Guest Friendly Website

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There is no longer a good reason why any church should have a weak, unattractive & outdated website. And yet, so many still do. It is treated like a leftover, back burner project that, perhaps, one day will get completed.

Unfortunately, every day a church hosts a weak website is another day it may be turning away guests, before they even darken the church front doors. A strong web presence is a critical part of the churches ongoing mission to reach the community for Christ.

Eight Reasons Why You’re Church Needs A Great Web Presence

  • It plays a critical role in attracting first time guests.
    The vast majority of your first time guests will check out your website BEFORE attending your service. This is now true for nearly every generation. Even if someone has been invited by a family member or co-worker, the likelihood is extremely high that they will stop by your website first. So your website will be the first impression for those considering attending.
  • It allows people to visit your church and seek God from the safety of their home.
    Going to church is intimidating. Those of us who have gone for years tend to forget that. Potential guests need a way to visit church without all the real or imagined strings attached. I’ve heard it said that if a car salesman can get his customer to take a car for a test-drive then the sale is half made. Likewise, if a guest has a positive experience at your website, she will be much more likely to visit on a Sunday.
  • It represents your values.
    Like it or not, your website will be a reflection of your values – even if that reflection is completely wrong! You may have a high standard of excellence, great worship, fabulous preaching, loving members, and Holy Spirit led ministry happening every single week; but if your website is shabby your web-guests will assume you are out-of-date, unorganized, irrelevant, and perhaps old-fashioned. One look at your site may be enough for them to click “back” and check out the next church their Google search pulled up.
  • It clarifies who you are.
    If your prospective guests have any church background at all, they will be curious to know at least a little information about who you are. You may be surprised with what they are most interested in too. It’s probably not going to be your “Statement of Beliefs” page. Rather, they will likely want to learn more about what your church looks like, what the people in your church look like (and how they dress), and what they should expect when they arrive.
  • It provides critical information about where you are.
    For most people, it is much easier and more practical to just go to a website and click “Directions” than to look up your address in the phone book. In fact, with the massive increase in the use of smartphones, many will look up your church on the road or use their gps device.
  • It encourages evangelism within your congregation.
    If your regular attendees are excited about what’s going on at your church then they will want ways to invite people to your church. A great website will be a natural touch point for them and for you at those critical invitations. For example, “Hey, why don’t you stop by our church this Sunday? I think you’d really enjoy it. If you want, you can go to our website to learn a little more about us first.” or “We’re having a special marriage seminar next Saturday that you and your wife would really like. It’s going to be fun! Check out our website if you want to learn more or sign up.” However, nobody is going to promote the website if they feel it’s inadequate or embarrassing.
  • It facilitates critical communication among your attendees.
    Once your website is established as a guest-friendly website, you will find that your regular attendees will visit a lot as well. Posting important info about upcoming events and critical communications will go a long way in keeping people informed. Let’s face it, when we want to know something most of us start with the computer. It’s easier than trying to dig through the pile of mail, bulletins, homework, and who knows what else that has piled up on the kitchen counter!
  • It puts extra mileage on your weekly sermons.
    I’ll assume for a moment that your Sunday morning speakers are decent communicators and have something to say that is impacting lives. If that is true, you will receive extra mileage on those great messages by posting them online. Your attendees will thank you. Knowing they can point friends and family to a message that really impacted them or that they can listen to on a week they were absent will help them feel cared for and equipped to put what you said on Sunday into action.

I could go on. Suffice it to say, your website is a very, very important part of your church. In fact, I recommend you look at it right now and ask yourself this one simple question: “Would I feel comfortable asking the local business owners in town to check out the church website?” If you hesitated at all, then you have work to do.

What Next? We have just launched a ‘website rebuild’ initiative for local churches. We will rebuild your church website from the ground up, and give you the training you need to update and use it each week. To learn more about cost and details, visit our Website Services page.

Announcing New Website Services!

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It has long been my hope to help local churches transform their outdated, clunky websites into something easy on the eye, relevant, and perhaps most importantly, Guest Friendly. Today, I’m pleased to announce that I finally can.

Transforming Leader is very happy to now offer website services for local churches!

