Your story is not over; there are still chapters unwritten. You may not be able to change the past, but you can change your future.
Your story is not over; there are still chapters unwritten. You may not be able to change the past, but you can change your future.
If you want your church to thrive and grow, you need the congregation to grow. And the way you achieve this is by making sure you get the message out there. This means letting people know about your church, where it is, and what they can do to be involved with it. Promoting and advertising your church these days is probably slightly different to how it would have been back in the day.
In fact, the world has changed a lot, and it is important that you do as much as possible to improve the way you promote the church. This will have to be done on a social level, as well as on a business level. There are so many things you need to keep in mind if you want to sort this out, and it is important that you share these ideas that will help you to achieve this.
Be More Active in the Community
One of the best ways of getting the word out there is to do as much as possible to be more active in the local community. This is a great way of generating positive attention for the church, as well as being able to do some good in the local community. There are so many benefits to this approach, and it is essential that you get this right as much as you can. Focus on doing as much as possible to enhance and improve the way you make the presence of the church felt in the local community. Having the chance to do some good and make a real difference in people’s lives moving forward is crucial.
Create a Snazzy Website
Do as much as you can to create an appealing and professional website. You have to keep in mind the fact that there are so many more opportunities for promoting the church online these days than ever before. Back in the day advertising would have been much more basic, and expensive. Whereas these days it is clear that Christian web hosting services can play a massive role in allowing you to promote the church more thoroughly. This is definitely something you need to keep in mind when you are looking at the best ways of creating and developing ways of promoting and advertising the church in a more cost-effective way.
Throw Charitable Events
There are a lot of things you can do to get the word out there and generate interest in your business. And one of the best ways of doing this is to make sure you throw charitable events, and that you do your part for the local community. There are so many things you have got to make sure you focus on when it comes to throwing charitable events and embracing God’s mission for you and your church. And this is something you need to do well if you are serious about getting the word out about the church and trying to make a difference.
These are just a few of the best ideas you can use to help you improve the way you promote and advertise your church. There are so many different things that can play a role in this, and it’s important to look at what you can do to bring more people to the congregation. Spreading the word, and making people aware of what the church can offer them, and why it is an attractive choice.
Non-religious people have a hard time understanding how anyone can have faith in God when their life becomes challenging. How can you put all your belief and trust in someone when everything around you is falling to pieces, and life gets tougher and tougher? It’s something that many people of faith also struggle with during their darkest hours. It’s easy to give up your hope when times get tough, but you should always keep believing.
If you’re currently going through a hard time, and feel like your faith might be fading away, then this post will be of service to you. I’ll give you some advice that will help you keep your faith even when life is a struggle.
Reach out to help centers
You may be unaware of this, but there are numerous Christian help centers out there that are designed to assist people in tricky situations. Regardless of how hard your life is, you can always pop into one and have a chat with the people there. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is one of the most prominent help centers out there for anyone in need. It really benefits you to talk to other people of faith and get the support you need. If you have a look online, you’ll find all the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God locations near you. Reach out to help centers like this if you’re having a tough time and just need to unload some of your emotions and feelings onto someone else. Everyone is always very welcoming, and they’ll help you keep your faith in God even when it feels like everything is going against you.
Read a daily devotionalI find daily devotionals are an excellent way to stay in touch with God every single day. Various organizations create and release little devotional booklets with a special thing for you to read every morning when you wake up. It helps to bring God’s teachings to you in a more relevant way by combining Bible verses with real-life situations. Usually, you get given little tasks to complete as well, which helps keep you in-tune with your faith. Reading a devotional when you wake up is the perfect way to maintain a positive mindset every morning.
Make a list of everything you’re thankful forIt’s so easy to let the negative things in your life cloud everything else. As such, you neglect all the positive aspects of your life that you’re incredibly thankful for. My idea is to make a list of everything in your life that makes you happy or puts a smile on your face. I’m talking about family, friends, the church, your job, your health - anything and everything you can think of. This shows you that life might be tough, but God has still given you so many things to be thankful for.
At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. It might not seem like it at the time, but God has a plan for everyone. The important thing is to keep your faith even when it feels like the world is against you. This is one of the most significant tests God will ever give you. So, prove to him you have the faith!
Many people with faith in their lives ask themselves how they are supposed to keep faith in God while waiting on their prayers to be answered. Well, it’s not until we begin to grow up that we learn to wait on His timing, rather than becoming impatient that His answers aren’t immediately available to us. The big question of whether we deserve answers from God isn’t the what most people worry about. It’s whether they will get any answers at all.
