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When a first-time guest completes a guest registration card at your church, what happens next? The most common answer to that question: absolutely nothing. No, it’s not an intentional oversight, but without an ongoing, immediate follow-up plan, your church may miss the opportunity to reach guests for Christ and include them in your church family.

Need fresh ideas? Tweak some of these to fit your unique church:

  • First-Time-Guest Online Survey. People love to give an opinion! Create a brief survey on your church website. (See a sample survey at Carefully study survey responses.
  • Same Day Contact. A specially trained volunteer can make a brief phone call to each guest on the Sunday afternoon they visit your church.
  • Email + Snail Mail. Assign volunteers to send a swift, personal email or handwritten card to each first-time guest.
  • Small Group Personal Invitation. Provide contact info to an appropriate small group or Sunday School class for each family member. A member of that small group may offer to meet the guest at a specific door to escort them to class.
  • A Personal Touch. Examples: An Indiana church…

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I am so excited to announce the release of our brand new evangelistic app called “Life in 6 Words.” Based on the Gospel video produced by Dare 2 Share and delivered with astonishing excellence by Propaganda, this app is simple, clear and very easy to use.How it works is simple. You ask someone how they would describe their life in 6 words and then show them the app. There’s a list of 20 words for them to choose from that range from “adventure” to “broken” to “money” to “fun.” Once they choose their six words they push “Next” on the screen and their words appear in the order they pushed them.Then you can ask them why they chose those particular words. This is a great opportunity to listen to them deeply and get to know them more.Finally you ask them if they’d be interested in how the best selling book of all time might describe their lives in six words? If they say yes you swipe through six beautifully illustrated screens with six words and six sentences (based on Dare 2 Share’s GOSPEL acrostic as well as…

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Ministry LibraryImagine if someone took the best leadership and ministry books and squeezed them into a 5 minute video. Would you watch?

Ministry Library has launched a unique video service that helps busy pastors learn faster, apply more and lead better. Learning is a part of every leader’s life, but ministry is demanding and often pastors don’t have as much time for leadership development as we would like. With these quick videos, you can learn and apply the best ideas during your afternoon coffee break.

“Knowledge without application is meaningless” – Thomas Edison

Ministry Library doesn’t just summarize books, their videos focus on how you can apply the lessons and ideas to your ministry right away. The videos are filled with lists, tips, how-to’s and and extra material to help you better lead your ministry.

“You have surely done your homework. I don’t know anything quite like this.  I really love it.  Clean, organized, and easy to follow.  And above all, I can review this quickly.  You also have helped me to decide whether or not I need to purchase the book or not.”
Jason  –  Executive Pastor is still in beta and…

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Football Sunday is a 30-minute sermon-replacement video hosted by ESPN’s Trent Dilfer and presented by Featuring exclusive interviews with active and retired NFL players as well as players from both Super Bowl Teams (yet to be determined, naturally), this production highlights how the increase of Christ and the decrease of self (John 3:30) has played out in their lives; sometimes through experiences that are unique to pro football players, but more often through experiences that are common to all people and thus extremely relatable.

We hope the local Church will seize the opportunity to use the huge pop-culture event of the Super Bowl to invite in the unchurched. Two versions will be available: One with a Gospel presentation and invitation by former NFL player/pastor of The Rock Church Miles McPherson, and one without Miles’ presentation so that the local pastor may present the Gospel and invitation if they prefer. The package will also include a welcome video and a worship team tee-up video that churches can use at their option in service programming as well. Promotional and support…

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Football SundayMany church leaders in America aren’t quite sure what to do with Super Bowl Sunday. Over the past few decades, the Super Bowl has emerged as a major national event and church leaders have either seen it as competition or embraced it as an opportunity for evangelism. Pro Athleles Outreach, in partnership with NFL players and sponsors, have put together a powerful tool for churches to use to harness the energy of the Super Bowl for good, and they’re challenging churches across America to turn Super Bowl Sunday into Football Sunday.

It’s really quite simple. Pro Athletes Outreach will provide a video to replace what is normally the message time in the weekend service which features powerful testimonies. According to their website:

Football Sunday is an in-church video simulcast event uniquely designed around the Super Bowl. Treat Football Sunday like a guest speaker; simply add it to your service where the sermon would normally take place and invite your community to get an inspiring inside look at faith in the NFL.

Why not take control of all the commotion and potential distraction that comes with Super Bowl Sunday and use it to reach…

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With a goal of turning the stories of the Bible into a video game for all ages to enjoy, Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg, internet phenomenon and identical twins known as the “Tornado Twins,” have launched a Kickstarter,, to raise funds to develop several episodes about David, including the story of David and Goliath.

“The Game Bible Series” will be an epic 52-episode video game series to be released on multiple platforms and set to cover the entire Bible from Adam to Jesus, allowing the gamer to experience the entire biblical narrative in a side-scroller format — a game-genre where character, story and world-exploration come together.

The Meulenberg brothers have set a goal of $35,000 on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding social media site, to fund the first three episodes of the story of David. The first 10 episodes entitled “David, Rise of a King” will be fully funded at $380,000. Those interested in helping to fund “The Game Bible Series” have several options for donating, $5 and up. Each level of giving will allow a different level of access to “The Game Bible Series” before it is available to the general public.

