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Inspiring Media for Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many people. It’s the weekend we get a day off work, the pools open, and the BBQs get fired up. But if we step back for just a few minutes and take some time to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about, then I think our weekend will be even more meaningful. So as we set off to enjoy this weekend, let’s start it off by reflecting on the men and women who served our country and paid the ultimate price to help secure the freedoms that we will celebrate this weekend and beyond. It’s ok to take a minute in your service this weekend to remember them as well. I’ve curated a few pieces of media for you that you could use this weekend for service.

We Will Remember by Hyper Pixels Media

To many, Memorial Day is the official kick-off of Summer or just a vacation day from work. Use this powerful Memorial Day Mini-Movie to remind your church that it’s a day for remembering the amazing men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom. John 15:13 states, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” On the Sunday before Memorial Day, honor and remember their great sacrifice.

Let Us Never Forget by Motion Worship

This poignant short film features footage of rows upon rows of graves in a military cemetery, with voiceover about the sacrifices made by soldiers to protect those they love.

Memorial Day Peace by Centerline New Media

This Memorial Day, may we remember those in our military who paid a price we wish that none should pay. We ask God to give peace to those who have felt the pain of this loss, and also to stir up a passion for peace in the hearts of leaders of every nation.

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Volunteers – How to Find Them, Train Them, and Keep Them

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”
– Ephesians 4:11
Certain gifts have been given to equip others for the work of ministry. The load of “doing ministry” does not, and should not, fall on the vocational pastor. Their job is to equip others for the work of ministry.

One way people can do the work of ministry is by volunteering on the local church level. They can identify their gifts, and then serve in order to bless others. It’s a terrific model that just makes sense. Allow the pastor to focus on his role as equipper, while the vast majority of saints take the lead in ministering to the church and the community.

I think we can all agree, however, that this is not what it always looks like. When I look at churches, I see the equippers doing most of the ministering, and I see the saints doing a lot of the receiving. Can you think of any ministries where it seems downright impossible to get regular, consistent, faithful volunteers? Nursery duty, anyone? This is not exactly the model set up for us in the New Testament. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely equippers who don’t like to let go of tasks or projects; they hold on tight and want to take care of everything themselves. Wouldn’t you agree that they would have a greater impact if they were to let go, equip others, and focus on their calling?

Why does it look this way? Well, I’m not 100% sure, but I do know there are strategies that we can all consider on how to raise up volunteers who love to operate within their gifts and bless others. Here are a few strategies for us to consider:

1. Find Them

Volunteers are out there. They are everywhere. But something is keeping them from serving. What are the barriers that are keeping people from stepping up to serve? Here are a couple to consider:

– Fear

This barrier can take so many different shapes. One is a feeling of inadequacy. Take someone who has a great heart for Jesus, a sound theology, and an amazing voice. They think they could use their gifts on the worship team, but they may compare themselves to the people on stage thinking they could never do that. Another could be a fear of rejection. They want to step up, but are afraid that they will be turned down. This barrier can be dealt with from the pulpit. A specific message could be preached on this topic, but I think an overall tone from the lead pastor can truly help nullify this fear.

– Apathy

Some people just don’t see why this is important. They may think that someone else can take care of the needs of the church. It’s not that they necessarily have a bad attitude, it may just be that they do not fully understand why God created them. Helping people recognize the truth behind these verses goes a long way.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
– Ephesians 2:10
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12
A solid understanding of these verses will help people overcome the barrier of apathy.

2. Train Them

Once you knock those barriers out of the way, it’s time for leaders to step aside and build opportunities for people to serve. It may be time for you to give up control of a certain area and allow others to step up and serve. Examples include a larger welcome team (always a good idea to have people dedicated to seeking out new people to welcome them and combat any cliques that may form within a church), a parking team, or a “have a great day team” that tells everyone goodbye as they leave. You name it; create opportunities for people to serve.

– Job Description

When you do create these opportunities, you also need to create job descriptions. Yes, even for volunteers. Especially for volunteers. Each job description will serve as a set of guidelines and expectations for the new people. This will help hold everyone to a certain standard, and it will allow you to evaluate their various gifts and talents.

