Churches across the country are trying to encourage younger generations to give, but they often leave out a huge part of the equation: relationships.
Givers are more than donors, they’re partners. (more…)
You’ve heard the skeptics: “We can’t trust the biblical manuscripts.” And sadly, many people believe them without actually knowing the facts.
So what do the experts really say?
The new Faithlife original film Fragments of Truth tackles skeptics’ claims head-on, providing a powerful resource for defending your faith. This feature-length documentary takes you around the globe with renowned scholar Dr. Craig Evans. Join him as he investigates ancient manuscripts, deciphers historical mysteries, and interviews leading experts on the reliability of the New Testament.
Not only is Fragments of Truth now available for home viewing, you can also get a group license and watch this edifying film with your whole church or study group. Viewers will come away better able to separate sober scholarship from sensationalism when explaining the firm foundation of the Gospels.
Plus, you can immediately download a free discussion guide to help facilitate conversations with your church, small group, or family.
Whether you’re building a church website for the first time or updating it for the tenth time, you might feel in over your head.
Indeed, there is a lot to keep in mind when it comes to building a truly great church website.
But for now, just focus on three big rules, and you’ll be much closer to a church website that’s welcoming to visitors, helpful for members, and true to your church. [Read more…]
We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re excited to announce what we’ve created in response.
This past quarter we have been busy launching three products to equip the Church to grow in the light of the Bible and also enhance your ministry:
We’ve built these tools with your feedback in mind and are confident you will love what you see. But we also want to hear how we can serve you better. Please follow the group at Faithlife.com and share with us today, then keep reading to learn about other ways we are working to come alongside you in ministry.
Thanks for being with us,
– Bob Pritchett
We know churches desire to be good financial stewards. And because online giving is the future of tithing, we’ve introduced Faithlife Giving, an electronic platform for givers to gift funds to churches and nonprofit ministries.
Churches will benefit from simple, streamlined budgeting with electronic records, saving time and effort. Donors can give through their desktop or mobile device with a single or recurring donation and easily add funds to different events—or split funds between events.
And because it’s integrated with Faithlife Groups, givers can get more involved in mission while supporting their church. How can we help your church give more cheerfully? Let us know in the Faithlife Giving community.
Another new product, Faithlife Sites, helps churches easily build and maintain websites. This integrated website platform automatically updates a church’s website based on information such as the church calendar, smart photo galleries, and most recent sermon. It’s built for community and so easy you barely have to touch it.
Join the Faithlife Sites group, and learn from others who are using Faithlife Sites.
More churches and individuals are leveraging Faithlife Groups to communicate activities and build relationships across their church community. A Faithlife Group supplements individual and community experiences with faith-based books, films, and images to help you go deeper in Bible study.
Unique to Faithlife Groups are prayer requests, events, and newsletters. And the Faithlife Groups app allows you to connect with your community on the go! Groups can be public or private, and items can be shared within those groups to foster a community that’s always connected.
We know how hard you work but also how much time administrative activities take. That’s why we are working on creating a new suite of products that will strengthen relationships across your staff and whole congregation to help you fulfill your mission—and give you back time to do what you do best: ministry. Stay tuned for when this product goes public.
Logos 7 Fundamentals is a brand-new Logos package that helps anybody deepen their Bible study, no matter their skill level. It offers the breadth of what a good Bible study library should have, including dictionaries and encyclopedias, commentaries, word study resources, theology resources, devotionals, and more. Purposefully lean, Logos 7 Fundamentals is perfect for anybody who wants to deepen their Bible study on a budget.
Where can you find solid biblical content that will deepen your Christian walk without overwhelming you? Meet Faithlife Connect, a single subscription to hundreds of Christian resources—videos, Bible study tools, courses, Logos, ebooks, and Bible Study Magazine—as well as exclusive discounts. Check out everything included in Faithlife Connect, and be sure to let us know what you think by posting in the Connect group.
