oxygen mask over your own face first. If you’re out of control, you won’t be in any position to help anyone. So don’t be afraid to take an afternoon, a weekend or a night for yourself. Go ahead and put it on the calendar and don’t apologize for it.
#3. Remember the point.
Let Thanksgiving be a time for giving thanks, not for getting the recipe just right. Let Halloween be fun for your kids. And take time to read the
Christmas story and reflect on God’s grace at Christmas. When you find yourself stressed because of the schedule, hit the pause button and think about why you’re doing it all in the first place.
Here’s a link to the Christmas Story from the book of Luke. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, maybe this will give you a spiritual perspective.
I hope this email encourages you during this busy season.

God bless!
Pastor Chris



PURPOSE:Encourage people to give from a position of authenticity

CALL TO ACTION: Give online

Do you remember an infomercial for the Hair Club for men? James Whitman looked into the camera and said, “I’m not just the President of the company-I’m a user.” I’m blessed to be the pastor of Bridgewater church. I really am. But I’m not just the pastor. Bridgewater is my church. We’re in a small group. My kids have a Sunday School teacher. And I financially support my church.
I don’t just pastor the church – I support the church by giving at least 10% of my income every month. Here are three reasons Jennie and I do this:
1. I want to be an example to my kids. Let’s face it – we’re living in pretty selfish times. We don’t have to teach kids how to be selfish. They just figure that out on their own! So I want to be a counter-cultural example to my children. Generosity is more than an attitude – it’s an action. I want them to know that I don’t just feel generous, but that I actually give.
2. I believe in our mission. I believe “reaching people far from God so they can have new life in Christ” is important. Those aren’t just words on a website – they are a rally cry worthy of my attention.
3. I want to make a difference. When I give to Bridgewater, I’m making a dent in eternity. You don’t have to be an insider to know that donations make a different. Read this article or download the annual report to see where the money goes.
Those are just three reasons Jennie and I give to Bridgewater. I’d love to invite you to do the same. In fact, I’d love to encourage you to do what we do – set up an online profile and give automatically.

Pastor Chris
P.S. If you ever have questions about the finances or want more information, just let me know.



PURPOSE: Help parents lead their family

CALL TO ACTION: Pray this week

We talk a lot about prayer at Bridgewater Church. And for those of you who have children or grandchildren, I wanted to send you some specifc ideas.
Jon Bloom published at article at DesiringGod.org called Seven Things to Pray for Your Children. Here’s the link to the full article, but the seven items are below. I thought these were great.
1. That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming. (Matthew 19:13-15)
2. That they will respond in faith to Jesus’ faithful, persistent call. (2 Peter 3:9)
3. That they will experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will increasingly desire to fulfil the greatest commandments. (Matthew 22:37-39)
4. That they will not be unequally yoked in intimate relationships, especially marriage. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
5. That their thoughts will be pure. (Philippians 4:8)
6. That their hearts will be stirred to give generously to the Lord’s work. (Exodus 35:29)
7. That when the time is right, they will GO! (Matthew 28:18-20) Why don’t you print out this list and pray one of these things each day for the next week?

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your children is to pray for them. A praying parent is truly a powerful influence.

Pastor Chris
P.S. If you’d like me to pray for your children, I’d be honored. Just reply and let me know how to pray.


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Job Description: Promotions Department Director

Job Description: Promotions Department Director
United Pentecostal Church – 1989
Tim Massengale

Job Purpose

To administer and supervise the Promotions Department in a manner that will communicate to the church, visitors and to the public at large, the message of Truth, plus all church activities, ministries and programs. Being a visual mode of communication, it is expected that the work of Promotions be of the highest quality, integrity and professionalism. Major focus will be placed upon developing the Monthly Bulletin, designing of flyers and promotional literature, public service announcements and news releases (newspaper/radio), bulk mailing, and advertising through various means. By focusing upon these, the activities of the Promotions Department becomes an important extension of our churches ministry and outreach to a lost and hungry world.

Job Qualifications

l. Must be filled with the Holy Ghost.
2. Must meet the qualifications for church membership.
3. Must be loyal to the Pastor.
4. Must be willing to work in harmony with others.
5. Must carry a burden for the Promotions Ministry.
6. Must be able to instill enthusiasm for Promotions work.
7. Must be able to lead and motivate Promotions staff.
8. Must desire quality and perfection of work.
9. Must be faithful and dependable in accomplishing duties.
10. Must have a basic knowledge of lay-out design and advertising in general.

Job Responsibilities

** Shall oversee and supervise all operations of the Promotions Department under the direction of the Pastor. Shall seek to fulfill all responsibilities with tact, zeal and dedication.

** Shall oversee and supervise the publishing of a monthly church bulletin for members and visitors, including such articles as:
a. Pastor’s page f. People Profile (testimony)
b. Highlights of Sermons g. Departmental News
c. Church News and Events h. Humor (quips, quotes, cartoon)
d. Photo-spread Page i. Photo – new converts, baptisms
e. Monthly Calendar j. Special Promotion of Big Event

* Note: Shall use a variety of clip-art and photographs in this publication.

** Shall provide ushers/hostesses with enough monthly bulletins to hand out to visitors.

** Shall maintain a mailing list of all members and visitors for the purpose of bulk mailing monthly bulletin, revival flyers, and special announcements to all on mailing list. This must be updated at least once each year.

** Shall provide one page each month in the Monthly Bulletin to highlight and focus upon one department to promote their ministries, programs, and annual events.

