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Sermon Handouts and Listening Notes: Pros and Cons

To do or not to do, that seems to be the question when it comes to sermon handouts and listening notes. Every pastor has their own opinion on this topic. Some avoid sermon notes because they feel it restricts their freedom during sermon delivery. If they provide an outline of their sermon and then opt to skip over some points, …

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Sermons in the Age of Twitter

The weekly sermon is as much a part of the traditional worship service as the bulletin and singing the doxology at the conclusion. But wait, we don’t sing the doxology at the conclusion of the service, and more and more churches are moving away from a printed bulletin in favor of a digital version. So much in our church services …

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The Value of the Long Tail in Ministry

Mention “the long tail” to most pastors, and they will think of the familiar caricature of the devil: spiked horns, pitchfork, and a long tail. The truth is, the long tail is a concept that has proven a very valuable resource for the church, and something that pastors should diligently work to employ in their own ministry settings. What is …

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The Future of Online Schools [Infographic]

From ChurchTechToday.com … No longer confined by location, you can obtain a degree from the school of your choice in almost any topic. This opens great possibilities of continued education for church staff and volunteers. As you look over the following infographic, consider how far education has come. Note the trends toward interactive education and how the church could approach ministry …

Tech Tools to Supercharge Your Bible Study

Chris’ Take: This is a basic list by ChurchMag, but it also provides a good starting point…and most of the tools are free to use. When people think about apps for Bible studies, they are almost always limited to just Bible apps. It’s understandable that when it comes to Bible studies, our minds instantly go to Bible apps, but this …

New Online Class Attempts to Bring Mentorship via Distance Learning

Chris’ Take: Here’s a new online discipleship program. I can’t vouch for the content quality, but it’s interesting to see folks begin attempting to develop a mentoring process through an online platform. Education is about gathering knowledge; it’s important, but impotent. Mentoring is about gathering wisdom, and it’s essential. When the right knowledge and the proven wisdom join forces in your …

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Learning Trends Coming To Your Church in 2015?

We live in exciting yet challenging times. With each passing year it seems the ability to communicate and share information via technology reaches new heights. Yet, with so many avenues to communicate, our culture suffers greatly with information overload, which contributes to decreased learning. Like it or not, your church is impacted by this phenomenon. As pastors and teachers, we …