Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Video-Enhanced Studies are Coming to Smallgroup.com

By Rob Tims
In September, an exciting new feature is coming to SmallGroup.com that will further equip group leaders to have transformational conversations and experiences in their groups. Not only will you have the ability to quickly build studies and series with strong original content, but you will also be able to enhance your study with exclusive video content from trusted Bible teachers. You will find excellent studies featuring speakers and authors like Beth Moore, Angela Thomas, Matt Chandler, and John Piper, and also gain exclusive Bible teaching from our discipleship partners (such as Darren Patrick at Journey Church in St. Louis, MO, and Matt Carter at Austin Stone in Austin, TX). And because video content should enhance your Bible study, not dominate it, a customizable discussion guide that interacts with the Bible and the video is included. Read more...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Eight Common Characteristics of Successful Church Revitalizations


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There is one type of church revitalization that is more successful than all others. The church closes its doors for a season, and then re-opens, usually with a new name and new leadership. I know this approach is not an option for most of you, so I gathered data from the “other” category. This category includes churches that kept the same name and, for the most part, the same leadership.

Keep in mind, this information is not a step-by-step guide to revitalization. We offer that resource periodically. Make certain you are on our email list, and we will let you know the next time that training opens.

As I gathered the information for successful revitalizations, I noted eight common characteristics that took place in most of the congregations. Unfortunately, many leaders are not willing to make all the sacrifices these characteristics suggest. Those who will make the sacrifices, however, are often seeing blessings beyond what they anticipated.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

LifeWay partners with Kendrick brothers on ‘War Room’ resources

LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick to provide churches with a suite of resources to accompany their latest film, “War Room,” which spotlights prayer, its power and purpose.
The movie, releasing in theaters Aug. 28, tells the story of a prayer warrior grandmother (played by Karen Abercrombie) who mentors a young mom (Priscilla Shirer) facing a troubled relationship with her husband (T.C. Stallings).
The impetus for the movie goes back to 2012, when Alex Kendrick, director and co-writer, said he and his brother felt led by God to “make a movie where we call the body of believers to pray” and to “fight in prayer.”
“If there ever was a time God’s people needed to plead with God for direction and intervention, it’s now,” Alex said. “We must make sure are right with Him and seeking His involvement in our culture, government, churches and families. We’re eroding to fast on too many levels.”
The film is accompanied by several resources from B&H Publishing Group and LifeWay including a book by the Kendrick brothers titled “The Battle Plan for Prayer,” and a book titled “Fervent” by Shirer, aNew York Times best-selling author who plays the lead character in the film. “Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids and “Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place” are two children’s books written by the Kendricks.
For churches that want to go deeper in their understanding of prayer, LifeWay is releasing a “War Room Bible Study” and Church Campaign Kit, which includes the 5-week small group study, sermon outlines and promotional items.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Revitalizing your church

By Ronnie Floyd
Revitalizing a church is an ongoing process and experience, beginning with the pastor and continuing with the church. Without pastor revitalization, there will be no church revitalization. Both pastor and church are in need of continual revitalization.
We never arrive. Church revitalization is about the church becoming stronger and healthier. It is about penetrating your community and beyond with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The crisis is real
The vast majority of the 50,000-plus churches and congregations that comprise our Southern Baptist Convention are in need of revitalization. In 2013, LifeWay Research released a graphic that illustrated that no less than 74 percent of our churches are either plateaued or declining.
In many ways, all of our churches are in need of ongoing revitalization. In today's world of endless change, it is inescapable. We have to experience seasons that involve brutal honesty, leading us to re-create our churches and restore the hope that God can use our churches to reach our community.
9 strategic principles for revitalizing your church
1: CATCH the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Catching the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our ONLY hope for revitalizing ourselves, our church, and influencing our communities. We can never forget that we were once lost and hopeless until we trusted in the reality that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and raised on the third day to give us forgiveness, power and hope.

Monday, August 24, 2015

SmallGroup.com Offers A Starting Point Close to Home

By Aaron Earls

Where can a church begin looking for the right Bible study materials? For some, it may be within the church itself.

Unique circumstances make churches different from each other. For most churches, those differences don’t require Bible study curriculum specifically designed for their situation. But some churches may require customized material.

Let’s say a church wants a study to accompany a sermon series or undergird a special church-wide campaign. Customized Bible studies haven’t always been readily available for most churches, according to Michael Kelley, director of Groups Ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources.

