“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
John 15:11 ESV
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
John 15:11 ESV
Churches around the country depend on loyal volunteer labor and ministry. These dedicated members faithfully give you their time and perform countless functions that otherwise would go undone.
Keeping your volunteers happy and managing their time is crucial to the success of any ministry. Here are five ways to keep your team members excited and engaged:
Bringing value to our customers is our main priority, so we regularly seek direct feedback to better serve and connect with them.
We recently got in touch with Christ’s Community Church, a non-denominational church in Hayward, CA. We asked Worship Pastor Tim Jameson to explain how BoxCast live video streaming helps his church.
Every year, millions of Americans pile into their cars and head to church on Christmas Eve. Attendance can be so high at this time of year that some ministries will hold several services - some as many as five or six - to ensure that everyone who wants to worship can.
As a leader in your church, putting adequate time into preparing for the Christmas Eve service can ensure that it has the greatest impact possible. Below are the three reasons that if done right, this service will leave a lasting impression on both your church body and surrounding community.
Churches around the country are dealing with the same obstacle: attracting and engaging their church’s youth.
But the struggle to attract today's youth is often not a direct reflection on a ministry. Instead, we can credit it to the trend that younger members often vanish during those teen years when they’re learning to become independent and are prone to reject things associated with the family. Sadly, that sometimes includes church.
Current: A Christian Church is a large, non-denominational church in Katy, Texas, west of Houston. We asked Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Evan Schwartz to explain how live streaming with BoxCast enhances their ministry.
At BoxCast, we know that testimonials from our customers are much more valuable than anything we write ourselves. So, each month we reach out to someone, hoping that the way they use BoxCast can inspire you to do something similar.
This month, we were lucky enough to chat with Glenn Gonsalves, the Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation Operations at Bridgewater State University (MA). He and his team were early to the streaming game, having started seven years ago. They made the switch to BoxCast earlier this year and aren't looking back.
Public speaking is hard.
Or, at least it is for most people. But if you’re a pastor, you know how to command a room and have the uncommon knack for speaking in front of an audience and connecting with them.
What happens when live video streaming enters the mix?
“Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?’”
(John 14:9a ESV)
It had been three years since Philip had become intimately involved in the daily affairs of Jesus. In his book Twelve Ordinary Men, pastor John MacArthur astutely notes that Philip was technically the first disciple that Jesus proactively called (John 1:43). Yet, as they sat beside one another years later in the upper room, Jesus’ words to Philip were weighty and confrontational.
As an involved member of your community, you’ve likely heard of the increasingly popular trend in the church space: that of the multi-site church. Those in favor of them claim that with more campuses, a church is more able to achieve its goal of spreading God’s word.
Others argue that just because you can open new locations doesn’t mean you necessarily should. It’s a major step – one that could fundamentally alter the course and nature of your church. As more churches take this route, it’s important to learn about the risks and rewards involved and the right way to go about it.
Last week’s blog post presented arguments for multi-site churches, so this week’s will encourage proponents of multi-site churches to consider the other side.
If your church is thinking about opening up one or more additional sites, congratulations!
That means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. Things like this can only happen when a church is truly connecting with its members and delivering a message they want and need.
Still, the growing trend of multi-site churches remains controversial. Because the subject is so broad, we’ll cover different aspects of it in this blog. This post will lay out some of the common arguments for multi-site churches. Next week, we’ll present the opposite case.
NFL’s first global live-streaming experiment: A touchdown or fumble?As far as gambles go, the NFL’s first live-streamed, online game was a relatively low-risk experiment.
This post is based on"How to Reach and Engage Your Congregation In a Digital World: The Pastor's Guide to Live Video Streaming." If you’re interested in learning more about live streaming and how it can help you share your ministry, download the free guide.
Rivalries. Every school knows which opponents they love to hate. And each year, teams work hard preparing for the big game when - in front of screaming crowds - they’ll face off to declare that year’s victory.
While coaches and players put in hours in the gym, on the courts and fields, there are several things you can do as an athletic director to ensure you successfully promote the big game:
Your church might already have a presence on social media, but is it doing enough to attract and engage worshippers? Below are ways to strengthen your ministry through social media.
