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When Churches Reopen: The Mentally Vulnerable

You are reading a post in the mini-series entitled “When Churches Reopen” which I decided to write when I began seeing that some churches around the world were beginning to reopen and in reading their announcements or newsletters I began noticing that a lot of them were forgetting a few things. This post in the series is about the mentally vulnerable.It’s no secret that with the pandemic everyone’s mental health has been affected whether it’s more stress or existing mental health struggles that ...
Tags: Seo, Mental Health, Chris, Church Culture, ChurchMag, Church Life, Church and Mental Health, COVID-19, Covid19, Mental Healthcare Professional


ChurchMag COVID Survey [Podcast #312]

We need your help!This week on the podcast we would love it if you could take a few minutes and take our COVID survey — right here!If that link isn’t working with your podcast player, here’s a directly URL: https://churchm.ag/covid-survey/The more the merrier, so please pass this along for your friends, too; we want to hear from everyone.Now, let’s roll the tape… [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Spotify | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout]
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Surveys, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Church Life, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19


Survey: How Has COVID-19 Affected Your Faith & Church?

TL;DR, we’re doing a ‘COVID faith survey’ on how COVID-19 and the associated events have affected people’s faith and their churches response. We want to see what the overall impact on Christian faith, personal spirituality and church practice has been as well as peak at the long term fruit as well. Take me to the survey It’s undeniable that COVID has been the biggest world event many of us have ever seen. There’s hardly a country which hasn’t been touched and through lockdown measures as we...
Tags: Seo, Surveys, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Church Life, Coronavirus, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Covid19


Free Anti-Racism Resources For The Church / Christians

The death of George Floyd has moved the discussion of racism up on our agenda. It has been a catalyst, even a reminder for some of us in the Church to pay attention to the injustice of racism. In response to some of the discussions that have come up a some individuals and organisations are giving free anti-racism resources for the church. Here are some of the ones we’re aware of: Note: we don’t endorse or take a stance based on the resources we’re sharing with you. Our hope is to make you awar...
Tags: Apple, Church, America, Seo, Racism, Lausanne, Barna, Bryan Stevenson, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Lausanne Movement, George Floyd, Anti Racism, United States Barna, Verge Network, Racial Justice Course From Lausanne Movement


Free Anti-Racism Resources For The Church

The death of George Floyd has moved the discussion of racism up on our agenda. It has been a catalyst, even a reminder for some of us in the Church to pay attention to the injustice of racism. In response to some of the discussions that have come up a some individuals and organisations are giving free anti-racism resources for the church. Here are some of the ones we’re aware of: Note: we don’t endorse or take a stance based on the resources we’re sharing with you. Our hope is to make you awar...
Tags: Apple, Youtube, Church, America, Seo, Racism, Lausanne, Barna, Bryan Stevenson, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Lausanne Movement, George Floyd, Anti Racism, United States Barna, Verge Network


On Black Lives Matter [Podcast]

This week, Blessing, Eric, and Jeremy welcome back Phil to the podcast as we dive into this week’s most pressing topic: racism.We understand and believe this topic is very important and in no way is this a full survey of what we are experiencing in America right now. We simply want to help the Church to start talking about these things. And, like many other people this episode is us grappling with how to talk about racism and our responsibility as Christ followers in response to it. We wrestle...
Tags: Podcast, America, Seo, Racism, Jeremy, Black Lives Matter, Christ, Phil, Eric, Church Culture


Tracking Spiritual Growth Or Gut Feel?

I’ve been a youth leader, kids ministry leader, involved in church boards and one of the toughest questions I always loved to face was, is what I am leading helping those that attend to grow closer to Jesus or am I just entertaining them. To boil it down, are they growing spiritually? What’s our approach to tracking spiritual growth? This thought process really crystallised for me when I read Fruit That Will Last by Tim Hawkins. The thoughts Tim presented about developing a youth group that wa...
Tags: Amazon, Seo, Data, Best, Jesus, Tim, Homer Simpson, Youth Ministry, Jesus He, Spiritual Formation, Church Culture, Tim Hawkins, Children's Ministry, Church Life