“Up until now,” Kelley said, “if a church needed curriculum written specifically for them, the only real option was to invest a significant amount of time and money in producing it themselves.”

Even for churches that had the resources to manage a project of this size, the work often suffered, Kelley said, “because the church is simply too pressed for time in all their areas of ministry.”

To solve that problem, Kelley and others at LifeWay developed SmallGroup.com, a web-based tool that allows churches to create and customize Bible studies for themselves. “With SmallGroup.com, a church can have customized content and still devote their energy to other areas of ministry,” Kelley said.

The site has more than 1,200 searchable studies on 400 topics from all 66 books of the Bible. If a passage or topic isn’t available, one of the best features of SmallGroup.com, according to Kelley, is that users can request a study at no additional charge and a LifeWay curriculum specialist will contact them within 48 hours. Users can even add church-specific logos and terminology to their Bible study templates.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

5 Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups

By Ed Stetzer

Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another.
When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied 2,300 churches sponsored by 15 denominations. Fewer than half of those churches said they had a plan for discipling people. Only 63 percent had someone responsible for the spiritual formation of children, students, and adults.
The majority of these churches weren’t satisfied with the state of discipleship or spiritual formation. We know there is a great level of dissatisfaction in many churches about where they are on the issue of discipleship, but what is the solution?
We also conducted a Transformational Discipleship study of more than 4,000 Protestant churchgoers in North America and asked them about spiritual formation. One of the five items most predictive for spiritual maturity was participation in a small class or group of adults such as a small group, Bible study, or adult Bible fellowship.
But what makes a small group thrive? Our studies discovered five elements of a transformational small-group environment: mission orientation, Word-driven mentality, multiplication mindset, stranger welcoming, and kingdom-focused.

Friday, August 14, 2015

6 Tips for Staff Meetings That Don’t Stink

By Mark Dance
Is it fair to say that ministry staff rarely consider staff meetings the pinnacle of their week? I have personally led a lot of boring staff meetings, but I’ve also led a few that advanced the vision of our church and the unity of our staff. Here are six ways to help insure your staff meetings don’t stink

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Seven Steps Churches Are Taking to Replace the Stand-and-Greet Time

By Thom S. RaIner

I would have never expected the response to a topic that seemed so innocuous. On this blog many people were very vocal that they really didn’t like the stand-and-greet time during the worship services.

To be fair, there were some defenders of this practice. I was able to segment the hundreds of responses into three groups.
  • Guests: Overwhelmingly, guests do not like stand-and-greet. Very few indicated they did.
  • Church members who are strong extroverts. This group tended to be the vocal supporters of stand-and-greet. They really like speaking to both strangers and acquaintances.
  • The rest of the church members. The majority of the church members did not like the practice. It is the time of the worship service they dread.
So almost all of the guests do not like the stand-and-greet time, and the majority of the church members agree with them. As a consequence, many churches have dispensed with this practice.
But church leaders are finding other ways to keep their congregations friendly during the worship services. In this follow-up post, I share some of the new practices I have discovered.
  1. Conclude the services on time. The most natural time of fellowship takes place at the conclusion of each service. But, if the service goes long, many attendees are in a hurry to get their children from the preschool area, or to make previously scheduled appointments.
  2. Use the most outgoing members in critical places. One church has a highly extroverted senior adult lady as the receptionist to the preschool areas. Her sole, but critical role, is to greet parents and children, and to provide them a clear guide of where to go and what to do.
  3. Ask your most extroverted members to sit by guests and converse with them. Most of those who defended the stand-and-greet time where these extroverted members. Use them in other ways. And if the persons they find happen not to be guests, it’s not the end of the world. It’s okay for members to talk to one another.
  4. Ask your most extroverted members to mingle intentionally before and after the service. There is certainly a pattern developing here. The extroverted members want to act extroverted. Give them permission to do so. A few churches are even offering training for these extroverts.
  5. Have clear signage that lets guest know where to go. One church had the following signage at key entry points: “Guests: Follow the signs to our coffee gathering or to take your children to our safe and secure area.”
  6. Encourage people to speak to each other at the end of the service. If the service ends on time, encourage people to chat on the way out. Those who desire this interaction will do so. The rest will have permission not to do so.
  7. Have people wear shirts or badges that clearly indicate they are available to help others. I recently attended an event where people who could provide help wore brightly-colored shirts and well-marked badges. A church of which I’m aware does the same. The badge says in clear and bold letters: “I Would Love to Help You.”
Ultimately, friendliness is more of an attitude and atmosphere than a planned action. Leaders should provide such examples and continuously remind members to be hospitable and friendly at all times.
The meet-and-greet time is going away in many churches. These are some of the practices that are taking its place. Let me hear from you on this issue.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Appreciating Faithful Sunday School Volunteers

