Church Blog: How to Keep Your Members Updated with a Church Blog

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Blogging and church might seem like they wouldn’t go together. But in our day where 4 billion people are on the internet, blogging is a natural choice to reach the surrounding community and others.

If you’ve given any thought at all to start a church blog, but you’re stuck on how to proceed, keep reading as we offer you these tips!

How to Start a Church Blog

Whether we like (or agree) with it or not, the church culture is plugged into technology. People are reading the Bible on their phones during sermons, and churches build websites to keep the members in touch with events and a page where a church can reveal their beliefs to potential church-goers.

The only thing missing is a blog.

Starting a blog doesn’t have to be intimidating or hard. Here are some tips to make the most out of your church’s blog.

1. Define Your Purpose

Starting a blog for your church is a fantastic start, but similar to starting a church, you need to define your purpose. Will your blog be specifically for members, or will you try to reach those outside the church?

Also, consider the content you’ll write. Is it more of an informative or inspirational blog? Whatever material you choose, be sure that it reflects your mission as a church and that the voice is consistent with that mission.

2. Create an Editorial Calandar

One of the reasons why many blogs fail is because they don’t plan. Planning your content ahead of time keeps you focused and prepared as you write, like sermon writing. Try planning a few weeks in advance and then schedule a month or two in advance. Sitting down to write when inspiration strikes show blogging inconsistency and probably isn’t helpful to your audience, especially if they’re returning readers.

3. Designate Writers

Even though the pastor, or pastors and elders, in the church might be the experts on theological issues, that doesn’t mean others are unqualified to write!

Other leaders in the church like your worship leader, children’s teachers, missionaries, and other people who dedicate their time, often have plenty to say that’s beneficial! As you create your editorial calendar, incorporate these leaders, so the pastor is not left doing the bulk of the writing.

This provides a wonderful way for readers to see the unified voice of your church through different people. Be sure that leadership approves of the posts before they go live on your site.

4. Share Content with Other Churches

Of course, you want as many people as possible to fill the pews (or chairs!) on a Sunday morning. But the church down the street or another website might have some fantastic content or resources on their blog that you’d love to share with your congregation or readers.

Sharing content is much more appreciated than simply stealing content, or an idea, from another website. And sometimes it takes the pressure off of filling an editorial calendar with original posts. If you’re going to share, be sure to cite your source and give them credit rather than claiming the idea as unique to you.

5. Don’t Forget Visual Content

Blog posts that contain images (and even videos) are read more than content that lacks images – an impressive 94% more. Your average reader will likely not be a seminary student, but an average Joe down the street.

The entire post doesn’t have to be filled with images, of course, but the suggested amount is one image every 150 words. Again, there’s no right way to do it, other than to make sure there are images to look at!

6. How Often Will You Blog

Blogging frequently is what keeps people coming back. Loyal readers love fresh content, so deciding how often you will blog is vital.

Once a week is preferable, but that may not be possible when you’re first starting. Aim for once every two weeks and as you gather more writers, fill up your calendar to once a week if you can.

7. Make Your Blog Easy to Navigate

Blogs that lack simplicity regarding navigation are not visited as much. If there’s a busy interface, people are likely to sign off and visit a blog that’s constructed well. When you’re building your church’s blog, make sure that it’s easy for people to find.

Learn more here to about the best way to build your church’s website!

8. Beyond Sunday

While thoughts on Sunday sermons might be fine for a post frequently, you don’t want to make it a habit. There’s an abundance of issues surrounding our culture and community, and touching on those subjects may reach an audience that doesn’t go to church.

Linking to a sermon video or a mention of a previous sermon is ok, but writing about cultural issues,

9. Highlight Events (Not Too Much)

While it’s great to showcase events on your website, it’s better to sustain from sounding too much like a church program. The program is designed to inform the congregation and visitors about upcoming events, activities, and other announcements. The blog, however, can dive a little deeper into some of your events and highlight the positive outcomes from it.

