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44 minutes | 8 days ago
Crafting the Experience of First Time Guests w/ Elizabeth Mullins
“The Church is not just the Sunday gathering. But often it is like the front door, it is that first impression. Our deep desire is to see people enfolded into a loving community. By God’s design, belonging in the body of believers is transformative.” Elizabeth Mullins, Love Avenue Champion Main Points: Why does the first-time guest’s experience matter? (1:55) What can make a worship experience unsafe? (7:10) What are some signals that a church is safe and guests are welcome? (12:50) In thinking about our guests, what does healthy authority and power look like? (17:52) Resources: Greeter Ministry– mobilizing a team that extends hospitality to guests and members First Impressions– An Equipper article about the importance of considering first impressions in the Hope Avenue. Making Church a Safe Space– An Equipper article about crafting the environment of your Sunday service. The Gift of Decentering – An Equipper article about making room for other’s to flourish during your Sunday Service. The post Crafting the Experience of First Time Guests w/ Elizabeth Mullins first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
39 minutes | a month ago
Hope Avenue Champion w/ George Strub
“The Hope Avenue Champion is all about what happens within the four walls (of the church). Essentially from the parking lot to the pew, and back. The focus is to give hope to the people who come through the door. People that come to church are wanting to have some form of hope in their lives. And our God is a God of hope!” -George Strub, Hope Avenue Champion Main Points: What is the role of the Hope Avenue Champion & why does the role matter? (1:00) What does a typical week look like for a Hope Avenue Champion? (4:55) How do you build a team, and what does collaboration look like in the Hope Avenue? (7:55) What does the relationship between the pastor and the Hope Avenue Champion look like? (10:58) What are some key steps every Hope Avenue Champion should consider doing? (14:17) Resources: Team Based Pastor Led– learn about the Avenues in our Team Based – Pastor Led model Hope Avenue Video– A presentation of the Hope Avenue during the 2019 Regional Celebrations. Church = Hope – An article from Equipper drawing the connection between hope and the Sunday Service. The post Hope Avenue Champion w/ George Strub first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Crafting A Worship Service w/ Michelle Fleming
“Well, when we are coming together in worship. We are coming to share the good news of Jesus. The gospel is good news! Even if we are personally having a hard time, we are coming together because of the hope we have in him. And so, coming together is transformative! … singing the same truth next to brothers and sisters, even if I’m not believing it. Hearing other people say those words, with conviction, helps me borrow hope and have conviction too.” Michelle Fleming, GCI Media Director Main Points: What does it mean to craft a worship celebration and why is it important? (2:55) When should a Hope Venue Champion begin to craft the weekly worship gathering and what are the important steps during the week? (4:16) What are the key elements in a worship celebration every GCI Pastor and Hope Venue Champion should consider including in their Sunday format? (8:55) Why are we intentionally using the term worship “celebration” instead of worship service? (10:49) Resources: Order of Service– for a Christ-centered, gospel-shaped worship experience. Parking Lot to Pew– tips on ways to improve your integration ministry. Call to Worship– an opportunity to intentionally attune the hearts and minds of the congregation to our glorious God. The post Crafting A Worship Service w/ Michelle Fleming first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
51 minutes | 3 months ago
Worship Leading w/ Keysha Taylor
“God doesn’t waste anything. It is not that no one will be touched by you being “led by the Spirit.” Because he uses us, he knows we are dust. And he is loving and kind to us. But I think that he takes a lot of time showing us that he is a preparatory God. He is a God who prepares. So we want to take the time to emulate our God. We want to imitate his ways. … From the beginning of time, it is laid out for us that preparation is vital. Preparation during the week, you are taking your time to hear what the Lord wants to say. -Keysha Taylor, Worship Leader Main Points: Why do you believe that Spirit-led competent worship leading matters in a Healthy Church environment? (2:10) What does an invitation to worship look like on a practical level? (6:00) How do you build camaraderie on your team? (19:46) How do you select songs that reflect the theology of the God revealed in Jesus? How do you create an invitation to worship rather than putting on a concert like a performance? (25:01) Why is collaborating with the pastor and Hope Venue Champion vital for a healthy expression of worship? (32:58) Resources: Church Hack: Suggested Order of Service Church Hack: Call to Worship The post Worship Leading w/ Keysha Taylor first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
Re-gathering w/ Mat Morgan & Pam Morgan
“You need to have a group of people who are working with you through that process (regathering) … That is why we are Team Based- Pastor Led, because we want that team to be a part of the process. It gets everyone on board for whatever is going to take place – when and how you will re-open.” -Pam Morgan, GCI Operations Coordinator Main Points: How have you seen God at work amid this pandemic? (2:19) What role do local government guidelines play in a church’s decision to resume in person worship services? (4:39) What factors should pastors consider before regathering? (6:36) What may be different when we gather in person? (15:00) How might accommodations be made for children’s ministry? (23:10) Resources: GCI’s Re-gathering Resource Church Hack: Developing and Communicating your Re-gathering plan Editable Re-gathering Flyer Editable Re-gathering Chart The post Re-gathering w/ Mat Morgan & Pam Morgan first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Crafting A Digital Worship Service w/ Joe Brannen
