re:Vision - Camp Create



Welcome to Camp Create By Rev. Cyndi McDonald Like most good ideas, this one started with storytelling. As we sat around a table at Glisson for a lectionary discussion, Kindling the Fire, Rev. Zack Martin shared about the Crossroads UMC summer music camp. Zack described how campers produce a full-fledged musical from popular culture. Last summer’s camp performed the Broadway musical Honk! The sanctuary was filled, and after the performances on Saturday evening ...

Developing Leaders in Your Church: Great Inspiration in this 'Romans 12' Newsletter


Be sure to read this edition of the Romans 12 Newsletter! It's about a great leadership development initiative that includes spiritual formation, study, and reflection on ministry.  From Romans 12 Newsletter Issue #204 August 8, 2014 Growing Spiritual Leaders Dixon United Methodist Church in Dixon, California, has launched a leadership development initiative that includes spiritual formation, study, and reflection on ministry. Meeting monthly, over the course of nine months, leaders gather on...

Are You on Pinterest? Us too!

Sybil Davidson


Are you on Pinterest? The social media site is an online tool "for collecting and organizing things you love." Users "pin" website links to virtual bulletin boards to keep up with recipes, decorating ideas, books, favorite fonts, and anything save-worthy the internet has to offer. It's an excellent tool for saving and sharing ministry resources, worship tools, spiritual inspiration, and church insights. That's why the North Georgia Conference recently joined Pinterest. If you're a "pinner" too,...

How to Pitch to 'Patch'

Sybil Davidson

7/15/2013 and other community news sites are an awesome way to let your neighbors know about all the great things going on at your church. I asked Kristi Reed, Patch's community editor for Gwinnett and Northeast Georgia, about how churches can share news and events through their local Patch site.   Patch provides three main (free) services that churches should consider taking advantage of:   1. Create your own news section on your local Patch site.   To create your own news section on Patch, go ...

1st Impression Survey from the Church We Visited Sunday


It was really good to have you at Harvest this week. I hope you enjoyed the service. I don't know if you're looking for answers, a church home, or just passing through. Whatever the case, I'm glad you chose to check us out.   We think church should be a fun practical place to get the answers we need for life and help us grow in a relationship with God. Helping people connect with God is what Harvest is all about.   By the way, as a first-time guest, you have a special point of view that we are ...

Ways to Meet Your Community: From St. Paul Grant Park


"Everyone said that Halloween trick or treating was huge in the Grant Park neighborhood. So we had the idea that we could open the church fellowship hall up as a Halloween Hospitality station. We recruited eight adults who did not have children, and asked them to be Halloween Hosts. We all dressed up in costume (the pastor was a Starbucks barista) and we did some minor decorating, simple orange and black streamers and three pumpkins. A new member here, a graphic artist, designed and made street ...

10 Amazingly Easy Ways to Live Out Your Faith on Pinterest


Tami Heim shared 10 amazingly easy ways to live out your faith on Pinterest in a recent blog post at She writes, "for those of us on the lookout for every opportunity to #LiveSticky, Pinterest is yet another place to share and live out our faith.  On this platform every board holds the possibility of becoming a glorious reflection the God we serve." A few of her ideas include: #1  Your Profile  Profiles are part of the first impression you make on any social media platform. On...

Ideas Generated in Worship Planning Workshop

10/8/2012  Special K launched an ad campaign in January of 2011 where people were asked to get on a scale in Times Square in order to be weighed? Would you be willing to be weighed like that? None of us wants to be weighed and found wanting but the idea of what we will gain when we lose took me to Lent.  Here are some folks at their weigh in

October is Clergy Appreciation Month


Did you know October is Clergy Appreciation Month? I like what Lovett Weems suggests in the Leading Ideas newsletter. Showing Appreciation for Your Pastor Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Some of you may know that October is designated Pastor Appreciation Month in some denominations and congregations. This is not a major national observance, but some churches do use the designation to make sure they show appreciation for their clergy leadership. While such gestures are thoughtful and appreciated, most ...

Have You Considered the Sunday School Rotation Model?


Sunday school classes for children sagging in attendance?   Struggling to get teachers to commit to teaching because preparation is demanding?   Classrooms outdated, empty, or underused?   Seeking to rekindle energy for Sunday morning children's classes this fall?   For over 20 years now, many churches have been answering these questions and concerns with the Rotation Model.  This approach is still working and if you haven't tried it, there is plenty of reference material available to help you ...

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