It's that time again—the time where we look back at the past 12 months one last time before moving forward into a new year. Hopefully the last year has been one of growth for you, your staff, and your ministry. Now is a great time to thank God for all that he has done and continues to do through the work to which he has called you.
Maybe some of these are resources you used in 2012; maybe some are topics you'd like to cover but haven't gotten to just yet. For the month of January, we are offering each of these downloads at a 25 percent discount to help you get your year off to a great start.
Without further ado, here are the most popular topics of the last year. We look forward to another year of providing the resources that fuel your ministry.
As a church leader, transformation is at the heart of all that you do. The goal of Christian leadership is to help people experience and grow in the love of Christ as they know him, love him, and serve him better. But when church leaders are faced with so many organizational and administrative tasks, what does it actually look like to foster spiritual transformation among those you lead?
One of the most important activities of the church is to draw in people from the outside—whether believers or those who may have never been involved in the church before. This resource helps evaluate how welcoming your church is and gives you tools to improve. Helpful topics include: how to foster hospitality on Sunday mornings among regular worship attenders; how to make sure people are not overlooked; and how to encourage members to cultivate commitment.
Every church should perform annual evaluations to help guide and motivate staff. Here you'll find a compilation of forms that range from helping a staff member establish and review goals and objectives to reviewing specific roles, such as musicians and administrative staff. You can alter, customize, and print out each form to make your evaluations a smooth and helpful process.
It's so easy to get caught up in numbers; they are easy to collect and report, and offer us a concrete measure of "how we are doing." But more often than not, numbers don't tell the whole story, or at least not the story that matters most. The question shouldn't be, how many people are attending our church or ministry, but rather, how are we helping draw people deeper into a life of radical commitment to Christ and the church?
Some churches are great at evangelism. They reach out to the unchurched or the ex-Christians and make clear God's love for them using words that touch hearts. Other churches are great at service, and attentively care for the needs of their community. But few churches are good at doing both at once. The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses God's response to every dimension of human experience and need, and churches need not sacrifice evangelism in favor of service (or vice versa).
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Nowhere is this phrase more accurate than in the church. These brief and practical handouts equip your congregation to welcome visitors and make them feel at home. You'll explore what works and what does not work when welcoming visitors, and there are specific handouts for greeters and ushers, two important visitor ministries. Each handout can be used at a meeting with your team or to pass out individually to those looking for guidance.