Who is Ministry Matters for? Is it only for pastors?
Ministry Matters is a destination site for all church leaders, both paid and volunteer, interdenominational and nondenominational. The site’s goals are threefold: to equip, connect, and inspire people in ministry. While pastors will find much content designed specifically for them, other church workers, teachers, and leaders will find lots of helpful stuff as well.
How is Ministry Matters organized?
Think of it as three websites in one—a magazine, a reference library, and a social network. The magazine portion consists of articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts, and This Sunday worship and preaching content. Users are encouraged to comment on magazine content and share it with others. The reference library includes tens of thousands of pages of resources: Bible reference materials, sermon helps, and worship elements. Many articles and resources can be shared with hundreds of social networking sites directly from Ministry Matters or with others by using bins.
Is Ministry Matters free?
Yes, many resources on Ministry Matters remain available at no cost—including most articles, This Sunday bin items (weekly sermon and worship helps), most audio and video posts, and some Library content. All registered Ministry Matters users have unlimited use of the bin feature whether or not they are paid subscribers. Also, share ideas or comment using DISQUS. See also the FAQ on reprinting content in worship bulletins and newsletters.
Can I reprint Ministry Matters content in worship bulletins or church newsletters?
Unless otherwise indicated, most sermons, worship texts, and articles may be reproduced or projected for use within your congregation provided they are not used commercially or resold. A basic attribution reference to Ministry Matters somewhere in your church bulletin or visual presentation is all we require. If you are a student use the required citations by your institution.
What are bins? How do I get access to them?
Bins are like your own personal file folders to store the great stuff you find while exploring Ministry Matters. To create a bin, you simply need to register on the site. (It’s free!) Then when you see something you want to save for later, just click “Add to Bin,” and you can find it again any time by going to “My Bins" after you login. You have the option of making a bin public or private when you create them. Private bins aren’t listed in our public bin directory, but they can be shared with anyone you choose by sending them a private URL. One tip: name the bin unique enough that as you scroll down your list you won't have to click on each one to remember what is in it (the web editors have found this out the hard way).
How many bins can I create?
Registered users can create an unlimited number of bins.
What is This Sunday?
This Sunday is the most popular bin on Ministry Matters each week. It’s a pre-loaded bin of free content sermon starters and worship ideas for folks who like to just grab a few options and go. You’ll find it located prominently on the front page of the site, in the right-hand column. Content is chosen by Ministry Matters editors and usually includes multiple messages (sermons), worship helps, prayers, readings, children’s worship elements, sermon series, and selected reference items from the Library. Most This Sunday items can be used with the Revised Common Lectionary, a schedule of scripture readings used by hundreds of thousands of churches worldwide. You do not have to be a Premium Subscriber to use This Sunday.
Why are many titles in the Library marked Premium?
Titles marked Premium are only available to Ministry Matters subscribers. For full details regarding subscriptions visit the Subscribe Now page or email email@example.com
Why should I subscribe to Ministry Matters?
Subscribers get complete access to Library content, including the entire New Interpreters® line of reference materials—the New Interpreters® Bible, 12 volumes (print value $799), the New Interpreters® Dictionary, 5 volumes (print value $400), the Works of John Wesley: Bicentennial Edition with complete notes and commentary, scores of worship and teaching resources, children’s and youth ministry resources and more!
How much is a subscription?
The regular price of a Premium Subscription is $14.99 a month. If you pay for a full year, it’s only $149.99. That’s a savings of around 30 bucks! Or it’s like getting two months free, whichever way you want to look at it! Currently enrolled students can get the same subscription for only $69.00 a year. Before you purchase, check with the library at your institution they may already subscribe. Sweet!
How can I pay for a subscription?
We accept most major credit cards, including Mastercard, Visa, Amex, and Discover. You can also pay using a personal or church Cokesbury account. Better yet, hint around to your parents, friends, spouse, or deacon board because we have Gift Subscriptions for 6 months or for a year!
What does Ministry Matters do with the money from subscriptions?
The Ministry Matters web editors wanted to use the cash to support our coffee habit, but the powers that be insisted we use it to pay royalties, develop new content, and add new features to the site! Oh well… if they insist.
How do I renew my subscription?
Subscriptions automatically renew at the end of your current term. The monthly or annual renewal date is based on your original subscription date. If you want to cancel your subscription, you may cancel online, by email, or by phone through a Ministry Matters customer service representative. For more information, view our Terms of Service.
How do I cite Ministry Matters in an academic paper?
In today's digital world, page numbers are not always fixed or even given. (Think of a Kindle book and how font size changes the number of words on a page.) So, when citing from a reference book in digital format, page numbers are not necessary. When in doubt, ask your professor what method he or she would prefer.
Here's what the Chicago Manual of Style has to say:
[Citing a] Book published electronically
If a book is available in more than one format, cite the version you consulted. For books consulted online, list a URL; include an access date only if one is required by your publisher or discipline. If no fixed page numbers are available, you can include a section title or a chapter or other number.
1. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (New York: Penguin Classics, 2007), Kindle edition.
2. Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, eds., The Founders’ Constitution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), accessed February 28, 2010, http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/.
3. Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
4. Kurland and Lerner, Founder’s Constitution, chap. 10, doc. 19.
Do you offer group or institutional discounts?
We offer special pricing for libraries and churches wishing to subscribe ten or more individuals. Rates are based on the number of log-in IDs your organization needs. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are currently a student, we offer a special rate of $69 per year. Just click the "Student Subscription" tab on the Subscribe Now page. Please use your .edu email address to verify your student status, or contact Subscriptions directly if you are training for ministry but do not have a .edu address.
The Student Subscription includes all the resources of our Premium Subscription at a rate that recognizes the sacrifices you're making to prepare for ministry.
How to use your Institutional Registration Number (access code)
By using the IRN we tie your Institutional Subscription to only your current enrolled students and faculty.
- Click 'Create Your Ministry Profile' in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
- Click 'Submit'
- Click 'Sign in' (top right corner) then Login
- On the 'My Profile' page
- Click 'Institutions' on the right-hand side
- Enter your Institution Registration Number (access code) that you received from your administrator and click 'Submit' (note Capitalization is important!)
- You should see 'Welcome back, Your Name' on the top right-side.
- If you have trouble contact Customer Service email@example.com or 1-800-409-5346
Institutions using IP addresses
If a student or faculty member is on campus (and we've set up your Institution's IP addresses) and they access the Premium Subscription content it will load.
If an off campus student accesses Premium Subscription content without using a Proxy Server, they won't be recognized as part of the Institutional Subscription but as an individual customer and they will be required to login.
We recommend you use an Institutional Registration Number (access code) that was provided for you, if you need assistance contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-409-5346.