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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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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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Dealing With Difficult Issues: Hebrews 6

As a Bible teacher/preacher, you need to know how to answer difficult issues, questions, and passages within the Bible. In an effort to give insight into how to deal with difficult passages, I’m providing a look inside how I tackled a particularly difficult text—Hebrews 6. Without doubt, Hebrews 6 provides one of the greatest theological challenges for the Bible teacher …

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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 …

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How Is Your Church Embracing Mobile Learning?

Mobile Learning Spike BeginsMobile learning has been around in the mainstream for a few years now, but to date it really hasn’t experienced its spike. I believe that in 2015 we will start to see rise of this likely monumental peak. There are a few reasons, but mainly the advancements in the technology (think smartphones and tablets), as well as …