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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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Evaluating Your Sermon Series

Getting honest feedback about how you are doing as a teacher is invaluable. In a classroom environment, how your students are learning can provide feedback on how you are doing as a teacher. In a church setting, getting relevant feedback can be difficult, unless you ask for it. At First Family, we value input from our congregation. To do so, …

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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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Two Words That Open the Door to Unlimited Learning

Jeff Charbonneau was named 2013 National Teacher of the Year for a reason. The man gets involved. In his small school in Zillah, Washington, a community of only 3,000 people, Charbonneau wears many hats. He’s the high school chemistry teacher. He’s also the yearbook teacher and the assistant drama teacher. He used to be the assistant baseball coach. He even …

The Sunday Sermon: How Long is Too Long?

See on Scoop.it – eLearning Church General observations: More interactivity in a course (which is good!) equals less certainty you have over the length of each lesson. In designing online training, assume your learner will have zero previous exposure to the content. As a general rule, elearning courses should never exceed two hours in length, and this is only for …

How Does Alistair Begg Prepare to Preach

  A group of us from First Family attended the Pastor’s Conference at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago last week, and I do not think I would be alone in my opinion that Alistair Begg was one of the highlights of the week. His messages from 1 Samuel 17 spoke to the deep sense in all of us that we …