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In 1779, a collection of 348 poems called the Olney Hymns was published. These hymns were not set to music like the ones we are familiar with today. Rather, they were a collection of verses that could be sung or chanted to nearly any tune, even that of a pub song. They were written by two men who struggled with dark pasts and depression, and this is their story.
Across the digital and personal landscape of conversations, the plooms of smoke rising from the attacks and fires started by careless, reckless, and violent words are only making matters worse. What exactly is the wise thing to say about the terrible tragedies unfolding in Gaza and Israel right now and other tough issues our world is facing?
Most good stories have a turn — a moment that subverts your expectations. A moment that surprises you. If I’m honest, I had stopped viewing the Bible as a good story. It was familiar. Rote. My devotional, a daily chore. But sitting on the ground with those women that day, steaming cups of chai in between us, my view of that story changed.
Sure, branding is a corporate, business world term, but at its heart, branding is simply storytelling. It’s sharing with others who you are, what you do, and what you care about. It is those little details, those connection points that will help someone decide whether they ever want to walk through your doors or be a part of your church.
Some are leaving for other denominations, while others are leaving the Church and their faith altogether. The dissonance many are feeling between their personal beliefs and the beliefs of the Church are causing them to ask the question — Is this where I want to be? Do I still believe in what my church claims to stand for?
Social media is an ever-changing landscape, and it can be challenging to know how to use it to your church’s advantage. But regardless of the platform you use, social media is a fantastic way to reach new people and connect with those who call your church home. Here are a couple tips and tricks to up your church’s social media presence.
Regardless of your method, most Western Christians have been told the importance of a quiet time. So what is the point of quiet time anyway? And how can you lead your church (or maybe yourself) into a more fulfilling time with the Lord?
From TikToks to streaming series, conversations surrounding mental health and mental illness are increasingly common. For so long, such topics were only whispered about in private, if they were discussed at all. Thankfully, things are changing.
Churches have a lot of sayings when it comes to groups. Things like “we do life together” or “growth happens in groups. “ But how do we back those statements up and put our money where our mouth is? Here are three ways to support your groups well.
Many of us know all too well the feeling that Sunday is not a day off, especially for those who work or serve at the church every Sunday. Sadly, if we are not careful, the most gratifying day of the week, can quickly become the most exhausting one. Leaving only Saturday, which is often busy as well.