God can see a bigger picture over our lives than we can. Everything that we do and say are all perfectly designed and balanced to the end, and a big part of His plan includes working through our prayers. When you have billions of people all praying out for God, your prayer requests become part of the queue. Asking those around you; Sisters, the community, your church body and your family to pray for you can help to strengthen your prayers with God, but if you are unsure whether God is listening, you need not worry. We pray hard, and we want Him to hear us, and He promised over and over to hear His children - you are one of those children. God is listening and while we wait for God to answer our prayers, we must be patient and keep as faithful as possible to Him.
We don’t deserve to know the reasons behind His choices. We are His children, but we don’t get the privilege of understanding His plan or the reasons behind his decisions. When you sit and you wonder “why me?” you need to flip your thinking and think instead “why not me?”. When something isn’t going your way, you have to wonder why you don’t get to know the answers, but the only one who deserves any clarity immediately is God. He is the one who decides when and how to answer our prayers. While we wait for our answers, we must be patient and take stock of the blessings that we do have while waiting for the things that we want the most.
We are very lucky to be living in this world, even when it seems like life isn’t particularly fair. Keeping a prayer journal with the dates of the prayers made can help you to look back and see when God heard you. What we want always comes to us in time, when we are ready - and only God knows when we are ready to receive His blessing. Remember the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11? It says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has promised you the hopeful future, all you have to do is take your faith and put it in his hands, and he will deliver us.
Pray hard, but never expect the answer. Be grateful and wait, and God will respond in time.
At the start of a new year, we all want to be better. Some people will want to go on a diet and get in shape, others will want to work on their careers. But then there are the kinds of goals that kind of fit in anyway - like your hobbies. And this can certainly apply to your blog. Maybe you do blog for work or you want to turn it into a career? Then this could definitely be the year that you take things to the next level. When you want to do that, you need to make sure that you’re being as professional as you possibly can be. And when it comes to blogging on a more serious level, you do need to work a little harder to make your efforts more polished. Let’s look at a few ways you can do this.
Refine Your Web Design
First of all, if you don’t have a clear and professional looking blog, then this is where you’re going to start. Take a look online for a template you can use that will look the part. Or, you could even hire a web design to create something custom for you.
Create A Content Calendar
Next, if you want to feel more professional, then you need to plan. Planning your content in advance is a great way to make sure that you are on top of your game. And this is where having a content calendar comes in. If you’re not sure what that is, take a look at https://blog.hootsuite.com/ on how to create one. By doing so, you are going to be able to plan in relevant content and get it scheduled so that you never run out of ideas.
Stick To Branding
Then, the next thing that you’re going to want to do is make sure that you are branding everything you do. If you are changing fonts and colors on everything, then it’s not going to be branded, it will just look messy. It’s the same for any documents you create. You should make sure that you have templates, like https://www.templafy.com/ provides, to make this easier. The more consistent your branding is, the more professional you will look.
It’s also a good idea to start networking. Because this is a great way to get your name out there. Also, you may find that you meet people that can open doors for you and your blog in the future. And what could be better than that?
Be More Consistent
And then finally, if you want to feel more professional with your blog, then you need to have a schedule for yourself. This means that you’re going to want to come up with working hours. If you treat your blog like a job, and you put in the work, it will start to pay off. So make sure that you allocate consistent time each day to work on your blog. After all, the more work you put in over a shorter space of time, the quicker it is going to pay off.
“That’s not how we’ve done it in the past,” a church member retorted when asked to participate in a new ministry program. “We can just do it like we’ve always done it.” This is an all too familiar response when it comes to church ministry. Change can be downright scary. I myself am a type-A, high- strung personality and like to have everything planned out when it comes to something new. However, I also know that any ministry needs to embrace change in order to adapt to the changing needs of the people they strive to serve.
Change is inevitable. Nothing stays the same forever. As cultures change, churches change, too. Instead of fearing it, churches would benefit from creating strategies to deal with the change effectively so ministries don’t just survive, but also thrive.
In the book Who Moved My Cheese? Author Spencer Johnson lists four different types of ways of dealing with change. The cheese, their source of food, has been moved to a different location. The four mice: Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, have to deal with how they choose to find this new location. Each mouse deals with the change differently. Sniff detects change early and adjusts his life around the impending change. Scurry, upon discovering change, plans and prepares for it. He may not know change is coming, but when he does, he embraces it and tries to find alternative ways to find the cheese. As he waits, he wastes away, missing out on the place of solace change might have brought him. Haw at first stays with Hem and also complains about the cheese being moved to another location. Once he begins to feel the ill effects of not having cheese (his rumbling stomach and weakening frame) he decides to go looking for the cheese. Once he successfully finds it, he basks in the realization that change is not as bad as he once thought. 1
How do you deal with change? Do you embrace it, or do you fear it, dragging your heels at the very thought of it? Change can benefit all involved if leaders embrace it and plan for it instead of running from it.
