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Welcome New KIDS Producer – Kurtis Parks & Friends

We are excited to announce our newest WorshipHouse Kids Producer, Kurtis Parks & Friends! Kurtis is the worship director at National Community Church, in Washington DC, alongside Pastor/Author Mark Batterson. Kurtis just released his first kids album, called “Story Songs from Scripture,” which combines epic Bible Stories with Bible memory verses.

Among being a pastor, husband, coach and song writer, Kurtis’ favorite role he plays is being Dad. Kurtis says “One thing I want them to know is the Word of God. Who does the Bible say they are? How does the Bible talk about approaching problems I know they’re going to face in this life.” This desire is what led to Story Songs from Scripture to teach kids the promises of Scripture in a fun way they will engage in. Stories include Moses and the Miracles, David the Shepherd Boy, Jonah and the Whale and many more. Pairing these Bible stories with memory verses like John 3:16 and Proverbs 3:5-6, these resources will be loved by your kids and parents of the kids in your kidmin.

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We are excited to partner with Kurtis Parks & Friends to offer the resources for these Story Songs. Kurtis offers 9 songs, including lyric videos, 2D animated videos, chord charts, coloring sheets, performance tracks and more. Resources are sold individually as well as in bundles by song and a complete bundle of the full album.

Check out Story Songs from Scripture from Kurtis Parks & Friends today!

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Keeping Youth Engaged In Worship

worshipIf you’re like many other youth pastors, you may sometimes struggle with getting your youth engaged and excited about worship. Here are a few ideas that will help you spark their interest in worship, help them grow in their walk with Christ, and raise up leaders through worship.

Let your youth lead.

Having a good representation of young people on your youth worship team goes a long way with ensuring your students stay engaged with worship. When students see their peers leading them in worship, they are more likely to get involved and stay engaged in worship. This also helps raise up young leaders within your ministry and give them the opportunity to grow in their faith and ministry experience. Although you’ll still want adult leadership coordinating the team, the more young people you can get involved the better! Invest in your youth and use their gifts and talents. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Keep up with the trends in worship music.

A great way to help keep up with the trends and new songs coming out in worship, is to get input from your youth worship team. If they are passionate about leading their friends in worship they will likely be following worship bands and artists that they are interested in. Keep an open communication with your team, your youth group, and stay open to new songs and artists! When new worship albums release, listen and incorporate songs into your sets. Great bands to follow include: Jesus Culture, Bethel Music, Hillsong Young & Free and Hillsong United, Planetshakers, and Chris Tomlin among many others.

Strategically bring back the classics.

Now trending! Artists writing and incorporating a classic hymn to create a brand new song. I love this idea. I recently heard “Mighty” by Kristene DiMarco which had “It Is Well” incorporated into it. I loved the newness and powerful lyrics of Mighty but absolutely loved the way she tied in this timeless song. Keep an eye out for songs like these, which you can incorporate into your youth worship services. This is also great for when you have a youth led Sunday service. These songs can reach the youth as well as the adults. They will recognize the classics and hear new songs that the youth enjoy each week!

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Are You Ready to Find Your Next Job?

In a job search, it is important for you to know what kind of career opportunity you want. However, it is just as essential that you target what the employer wants in a potential employee. The same goes in ministry. It is important for you to know what God has called you to do and where you are gifted, however it’s also important to think about what churches and pastors are looking for in a candidate.

Here are ways to focus on the key qualities that churches and employers alike are looking for in candidates:

Ability

Before a church will invest a lot of time in a candidate, they first want to determine if the candidate can even do the job. Hiring pastors often receive resumes from unqualified candidates, so they first establish a candidate’s skill level and ministry experience based on their resume. Pay close attention to the requirements set in the job description to ensure that you are qualified and make that clear in your resume.

Initiative

We’ve all heard the phrase “think outside the box.” Churches and pastors are looking for candidates who think outside the box and can take their ministry to the next level. Show that you are capable of taking initiative and show examples where you have. What made you different in your time in previous ministry positions? Give examples of your achievements. Tell what you accomplished personally, in ministry, on a team, and how you have helped your previous churches (employers).

Leadership

Leadership skills are not reserved only for management or corporate America. No matter what level you are at in your ministry or career, you can be a leader. During the interview process be sure to explain a time when you stepped up and became a leader.

Ministry Growth

Pastors are looking for church staff that are self-sufficient and ready to go the extra mile and continue growing. In explaining your work and ministry history, exhibit your ability to be independent, adapt to different situations and even take on additional responsibilities. How did you help your previous or current ministry grow? Did you start any new initiatives or ministry teams? Did you train volunteers and lay ministry leaders on your team? What differences did you make to signify growth?

Compatibility

When selecting a candidate for a position, pastors will often factor in personality and how the candidate will fit in with the church and office culture. While you cannot fully know if your personality will fit any particular job, the best bet it to be yourself. You can do some research on the church and get a feel for their culture to get an idea if the position and culture is a good fit for you.

