Worship without Justice Dishonors God

By Morgan Guyton
Isaiah 1:10-20 is a sobering prophetic passage in which God reams out the Israelites for thinking that they can honor Him while mistreating the most vulnerable of His people. We… read more

What is Follow the Star?

By Ministry Matters
Follow The Star is an Advent series offered completely free to churches and individuals. The videos were created to work together as a comprehensive Advent story in five parts:… read more

Helping Children Cope with Violence

By LeeDell Stickler
Because we live in a broadcast news society, children you know will be hearing this story over and over and over again for the next few days. How can you help the children in your … read more

Don't Leave Your Congregation in the Dark

By Ian Heston Doescher
"When Jesus was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, 'To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God… read more

Standing in the Circle of Grief

By Blair Gilmer Meeks
God of heaven and earth,you know the sound a sparrow makes when it falls to the ground. Hear now our voices joined in quiet outrage. We are thunderstruck, and we cannot find… read more

Service of Carols, Lessons, and Prayers

By Barbara Dick
A Service of Carols, Lessons, and Prayers is traditional for some churches, in others it can be an additional service to your planned worship times or added with some adaptations. … read more

Watchnight (New Year's Eve)

By Nancy C. Townley
Premise: The final night of the year finds many Christians reflecting on the events of the past and looking ahead to the future. This is a night devoted to a new covenant with our … read more

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

By St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where… read more

December Funerals

By F. Belton Joyner, Jr.
There is a special sadness upon entering a home where there has been a death and seeing a Christmas tree and under it perhaps presents for the deceased. The contrast between the… read more

Planning for Christmas Services

By David Lindner & Kevin Kruse
In this episode David and Kevin talk about planning Christmas services. The topic came up in the last episode of the podcast when we learned that Kevin had just finished his… read more

Ministry Matters 101

By Ministry Matters
New to Ministry Matters? Welcome! Here are some basic steps to get you started or if you prefer just click around, that works too! Six Steps to Help You Get Started: Click on one … read more

Boring Endings: Ya'll Come Back, Thanks for Coming, Go Eat

By Betsy Hall
If I visited worship at your church how would it end? My personal worship pet peeve is boring endings. You can spend hours with your worship team planning the entire service only… read more
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