– Train

Once the opportunity is created, and the job description is in place, call people to step up, then train them. Don’t just hand over the reigns to a qualified person and say, “You got this”. No way. Take the time to train these new volunteers. Let them see how you want things done at a level of excellence and commitment. This is a prime opportunity to disciple and replicate your “ministry DNA” into someone else.
The 4 stages of training are:

1. I do, you watch
This allows them to see exactly what it is you are looking for
2. We do together
Teamwork
3. You do, I watch
We don’t just want to drop them in the deep end without us being there
4. You do, I coach
Now, we don’t have to be together. You’ve entrusted the ministry to them and now you can meet on a regular basis to talk about successes and opportunities for growth

3. Keep Them

This is an important part of this process. Celebrate your volunteers. Don’t let them go unnoticed. Recognize them. It’s okay to publicly thank those who are giving their time and energy to serve the local church. Don’t be afraid to have a big dinner one night for all the volunteers in your church. Showing your appreciation will go a long way in maintaining volunteers and enticing new ones to step up to the plate.

Hopefully by implementing these strategies, you will see people step up and serve your church in ways you could only imagine.
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An Amazing Story of Generosity from Hobby Lobby CEO David Green

The following is an excerpt from David Green’s new book, Giving It All Away…and Getting It All Back Again. David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, delves into an amazing story of generosity. David’s heart and passion for God’s glory is contagious, and his example of giving is one that can instill courage in us all. David shares with us how a line from a poem from C. T. Studd has really helped to shape his thoughts and actions.

 

What I’ve Learned That’s Most Important

I love British cricketer and missionary C. T. Stud’s poem “Only One Life.” The one line that really gets me is “Only what’s done for Christ will last.” I have committed myself fully to this. I believe that God has placed us on this earth to work, to earn, and to care for those he has entrusted to us. Yet I also believe that we are put on this earth to give, to devote ourselves to a radical brand of generosity that changes lives and leaves a legacy. To paraphrase God’s words to patriarch Abraham, we are blessed so that we can be a blessing.

But what do we mean when we talk about being blessed? In our culture, this might be interpreted as financial blessing. And certainly finances can be part of it. I believe, however, that the blessing God talks about encompasses so much more. Since I have been exceptionally blessed in my life, I have determined to give exceptionally as well. And what about the other ways in which I’ve been blessed?

Family.

Friends.

Talents.

Freedom.

Education.

I could go on. I’m sure you could too.

When I consider all of the blessings I’ve been given, it’s hard for me not to pause and thank my Lord and my God. His heart is generous. His blessings are wide and rich.

People may know my name now, but I started out like any Joe. Humble beginnings, working hard. But, as God would have it, my story took a turn. It was a turn marked by a faith that pushed me to my limits. Through it all, I learned to trust, and that trust led me onto a path of generosity. I look forward to telling some of the story of this journey in the pages of this book.

My second purpose is to offer the lessons my wife, Barbara, and I learned while trying to fashion a legacy for those who come after us in our family.

And there it is: legacy. What is a legacy, anyway?

The dictionary gives two definitions. First, a legacy is an amount of money or property passed to someone in a will. Second, a legacy is a thing handed down by a predecessor. I want to use the second definition because I believe it includes everything—from belief to right action to finances. You and I possess so much to hand to our predecessors, things seen and unseen.

My story begins in the unseen things. God took me on a wild trip that landed me where I am today, in the land of seen things—my company, Hobby Lobby. But God has taught me that with great wealth and power comes great obligation to the next generation. Knowing this, I have worked through my legacy plan more than once and have finally landed here, writing you my thoughts on the matter.

This is the story I want to recount now. My hope is that others can learn from it and that perhaps our generation can begin doing what few generations before us have done well: pass a true legacy on to those who follow us.

 

David Green
David Green is the founder of Hobby Lobby, the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. He is soft-spoken, passionate about his faith, and dedicated to his family.

In 1970 David Green borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his garage at home, and started making miniature wooden picture frames. As of 2015, Hobby Lobby employs over 32,000 people, operates 600 stores in forty-seven states, and grosses 3.6 billion dollars a year.

David & his wife Barbara are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter, grandparents to ten, and great grandparents to eight. David writes what it looks like to leave a lasting legacy in Giving It All Away..And Getting It Back Again (Zondervan).

 

Bill High
Bill High practiced law for 12 years before becoming the CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. His mission is to change the way people think about generosity and their practice of it. He is married to Brooke and they have four children, two son-in-laws, and one grandchild. He can be found at www.williamghigh.com.