The idea of change makes me shudder. If it is not broken, don’t fix it, right? Yet change is necessary. It prevents a ministry’s direction from becoming stagnant. It allows growth and freedom. When you look at your ministry as a whole, change can be a great benefit. Churches have to learn to deal with change if they want to move forward with their vision. Some churches may fear change, yet if the dynamics of ministry don’t change to suit members’ needs and new members don’t get connected, a once growing ministry will die.
If you have someone in your church on the cusp of change, here are five ways you can deal with it effectively:
Create a clear vision- it is not enough to know how a ministry will function now, but what does the leader want the ministry to accomplish in one year? Five years? Help members see where the ministry is headed, so they can decide if it is still a viable ministry for them. The biggest companies today all have vision and mission statements. If a church is poised for numeric growth, it has an overall vision and specific steps as to how to get there. If you don’t know what that vision and mission is, ask the pastor or a member of the staff. Equipped with that information, reframe your ministry as to how it fits under the umbrella of your church ‘s mission and vision. This will achieve unity and give it a unique purpose within the church as a whole rather than a side ministry irrelevant to the church’s function.
Create a plan together- Instead of leaving your church member with no direction help her mark out a clear plan of what the future of the new ministry will look like. Get important ministry heads together, and brainstorm ways to change that will preserve the goals of the old ministry but run it in a way that will reach the most people at one time. Get out a whiteboard and first identify the purpose and goal of the ministry. Then talk about ways that ministry seeks to meet the needs of its participants. Sometimes it means the format (or how that ministry operates) needs to change. In other cases, it may need to be scrapped altogether. This will take courage to scrap unnecessary ministries, but in the end, like a gardener prunes dead branches, this will leave room for the live branches to flourish. This will help her know how to move the ministry forwards, not backwards.
Help them process loss- Behind a member’s fear of change is fear that they will have nothing to offer the new ministry. Furthermore, a ministry head may fear not having a place to be needed even more. This fear, if not held accountable, may cause grumbling and gossip that when sown into listening ears, leads to dissension. Nip fear in the bud as soon as you can. Have a frank conversation with ministry heads whose ministries are no longer effective. Help them process their grief. Encourage them to redefine their role as a leader and help her discover how their unique gifts will enhance the ministry as a whole. Encourage them by letting them know that you appreciate their work up until this point. Help them redirect their focus in a positive way, not criticizing the ministry’s ineffectiveness, but use it as an opportunity to reach a new generation of church members. Remind them that their work helps to bring forth God’s kingdom here on earth.
Reproduce new leaders- Jesus began his ministry training leaders. He pinpointed the twelve disciples as those whom he could train and show them how to accomplish his Father’s work, hoping they would eventually replicate other leaders themselves. Help him/her to identify someone within the ministry as a potential new leader. Encourage her to mentor the other person and train them into helping them lead the ministry in the event of illness or unexpected absence. Mentorship may take on several forms, based on schedules and the amount of free time available. Encourage mentors and mentees to remain consistent, meeting regularly. Purchase a book that will help equip mentees to lead ministries. Have each person work how the frequency and duration of mentorship. Help him/her utilize his/her gift of leadership to create more leaders. It will not only benefit the other ministries, but the church as a whole.
Celebrate the unveiling- Communication is imperative at this point. Church members who fear change may be wondering what is happening. To help them ease into a new transition, have elders or other established leaders communicate changes at vital points throughout the transition. Encourage them to communicate it in a positive way so people are not conditioned to fear change. Help them to be an advocate for change, rather than someone who rallies members to buck against change. Once a new vision and mission are established, celebrate it. Put in on bulletins and other banners as a way for people to memorize the new vision and mission. Challenge them to pass out business cards and other advertisements to people in their community so everyone can be on board with it. This will create an overall sentiment of excitement and possibility of people coming to faith because everyone is in agreement about the church, where it is headed and where it is going.
Change is inevitable. We can choose to have a wrong perspective and ignore or fear it. But with the right perspective, change can enhance your relationship with God and allow your ministry to flourish.
1 Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese? (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1998).
Two Publishers. five attempts and many tears later, my new book This is Really Us: What the Hit TV Show Teaches Us about Faith, Hope and Life is available! This book highlights the Christian parallels between the themes and character of the hit TV show This is Us teaches Christians how to view and interact with the bible and pop culture. I have ten copies coming to my home. If you would like to purchase a copy, please let me know and I will reserve a copy for you. I should have them the week of October 22.
This book, among many things recently, have been a lesson in perseverance. No matter what I did to get this book to upload, I was blocked. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to quit! But perhaps I am to share this to encourage someone today to not give up on something the Lord is calling you to do. Through this experience, I learned two important lessons:
1) Anything worth doing will be painful- It's not always easy to see at the time, but looking back I know I will have done the right thing by not giving up when times got tough. And the joy of knowing the lives I may touch through this work-- that makes it all worth it.
