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How to Preach About Controversial Topics
How to Preach About Controversial Topics

How to Preach on Controversial Topics Read More Many pastors and leaders avoid preaching on controversial topics like politics, church giving, culture and even certain doctrinal issues. It’s not difficult to understand why. The world, and even our churches, have become more polarized in recent decades and social media has turned civil debates into downright…

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Turning Sermon Series Into Devotionals
Turning Sermon Series Into Devotionals

More than anything as a pastor, you desire to supply life-giving truth to people that walk through your doors, as well as those who engage with your church online. Motivating them to stay grounded in God’s love is your top goal.  There’s no doubt you have a calling to inspire and support –– to shepherd…

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10 Great Sermon Series Ideas for the Fall
10 Great Sermon Series Ideas for the Fall

Fall is one of the busiest and important seasons for the church, whether that is with an influx of new visitors, or your congregation members returning from their summer breaks and settling kids into the new school year. This is also a great time to begin a new sermon series and begin to plan the…

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Three Powerful Lessons Churches are Learning in 2020
Three Powerful Lessons Churches are Learning in 2020

The world has changed. 2020 always seemed like this science-fiction type of year from afar but now we are here and the world is fighting a pandemic and economic impact of biblical proportions.  As the church navigates these uncharted waters, we are learning and adapting. It’s vital church leaders use this season to consider all…

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Free Coronavirus Update Slide
Free Coronavirus Update Slide

Due to the recent worldwide health crisis, Coronavirus [COVID-19], many local churches are either canceling or amending their weekly gatherings. Ministry Pass has put together three design bundles for churches to use as they update their congregations about upcoming changes.

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A New Year’s Sermon Series: A New Approach to an Old Tradition
A New Year’s Sermon Series: A New Approach to an Old Tradition

Christmas is Over. Are You Considering a Sermon Series for the New Year? It’s likely your team of staff and volunteers start talking about the Christmas message weeks and maybe even months in advance. Let’s face it – Christmas in the church can be slightly chaotic.  From the guest experience that likely comes with Christmas…

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Preaching Your Christmas Sermon Series: New Ideas for an Old Tradition
Preaching Your Christmas Sermon Series: New Ideas for an Old Tradition

It’s Christmas time… again. We can almost feel the internal eye roll. We get it – with Christmas comes all the hustle and bustle of higher attendance, elevating your guest experience, figuring out the parking and childcare situation at your church, and the inevitable Christmas message and Christmas sermon series you will preach once again….

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Preaching Advent: Teaching Your Church How to Celebrate Advent at Home
Preaching Advent: Teaching Your Church How to Celebrate Advent at Home

“How do we compete with that?”  Maybe you’ve found yourself thinking this as you watch the onslaught of TV commercials and marketing that are ramping us up to Christmas. Every year the buildup to Christmas starts earlier and gets louder—at least when it comes to the commercial aspects of Christmas. As a result, many people…

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Preaching Lent at Your Church
Preaching Lent at Your Church

Easter is the biggest day of the year for nearly every pastor and church. You challenge people to invite unchurched friends, recruit new volunteers, create a clean environment to welcome guests, and spend hours preparing a compelling sermon. You do all you can to get the church ready… logistically. But what if there was something you could do to help the church be ready… spiritually?

There is. You can leverage a practice that most Christians in history have leaned into to prepare for celebrating Christ’s resurrection: Lent.

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FAQs About our 2020 Calendars
FAQs About our 2020 Calendars

For the sixth year in a row, October is when we release our brand-new yearly sermon calendars. For the last ten months, our team has been thinking, dreaming, praying, writing, and designing. Now, after nearly a year, we’re ready to unveil our work to the world. Our calendars are the most requested item we have…

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10 Summer Sermon Series to Preach
10 Summer Sermon Series to Preach

Easter Sunday was a success and attendance has surged in your church. This surge is often the result of members inviting friends and family to attend celebration services with them. So, how do you encourage, challenge, and minister to the new people who continue attending services?

We have put together a list of the top 10 After Easter Sermon Series that will speak to newcomers and members alike.

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How to Add Sermon Series to Your Calendar
How to Add Sermon Series to Your Calendar

We just launched a new feature and we think you’ll love it. You can now download any sermon series from Ministry Pass to your calendar! We know how often Pastors are preaching, and how chaotic your schedule can get. Because of that, we decided to add this tool to help be a reminder for your…

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How to Manage A Preaching Calendar with Your Team
How to Manage A Preaching Calendar with Your Team

If you’ve been a part of a healthy team, you likely don’t need to be convinced about how valuable and essential teams are for the success of not only each individual, but the overall mission you are collectively trying to accomplish. Teams always benefit the organization as a whole. Healthy teams – especially preaching teams…

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The Top 30 Best Sermon Series of 2019
The Top 30 Best Sermon Series of 2019

We know how much time you spend ministering to your congregation; hospital visits, counseling, and activities can leave you short on time to prepare your weekly sermon. Don’t worry! We have you covered with the top 30 best sermon series of 2019. We release new sermon series each month to help keep your sermons fresh…

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Sermon Series Graphics: The Ultimate Guide for Churches
Sermon Series Graphics: The Ultimate Guide for Churches

Preparing a sermon takes weeks (even months) of preparation and intense effort, crafting a message that must communicate to a wide-ranging audience. At the end of all that planning you want strong sermon series graphics to illustrate your teaching and help your sermon stick, but you don’t necessarily want or have the time to think…

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Planning Your Easter Sermon and Easter Service
Planning Your Easter Sermon and Easter Service

