Does Your Church Need an Upgrade?

Does Your Church Need an Upgrade?

By: Kirsty DePree Last week, while worshipping at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, I realized that we, as a congregation, have made a significant upgrade. While it was subtle and occurred over time, we have replaced an old way of doing things with a new...
Goldfish Have Eight

Goldfish Have Eight

By: On a recent Sunday I passed through the narthex and noticed the large pile of bulletins left by departing worshipers. At least three-quarters of all the bulletins printed for that day were destined for the recycling bin. In each folded paper were dozens of...
Worship Tools for Children

Worship Tools for Children

By: Theresa Cho Church educators and pastors often ask me where I find resources to use with children in worship and how to use these resources. Like me, these people are interested in finding new ways to engage children in worship and invite them to participate in...
Is God Calling?

Is God Calling?

By: Liz Perraud When looking for volunteers to carry out our ministries, we often swing from one extreme to the other. On one end of the spectrum is the “they’re too busy” extreme. We think, “Our folks are so busy. I don’t know anyone who can possibly take on one more...
How Can We Keep Our Children Singing?

How Can We Keep Our Children Singing?

By: David Gambrell Last night after dinner I heard my daughter chiding her sister: “You forgot to clean the table! Put your dishes in the sink.” Except she wasn’t just saying it—she was singing it, to the nineteenth-century hymn tune Nettleton (“Come, Thou Fount of...
A Fresh Look at Protection Policies

A Fresh Look at Protection Policies

By: At Myers Park, the church where I serve, we’ve had a Child and Youth Protection (CYP) Policy for years. It includes all the elements recommended by experts: sections on screening employees and volunteers; training; guidelines for reporting and responding to...