Leading In Uncertain Times. Lessons From Paul: Leverage Tech

In the first post in this series, Lessons From Paul,  we alluded to that church leaders need to have good self-awareness to lead through uncertain times. No doubt self awareness is important in leading, at any time. You can read the first post here. It is that much more important in times of crisis. While other lessons from Paul (as in that apostle) are applicable at any time, they are more important in uncertain times. Leverage tech. That’s the lesson from Paul we cover in this post. Tech In...
Tags: Leadership, Church, Seo, Tech, Jesus, Bobby, PAUL, Church Culture, Church Life, Jeff Myers, lessons from Paul


Bobby Gruenewald: YouVersion Prayer, Resources & You (Part II) [Podcast #308]

This week on the podcast we share the second part of a two-part interview Blessing had with Bobby Gruenewald — Innovation Leader at Life.Church and creator of YouVersion / Bible App. In this episode they talk about the YouVersion Prayer feature and forming habits that help us grow spiritually. Share your thoughts, ideas, and questions with us — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email at [email protected] — and we’ll share it on an upcoming episode. [Subscribe via iTunes | ...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Tech, Bible, Life Church, Bobby Gruenewald, Bible app, Church Culture, Church Life, Church Online Platform, YouVersion


British Prime Minister Thanks the UK Blessing

Perhaps you missed the viral UK Blessing, which at the time of writing has over 2.7 million views. This song and video is a cover of Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship song based on the blessing in Numbers 6 but with vocals recorded from Churches all across the United Kingdom.Here it is if you want to add to that view count: Well, even if you missed the video, the Prime Minister of Great Britain didn’t. Not renowned for his faith, the leader of the UK government still saw the ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Seo, Creativity, NHS, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Birmingham, Prayer, Great Britain, Pete Greig, Tim Hughes, Church Culture, Kari Jobe Cody Carnes, Gas Street Church


Why Data Matters In Church Life

Since the dawning of time data has mattered. Knowing which way the herds of buffalo would go each year, when is a good time to plant crops, who has the best score on Motorsport Manager (my favourite iOS game) all point to an undeniable fact, data matters. That aside, why data matters in church life makes for an important conversation.I’ve personally come to this realisation over some time. My early training in marketing definitely helped! However when I took on running children’s ministry, youth...
Tags: Leadership, Seo, Data, Church Culture, Church Life, Gideon God, Importance of Good Data In Church Life, Maura PallyData


The Medium Doesn’t Change the Mission [Podcast #305]

Whether your church has had to switch to digital, doesn’t mean the mission changes. The medium should never define your mission.Let’s talk about it. Join the conversations — @ChurchMag using #cmagcast — contact us here or by email at [email protected] and we’ll reply on an upcoming episode. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Spotify | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout]
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Mission, Church Culture, Church Life, COVID-19, Covid19


Beyond Numbers Part 2: Authentic Connection

In this post in the series, “Beyond Numbers” we look at individualization for authentic connection. How much junk mail do you throw away each week? I counted, I threw away 87 pieces of mail last week. I kept 3 cards addressed directly to me from friends who took the time to hand write, and stamp their cards. So, do you want to get caught up in reaching a lot of people, but being discarded by the majority, or do you want authentic connection with people and see their lives changed through the...
Tags: Leadership, Seo, Jesus, Matthew, Church Culture, Church Life, Beyond Numbers


COVID Reveals What Your Church Is About [Podcast #302]

When we are faced with challenges our true character comes through — so what has the COVID-19 challenge revealed about our churches? Long time ChurchMag writer Chris Wilson shared this tweet with everyone that really got us thinking: Covid is a revealing what the Church is about.Some Churches: “How do we deliver an excellent product that people need every week?”Other Churches: “How do we equip our people for loving their neighbors every week?”— Dan White Jr. (@danwhitejr) March 30, 2020 ...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Mission, Chris Wilson, Church Culture, Pandemic, Church Life, Dan White Jr, Corona Virus, COVID-19, Covid19


Beyond Numbers #01: Things That Should Keep Church Leaders Up At Night

Should ‘bigger’ be one of the things that should keep church leaders up at night? Bigger isn’t always better. I definitely don’t want a bigger waste line. I could pass on a bigger phone bill too. Somehow we have all bought into the concept of bigger solving all our problems. Bigger houses, bigger bank accounts. In the immortal words of Christopher Wallace, “the more money we come across the more problems we see.” The same principle applies in the church world. Seems like everyone want...
Tags: Apple, Google, Leadership, America, Seo, Jesus, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Christ, Christopher Wallace, Church Culture, Church Life, John 6:53 Yet, Motorola Zevia Donut


