Archives for April 2010

Screen Free Fun for the Family!

Screen Free Fun for the Family!

It’s here again! That wonderful time of year that we turn off our sets for a week and concentrate on some quality family time! I can’t believe it snuck up on me like this (it actually started April 19th!). In order to fully celebrate, I would encourage you to pick out a week and abstain from all “moving media” (that means hulu and youtube along with regular TV). Now what to do instead? With Earth day just behind us, it’s a great idea to head outside and enjoy God’s creation! Here’s some ideas … [Read more...]

Do Guests Feel Welcome at Your Church?

Do Guests Feel Welcome at Your Church?

Something For Everyone The appeal of the book, First Impressions, written by Mark Waltz, is its application potential for both small and large churches. No matter what our size, we want to be welcoming to people who may be walking through our doors for the first time. In First Impressions, Mark takes a look at what secular businesses do to attract and retain customers, then applies the same principles to the church. Since many of our newcomers are comfortable with the secular day-to-day world, … [Read more...]

Getting Started with a Check in System

Getting Started with a Check in System

We've officially made a move towards getting started with a check-in system.   This week, I introduced the concept to parents with a very simple sign in/sign out system for our elementary aged kids. I made a Chart which has the child's name and a place for parents to sign them in and out. I was a little nervous because I hadn't "prepared" any parents for this change -- no formal announcment or anything. As they dropped their kids off, I just walked up and said, "We're starting a new … [Read more...]

Easter Sunday unlike any other (Guest Post)

Easter Sunday unlike any other (Guest Post)

This past Easter Sunday I saw God move through his church in a tremendous and tangible way. It was an Easter Sunday like any other - after pigging out on delicious foods at our fellowship breakfast, people filled the pews of our Sanctuary ready for the start of the service. Our church is near Malone University, a private school with a great community of Christian students who regularly attend our church, and despite our group of college students being on break I was amazed at how many people had … [Read more...]

Check In System: When Do We Need One?

Check In System: When Do We Need One?

  What Do We Need? Security is a huge issue for churches and parents alike. Parents want to know that their kids will be safe when they leave them for a service. Many churches are now requiring volunteers to have criminal and child abuse clearances before working with kids (a smart move). What other security systems are needed? What about check in systems? If you are a small church (one of those “everyone knows everyone”), is a check-in system really essential? Is it insulting to the … [Read more...]