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Ignore the Power of Media at Your Own Peril

Freedom House Church Pastor Troy Maxwell
Freedom House Church Pastor Troy Maxwell (Sarah Garrett/Freedom House Church Facebook page)

When it comes to the media, especially social media, there are no secrets. Find out how Freedom House Church in Charlotte, N.C., found that out the hard way.

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8 Types of Power Groups in Churches

Thom-Rainer-headshotThis topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches.

Perhaps our comfort level can increase a bit by calling the groups “influencers” rather than power groups. Choose your label. The fact of the matter is that most churches have a clearly known group that carries the most influence in the church. And it is not unusual for that group to have a clearly known leader.

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Why We Multiply Everything, Including Churches and Campuses

Grace-ChurchWhen we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed we’d eventually have a place for offices and more permanent meeting space, etc.

We also had plans (which are currently in process) of sending out a planter and were excited about planting a new church. We think it is essential to plant and to do it early so that multiplication is part of the life of our church.

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Bankruptcy of Church and State: When Clergy Is Blind and Justice Isn’t

Lyndon-B-JohnsonAmerica’s political and religious establishments are broken. Washington fails to provide the answers needed to solve the economic and political crises facing us at home and abroad. The church fails to exhibit the moral guidance necessary to hold a collapsing culture together. The nation is rapidly losing faith in both institutions, evidenced by declining approval ratings. 

The political process in Washington is overheating in partisan gridlock while our churches are becoming increasingly ineffective and indifferent to the ongoing culture wars. Both institutions are insolvent to the fiscal and spiritual indebtedness they have incurred upon the nation.  Neither can produce the economic capital or spiritual stimulus to jumpstart the economy or usher in revival.

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God Welcomes Spreading Life Changes Online

Girls-working-computerHow to start a social media conversation about what God is doing in your church

Spiritual-growth campaigns have always been a powerful way to move a church forward. But now, with the rapid adoption of social media by people in the pews, there’s never been a greater opportunity to create, stimulate and propagate a conversation among your people about what God is doing in their midst. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a myriad of other online social networks are examples of how technology is helping our culture catch up with God’s original plan for His good news to be carried via interpersonal communication.

God’s good news spreads farthest and fastest through personal connections and conversations. But because growth happens with intentional focus, you will need a strategy for empowering people to further the conversation with their friends—whether you are simply beginning a new message series or launching a full-blown campaign on the scale of “What on Earth Am I Here For?”

Here are some strategic actions to consider:

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Facebook: A Great Communication Tool

Bethel-church-FBIf your church doesn’t have a presence on Facebook, you are overlooking an effective communication tool for engaging members and potential visitors.

More than 1 billion people are now part of this social media phenomenon. With so many people already connecting on Facebook, it’s an easy way for your church to stay in touch with your congregation and reach out to your community.

It’s easy to create a page on Facebook.

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