They're on the front line of ministry in your church. They dedicate countless hours every week to Bible lesson preparation, outreach contacts, and ministering to class members. From preschoolers to senior adults, your church's Sunday School or small group leaders impact lives.
Need some fresh ideas for demonstrating appreciation for their faithful ministry?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Still looking for Fall Bible Studies?

THERE'S AN EASIER WAY TO FIND THE RIGHT BIBLE STUDY.

Just ask, how do my groups want to study the Bible?

Your groups need a trustworthy Bible study that is rooted in Scripture, points people to Jesus, and is applicable to daily life. LifeWay offers a variety of trustworthy options for groups of kids, students, and adults, so the real question becomes, how do your groups want to study the Bible?

Book by book?


Explore the Bible

Through real-life, everyday issues?


Bible Studies for Life

As one story that points to Jesus?


The Gospel Project

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Crucial Difference Between Managing and Leading

By Rick Warren
It’s been said many times by many different people that everything rises or falls on leadership. I don’t think that’s ever truer than in ministry. Charles McKay, a former professor at California Baptist College, used to tell us if you want to know the temperature of your church, put the thermometer in your mouth. That’s a good statement. You can’t ever take people farther than you are yourself, spiritually or any other way.
I remember when I was interviewed on the Acts television network by Jimmy Allen, and he asked me about starting new churches. He said, “How important is location?” I said it’s very important, the second most important thing. But the most important thing is not location, but leadership in a church. I see churches in great locations that aren’t doing anything and I see churches with good leadership in poor locations doing great things.
Leadership is the key.
You don’t have to be a charismatic leader (in the emotional sense) to be a great leader. Some of the greatest charismatic leaders of this century were also the worst — Stalin, Mao, Hitler. They were all very charismatic people, so personality has nothing to do with dynamic leadership.
Leadership and vision
It’s not the charisma of the leader that matters; but the vision of the leader. Whatever your assignment may be in your church, no matter what your ministry concentration may be, your number one responsibility of leadership in that area is to continually clarify and communicate the vision of that particular ministry. You must constantly answer the question: Why are we here? If you don’t know the answer, you can’t lead.
As a senior pastor, my job is to keep us on track with the original New Testament purpose of the church. That gets much more difficult as the church grows larger and larger. When we were very small, the only people who wanted to come were non-Christians. We didn’t have a lot of programs. We didn’t have a children’s ministry or a music ministry or a youth ministry. The people who wanted all those things went to churches that had them. Now I meet people coming over from other churches every week. This new dynamic presents an acute problem. Every one of these people carries in a load of cultural baggage. They expect Saddleback to be like the church they left. The first words off their lips can be, “At our old church, we did it like this…”
How can I politely say, “We don’t care how you did it at some other church.”?  I don’t mean to be rude, but the vision of the church someone just left isn’t the key issue. Our vision in this church is the key issue. Therefore, I must continually clarify and communicate Saddleback’s vision to everyone who walks through our doors. I must make clear what we are doing and why we are doing it. No one can be left in the dark to the question of vision. At Saddleback, we constantly communicate our vision through the membership class, through social media, and in any way we possibly can. Our purpose for being is always out front where everyone can see it. Everyone needs to know why we are here and catch our vision.
Leader or manager
Vision is the main difference between leadership and management. Management consists primarily of three things: analysis, problem solving, and planning. If you go to any management course they’ll be composed of those three things. But leadership consists of vision and values and the communication of those things. If you don’t clarify the purposes as the leader, who’s going to?
Most churches are over-managed and under-led. Your church needs to be managed, but it also needs to be led. You have to have both. When you only have management in the church, you get the problem of paralysis of analysis. It’s like “Ready… Aim … Aim … Aim …” And they never fire. Management without leadership results in constantly analyzing and looking, but never actually doing anything. Don’t get me wrong. You need managers within the church as well. Without them you end up with a church that says, “Ready…. Fire!” without ever taking the time to aim. You need both.
The power of vision
Some people have dreams, but not vision. There is a difference. A vision is a pragmatic dream. Lots of people have great dreams. They have grand ideas of all they would like to accomplish, but they can never get their dreams in a concrete form where they can do something about it. A vision is a dream that can be implemented. It’s specific. Nothing becomes dynamic until it becomes specific.
Every Easter Sunday I stand back and marvel at all God has done in our church. We started on an Easter with a handful of people.  Now, every Easter we have even more than the year before as thousands upon thousands gather together. That’s incredible to me when I think how it all just started with a little vision.  And from that we’ve watched a movement happen. That’s the power of a vision.

