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Resolutions for Ministry in 2016

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It’s that time of year again – we’re all resolving to eat better, exercise more, spend more time in prayer, be better spouses (or better singles), quit biting our nails, etc. These are all great individual resolutions, but what changes are you planning to make in your ministry? We asked some folks who serve in various areas of ministry to offer some suggestions. What resonates with you?

Worship Leaders
Most church-goers are not one-size-fits-all. Worship leaders should resolve to connect with their audience by celebrating people of all backgrounds and cultures.

Media Teams
Some of the best ways to break through people’s walls is to do something unexpected. Look for opportunities to change your routines and usual presentations with something altogether out of the box. If you use a lot of media, try doing something really toned down. If you’re normally fairly low-key, stretch yourself to tell a bigger story with your visuals.

Preachers
Cultivate your own relationship with God – spend as much time seeking the Lord as you spend preparing for your sermon. You’ll be better for it, and your sermons will be better for it.

Team Leaders
Take the time this year to invest in your team. Develop those that have been entrusted to you, and invest in the next generation.  It’ll pay dividends. That intentional meeting, lunch, coffee, etc. may make all the difference for those you lead.

Kids’ Ministry Leaders
It takes a village church. Equip parents with the tools they need to teach their children all week long and build on the work you’re doing in Children’s ministry each Sunday.

Student Ministry Leaders
Developing students is all about building a foundation that will strengthen them as they go to college, step into the job market, begin families, etc. Make sure your programs are working to bolster that foundation.

What are some of your resolutions?

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Top Ten 2015 Christmas Worship Songs

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Every year as we approach Christmas we look for those standout songs that our churches will connect with. A chance to reflect from within on what God did and how he would change the world forever. Here is the list of the Top 10 Christmas Worship Songs of 2015.

10. Oh Holy Night

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9. O Come All Ye Faithful

Classics will always be, well, classic.

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8. He Shall Reign Forevermore

Chris Tomlin hits it home again this year with “He Shall Reign Forevermore” – easy to play and easy to sing. This song will become a staple for your church this season. Download Now

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7. Hark The Herald Angels Sing/King Of Heaven

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6. The First Noel/Above All

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5. Angels From The Realms Of Glory/Emmanuel

New from Paul Baloche and tops the charts at WorshipHouse Media this season. Sing it with this video track. Play it with the sheet music.

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4. Oh What A Special Night

This song has stayed at the top of WorshipHouse Kids and hasn’t moved this Christmas season. Perfect for a group of toddlers and preschools to sing as loud as possible to make their parents proud! Download Now

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3. The Newborn King

Brand new this year, Paul Baloche gives us a wonderful new song to add to our collection this year! You can also download the video song track as well!

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2. Adore Him

Kari Jobe tops the charts again this year with the classic song “Adore Him” – Download Now

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1. He Made A Way In A Manger

Shout Praises Kids continues to top the charts with their version of “He Made A Way In A Manger“. Also available in a Video Song Track for your adult service!

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SHHHH TOP SECRET GIVEAWAY!

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Okay, I’ve got some insider information for you. If you think your fingers are tired by clicking the checkout button from Cyber Monday deals, just you wait for the 12 Days of Christmas that WorshipHouseMedia is hosting. I have it on good authority, I’m the person that helps to set sales, that the WorshipHouseMedia.com team is going to be GIVING AWAY media for twelve days in the month of December. We just love to celebrate the birth of Jesus and you, our customers, by giving away some great (FREE) stuff. These are the days of the giveaway.

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Make sure you are signed up to get emails at www.WorshipHouseMedia.com so you can take advantage of the deals. If you don’t sign up, you might get a lump of coal instead of some SWEET media content.

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2 Design Apps Your Church Should Be Using

1. Zoommy

So you need some stock photography, but you don’t have time to go through all those dag-um stock photography websites. It’s even more difficult to find the right photo to match your needs. Maybe you need stock photography for a worship song, or for a website. Maybe you just need it to make some pretty rad announcements, like I did in my blog post here. I have got the app for you, it’s called ZOOMMY. Zoommy allows your to browse 100% CC0, “No Rights Reserved” stock photography. It crawls over 20 sites finding the latest and greatest stock photography for you to use, for free!