** Shall oversee the design and production of all printed materials and flyers that the church or departments might need, keeping quality at its best.
a. All other department heads will be instructed to come through your department if they wish to have anything printed. All printed materials must either be designed by your department or approved by your department.

** Shall advertise church activities in local newspapers, radio stations, special activities bulletin board, and in any other means as approved of by Pastor.
a. Special attention shall be given to the free community announcements made by all public radio stations and newspapers, utilizing this method as much as possible.

1. Make a list of all radio stations that have community bulletin boards and request station format.
2. Mail in announcements of importance such as revivals, special services, musicals, dramas, etc. in the approved format.
3. Radio stations are required by FCC law to supply non-profit organizations with free community announcements and services. But they will not give free advertising. You must word announcements carefully and properly in order to be accepted.

1. Contact religious editor of local newspaper(s) and find out in what manner they wish to receive church news and announcements.
2. Type all church announcements and special services according to the newspapers requirements and submit to the religious editor for editing.
3. Contact the local new desk to inform of any church activities that would be of a community service nature. Request photographer if possible.
4. Remember that unlike radio, newspapers are not required by law to print anything. Be courteous at all times.

** Shall oversee all church bulletin boards (excluding classrooms) and endeavor to keep them neat and attractive. The theme and design of the boards shall be changed each quarter.

** Shall place a photograph of all baptisms on the church bulletin board, along with a note welcoming that new convert to the church family. Make this attractive.

** Shall work with the pastor to select a “theme” or “slogan” for each year and promote this theme in all advertising and promotional literature.

** Shall oversee the outside and inside sign board, keeping message appropriate and up to date: i.e. – special services, speakers, funerals & weddings, etc.
a. May use an approved “quip or quote” when there is room.

** Shall maintain the church Book Rack in a neat and orderly manner, keeping it stocked with approved Pentecostal literature.
a. Shall keep neat and accurate records of all funds and purchases.
b. Promote the book rack through various means: bulletin, bulletin board, flyers, etc.
c. Stock should be kept attractive, up to date, and rotated regularly by having occasional sales and specials.

** Shall insure that all major motels, hotels, and airports have the church listed in the local church register, and that address and phone number is up to date.

** Shall make sure that the equipment and supplies used by the Promotions Department is kept clean and in good repair.

** Shall try to the best of your ability to meet all deadlines and goals in the expected amount of time. Any changes in activities or deadlines will be reported to the Pastor.

Other Duties

** Shall work with the Pastor to select a department assistant and a church photographer to work with you in all activities and duties of the Promotions Department.

** Shall be an example to the church in faithfulness by attending all church services and functions.

** Shall be an example to the church in soulwinning by being continually involved in the Home Bible Study Ministry, or some other form of outreach ministry.

** Shall be an example to the church in spiritual growth by coming at least one-half hour before each service to pray.

** Shall endeavor to not schedule any departmental activities on Monday night. Monday will be known as “Family Night” and all church members are encouraged to stay home with their families on this night.

** Shall attend all Annual Planning Retreats and Monthly Departmental Planning Councils.

** If unable to attend because of an emergency, shall inform the Pastor in advance and endeavor to have a substitute attend in your place.

** Shall hand in an official monthly report at the Monthly Staff Council.

** Shall perform additional duties as required.

Organizational Relationships

The Promotions Director is responsible directly to the Pastor. Each year, the Pastor and Promotions Director will review this Job Description, update and improve to make more applicable to the position. Accountability shall consist of a monthly report of all Promotions activities and upcoming events. The Promotions Director is responsible for all Promotions Department staff and personnel. The director shall work very closely with all departments to help promote each departments activities and programs. Evaluation of performance of this position shall be performed by the Pastor on an annual basis. The term of this office shall be for one year.

Training and Development

** Purchase & Read “Publicity Handbook for Churches and Christian Organizations” by James A. Vitti (Zondervan)
** Purchase & Read “Public Relations Handbook for Your Church” by Barbara Williams (Judson Press)
** Read “Let My People Grow” by Tim Massengale (Revival Research)
** Make appointment to talk to Religious editor of the two city newspapers about how to best provide articles on church activities.
** Read any additional book(s) provided by the Pastor.

Job Goals for the year of 1989

** Develop a Promotions staff and a church photographer to assist you with the creation of the monthly bulletin and its distribution.
** Develop a mailing list of all past visitors (for one year) and church members.
** Obtain bulk-mailing permit
** Have monthly church bulletin mailed to all visitors at bulk rates if possible.
** Develop the church mini-book rack (contact PPH for information on how).
** Begin mailing in Public Service Announcements/News Releases to radio & newspapers of all church activities.
** Explore possibility of newspaper advertising and improved yellow pages ad.
** Improve the appearance of church bulletin boards.
** Develop Job Descriptions for all interdepartmental positions.

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The Hidden Blessings of Sharing the Gospel with Complete Strangers

The Hidden Blessings of Sharing the Gospel with Complete Strangers
Greg Stier

“He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, ‘You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?’ Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water'” (John 4:4-10 NLT).

Though most of our personal evangelism probably happens in the context of some kind of relationship (friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, classmate, teammate, etc.) there are countless opportunities we have throughout our lives to engage complete strangers with the Good News, just like Jesus did with the Samaritan woman in John 4.

To miss those opportunities is to miss the hand of God in our everyday lives. I believe that he is constantly orchestrating moments where intentional Gospel conversations can take place.
After the woman at the well went back to town to proclaim her newfound faith in Christ, he told his astounded disciples (a rabbi would never talk to a woman in this culture, let alone a Samaritan woman like Jesus did): “You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest” (John 4:35). In the same way we must wake up and look around to see the ripe harvest field around us every day . . . at the coffee shop we frequent, in the grocery store we shop at, at the baseball game we’re watching, etc.