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Nerd’s-Eye View of DevoHub

By Patrick Watts

When was the last time you brought some kind of technology to your church that seemed really amazing? Immersive projection? Barcode check-in? Air conditioning? With DevoHub, you can offer your church family a new technological tool that is not only cool but, at its core, helps connect people with God in their daily walk.
When you sign your church up at www.devohub.com, you’ll find your church property on a Google map and draw a circle around it to set up an “activation zone.” That’s about all there is to the setup process. Then, you’ll want to have an iOS, Android or Kindle device handy and install the “DevoHub” app from your app store.
As soon as you launch DevoHub for the first time, the app “phones home” and says, “Here’s where my GPS says that I am.” Nearly immediately, the devohub.com server figures out whether you’re inside the circle that you drew on the map when you set up DevoHub and, if so, says, “I see you! Grab these devotionals!”
The app activation is immediate and permanent for as long as your church subscribes to DevoHub; your church members don’t have to activate every time they want another devotional. Five ongoing devotional series will be downloaded to their device, so they can toggle back and forth between Journey (for women), Stand Firm (for men), Open Windows (a classic devotional for anyone), Quietud (a Spanish-language devotional) and a brand-new devotional titled Renew Daily. And, every time they launch the app for their daily devotional, they’re greeted with a message that lets them know that your church provided DevoHub for them.
Out of the gate, DevoHub is supporting iOS 7, Android 4.2 and Kindle Fire in both phone and tablet form so the widest number of people possible can pick up devotionals from your church. If a device is Wi-Fi only, DevoHub will do its best locating possible, but you may have to draw a second circle or expand the one you initially drew to loop these devices in.
Although the content is geared towards adults, the pricing for subscriptions is based on a church’s total average weekly attendance. The DevoHub team has estimated how many adult members and visitors a typical church has for each attendance band and has made the DevoHub subscription tiers match. The team’s hope is that you can use DevoHub not only with your congregation but also with visitors and prospects, so that every time they launch the app for a daily devotion, they can be reminded…“oh yeah… it was that church that gave us this awesome app!”
But, reading about DevoHub really isn’t the best way to learn about it. DevoHub’s made that easy too—head to devohub.com to start a two-week free trial of the service. It doesn’t even ask for a credit card up front. During those two weeks, you can activate as many devices as you like. If you like what you see, you can start your month-to-month subscription during your trial, and all the devices will keep receiving devotionals nonstop.

Patrick holds the position of Lead Business Analyst in the Publishing and Event Technology Department of the Resources Division at LifeWay Christian Resources. Day to day, Patrick joins forces with leadership across the division to architect, maintain and renew products and processes that make it easy for churches to do their work…to allow them to focus on what’s most important: ministry.
You can follow Patrick on Twitter.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Sanctity of Human Life Free Bible Study Sessions

By Phillip Nation
You and your Bible study group can give a voice to the most vulnerable of people.
The summer of 2015 has provided a strong illustration to those who care for the sanctity of life; especially the lives of unborn children. In the news, we have witnessed the callous nature that some have spoken about the bodies of unborn babies, as if they hold little worth at all. As the church, we must be ready to engage in the critical conversation about the sanctity of human life. You and your Bible study group can give a voice to the most vulnerable of people. We must be prepared for the inevitable interactions that will happen as we live out our faith. Our engagement on the issue can take three forms.
Speaking the Truth
Christians have the opportunity to play a significant part in the cultural conversation about life. As people of the gospel, we should be experts on speaking about a person's value with conviction and grace. But it requires both characteristics. Truth spoken without grace degenerates into yelling from an arrogant position. Grace communicated without truth tells everyone to just feel good about whatever choices are made. When it comes to the unborn, we need to deliver God's truth to the culture in a way that wins minds and hearts to His truth.

