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I am a life-long church member, and love being involved in ministry. I have worked as a volunteer or on staff in a variety of different roles in churches throughout my life. My favorite verse about ministry is Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

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Question About Changing Words of Copyrighted Songs

We have several people who participate in selecting songs for worship at our church, and a question has come up regarding copyright and whether it is permissible to change the words of a song that is copyrighted.

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Looking for new songs

I am interested in what "new" songs (released last 12-18 months) you are singing at your church that you recommend. This can be from the LUYH Hymnal, new songs from contemporary Christian music, etc. I thought it would be interesting to hear what people are singing as I look for new songs to add to worship at our church. We try to add maybe 5-10 new songs per year. Thanks!
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Does anyone have a "church night" with ministries for various ages (including adults) meeting at the same time?

Hi, everyone, I'm posting this in the Youth Forum because my guess is that if churches are doing this, youth ministries are probably part of the equation! Our church currently has been holding various ministry programs on different nights of the week: High School Youth Group on Sundays, GEMS/Cadets on Wednesdays, Middle School Youth Group on Saturdays. For adults, we have "Life Groups" with different groups meeting on different nights of the weeks, typically we will have groups each day Sunday to Thursday evenings. We are considering a simplified ministry schedule where various programs meet...
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Volunteer Schedule Conflicts Ideas?

At our church, we have a lot of volunteers who serve in mulitple ministries. For example, one person might be on the Nursery list, they might be on the list to serve at after-church coffee time, and might also teach in one of the children's programs that meets during worship. Each of these ministries asks people to serve every 8-12 weeks, so we inevitably encounter schedule conflicts. Recently, someone suggested that we try to centralize and streamline our schedules to avoid scheduling conflicts. This sounds like a great idea! But also something that would take some time - and is just...
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In the Church Administration forum - Ministry Volunteer Standards and Covenant

There is a recent discussion over in the Church Administration forum about Ministry Volunteer Standards and Covenant that might be of interest. I thought there might be some who follow this forum who maybe able to contribute to the conversation.
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Anybody using Church Volunteer Central?

I know one thing this site offers is a Spiritual Gifts inventory, as another church that is a member let me take the test to see what it was like, but it appears that is the tip of the iceberg. Has anyone has used thier forms, applications or other resources? What is great (or not?) Would you recommend it to another church?
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In the Deacons forum - Gift Surveys

Over in the Deacon's forum, someone is looking for advice about Spiritual Gifts surveys, and I know some Ministry Coordinators might have some helpful tips. Find that question posted here: Deacons > Forum > Gift Surveys
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Are Your Volunteers Too Busy?

Lately, I've been wondering if the volunteers at church are too busy. What do I mean by that? Well, we are a smaller church, which means that many, many people are on the list to do many, many different things. It would not be uncommon for someone to serve in nursery one week, serve coffee and cookies the next week, and sing on praise team or be an usher the week after that. For some people, their name is on a different volunteer schedule every week. Sometimes more than one schedule in a given week. I've been wondering lately, would it be better for our star cookie bakers to serve us more...
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What's the best practice for getting church visitors to fill out welcome cards?

Network readers, I need your help! I can't figure out why people aren't completing visitor cards. I know we probably have 1-2 visitors per week, but we're seeing 1-2 cards per month. Here's what we've been doing: - There is a "Communication Card" in every bulletin, and bulletins are handed out at the door each week - There are pens at the seats - Most weeks, whoever is leading worship makes an announcement about the card. We mention that we are glad to welcome any visitors, and ask them to fill out a card so we can thank them for visiting. The card also has a place for comments/questions/...
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  • RE: Why change lyrics?

    Sometimes contemporary and popular worship songs do not reflect reformed theology. All our songs go through a review before we add them to our song list. In some...

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