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Drive-in Church Service is a Great Alternative during a Pandemic!

Drive-in Church Service is a Great Alternative during a Pandemic!

Words that none of us who are in ministry ever thought about when we started the year of 2020 with tremendous hope and optimism and, of course, vision!

After all, “vision” and “2020” go together almost like “peanut butter and jelly” or “ham and eggs”! (Sorry, but I'm stuck on food analogies). I even shared a 4-part message series on vision in January, yet if I knew then what I know now… Well, enough of that.

On March 15th, we had our final service in the Sanctuary, and even though we are not in a State which required churches to close, we decided to take the precautionary step and do so.  We felt we wanted to have a community that we could minister to following the pandemic who didn't feel like we were “above the rules”.

I'm a reasonably technical person, and we had already been broadcasting online for a few years, so the transition to online-only would have worked out fairly well.

Here's a Drone Shot of one of our services:

Drone Shot of Drive In Church Service

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The 5 Reasons Pastors Do Not Lead Their Churches

THE 5 REASONS PASTORS DO NOT LEAD THEIR CHURCHES

(Guest Article – Credits at bottom)

I know this sounds like an upside down topic but bear with me as I share with you 5 Reasons Pastors Do Not Lead their Churches.  Many senior pastors all over the country have the title of Senior Pastor/Leader but many do not have the authority to truly lead the churches they serve. The consequences of this lack of leadership at the local church level are too devastating to ignore.

Many churches are run by outstanding pastor/leaders. Too many, however, forfeit leadership either because of the pastor’s own propensity to not lead or the church’s propensity to usurp leadership from them. Whichever the case, the church suffers.

Here are the five (5) reasons senior pastors don’t lead their churches.

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6 Ideas for a Successful Pastor Appreciation Day

This article will not focus on the question of “why have a Pastor Appreciation Day.” We believe a special day to honor those who are serving in leadership is a powerful boost to both leaders and laity.

The Bible tells us 1 Timothy 5:17 – Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Just the other day, I read a post from a Pastor in a private group that shared his heartache after a board member approached him following a service. The news out of the deacon's mouth went something like this: “I'm sorry Pastor, we were supposed to recognize you today, but no one remembered to pick up a card or get a check written.”

Most Pastors would say “that's okay” and muster up a faint smile, then move on in silent heartbreak.  

I realize the vast amount of people who will read this article are in fact, Pastors and I'm “preaching to the choir” so to speak. Many are not Pastors who can start the process to make sure Pastor's Appreciation Day is observed every year.

Below are a few steps to assist with the process. There are many more, but hopefully, this will speak to someone's heart to step out and be a blessing to your Pastor(s) and family.

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How Technology Equips the Church to Keep Giving Consistent Year Round

We all know that church attendance ebbs and flows throughout the year, with summer slumps and Easter and Christmas surges, but that doesn’t mean that church giving has to be as inconsistent. Rather, if approached correctly, giving can not only continue throughout typically slow months, it can even increase.

Here are five tips for using technology as a church’s best friend when it comes to tackling the issue of giving. If you haven’t already…

1)  Create social media pages for your church.

Members might be absent from the pews many weekends throughout the year, but this does not mean they are any less engaged with their mobile devices. By creating social media pages for your church, following members and encouraging them to interact with posts, you can remind congregants about giving via social media posts that they are more likely to see than an emailed or snail-mailed announcement.

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Stop Chirping and Fly toward Freedom in Christ!

John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  (We can have freedom in Christ!)

While pondering what to write about for today’s blog post, I couldn’t think too well because of what seemed to be a constant chirping from the garage.

Knowing that I had just mowed the lawn and had left the door open for a while, I had little doubt that a bird had flown into the garage and had now become an occupant of a place God never intended for little birdie to occupy.

Getting up quietly, I opened the door to go into the garage while the main door was still closed… quietness. No chirping was to be heard anywhere, so I came back to the desk and within a matter of minutes, you guessed it… chirp, chirp, CHIRP! CHIRP!

I opened the main garage door, and even though it sat there within a foot of freedom, all it could do was continue to chirp! I picked up a piece of cardboard to see if I could “shoosh” it out, but it just flew into the garage more.

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