Church Blogging: Takeaway

In our technology-saturated age, having a church blog is an advantage in spreading the word about your church’s mission and an excellent way to connect with others that may or may not know about your church. Use these tips to create a truly remarkable blog that speaks to people both inside and outside your congregation.

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7 Examples of Agape Love in Action

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There are dozens of examples of hate thrown at us every day on the news or social media sites. You just have to follow federal politicians to see it spewed on a daily basis.

But as Mr. Rogers used to say, “look for the helpers” in every situation. There are people in the world who are a shining example of love and kindness if you look hard enough.

Who are the Good Samaritans in the world?

Keep reading to learn of five examples of agape love and what characteristics make the actions so unconditionally loving.

What is Agape Love?

In the New Testament of the KJV of the Bible, love is mentioned more than 150 times and is considered the main component of what is cited as God’s two greatest commandments:

1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30)

2. Love one another as I have loved thee (John 13:34)

The spiritual understanding of agape love is that it is unconditional and selfless in nature. A love that emulates the love of God.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him may have eternal life” (John 3:16)

Every person on earth is a Child of God giving them the birthright and blessings of being a child of royal birth. Loved by the infinite creator of this earth.

A Heavenly Father who loved you, individually, enough to create this earth filled with flowers, trees, birds, animals, and every other beautiful aspect of this world for you.

He loved each of us enough to send Jesus Christ to atone for our sins so we can return to live with Him for eternity. He did this knowing we would be imperfect and have weaknesses, but He loved us that much anyway.

That is Agape Love.

The Good Samaritan

Most Christians, even at a young age, are familiar with the parable told in the New Testament of the Good Samaritan.

A man is beaten while traveling between towns and left to die. A priest and a Levite, both considered “men of God” chose not to help him for their own selfish reasons. A Samaritan found him and not only cared for his wounds but ensured he was taken care of in the future as well.

Jesus told this parable in hopes that those who heard it would understand the true meaning of charity, unconditional love, and the commandment to “love thy neighbor”.

This is the example given by the one person who walked on earth that was the epitome of agape love in the story of His life and death.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is often the first person that comes to mind when looking for examples of selfless love.

Since founding the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 Mother Teresa dedicated her life and felt it her mission to spread love and compassion to all she met.

While many may have disagreed with all of her methods and practices, she is a global symbol of agape love for her fellow human being.

Due to her tireless work, there have been thousands fed at soup kitchens, housed in orphanages, received hospice in death, and compassion in life.

Dalai Lama

Just because the Dalai Lama isn’t Christian doesn’t mean he’s not capable of living a life of unconditional and selfless love. In fact, his mission in life is to try and inspire others to live a life of selfless love towards all living things.

He teaches that compassion is the purpose of life and should be the source of all energy you produce and action you take.

Jane Goodall

Agape love doesn’t always involve just humans. Jane Goodall has dedicated almost 79 years of her life to making the lives of Chimpanzees better.

She has shown them unconditional love and selflessly given everything she has had to provide love, comfort, and an overall improved quality of life for them while sacrificing her own comfort.

Jane also spends a great deal of time inspiring and expressing love for this beautiful earth that we live on. She has educated thousands, even millions, about showing love to this earth and making it a better place.

In her mid-80s, she still selflessly serves to make this world a better place each day than it was the day before.

Mr. Rogers

Most celebrities are considered pretty self-centered but there is one tv host that won the hearts of generations while giving his entire heart to each person who watched.

Fred Rogers was a Presbyterian minister who taught lessons of love, compassion, and selflessness to children through his television show, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

His show ran for 895 episodes. A number that may have gone to any other celebrity’s head, but for Fred Rogers, it was always about how to reach one more child to teach them how special they were and that they could change the world around them with kindness.

Florence ‘SeeSee’ Rigney

You probably haven’t heard of Florence. That is unless you’ve been in the hospital in Tacoma General Hospital over the past seventy years.

Florence Rigney has selflessly given her unconditional love, compassion, and care as a nurse in Tacoma since she started nursing school in 1946.