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Is there any doubt that high school sports programs are moving toward becoming big businesses like their college brethren? Take a glance at the end zone of the Norcross (Ga.) High School football field.
Nothing determines an athletic program’s long-term success quite like talent evaluation. Not even a Hall of Fame coach can squeeze winning out of a talentless roster.
That means if you have a talented player on your team, scouts are looking for them. But finding the skillset they seek is not always such an easy task. As a coach or AD, you have to help your players get recruited.
Deciding whether to incorporate live video streaming into one's ministry is a complex decision that is facing more and more church leaders around the country. Video streaming is a wonderful tool to better engage communities and touch more lives, but determining if it's right for you can be overwhelming.
It can be helpful to hear from other customers when deciding whether to use a service. In this post, Pastor Charles Moore from First Baptist Summit (Summit, OK) explains why he has found BoxCast to be a wonderful solution for his needs and how streaming his services has brought his community closer together than ever before.
The four newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — were inducted last weekend, capping off a four-day celebration in Cooperstown, N.Y. And, it was all captured live on MLB Network.
Imagine going a month without your smartphone. Would you survive?
How would you get from point A to point B? Would your reputation suffer if you couldn’t respond to an email within 30 minutes? Would your relationships hurt if you couldn’t send a quick text at any given moment? How would you handle your time in an elevator? Could you overcome the silence enough to talk to a stranger for just a few moments?
This technological revolution isn’t just changing our personal lives - it’s also changing how we “do” church.
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Modern sports marketing seems to be all about “the fan experience.” Though we don't like to acknowledge the truth in it, that expression suggests that the game itself isn’t enough of a draw anymore.
And for many fans, it isn’t.
To draw a broader audience and extend the shelf life of your events – whether it’s a conference tournament, rec league all-star game or even a league championship – you may want to consider creating fan-friendly attractions.
Everybody loves a winner.
It’s how the New York Yankees became THE franchise. How the Dallas Cowboys evolved into “America’s Team.”
And how the USA’s 5-2 victory over Japan to win the Women’s World Cup Final drew the more than 25 million viewers (the largest American TV audience in history for any soccer match — men’s or women’s.)
Pastors around the country are rapidly discovering the importance of social media.
Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter are no longer solely geared to college students; now, they’re how people of all ages communicate. Church leaders, in their unique position to spread God’s word, have begun to use these platforms to their advantage.
This post articulates why – when it comes to your ministry – social media is here to stay.
We all know there are few things more enjoyable than being in the stands of a great game. Emotions run high and the strangers who fill the arena seem suddenly to be best friends, brought together by the love for your team.
However, generating this enthusiasm for your team doesn’t happen automatically.
Here are three things you can do to build your fan base and foster a community that people are excited to be a part of.
We’re all seeing it happen - streaming is taking off. Whether it’s people bingeing on Netflix or listening to their favorite tunes on Spotify, this popular technology gives us what we want when we want it.
Churches across the country are finding they can better engage their congregations through live video streaming - a tool that enables viewers to join their communities when they can’t make it to church.
Still, some people question whether live video streaming has a place in church ministry at all. In his article “Stop! Don’t Record Your Church Services,” Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools claims that “most churches should never video-record their services.”
How valid are his concerns? Is he right? Or is video streaming a great solution for almost any church hoping to connect with its congregation?
Let’s take a closer look at Mr. Shearer’s objections:
Churches everywhere are starting to stream their services - is it time for you to consider live video streaming yours?
How many times a day do you check your phone?
Though many of us hesitate to admit it, a recent study shows that average users actually check their phone an amazing 110 times a day.
There’s no hiding it - we live in a mobile society. We've grown accustomed to sending an email and getting a response almost immediately. Social media makes pictures of all of our closest friends – and distant acquaintances – instantaneously accessible in the palms of our hands. And with text messages, we can get quick answers to our pressing questions without having to take time to make a phone call.
What does all of this mean for the church?