An Idea for Personal or Group Bible and Art Time

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Perhaps you’ve heard of it, but it seems as though I’ve seen it more and more. For those of you looking for a new way to dive into Scripture or express with a small group how a specific passage has impacted you, maybe you should try Bible Art Journaling.  It seems a great outlet for those who are artistically inclined and a new lens through which to approach scripture for those of us who are not as inclined in the arts.   

Here’s an example of some Bible Art Journaling from a German group.   

https://bibleartjournaling.de/challenges/challenge-archiv/seht-wieviel-liebe/ 

 

Comprehensive Article on Self Care

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This article is a fairly comprehensive look at self care for those in ministry.  So often there’s a misconception that self care is selfish, but really it’s essential for longevity and health.  There is a wealth of resources here which will hopefully help frame a healthy balance. 

https://whenyouworkforthechurch.com/2017/01/26/the-best-articles-on-self-care-in-the-church/ 

Sharing Jesus with your Life

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Most of us live in places where knowing Jesus, not to mention what can be seen as secretive “Christian” language, is not a given. In these places, traditional ways of sharing our faith can be met with opposition and even a sharp contempt.  This article give some great reminders to us of how to share Jesus in a real and life transforming way.  

https://www.imb.org/2017/03/16/keys-sharing-jesus-post-christian-culture/ 

Transitions in Worship

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Ever wonder how to help the congregation transition in between songs or how to move on to another part of the service smoothly?  This blog addresses that topic in a practical way so that transitions become less of a distraction from worship.  I hope you find it helpful.  

Is there anything practical that you do to transition in worship?  

http://thechurchcollective.com/worship-planning/the-in-between-transitions-in-worship 

Measuring the Life of your Church

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When friends, family, or community members ask questions about your church, what are the metrics you use to communicate health or un-health? I think it‘s easy to fall into a numbers game when thinking about how our churches are existing or thriving.  This article talks about some great metrics that are not numbers driven. Possibly my favorite is How much peace have you passed? 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2016/may-web-exclusives/gauging-your-churchs-health-without-headcount.html 

So I must ask...  How‘s you‘re church doing?  

Sometimes Having a Smaller Group is Better

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I hope this resource article below will be an encouragement to those of us who lead smaller groups of students or adults. Sometimes having a smaller group enables deeper relationship building and growth in ways that a larger group would never be able to offer. Ultimately I think this resource helps us do what 1 Corinthians 7:17 says from the The Message “Don’t go wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live, Obey, Love and Believe right there!” 

http://www.tansquaredyouthministry.com/2016/07/rockin-youth-group-ten-or-less-students/ 

Encouraging Your Team (Worship, Youth, Elders, Leadership, Ushers, etc.)

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Everyone appreciates a little attention and care.  Here's a great list of ways to encourage your volunteers whether you're in children's, youth, adult, worship, or sports ministry. How do you invest in your team of volunteers?  

http://thechurchcollective.com/tutorial/worship-team-building-ten-ways-to-encourage-your-team

The Isolation Trap

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Many of the church leaders I've met find themselves so focused on the needs of others that they neglect to build a healthy community of friends around themselves. If we want to have longevity in ministry and lead in a way that is whole and healthy, it's important that we intentionally bring people around us that will build us up. The resource article below is a reminder of what kind of friends we should intentionally pull around us.   

http://www.outreachmagazine.com/features/23010-pastor-isolation.html

A Habit of Fasting?

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Do you have a habit of prayer and fasting? How often? How long? Why? When?   

Hopefully this article will encourage you to be intentional with fasting and other spiritual formation practices as you lead those in you communities. Share in the comments what habits you've found particularly helpful. 

https://ministrytodaymag.com/leadership/pastoral-care/20391-prayer-and-fasting-in-the-life-of-a-pastor

Some Thoughts on Re-imagining Worship

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Here is an interview from a group in the UK called Fresh Expressions. I really appreciate the heart of this article as they talk about imagining a way to worship that is creative, centered around the particular culture of your community, and sustainable. Some good reminders, so that we're not taking on change just for the sake of changing.  

Along with this article, there are some other resource tabs on this website that might be helpful to check out.  

http://freshexpressions.org.uk/inspire-me/re-imaging-worship/ 

Coming back from Camp

Pic is from TFZ (German Teen Camp) 

Pic is from TFZ (German Teen Camp) 

"The routine is the necessary dirt for the inspiration to take root. Euphoria is only euphoria because it is brief. The everyday life of the Christian, then, is the time between the watershed moments that allow a soul to rest and to reflect."  -Quote from the article linked below

http://fishingforleviathan.com/?p=719

 

Many of us are recently returned from a church retreat or church camp.  The resource article here are some thoughts from a ministry leader about the process of coming home from camp.  It also speaks to the importance of church being community and helping our people establish routines of connecting with God. 

Is there anything intentional you do to help your people re-enter "normal" life?