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which churches keep the saturday sabbath?

Question by I win: which churches keep the saturday sabbath?
I am feeling drawn to a church that keeps the original saturday sabbath. However, I am not to thrilled with the Seventh Day Adventist church because of the Ellen White connection, or their dietary guidelines. Are there any other options? Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by dart
Judaism…kay, not really a church, but the original religion (monotheistic)

And Jehova’s Witnesses.

That’s it of what I know.

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Audio Music CD Of Kim Stout From Freeport Illinios Album KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS. Christian Music.

Audio Music CD Of Kim Stout From Freeport Illinios Album KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS. Christian Music.

  • 10 Songs About Jesus Christ From Kim Stout of Freeport Illinios.
  • Kim Stout Ministries.

1. Grown up Christmas list 2. Away in a manger 3. Sing Hallelujah 4. The Christmas Tree 5. the Christmas Story 6. The Best gift of all 7. One Small Child 8. Come On Ring those Bells 9. The First Noel 10. Keep Christ In Christmas.

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I keep having a repetative dream about the inside of old stone churches?

Question by Isaac Dust: I keep having a repetative dream about the inside of old stone churches?
it is neither a good nor bad dream, but I’m always inside these old churches walking around. Last night there was a dog on one of the pews that I thought was friendly, but as I went to pat it he started snarling and barking. A priest appeared and said “That’s what you get for blind faith”.
Any interpretations of what these old churches symbolize? Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Justin
It seems to me like you’re conflicted. The “blind faith” refers to the fact that you are going on faith alone, without any sense or reasoning within yourself. The dog could be representative about the fact that a creature who would normally be friendly and loving becomes uncertain and defensive because your baseless faith makes you less of a true person to yourself.

This is all my opinion, but perhaps you should take some time to really contemplate and look within to find the motivation for your faith. It will make your devotion much truer for it to come from within, and a stronger faith will bring you closer to truth, and you’ll find something wonderful through that truth, regardless of whether that wonder is the wonder of God or of the Universe itself.

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Why don’t Christians build the Ark of the Covenant using the Bible and keep one in every church?

Question by Hi: Why don’t Christians build the Ark of the Covenant using the Bible and keep one in every church?
Why don’t Christians build the Ark of the Covenant using the instructions from the Bible that God gave to Moses and keep one in every church as a memory of the Old Testament? It would be beautiful to do so.

Best answer:

Answer by Jesusiree
There are lots in Ethopia. One of the head priests of the Ethopian Church claims to have the genuine one and it is guarded 24 hours a day a virgin priest who worships it constantly many hours a day.

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Everett churches keep holiday tradition

Everett churches keep holiday tradition
EVERETT — Everett’s Thanksgiving Celebration is becoming an annual tradition. Members of different congregations plan to meet, for the third year in a row, the day before Thanksgiving at Snohomish County Flag Plaza to share prayers and music.
Read more on Everett Herald

Special Events Offered by Church Choir
Divine Mercy Parish (formerly Holy Family), Carteret, will be offering Solemn Sung Vespers and Benediction in celebration of Christ the King at 7 pm on Nov. 21 in the church on Emerson St. All are most welcome.
Read more on MyCentralJersey.com

5 Ways For Churches To Keep Members And Convert Visitors

5 Ways For Churches To Keep Members And Convert Visitors

Studies have also shown that the average church will loose about 10% of their members each year and will only convert about 15% of visitors to becoming members. This means that a church has to attract the equivalent of 75% of their church size in new members each year just to maintain their church size. If you have a church of 200 members, you have to have about 150 visitors each year to keep your church around 200 members. That’s 150 visitors for no church growth.

The Best Demographic Ever
In my last article, “The Best Target Demographic Ever?”, I wrote about how a church’s current members and the people who come to visit the church are the best demographic for a church to market to. Studies have shown that it is much easier to retain members than it is to get new members. Similarly, it’s much easier to get a visitor to come back than it is to get a new visitor. So, why not put a little more focus on keeping more members and getting a greater percentage of visitors to become members?

Below are five relatively cheap and easy ways your church can better engage members and visitors to keep more members and get a greater percentage of visitors to become members:

1. Church eNewsletter
Perhaps the easiest, and least expensive thing a church can do to keep its members better connected is send out a weekly eNewsletter. A mid-week email can inform people of opportunities for fellowship or service, keep people informed about issues facing the church, and include a devotional or prayer requests. For those members who have been sporadic in their participation or disengaged, an eNewsletter could be what God uses to nudge them reengage and reconnect with Him and the church. It doesn’t take long to put together and send an eNewsletter and it’s free!

2. Websites
If you have a church website or a blog, fresh content and engaging content are very important.

I talk a lot about the importance of online church marketing, getting good search engine rankings for connecting new visitors to your website. There is a lot of work that goes into search engine optimization – keyword research, search engine optimization of individual pages, writing content, building links, analytics, and so on. Without some way to re-engage a visitor after they’ve left your site, you’ve invested all of that effort for a one-time visit.

There are several ways to use your website to re-engage members and visitors including forums, a regular blog, podcasting sermons and other messages, and an eNewsletter. Integrating interactive, social web components to your church website can help to engage members seven days a week / 24 hours a day and help engage new visitors as well.