I believe your church website is a very important part of your ministry. Unfortunately, most churches fail to give it the attention it needs. It used to be that churches had an excuse, but that’s not true anymore. Website management has become easier to do every year, and shouldn’t require experienced programmers. Your staff should be empowered to update pages, create events, upload videos & sermons and a whole lot more.

With that in mind, we are offering to rebuild your church website using the popular WordPress web platform, including coaching & instructions for accessing & updating it upon completion. 

The new website will feature a customizable home page with sliding banners, image boxes and custom widgets for special events, sermons and more. It will also come bundled with an events calendar, a built-in media section to showcase sermons, an image gallery, staff profile pages and a blog. 

For a one-time fee of $850, we will design a brand new website for your church. 

Please note:
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  • Additional features may also be included at additional rates.

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Current EF Affiliated Churches are also eligible for special rates on this offer.


   

Leveraging Technology for Ministry

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This is a guest post by Chris Zeigler. Chris is the Assistant Director of BASIC College Ministries. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego Campus and has never lost his heart for college students. He has started BASIC groups at SUNY Geneseo, Monroe Community College, and the University of Rochester and also advises new groups while travelling, speaking, and writing a blog for campus ministers along with many other things.



For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in computers and technology
. In high school I got involved in the student-run TV station. When I went to college I chose to get a degree in broadcasting and worked as a campus representative for Apple. Since that time I’ve learned Photoshop, built websites, and started a love/hate relationship with social media. But I recognize that for many, living with technology is just a necessary evil.

Now that I’m working in ministry, I’ve realized that my love for technology can be used for good and for more than just posting pictures of the delicious dinner my wife made (but really she’s a great cook and I love to brag on her). My job gives me the great opportunity to reach out to college students who are considered by many to be the minority in the church.

Here’s what I’ve seen over the last 4 years working in college ministry: students (and many adults now) are extremely connected to technology. Their iPhone has become an appendage and they are constantly connecting with the rest of the world. While we could easily choose to bemoan this fact, the truth is that the world is only going to become more centered around technology 

It is becoming more common to see young people their phones during church services. This will continue happening whether you want it to or not. The past response has been to get frustrated and demand that they put their phones away. Instead of pushing them further away though, it’s important to recognize this as an opportunity to connect with them in new ways. In addition to connecting with the younger generation, there are many ways technology can benefit you as a leader too.

Here are two ways to leverage technology for your ministry’s benefit:

Encouraging Interaction

Twitter is a great way to encourage community interaction in your church using short messages. The church I attend just recently did a series walking through the books of Peter and humorously called it ‘Tweets from Pete’. Using social media in this way encouraged people to share what they were learning on social networks with unsaved friends and also kept discussion going throughout the week.

A fun way to incorporate this into your services is by using the service twitterfall. With this you can display posts associated with your church on the screens before and after the service to promote discussion. As a side note, Twitter is also a great way to network, find resources, and learn from other ministries. If you’re not sold yet check out the article ‘3 Reasons You Should Tweet In Church’.

This all sounds great, but it was while I was traveling a little while back that I fully realized the benefits of combining technology and ministry. My wife and I were speaking on the topic of relationships at a college ministry. After preaching we had decided to hold an anonymous Q&A time. Since no question was off limits, the topic was relationships, and the questions were anonymous you can imagine some of the things we were asked 

People texted in their questions and they showed up on the screen behind us as we worked through each one. This was a moving time as people asked questions they wouldn’t normally ask. God’s presence showed up and allowed us to speak to people right where they were at.

We’ve done this a couple times since then and had great success. There are a couple of services out there you can use. We used one called Poll Everywhere; but there are others available as well.  

Leadership Training

It seems these days that great leadership and ministry training is happening all the time. But paying for your staff to attend a conference can be costly once you add in hotels, airfare, meals, etc 

While going to a conference can still be very beneficial, the good news is that many conferences now stream the entire event online. The admission for this varies from free to still fairly expensive, but it will definitely be cheaper than attending the event in person. Here’s a list of some of the best that I’ve come across:

  • Leadercast – a leadership conference hosted by the popular fast food chain that requires viewing at a local host site
  • Willow Creek – a leadership conference hosted by Bill Hybels’ church that requires viewing at a local host site
  • Exponential – a conference focused on church planting and other various topics
  • Verge – a conference focused on building missional communities

The last resource I have to mention is the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. This free monthly podcast consistently offers some of the best leadership training I’ve been exposed to.