It’s here! Bible Study Magazine is now available digitally in a new Logos format. You’ll enjoy the same sound advice, tools, and methods for Bible study from pastors, professors, historians, and archaeologists as in the print version. What articles have you recently enjoyed in Bible Study Magazine? Follow the group and share them in a post.
The Faithlife Ministry Relations team will be at a number of conferences in the summer months including the Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta, GA on August 2–4. Stop by our booth. We’d love to see you!
Comparably provides accurate and comprehensive compensation and culture data to understand employees’ true value and needs to make work better. Recently, Comparably awarded Faithlife three Comparably 2018 Culture Awards:
We’re always looking for talented, awesome, fun employees. Interested? Join our team!
Our goal is to build products that help you grow in the light of the Bible and give you back time to do what you do best: ministry. We’re hearing you like what you see—but we want to know how we can serve you better.
Follow Faithlife.com today and let us know what kinds of products and tools will help you grow in the light of the Bible.
Join Dr. Craig Evans in his search for answers to an ever-present and challenging question: Can we really trust the Bible?
In Fragments of Truth—now available for pre-order—Dr. Evans travels the globe to track down the most ancient New Testament manuscripts and learns from the experts who know them best.
Along the way, he highlights groundbreaking new evidence, challenges skeptics, and demonstrates the strong reliability of the New Testament manuscripts:
This insightful documentary is available for pre-order on Blu-Ray and in digital formats, so you can watch it anytime, anywhere, as many times as you want.
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In this new edition of his Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Peter Scazzero shares powerful insights on how contemplative spirituality can help pastors and individual church members slow down—an integral key to spiritual and emotional health.
God Has a Name is shaped around one incredibly important paragraph in Exodus. In the well-known story of Moses interacting with God on Mount Sinai, Moses asks to see God’s glory. But what God does—and says—is surprising and relevant for anyone who wants to understand God today. For everyone who is trying to understand this God that the Bible talks about, this is the place to begin.
While living and working in one of the world’s most impoverished countries, teacher, doula, and young mother Rachel Marie Stone unexpectedly caught a baby without wearing gloves, drenching her bare hands with HIV-positive blood. Already worried about her health and family and whether her service was of any use, Stone grappled anew with realities of human suffering, global justice, and maternal health.
10,000 Reasons reveals the stories beyond the well-known church anthem, fusing global worship leader Matt Redman’s own encounters of God with those from believers throughout the ages.
In the developed world, having a church website is a given. Most of us instinctively know this.
But why? Why are church websites important, and how does the answer inform how you construct your site?
These principles spell the difference between inviting someone to join your church’s mission and communicating (accidentally), “Please don’t come here.”
When you entered the ministry, you probably didn’t dream of sitting at your computer tinkering with your church website.
And now you don’t have to.
Faithlife Sites frees you to focus on what matters most by giving you a church website that runs itself.
Plus, it’s free.
Faithlife Sites takes the work you and your staff already do every week—like keeping a calendar, creating announcements, or uploading a sermon—and uses it to automatically populate your church website.
You can get your site up and running in minutes and leave the updating to us.
When you send newsletters, create events, or post sermons through your Faithlife church group, all that information shows up on your website instantly. You never have to worry about conflicting or out-of-date information on your site, because Faithlife keeps everything in sync automatically.
And if you already use Faithlife tools like Proclaim and Faithlife Sermons, your work is even more effortless.
Now when someone asks, “Who runs your church website?” you can truly answer, “No one.”
Your church website is the front door of your church. When families are searching for a new church home, they start online. When they hit your homepage, you want to be sure you’re putting your best foot forward—accurately representing the heart and mission of your ministry.
You also want to be sure everything is clear and up to date.
Visitors will easily find:
Plus, Faithlife Sites offers members-only pages, revealing custom content to anyone in your church’s Faithlife group. That way sensitive information—like your church directory—isn’t exposed to the the whole internet, but is still easy to find for those in your church.
All of this helps bring more people into your church family, and bring your church family closer together.
Why rely on one tech-savvy person to make changes to your church website? If you or your staff need to change something, you should be able to do so immediately.