3. Mid-Week Bible Studies
Is church a once a week activity? The more often your church engages members, the more likely they are to stay at the church. Bible Studies, mid-week or on Sundays, also tend to be more personal and allow for personal engagements and relationships that helps people to feel more like a church is a part of their lives.

4. Talk To Each Other
Does your church have greeters? Great, but not enough. If visitors (or members) are able to arrive and leave your church without more than a “good morning”, they are less likely to come back. I’ve seen some studies that show that visitors meeting at least 5 people during a church visit are much more likely to return to that church than people who meet less church members. Again, you are engaging people and creating relationships. It makes visitors feel like the church is friendly and that the people are approachable. It also makes it much more likely that they will return if they have a personal connection with people at the church. It’s ok to be intentional about this and have a ministry specifically tasked with meeting visitors and introducing them to other members.

5. Plug People Into A Ministry
People have busy lives, right? Most people just don’t have the time or the desire to do more than a Sunday service, right? Personally, I think that some people really are actually too busy or not interested in serving, but I think more people just need a little push. They are either interested, but don’t know what to do or they aren’t really thinking about it, but would respond to a nudge. So, give them that nudge.

At most churches the same people tend to do just about everything. Next time you have a project at church or a ministry needs volunteers, maybe you don’t just announce that you need volunteers (that will just get the same people that always volunteer). Instead, intentionally go up to people who don’t normally volunteer and asked them to participate. You may find that you are able to get a lot of those people to start serving more at the church. If they say, “No.” find out why. Is it a schedule conflict? Is it that the project/ministry isn’t something the person feels comfortable with? If so, you may be able to find a different project/ministry that they would like to do or that won’t conflict with their schedule.

I think a lot of people feel like they are imposing by asking someone to volunteer, but keep in mind that serving is something we are all called to do and is something that is good for us to do. How many times have you heard a person say that they got more out of helping than the people they helped?

These are just a couple of ideas that can help your church close the “back door” and convert more visitors into members. These are the people who have already shown interest in your church, so you have a great opportunity with them. Keep evangelizing. Keep marketing your church. But also, do everything you can to make the most of that marketing and evangelism.

Kurt Steinbrueck is the author of the Church Marketing Online blog. He has been Director of Marketing Services with Ourchurch.Com for over 5 years providing Christian search engine optimization services including services specific for church marketing solutions and private school marketing. Kurt is also a Deacon at his church.

How does your church keep the children safe from sexual abuses?

Question by Truth Sets You Free: How does your church keep the children safe from sexual abuses?
Does your church have any safety procedures in place for the children when they attend any church services or youth activities? Do you do background checks on Sunday School volunteers? Staff? Do you have trainings for anyone who desires to work with children ministries? How safe it your church from sexual predators?

Best answer:

Answer by bottleblondemama
A prudent church would do a stringent background search and never allow any adult to ever be alone in a room with a minor for any reason for their own protection.

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4 Major Tips to Keep Your Church Website Visitor Coming Back for More

4 Major Tips to Keep Your Church Website Visitor Coming Back for More

So you have a rocking cool church website. You just recently redesigned it but what’s next?
Having a website is not enough. You need to make your church website not just another one of million others on the world wide web. Your goal is to make it an effective online ministry.

First step of course is to get your church website visible on the search engines based on the keywords that you believe your “prospects” will use in order to find you. Assuming this has been accomplished, how do you encourage your visitors to keep coming back to your website?

Here are some tips:
1. Regularly update your content.
Nothing can be more disappointing for a visitor than to go back to a church website only to find the same content from 3 or 6 months ago. Add new content even if it’s just the news and events section. If you have a flash slideshow, add 2 or 3 different photos every week. There are a lot of websites that offer free stock photos. If you have a blog, post an article once a week. If there is nothing to put on the news and events section, which is rarely a case, add quotes from men or women of God or verse of the day on the homepage.

2. Offer free resources.
There are different forms of resources that you can offer your visitors:

a. Articles
If possible, post original articles about topics that you believe will benefit both your
church members and website visitors.  It can be both scriptural and practical. You can
also post notes about your past messages, devotionals or short Bible studies.

b. Sermon Audios
Perhaps this is the most valuable resource that you could offer your site visitors.
Whether it’s a church member who might have missed a Sunday service or a site
visitor that is simply looking for some messages to minister to them, this is a great
tool to keep them coming back for more.

c. Videos
Web users love short clip videos. If your website is capable of streaming videos,
be sure to post videos of your services to give site visitors a glimpse of what your
Sunday service is like. Videos of your gatherings and other events are also great.

3. Allow interaction.
Ever wonder why social networking websites are successful? Because they allow interaction. They allow “online fellowship.”  If you have a blog, allow commenting on your blog. If your website has polls, regularly post new polls. If your budget allows, get a forum included. These venues create a venue for your visitors to interact with you and with each other.

4. Make it real.
Create a photo gallery section in your website and show photos of actual people in your church – whether it’s a worship gathering or fun activities, this is something that your site visitors will enjoy. By posting these kind of photos, you give your visitors a sense of who
you are and what you are all about and it gives them a sense that you are real.

Lynne Gabriel is the owner of TheChurchWebsiteDesigners.com – a church website design company based in Houston, TX. They build custom church website design that are visually-appealing, user-friendly, and easy-to-manage.