We have some fantastic reading for you in Church Leader Insights this week. Enjoy!
In my previous post, I discussed why your church should be utilizing video more in 2018. I also promised that I would write about some ways we are seeing churches successfully use video. Here are six such ways:
1. Simulcast Services. This is probably the most common consideration when it comes to using video in the church. There are several platforms available to churches that want to stream their services online. Everything from free platforms like Facebook Live to more expensive ones that are for more professional setups can be used. Even if the services are not live online, they can be taped and uploaded at a later time for members who may have missed the service that week.
2. Facebook Live. I’ve seen several churches start to use Facebook Live for special emphases in 2018. One such church local to us in Nashville, The Bridge, is using Facebook Live during their 21-days of prayer to start 2018. They’ve seen an increased engagement in the campaign as a result of using video to complement what members are doing on their own. There are so many ways to use Facebook Live in your church. The possibilities are endless.
3. Instagram Live Stories. This is similar to Facebook Live, but involves more of a social media aspect and timeliness. Because of their 24-hour lifespan, Instagram Stories can be useful to provide a behind the scenes look at what goes on during the week at the church or for quick reminders.
For decades, North Korea has clearly been the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. But now, another nation nearly matches it.
Kim Jung-un’s country hasn’t moved from the No. 1 spot on the list for 16 years in a row. “With more than 50,000 in prison or labor camps, such a ranking is little surprise for the totalitarian regime that controls every aspect of life in the country and forces worship of the Kim family,” Open Doors reported.
But rivaling it this year is Afghanistan, which ranked No. 2 by less than a point. North Korea’s total score was 94 (on a 100-point scale), pushed above Afghanistan’s 93 by a 0.6 difference in their violence rating. In the other five categories measured—private life, family life, community life, national life, and church life—both countries received the worst scores possible.
“Never before have the top two countries been so close in incidents,” Open Doors USA president and CEO David Curry stated. “Both countries are extreme in intolerance and outright persecution of Christians in every area Open Doors monitors.”
I deal with pastors often who are trying to make leadership decisions. One of the most frequent discussions, and honestly one of the hardest things we do as leaders, is attempting to add quality and qualified staff to the team.
When you go to look for a new staff member I think it helps to have a paradigm through which you are seeking the next person. The more homework you do on the front end of the selection process the better chance you ll have of finding the right fit. Any good selection firm (and this is a great option sometimes) is going to really try to help you discern what type person will be a best fit for the job.
This is not a comprehensive post for this process, but I do hope I can help you think a little bigger picture when hiring the next person. We often think of Bill Hybel’s script chemistry, competence and character. I have added a fourth “C” to those words. You can read it in THIS POST.
But, I think there are even more questions we have to ask ourselves when hiring someone new for the team. One policy change we made when I arrived at the very established church where I lead is that whenever someone leaves our staff (and this is at any level or position) we would re-evaluate everything. We may or may not need to replace the person with the same position or the same type person. This has been invaluable, I believe, in seeing the success we have had in revitalization.
So, the next time you have an open position, let me give you a few more “C” words to ask yourself. Which of these would be most helpful to me at this time in my leadership?
Last year was a very difficult year in many ways.
Our culture has been battered by one crisis after another: scandals, shootings, angry protests, and a constant barrage of mad pundits shouting at each other in the media 24 hours a day. Our nation is deeply polarized and fractured into splinter groups that demonize each other on the internet. And, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in violence in our streets, schools, theaters, and now even in churches.
We’ve seen the rise in vile bigotry, hateful racism, and ignorant prejudices against different cultures and immigrants—in a nation that was built by immigrants! I imagine the Statue of Liberty is weeping. And we’ve seen the videos and heard the voices of people genuinely hurt by injustice or poverty, or by having their job shipped overseas.
How should followers of Jesus respond to all the anger we see erupting today? How can God’s family, the church, be the “peacemakers” and the “ministers of reconciliation” that Jesus commands us to be? How do we build bridges to each other instead of walls around our hearts and homes? We can begin by loving like Jesus loved.
Here are five important ways to do just that.
Psalm 8:5 says, “God made people just a little lower than the heavenly beings, and he crowned us with glory and honor” (NIV). That means God created every person with dignity. To love others, we have to realize that we all have been given the same dignity. You can’t give it to someone. It comes from God. You can only deny or affirm it in others.
“Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity” (1 Peter 2:17 The Message).
Thank you to our sources for this week’s blog posts:
Thom Rainer (Jonathan Howe) – How to Better Use Video in Your Church
Christianity Today (Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra) – The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Follow Jesus
Ron Edmondson – 3 Paradigms For Hiring the Right Staff
Pastors.com (Pastor Rick Warren) – Loving Like Jesus in a Fractured World