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Don’t Miss These Welcome Mini Movies from Freebridge Media

Let’s be real. If the church– the gathered community of believers– are not a welcoming group of people, then who would want to stick around and find out more about who Jesus is and what He has done? The church desperately needs to be a welcoming community, inviting people to come and see this wonderful news that Jesus has given us. Just read the words Jesus spoke in the Gospel of John:

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

– John 13.35

Maybe it’s time that we, the church, should put a little more emphasis on being a welcoming community. I’m not talking about membership, just yet; that’s a different conversation altogether. What I am talking about is simply being welcoming to those who decide to come to our service. This could entail saying “hi,” “hello,” “how are you today?” or “glad you are here.” It could be anything, really! If church exists to simply say “hi” to our immediate group of friends, or to sit with those we know, then I think it is safe to say we are grossly missing the point. The gathered people of God exist to glorify Jesus, and that includes being welcoming to those we don’t know. Here is one more verse before we dive in with some amazing mini movies from Freebridge Media:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

– Hebrews 13.2

This verse deals specifically with hospitality, but the concept of welcoming people, loving people, and of being hospitable to others all weave together into the point of loving others. That is absolutely something we are called to do.

If you decide to focus in on this theme one week during your services, then I encourage you to check out some of these mini movies from Freebridge Media that focus in on welcoming others.


Welcome Home

Hello

Home (A Church Welcome)

Welcome

Church Welcome

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In Case You Missed It – SCP Is Hiring

Are you looking for a career change? Do you know someone who is looking to advance their career, stepping into a wonderful opportunity to serve and resource tens of thousands of churches on a regular basis? If that resonates with you or someone you know, then keep on reading. Salem Church Products (SCP) is looking to expand its team and you could be the person for the job. So, who is SCP? Great question. The simple answer is that SCP is a group of people devoting their time to serving the Kingdom by resourcing churches with preaching/teaching tools, job hiring/seeking tools, media for services, and more. SCP serves the global Church in the hopes to provide the best resources and services to help advance the Gospel around the world.

SCP is hiring for two positions: Senior Web Developer, and a Website Administrator. Let’s take a look at both.

Senior Web Developer

Requirements:

  • 8-10+ years of web development experience
  • JavaScript, CSS, and HTML
  • ASP.NET
  • C#, PHP or Coldfusion
  • SQL Server & TSQL

If those 5 bullet points describe you, then send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to andrew@salemchurchproducts.com.

Website Administrator

Responsibilities

  • Serve and support customers via e-mail and phone, including some inbound and outbound sales related calls.
  • Investigate, troubleshoot, and solve technical issues
  • Write, proofread and upload content of various types and for newsletter publications
  • Website content management
  • Maintain and analyze reports of sales and customer behavior

If those 5 bullet points sound like your next step or if you know someone who fits that mold, then send a cover letter and resume to lisa@salemchurchproducts.com.

 

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Popular Stage Designs to Inspire Your Creativity

Hats off to those of you out there who get to spend your time dreaming, planning, mobilizing, and executing a well thought out stage design to use for services. No matter how big your church is, all eyes are directed to the stage, the place where worship teams gather to honor and glorify Jesus through music, and where pastors proclaim God’s glory by expositing the Word. No matter what happens on the stage, you had a hand in helping people be drawn into the presence of God and not be distracted by superfluous items.

I wanted to highlight an article from our friends over at ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. They recently posted an article of the best stage designs for June 2017. Some of these designs are just amazing. I personally like Burning Boards. Check out their post and let me know what you think.

Most Popular Stages – June 2017

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Thy Will Be Done

Thy will be done.

Those are the easiest words to say, and the most difficult to mean.

Thy will be done when I don’t see a way out.

Thy will be done when I’ve unknowingly created a vision of what Your will should look like, and have already started moving toward it.

Thy will be done when I have no human understanding of why or how you’re allowing this thing to happen in my life, and why you’re allowing it to keep happening over and over again.

Thy will be done in my grief, in my despair, in my heartache, and in my loneliness.

Thy will be done when I succeed and verbally give You the public credit, all the while harboring some secret self-reliance, pride, or even arrogance.

Thy will be done when the disease returns.

Thy will be done when the relationship goes south, or when the business plan backfires, or when the truth about who I really am is brought to some embarrassing light.

Thy will be done.

Kinda feels like we’re getting to the heart of those words now. Because at the heart of embracing the depth and breadth and soul and nuance of those four words – Thy will be done – is to add a simple phrase to their conclusion. What if we added – “…with no strings or expectations attached.” That’s what we’re really saying here, right? So…

 

THY WILL BE DONE WITH NO STRINGS OR EXPECTATIONS ATTACHED.

 

For me, that’s the very best way I can mean it when I say it, and I can say it and fully mean it.  It feels like surrender to me, and I’m unaccustomed to feeling enough of that. It feels like I just came closer to the heart of worship than when I sing words to songs. It feels like I’m confronted with the choice to either believe in the goodness of God, or to abandon that belief in His goodness altogether. It feels like I can now begin to see my life in the light of eternity, not in the glare of these earthly and temporal and individual events.

Christ is not inviting us into some version of Christian Karma, friends, where His will is somehow attached to our good or bad deeds, and our lives get easier as a result of following Him. Not even close. He’s inviting us to climb up onto an altar, not as a sacrifice that will die, but as one that will truly and finally live.

So today, God – Thy will be done.. and truly…

with no strings or expectations attached.

So what about you? If you were to fill in the blank at this moment of your life, what words would you use in that blank space?

Thy will be done with no strings or expectations attached, even when __________________.  

This post originally appeared on GaryMo.com. Used with permission.

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Celebrating July with Free Church Media

It goes without saying that the summer is amazing! Fishing, pools, beach, vacation, grilling, amusement parks… the list goes on and on. At the risk of sounding like I’m complaining, can I be real for just one second? July is hot! When I look at the forecast and see the next several days here all being in the high 90’s, I get a little wide-eyed to be sure. Put the humidity on top of those temperatures, and it just feels downright miserable at times. So I’d like to do what I can to offer a bit of relief to these hot days that are ahead of us. I want to offer you FREE MEDIA! If that doesn’t cure the hot summer days blues, then I don’t know what will. Take a look at the free media and tell me that doesn’t put a smile on your face. Once you’re done wiping the sweat from your brow, be sure to pass this along to your media loving friends.

Faithfulnes by Hillsong Worship

Faithfulness by Hillsong Worship from the album Open Heaven/ River Wild. Included in each download is a full master version of the song.

Here With You by Hillsong Worship

Here with You by Hillsong Worship from the album Open Heaven / River Wild. Included in each download is a full master version of the song.

Rad Vibes Countdown by Animated Praise

Neon colors and orbiting shapes create a lively, exciting atmosphere in this rad countdown. While trendy, art-inspired shapes scroll through the backdrop, a bold, black triangle frames the countdown clock, which is written in a modern, stylish font. An energizing style and vibrant colors make this countdown a great fit for kids services and youth events. Add a cool, contemporary vibe to your media library with the Rad Vibes Countdown. This video is a part of the Rad Vibes Collection.

As the World Shakes by Hillsong Kids

As the World Shakes by Hillsong Kids. Included in each download is a full master version of the song.

Mountain Range Countdown by Playback Media

This countdown features rays of light emitting from behind a purple mountain range, creating a vibrant glowing effect. It makes for a great start to any services themed on faith, nature or overcoming obstacles.

Free Video by Lightstock

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