Now that I’ve sufficiently overwhelmed you with links, my hope is that these ideas and the subsequent ideas you gain from them will benefit you, your leaders, and your congregation.

What are some other ways your church or ministry has found to leverage technology? Feel free to comment with any questions or ideas. 

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Your Youth Ministry Strategy

youth-ministry-strategyIn my 20+ years of ministry experience I’ve watched a lot of young people cycle through children’s ministries and youth groups. I’ve seen students from a variety of backgrounds, coming from healthy homes and broken homes, having attended public schools, christian schools and home-school. And I’ve watched them grow up and choose whom they will serve. I am always so proud to see young adults who I knew when they were young, now grown, and continuing to serve God in both full time ministry and in the marketplace. 

My first two children have just entered their teen years. I have to admit I’m scared out of my mind at times. I can’t help but look back on these past experiences with other kids and try to determine what I could do to ensure my kids end up knowing Christ and fulfilling their destinies in Him. A good friend reminded me that I’ll likely have it fully figured out when it’s too late. I certainly hope not!

All said, there are three factors I have consistently noticed which seem to have a huge impact on the spiritual growth of teens. I submit them to you for consideration as you develop & build your Youth Ministry Strategy.

Factor #1: A Loving Christian Home
I’ve noticed that, when a child grows up in a loving, stable & christian environment, they tend to develop into secure, strong individuals who love God and want to help build His kingdom on earth. Please understand, I don’t mean they grow up in a perfect family. I haven’t found one of those yet. What I do mean is a home where the parents have a growing faith in God and who consistently love and accept their children. 

This is why I recommend youth ministries incorporate family ministry into their strategy for reaching teenagers. The more youth leaders can equip and empower families to succeed in the home,  the better. Unfortunately, most youth leaders don’t know how to parent teens because they are either single or are just starting their family. This is why I believe smart youth pastors will get parents involved, seek their input and advice and do what they can to push resources to families that will help them succeed.

Factor #2: Involvement In A Passionate Youth Ministry
I have noticed a very big difference between young people who begin their Young Adult years serving Christ and those who don’t. Although I can’t back this with hard numbers, I can say with confidence that I have rarely seen teens keep their faith after High School who were not also involved in a passionate youth ministry. Let me clarify here that I’m talking about a youth ministry that includes passionate worship, relevant teaching and a lot of service or missions opportunities. 

This is why I recommend that your youth ministry strategy includes an unapologetic commitment to worship, preaching and missions. Contrary to some trends in youth ministry, I don’t believe a heavy diet of ‘fun’ is what our teens need or want. That’s not to say they shouldn’t have a blast. It just means that ‘fun’ should always be bundled in with relevant ministry. I also believe every youth ministry should find and support participation in Youth Camps. I’ve heard about and seen more salvations in a camp environment than anywhere else among teens.

That said, young people are still leaving the church in droves. I believe developing a solid young adults ministry which also incorporates the Sunday morning experience is a key to the church’s success in reaching the most unreached age group in our nation. Check out this article from the George Barna group as well as these statistics to learn more.

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Factor #3: Leadership & Service Opportunities
If you want to watch young people bloom where they are planted, give them opportunities to make a difference. During my years as a youth pastor I’m glad to say we got this part right more often than not. Ironically, almost 100% of the teens we placed in roles of leadership within the church are now serving in full time ministry or are leaders in the local church as young adults. Meaningful service is what teens are looking for today. They want to make a difference and they want to be given opportunities to step out of their regular world to do so.

This is why I strongly urge churches (not just youth groups!) to incorporate teens into their leadership and volunteer strategies. Let them host bible studies for other teens & kids, lead and serve on the worship team, be assistant counselors at camp, help run the Sunday service, organize crafts for the preschool VBS, put together a special drama or dance for a creative special, speak for 5 minutes in a Sunday morning service, and more. Put them in charge of something and get them involved.

 What other factors do you think contribute to strong, healthy Christian young adults?

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where there are no oxen . . .

This article was originally posted on Transforming Leader the winter of 2010. Enjoy!