I decided to get even more intentional about it last Sunday. I took a small group of teenagers and a few other adults to a large shopping mall in the area last Sunday afternoon. We went there praying that God would open up Gospel conversations with complete strangers in the time we were there. And boy did he ever! Between us we engaged in at least 30 conversations! Many of these were deep and meaningful and I believe truly made an impact.

One of the teenagers I took was my own 14-year-old-son, Jeremy. My boy goes to a Christian school and has already engaged all of his neighborhood friends with the message of Jesus. I’m about to allow him to get on Facebook so he can start cultivating online Gospel conversations. But taking him and a handful of his friends out to the mall a few days ago reminded me of the hidden blessings of sharing the Good News with complete strangers.

One of the biggest blessings is that it reminds you of the power of the Gospel. Romans 1:16 tells us, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (ESV).

There’s something inherently powerful about the message of Jesus, so much so that most of the evangelism you read about in the New Testament centers around Jesus and the disciples reaching complete strangers with the Good News. These are people they bumped into along the way. They were fishermen, tax collectors, everyday Joes and Jolenes who needed that message of hope.

Those kinds of people are all around us today. In this high-stress, low-hope culture, people need the Gospel message now more than ever.

Again, I’d like to make a caveat here because I know that we’re called to make disciples (not just converts) and I’m convinced that disciples can best be made in the context of a relationship. So I believe that a huge part of our evangelistic efforts should center around people we know and are getting to know. Because once they come to Christ we can help them grow in Christ so they can make more disciples. I actually wrote an entire post on this called “Does street evangelism really work” a few years back for my good friend Jonathan McKee.

Having said that, I’ve seen God do some unbelievable miracles in the context of ‘stranger danger’ evangelism. Almost 20 years ago I gave a drunk guy named Kevin a brand new More than a Carpenter book after fruitlessly trying to share Jesus with him and his drinking buddies.
Between the F-bombs he promised to read it. Ten years later he walked into my office and threw that now marked up edition of Josh McDowell’s classic book on my desk. He said, “I read it. I trusted in Jesus. And now I carry 40 of those in the trunk of my car to hand out to the young people I meet.”

I would have totally missed that opportunity if I could only share the Gospel with him in the context of a relationship. The only reason I shared the message is because God put him and his two drunk friends on my heart as I walked past them at a shopping mall. I saw them there, obviously drunk, and God just moved in me to tell these complete strangers about Jesus.

I remember thinking to myself that I just wasted that perfectly good book on a guy who will never read it. Boy was I wrong! Who knows how many will be in heaven as a result of us scattering seeds of hope wherever we go? God knows! And someday, on the other side of eternity, we will meet them and be shocked at the difference all those conversations made!

Another blessing, especially of taking teenagers out to share the Good News with strangers, is that they are forced to rely on God. I watched as my son and a friend circled the food court two full times, trying to get up the courage to engage someone about Jesus. He eventually had the opportunity to talk to some teenagers. In those moments leading up to this, Jeremy was relying on God to give him courage and opportunity. Not only did he help bring someone else into the Kingdom but he himself was transformed a little more into the King’s likeness. He was owning the Gospel that he was proclaiming. He was growing in his faith at an accelerated pace.

One of the things I realized while taking these teenagers out was that they needed coaching. My son needed coaching. His friends needed coaching. I’d usually kick off the conversation for them and then say something like, “I’ll let _____________ explain more to you.” Then I’d let them share the Gospel. Some of them used the Life in 6 Words app (which works great, by the way!). Others just started asking questions and engaged a Gospel conversation. They did great!
I’d jump in if they needed it but, for the most part, I tried to let them navigate the conversation on their own. It’s hard to do this level of coaching in a role-playing situation within the safety of a youth room full of Christians. But in a shopping mall or skate park it’s powerful and practical!

I’ll never forget the last group of teenagers my son and I talked to on Sunday. One of the young ladies had tears in her eyes as she listened to the Gospel message. You could sense the pain in her soul as Jeremy began explaining the Gospel. By the end she put her faith in Jesus along with her friends, and Jeremy invited her to youth group so that she could begin growing in her faith. Will they come? I don’t know. What I do know is that seeds were planted and lives were impacted.

Maybe in 10 years she’ll walk up to Jeremy and say, “Ten years ago you told me a message that changed everything for me!”

Let’s share Jesus with those we know. Let’s invest in them and introduce them to the Lord. But let’s lift up our eyes and look around at the harvest all around us all the time.

The above article, “The Hidden Blessings of Sharing the Gospel with Complete Strangers” was written by Greg Stier. The article was excerpted from http://pastors.com/the-hidden-blessings-of-sharing-the-gospel-with-complete-strangers/. August 4, 2017.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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When Conservatism Isn’t Enough

When Conservatism Isn’t Enough
Jeff Christopherson

Well-worn paths typically mark the desired way forward. The assumption is that others have walked that route and arrived at their desired destination. Unfamiliar travelers looking for a safe outcome would be foolish to take an alternate path.

The same is not true for missional leaders in our day. It can’t be. Many of us desire to arrive at a destination that’s been shared by kingdom travelers since the advent of the church. We want to see people come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. We long for robust disciples, healthy churches, transformed culture. This destination is fixed for those submitted to the Lordship of Christ and the authority of his Word.

