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Author: Jonathan Malm

This Week’s 10 Best Church Social Media Posts

Do you run your church’s social media accounts? Check out these awesome posts from other churches and get inspired for your own church. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: It's on this Saturday, December 24 in NYC & NJ. This is a special night for our church and we want to spend it with you! Step out by inviting your family or bringing someone new. See you there! —— NYC: Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th Street 4PM, 6PM & 8PM NJ: Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 6PM ____ *NO SERVICES December 25* A post shared by Hillsong NYC (@hillsongnyc) on...

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10 Most Popular Worship and Christmas Songs this Week

We did some tweet-analysis to determine the most popular worship songs and Christmas songs that were sung last week at contemporary worship services. We separated new worship songs from traditional Christmas songs to help clarify. Check out the list and see what you think! You might find a new song you hadn’t discovered previously. Contemporary 1. O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship 2. Forever Reign by Hillsong Live 3. God With Us by All Sons and Daughters 4. Noel by Chris Tomlin Traditional Christmas Songs Each of these Christmas songs were popular this last weekend. Most of them...

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This Week’s 10 Best Church Social Media Posts

What’s your church posting on social media? Here are a few of our favorite posts from churches this last week. Check them out and get inspired! Don't Forget to bust out your ugliest, tackiest, and most horrendous of Christmas Sweaters this Sunday. Let your inner geek flag fly and get snapped with your friends and family at our Ugly Sweater photo booth. Christmas never looked so gaudy.⠀ ⠀ #youugly #uglychristmassweater #photobooth #youknowyouloveit #anyexcusetobustitout #christmas #resurgentchurch #arccanada A post shared by Resurgent Church Montreal (@resurgentchurch) on Dec 13, 2016 at 3:15pm PST Quick poll: What Christmas song do you most...

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13 Most Popular Worship and Christmas Songs this Week

We did some tweet-analysis to determine the most popular worship songs and Christmas songs that were sung last week at contemporary worship services. We separated new worship songs from traditional Christmas songs to help clarify. Check out the list and see what you think! You might find a new song you hadn’t discovered previously. Worship Songs 1. God With Us by All Sons and Daughter 2. He Shall Reign Forevermore by Chris Tomlin 3. Good Good Father by Housefires 4. He Has Come For Us by Meredith Andrews 5. Holy Spirit by Jesus Culture 6. My Soul Magnifies the...

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Take-Home Ornament Gifts

In first grade, I made a Christmas ornament in arts and crafts class. It was ugly. It was a cheap felt wreath with my picture in it, decorated by my underdeveloped artistic sensibilities. Yet each year, when we set up the Christmas tree at our house, it got a prominent spot on the tree. At least for the Malm family, the Christmas tree was a developing collection of all Christmases past – each ornament telling one small part of the story. Why not get in on your congregation’s history of Christmas? Add an ornament or two (or even four) to the...

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Christmas Lights as Stage Lighting

Using Christmas lights in a stage design isn’t anything new for most churches. But here are a few ideas on how to use Christmas lights that you might have not considered before. Try these out as standalone stage elements or incorporate them into a more elaborate stage design. Strands The easiest way to use Christmas lights on your stage is to simply use them the normal way. You can wrap them around trees, around garland, or even just hang them straight down. If you put them on multiple controlled channels, you can do all sorts of fun stuff with...

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Getting Volunteers to Focus

The statistic is that most people make the decision of whether or not to return to your church in the first few minutes of their visit. That means that before they’ve heard the first chord from the worship team or the first word from the pastor, they’ve already decided whether or not they like the church. If you think about it, that means volunteers control whether or not a visitor returns. Scary thought. Many of us have experienced pain points when it comes to volunteers. Maybe they spend most of their time chatting with their friends and ignoring the...

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Creative Christmas Instruments

Christmas isn’t just a time filled with visual change. Yes, there are Christmas trees and gold and red and snow and all sorts of new visual cues to indicate it’s Christmastime. But there are also different sounds. Turn on the radio to a station playing exclusively Christmas tunes, and you’ll hear chimes and jingle bells and all sorts of other instruments we don’t normally use throughout the rest of the year. For many churches, this is where tracks come in. Multi-layer tracks can give you the flexibility to add any instrument into a worship song without someone actually having...

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This Week’s 10 Best Church Social Media Posts

Do you run your church’s social media accounts? Check out these awesome posts from other churches and get inspired for your own church. Hey North Point locals! As we approach "Love" week on Sunday please COMMENT below and tell us how $25 could help you love on a friend, neighbor, or someone in need in our community. (You might just win some help 😜) #BeRich16 #GiveServeLove A post shared by North Point Community Church (@northpointcommunitychurch) on Nov 17, 2016 at 6:40am PST On Sunday December 4th were celebrating baptism! For more info or to sign up to take this...

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Photo Opportunity Spots

One of the things we love to build sermon illustrations around is the selfie. It’s easy to make fun of people who are consumed with taking photos of themselves. But at the same time, we understand this is a growing trend in how the younger generation connects with each other; sending selfies back and forth is almost like sharing a face-to-face encounter. That’s basically what the quickly growing Snapchat platform is all about. Instagram isn’t much different. Sending selfies back and forth is almost like sharing a face-to-face encounter. So instead of making fun of selfies, why not capitalize on...

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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Share Your Staff’s Christmas Traditions

One of the common pitfalls creative and modern churches fall into around Christmastime is forgetting the power of tradition. It’s understandable; much of what we do in our churches is about pushing for new. But even those in our communities who are on board with the idea of new in the church still yearn for traditions at Christmastime. So here’s an idea to help your church position itself creatively around traditions. Tap into your staff or volunteers and find out what their most beloved Christmas traditions are. This could be in the form of: Family Recipes Events or Christmas...

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The 10 Most Popular Worship Songs This Week

What recently released worship songs are most popular right now? Here’s a list of the top 10 churches are singing according to Twitter. 1. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin 2. Holy Spirit by Jesus Culture 3. This I Believe (The Creed) by Hillsong Worship 4. What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship 5. Cornerstone by Hillsong Live 6. Jesus by Chris Tomlin 7. Open Up the Heavens by Vertical Church Band 8. Shout Hosanna by Passion 9. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham 10. Forever by Kari...

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