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Can Rejection Be a Good Thing?

rejectionWe’ve all experienced rejection before and it’s never a pretty event. Whether you had a tremendous idea for your church, family, or business that was rejected, it can be a painful event. It always ends up in hurt feeling, shattered dreams, and doubt. But after some time passes, conversations ensued, and clarity starts to set in, somehow it feels as though we can cope a bit better with the situation. Well to help speed that difficult process along, I found an article from Church Technical Leaders that I want to share with you. The article is written by Tim Cain, the Production Manager of Forest Hill Church in North Carolina. In this article, Tim helps us to see the truth behind rejection and practical ideas of how to deal with those times that we or our ideas are rejected.

Here’s a quote I particularly enjoyed:

Looking back to our friend King Solomon in Ecclesiastes, we can see a truth that we as ‘creatives’ often forget. There are no new ideas! Our way is not always the best way. If everything has been done before, then we should take the opportunity to learn from others and share the load with others. Galatians 6:2 tells us that clearly.

Enjoy the article, and let me know what you think!

Rejection is God’s Protection by Tim Cain

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Ebenezer. What’s That?

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It’s a new year full of excitement and possibilities. We wrapped up 2016, and we are hopefully off to a wonderful start in 2017. If you haven’t already done a 2016 year-in-review, let me encourage you to go ahead and take some time to do just that. Review everything that God did in and through your ministry in 2016. Whether it’s the media team, the lighting team, the A/V team, the video team, the sound team, the worship team, the creative team, whatever team you are a part of, a review of 2016 can help your ministry thrive in 2017. Go through each month, each Sunday, each gathering, and reflect the ways in which God moved.

This exercise will reap many benefits. Here are some of those benefits:

  • You will have an inventory of what worked well and what did not
  • You will start recalling best practices as you approach similar events in the future
  • By doing this in a team setting (highly recommended), you will enjoy the benefits of team building through laughter and many aha moments
  • You will know to get a head start on those projects that may have taken a little longer than expected
  • Most importantly, you will be able to praise God for how He worked in 2016 that you may not have considered.
  • By remembering how God moved in the past, you and your team can have faith in God’s future grace and provision

There is a story in 1 Samuel where we get that wonderful word that often needs explaining when singing “Come Thou Fount.” That word is Ebenezer.

The word is found in 1 Samuel 7 verse 12. “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Till now the Lord has helped us.’” So what exactly is an Ebenezer? It’s a monument: a place of remembrance where future generations can look back and remember what the Lord has done.

What a great example for us! So when you are done looking back over 2016, you can ask your team what ways they have seen the Lord move. Hopefully, that will generate excitement and praise for God. Then, you may ask if there is a way that your team can set up your own Ebenezer so that future generations can know that the Lord has moved and therefore, can move forward in 2017 in faith and confidence. I hope you are able to take the time to reflect on how God moved in 2016. If you have any big moments you’d like to share, feel free to comment below.
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Things to Do Now to Prepare for Your Christmas Service

cmb-preparing-for-christmas-now-1Several years ago, Scott Pharr wrote a tremendous article worth sharing again. This article focuses on the things that you can be doing right now to prepare for your Christmas Eve/Christmas morning services. Scott highlights 10 specific steps that you can be taking right now to be prepared for your services.

One particular point that stood out to me is when Scott mentions that while it is crucial to spend extra time planning for the Christmas services, we cannot neglect the services post-Christmas. This is a game changer because people tend to come out of the wood work for Christmas and Easter. So one thing to keep in mind is whether we are prepared for engaging with them after Christmas. These are 10 great points that are sure to get you thinking as we head towards Christmas day.

10 Things You Should Do Right Now to Prepare for Your Christmas Services

 

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In Case You Missed It – Media Job

cmb-icymi-executive-directorFor all you creative, technical, Jesus serving people who want to help lead others “into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, utilizing the creative arts as an integral part of both the weekend service experience and mid-week ministries” (I took that straight from their job posting…if it ain’t broke…), then this is the job for you!

You will be serving as the Executive Director – Creative Ministries for Hope Community Church, a multi-site church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some of your responsibilities will include creating environments that exemplify Hope’s mission statement, supporting the development of teaching series, providing vision for the creative team, worship team, and technical arts team.

If you are reading those highlights and you are ready to pack your bags and move to Raleigh because it is an absolute perfect fit for you, then be sure to click on the link and apply for the position.

Executive Director – Creative Ministries

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Host a Live Online Conference with Matt and Lauren Chandler

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Have I got the perfect opportunity for you to share with you pastor and leadership team! On November 11, Matt and Lauren Chandler will be hosting a live, online dating conference, called The Mingling of Souls and your church can host the event! Matt and Lauren are going to be focusing on building healthy dating relationships. Topics they are going to cover include attraction, dating, purity and redemption. This is going to be a game changer for the teens in your church. Here are a few reasons why you should host this event at your church:

  1. Healthy dating relationships – If you have young people in your congregation, or those who are not so young but still single, then they can benefit from this event. Matt and Lauren are going to be focusing on building healthy dating relationships, covering everything from attraction, to courtship, to everything in-between. I know you know of people who could benefit from this event.
  2. Outreach – You can look at this in two ways. First you can look at the high schools in your area. You can post flyers, tell all the youth groups, and have all your youth invite their friends out for an exciting night at your church. I think kids would flock to this event! What a way to show the youth in your area that you care for them and are there for them if you need them. Secondly, as a parent of young kids, I want my kids to grow up with a solid foundation of what it means to follow Christ and not the world. So by getting the word out to families that this event is going on will spark a flame in parent’s hearts to bring their kids to this event.
  3. It’s Matt and Lauren Chandler! He and Lauren are going to knock this out of the park! And it’s live! Who knows what’s going to happen? Live is always a blast and I think it will be a great time.
  4. Outreach. Did I mention this one already? This is crucial. Don’t overlook the value of this point.

This is a great opportunity for the teens (and anyone for that matter) to sit under the teaching and wisdom of Matt and Lauren Chandler. Come on. Tell me that doesn’t sound like a great opportunity for you and your church. I knew you’d love the idea. So go ahead and talk to your leadership team and get this event on the calendar.

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