Should Your Church Have an Email Newsletter?

Should Your Church Have an Email Newsletter?

Some churches rely primarily on print newsletters to communicate ministry news. Other churches look to social media as their main communications platform. While both have their place in the church, a consistent email newsletter is a good compromise between both print and digital that allows you to effectively reach your audience. Despite an apparent decline of email communication over the past few years, email marketing remains one of the most effective ways to keep your congregation informed... Read More
Married and in Ministry: Are You Having Serious Fun?

Married and in Ministry: Are You Having Serious Fun?

No one enters a marriage hoping for failure. Most couples start out with a huge amount of optimism, excited about the future that lies ahead. But your “best us”—attaining the best version of your marriage—doesn’t just happen. Even if (or maybe that’s, “especially if”) you’re in ministry. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at four practical action steps you can take to stay connected to each other and committed to becoming your best us. Here’s the first one … ACTION STEP 1: HAVE SERIOUS... Read More
The Secret Weapon in Every Kids Ministry

The Secret Weapon in Every Kids Ministry

We have all heard about the limited amount of time we as kids ministry leaders have with the kids in our church. It’s about 40 hours each year. We have 40 hours to unwrap all of the great things God has for us and deliver it to the kids in our church in a way they can remember and apply it to their life. 40 hours isn’t a lot. It’s not even an hour a week! How in the world can we invest all that needs to be invested in the children of our churches with less than an hour a week? Enter the secret... Read More
Taking Orange to the City

Taking Orange to the City

My name is Robert E. Purvey and I have the honored privilege to serve as Youth Pastor for the IMPACT Student Ministry at the Antioch Fellowship Church in Dallas, TX. Our student ministry serves around 600 teens in our church and our community partnerships. Our ministry serves students that come from the inner city and suburban context. As a ministry we realized that we live in society that changes fast and frequently. It seems like every week there is a new app to download. Every other month... Read More
Having Faith Conversations With Kids

Having Faith Conversations With Kids

“Well, like one time I forgot to study for a test. So on my way to school I prayed to God to help me do good on the test… and I did!” Out of the mouths of second graders, right? Has one of your few ever made a statement about faith in group that you know you should probably address, but you weren’t quite sure how? Yes, God wants to help us. No, God doesn’t always bail us out of our bad choices. And unfortunately, He doesn’t magically put information in our head during the tests we didn’t study... Read More