How to Plan a Successful Church Staff Retreat
How to Plan a Successful Church Staff Retreat

Why should you host a staff retreat? As we once heard Mark Batterson say, “Change of pace and change of place, can give you a change of perspective.” Retreats are an opportunity to lift your people up and give them an opportunity to rest, while inviting them to see the bigger picture, escape their endless to-do lists, and reconnect with each other. It’s a chance to gather together, as a team, and say, “Let’s remember what this is really about.”

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11 Sermon Series Ideas for Summer 2021
11 Sermon Series Ideas for Summer 2021

It’s easy for your church to lose momentum in the summer, when schedules shift and people are on vacation. So today, we’ll cover some ideas to help you regain momentum during the warmer months. Along the way, you’ll discover some ideas that will help you be intentional about the content you’re preaching, as you think through how you want to build into your core families.

All these summer-perfect sermon series are on Ministry Pass and available for our members!

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How Small Churches Can Build a Preaching Team
How Small Churches Can Build a Preaching Team

As a pastor or leader at a small church, it’s easy to feel like a lot of the church roles fall on you. Small church pastors often have to wear more hats than pastors at larger churches. Here are six steps as you build a preaching team at your church.

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5 Apps for Church Team Collaboration
5 Apps for Church Team Collaboration

If you aren’t careful, communication within your church’s team can spread all over. If you want to keep it organized and efficient, even while you’re working remotely, this is the episode for you!

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7 Ways Student Pastors can Use Ministry Pass
7 Ways Student Pastors can Use Ministry Pass

It’s hard to effectively minister and connect with students while administrative and preparation work can literally be a full-time job. So, to make your load lighter, here are seven ways student pastors can use Ministry Pass.

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Mega Church Secrets for Small Churches
Mega Church Secrets for Small Churches

Bigger isn’t necessarily better, but oftentimes larger churches have systems and operating principles in place that allow them to lead and disciple more effectively. So let’s talk about that! What do the majority of bigger churches do that smaller churches struggle with?

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How To Get People To Come Back The Week After Easter
How To Get People To Come Back The Week After Easter

When we put all our eggs in the Easter basket, we do a disservice to our community. Consider your ministry from a holistic perspective: overall, you don’t want people to come for just one day. You want them to come back, become part of your community, and be discipled. So today, we’re going to give you some ideas for how to get people to take that next step.

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7 Sermon Illustration Ideas You Can Use This Easter
7 Sermon Illustration Ideas You Can Use This Easter

You want to tell the Easter story well. You want to help people fully grasp the excitement, meaning, and beauty of Jesus’ resurrection. To do that, you can’t be using the same old sermon illustrations. In this article, we’ll be covering 7 ideas that you can use this year to bring your Easter sermon to life:

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The Preachers Handbook
The Preachers Handbook

Today, we’re revealing a project that’s been six years in the making. What is it, you might ask?  It’s called The Preacher’s Handbook, and it just might be your new favorite thing.

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Easter Marketing Ideas for your Church
Easter Marketing Ideas for your Church

Maybe we’re just naturally optimistic, but things seem to be looking up. And while no one knows what the future will hold, it seems likely that this year will be bigger than last Easter. So here are some ideas to help get more people in the door, and make it a celebration.

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5 ways to Get Easter Attendees to Return the Next Week
5 ways to Get Easter Attendees to Return the Next Week

It probably comes as no surprise that Easter is one of the highest weekends for church attendance. But many of the additional people who attend churches on Easter don’t come back the following week. Here are five ways to get Easter attendees to return to your church.

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How We Create Sermon Series and Calendars
How We Create Sermon Series and Calendars

Today, we’re going to take you behind-the-scenes to see how we develop sermon series for the Ministry Pass website.  We hope it’s helpful for you as you use our materials- but honestly, you could use this process to create your own series!

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Does Planning Your Sermon Make You a Bad Pastor?
Does Planning Your Sermon Make You a Bad Pastor?

One of our favorite responses we’ve ever heard to this question comes from a comment on Facebook from Pastor Tracy: “A preacher was complaining about needing so much time to prepare sermons. A friend told him to stop trying so hard and just listen to the Holy Spirit speak. So the pastor decided one week that he would try that. And sure enough, when he got up to preach that Sunday, the Holy Spirit spoke to him and said, ‘Son, you’re not prepared.’”

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7 Ways Pastors are Getting Enormous Value from Ministry Pass Outside of Sundays
7 Ways Pastors are Getting Enormous Value from Ministry Pass Outside of Sundays

With libraries of sermon series, including sermons for specific seasons, sermons for youth groups, sermons for the New Year, and more, Ministry Pass helps pastors with countless hours of Sunday morning preparation. But did you know that Ministry Pass is helpful to pastors even outside of Sunday mornings? In addition to Sunday morning services, here are seven ways pastors are using Ministry Pass to grow their churches, reach more people, and help their congregation members grow stronger in their faith.