But the path we take if we hope to arrive at this destination can’t be the same well-worn paths of our predecessors. It’s as if the path they took has been ravished by a horrific storm. The sociological, political, and cultural realties of our day have pushed trees over the path-they’ve marred our ability to walk the same way. And, they make it futile to try to walk that path anyway. Of course, we could climb over broken limbs and under hanging branches, but the journey would be slow, cumbersome, and unhelpful. Better to create a new path to the same, inalterable destination.

The Familiar Dichotomies
As I look at the challenges facing the church, I’m increasingly skeptical that our well-worn categories of liberalism and conservatism are a helpful distinction to describe faithfulness to Christ. This is the path marked by some in generations prior. The terminology and methodology that distinguished this path once seemed clear, but now it’s obscured by false dichotomies, harsh assumptions, critical stereotypes, and defunct methods. And this division that is splitting the world’s political landscape has pervasive influence on the modern church.

We look at the well-worn path of previous generations and we have two options.

We can follow their lead and walk the same path. We can attempt to reorganize a moral majority and return to social prominence. We can try slice and dice our theological nuance and skewer those with whom we disagree in an effort to return to our perceived golden era. We can allow our own needs and nostalgic preference to drive our mission.

But the instinct to turn inward and backward is always a dead end. It’s an instinct driven by fear, not by love. It’s a selfishness that rallies its tribe toward a provincial self-preservation of its rights, not a missionary force that sacrifices its rights for a greater spiritual harvest. Inwards and backwards is the defensive position of a losing cause.

A Necessary Shift
A more accurate calibration of fidelity might be a shift from looking backward and inward to looking forward and outward. Forward and outward is the very faith that Jesus’ church has always been built upon. The call is to cut new paths to the same old destination and, in so doing, demonstrate missiological savvy that can stay true to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Great Commission that contextualize those great truths to the needs of the harvest in our day. This necessitates a path beyond the dichotomies of liberal and conservative and will, instead, require new language which speaks to long-standing missionary decisions.

It will require us to put all others ahead of ourselves and humbly take a backseat so that a lost and loved world can make their way to Jesus. We must dive deeply into our disciple making assignment and undertake a change in regime by winning hearts and minds with a sincere belief in the preeminence of our good news over the power of a political force. We will prepare God’s people, wherever they’re found, to bring good news to the desperately broken-hearted that surround them.

What is the future of the twenty first century church? It can’t be a breakneck desire to reclaim our twentieth century prominence. Those days are gone. We can’t pave the same path again because doing so will only exacerbate our losses by further eroding the authenticity of our mission. The white-knuckled instinct of clutching to yesterday’s forms is not an instinct propelled by a Great Shepherd searching for his lost sheep. It’s a darker instinct motivated by safe and selfish sheep, deaf to the frantic bleating of their neighbors.

The future is for under-shepherds who, while holding firmly to theological orthodoxy, understands that genuine orthopraxy can only be found in the missionary impulse of a local church. It’s for men and women, boys and girls, who in true Pauline fashion, level every cultural barrier, thrash every sacred obstacle, in order to allow the spiritually disconnected to have a clear picture of their sacrificial Lamb.

The future is forward and outward.

Jeff Christopherson is an author and Chief Missiologist and Vice President of the Send Network. He also serves as Co-Executive Director of the Send Institute, a partnership of the Billy Graham Centerat Wheaton College and the North American Mission Board.

The above article, “When Conservatism Isn’t Enough” was written by Jeff Christopherson. The article was excerpted from www.christianitytoday.com.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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Reaching Out to Non-Believers this Holiday Season

Reaching Out to Non-Believers this Holiday Season
Ed Stetzer

Relationships are a significant means through which people can be reached with the gospel.

Going to church, believe it or not, can be a controversial topic around the holiday season. Some of us go consistently each week, some of us used to go, and some of us have vowed to never walk through the halls of a church again.

Everyone comes from different families, cultures, and backgrounds and thus we all have different stories in this regard.

Recently, I was having a conversation with my Uber driver about her experience in church. As we spoke, she shared that at one point she had been attending pretty frequently but has since found herself less engaged. During the course of our time together, as a pastor of course, I couldn’t help but suggest that she might reconsider her decision.

You see, we all know people like my Uber driver across many spectrums. Many have a complex relationship with churchgoing over the course of their individual lifetimes. Some are believers who have gone; others are believers who’ve stopped going altogether.

Others still actually aren’t believers at all, but perhaps people who are trying church out for the first time-in fact, chances are, there are people like that sitting next to you in service more Sundays than not.

Around the holiday times each year, followers of Christ have the opportunity to enter into spiritual conversations with family members and friends. Many of those conversations will likely end up at the very least touching on the subject of church in some way, shape, or form.

According to Scott McConnell, the executive director of LifeWay Research, that despite our many assumptions, the reality is that “many would welcome going to a Christmas service with someone they know.”

A study performed by LifeWay Research shows that across the country, Americans are much more likely to attend church at Christmastime. When asked the question: “If someone you know invited you to attend church with them at Christmas, how likely would you be to attend?” Over half (57%) of respondents said they’d be likely to come.

As we see here, relationships are a significant means through which people can be reached with the gospel.

Now, of course God can reach people through any means he chooses-not just through family members, friends, and neighbors. Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus with neither a soul nor an evangelist in sight.

But, the beauty about all this is that even though God doesn’t need us, he chooses to use us as a means through which to reveal himself to people. We are conduits of his love and grace in a broken and hurting world with the unique honor and privilege of entering into the work that he’s doing in the lives of those close to us.

