There’s a reason New Year’s resolutions like “pray more” tend to fail. “More” is vague—when will you feel like you’ve reached your resolution? And if you’re talking about a church giving campaign goals, “more” means practically nothing to your donors. (more…)
Do you ever feel like you’re in an uphill battle for your congregation’s attention? If so, you’re not alone.
People are more distracted than ever by screens. And even if we happen to have the TV on, chances are we’re probably doing something on our mobile devices. As of 2019, the average person spends four hours per day watching TV. That adds up to 20 hours on weekdays alone and doesn’t include time spent on social media.
Preparing for church services is hard work. It takes a lot of prayer, planning, and teamwork to consistently construct services that encourage others and glorify God.
That said, sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Here are three mistakes to avoid when planning your services—and how Proclaim can help you with each one.
By Mark Holmen, adapted from Faith Begins @ Home Grandparents.
When you read the first 13 verses of Joshua’s farewell address in chapter 24, you see that Joshua begins by recalling all the things that God has done for the people of Israel. It is clear that Joshua does not want them to forget who their God is and what their God has done for them. [Read more…]
Reading takes you to new worlds, immerses you in unfamiliar cultures, even transports you in time. But it’s more than an experience. It teaches, informs, challenges, and engages. It expands vocabulary, improves memory, and sharpens concentration. It even improves writing skills and reduces stress. [Read more…]
Have you joined the free media club yet?
Okay, so it’s not an “official” club, but when you sign up, you get at least 10 pieces of free, professionally designed media sent to you every quarter. So even though we don’t have t-shirts or membership cards, it’s still pretty great. [Read more…]
By John Stott, adapted from The Radical Disciple.
In the introduction to his book Knowing God, Dr. J. I. Packer writes that we are “pygmy Christians because we have a pygmy God.” We could equally say that we are pygmy Christians because we have a pygmy Christ. The truth is that there are many Jesuses on offer in the world’s religious supermarkets, and many of them are false Christs, distorted Christs, caricatures of the authentic Jesus. [Read more…]