Ministering to the Hurting
Each year, women make the devastating choice to undergo an abortion. Countless men encourage the practice as well. The church must stand as the city on a hill that draws those who have damaged their lives through the sinful denial of another person's worth. Our churches are hospitals for the spiritually dying, wounded, and sorrowful souls of women and men. We minister God's grace to those in need of hope.
Studying the Word
Many Christians agree that the Bible gives clear teaching against abortion. But there are few who know how to express that teaching well. For this reason, each of LifeWay's primary ongoing curriculum lines, Bible Studies for LifeExplore the Bible, and The Gospel Project include a Sanctity of Human Life session in the study plan each year.
To aid your group in the current season when there is so much emphasis on the issue of life, we want to highlight this year's Sanctity of Human Life sessions again. You can download them for free below. The sessions can raise awareness during a time when many are wondering how we can speak clearly on God's view of the value of a precious human baby.
Click on the links below to download the free Bible study sessions:
Bible Studies for Life adult sessions: 

Explore the Bible adult session: 

The Gospel Project adult sessions: 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Keys to an Incredible Greeters’ Ministry

By Thom Rainer

It’s the one thing all churches can do to reach more people, but it’s one thing most churches give little attention.

Most churches can take five simple steps to create and/or improve their greeters’ ministry and potentially see dramatic results. Let me give you a simple example of the potential impact.
A church of 200 in worship attendance may get 150 first-time guests in a year. Can you imagine the transformation that would take place if one-half of those guests connected with the church and became a part of the congregation? The church of 200 in attendance would become a church of 275 in attendance – in one year!
In our surveys of first-time guests, we hear repeatedly that one of the keys that caused them to return was a friendly first impression. Like it or not, it’s often a make or break issue for the guest.
So how can you be certain that your greeters are doing everything possible to provide an incredible first-time impression? Here are five “best practices” where churches have dynamic greeter ministries, and where the return rate of guests is high.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TRANSFORM Teacher Training Event - Pasadena, TX - August 29 (Repost)

Transform

August 29, 2015 (Saturday)
Pasadena, TX: First Baptist Church
One-day training teachers can put to use the very next day!
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    TRANSFORM equips teachers to build groups with a central focus on seeing lives transformed through teaching. Leading them to recognize that teaching is more than just sharing information—teachers will discover ways to build on relationships with their group members to see lives changed.
    During this six-hour event, your teachers will come to understand:
    • The meaning of transformational teaching
    • How to teach with the goal of transformation
    • Practical teaching methods
    • How those they teach learn
    • How to prepare to teach 
    • Classroom dynamics and more
    Leaders will be able to focus the entire day on the very narrow age segment they teach and will gain new insights and hands-on skills they can put to work immediately.
    The day is facilitated by one of the finest faculties in the nation—a team of experts who’ll provide your leaders with cost-efficient, local training for only $35 per person. TRANSFORM can have a huge impact on the future Bible teaching that takes place in your church. Don’t miss this unique training opportunity
    Cost: $35 per person
     