Just for a moment, think about how much more compelling the gospel message is coming from someone you already know and trust. Who are you more likely to listen to-a stranger on the street handing you a flier telling you to come to church or a friend who’s known you all your life and walked with you through thick and thin?

LifeWay Research did a study in cooperation with the Billy Graham Center on unbelievers’ willingness to enter into spiritual conversations with their friends. As it turns out, nearly 80% say that if a friend values his or her faith in Jesus, they are willing to talk to the friend about it even if they themselves are not believers. Scott McConnell shared his thoughts this way: “Unchurched Americans aren’t hostile to faith-They just don’t think church is for them.”

Truthfully speaking, people in this demographic won’t know otherwise until they’re invited to check it out for themselves.

While the idea of inviting an unbelieving friend to church can seem daunting from afar, know that there are times in the New Testament that we are told to account for the presence of unbelievers in our Sunday morning services. This is not a foreign concept to the early church, and neither should it be to us in our 21st century context today.

This holiday season, I encourage all of you to find ways to reach out to the unbelievers and infrequent churchgoers in your circles extending them an invitation to join you at church. Here are some quick strategies to go about this well.

First off, extend pressure-free invitations. The people you know and choose to invite should always feel welcome to join you without sensing a certain pressure to take you up on your initial offer. I’ve tried to, in my own personal life, make a habit of inviting my neighbors to church around Christmas and Easter each year.

I’ll let them know about the special services we’re having, and let them know that I’d love for them to join-I’d recommend that you try doing the same with your neighbors this year!

In the event that the person (or people) you invite choose to turn you down, refrain from getting frustrated, defensive, agitated, or bitter about it. Know that God asks you only to plant seeds which frees you to keep all your interactions and invitations pressure free.

Second, welcome questions. It’s quite natural that unbelievers who find themselves in church around the holiday season or any other time don’t really quite know what to believe, where to connect, or why it matters in the first place.

If someone you know and love joins you on a Sunday morning, invite them out for lunch afterwards. Offer to talk through what they’ve learned, what they liked, what they didn’t like, and what they might still have questions about.

Even if you don’t know all the answers (and you probably won’t), what matters most is maintaining a consistent posture of honesty and humility. This will help your friend feel safe, known, heard, and willing to dive into spiritual conversations.

Last, be a friend. Recognize that whoever you invite to join you at church this holiday season, that person is on a spiritual journey all their own. God alone is overseeing that process of growth-not you, not me, not your pastor, only the Lord.

You’ve been called to be a good friend to this person whether they live near you, work in your building, or are related to you by flesh and blood. You can’t save them, but you can love them, care for them, and most importantly, you can also pray for them.

In Christians in the Age of Outrage, I talk about writing the names of friends, co-workers, and neighbors down to pray for them. And our latest resource at the Billy Graham Center is called Be.Loved. and is focused on 25 simple ways to love those around us this holiday season. I invite you to download your digital copy here.

Friends, we need to be asking God each day for chances to bless and encourage those around us as well as share the gospel message. These opportunities are priceless-may we take advantage of them each and every time.

Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, serves as Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College, is executive director of the Billy Graham Center, and publishes church leadership resources through Mission Group.

The above article, “Reaching Out to Non-Believers this Holiday Season” was written by Ed Stetzer. The article was excerpted from www.christianitytoday.com.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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3 Steps To Help People At Your Church Become Connected And Known

3 Steps To Help People At Your Church Become Connected And Known
Jennifer Winge

No matter the size of your church, people need community. We are reminded in Hebrews 10:24-25 how important and challenging community can be: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” It can be even more challenging as churches grow. Here are three steps to help people feel connected and known as your church grows.

1. Make Your First Connection Count

The “front line” team of a church can go by a variety of different names: Connections Team, Hosts, Greeters, First Impressions, etc. Whatever your team is called, initial contacts matter. I am a huge proponent of parking teams – regardless of the size of your church.

It isn’t about parking cars, it is about making people feel at ease and wanted as they come on the church property. Whether the team is stationed in the parking lot, at the front doors, at your Kids Ministry check-in, or in the sanctuary, they need to be the people who always have a welcoming smile for those coming into the church. This team is not made up of behind the scenes quiet folks. This team is made up of the friendliest people in your church. They will lead a casual attender toward community.

“It isn’t about parking cars, it is about making people feel at ease and wanted as they come on the church property.”

2. Ensure People Are Known

Have you ever walked into a place you frequent and the person you see every time acts like you are a complete stranger? It’s frustrating. Why? Because we desire and expect to be known. I recently was in Georgia and went to the nail salon I frequented prior to us moving two years ago. To say I had built a friendship with those folks would not be true. I am an in-and-out girl and a little small talk would be the extent of our relationship, but I have spent a good bit of time in that shop over the years. The owner of the shop looked at me and said, “I haven’t seen you in forever. You moved about two years ago, right?” I was blown away she would not only remember me, but knew when I moved. I left a pretty good tip for no other reason than how it made me feel to still be known.

Some people are great with names. I am not. I have to be intentional when trying to remember names, if they have kids, or where they said they were headed for vacation over the summer. Calling a person by name when you have only met them once or twice makes them feel known and like they belong. When we teach our teams to remember people it creates a sense of belonging and community. It may be as simple as saying, “It is great to see you again” or “I missed seeing you last week.” This is where follow up processes can be a helpful tool to ensure people don’t fall through the cracks.

“When we teach our teams to remember people it creates a sense of belonging and community.”