Another year has gone by and it’s time to plan your Easter sermon. You and your staff will be up to your ears in projects, timelines, and new guest tracking strategies—and if you’re feeling like it all just crept up, you’re not alone. Bottom line, Easter is here and you need to begin to brainstorm…

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30 Inspirational Easter Quotes
30 Inspirational Easter Quotes

Click here to go straight to the quote list Adding poignant quotes to your Easter Sermon provides a new pathway for your listeners to understand scripture and truth; the right quote in the right moment will help people connect to the message when other avenues have failed. While your mind may immediately go to book…

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Holy Week Sermons for Pastors
Holy Week Sermons for Pastors

Preparing sermons for Holy Week can be a tall task, depending on what unique moments your church chooses to remember and celebrate together. Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and runs all the way through Easter Sunday. The five most recognized moments of Holy Week include: Palm Sunday Maundy Thursday Good Friday Holy Saturday Easter…

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How to Create A Preaching Calendar
How to Create A Preaching Calendar

Your calling is to make disciples and one of the most influential tools you have is your weekly corporate teaching and preaching! Delivering a compelling message is one thing, but making disciples is another. The burden you feel for moving people from the non-believer to disciple is real and we believe that a preaching calendar…

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Advent Sermon Series for 2018
Advent Sermon Series for 2018

In an effort to help you prepare for this year’s Christmas message, the Ministry Pass team has searched the internet to find some of the best Advent sermons for 2018, including links back to the original sermon series, all to serve as inspiration for your Advent sermon or sermon series. Very soon you will be…

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Writing Your Best Advent Sermon for Christmas
Writing Your Best Advent Sermon for Christmas

The difference between Advent being just another Christmas ‘thing’ and it being a spiritually engaging Christmas tradition can be influenced greatly by pastors preaching sermons that capitalize on the momentum of a countdown. Not just approaching sermons as ‘Christmas’ sermons but truly being intentional with the sermon outlines and manuscripts to capture the heart of…

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How to Promote Your Church Advent Sermon Series
How to Promote Your Church Advent Sermon Series

Christmas is approaching and by the first week of Advent you will have spent precious hours preparing to make the most of each Christmas service. For the first time since Easter, your teaching calendar will be in sync with popular culture – you don’t want to let the moment pass you by. So, let’s talk…

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How to Preach the History of Advent this Christmas
How to Preach the History of Advent this Christmas

When you make the decision to preach an Advent sermon series for Christmas, it is important to communicate in your preaching the history of Advent, what actually is – and what it is not. If you’ve ever taken your church through Advent, familiarity with the tradition, lighting of candles, and scripture reading makes this season…

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8 Advent Hymns and Their Corresponding Biblical Passages
8 Advent Hymns and Their Corresponding Biblical Passages

You may not realize it, but as soon as mid-November, your congregation members will start wondering, “When will they start playing Christmas songs and Advent hymns?” So many in your church are ready to use the fireplace, decorate sugar cookies, and plan for annual family traditions. Your weekend services are often the soundtrack for their…

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Preaching An Advent Sermon Series – Everything You Need to Know
Preaching An Advent Sermon Series – Everything You Need to Know

Christmas always feels like it is right around the corner. Churches all over the country will soon be making plans to create one of their most meaningful times of the year. With the Christmas season will come the Christian celebration of Advent. Advent in One Sentence: Advent is a season celebrated by Christians as a…

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How Preaching Calendars Can Help You Disciple Your People
How Preaching Calendars Can Help You Disciple Your People

Editors Note: This is the first blog in a series written by local church leaders for local church leaders. Today’s post comes from Chad Graham. Chad serves as Lead Pastor at University Assembly in Colorado Springs, CO. Chad is also Senior Fellow at The Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture. As American church attendance declines,…

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10 Benefits of Using a Sermon Calendar
10 Benefits of Using a Sermon Calendar

This time of year, we see a ton of products and how-to guides talking about how to put together an annual preaching calendar. You might have even see our resources, too. *If you’re looking for preaching calendar resources and ideas, click here to read our ultimate guide to creating a preaching calendar. You may even…

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Characteristics of the Most Powerful Sermon Illustrations
Characteristics of the Most Powerful Sermon Illustrations

Sermon illustrations. They’re powerful but can be really difficult to use effectively. Sure, you can throw a sermon illustration in here or there that has somewhat of a point and get by, but powerful sermon illustrations are tougher. A powerful sermon illustration helps a sermon get to a different place for the listener. People love…

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6 Sermon Topics You Can Preach Anytime
6 Sermon Topics You Can Preach Anytime

The sermon calendar. It’s a world of possibilities and opportunities, but it can also be a world of stress and writer’s block. Every year, a few other staff members and I sit down to fill in the calendar. We usually do 6 months at a time. We’ll sit down in October to plan January through…

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Sacred Selfie: A New Perspective on the World
Sacred Selfie: A New Perspective on the World

The “selfie” has become a regularity and an expectation on nearly all social media platforms. Our smartphones have front-facing cameras to make selfies easier to take and that has increased our infatuation with them. But sometimes the selfie can become destructive. Not the picture itself, but the attitude that can sometimes be accompanied by it. Selfies…

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Proverbs: Fool-Proofing Your Life
Proverbs: Fool-Proofing Your Life

Who doesn’t need some more wisdom in their life? This Proverbs sermon series bundle is perfect for helping your congregation see what godly wisdom is and how to implement it in their lives. As you know, the book of Proverbs was originally written to a young man by his elder in an attempt to pass…

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Fresh Ideas to Connect Christmas with Life

101 Christmas Sermon Series Ideas

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