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How to craft an effective church social media strategy
How to craft an effective church social media strategy

We live in a world that changes quickly and without warning. That’s why it’s so important to reach people where they are, to be present in the middle of their everyday lives.

We believe having an effective social media strategy is a game-changer for your church. Today, we’ll be discussing 9 tips for connecting more effectively with your people online.

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Best Practices for Leading Online Small Groups
Best Practices for Leading Online Small Groups

Best Practices for Leading Online Small Groups Read More https://youtu.be/NR0K9vgO07g Leading a small group online can be really hard and different than in person.  So whether you’re a pastor trying to equip your small group leaders, or a small group leader yourself, here are some best practices to keep your groups healthy when everything is…

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The Best Moments of Hello Church! 2020
The Best Moments of Hello Church! 2020

The Best Moments of Hello Church! 2020 Read More Welcome to the last episode of Hello Church for this year!  But instead of ending this season finale on a cliffhanger, we’re going to go out on a high note & share some of our favorite moments from the year.  We’ll be back in 2021.  Until…

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6 Sermon Series Ideas for the New Year + FREE Mark Batterson Series
6 Sermon Series Ideas for the New Year + FREE Mark Batterson Series

We’ve got six great New Years’ sermon series ideas for you — plus a sermon series we created with Mark Batterson that you can download for free! Mark is coming out with a new book called Win the Day: 7 Daily Habits to Help You Stress Less and Accomplish More. The free sermon series will release on December 29 (the same day as the book launch).

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The Best 7 Christmas Sermon Illustrations to Grab Their Attention
The Best 7 Christmas Sermon Illustrations to Grab Their Attention

The 7 Best Christmas Sermon Illustrations to Grab Their Attention Read More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwdevMavhl8&feature=youtu.be Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be difficult to come up with fresh sermon illustrations every single year.  This season, instead of dressing up as Santa for the 5th year in a row, or telling that…

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How to Preach A Vision Sermon Series
How to Preach A Vision Sermon Series

You cannot preach a vision sermon series if you do not have a clear vision. A clear picture of where God is calling your church to grow and minister is the backbone of any sermon series, especially a vision sermon series. Communicating a vision for your church has always been important, and in a post-pandemic…

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How to Double Your Christmas Live Stream Views
How to Double Your Christmas Live Stream Views

How to Double Your Christmas Live Stream Views Read More https://youtu.be/DPBfMrOJLqs You’ve probably realized already that this year, your Christmas Live stream is more important than ever!  Whether you’re meeting in-person or not, there will still be a ton of people choosing to participate online.   In today’s episode, we’re going to be talking through…

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End 2020 Strong with These Sermon Series Ideas
End 2020 Strong with These Sermon Series Ideas

End 2020 Strong with These Sermon Series Ideas Read More It may feel like you’re limping from 2020 to 2021, but you don’t have to!  Our goal with this episode is to help you gain momentum during this season, so you’ll be ready to soar when the new year arrives.   As part of that, we’re…

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The Christmas Marketing Blueprint You Need NOW
The Christmas Marketing Blueprint You Need NOW

The Christmas Marketing Blueprint You Need NOW Read More https://youtu.be/RP2TMILFxU4 In today’s episode, we’re going to be walking through our Christmas Marketing Blueprint.  The beauty of this plan is that it can apply to any event you want to do- Easter, Christmas, etc.  It’s just a framework for marketing that’s really easy to follow.   Ultimately,…

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How to Regain Momentum in Your Preaching with Sermon Calendars
How to Regain Momentum in Your Preaching with Sermon Calendars

How to Regain Momentum in Your Preaching with Sermon Calendars Read More Do you feel like you’re stuck?  Are you in survival mode?  If you’re ready to stop feeling like you can’t make forward progress with your preaching and discipleship at your church, this episode is for you! If you feel like 2020 has lasted…

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How to Increase Generosity at Your Church
How to Increase Generosity at Your Church

How to Increase Generosity at Your Church Read More A lot of times, when we think about generosity, we’re thinking about how we can get more people to give to our church.  Let’s think bigger than that: how do you get your people to become more generous, in general?   The best time to start developing…

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The Benefits of Preaching the Lectionary Calendar
The Benefits of Preaching the Lectionary Calendar

All About the Lectionary Calendar Read More https://youtu.be/haCQeM89y-s In today’s episode, we’re going to be discussing one of our brand-new types of sermon calendars, the Lectionary Calendar!  Namely, we’ll be answering the questions:  What is the lectionary calendar? Who might want to use the Lectionary Calendar? How can the Lectionary Calendar help you walk your…

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First Impressions at Church
First Impressions at Church

Building Trust with Your Congregation Read More Welcome to the 30th episode of the Hello Church Podcast!  Today, we’re going to be discussing a big question:  How do you get first-time guests to show up, stay engaged, and keep showing up? The quick answer?  It all boils down to one thing- building trust. Building trust…

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