Team Player

No job is self-sufficient; you will always need to work with other people, especially in ministry. Explain your ability to be a team player. It can also help to demonstrate your gratitude for the contributions others have made to your previous team experiences.

Searching for a new ministry position can be tough. We hope with these tips will help you stand out among others when applying for a new ministry position.

For more job search and career tips and ministry job openings you may be interested in, check out ChurchStaffing.com.

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Mobilizing Effective Women’s Ministry

Women’s ministry is often one of the toughest ministry groups to start and keep thriving in the church. Women in the church span across generations, with different backgrounds, lifestyles, schedules, and church experiences. This can make having an effective women’s ministry a challenge.

Women’s ministry should be a place that women of all ages and backgrounds can find friendship, support and encouragement, as well as spiritual growth and accountability. Women have a desire to be ministered to and long for a sense of belonging, as well as a place they can grow in their faith. So why is it so hard to get women involved in women’s ministry?

One of the biggest challenges is overcoming the stereotype of women’s ministry in the church. Unfortunately, most younger women in the church do not get involved. Some may think it’s a ministry for their moms or grandmothers, but that shouldn’t be the case!

Women are hungry for relationships and spiritual growth as well as authenticity in other women. As women, we need to step outside of the box in how we look at women’s ministry and overcome the stereotypes that discourage others from getting involved! The twenty-something generation wants a different women’s ministry then what their mothers and grandmother’s have been a part of for years. It’s time to make a change. But don’t get me wrong, their mothers and grandmothers still need to be included as well. It’s time we reach across the generations and start ministering and connecting with all women!

Younger women are searching for Godly wisdom and relational connection with those older than them, especially in the faith. However, making that connection with the older generation can sometimes feel uncomfortable or intimidating. However, the older generations would probably love to make the connection and be able to pour into those younger than them. This relationship has the potential to be mutually beneficial! The younger generation can learn from the wisdom of those older then them, and the older generation will be left feeling like they are making a difference.

How can we, as women’s ministry leaders, bridge the gap between the generations? Here are some tips to consider when thinking about how to reach everyone in your women’s ministry:

Offer options to get connected with everyone through a variety of activities like Bible study small groups, and in a variety of settings (homes, coffee shops, etc.) Be intentional about making all of the women in your church feel connected to the ministry. Encourage visitors and remind the women to invite one or two friends to join them at the next event or Bible study. Sometimes it just takes someone making an effort to invite that makes others feel valued and included.

Consider doing something out of the box with a new Bible study small group. Women want more than just a prepackaged Bible study on video or a book to go through and discuss set questions written by the author. Those are great and oftentimes will work for those just starting a new women’s ministry, but why not take it deeper? If you, or another leader in your women’s ministry, are ready to take the next step in ministering women, consider putting together your own study, or expanding upon an existing study to make it your own.

How you can tailor your study to reach the women of your church and community? Think about the stage of life they may be in. Consider the day-to-day life of the twenty-somethings, moms, grandmothers, etc. and how you can reach each of them. Be intentional in what you choose to focus your study on and the direction you choose to take. You will want to have a plan that will not only initially encourage and make the women want to join in, but also stay connected and engaged throughout the entire study.

Incorporate real life stories and testimonials from different women in your church and group. Yes, stories found in a book or on the Internet can be impactful but how much more impactful can a story be that’s shared by one of your own? This is a great way to help the women in your group relate to each other, as well as support and encourage one another. Consider having this person record a video testimonial or type something out that could be read to the group, if they are unable to join in. Regardless of the medium of delivery, the personal touch will still make an impact on the women in your ministry!

If you aren’t ready to start from scratch and completely write your own Bible study, that’s ok. There are other resources out there available to help get you started. Are some of the ladies in your church eager to do the new Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer study that just came out? Go ahead, start a group based on that study that peaked their interest, but be challenged to go further and make it your own! As you facilitate the group and prepare for each week, look for ways you can make it more impactful to the women you are ministering to. Come up with your own discussion questions that will meet them where they are. Do additional studying on the scriptures or topic of the week and bring your own thoughts that you feel God is directing you.

Are you ready to take that extra step and start a new Bible study but need a place to start? Check out WomensMinistryTools.com for some inspiration. WomensMinistryTools.com has some great resources to help you put together your own teachings or Bible study as well as other tips and resources for women’s ministry.

Don’t end there! In addition to Bible studies and small groups, scheduling occasional fellowship or social activities for the women in your church and community is a great way to reach out and get more women engaged. When planning events be conscious of the ages and lifestyles of the women. Think about how you can incorporate certain activities or interests that will attract women of all ages. Be careful not to just throw an event together for fun with no real meaning or purpose though. Always try to tie in some type of ministry and/or true relationship building. Women want to have a good time and spend time together but you will also want to fill the spiritual need for more of God every time you get together.

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