Free Guide To Church Spring Cleaning

A growing church is a clean church! These pointers will help you get your church ready for guests. Get your free Spring Cleaning checklist today.

My mom did a good job of keeping the house clean when I was growing up. I’m thankful we didn’t grow up in a filthy home. Although she may have called my bedroom a pig sty (more than once), and I was occasionally asked if I grew up in a barn, mom taught us the virtue of cleanliness.

Even though our house was clean, there were times that we would have to go the extra mile because company was coming over. Apparently, our normal level of clean was not good enough for guests!

Cleanliness is an attitude.

A pastor and church that expect visitors to come look differently at cleaning and maintenance. They realize that they must go the extra mile to ensure the buildings look clean, maintained, and organized to the fresh eyes of guests.

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Do We Really Need More Churches?

Hopefully, you were bewildered by the title of this article.  Why would this question be asked in the publication of a ministry that helps start churches?  Good question.  Let me explain.

I have been surprised by the number of Christians (including some Pastors) who aren’t convinced that we need more churches. Here are a few examples.

Sometimes when we promote a town or an area that needs a church, I will see a message that says something like this, “I searched for churches in that town in google maps, and I found a lot of them.  Does that area really need ANOTHER church?”  Sometimes they will even include a screenshot in case I don’t believe them.  Very helpful.

From time to time a pastor will bristle at the idea of another church in a city with more people than they can reach in a lifetime or in a county with more area than they will ever cover.  One pastor told a would-be church planter, “This town already has a church.  You can go somewhere else.”  That pastor left and the church is no longer in existence. The town is still on our list.  Hopefully, it will get a good church one day.

Yes, we really do need more churches.  Lots more of them in fact.  Hundreds more.  I believe God can use us to do it.  Do you?

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3 Easy Ways To Boost Your Church Visibility Using Free Online Reviews

Use these simple tips to boost your church’s online profile and reach more people with the Gospel.

The Power of Online Reviews

It’s a fact. Prospects consult online reviews to make decisions.

Forbes.com gives these statistics:

  • 90% of consumers read online reviews before visiting a business. (2016)
  • Online reviews have been shown to impact 67.7% of purchasing decisions. (2015)
  • 84% of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. (2016)
  • 74% of consumers say that positive reviews make them trust a local business more. (2016)

ReviewTrackers.com offers these stats for our consideration:

  • 94% say an online review has convinced them to avoid a business.
  • 80% of customers don’t trust businesses with lower than 4-star ratings.

Many of us do the same thing. We check Google Maps, Yelp, or Trip Advisor for good restaurants when traveling. Who hasn’t looked up an item on Amazon only to scroll to the bottom and read the reviews before they learn the details about the product?

With most people using online reviews to make decisions, Churches can leverage this trend to reach more people for Christ. Before I show you these easy steps, let’s consider the good and bad of online reviews.

Pros & Cons of Online Reviews

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5 Proofs of True Love

Love is a powerful concept. Everyone wants to be loved. I mean truly loved. Don’t settle for a counterfeit. This article will show you the five elements of true love so you can give it to others and experience it for yourself.

Everyone wants to be loved, but love is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world.

Do you know what real love is? Most people don’t. As a result, they give their hearts to the wrong person or end up hurt deeply as relationships fail.

What does true love look like?

Here are a few things that love is not:

  • Love is not selfishness.
  • Love is not sex.
  • Love is not lust.
  • Love is not like.

There are four basic kinds of love found in the Bible. They are identified by these four Greek Words.

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5 Areas of Stewardship – Simplify Your Life & Pay Attention To What Matters Most

Romans 14:12
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

It is my prayer that you have decided that you want to live a life of Biblical Stewardship. If that’s you – Congratulations! You are on your way to a blessed life and eternal rewards.

The desire to be a good steward is only the beginning. Now you must activate stewardship principles in your life. Life is endlessly complex, and everyone’s circumstances are different. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. Perhaps you try to be a good steward, but struggle to follow through. With God’s help, you can do it.

This article will simplify your approach to stewardship by categorizing your life into 5 general areas. You can stay on track and continue pleasing the Lord if you keep these areas in focus.

1. Time

Time is life. Literally.
Time is more than numbers on a clock. Time is the measurement of life. It is an accounting of your time on earth.

Although our souls are eternal, God made earthly life with an expiration date. We have a beginning and an end here on Earth. Time is not your enemy any more than the speedometer in your car is your enemy. They both function as a measuring device.

Time must be stewarded, or it will be wasted. How many days have we “wasted time?” How often do you get distracted only to find that you “wasted too much time” on a task or event?

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