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I remember talking to a pastor once at a conference about the challenges he was facing at his church. He jokingly said, “Church work would be a lot easier if it weren’t for the people.” I understood that he was just dumping on me and that he really did love the ministry and his people; but I remember the remark because I’ve heard it many times over the years (and probably have said it a couple times too).

We all know that people are often difficult to be with, work with, and lead. They can be self-centered, egotistical, critical, needy, stupid, hurtful and so much more (just like you and me). Sometimes it can be so discouraging watching them stumble through life choices despite godly input and advice.

It’s no wonder that we pastors and leaders are often reticent or even scared to get others involved in leadership with us. The potential for conflict, discord, and crisis just doesn’t seem worth it. The idea of inviting other people with all of their internal garbage to join in building the kingdom dream God has given us seems really risky.

Is it possible that it just might BE too risky for you? Jesus cautions us to carefully count the cost before we commit to a cause for Him in Luke 14:28-30.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”

People Risk Taking
Perhaps you don’t really need to hear it, but I am feeling prompted to press the point. If you want to see your ministry grow you must be willing to make some people risks. That means ministry will get more challenging; but it also means your ministry has room for God inspired momentum.

We’ve all heard the verse in proverbs, “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.” Proverbs 14:4.

Clean and empty sounds good, orderly, and predictable; but clean won’t plow the fields. Clean won’t sow the seeds. And clean won’t bring in the harvest. The oxen were critical to the success of the local farmers. Without the oxen and the mess that came with them there would be no farm.

The same is true for your ministry. Without a team of people and growing leaders around you the work of the Lord will not grow and prosper.

You know what those farmers spent a lot of time doing? Cleaning up after the oxen. They didn’t go home and complain to their wives, “Those stupid beasts! Why don’t they just quit crapping all over the place? What’s the deal with them anyway? Farming would be a lot easier without them!”

Hey, if you’ve actually got messes to clean up, thank the Lord, roll up your sleeves, grab a shovel, and dig in. You are pointing in a direction that may well lead towards an abundant harvest.

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Walmart Community Church

walmart-churchThe local church could stand to learn something from the late Sam Walton. It’s almost too simple to remember. Actually, it probably is too simple to remember, or Sam wouldn’t have felt the need to remind his employees regularly. 

If Sam were pastoring today, I can envisioning him giving this speech all over again to his members.

“Now, I want you to raise your right hand – and remember what we say at Wal-Mart, that a promise we make is a promise we keep – and I want you to repeat after me: From this day forward, I solemnly promise and declare that every time a customer comes within ten feet of me, I will smile, look him in the eye, and greet him. So help me Sam.”
Sam Walton – to over 100,000 Walmart associates via TV Satellite link-up. Mid 1980’s.

I’ve heard of churches who have instituted this very idea. They call it ‘The 10 foot rule”. I think it’s a great idea. Tell all your members, and remind them every Sunday at the end of the service in some unobtrusive way (like, “and hey, don’t forget the 10 foot rule!”) that they should, at the very least, smile at everyone they pass or see at the church, in the sanctuary, parking lot, etc.

Seem a little childish? Not. Many people don’t really know how to smile. In fact, check out my confession in my post, ‘Teach Yourself to Smile‘.


Quote from page 115 of Built to Last by Jim Collins

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Where Should Volunteers Park?

 This article was originally posted on Transforming Leader in February of 2012. Enjoy!

parking-church-volunteersA while back I attended a church and, like everyone, parked in the church parking lot. I arrived a few minutes early, but the parking lot was already half full. As I was walking in, I made a harmless comment to another attendee about some rust on a minivan we were walking by in the parking lot. The attendee informed me that the van belonged to one of the children’s ministry volunteer leaders. I smiled and we finished the short conversation without incident.

However, internally I couldn’t help but ask the question, “Is this the right place for this van to be parked?” I remembered a conversation with one of the church leaders a few weeks ago about their desire to be a ‘guest friendly’ church. This van was parked in a prime ‘guest’ spot. It was in the closest parking place to one of the main entry doors.

As a general rule, the “Guest Friendly” church will make the path from the car to the front door as short as possible for guests.