Church Online Or Online Church Is More Than Streaming

I’ve been a little a little worried about people / churches mistaking streaming worship and preaching / teaching for church. Streaming a service, sermon or worship isn’t necessarily church. Gathering, worshipping together and listening to teaching / preaching are a part of church life. They aren’t in the fullest extent church. As we do that, it is important for us to keep in mind that online church is more than streaming. Church Online And Online Church Misconception(s) Even before the COVI...
Tags: Church, Seo, Jesus, Facetime, Christ, Church Culture, Church Life, Online Church, ChurchMag Instagram View, Church Online Platform


What Every Church Leader Can Learn From the COVID-19 Crisis

The current outbreak of COVID-19 around the world is an experience unlike anything any of us have ever seen before. We’re all no doubt feeling a range of emotions: stressed, confused, frustrated, scared, and anxious. While we act it’s also good to reflect on what every church leader can learn from the COVID-19 crisis. That’s no surprise because this global pandemic is impacting just about every aspect of our lives. Schools are closed. Travel is severely limited. Some of us have to work from home...
Tags: Technology, Leadership, Seo, Crisis, Church Culture, Church Life, COVID


The ChurchMag Politics and Elections Survival Guide #01

Politics matter because they impact how we live. None of us are untouched by what happens in society. This would explain why emotions and anxiety can be high particularly during election season. Of course, this might not be true for all people all of the time. However, we can’t ignore their intensity when / as people engage. We thought we’d put together the first ChurchMag politics and elections survival guide to help us navigate those intense times. This first survival guide is basically a c...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Elections, Church, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Seo, Jesus, Christ, Don, Phil, Allison, Church Culture, Jesus Eric Dye


How Far Can Online Services Go?

We are living in the age of the Internet. I hate to say it is the golden age, because who knows what is coming. We don’t have VR yet and barely have online streaming games at this point with Alphabet’s Stadia. Hopefully there is more to come. But what we do have now is near instantaneous connections with millions and billions of people. We need to know where to look to find them, but they are there. Whether social media like Facebook and Twitter, online forums like Reddit, blogs like this one, n...
Tags: Facebook, Seo, Reddit, Alphabet, Joe, Church Culture, Internet Church


Are Conferences Still Relevant? [Podcast #296]

The New Year kicks off and it feels like it’s time to talk about conferences in 2020. Are they still relevant? Are they as useful as they should be? Are online conferences better? This week we discuss we hope this gives you some things to think about it as you plan your personal conference attendance list for 2020. [Subscribe via iTunes | Stitcher | RSS | Spotify | Proudly Hosted on Buzzsprout] Blessing’s conference manifesto is here. And the Jon Acuff we spoke about is this guy. What do y...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Conferences, Jon Acuff, Church Culture


Reflecting on 2019 and Looking Ahead To 2020

I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020 from the first week of December 2019. Some thoughts are yet to be fully developed. I’m comfortable with some things unresolved. Reflection shouldn’t always be about reaching resolution. As we look at 2020 as individuals, churches and organizations we should keep this in mind. Anyway, I thought it would be helpful to look back at the year past and dream out loud a little. You might find some of the reflections helpful for you and those you...
Tags: Church, Seo, Eric, Church Culture, ChurchMag, ChurchMag Press, Press Merch Resources


ChurchMag In 2020 [Podcast #295]

Happy New Year! 2019 is now behind us and all of 2020 lays before us like untouched snow. What will it bring? Where will we go? How will all of our questions of the future be answered? This week on the podcast Eric discusses with Blessing about what the future looks like for ChurchMag in 2020, as well as their own personal thoughts about bringing in the New Year. We’re excited for ChurchMag in 2020… What are some of your favorite 2020 slogans, sayings, and incoming puns for the New Year? Tell us...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Eric, Church Culture, ChurchMag


When Private Becomes Public Online [Podcast #294]

A few months ago, John MacAurther’s “go home” comments created a lot of discussions. Audio that would have normally occurred behind closed doors and remained behind closed doors — becomes public and spreads like wildfire. This week on the podcast we discuss how technology now enables the capture and spread of behavior far more easily than in times past. What does that mean for us? And what about all the times we personally share our thoughts on something — only to find that we change our minds i...
Tags: Podcast, Internet, Social Media, Seo, Web, Church Culture, Sean Leacy, John MacAurther