With Faithlife Sites, you can. You can grant anyone admin access, and no one needs to know any coding.
Simply update the relevant information in your Faithlife.com church group—such as event details or a new small group discussion PDF—and it will show up instantly on your website, beautifully designed and ready to go.
All your information lives in one central, easy-to-navigate place.
If you can type, you can have a website.
A friend who knows a lot about church admin once shared a lesson she learned from The Trellis and the Vine: If the Church is the vine (John 15), then administration is the trellis.
The trellis doesn’t exist for itself, but for the vine. No one admires a trellis, but behind every sturdy vine is an admirable trellis.
Without the trellis, the vine would be sprawled all over the place, tangled and misshapen.
Church administration gives shape and order to ministry. Here are seven reasons your ministry needs administration.
We don’t usually think of administration as a spiritual gift, but according to 1 Cor. 12:27–28, it is:
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. (ESV, emphasis added)
Just like you need every part of your body, you need every gift in the church (1 Cor. 12:21). The spiritual gift of administration is not only helpful, it’s necessary. And it’s given from God.
Administration is not a ministry afterthought, it’s a ministry essential.
Administration helps everyone work within their giftings.
If there’s no administrator in a church, it means someone without the gift of administration has to fulfill that role. That means a teacher is spending less time teaching, a person with the gift of mercy is doing fewer acts of mercy, and so on.
Administration organizes and structures ministry so each person can focus on their strengths and gifts. You could even argue it’s the same reason God gave the church deacons (Acts 6:1–7).
Administration doesn’t just help people focus on their gifting, it organizes resources.
Administrators have a big-picture view of what’s going on in your church or ministry. They can see best where to allocate volunteers, funds, and other resources. They also have the communication and organizational skills to actually plug those resources in.
That’s not just good for the ministry, it’s good for people who want to get involved. They can be confident that your church or ministry is organized and that their gifts will be put to good use, which will inspire them to jump in.
As churches and ministries grow, so do their resources. In addition to life change, growth means more volunteers, leaders, and (hopefully) funds.
Stewarding those resources is an important responsibility, because ultimately they are God’s resources. Someone with the gift of administration will ensure those resources are used strategically, efficiently, and effectively. They may even create a structure or flow that nearly automates this process so they can focus their energy on new ministry ventures.
A well-oiled machine like this is a gift to any church or ministry.
Administrators focus on the details that often go unnoticed. How are we paying for this thing? Who’s pulling it off? Who’s bringing food?
Another item that falls into this category is security. How are we checking kids in and out of Sunday school? Do we have a plan in case of an emergency? What happens if our church floods or catches fire?
Questions like these vary depending on your ministry, but everyone can breathe a sigh of relief when they know an administrator already has the answers—or can at least figure them out.
When there’s no order or structure, there’s no peace of mind.
And peace is critical to a healthy working environment.
Peace keeps teams working well together. Peace helps people focus. Peace helps people see clearly and strategize wisely.
Chaos makes people focus on problems. Chaos moves the question from, “What can I invest in today?” to, “What fire do I need to put out today?” Chaos is trying to row a boat with a giant hole in it.
Administrators deter chaos. They keep things running smoothly so everyone can work unhindered.
Administrators are good at saying what doesn’t belong. They can draw a line from a church or ministry’s vision to its calendar.
So when ideas pop up or people start shooting for the moon, administrators can step in and say, “That’s outside of what we’re about. I know what that would take, and it would lead to mission drift.”
Administrators help ministries grow in one direction by keeping them from growing in every direction.
All of this leads to one big point: Administration helps churches grow. It does not grow the church—God does that—but it helps churches grow evenly, neatly, and in the right direction.
God made administration a spiritual gift for a reason: The Church needs it.
This post is written in honor of church administrators, in time for Administrative Professionals Week. Let your church administrator know you appreciate them, and how Ministry Tracker can help him or her work even smarter.
Matthew Boffey (MDiv) is a writer at Faithlife and a licensed minister. He has led worship teams, small groups, and youth ministries.