Church Outreach Websites

OUTREACHBuilding a church outreach website is very simple. When you want to reach large groups of people without having to actually go somewhere you best bet is to create a church outreach website. For this type of website you wouldn’t need web posts and writers per say, you will simply need someone to make the landing page.  You can make a css button link so that you can send related topics about the church itself to both members and non-members. Many churches are starting to offer an outreach website so that they can draw in more new parishioners and keep them up to date on current sermon series, a schedule of events, and guest speakers.

A church outreach landing page would only need to include information about the church, the address, the preachers, the number, and the schedule of services. Then under that or on the side of the page you can put a schedule of events, guest speakers, sermon series being discussed and when, and a schedule of classes that they offer.

This type of page is a basic information page that would be simple to run and cost effective. Many churches will build these elaborate sites where you can download sermons, have chat sessions with others, and link to multiple videos of the preacher in action but not all of that is necessary to draw in more dedicated Christians.

Less is sometimes more when it comes to church outreach landing pages. Yes you can create buttons to pages that offer reviews on your sermons and parishioners love for the church, but for a landing page you only need basics to draw in the attention of a true Christian. Many Christians will go to the popular church but they don’t always feel like they are being washed with God’s love. When you go to a minimal church with goals and priorities that are focused are your similar goals and priorities you will feel much better about the church you go to and the love that god is showing you.

How you feel at church is one of the best indicators on whether or not it’s the right church for you. If you go in feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or worried about the surrounding environment then it’s probably time to search for a new church. To do that simply look for some local churches landing pages and see how the page fits in with your view of what church you would like to be a member of. This can help you to determine if that church is worth visiting and seeing if it’s a right fit. Many times you won’t find the perfect fit right away, but keep trying and eventually you will find the church that suits your needs and preaches on a level that you understand. Church is a place that you should feel welcome and loved, not scared or nervous. So remember to go with your gut feelings when touring new churches. Not all people that go to church are in your best interest and not all churches are created equally.

 

Music in the Christian World

music and religionMusic is a big part of the Christian world and many musicians that are in church bands play musical instruments such as guitars, drums, other musical instruments that are associated with Christian music. Lots of music associated with Christians has tambourines, drums, guitars, pianos, and keyboards. Many guitarists are always looking for the best guitar to play for their church services. Not every Christian church believes in musical instruments so the use of musical instruments is decided upon by the church. Each Pastor has the choice to choose how he wants to conduct the music for worship. Some of them choose to use instruments, some use hymns, some even use DVD or video music. But others choose to use vocal worship instead of instrumental worship. With vocal worship the whole congregation sings songs about worship and praise. This makes the vocal acoustics vibrate through the church sanctuary and sounds so melodious. When you add instruments to the vocal worship music it produces a much more harmonious sound and adds rhythm to the music. Music is the universal language that everyone understands. In praise and worship it is a great way to start the service.

Resonator Guitar

One such great guitar is a resonator guitar. Resonator guitars are perfectly tuned, mesmerizing pie plate guitars, and that has 6 strings. It is an acoustic guitar that produces sound by one or more metal cones instead of a wood sound board like the original acoustic. The most notable sound they connect with is Bluegrass or Blues. This type of guitar provides a great sound for different types of music making it a unique purchase.

Bass Guitar

Bass guitar is similar to an electric guitar but with a longer neck and has four to six strings. The most popular bass is the four string guitar. Similar to the electric guitar the bass guitar is plugged into an amplifier. Since the 60’s the bass guitar has replaced the double bass in lots of music genres.

Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar is another type of guitar that can be used in making great gospel music. With an electric guitar you are hooked up to an amplifier and use pickups to transfer the vibrations of the strings into electrical impulses. Electric guitars need amplifiers and speakers to produce a sound that is a vibration. This sound is unique and all its own.

Acoustic Guitar

An Acoustic Guitar is an instrument that only uses acoustic sound instead of electric sound. This means it transmits the vibrations into the air to produce the sound. The sound depends on the string length, mass, and tension. An acoustic guitar is not one that is hooked to an amplifier or speaker.

Guitars are a major part of music making, they create the sound that most music revolves around. The drums is the beat, but the guitar is the melody that makes the sound smooth and dramatic depending on the genre of music. With Christian music you want to sound like your praising the lord with your glorious sounds from the instruments and the words of praise from the singers.

 

Outsourcing your churches maintenance needs.

