Top Stories of MM's First Year

Created on April 10th, 2012

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Ministry Matters launched in Beta one year ago, on April 11, 2011. Check out the most popular content from our first year.
Top Stories of MM's First Year

Top Stories of MM's First Year

By Ministry Matters
Happy Birthday to Us! Ministry Matters launched in Beta one year ago, on April 11, 2011. Whether you've been with us from Day One or just found us lately, we hope your ministry… read more
A Savior Who Disturbs and Disrupts

A Savior Who Disturbs and Disrupts

By Chris Andrews
Mark 1:21-28 Jesus has a message. Jesus is an individual not with just words to fill an hour but with a message that can make the difference between life and death; a message… read more
Sermon: Who Are We Looking For?

Sermon: Who Are We Looking For?

By Travis Franklin
John 20:1-18 That first Easter experience is somewhat lackluster, especially in the lives of those first responders. The story involves three persons who were followers of Jesus. … read more
Giving It Up: A Sermon Series for Lent

Giving It Up: A Sermon Series for Lent

By Matthew L. Kelley
Many of us give up certain things for the forty days of Lent, and doing so can be a very beneficial thing for us. This seven-week series takes that idea one step further and… read more
Bandwagon Church

Bandwagon Church

By Matt Appling
Which is a better number: 12 or 12,000? Recently, my wife and I spent an evening with two friends from out of town. They attend a large and well known church with a prominent… read more
7 Reasons People Disappear from Church

7 Reasons People Disappear from Church

By Ron Edmondson
One frustration I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get… read more
How to Rid Your Church of Young People

How to Rid Your Church of Young People

By Ben Boruff
Young people are, by and large, missing from the church. This realization came one day when I opened my eyes and saw pews full of heads that were, with few exceptions, bald… read more
5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

5 Things Your Church Must Do at Christmas

By Betsy Hall, Shane Raynor
Earlier this week, someone asked us to list five things that churches really need to do at Christmas. We brainstormed and came up with the following ideas based on our own… read more
Top 5 Ways to Mess Up Your Christmas Opportunity

Top 5 Ways to Mess Up Your Christmas Opportunity

By Maurilio Amorim
Every year I have to convince senior pastors that Christmas Eve is a powerful and great opportunity to reach out to their communities. Catholic churches have known this for… read more
How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

How Christmas Can Help Your Church Grow

By Shane Raynor, Betsy Hall
Churches sometimes underestimate the importance of the Advent and Christmas seasons when planning their growth stategies for the year. Because December is such a busy month, it… read more
Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series

Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series

By Mike Slaughter
I stood before our congregation in the fall of 2004 and said, “I want you to have a slim Christmas this year . . . and whatever you spend on your family, bring an equal… read more
Christmas Day is a Sunday!

Christmas Day is a Sunday!

By Jessica Miller Kelley
If you haven't made that connection yet, let me be the first to inform you: Christmas Day is on a Sunday! While we all probably wish that everyone so valued the true meaning of… read more
Comparing Bell and Chan on Hell

Comparing Bell and Chan on Hell

By Patricia Farris
“Hell reappeared,” wrote Martin Marty in his August email column “Sightings.” Marty was referring back to his own 1988 piece in the Harvard Theological… read more
The Logic of Hell

The Logic of Hell

By Adam Hamilton
When I’ve suggested in the past that there might be Hindus in heaven, some of my conservative friends have found the idea unsettling. In what follows I’d like to… read more
Why Steve Jobs Left the Church

Why Steve Jobs Left the Church

By David Dorn
Steve Jobs lived as an innovator and died as a legend. He kept to himself and enjoyed his privacy. Recently I read an article about Steve Jobs’ faith. I was very surprised… read more
Sermon Starter: Thomas the Avatar

Sermon Starter: Thomas the Avatar

By Susan Brown
In the virtual world of online gaming, players can fully participate in alternate realities and existences.  Through the “magic” of the web, people can put… read more