2) Where God is, Satan is not far behind- Recently I watched a movie called The Finger of God. In it, a group of Christians set out to demonstrate the Holy Spirit around the world by healing the sick, driving out demons, etc. In one scene, the group felt the impression to go into the streets of California to find a man named Mike. Once they found him, they learned Mike was a recovering drug addict who was having severe back pain and had recently lost a loved one. After praying for healing, another man emerged from the group. Clearly tormented by a demon, they prayed for that demon to leave. However, the man asked them to stop because the physical and emotional pain he experienced was too cumbersome for him. As we do God's work, Satan will be lurking, waiting to steal, kill and destroy. We are called to do God's work, but Satan will do whatever he can to thwart God's plan.
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I am about one week away from releasing my book This Is Really Us: What the Hit TV Show Teaches Us About Faith, Hope and Life. In this book, I compare the themes and characters of the show to that of biblical people and themes. Because of this, I want people to see the Bible in a new way and be able to apply it to their lives-- including their TV sets. It will be released on Amazon in print form, but you can also put it in an order in the store section of this website. Wish me luck!
On March 27th, ABC changed television again with its premiere of the Roseanne reboot. Filled with laughs and touching upon relevant cultural topics, the show opened to 18 million viewers, knocking the Big Bang theory and Young Sheldon out of their respective two spots as number one show and comedy. Fans of the show (myself included) watched not only to laugh their cares away but also to see exactly what the Connor clan has been up to over the past twenty- five years. The Connors were the epitome of the working class family of the eighties and nineties and this reboot is no exception. Roseanne, now working as an Uber driver and Dan still taking contracts for drywall jobs still struggle to make ends meet, as Darlene tells David in one episode that they made “a decorating choice called poverty” after he comments her room is exactly the same way it was after all these years.
But their decorating choice isn’t the only thing that makes Roseanne both a comedy and tragedy. As I have tuned into my nostalgic side and re-watched the original Roseanne episodes, one of the pervasive themes of the show was that Dan and Roseanne wanted better for their children than they had. Married at eighteen, Dan and Roseanne struggled to put food on the table and the electricity going (although in one episode in an earlier season, they couldn’t quite make that happen.) The original Becky (played by Lecy Goranson) is depicted as a struggling widow waiting tables at an Italian restaurant (that looks eerily similar to the same place Roseanne and Jackie owned their restaurant the Lanford Lunch Box for several seasons.) In the first episode, Becky meets a woman (played by second Becky Sarah Chalke) who wants Becky to have her baby in exchange for $50,000, of which she eagerly accepts. When Dan and Roseanne refuse, Becky retorts that she doesn’t want to have to worry about money anymore and if she has this baby she can be worry free for quite some time. She has never moved on from Mark’s death (real life actor Glenn Quinn died in 2002) and she struggles to pay her rent and move on with her life, which was the same way we left her in 1998. Married at sixteen, Becky soon regrets that decision as she learns Darlene is going to college and has turned down a copywriting job making $30,000 a year, more than any Connor has ever made in his/her life. When Becky lies about her age in the reboot, she quickly learns she has a slim to no chance of ever having a child, something she at one point put on hold to go to school. No children to speak of, a dead end job and barely making ends meet seems reminiscent of the same life she mocked her parents for in earlier seasons.
Similarly, Darlene has come home to take care of ailing Roseanne and Dan, which we quickly find out is a lie. Roseanne reveals that Darlene has lost her job, has no money and has moved back home from Chicago because she has no place to live and has a pending divorce from David looming over her head. Roseanne replies that Darlene is “her little loser” as she cries from embarrassment (a characteristic un common for Darlene’s previously quick witted, resilient character.) Darlene, who had shown promise despite being married to David after getting pregnant with Harris at nineteen, now proves yet again the struggle gene is genetic.
The only bright spot is previously weird kid DJ (played Michael Freshman). He, and his wife have both served in the military and have one daughter together (who ironically has little screen time in the first five episodes.) The same brother whom Becky and Darlene mocked for years as being someone who wouldn’t amount to anything because of his quirks has become the bright spot in the Connor family.
As much as I have laughed at the poignant and humorous jokes Roseanne provides, I can’t help but shed a tear or two. In a similar vein as the Gilmore girls reboot where the last four words Rory utters to her mom (“Mom, I’m pregnant!”) reveals in an instant all the fears Lorelai had that her daughter would turn out like her has come true, turning Rory into yet another statistic. The Connors are not different, its children living out the same concerns Dan and Roseanne voiced over all those years.
As Dan said, “The classics really do hold up.” While this is true, it is also true that
history has indeed repeated itself for the Connor clan.
MICHELLE S. LAZUREK is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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