3. Pour Into Deep Relationships

We can’t have deep relationships with everyone. And there are few things worse than a person trying to connect with someone because of an obligation. It is disingenuous and motivated by the wrong reasons. What we can do, however, is build the relationships that come naturally to us. Both of my sons have had the privilege to be a part of the wedding of their Middle School Small Group Leaders. It shows a depth of relationship when they had a leader who connected with them in community. Those relationships matter and transcend time and distance.

Community is a process. As we try to navigate the complexities of creating a culture of authentic community, we have to remember it is something developed over time. It starts with a first impression and, if we’re intentional, can turn into a meaningful, Christ-centered community that helps us (and others) grow.

The above article, “3 Steps To Help People At Your Church Become Connected And Known” was written by Jennifer Winge. The article was excerpted from https://www.vanderbloemen.com.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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3 Teams That Are Critical To Church Growth

3 Teams That Are Critical To Church Growth

Church growth should be a team effort, with God as the head of that team.
God has provided the people who are leading the church with you-staff and volunteers-and they need to understand their critical role in the health and growth of the church as a whole.

Each person and every ministry team they’re leading is important and their team’s operations can have an impact on the church’s future. But when it comes to Sundays, some teams have a more critical role in helping or hindering church growth than others.

Get these three teams healthy and on board with the church’s mission and strategy, and you’re well on your way to a growing church.

The Hospitality Team

Your church’s hospitality team are the first faces that people interact with when they visit your church. It’s critical for the Hospitality Team to understand the vital nature of their role. For a first-time guest or even a regular attender, a bad experience with a rude and unhelpful Hospitality Team member can lead to a decision to not ever come back through the doors of your church.

And it doesn’t take long to decide. According to Will Mancini, leader of church consulting firm Auxano, guests know within 11 minutes of driving up whether they’re coming back to your church or not. He said, in reference to evaluating the guest experience of your church, “It’s hard to overstate the wow factor a church body creates by serving generously through a system of hospitality.”

One thing you can do today to improve your church’s hospitality is schedule a meeting to plan a run-through of what it currently feels like for guests to come to your church. A few questions you can start with:
Are there signs or people (or both!) in place to make it easy for guests to identify where to enter, exit, and park?

How complicated is it for a guest to find the children’s ministry and check in their child? It may seem obvious to you but try to see it through the eyes of someone who has never been in the building.

Can hospitality team members and the “welcome center” be clearly identified? Consider having the team wear t-shirts or badges that make them easy to find when a guest has a question.

Is the team prepared to answer questions? Make a list of frequently asked questions and make sure the team is properly trained in answering them.
Your church may seem friendly to those inside while not being welcoming to new people coming in. Taking small steps can make a huge difference in making guests feel welcome.

The Student/Children’s Ministry Team

Choosing and deciding to regularly attend a church is often a family affair. Parents are likely to weigh the experience of their children with their own experience with the church. In other words, it’s just as important to invest in the health of your student and children’s ministry teams as the sermon content in the main service, the music, etc.

If your student and children’s ministry teams have solid processes, engaged staff and volunteers, and a welcoming environment, this team can be a tremendous avenue of growth for the church. Think of the student/children’s ministry as one “entry point” for non-churched people.
If their children get in the car after service and tell the parents about the new friends they made and how much fun they had, the parents are much more likely to come back to the church because of their child’s great experience.

The same is true for the students/teens in your church who are able to volunteer, get involved in student ministry activities, and be an anchor of their family to regularly attend church.

The Leadership Team

Many of the decisions that affect church growth the most are made before Sunday even arrives. That’s why it’s so important for the entire leadership team of the church to be informed, involved, and on the same page.

Before the Hospitality, Student/Children’s Ministry, or any other teams are able to get healthy and contribute to the growth of the church, good leaders are being hands-on by investing in the development of systems, processes, staff, and volunteers.

The leadership team can start a conversation by asking questions that challenge the teams to be the best they can be and to cultivate a growth mindset. A few questions leaders can start with:

Which volunteer leaders (linked to: https://churchfuel.com/volunteers-into-leaders/) are ready to step up to encourage the team and prevent the burnout of other volunteers and staff? Burnout is detrimental to church growth so it’s important for your entire team to share the load.

What type of planning or financial support do our teams need to improve their ministry and help the church grow? If new signs, t-shirts, a new church lobby layout, or other resources are needed, the leadership of the church should be aware and the teams should feel their support.

What about our church has caused the current students and children in our church to want to come back and what has kept others from coming back? It can be helpful to ask people in your church for feedback in this area and bring that feedback into the leadership’s strategy meetings.

How accessible is the leadership team? People who are new to the church could be turned off by feeling that they can’t get to know the leadership. For example, having a system for personally responding to emails, scheduling meet and greet events, and making space for leadership to greet people after Sunday services could help. Consider the options that are best for your church’s path of faithfulness and growth.

Our prayer is that your church experiences healthy growth, even if it’s slow and steady. In that, people are coming to know Jesus and committing to be a part of their local church body. We believe that these three teams are critical in helping you get.

The above article, “3 Teams That Are Critical To Church Growth” was written by churchfuel.com. The article was excerpted from www.churchfuel.com.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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9 Reasons Some Churches Will Not Reach College Students

9 Reasons Some Churches Will Not Reach College Students
Chuck Lawless

I love college students. In fact, I’d want to be pastoring in a university town if the Lord called me back to the senior pastorate. I’m convinced that their generation has a much greater opportunity to reach the nations than my generation does. On the other hand, some churches, I’m convinced, won’t reach college students. Here’s why:

Churches don’t see their potential. They’re in our churches for a few years, and then they go. They’re transient. Rather than see our opportunity to invest in them for the sake of the gospel, we almost pacify them.