“The stories of the Bible…

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City on a Hill The Song ResourcesMegachurch pastor Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian Church and City on a Hill Studio are on a mission to “Awaken Love” and reclaim the original vision of what God intended marriage to be through the national theatrical release of THE SONG film and accompanying resources.

“In our culture we are constantly hearing about love, sex, and marriage. These are the subjects of the songs we listen to, the books we read and the movies we watch. But the messages we have been receiving have left our love lives broken and cold,” said Idleman. “We want to awaken love in marriages and we look to what God has said about these important areas. After all he is the one who came up with the ideas of love, sex, and marriage; so he’s the one who knows what’s best. THE SONG film is a great date night movie that will point you to God who has the power to awaken love in your relationship.”

An integral part of the highly anticipated romantic drama THE SONG, which opens nationwide September 26, is a line of resources and curriculum based on Song of…

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Christians In the WorkplaceDid you know that our work can be worship to God, as well as service to God and others? Work is something we all do, either full-time throughout our adult lives or during various phases of our lives. But the Hebrew word for “work” in the Old Testament also means “worship” and “serve.”

Christians in the Workplace: Equipping You to Live Out Your Faith at Work has been carefully designed to energize and equip you to follow Christ as you fulfill your job description. Each lesson offers you the opportunity to transform the way you perform your work every day.

Sessions include:

  • God Call and Equips Us to Do Our Work
  • Work as Ministry
  • Work as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth and Maturity
  • Work as a Means to Cultivate Moral and Ethical Behaviors
  • Work as an Opportunity to Witness
  • Putting it All Together

Now, it’s up to you. Will you join us on this transformative journey?

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Son of God Study KitWhat would happen if you applied the lessons from events in Jesus’ life—temptation, suffering, death, resurrection—to your own? Would you come to know Him more intimately and with a greater understanding of your purpose? Would you embody more completely the mission, love, and mind of Jesus? This DVD small group study, based on producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s major theatrical release, Son of God, features New York Times bestselling author Pastor Rick Warren as he explains how you can find your purpose in studying the life of Jesus.

Whether you’re exploring the life of Jesus for the first time, or ready to take your faith to a deeper level, this study gives you practical steps to overcome temptation, suffering, and persecution and leverage these challenges to discover and fulfill God’s plan for your life.

This kit includes one study guide and one DVD with clips from the movie and follow-up by Rick Warren including exercises, prayers, discussion questions, and more. The study includes 6 sessions:

  • Jesus’ Baptism and Your Baptism
  • Jesus’ Temptation and Your Temptation
  • Jesus’ Suffering and Your Suffering
  • Jesus’ Death and Your Death
  • Jesus’…

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Apple Ipad Air

What are the best iPad apps for pastors? Using my iPad as a pastor for the last 3 years, I have tried a lot of different apps.

If you are anything like me, you are in a never-ending hunt, roaming the iTunes App Store looking for the next app that will make your iPad better than ever.

After trying many different apps, I have compiled a list of my absolute favorite iPad apps for ministry that I truly believe every iPad packing pastor needs.

Day One Journal – Day One recently has won various app awards for a reason. It is the best app for anyone who journals. It is especially useful for your quiet time with God. If you are not into journaling, consider using Day One for recording prayer requests. Another great use is for having a record what God has been speaking to you in your quiet time with Him, so you can pull those thoughts for sermon preparation later.

Evernote – Never forget anything ever again. This the best note-taking app ever. I use Evernote for keeping a database of every sermon I have ever preached. I also use…

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Mac Desk

As pastors, there’s always a lot on our plate. We change hats and capes constantly. I’ve found that being skilled and gifted is not enough, it’s also about finding ways for your gifts to have the greatest impact.

1- Electronic Bible reading (You Version)

In the age of instant share technology, we have the ability to record our thoughts and observations in Scripture with a swipe of our finger.

I know some feel they really need to hold the Bible in their hand while reading, that’s cool, but realize you’re greatly limited yourself in the speed and ability to capture those verses and inspirations quickly and effectively.

2- Automated prayer list (Prayer Notebook)

As a product of the the old-school with Franklin planners and Daytimers, I had a very difficult time finding a system that works to hold my prayer requests. I tried just about every system imaginable. No luck! That’s when I found what is called Prayer Notebook. This allows me to sync my prayer requests over all my devices, have notes and determine how often I want to pray for each request.

3- Portable calendar (iCal)

It’s essential to understand the difference between…

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1. It’s like sharing with a person who is broke that they just won the Lotto (only better!)

2. You enter a struggle with the forces of darkness in a battle over a soul’s eternal destination (Epic!)

3. When you share the gospel you are put in a position where you are forced to rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom (James 1:5,6), courage (Ephesians 6:19,20), and clarity (Colossians 4:4.)

4. It’s like sharing with a cancer victim that you just discovered the cure for cancer (only better!)

5. Evangelism is the communication of the greatest love story in the history of the world (sorry Romeo!)

6. It’s like telling an orphan that they’ve been adopted into the family of the richest person in the universe (well, that’s exactly what it is.)

7. The pressure is not on you to convert them but to share the gospel clearly. wisely and lovingly. The Holy Spirit does the rest!

By the way if you don’t know how to share the gospel download the amazing Dare 2 Share app, watch the videos and you’ll be…

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