Now over 90 years old, she still is serving the patients at the same hospital she started her career. She has seen entire generations of families from their birth to when they are visited by children and grandchildren decades later.

She is by all accounts considered a gentle, caring example of agape love while giving her life to helping others heal. Florence is by far not the only nurse or person who dedicates their life to making the lives of others better but she is an excellent example of the qualities that such a soul possesses.

Russell M. Nelson

First showing his dedication to God by serving a two-year mission for his church and God at 19, Russell M. Nelson would spend the next eight-plus decades living a life devoted to physically and spiritually uplifting and healing others.

A world-renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Nelson helped develop a heart-lung machine that enabled the first open-heart surgery and saved countless lives while sacrificing time with his wife and ten children.

He served his country and fellowman in the U.S. Medical Army Corp. during the Korean war and was willing to sacrifice his life if necessary to give medical attention to soldiers and civilians in need.

Following an almost thirty-year career as a well-respected cardiothoracic surgeon with time as the president of the Utah Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Surgery as well as a professorship at the University of Utah School of Medicine Russell continued to selflessly serve others as a respected religious leader for more than 50 years.

Agape Love is a Choice

Agape love goes beyond loving those who are easy to love when it is easy to love them. It is making the choice to love no matter what. To always love in a way that brings you closer to your Father in Heaven and His love.

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Top 10 Reasons to Go On a Church Retreat This Year

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You can already go to church, study God’s word, and listen to inspiring worship music anytime you want thanks to upgrades in technology. That’s amazing!

However, in a dark world, you can never have too much of the light you live by.

Keep reading to discover 10 reasons why church retreats are awesome, and how they can help you become stronger in your faith.

1. Being in a Welcoming Environment

The more you try to follow Christ, the less you’ll fit in. And while this uniqueness is a great thing, not everyone respects each other despite differences.

At a good church camp, you have the opportunity to take a break from the usual persecution and can simply enjoy worshiping God in harmony with others.

2. Growing Closer to God

Growing closer to your savior is important. However, when your schedule is packed, you may unintentionally forget to prioritize spending time with Him.

However, when you’re worshiping with others at a church retreat, spending time with God isn’t just a part of your routine anymore.

Rather, it makes up your entire day.

3. More Equipped to Share Truth

Being a believer means it is your duty to spread the hope you have with those around you.

And by studying God’s word more at a church retreat, you’re better equipped to share it to anyone who asks.

4. Worshiping Together

Worshiping together as a group is an awesome thing.

And at a church retreat, you’ll get to do just that—all the time.

Your spouse can also join you as well! Click the following link to find Christian marriage retreats.

5. Reminds You of Your Purpose

Being at a church retreat helps you to reflect on what is most important in your life, why you do the things you do, and what you’re striving for in the future.

6. Taking a Break

All of us need a break or vacation at some point or another. We aren’t meant to go on and on endlessly without ever refueling.

Church retreats are perfect for that purpose, as they are a rejuvenating time meant for unity, fellowship, and reflection.

7. Having More Experiences

Church retreats are about growing stronger in your faith, but they are also about having a fun time as well.

However, it’s hard to invite a friend to come to a church retreat if you’ve never been to one yourself.

By gaining this experience, you’ll also be able to share this opportunity with your friends later on.

8. More Inspiration

Routines are great, but sometimes you need to switch things up a bit.

Experiencing a completely new and different environment can help you become more inspired and refreshed.

9. Helps You Form Good Habits

When you’re at a church retreat, you read God’s word, pray, and worship Him on a regular basis.

This can help give you the momentum you need to better incorporate these activities into your everyday life as a habit.

10. Shows You That You’re Not Alone

It can be easy to feel like you’re the only one that wants to follow Jesus. However, in reality, you’re not alone.

By going to a church retreat, you’ll get to experience the company of and be encouraged by fellow believers striving for the same goals.

Final Thoughts on Church Retreats

Going to a church retreat is an amazing experience. And by setting aside more time with God, you can grow stronger in your faith.

Seeking more advice? Then feel free to explore the rest of our posts for more insight and inspiration!