[Exceedingly Enough:] Why Do We Do What We Do?

May 24, 2016

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.’

(John 5:30 ESV)

If you’re interested in a humbling exercise, grab a pen and a notebook. As the day goes on, write a check mark for every decision you make. Here’s the catch: differentiate each mark by whether your decision was primarily motivated by a desire to please yourself or by a desire to please God.

If you’re anything like me, one side of your notebook will wind up with a bit more ink on it than it’s neighboring side. And it’s not the side I would have hoped for.

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How to Keep Strong Ties With Your Church Community This Summer

May 19, 2016

Summer is the season when the grass comes up and church attendance goes down.

Many congregations experience declining attendance during the summer for various reasons: people go on vacation, there are more family activities to compete with, there’s yard work to be done.

While your church should do everything in its power to encourage people to attend services this summer, some decline is inevitable. However, this can be a good opportunity to make the most of live video streaming.

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The Top 5 Ministry Books Every Thoughtful Pastor Should Read

May 18, 2016

Ministry is hard.

But as we learn in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” (ESV).

Though you can find this “abundance of counselors” in friends and family, one of the best ways to seek counsel is to read books by godly men. Below are 5 books that I found encouraging while serving in pastoral ministry. It is my prayer that they encourage your heart as well.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Worship Service on Your Live Stream

May 12, 2016

Take a moment to imagine a Sunday at your church. It probably consists of fellowship, congregational prayer, worship through song, Scripture reading, and the preaching of the Word.

Though worship is one of these main components, it often gets the short stick when it comes to your live video stream.

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7 Tech Companies Mixing Things Up in the Church World

May 10, 2016

It's been proven that churches that embrace change, including the use of technology in their services, are more likely to thrive and grow.

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5 Guiding Principles for a Powerful Church Website

May 08, 2016

The debate over whether churches need websites is over.

Despite a few holdouts, the consensus is that churches, particularly those that hope to thrive, need a presence online.

No one sets out to build a bad website, but some organizations don’t put enough strategic thought into it and throw up a confusing mix of art, information and graphics, making it difficult to navigate and hard to interact with.

While companies like Squarespace, WordPress, or FaithConnector have taken a lot of the guesswork out of designing a site, there are some key principles to keep in mind:

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An Amazing Thing Can Happen When You Know Your Online Audience

May 05, 2016

Take a moment to consider who you could reach with a live video stream.

The people tuning in online likely include a mix of the housebound, travelers, members who’ve moved away and can no longer attend, people temporarily under the weather and those who’ve never been to your church but who found it online and want to learn more.

It’s an eclectic group, one that changes in size and membership with each broadcast. But it remains unseen. The live stream viewers are unaware of who else is watching. And, despite the presence of cameras, it can be easy for your congregation to forget there is an audience other than the one sitting in front of them - those in attendance simply do not think about those watching remotely. 

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Are Your Archived Streams Are Actually Important?

April 28, 2016

When most people think about live video streaming services, they tend to focus on what’s happening that day or on the coming Sunday. Live streaming is, after all, primarily about immediacy and helping viewers to share in a celebration that they can’t attend.

But there’s another aspect to live streaming that is often overlooked — the archived version of events that were just streamed.

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4 Ways to Make a Great Church Website

April 26, 2016

 

In an online world that is becoming increasingly saturated with content, the task of creating a standout church website can seem daunting.

At Compass, we’ve had the opportunity to launch over a hundred websites. In this post, we set out to answer one simple question: what makes a great church website?

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Importance of Prioritizing People

April 20, 2016

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’

(John 4:39-42 ESV)

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