Churches are filled with people every Sunday morning and night and Wednesday evenings. This can provide a lot of wear and tear on the church building. Some churches are housed in older facilities that haven’t had many updates to the electrical and plumbing. Although churches receive tithes from the parishioners it doesn’t always cover the cost of these repairs and upkeep. Many churches that are large have onsite maintenance that can repair something when it goes wrong. But smaller churches rely on kindness and tithes to supplement the cost of repairs. How do you find the right repair man for the job at hand without going over budget? Sometimes it’s as simple as talking to one of your disciples. Lots of people go to church and some of them may even be able to do maintenance for you as volunteer work. But if that isn’t the case you may be able to get a discount for being a church when you call local businesses.

Another way is to look online, click here and you can get a great company to help you with your plumbing needs. Maybe you need a grounds keeper or electrician, these are all things that can be found online or in the yellow pages. Some companies offer a discount to non-profit organizations such as churches or preachers so be sure to check that out when you contact them. Lots of times with smaller churches you just don’t have the funds or volunteers to work on the maintenance so you have to do it yourself. Good ways to do this is to research how to books or websites. Some of it is self-explanatory while some of it may require a little bit more technical knowledge. Whatever the maintenance need is you’re sure to find great help if you just look hard enough. Maybe hold a fundraiser or potluck for the community so you can earn the funds you need to hire that professional needed. You can hold a car wash and raise funds. Or you can simply ask for volunteers from the parishioners. The best way to get help with your needs is to pray upon the right answer.OUTSOURCING

 

God will direct you in the way you need to go and provide for you the means to get there. Every now and then the government has grants to help churches and schools provide necessary maintenance to their structures and update their buildings. These are not done often and can take time but it is one way of getting the funds you may need. The least likeable option is to approach a bank or investor for a loan. This can be more trouble than it’s worth in the long run. Loans are something that has to be paid back with interest over a certain amount of time and even churches are not exempt from having to pay them back making it the least likable decision. Raising awareness in your community and doing some community outreach is probably going to be your best bet to ensure that the maintenance is done and show the community that they are helping revitalize the area.

 

The ‘Good’ Christian’s Wedding

CHRISTIAN WEDDINGAs a Christian you want to be Christ-like in all areas of your life. You want to be the Good Samaritan. You want to be as open as the Tax Collector or as sincere as the woman at the well. But what examples do we have of how to throw a Good Christian Wedding?

In the Old Testament many couples got married, and in the New Testament Jesus himself went to a few. Man of the older Biblical traditions have died away, for example we no longer arraign children to each other for when they are of age. However, one thing that hasn’t changed much is the Wedding Celebration. Although two thousand years ago a Wedding Celebration could last up to seven days, now we pack all of that into one amazing night.

Modern Wedding Celebrations typically occur just after the Ceremony. There’s lot of good food and drink and merriment, but one of the pivot points is, of course, that first dance. Nobody wants to get up in front of a room full of friends and family and fumble awkwardly around the dance floor for three minutes slowly going bright red and stepping on your partner’s toes.

A quick and easy way to fight that fear is to check out chrisvassiliou.com. The great thing about lessons is that you can focus yourself on a style, say the Waltz which would be quite common. Or, you can pick out your wedding song, whatever it may be, and ask your teacher to show you the best moves to go with that song. If you’re really committed, you can learn a range of dance moves so you can party on the whole night long and impress your attendees.

You can pay per lesson and there are no contracts or stipulations. If you feel you got the hang of it after one lesson then you simply take the one. If you’re struggling, do a few more. When it comes to the wedding you should have everything perfect, and your dancing is a big part of that.

If you are the nervous type, take some lessons on your own. You don’t have to involve your partner at the early stage. Get a few practice lessons in and then invite him or her to join you. Or, if you’re a bit more outgoing and creative, invite a group along, let’s say the bridal party or the groomsmen, and figure out a group dance you can all do to start the night rolling.

When it comes to a Wedding you really can pull out all the stops. Biblically, if you don’t have an amazing night that you’ll never forget, you’re doing it wrong. This is the most important day of your life so you want to celebrate it in the same way. Getting your dance on is a big part of that celebration, so don’t let yourself down. Get some lessons and get dancing.