Where should church volunteers (and leaders) park?
Answer: far from the main entrances to your church. This maximizes your volunteer’s service to your local church – for both guests and attendees. Check out these few thoughts on why I believe this should be your general policy:

  • It strengthens a ‘Guest Friendly’ culture.
    I’ve talked about being a ‘guest friendly’ church before. You can check out that series right here. Parking far from the main entrance opens up space for your guests to park that are much closer to the front doors.
  • It communicates honor to others.
    Your volunteers have ‘volunteered’ to partner with you. They show up on Sunday’s to serve. Hopefully, their goal is to help your leadership team provide the best possible environment for church attendees and guests to experience Christ’s transforming love. When others see the deference of your volunteers and leaders in something as simple as parking, it speaks of honor, servant-hood  and humility.
  • It reminds volunteers to serve others.
    It can be easy for regular volunteers to forget ‘why’ they show up each Sunday. The act of parking far from the entrance and making the extra long trek to the church doors is a weekly reminder that they are not here for themselves, but for others.
  • It fosters an “Outsiders Looking Out” perspective.
    You’ll have to go back and read my post entitled, “Guest Friendly Perspective” to understand the language here. Suffice it to say, it’s part of an intentional culture shift on the part of your leadership team. I’ve heard it said that volunteers should get the best spaces in the parking lot in order to honor them for their service to the church. I believe that perspective is inappropriate. We will honor everybody (guests, attendees, and volunteers) by making sure volunteers and leaders do their very best to fulfill their roles with excellence. Let’s DEFINITELY honor our volunteers – but in other ways.
A Brief Example.
The next time you are travelling into town, check out the local businesses that are specifically serving guests (or customers). For example, gas stations, stores, the post office, and local restaurants. Where do the ’employees’ park? Why do you think they park there? I suspect the same applies to the local church!
 
Where do your church volunteers and leaders park?
 

Preparing/Delivering Great Messages

The church where I attend has been known for it’s outstanding preaching right from it’s birth in 1988. For more than 20 years the founding pastor, Mike Cavanaugh, fed the body of Christ through a steady diet of timely, relevant, God-inspired messages. A few years ago, he handed the reins over to his successor and the current pastor, Joshua Finley. Pastor Josh has done a fabulous job of picking up where he left off. He is one of the best communicators I’ve ever heard.

In the following workshop, Pastor Josh shares some keys to preparing and delivering great messages. I trust it will help you strengthen your communication skills. Enjoy!
 
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Guest Friendly Parking

This article was originally posted on Transforming Leader the spring of 2011. Enjoy!


no-parking-churchI remember one weekend we decided to take a family trip (four kids) to a local kid-friendly museum in Rochester called “The Strong Museum of Play“. It seems that the rest of the Rochester area picked that day to visit as well. I’m pretty sure we drove around for more than 10 minutes trying to find a parking spot. The place was completely full. Getting desperate (as the sounds of anticipation continued to rise in the back seats), I resorted to following the people exiting the building as they walked to their cars. I figured this method would eventually result in a spot to park. It didn’t. It seems the other drivers circling the parking lot had the same idea. I “almost” got one spot, only to be quite rudely cutoff by another driver. Eventually, we cut our losses and, to the sounds of great mourning, drove away. Frustrating.

What do your Sunday morning guests experience as they pull into your church parking area? Is their experience a positive one? If you’re like most pastors and church leaders, you probably have no idea. You arrive early and leave late, so you have little experience with the parking lot each Sunday.

The answer to that question can make a huge difference. In fact, it’s possible that the parking experience for guests could have eternal ramifications for them? I understand they probably aren’t going to find God while they pull into an empty space; but your hope is that they experience the love of Christ in your service, right? What if they don’t ever make it in the door? Is there a chance that they simply do a ‘drive-through’ because they either can’t find parking or the parking they do find is just too inconvenient for them? Assuming they do find a spot and make the trek to your front doors (possibly with kids in tow) what is their general posture? Let me paint a picture of what you and I really want those first few minutes to look like and feel like to your guests.

