August 2015 Posts

Five Best Practices That Help Churches Advance Spirtual Growth

 

An excerpt from the book Rise, available now at Navpress.com 

GET PEOPLE MOVING

Jump-start newcomers with clear next steps by offering a spiritual “on-ramp” (like Alpha). Make the discipleship path and destination clear.

EMBED THE BIBLE IN EVERYTHING

Make Scripture the heart of the church culture. Take away people’s excuses by doing whatever you can to make Bible engagement easy.

CREATE OWNERSHIP

Help people “own” the vision of the church. Use your small group system to empower and equip them to grow as leaders.

PASTOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Make the local community your mission field by partnering with other churches and nonprofits to tackle local problems.

CHRIST-CENTERED LEADERSHIP

Surrender all leadership dilemmas and decisions to Christ. Humility and transparency are key.

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Learn more about Rise here.

Read the first chapter for free here.

Kid Talk Tuesday: Easy Devotions to Start the Day Off Right

Today’s post is by product & marketing manager Amie Carlson.

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The long, relaxing days of summer are over and families are getting back into the routine of going back to school. I don’t know about you, but I always liked the excitement of the first days back at school. And while routines can get a bad rap, there was always a welcome relief that came with the routine as well.

Those first few days of school can be hectic as everyone gets used to the routine again. Getting out the door in the morning can be challenging, but why not take this opportunity to instill some new habits in your children by instituting a short devotion time? Starting the day off with a few minutes of scripture and a prayer can really help start your child’s day off right.

I hear what you are thinking. It is hard enough to find time to get the kids dressed, fed, and out the door in time without trying to squeeze a little devotional time in the mix. I understand how this can seem daunting and like just one more item on the to-do list.

But the thing is, devotions with kids don’t have to be long and they don’t have to be yet another thing to squeeze into the morning routing. You can be creative in getting devotional moments into the day. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Create a prayer jar – write the names of family members or short prayer requests on Popsicle sticks and stick them on the kitchen table. Each morning while the kids are eating breakfast, have each one grab a stick and say a quick prayer or blessing out loud for the person on the stick.
  • Bathroom Verses – Write a weekly Bible verse on the mirror (use dry erase markers, lipstick, eyeliner or post its …whatever you have on hand). Each day erase or cross out one or two of the words in the verse. By the end of the week, your child will have it memorized.
  • Car time – Keep a children’s devotional book in the car and grab those quick minutes of car time to read through a devotion each morning or afternoon. If you have children old enough to read, have them be in charge of reading this out loud as you drive.
  • Audio Learning – Listen to audio episodes of Bible stories, Adventures in Odyssey episodes or worship music in the car. Engage your kids further by asking questions about what they are listening to.

 

There are many other ways to add devotional moments into the day. The biggest thing to remember is to be intentional and to look for those moments in your everyday routine.

Have you found a great way to do devotions with your kids you would like to share? Leave your ideas in the comment section.

The Arc Podcast #1

Introducing The Arc a new podcast from Tyndale featuring Joy Fabry and Adam Sabados in which they have literary conversations, author interviews and attempt to solve the mysteries of the publishing world.

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Join us for our first episode where Joy and Adam introduce the show and each other!

Click here to listen.

Click here to download and subscribe on itunes.

The Song of Seare E-book Sale and E-reader Giveaway!

The official launch of the third and final book in the Song of Seare series by C.E. Laureano, The Sword and the Song, is almost here! To celebrate we have some extra special e-book deals happening, plus you can enter to win an e-reader.

These e-book deals are a great way to catch up on the series before the next book releases on September 1st.

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Oath of the Brotherhood
Price: $.99
Available: 08/23 – 08/29
Find your preferred e-book vendor here.

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Beneath the Forsaken City
Price: $1.99
Available: 08/30 – 09/05
Find your preferred e-book vendor here.

Learn more about book #3 The Sword and the Song by clicking here.

Enter to win an e-reader sponsored by E-book Extra, Tyndale’s e-book deal e-newsletter!

Here’s how to enter:

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to sign up (by signing up you agree to subscribe to E-book Extra). Follow the directions for sharing to earn extra entries.

We’ll chose one winner on September 7th to win a new e-reader of your choice (up to $130 value).

 

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Kid Talk Tuesday: Lift-the-Flap Giveaway!

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We are excited to share with you a great opportunity to get your hands on a fun and interactive set of books from the Lift–the–Flap series! Between now and August 31st you can enter to win your very own Lift-the-Flap 3-Book Set!  Enter for your chance to win!

The set contains all three books in the Lift–the–Flap series: The Shepherd and the Sheep, Noah’s Big Boat, and When Jesus Was Born. The large flaps on each page unfold the story and show the hidden image, making it easier to remember the story.

Flaps unfold with every turn of the page, showing hidden pictures that bring a special surprise to readers. Children will be delighted as they discover the rest of the story behind each fold, and parents will enjoy the opportunity to share these favorite Bible stories with their little ones.

Enter to win a copy for yourself! Fill out the Rafflecopter for below to enter. We’ll chose the winner on August 31st!

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