How to protect your home and family when you pass on

life insurance and religionWhen you meet your spouse and get married, you have children, and buy a house. These are the steps of adulthood. As many people know as long as your right with Jesus you will go to heaven and meet your maker but the ones left behind are the ones that suffer financially, emotionally, and spiritually sometimes. They lose their way wandering why this happened to their loved one? What could they have done to prevent this tragedy? Sometimes prayer is the best option to finding these answers. But one thing you can be sure of when you die is that as long as you left them with mortgage insurance coverage and life insurance for the funeral and bills then you have done your part in taking care of your loved ones after your gone.

So what do you do when you want to protect your home in the event of your death? Mortgage life insurance will protect your home in the event of your death. Mortgage life insurance is a term policy that will pay your mortgage off when you or your spouse or both of you pass on. This will protect your children from losing their home and being left with the mortgage. They also offer critical illness coverage that will protect your mortgage in the case of a critical illness. These are great options to help protect your mortgage. Check with your insurance broker for the latest plans and to get critical illness explained.

There are many forms of critical illness here is a list of just a few that can be covered.

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary bypass
  • Kidney failure
  • And some types of cancer

These are all considered critical illness under the critical illness rider in an insurance policy. Many insurance policies carry critical illness riders for a little extra a month. With critical illness riders they pay a portion of your benefits in advance once diagnosed with a critical illness, this portion is based on the illness and will go to help you pay for treatments, take your kids on one last vacation, pay your bills, and help you get your debt under control before you pass. Remember though for critical illness insurance to pay out you must be considered critical or life threatened by your illness.

God is there to protect the spiritual wellbeing of your loved ones once you’re gone. He will lay his hands upon them and take in their pain and suffering and make things better. It will be rough for them emotionally for a little while but as long as they are true believers and lay their problems in his hands he will provide a way to see them through this struggle. Knowing that you are up there looking down on them and protecting them from harm will God is blessing their lives will make the transition much easier for them. Prayer will help and visiting the local Christian grief counselor will help your spouse and children work through their feelings. Grief is difficult but with the right church behind you can move through it and come out on the other side whole again.

 

 

Where does technology fit in with religion?

RELIGION AND TECHWhere do gadgets fit in with religion, and church? This is a question that deserves a lot of thought. Religion started in a time when there was no technology. The most technological thing they were doing in Jesus’ time was building structures and keeping track of time through a sun dial. But as centuries passed the scientists developed more and more advancements to help improve our lives. Some of these advancements have improved upon the Churches way of getting the message out, such as cameras, websites, and network broadcasting. Some churches don’t believe in broadcasting on live television but a lot of churches do. Over the years there have been many public figures that represent religion have fallen from the graces by acting in unbecoming manners and they were on national television, this has given churches a bad opinion of being on television. But every church is different and some do not see this as a problem. With all the technological advancements that have made it easier for churches prosper they are making strides at bringing religion to the masses. I found this hot gadget site and on this particular site it has so many new gadgets that are inspired by life.

Some of these new gadgets will help preachers and parishioners with their relationship with the bible. There are many apps that can be purchased on your phone that are religious based, such as the bible apps and the word apps for writing your sermons. There are many more people that work in a church than the preacher, there are grounds people, and administrative people. These positions require constant communication with each other throughout the day and a great tool to use for this is an intercom system, but what if they are not at the church? Then you are going to need to have some way to communicate with the other employees while working, one way to do that is to provide smart watches to everyone so they can contact each other with ease. Another way is to provide a smart phone that has many features that can be used for the running of the church.

Many churches are now converting their sermons to DVD for at home viewing, this is a great service to offer for those elderly that can’t get to the sermon. Some people are home bound but enjoy a great church service, the best way to get a great sermon and not have to leave their house would be to purchase the complete season of sermons so that they can have church service whenever they need to. This can be very profitable for churches. It will help supplement when the tithes are not enough to cover the cost of running the church. Many smaller churches are starting to offer this service for the elderly and home bound.

Lots of churches are also broadcasting live on their websites. They can reach more people all over the world by doing this, making the preacher more known across the world. Some third world countries have recruited preachers to come and help them build their church by locating a great preacher online. You can find many great sermons online by using simple keywords. These are all great options for adding technology to your church to further your religious message.

 

 

 

How To Keep Your Loved Ones Safe From Firearm Accidents-Another Great Freedom

FIREARMSOne of the greatest freedoms in the American constitution is the freedom of religion. Another great freedom we have is the right to bear arms. As with all of our constitutional rights, these come with great responsibility. Firearm accidents take place across the United States of America every year, taking thousands from their loved ones and returning them to God long before their time.

