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There’s a lot that goes into growing a church and finding the right niche to appeal to people. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea for today’s post to spotlight a few helpful Christian tools (most are online) that can give your ministry a little boost. 1. MelissaData.com can help you find registered non-profit organizations in your area. This is awesome for new missions work. 2. YouVersion Bible App has been mentioned before in one of my posts. Get it for your phone to easily read Bible verses on the go and sign up for a Bible study plan for yourself. You can complete the whole Bible in one year on one of these plans! 3. Reverendfun.com comics are great for a daily laugh! In one of the Sunday School classes at my church, funny pictures are often displayed before class starts to entertain the people waiting for it to begin. 3. BibleStudyTools.com provides popular Bible verses, Bible notes from other people, translations, a daily devotional, etc. This could be a great tool for your small groups! 4. LivingGraceCatalog.com has a wide variety of church products. A few minutes browsing their site can help you find much needed items for your ministry. 5. EasyFundraisingIdeas.com has ideas, groups, products, and a fund raising thermometer for your website to keep your members up to date on your progress. The site has a good number of tools to help in managing your church events and fund raising efforts. Have a great day!


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Are you part of a large church? Small church? Somewhere in-between? If your church is attracting a lot of new members and is growing at a pretty steady rate, it will be necessary to think of new ways to stay connected. Of course, keeping your current members is a must. Creating new classes and programs is one way to reach out, since the old way of greeting everyone by name is probably a fading option. Isn’t it a totally different story, though, than when your church was smaller? Smaller churches still have their advantages of knowing most of their members. People feel more welcomed and closer to the church when this opportunity is available (if you aren’t one who’s good with names, I take back my previous statement). Besides the size of your church, there are other factors to consider. For instance, age depends heavily on how people respond to you. Texting a lady in her early seventies might not be as effective as texting a teenager about an upcoming event. Is there one way of connecting with people that works better than another? How do you connect with your ministry?


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Today is the last day to get your name in the drawing for a free iPod Touch! If you haven’t already, go to the Christian Web Trends blog, follow these 2 steps, and you will be registered to win… 1) Share this post (from the Christian Web Trends blog) on Facebook/Twitter or click the “Like” button below. 2) Post a comment under the Christian Web Trends blog post from Tuesday telling them who your favorite singer was as a child and who your favorite singer is now. Be sure to include the Facebook/Twitter account that you posted it to. *Rules are also posted on Christian Web Trends. They will randomly select one winner today at 5:00 PM Eastern. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Go go go!!

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As we said on Tuesday, your chance to register for our iPod giveaway on the Christian Web Trends blog is going on now! It will go from today until next Tuesday (February 22), and it’s an awesome opportunity for you to try and win! If you haven’t done so already, follow these 2 steps and you will be registered to win: 1) Share this post (from the Christian Web Trends blog) on Facebook/Twitter or click the “Like” button below. 2) Post a comment under the Christian Web Trends blog post from Tuesday telling them who your favorite singer was as a child and who your favorite singer is now. Be sure to include the Facebook/Twitter account that you posted it to. *Rules are also posted on Christian Web Trends. They will randomly select one winner on February 22nd at 5 PM Eastern. Ready, set, go!

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To many people’s surprise, there are a number of well-known companies that base themselves on Christian beliefs and standards. According to CNN’s Belief Blog post, “10 Religious Companies (Besides Chick-fil-A)”, some of the most successful companies in the world are included in this Christian category. Some that might be surprising to you are: Whole Foods, Tyson Foods, Inc., Forever 21, and Walmart (to name a few). Hobby Lobby was included on this list, but if you’ve ever stepped foot in a Hobby Lobby, it would not surprise you that they embrace these same beliefs. What else that is not-so-surprising is that atheists seem to be the group that would most likely oppose companies like these, due to the fact that they have that religious foundation. The Barna Group has an article out now called “Do Americans Support Christian Businesses and Brands?” , where they did a study on 1,022 people from around the country and found out that 27% of people (with the highest numbers coming from elders in the South) are a lot more likely to buy from a company that manages its business according to Christian principles. Although 1% did say that they would be “a lot less likely” and 2% said they would be “a little less likely” to buy from one of these companies, the majority of people (51%) said it would make “no difference” to them. Do you think Christian foundations in large companies ensure better work ethics? What are your opinions?

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Today marks the first day of registration for our iPod Touch giveaway that is happening on the Christian Web Trends blog! It will go from today until next Tuesday (February 22), and it’s an awesome opportunity for you to try and win! We are giving away a brand new iPod Touch and all you have to do is follow these 2 steps: 1) Share this post (from the Christian Web Trends blog) on Facebook/Twitter or click the “Like” button below. 2) Post a comment under the Christian Web Trends blog post from today telling them who your favorite singer was as a child and who your favorite singer is now. Be sure to include the Facebook/Twitter account that you posted it to. *Rules are also posted on Christian Web Trends. They will randomly select one winner on February 22nd at 5 PM Eastern. Ready, set, go!

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Although Valentine’s Day is not thought to be a religious holiday… (and can be celebrated and respected by anyone that is not currently scorned by love) it was in fact named after the Catholic priest, St. Valentine. Unsure of what the true story is, there are a few interpretations of how St. Valentine came to represent such a beloved holiday (pun intended):
  • One rumor states that St. Valentine helped tortured Christian citizens escape from Roman prisons.
  • He was also said to have performed private marriage ceremonies to young couples during a time when Emperor Claudius II banned young men from marrying due to the need for more soldiers in the Roman army.
  • Interestingly enough, it is thought that Valentine’s Day takes place in February because it was either: when St. Valentine died… or… to Christianize the Lupercalia festival (which took place to celebrate spring and to give men the chance to draw a name from an urn and ultimately marry the woman whose name he pulled). This ritual was not thought to be very “Christian”, so “Valentine’s Day” was named after him to “Christianize” the festival.

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Many of you are probably conducting events at your church for Valentine’s Day next week, and much like you, we will be having ourselves a fun-filled week next week. On Tuesday, we will be starting our giveaway on the Christian Web Trends blog, where we will be giving away a brand new iPod Touch. Once you have visited their blog site and followed the 3 simple instructions, you will be in the running to win. The drawing will end a week later (2/22/11), and the winner will be announced on their site! On Thursday, two of our sales guys will be in Houston, TX to exhibit at the Texas Ministry Conference. This conference is a great way to meet other church leaders and the people who support them. With over 70 workshops, you are bound to leave with lots of great information and a chance to speak with us one on one about Shelby!