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Category: Worship Planning


5 Bad Habits Killing the Effectiveness of Your Church’s Announcements – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: There are five precious minutes in your service that are solely intended to move people to action. The announcement time in your church service is a high leverage opportunity to encourage your people to move from where they are to where you want them to be. It […]


Do These 5 Things Now to Give Your Christmas Services More Impact

by Rich Birch: Christmas is a really big deal at your church. It’s the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and it also represents some of the largest services you may host all the year long. From this vantage point, all these weeks away from the crunch time, […]


5 Simple Changes to Make Your Church More Unchurched Friendly – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: You got into the ministry to reach people with the timeless message of Jesus. At some time in your journey, you’ve probably shed tears over the fact that there are people in your community who don’t follow him. You didn’t get in this to keep the people […]


12 Steps of a Multisite Launch Timeline

By Ethan Welch: So you’re thinking about laughing a new campus? There are many questions every church faces when exploring this opportunity. Topics like location, facility, staffing  timelines, and finances are all important to cover and address in the process. Let’s walk through 12 steps to help your new campus launch well. 1. Decision Early on, your […]


What’s the Goal of a Music Ministry?

by Matt Merker: The goal of a music ministry is to accompany, facilitate, and enhance the singing of the people of God. In this sense, everyone in the church is part of the choir. Matt Merker is a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C., where […]


Do These 8 Steps When Your Church Launches a New Series

by Rich Birch: Church growth is more of a flywheel than a cannon shot. It requires consistent energy applied in the same direction over time to see results. It doesn’t happen overnight but as you gain traction the small wins start to add up and something truly amazing happens. A […]


Episode 189: Leadership & Multiethnic Ministry

How do you keep your congregation unified when there is a language barrier? In Episode 189 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, we’ll talk about some ways to remove the language barrier in a multiethnic ministry. Here’s Lynn with today’s question: Do you recommend utilizing headsets for a congregation that speaks […]


20+ Downloadable Graphics Your Church Can Use to Promote Baptisms

by Rich Birch: Baptism is a vitally important part of discipleship process for the people at your church. It’s also an amazing time in the life of your church. Make sure that you are leveraging this opportunity in the life of your church to communicate about all the life change […]


My Top 5 Church Planting Lessons

By Shawn Lovejoy: As I reflect on my church planting experience at Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, Georgia, I am often amazed at how much God did and how much I learned through the process – and the ups and downs! As I reflect on everything that’s happened in my […]


Does Online Church Hurt Attendance at Your Physical Location?

By Warren Bird: Are you curious whether online church helps or hurts attendance at the physical locations of churches like yours? Overall, do you think the growth of online church been a good thing for the Christian movement? Or what about experimentation over microsites, such as “dinner church”? What kind […]