    Location

    First Baptist Church
    7500 West Fairmont Parkway
    Pasadena, TX 77505

    Developing An Intentional Plan For Discipleship

    I recently had a chance to talk to Rick Howerton, our Small Group Specialist at LifeWay, about a serious struggle he is seeing in discipleship ministries all around the country and how LifeWay is trying to help. Here’s a look at our conversation:
    Eric: You talk to hundreds of pastors and group leaders all over the country. What are some of the major trends you are seeing in discipleship right now? 
    Rick: One of the most consistent things I’m noticing with church leaders right now is confusion about discipleship effectiveness. When I’m with a group of pastors and the conversation turns to disciple-making, there always seems to be some debate over how to make disciples who make disciples. The primary disagreement flows from the number of people that an individual or group leader can disciple as well as the best setting in which discipleship takes place. Some say that only one on one discipleship is effective. Others are vehement that no one person can disciple more than a two or three. Still other people say that their small groups, when truly doing life together, are making disciples. And a lot of folks just aren’t sure. Understanding why these disagreements are occurring may be the best way to hone in on that trend. 
    Eric: Speak to that a little more, then. Do you have sense of what is driving this confusion?
    Rick: In the minds of most experts there are two basic types of disciple-making environments. One is centered around a primary disciple-maker. The other centers around a community of disciples. The first approach is similar to what Jesus did. It is one person allowing a few people to walk alongside him or her. It means modeling what a disciple of Jesus should be, do, and teach. One person disciples a few.
    Community centered disciple-making is disciple-making through interaction with a group of people, like what we see in the early church. This happens when a small groups grows together through exercising their spiritual gifts, living out the one another principles found in the New Testament, studying God’s Word, and committing to be a part of that community. The small group as well as the church whole is important in community centered disciple-making.
    Perhaps the confusion comes in feeling forced to choose one approach. In my opinion, both are important in the disciple-making process. Everyone who becomes a mature disciple and then makes disciples needs both a spiritual guide and a biblical Christian community in order to progress toward full spiritual maturity.
    Eric: Where do you think these two different philosophies come from?
    Rick: In short, both philosophies come from Scripture. Jesus definitely gave His time and life to a few.
    Of course we also see in Acts 2:42-47 that new believers were simply getting together devoting themselves to the teaching of God’s Word, fellowship, celebration of the Lord’s supper, and prayer, “and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” 
    Eric: As someone who loves the Church, this all leads me to a pretty serious question, which is, are churches really making disciples in light of this confusion?
    Rick: I do believe that many churches are confusing helping people make friends and connections to church life with guiding people and groups to make mature disciples. If church leaders are honest with themselves, many of their group ministries have the primary goal of connecting high percentages of weekend worshipers to a group. But, when this is the primary goal, churches can lower the bar of expectation so low that it’s difficult for people to become mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
    Even though studies have shown that in order for someone to progress toward spiritual maturity they must be involved in the ongoing study of God’s Word, self denial, serving God and other people, sharing a verbal witness with unbelievers, and other important disciplines, many churches that claim to be making disciples are hesitant to even expect group members to read or do anything outside of the actual group gathering.
    Eric: If that’s true, what is missing? What can a pastor, or church leader do to ensure that discipleship is really happening? 
    Rick: Those who want to lead disciple-making churches need to do a few essential things. First off, they need to be discipled. Many pastors have seminary degrees but they’ve never been mentored/lead/shaped in a personal, challenging way. Also, it is imperative that they talk about disciple-making from the pulpit and practice disciple-making with their staff, elders, deacons, small group leaders, etc…
    The other essential is that each church utilize an intentional plan of discipleship with each generation of disciples. That is, once someone has been discipled using a particular method and set of studies, they then use that same intentional plan to disciple someone or a group of people themselves. When someone has been through the process of being discipled, they are much more apt to disciple someone else if they use the same path they were discipled with. They know how it works and they have stories to tell of their own journey.
    That’s why I’m proud to say I got to be a part of putting together LifeWay’s new intentional plan for discipleship called, The Disciples Path.
    We created the Disciples Path series with the help of disciple-makers for disciple-makers and it should give church and group leaders a practical, workable, intentional way to combat the confusion in their ministries.
    Go to lifeway.com/disciplespath to learn more about this new intentional plan for discipleship. Whether you lean towards a community centered or a disciple-maker centered approach, the Disciples Path can help you in your mission of making disciples who make disciples.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    A New Way to Train Your Ministry Leaders and Volunteers - Ministry Training Essentials

    How would you like to provide essential, foundational training to the volunteers and leaders at your church in a way that is simple for you and digestible for them? We know that leadership is stressful and time-consuming and that preparing to train well can be a burden. That’s why the LifeWay Christian Resources Leadership Development team has developed Ministry Training Essentials.
    Ministry Training Essentials are video training courses designed to be used either by individuals or in a group setting. They are available for 5 different ministry areas, and each area has two or more video courses comprised of several short videos interspersed with printable resources and discussion guides. Each course addresses one specific aspect of that ministry area so you can train your leaders with depth and clarity. The presenters in each video are church practitioners and ministry leaders who understand the challenges and speak to them well.

    Small Groups

                Small Group Basics
                Small Group Challenges
                Small Groups and Your Church

    Adult Sunday School

                Adult Sunday School Basics
                Teaching Adult Sunday School

    Kids Ministry

                Working with Babies and Toddlers
                Working with Preschoolers
                Working with Elementary Students

    Student Ministry

                Working with Middle School Students
                Working with High School Students

    Guest Services

                Parking Lot Team
                Door Greeters
                Worship Center Greeters
                Information Booth
    Whether you simply want to be trained yourself, need to train a small group of leaders, or need to train a hundreds of volunteers, Ministry Training Essentials are perfect for you and are priced accordingly.
    Access for an individual is $20.
    Access for a group of 20 or fewer people is $150
    Access for a group of 21 or more people is $250
    Upon purchase you will have 90 days of access to your training.
    Start utilizing this training today!