College students want genuine relationships with other adults. They’re not interested in the superficial relationships that mark so many of our churches. Authenticity really matters to them.

They want to be included and involved while they’re in our churches. They’re not an appendage tacked on to the small group schedule just because they happen to be in our area.

They want interaction with older adults. That’s tough to accomplish when we relegate them to their own group and assume that’s where they’re most content.

They want deep teaching. Shallow Bible studies won’t cut it for many college students. They’re asking honest questions, and they want solid answers.

They’re not fans of gimmicky religion. They want depth, truth, the Word of God. They haven’t always seen much of that, so they gravitate toward it when they hear it.

They want heroes. They don’t want to be idolatrous, but they do want men and women to whom they can look for guidance and support. And, if they can’t find those heroes in their local church, they’ll find them among leaders they listen to on the Internet.

They want to be challenged. They’re unafraid to be challenged to spend some years working overseas to be witnesses where missionaries can’t go. They’re willing to tackle tough social issues of the day. They want somebody to push them to be holy and to get in their face when they aren’t.

They want a safe place to ask questions. They’re not interested in just adopting the faith of their parents. Even “the Bible says so” is often not a sufficient answer for them; they want to know why we believe the Bible. Many of them, too, have no faith background, and they come with genuine doubts and questions.

My point is that I’m not sure every church is ready to reach college students. Let us know your thoughts.

The above article, “9 Reasons Some Churches Will Not Reach College Students” was written by Chuck Lawless. The article was excerpted from chucklawless.com.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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3 Facts About Small Town Churches

3 Facts About Small Town Churches
Travis Stephens

If there’s one thing that frustrates me the most about small town pastors, it’s the assumptions they make about the churches they serve. They assume their church won’t change, so they never challenge them. They assume their church won’t grow, so they never inspire them. They assume their church’s best days are behind them, so they resign themselves to a slow and painful death. Be careful about the assumptions you make because your assumptions may be the biggest problem in your church.

The church I serve has defied every assumption. There’s absolutely no reason we should be where we are today. Churches in towns of 2,000 people shouldn’t average 600-700 people in weekend attendance. That’s unheard of.

They shouldn’t be able to start a new campus, buy a new building, and grow to 350-400 people in weekend attendance at that campus within the first two years.

Our staff is not that smart, we’re not even that talented, and we certainly don’t have a lot of money.

So, what’s our secret? I’m honestly not sure, but I can tell you what I believe is a huge part of it.

There are people in the communities we serve that are looking for an uplifting church that presents the message of the Bible in a way they can understand and apply to their life.

And the more I speak with other small town pastors who are seeing success, the more I realize this is true for rural communities across the United States.

Now, does that mean every church should modernize? No. There’s still a percentage of people who love the type of church they grew up in and don’t want a change. If your church is healthy and is serving them well, then continue what you’re doing. Just know that the people who enjoy that style of church are becoming less and less, which means it’s going to be really difficult to ever grow.

The fact is the churches that are going to see growth in the future are the churches that are going to be willing to change.

If that’s the type of church you want to lead, let me give you three other facts I believe about most small town churches.

Your church has more potential than problems. I love talking about problems. I love thinking up excuses about why something won’t work. If I’m not careful, I can be the negative person in the room. So, I know what it’s like to be frustrated with a church, but I honestly believe that your church has more potential than problems. It’s a lot easier to see the problems, but the potential is there. You may just have to look a little harder.

You’re probably doing way too much of the wrong things. I know the church I serve was for a long time. You have to scale back and focus on what’s most important and what is going to have the most impact. This probably means you’re going to have to cut some programs that people love. You may need to cut a service that no one’s showing up to. You’re going to have to say no to some things, so that you can give your best to the most important things.

Your church won’t grow until your leadership grows. You may have to humble yourself and ask for help. You may have seminary degree. You may have a doctorate in theology, but sometimes those aren’t much help when it comes to leading a church. I would encourage you to read books, listen to podcasts, and get coaching in the areas that you need help.

If I can be of help to you, I’d love to talk with you. Visit my contact page and send me a message, or look me up on Facebook. I love helping small town pastors discover their potential. As always, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to get tips on church growth, leadership, and more delivered to your inbox each week.

The above article, “3 Facts About Small Town Churches” was written by Travis Stephens. The article was excerpted from http://travisstephens.me/3-facts-about-small-town-churches/.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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The Impact Of Church Conflict On Church Growth

The Impact Of Church Conflict On Church Growth
Thomas Hammond and Steve Wilkes

Conflict can start at any moment in any church. A disagreement over the color of carpet, program schedule, or a committee’s role can result in a dispute that reaches biblical proportions.

A 2004 Christianity Today survey of pastors revealed the top six sources of conflict as:
* Control Issues….85 percent
* Vision/Direction….64 percent
* Leadership Changes….43 percent
* Pastor’s Style….39 percent
* Financial….33 percent
* Theological/Doctrine….23 percent

Sadly, conflict is a common occurrence in congregations of every denomination across America. It happens to traditional, blended and contemporary churches for a variety of reasons, with the capacity to reach extreme levels of intensity.

In a recent national survey of more than 14,000 congregations, 75 percent reported some level of conflict in the past five years. While the conflict experienced in each of these churches might have varied greatly, it was still significant enough for church leaders to remember it, even after five years.

