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We all know we should obey Great Commission and that the Great Commission commands we make disciples, but beyond the personal spiritual significance of that command, it’s easy to forget the practical power of disciple-making in church growth. Building disciples isn’t only what we are supposed to be doing, it’s how to grow people and churches.
Discipleship ministry at first appears to take excessive time to develop a few people when aggressive outreach marketing seems to reach many more people much faster. But first appearances can be deceiving as this article will show you.
It’s important to read this article before getting into the practical nuts and bolts of creating church communications. The purpose of The Five Steps is to fully fulfill the Great Commission and that means to make disciples. If discipleship is your goal, if fully fulfilling the Great Commission is the measure of success in your church communication process, you will approach your communication ministry much differently than if success is measured by how many people you get in the door on Sunday or how impressed visitors are with your website.
Why discipleship is essential for the church to survive —and why your communications are essential to develop disciples
Today we have aggressive atheists who are the darlings of the popular press. When men like Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris slander and malign the Christian faith in a way that is not only false, but nasty and vicious, their mockery is quoted and promoted without question throughout the internet and across the globe.
Church leaders who are exposed to public scandal are reported in the in press and individuals Christians don’t fare much better. Studies frequently show Christians behave no differently than non-Christians in morality and that many people who call themselves Christian have little or no understanding of what the Bible says and how it teaches them to act (which is probably why their behavior is no different than that of their unbelieving friends).
I could bore you with reams of studies and statistics, but you know in the quietness of the your heart and the turmoil of your mind that the Christian church is losing ground, so let’s skip the statistics and get to solutions.Continue Reading
2016 UPDATE NOTE: Mother’s Day is one of the most incredible outreach times for your church and the resources below can help you make the most of it. PLEASE take time to watch the short overview video we did a few years ago that explains the opportunities and resources available to you. In the upcoming weeks we’ll feature individual pieces, but this will give you an overview of what is available.***ALSO currently we have an OPEN HOUSE on our ECC MEMBERSHIP materials meaning that anyone can sample what we have!
From motivational videos and e-books to invitations, postcards, bulletin inserts and one of our most motivations pieces for prayer, Effective Church Communications has materials for you. For everyone there are ideas and samples, for ECC Members there are ready to print PDFs, editable templates, graphics, everything you need for outreach and celebration for Mother’s Day at your church.
Following each area is described, just click on the title to go to that selection. ECC Members will save many hours from the work done for you in these materials—try membership for a month—it’s only $9.99! (OPEN HOUSE ON ALL THIS WEEK!)
***CLICK ON THE TITLES below to go to the resource.
VIDEO: Mother’s Day, communications that will help you make the most of the outreach opportunities, Webinar On-Demand
Take a few minutes to watch this and you’ll never look at Mother’s Day at your church in the same way.
Mother’s Day has the third highest attendance of any Sunday and it isn’t because of all the mothers there. It’s because of the unchurched spouses and kids who come with mom!
This is a fantastic day for outreach, but you have to intentionally make the most of it. Below is a short video that will give you great ideas on how to do this. I STRONGLY recommend you take a few minutes in your staff meeting to discuss this and plan how you can make the most of this day for outreach.
Included with the video is a PDF of the handouts for the presentation.Continue Reading
Easter is over and before we get back into creating the big communications for upcoming special events, I wanted to share a little project I did this week.
We are studying the Minor Prophets in our Sunday School class and my husband had a homeless resource flyer that he wanted to share. But as I looked it over, I thought it was unclear and confusing, so I redid it and in the video below share how I did it.
We don’t always have to do big, fancy communications to make an impact for the Kingdom of God and if a little piece like this helps one hurting person find comfort, I know that will be pleasing to Jesus.