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…Continue Reading
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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
MinistryLibrary.com is still in beta and…Continue Reading
Football Sunday is a 30-minute sermon-replacement video hosted by ESPN’s Trent Dilfer and presented by TheIncrease.org. 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…Continue Reading
Many 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…Continue Reading
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, http://www.TheGameBible.com, 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.
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Megachurch 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…Continue Reading
Did 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.
- 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?Continue Reading
What 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
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
BELLINGHAM, WA – ORA NET LLC announces its new initiative introducing a disruptive technology to promote the oldest form of recognized religious expression in the Christian and Jewish faiths–prayer. The ORA system creates a personal mobile experience for the individual and an enterprise-quality community management platform for any organization to invite, connect, share, respond and interact with one another in intercessory prayer.
“That’s a lot of words to describe it, but ORA’s technology gives us the ability to do so much more to leverage existing social networks and mobile devices to connect individuals in the most meaningful relationship they can have with others and with God,” said Jeff Bone, Chief Marketing Officer for ORA.
The Bellingham, WA, company has introduced what many are calling one of the most revolutionary developments for the faith community to be released in decades.
“ORA collects, organizes, tracks, reminds, connects and securely shares prayer requests and answers with anyone you choose. ORA does this at a personal and intimate level with your friends and family through the mobile platform or ‘app’ on your smartphone. And ORA does this…Continue Reading