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Better yet, it even allows you to search based off certain search keywords. For example, let’s say you need an image of the forest. Well, all you have to do is type in the word, “forest” and it will retrieve photos with the proper tag. From there, you can filter by color or even by square, portrait and landscape photos.

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Zoommy will set you back $3.99 and it’s available for both Windows and OS X computers.  For more information, check out their link https://zoommyapp.com/ .

2. Canva

You’re not a designer, but you need to create announcements, posters, social media graphics and more for your church. Enter Canva. It’s an extremely easy to create awesome graphics (think no Papyrus) and, best of all, it’s free!

While I agree with their claim that the best way to understand Canva is to try it, I’ll give you a brief overview here to help you grasp the main ideas.

When you log in, you’re sent to the “Your Designs” page. You can choose from a range of handy pre-set design sizes for social media, documents, blogging and ebooks, marketing materials, and email headers. If those options aren’t enough, or if you already know your design size, you can choose “custom dimensions” to begin. 

There are a number of free and paid photos within the website, or you can upload your own. To create this post’s header image, I first grabbed an image from Zoomy. After creating a custom sized design and importing the image, I resized it within Canva.

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On the design page you have a range of options on the left and your work space on the right. You can choose from text, grids, frames, shapes, lines, illustrations, icons, photos or charts. I went to the text option and added my text.

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Two get the pop-out type look, I positioned the text how I wanted it and then copied the text box, changed the color, and used the text box options to send it back (it sounds complicated, but it took less than a minute!). If you’re running low on time you can also choose from an assortment of pre-made snazzy text options from the left.

After adding my text, I chose the “search” option from the left and decided to use a design from the “lines” section. I added it below the text and changed the text color.

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After making a few more sizing and color adjustments,  I chose “download” from the top right, and the image downloaded for me to add to the top of this blog post!

Some other helpful features include what is called Design School to help you master fundamental design ideas and Design Stream which is a Pinterest-like stream of Canva design creations to spur your creativity.

A new part of the website that I’m not currently using is Canva for Work. It’s a paid resource, but has a bunch of extra features like team collaboration, branding guides and templates, and “magic” resizing. 

 

Have Zoommy or Canva improved your graphics, saved you time, or changed your life forever? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Quick and Easy Website Design with Beaver Builder

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Having a decent church website can make or break the first impression someone has on your church or organization. I have to admit; I do judge a book by its cover. You can tell a lot about what a church values just based off their website and the words that they choose to put on it. Many churches can’t afford a designer or pay someone regularly just to make updates. Which is why more and more churches are building web pages themselves using a WordPress theme. When trying to find a quick simple solution to website building, I have found Beaver Builder to be the BEST bang for the buck. I’m in the middle of doing a church plant, and I can’t afford to pay a designer at this point. However, I also recognize that more and more people are using websites to get information and I wanted to create an avenue for people to partner with us. So, I used Beaver Builder myself to design a web page. Check out the video below to see what I built.

Beaver Builder is great because it offers a quick drag and drop option. For example, say you want to place a calendar, map, or blog post on the front page. It’s literally as simple as dragging and dropping it into place and then making the appropriate edits. With Beaver Builder, you only need to have a rudimentary understanding in order to make a high-quality website.

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Beaver Builder offers many premade themes that you can either drop your customizations into, or you can add your own elements. You aren’t limited to one way of designing. Literally, if you can think of it, you can do it with the power of Beaver Builder and WordPress.

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Beaver Builder will set you back only a few hundred dollars. However, in my opinion, it’s worth it. You will be saving a lot of money in the long run by not paying a developer or a designer. If you purchase the $199.00 version you get great support from their developers to help answer potential problems or bugs.

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Overall, I would say that Beaver Builder is a good value and you can click the link below to learn more about the product on their website.

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You can look at this quick video of the simple site I built using Beaver Builder.

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