In 2011 the U.S.A. suffered from over 11,000 gun homicides and over 850 unintentional shooting deaths across the country. This number is far too high and will continue to climb with the next report. Let’s start making our communities safer for those we love and those who may be lost as well.

Here are the top 5 ways you can increase firearm safety in your home and community:

 1) Guns should be emptied when not in use.

When you’re finished with your firearm and the day of hunting is over, unload your weapon. Don’t put all your trust in your firearm’s safety latch and go the extra step of emptying the cartridge when it’s time for storage. For added safety precaution, keep the bullets apart from the actual firearm. Especially in the case of those with curious children in the home, it can never hurt to be extra cautious.

 2) Keep your guns in a safe place.

Now that your gun has been emptied, store it away in a locked box or safe. There are gun safes for sale all over America and they are a worthy investment for the safety of your family. Be sure to keep the key in a safe place too. Perhaps somewhere that children can’t reach or in a private area of the house reserved for parents only.

 3) Don’t alter your gun.

Some firearm owners like to get creative with their guns. Being a gun owner is a life-long hobby and many are quite skilled at gun modifications. That being said, if you are not licensed to do so, it could be dangerous. Have your gun serviced by a professional to ensure you and your loved ones are not in danger of a faulty firearm.

 4) Use the right bullets for your firearm.

Each firearm is suited best for a certain type of ammunition. Changing the ammunition could alter how the gun loads and fires. This could lead to a serious accident if you haven’t gotten your ammunition approved for your firearm by a professional. Check out your local firearms retailer or hunting shop for the best advice.

 5) Be clear on your target.

This may sound like an obvious one, but that is often how accidental injuries occur. Make sure nothing is obstructing the barrel of your gun before pulling the trigger. Also survey the area around and behind your target. Make sure there is nothing else in the background that could alter the path of the bullet or cause it to ricochet in the wrong direction.

 

Everyday we live with faith in our hearts, so lets keep safety on our minds as well. Share these tips with friends at church, at the gun club or on your next hunting trip. You never know when your friendly reminder could save a life. We all need to participate in gun safety in our communities to ensure the future generations can enjoy the pleasure of responsible firearm ownership. It starts with you so spread the word! Be safe and have fun.

What should your appearance say about you-and your religion?

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What does religion mean to you? How do you see religious men and women and their daily appearance? Appearances can be something very difficult to determine when it comes to certain religions like do you wear makeup, is pants acceptable, and is it acceptable to grow a beard, do you wear your hair up or down? These are all questions many people have questioned themselves about for many years.

Women of faith have always been questioned about why they dress the way they do and whether or not they should wear makeup. Some women believe that to be religious that you must wear skirts and no pants. Some women believe if you wear makeup that you are going against gods wishes. But all of those are judgments by other women and judging someone is a sin to god. So what is the real way a women should dress or how her appearance should be when she is religious? Each religion is different and has their own standards of dress and how to represent yourself to the public. Mormons believe in subtle ways of looking, nothing flashy, and long skirts for the women. The Amish community believe in covering up their heads wearing long dresses and skirts and no makeup. While the Baptist believe that women can wear anything appropriate for public and makeup is no sin. So what do you think about women and their appearance in the religious world?

Some of the questions that we can ask ourselves is what do women in religion do to help themselves look and feel pretty? God tells us not to be vain but we as women still need to feel pretty and look pretty in our day to day lives. One way that women who can’t wear makeup or colorful clothes can help themselves feel pretty is by shaving and one of the best ways to do that is with a top rated epilators. You can usually find them online or at retail stores. But not every religious women has the option to purchase things from online or retail stores so there best option would be try something else. Other ways to help yourself feel and look pretty is by doing your hair. Hair is a way to express yourself without going against the code or rules of your religious beliefs. Many women grow their hair out really long and the longer your hair the prettier you are considered to be. In some religions the men grow their beards out when married instead of wearing wedding rings. This is a show of status in the community for men. Even though the bible states that vanity is a sin men and women pride themselves on their hair and their stature in the religious communities they are in.

Religion is a very tricky subject for some people and many people are confused about how they are supposed to act or appear to the outside public. Even though the bible gives you guidelines to live by some people and religions assess the words in the bible differently to fit their perception of how they should look, feel, act, and be in their community. But what it all boils down to is what is acceptable in your religious community and how appropriate you feel inside yourself.

