Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July Update From Your LifeWay Church Consultant

Greetings from LifeWay!

I know this update finds you in the midst of a busy schedule of summer ministry activities. As I have visited with many of you recently I have been personally blessed and encouraged to hear your wonderful reports about your experiences this summer with VBS, mission trips, and all kinds of summer camps. As you begin to shift your focus more fully toward your fall ministry, perhaps this update will help you.

Family Ministry

At LifeWay we know that you as a church leader have many things on your plate. We also know that reaching and ministering to families is toward the top of your list of priorities. Lifeway can help!

In recent months we have discovered that churches are involved in many ministry activities toward strengthening families. However, we have also discovered that not many churches have an intentional, comprehensive strategy to pull all their efforts together to make the greatest impact possible.

Recently I have been sharing with church leaders an evaluation tool that can help in critically thinking about family ministry actions as well as a resource guide. (Use the password “PASSWORD” to sign-in and access the documents.)

We have also discovered that most churches struggle in communicating well to their congregations and communities what their church has to offer toward helping families. Why not consider developing a communication tool overviewing what your church has to offer? Here is a link for you to download a brochure template that you can personalize for your church. (Use the password “PASSWORD” to sign-in and access the document.)

Most churches can see greater results in their family ministries simply through more intentional coordination and communication without beginning anything new!

Connect, Grow, Serve, and Go

I have been talking with many of you this year about LifeWay’s new LifeSpan and especially the Adult portion—Connect, Grow, Serve, and Go. You can see some of my comments and learn more here.

Now, four lessons have been developed to help you teach these concepts to your church leaders and members. Here is a link for you to download these lessons. (Use the password “PASSWORD” to sign-in and access the document.)

How to Sunday School Manual

This new compilation of 104 short, to-the-point articles from 80 different experts and practitioners offers practical tips and advice for organizing and leading a Sunday School ministry. It features a CD-Rom that includes electronic forms that support the manual’s articles, a recommended reading list, and five books written by David Francis. It serves as a reference guide for the person expected to know how to administer an effective Sunday School as well as gives practical actions you can take for planning, leading, and evaluating your Sunday School.

Check it out further here.

2010 VBS Theme

Did you catch the big announcement? The theme for LifeWay’s 2010 VBS is found here and discussed further here.

Beth Moore Simulcast

It’s not too late to host the Living Proof Live 2009 Simulcast on August 28-29. Your church can bless your community with the same insightful and inspirational teaching, the same soul-stirring worship that Beth Moore and her team bring to their live events - in real time!

It’s now more affordable than ever with a new pricing structure!

For more information, go to here
or call 800.254.2022.

Connect Conferences

You know that today’s 20- and 30-somethings are hard to reach. Young adults are now increasingly disconnected from the church. That’s why Threads is passionate about helping you get in touch with these young adults. Check out a Connect Conference near you to learn more about young adults, understand some of the many reasons why they leave the church, network with other leaders in your area, and walk away with practical, promising next steps for your young adult ministry.

Learn more here about upcoming Connect Conferences.

Excel ‘09

This is your invitation to gather with church education ministry leaders from across the United States in a relaxed atmosphere of challenge, motivation, growth, and renewal. Discover the latest research, trends, and reality from national church leaders. Learn even more through breakout sessions. Connect with friends. Create new networks. And relax in a beautiful resort setting. All at an affordable price!

Gathering at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, Sept. 23-25, 2009, education ministers can learn of new ways to put training into practice from some of today’s finest church education leaders and practitioners.

Learn more here.

Enjoy These Ministry Articles

Coaching a Winning Team (a 13-article series)

The Unfinished Painting Called Sunday School

Previous Updates

Don’t miss information about the new Connect3 training resources, the major changes with LifeTruths for parents, and other resources in these previous updates from June and May.

Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!