Church Website Advice: Design Your Site for Visitors

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“Think of [your website] as like your online home base,” says Justin Wise, author of The Social Church. When people arrive at your website, they should be able to find their way around and get an accurate feel for what it’s like to set foot in your church.

“Before people come to our actual churches, they’re checking us out online,” Justin says. If your church website isn’t optimized for visitors, people who find you online have a hard time deciding if you’re worth checking out in person.

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3 Perspectives on Hell

heaven and hellWe’ve seen a lot of discussion and debate in recent years on the nature of heaven, hell, and what happens after we die. But these discussions are nothing new. The church has been debating eschatology (the study of last things) ever since the time of Christ, and the Jews before Christ were discussing the same.

Scripture provides many insights about the afterlife. But when theologians combine these insights into a coherent whole, they come to some very different conclusions about what the Bible teaches. The nature and duration of hell is one such example.

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7 Problems Facing Children’s Ministry

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Providing separate ministries for children, teens, and young adults is how churches lean into knowledge of childhood development and adolescence. It’s how the body of Christ walks beside parents to teach kids to embrace and live out the gospel. It’s about meeting kids on their level, and sharing the gospel in a way that makes sense to them.

But children’s ministry doesn’t always live up to our ideals.

In Relational Children’s Ministry: Turning Kid-Influencers Into Disciple Makers, Awana’s Dan Lovaglia highlights some of the key issues with children’s ministry today.

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Cadence International Hospitality House: Serving Those Who Serve

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Michael Payne, a missionary with Cadence International, has recently started trying out Proclaim as he serves the men and women of the U.S. Air Force in South Korea. We’ve had the privilege of learning a little more about how God is using Michael and other missionaries through the ministry of Cadence International.

The brave men and women who serve in the armed forces experience conditions on a regular basis that no person should ever have to face. Whether they serve for a couple of years or a couple of decades, people who serve in the military are among those most likely to experience psychological trauma like survivor’s guilt and PTSD.

“You’re going to see things,” Michael says. “You’re going to be exposed to things, that in the normal course of life you shouldn’t be exposed to.” That’s why Cadence International exists. By being the hands and feet of Jesus, Michael gets to tell soldiers, “You don’t have to go it alone.”

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5 Steps to Prepare Bible Studies for Children’s Ministries

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Today’s guest post is by Pastor Sam Luce of Redeemer Church in Utica, New York. Sam has been a pastor for 17 years—14 of which he served as a children’s pastor. He received his BA in theology from Portland Bible College, and he’s been involved in children’s ministry for 23 years. Sam writes regularly about children’s ministry and Christian parenting at SamLuce.com.

“Bonhoeffer would often say that ‘if one couldn’t communicate the most profound ideas about God and the Bible to children, something was amiss.’”—Eric Metaxas

One of the most important and most neglected disciplines for children’s ministry work is personal study. Often when it comes to children’s ministry curriculum, the Bible story is either too complicated or too simplistic. The answer is not “buy a better curriculum.” The answer is personal bible study.

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Free Online Bible Study Course

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Serious Bible study is hard work. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Whether you read the Bible every day or you’re opening it for the first time, the right tools can help you see the Bible in powerful new ways—without taking hours of your time.

That’s why we created a free, 30 day course to help you start doing better Bible study.

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Leading Well for the Long Haul

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Today’s guest post is by author and pastor, Dr. Larry Osborne. Osborne has served as senior pastor and teaching pastor at North Coast Church for more than 35 years. He helped oversee the growth of the church from a group of 128 meeting in a rented school, to a multi-site ministry that reaches over 10,000 in weekend attendance. You can find Larry Osborne’s leadership books in Logos and Vyrso.

Everybody wants to leave a legacy. But the reality is we can’t control the impact or the length of our legacy. We’re prophets to our own generation (Acts 13:36) who serve God, play our role and are gone.

That said, how we live and lead does have an impact on our endurance. Our perspective, the way we love our people, our dependability and our sense of security all directly affect our ability to lead and serve effectively for the long haul.

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Why Your Church Should Be More Worried about Sending Than Seating

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The January/February issue of Bible Study Magazine features J.D. Greear—pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. In college, Greear’s study of Romans 2 led him to a life-altering realization: “Paul talks about those who are not under the law still being held responsible for the law because God has given the law to them on their hearts. Suddenly my heart understood that there were a couple billion people out there who had never heard the name of Jesus but were still responsible under the law.”

This realization propelled him toward seminary, and years later, he’s a pastor of a big church with an even bigger emphasis on sending missionaries.

In Jessi Strong’s interview with Greear, he explained why sending capacity matters more than seating capacity:

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7 Things the Bible Says about Sex

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The church’s emphasis on abstinence in dating sometimes leaves people feeling as if the Bible says that sex itself is bad.

Not only is that not what the Bible says . . . it’s not even close.

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Free Greek and Hebrew Fonts for Your Computer

Greek and Hebrew
There’s something special about seeing hand-drawn ancient characters. It’s like the smell of old books, or the feel of papyrus.

You can’t simulate the smell of books (yet!), and you probably shouldn’t open glass cases to feel the papyrus, but here at Faithlife, our in-house Greek and Hebrew experts have created these authentic hand-drawn Greek and Hebrew fonts, which you can download for free. They’re the same fonts we use in Logos Bible Software’s Greek Alphabet Tutor and Hebrew Alphabet Tutor.

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