Female Engineers Share Experiences In A Male-Dominated Field [Video]

We are not new to the conversations of the lack of equality for women in technology, including church tech ministries. It’s been nine months since we approached the subject and I found this video from a while back via Buzzfeed on female engineers sharing their experiences in school and business with technology and the sexist discrimination they felt. I wonder, have we made enough changes to this issue or was it a moment of awareness without any changes? If you know of any churches having made ch...
Tags: Buzzfeed, Seo, Tech, Church Culture


Of The Things Your Church Should Do

Android or iOS. macOS or Windows. IndieBound or Amazon. Latte or batch brew. We’re a generation riddled with a multitude of choices. It is so bad that our generation suffers from choice-fatigue. Because we take all of ourselves everywhere we go, this extends to our work. It even goes as far as our approach to our churches’ mission. We have a plethora of tech solutions for the same or similar problems to wade through. Through various ‘influencers’ and Facebook groups we’re also presented with ...
Tags: Facebook, Church, Seo, Jesus, Mission, Don, PAUL, Mike Todd, Church Culture


Letters To The Church [Saturday Morning Review]

It has been five years since I have left working in (“full-time / occupational”) ministry. I have continued to serve in several different areas of the church as a volunteer. While in ministry, I was a prolific reader of ministry books, I have three rows of a bookshelf and a couple of donated boxes to prove it. But since leaving, I haven’t read a Christian book geared towards church leadership until I got my hands on this book “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan. Not being in occupational ...
Tags: Church, Book Review, Seo, Ohio, Jesus, Francis, CHAN, Francis Chan, Church Culture, Church of America, Francis Chan Not


DJ Soto Talks VR Church [Podcast #281]

This week on the podcast we talk with DJ Soto, a church who leads VR Church. Believing that faith is renewed as people engage with the good news of God’s love on new technology platforms, D.J. Soto began preaching in the world of virtual reality in 2016. He is now the lead pastor of Virtual Reality Church, a church that is intended to be radically inclusive and consistent with Christianity’s long history of adapting to new forms of media. VR Church is the first church to exist entirely in virtua...
Tags: Podcast, Seo, Tech, Virtual Reality, Church Culture, J Soto, DJ Soto Talks VR Church, VR Church Believing, VR Church, Instagram Find Virtual Reality Church


6 Questions for Better Staff Health

Churches often think they are stuck for a myriad of valid reasons, but in reality the health of the team is actually what is chiefly holding them back. This is why it’s important to understand how to create a healthy team, how to gauge the health of the team, and how to recognize an unhealthy culture as it’s developing. Here are 6 questions on the topic of staff health and culture to help open up this discussion: Why bother talking about healthy staff teams? To put it simply – becau...
Tags: Religion, Culture, Church Culture, Church Leadership, Staffing & HR, Sam Chand, Church Health, Unstuck Church, Pastoral Leadership, Staff Culture, Staff Health, Team Culture, Questions for Better Staff Health, Better Staff Health


Changing Church Culture

As a church planter, I’m a big believer in church revitalization. We need pioneers who move into unchurched areas and start new churches. We also need pastors who will move into struggling churches, and lead and love them back into health. The problem? Both church planting and church revitalization are hard. I don’t know which is harder, but my sense is that more fail at revitalization than they do planting. Roughly a third of church plants fail. My guess is that more than a third of church rev...
Tags: Life, Church, Peck, Ray Ortlund, Geiger, Eric Geiger, Tom Peters, John Kotter, Church Planting, Church Culture, Leading Change, Pastoring


A Culture of Appreciation

Thanksgiving is over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop thanking people. This is especially true if you are a leader in a church or non-profit. In for-profit businesses, people will keep coming to work even if they aren’t noticed. Not always true for those that are volunteering their time week after week. That doesn’t mean that the cause isn’t great. It just means we have to reiterate time and time again how much we appreciate people that volunteer their time. So, how do we intentionally do ...
Tags: Productivity, Facebook, Communication, Thank You, Appreciation, Leadership Tools, Church Culture, Culture Of Appreciation