 

Taken from Giving It All Away…And Getting It Back Again by David Green with Bill High. Copyright © [2017 by David Green. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com.

Be sure to check out the Book Site here.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Zondervan and Amazon.

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Sermon and Media Ideas for Mother’s Day

Are you ready for Mother’s Day this Sunday? Preparing for this holiday is similar to Easter and Christmas in that you will hopefully have a wonderful turnout! Did you know that Mother’s Day is the third most attended service of the year? What a great opportunity to reach people for Christ and honor His name!

If you need some encouragement or potential directions on sermon ideas and media, then I want to provide you with some ideas that may help you out. In this article, you will find three great sermon ideas from our sister site, SermonSearch.comI’ll also include sermon slides to use for your worship backgrounds or sermon notes, as well as video illustrations to help accentuate your message this Sunday from WorshipHouseMedia.com.


SERMONS

You Raise Me Up by Dave Gustavsen
This is a great sermon outline that focuses in on the exhortation Paul gives us in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of God. Dave gives us some great insight into how mothers help us to see the heart of God. This is a great choice to give you some guidance in your sermon prep.

 

Raising Eagles by Zach Terry
In this intriguing sermon, Zach shows us the examples of 3 mothers of characters in the Bible and gives us a bit of insight into their lives. This is a unique sermon that can help you as you craft your own for this Sunday.

 

Today Is Mother’s Day by Daniel Rodgers
In this challenging sermon, Daniel speaks to us concerning three integral aspects of mothers as displayed in the Scriptures: the recognition, the resourcefulness, and the responsibility of a mother. This is a powerful sermon that can help encourage you as your are preparing for Sunday.

SERMON SLIDES

Mother’s Instinct by Playback Media
Floral Gradient by Centerline New Media
Happy Mother’s Day by Hyper Pixels Media

VIDEO ILLUSTRATIONS

 Magic Mom by Journey Box Media

Mother’s Day Gift by Centerline New Media

Mother’s Day “Jiggle Off” by Blue Ridge Community Church

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It’s Time for Free Church Media!

Summer is just around the corner! Pollen is almost gone. Vacations are about to begin. Warm weather is pretty much here to stay. Does it get any better than that? There are so many reasons to celebrate. Do you have any big plans? How about your church? Any big events planned for the summer? It’s a great time for churches to plan events focused on serving the community. You can host a movie on the lawn night and show a movie that both kids and adults love. You may also consider planning a summer festival, complete with grills, lawn games, and water events for kids. There are all kinds of events for you to plan in order to serve your community. You know what’s neat about that? It is YOUR community. It’s not mine, and my community is not yours. We are in a specific context for a specific reason. Let’s take that to heart and bless our communities. Speaking of blessings, how about blessing your church and friends with FREE media? Wouldn’t that be a great way to kick off May?

Sunlit Grass Motion by Playback Media

This stand-alone motion offers a close-up of grass with the sun hovering in the background. Sun rays dance over the blades of grass as flecks of dust reflect the sunlight. Blurred trees stand in the distance. Perfect for summer, spring, or even fall, this background is part of the Sunlit Grass Service Pack.

Royal Radiance by Sword Point Productions

Here’s a crazy creative motion background that’s perfect for any service or event from Sword Point Productions!

Endless Skies Countdown by Playback Media

Colorful clouds drift across a warm, inviting background. Soft, blue tones and a coordinating clock help to set the tone for your church service. A five minute countdown is featured in the center. The Endless Skies Countdown is part of the Endless Skies Collection.

Sunday School Trivia Countdown by Animated Praise

An entertaining challenge for any age, this countdown features Bible themed trivia and little-known Biblical facts. Get your Sunday school group excited at the beginning or end of your next class with this fun trivia countdown!

Every Moment by twelve:thirty media

Every moment in our lives is an opportunity to be thankful for God’s grace, mercy, and love towards us. This powerful mini movie is a reminder that every moment matters and that our Creator holds every moment in His hands.

Lead Me to the Rock by David Baloche

Grab the chart for the song, “Lead Me To The Rock” by David Baloche from his new album, Labyrinth. Full Version MP3 included in the download.

Free Video Clip – Lightstock

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