“I think God uses difficult times to push the church outside of the walls, and I think that is what is going on right now. The Church is being faced with the real question, ‘Are you going to be the Church in the world around you, or are you just looking at the building as being the Church?’” -Pastor Joe Brannen Main Points: Should churches continue to stream services after we re-gather for in person worship? (2:55) What have you learned from streaming your service? (7:11) How do you connect with your viewers, to invite them into the life of your church? (9:55) How do you start and maintain an online service, once you re-gather for in person worship? (13:10) What does it look like to include online viewers in the life of the church moving forward? (29:40) Resources: Streaming Pre-recorded Services Church Hack – a video that gives an overview and how to stream a pre-recorded service. Recording Basics Church Hack – an infographic for best practices for quality recording. GCI Creative Community Facebook Page– join the conversation between multimedia team members, Hope Venue Champions, worship team members, pastors, and anyone else who serves in their GCI congregation. The group serves as a safe space to share ideas, give feedback, and discuss best practices, all while having fun and expressing our God-given creativity! The post Crafting A Digital Worship Service w/ Joe Brannen first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
43 minutes | 6 months ago
Engaging with Your Community w/ Howard Salter
“This is where God has placed us. So, we asked him, Father, give us a heart for the people you have placed in front of us. And what do you know, God answers prayers like that.” -Pastor Howard Salter Main Points: What motivates you to engage with your neighborhood? (2:17) How does God empower you to connect with your neighbors? (5:27) How do you create a culture of prioritizing community engagement throughout your congregation? (8:12) What are some practical first steps to start engaging with our communities? (20:05) Resources: How to Identify Your Target Community– connecting with nearby, people. Outreach Planning checklist –help your team plan a fun-filled event that connects back to the life of your congregation. The post Engaging with Your Community w/ Howard Salter first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
39 minutes | 7 months ago
Children’s Ministry w/ Nicole Payne
“We desire from the moment, from parking lot on for there to be an encounter with God. We engage with and respond to the needs of families so that they really do encounter the presence of and the goodness of God.” -Nicole Payne, Hope Venue Champion Main Points: What are practical steps a church can take to develop a vibrant Children’s Ministry within a congregation? (6:46) What is a compelling vision for a Children’s ministry? (13:53) What are the indicators that communicate to families that children are valued in your congregation? (20:45) Resources: Equipper article with links to curriculum that align with the RCL Planning Center online software with tools for ministry The post Children's Ministry w/ Nicole Payne first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
41 minutes | 8 months ago
Communion w/ Cara Garrity & Dishon Mills
“So, we can bring nothing to the table. We have nothing to offer. But we, in the eating, that bread and wine become a part of us on a cellular level. It transforms from the inside out, so that we can become more like Jesus.” -Pastor Dishon Mills Main Points: Why do we participate in Communion? (3:30) How does incorporating Communion into your weekly worship flow made an impact on your congregation? (8:14) What are the key elements of Communion during your service? (17:06) What do you emphasize when setting the table for Communion? (22:16) What practical steps do you take in serving Communion? (27:31) Resources: Communion Graphics – Icons and photos to help present Communion during your weekly services. You’re Included – Dr. George Hunsinger talks about his work examining the theology of the Eucharist across different Christian heritages. The Lord’s Supper– Questions and Answers about Communion during our worship services.The post Communion w/ Cara Garrity & Dishon Mills first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
38 minutes | 9 months ago
Church Technical Teams w/ Mike Urmie
In this episode, host Joe Brannen, interviews Mike Urmie, one of his mentors and his co-pastor at GC Surrey. Together they discuss the deep impact technical teams (audio/ visual team.) have on a congregation. “How can we work together to make this the absolute best it can be for our God? Therefore, have that oneness and togetherness. So we need to look for a venue to really pull each other together in that way (relationally)… that needs to be in both directions between the musicians and the technical support.” – Mike Urmie, Technical Team Expert Main Points: What is Mike’s experience in the technical world? (7:09) What is the role of the technical team within a congregation? (16:09) How do you create unity in a team? (23:49) Resources: Mix Up Your Meetings – how to create space for relationship building into your team meetings. Creating a Volunteer Technical Team – tips from a site dedicated to church AV Teams.The post Church Technical Teams w/ Mike Urmie first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
47 minutes | a year ago
GCPodcast 013 – Heber Ticas – The Importance of Liberating Leaders
In this episode, host Joe Brannen interviews Heber Ticas, Superintendent of Latin America. Heber shares the importance of empowering and making space for new leaders. He talks about why to liberate others, practical signs to look for to see if you are, or not liberating others – and shares real-life experiences. “ You have to be liberated yourself before you can liberate others…I believe you have to come to the place and understanding that this is not my ministry; this is Jesus’ ministry. Now that understanding is liberating. The Lord has not just gifted me, he has gifted others.” – Heber Ticas, Superintendent of Latin America Main Points: How do you know if leaders are liberated? (8:46) What is the process for liberating leaders? (18:28) How can you create a culture of liberation in your congregation? (27:34) Resources: REAL Teams Video: Liberating Leaders Liberator’s Intent, leadership tool GCI’s Leadership Development Pathway The post GCPodcast 013 - Heber Ticas - The Importance of Liberating Leaders first appeared on Grace Communion International Resources.
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