 

Showing you live a god fearing life

GOD-FEARINGMany religious men love to get together for fellowship. They read scripture, they help with each other’s understanding of the bible and what it means to them and sometimes they take trips to grow closer to god. Some men even form softball teams to help reach out to others that are not believers. But one thing that men who fellowship love to do is camping, hunting and fishing. The church has such programs like the Awana’s for young boys that teach them how to be men of faith in all that they do. Men you participate in these clubs help the young boys to act in a god like manner when doing anything. Hunting and fishing trips are planned and the boys learn new skills. Similar to boy scouts but faith based the awana’s help the boys be true Christians.

When they go hunting and fishing they help provide equipment for the ones that don’t have any some equipment can be fishing poles, guns and rifles, and the best crossbow for the money. This is something that the church parishioners will collect money for so they can help those in need that are part of the club. Going hunting and fishing teaches them to live off the earth as god intended us too. It’s a lesson in discipline and work ethics.

Camping is another activity that they participate in. When the youth clubs go camping they are provided with tents and sleeping bags and such so that they can learn to be one with nature and gods world. These are things that help them develop into real men in the future.

Many churches offer services such as these for the younger generation. They also offer services such as building homes for the homeless and going to foreign third world countries and building a church for the citizens to come and worship at and feel safe doing so.

Churches offer many opportunities to serve the community and activities to teach young men and women discipline and respect for Gods creations. Church is a great place to bring up a family. It provides a sanctuary for when times are tough and it provides a place to give to others when times are abundant. Helping others is what gods work is all about and without dedicating your life to helping others you are not truly living for God and the blessings he bestows upon you.

Attending Church every Sunday and Wednesday is not enough to show that you are living a god fearing life. You must represent him in all your actions. When out in public offer his word to those who need it, suggest scripture that can help them with their struggles. Showing kindness to others, and strength in a difficult situation are all ways to live for God. Bringing God into your children’s lives and joining church activities are all ways to show you love and accept Jesus into your heart. So next time you’re thinking about what can I do to help others think about joining one of these special youth clubs for young religious boys and girls and show them a positive role model to look up too.

The Outsider Looking and Listening In-A New Religious Perspective

RAMADANDuring the holy month of Ramadan, the Muslim culture shows incredible restraint and self-control by fasting during the day, a ritual that lasts for one month. During this event they strengthen their relationship with Allah (God), friends and relatives. Ramadan is a sanctified month of purifying where the Muslim population does not eat, drink, or do evil actions. The Muslim community fast and focus on being pure, thanking Allah for another year of blessings.

When a Muslim community mosque opens its doors to let an outsider observe their holy time, it is truly an honor and a sight to see; a blessing for those who are not Muslim. Mosques are so beautiful that joining while such a blessed holiday is occurring to learn about the Muslim traditions and culture truly is visually appealing. Ramadan requires a great deal of self-control and focus, yet it is a rewarding experience.

Mosques are truly beautiful and elegantly designed; their prayer halls are truly places of worship and. The words from the holy Quran are beautifully scripted on the walls throughout the prayer hall. There are no pews or chairs to sit on; mats are placed upon a beautiful floor to participate in prayer. With such a large room, wireless stereo speakers are set up so those in the back can clearly hear the word from the Quran. For purity purposes, no shoes are to be worn inside the prayer hall. At the front is the Minbar, some steps raised for an imam to deliver a sermon at Friday Prayer. There is a roof niche called a Mihrab near the Minbar indicating the direction of the Ka’aba.

The Ka’aba is the most sacred place in Islam; it is a cube-shaped building, therefore all mosques are built facing the Ka’aba. The Muslim culture always prays in the direction of the Ka’aba. All prayers within the Mosques are facing the sacred direction pointed out by the Mihrab. Intricate patterns run through pillars, along the ceiling, and across the walls, making the prayer hall rather than statues or pictures. The decorations enshrouding the prayer hall keep the Muslim community from the idolization.

Many mosques have shelved lining the walls filled with books of theology, law, and Islamic traditions. Though many mosques have bookshelves, all mosques have a place for charity; This is called zakat and is where donations are made by the members to help support the Mosque, help the poor and those in need.

There are also meetings occasionally where members meet for spiritual cleansing. These gatherings are not the same as the sermon delivered on Fridays completely focusing on purifying the spiritual self. The Quran is available for those who do not have their own as well. The availability allows all visitors to have the ability to follow the teachings and understand what is being said. The Quran is written in Arabic originally, but is available in additional languages to ensure its teachings can reach the extensive of horizons.

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