Joe and Jane are driving down the road towards the church. They see a large sign that confirms this is, in fact, the church they are looking for as well as a clearly marked entrance. As they pull into the parking lot they notice several other cars have already arrived and people are making their way to the ,well marked, front entrance of the church. They also notice a sign (or better yet, a friendly face) directing them to drive straight ahead if they are a guest to the guest parking area. Within 15 seconds of entering the parking lot they have successfully found a parking spot that was specifically set aside for them. They are very thankful to be so close to the front doors – especially with their young kids. The quick getaway from their car also helped them take the plunge too. They have been nervous all morning on whether they should come or not. So far, so good. They are ready to enter through the front doors and face a totally new world. BONUS: Even better, as they exit their vehicles a kind greeter is waiting for them and offers to assist them inside if they need the help, opening the door along the way.

Guest Friendly Parking Tips:

  • Signage.
    It’s really important that your guests don’t feel confused or nervous as they drive into the parking lot. You can minimize confusion by ensuring the signs to your church are easy to find from the road. Ideally, it will be easy to find BEFORE they actually drive by the church, forcing them to have to turn around up the road. Additionally, if you have more than one entrance or an entrance and an exit, simple signs designating which road is the most appropriate to use will be very helpful. Finally and depending on the size of your parking lot, it would be helpful to post signs directing where guests should go next to arrive at the guest parking areas.
  • Guest Parking.
    Your guests will feel taken care of and will receive a great first impression if you’ve reserved several spaces just for them. Ideally, these spaces will be very close to the front entrance of your church, similar to your handicapped parking areas. I suggest you set aside about 4% of your parking lot for that purpose (if you tend to receive a lot of guests each week, you might want to increase that). If your lot is paved then you might consider painting your sign on the pavement as well as posted signs. 
  • Parking Attendants.
    If you can find some friendly faces who love to be outside, then designating parking attendants will increase the parking experience for both your guests and church attendees. Your parking attendants don’t necessarily need to focus on actually ‘parking’ people. Everyone loves a genuine greeting and a warm smile as they arrive at church! 
  • Clean.
    Sometimes the parking lot is easily forgotten; but it’s the very first thing your guests will notice on Sunday morning. If you have a paved lot, be sure to take care of the pavement. Budget money each year to fill cracks, potholes, and to seal the lot at least every other year. In today’s economy, that’s a chunk of money right there! It would be wise to sweep the lot each Spring as well. If you have a stone lot then consider raking the stones a couple of times a year. You will also want to budget money to add stone every two to three years as needed. Finally, weed your parking lot! Again, this is an expense, but important. There’s little more distasteful to the eye of a guest than a weed-infested parking lot!
  • Clearly Marked Parking Spaces.
    I’m not just talking about spaces for guests. It’s important that all of your attendees understand how to park in the parking lot. If you have a paved lot it’s important to paint lines on the lot. If you have a stone lot then you have a much bigger challenge in guiding your cars to the most efficient parking spaces. You may want to rely on parking attendants or special parking cones. A few winters ago, our church ended up with an embarrassing situation in our parking lot when our church attendees accidentally parked 6 cars in so they couldn’t leave until the cars in front of them did. The reason? It had snowed heavily that morning and we didn’t do a good job clearing the lot enough so that people knew where to park.
  • Snow Removal.
    I hope it’s obvious that you should recruit or invest in snow removal if you live in a location where that is necessary. You will want to shovel and plow just prior to your service start times. If it’s snowing DURING the service, you may also want to consider recruiting someone to shovel during the service so that people can make a clean getaway. Our church has been known to even recruited some teens to brush off car windows before the service let out. People loved it!
  • Valet Service?
    OK. That sounds a little carried away, but why not, especially for the elderly and/or single moms. My point here isn’t necessarily to begin a valet service so much as to remind you to think outside the box and do what you can to show great hospitality to your guests and church attendees.

Lecrae and the Local Church

lecraeCheck out this powerful video testimony from hip-hop star, Lecrae. As I watched it today, I couldn’t help but hear him describe his ‘Grandma’s Church’ and wonder . . . what would that young man have said if he visited my church or your church, before he found Christ? Sure, you’re probably not going to do hip-hop during worship. But would he have sensed the Presence of God there? Would he have experienced a group of believers passionately worshiping God and loving one another? What impression do you think you would leave on him?

If you have a team that you meet with to talk strategy as a church, I challenge you to show this video to them and ask those questions. Let me know how it goes!

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