Keep up with all of the exciting news and events from International Shelby Conference 2017 in Dallas, TX by visiting our Shelby Blog. We will be posting highlights from the conference daily from June 14 – 16, 2017. If you are attending ISC this year, you can relive some of the best moments by watching a short video and reading a summary of the day’s activities. If you will not be attending ISC 2017, you can still get in on some of the excitement by watching and reading our Shelby Blog. We will be talking with some of the attendees to see how they benefited from the conference most. Remember to visit Shelby Blog (blog.shelbysystems.com) every day between June 14 – 16, and be watching for our daily ISC 2017 updates.
ISC 2017 in Dallas, TX is just around the corner. We have an amazing conference prepared for you. Part of the experience is a morning of praise and worship with Love & The Outcome (June 15). You are probably already familiar with L&TO’s radio hits (He is With Us, King of My Heart, The God I Know), but we thought you might like to get to know some of their other worship songs as well. Just click the image above to watch their “Strangers” music video. Shot in the California dessert, this video is designed to look like movie credits. The lyrics for the song are printed in purple. It’s not too late to join us for ISC 2017 where L&TO will be leading us in praise and worship. Just visit www.shelbysystems.com/isc for more details. Enjoy the video!
Staff bios help guests and church members relate better to those who are charged with the spiritual care of a congregation. While they don’t have to be exhaustive, there are a few items to consider including in each church staff member’s bio.
1. A current, professional photo of the staff member. The number of church staff pages that just list names and nothing else is puzzling. Photos help people identify with the church. Having a professional photo that is current for each staff member communicates that a church cares about details and is doing things well. 2. Information about what their job entails. With the growing number of unorthodox job titles in churches, there is often confusion over what area of ministry a staff member relates to. For example, a “creative arts director” could work with the worship ministry, the media ministry, the communications team, or all three. Provide clarity for each staff member so that someone can easily identify to whom they can direct questions or ideas. 3. How long they’ve been at the church. It’s not an essential item, but it is helpful. Knowing how long a staff person has been at a church provides context to visitors and members. There is a catch with this approach though. If you say “Joe has been on staff for 12 years,” then you have to update it every year. Try a format like “Joe joined the staff as student minister in 2005” instead. 4. Social media profiles. I understand that many people still do not have social media profiles or want them shared. But consider providing at least some social media connection if at all possible. Each staff member could pick the one social media platform they prefer and use it. Or you could list all available platforms. The specifics don’t matter as long as there’s at least some way to connect with the staff other than email. 5. An email address. Other than a picture, this might be the most important part of a staff bio. Contacting a church staff member should be as easy as possible. And email is the best way to allow for that contact to take place without providing too much personal information. 6. Personal information. If any of these could be considered optional, it would be this one. However, like a picture, personal information (likes, dislikes, alma maters, spouse and kids’ names) helps people better relate to the staff. So if it’s possible, then include it.
It may sound strange at first, but you are a pizza box. Watch as Pastor Jentezen Franklin (from Kingdom Connection) preaches an incredible sermon in only two minutes. It is one you will never forget. This brief video will forever change the way you think about pizza delivery. Enjoy this inspirational message and feel free to share it with your friends on social media.
A good church website answers questions for guests and members alike. While not every question and appropriate answer can be foreseen, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on your church’s website can be immensely helpful.
However, churches often don’t think through what answers or questions they place on the FAQ page—if they even have one. I would encourage your church to have a FAQ page on your site and to include the answers to these eight questions:
Where is guest parking? A map of specific directions are appropriate here. Make it as simple as possible for guests to understand where they should park. If you have a designated parking area for parents of small children, mention that. If you have special areas for senior adults or expectant mothers, mention those as well.
What is there for my kids? Parents want to know their kids will be safe and taught well. Share the type of curriculum you use as well as the format or structure of the classes. For preschoolers, let them know what the typical childcare setup is like and what snacks are likely to be served in case there is an allergy. Highlight your child check-in system. If your church integrates the family into worship, mention that. Remember to use terminology that is not insider language. Your kids’ worship service could be called KidzPraise or FirstKids. New parents won’t understand what those names mean unless you explain them.
How do I join the church? This should be a simple answer. Simply lay out your membership requirements. You’d be surprised at how many churches fail to mention their membership process on their websites. If you have regular membership classes, provide a link to the schedule or to a specific page that goes deeper into membership details.
How do I join a group? This is a great opportunity to explain what you call your groups (Bible study, Sunday school, life groups, home groups, etc.) as well as where people can find information about existing groups or new groups being started. You may even suggest those who are interested contact your discipleship pastor or leader to find out more information about specific groups.
Why do you ______? It’s likely that your church has an idiosyncrasy or two. You might partake in communion weekly or in a certain way. You may have special, quarterly baptism services. You may have a special time of prayer each week in the service. If your church has something that’s unique to it, explain it on your website.
How do I get involved in the ______ ministry? Churches need on-ramps for ministry to draw in volunteers. Make it easy for someone to understand the process of going from spectating to participating. Outline the process or requirements needed to serve in your church.
What denomination is ______ church affiliated with? If your church is affiliated with a certain group or denomination, it’s best to let people know. I know some pastors may think it will hurt the church, but honesty and integrity should always win the day. Churches should be clear about their beliefs and their doctrinal affiliations.
How do I contact the church for _______? This may be for weddings, benevolence, facility usage, or something else. If you get routine questions at the church about a specific item, include it in your FAQ. In fact, if you’re putting together a FAQ or revising your current one, talk to whomever answers the phone at your church. Your receptionist or administrative assistants will likely know what questions are most often asked because they are the ones who answer them most often.
Jennifer Fulwiler was a life-long atheist. Her dad would read Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” to her as a bedtime story. She was raised on science and reason and evidence-based rational thought. So, what caused Jennifer Fulwiler to question her world-view and begin a journey to find the truth? And once that journey began, why was Christianity the least likely option for her to consider? And after she finally did receive Christ as her savior, what were the results? You can find the answers to all of these questions and more in about 5 minutes by clicking the image above.
Jennifer Fulwiler is now a writer (with 6 kids) and has a radio show on SiriusXM Channel 129.
As we continue to prepare for an amazing International Shelby Conference next month, we would like to encourage you to become more familiar with the music and ministry of our Praise and Worship leaders: Love & The Outcome. Here are 3 songs that you may not be familiar with, but we believe they will be a blessing to you and prepare your heart for ISC 2017. Enjoy the music, and feel free to share these videos with your family and friends.
GATES (featuring Francesca Battestelli): When you strip down the instrumentation to just the very basics, the talent always surfaces. Watch this live acoustic performance featuring the co-writer of the song, Francesca Battistelli!
City of God: We are the city The city of God And we can’t keep it secret Your love is the light We will shine We will shine!
These Are The Days: Psalm 90:12 reminds us “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Don’t miss the powerful music ministry of Love & The Outcome (on June 15) at ISC 2017 in Dallas, TX. You can learn more by visiting our ISC 2017 web page today!