Leadership losses

A minister friend of mine (Steve) was pastor of a thriving church in Arkansas. The church used “ministry-evangelism” to help people and to win them to Christ. The church doubled. They started a daughter church nearby. Then, lay people rose up against the pastor, and he resigned. For a while, he helped the new church, but today he is not in full-time ministry. This is a great brother who was wounded by conflict-after church growth-and today he is working in the secular world.

I’m afraid his story is common. A church grows, conflict occurs, and preachers and lay people are hurt deeply. I can sometimes spot the “walking wounded” when they visit our seminary after graduating several years earlier. They, too, are victims. Some members leave their churches disillusioned, while others lose trust in church leadership and become less faithful in their attendance and service. These casualties may find it difficult to become personally involved in another church for fear of another disaster.

Ministers are leaving the ministry and their pulpits in record numbers. An estimated 1,500 pastors (all denominations) leave their positions each month.

Churches struggle within their fellowship to regain a sense of stability and harmony. Leadership must cope with a damaged reputation, possibly in the church, but certainly in the community.  There is also the unavoidable reality that they are not fulfilling their purpose for existing.

How does conflict affect evangelism?

Several years ago, I (Thomas) began serving as interim pastor with a church that recently had forced their pastor to resign. During the first meeting with church leaders, I asked to see their numbers for the past several years. Needless to say, they were not good. Money…down, attendance…down, baptisms…you guessed it, down as well. One significant fact about this church is that they were located in the second-fastest-growing county in America. In the middle of a population explosion, they were in a terrible freefall.

As I looked closer at the numbers, I noticed the chart did not go straight down. In fact, there were several high peaks over the years. After questioning one of the lay leaders about the reasons for the decline after the growth, he pointed to each and embarrassingly admitted that the growth stopped because of “fights.” He was even able to recall what the different “fights” were about. While these “fights” left emotional scars across the congregation, they also served as a deterrent.

To say it plainly, conflict stops evangelism. Any momentum a church might be experiencing through outreach almost always comes to a screeching halt at the slightest hint of a brouhaha. In Acts 6:1, we find the early church still exploding with growth. However, we know that the church stopped evangelizing when conflict arose because of one word in verse seven “then.” Verse seven says, “Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem.”

So between verse one, “the number of disciples was multiplying,” and verse seven, “the number of the disciples multiplied greatly,” a conflict “arose.”

Why do conflicts stop evangelism?

There are many reasons why the disease of conflict prevents a church from growing. C. Peter Wagner identified a classic growth problem. He called it the “Pioneer vs. Homesteader Conflict.” The pioneers are the people in the church who have been there for many years. The homesteaders are the newcomers who have joined the church within the last few years. When the homesteaders begin to grow because the church is growing, the pioneers often feel threatened. They know that soon they will be outnumbered and lose control. Thus, some of the pioneers cause trouble in the church, causing the growth to slow down or stop.

A conflict also diverts the focus of church members from the fields of harvest to discovering who is on whose side. The energy that is needed for ministry, missions, and witnessing is siphoned from the body and spent on forming battle lines. Communication breaks down and critical decisions are made in secret, causing mistrust and alienation. The unity of the fellowship is broken into factions of “us” and “them” and prevents anyone from inviting a lost person to a ministry event or Bible study. Morale plummets with staff members and lay leaders as evangelistic events are canceled or poorly attended. The hope of impacting the community with the gospel in the future fades as word of the fight begins to seep into the community. It is hard to save a drowning man if everyone holding a life preserver is arguing so loudly they cannot hear his cry.

Conflict management or resolution?

Managing conflict is only a part of a leader’s responsibility. This job is not complete until there is resolution! This is exactly what “the twelve” did in Acts 6. They did not ignore the complaint, hoping it would go away, or label the widows as troublemakers. They asked the church in Jerusalem to choose men to deal with this task. What task was that? Was it just to oversee this distribution of food as many believe? No! The task was to deal with the conflict at hand the conflict between the Jewish and Greek widows. Talk about an explosive issue! This has to be at the top of the list of problems which could keep the church from growing and making progress in other areas.

The leaders of the church in Acts worked together to carefully develop a plan and communicate it to the entire church. After sharing it with the church, “the saying pleased the whole multitude.”

The Acts church chose seven leaders, and I believe they were the first deacons. They were good men, full of the Holy Spirit, and men with a good reputation. Much conflict in churches occurs because pastors and congregations fail to observe these biblical mandates. Someone who is not obviously full of the Spirit should never be selected to be a deacon. And the first task of a deacon should be to watch for and quietly handle any conflict.

A strong immune system

Having a strong immune system is essential in the fight against infection and disease. The body of Christ has an immune system as well an essential part of controlling conflict. Its presence is evident in the first church in Acts. Though they experienced all types of conflict, they were continually used by God to accomplish amazing results.

A church’s immune system can be strengthened by each member enjoying a daily, healthy diet of the spiritual nutrients of the Word of God. They must spend sufficient time in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any sin that needs to be confessed, and praying for God’s will to be accomplished in their life and church.

It is important for each member of the body to avoid all selfish attitudes and bad behavior. Focusing their attention and energy on the needs of others allows them to serve as a source of encouragement. Finally, every member needs to exercise his faith and gifts. This keeps everyone’s faith healthy and strong and helps insure that conflict does not destroy a church.

Adapted from an article originally published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Journal of Evangelism&Missions, published by the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Reprinted with permission from editor Steve Wilkes.

The above article, “The Impact Of Church Conflict On Church Growth” was written by Thomas Hammond and Steve Wilkes. The article was excerpted from an article originally published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Journal of Evangelism&Missions.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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