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Welcoming Guests and First Impressions

The sermon starts in the parking lot, and the impression you make for your guests on Sunday morning during the first 10 minutes will be indelible.

Technology and The Church

Leveraging technology for ministry can be an incredible blessing. But it can also be fraught with problems and pitfalls. Learn how to use technology well.

Vision and Leadership

Our God longs for leaders to request of Him to do that which they cannot. Faith filled vision, leadership and risk are key ingredients for ministry.

Preaching and Communication

You know and understand how challenging it is to communicate. It is hard to get and capture people's attention. Learn how to communicate effectively.

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative means asking the right questions and making new associations. Discover new and creative ideas for your ministry.

APP Of The Week - WordLens

WordLens App Week



If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection and it's FREE!

Listen to Lifehacker describe it:
WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now. WordLens made waves back in 2010 because its iPhone and Android apps were some of the first to offer real-time, camera-based translations—where you just hold your device up to an unfamiliar language, and have it re-rendered in your native language right in front of your eyes. When it was new, it was the first time anyone had seen anything like it, and the apps still work remarkably well. They're not perfect of course, but they can be useful for reading street signs, menus, and other printed documents that you need to muddle through. As a result of being acquired by Google, WordLens is now free, and anyone can download the apps for Androidfor iOS, or even for Google Glass for free. It still only supports a few languages, but it's completely free, works well enough, and in a way works magic in front of your eyes.
Consider adding WordLens to your arsenal of apps.




The Hope That Is The Mission Of The Church

Mission Church

"Mission of the church is nothing more or less than the outworking, in the power of the Spirit, of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. It is the anticipation of the time when God will fill the earth with his glory, transform the old heavens and earth into the new, and raise his children from the dead to populate and rule over the redeemed world he has made”
- N.T. Wright 

The 5 Most Crucial Questions To Ask Of The Bible

Asking Questions Bible

Pastor Timothy Keller from Redeemer Church said these are five questions he asks of a biblical text as he reads it for himself.
  • How can I praise him?
  • How can I confess my sins on the basis of this text?
  • If this is really true, what wrong behavior  what harmful emotions or false attitudes result in me when I forget this? Every problem is because you have forgotten something. What problems are you facing?
  • What should I be aspiring to on the basis of this text?
  • What are you telling me this today.

This Problem And Difficulty For Pastors May Surprise You

Student Debt Crisis


When you think of a pastor's ministry challenges a lot of issues perhaps come to mind. Perhaps you think of:

  • Dealing with difficult congregations
  • Worship wars
  • Leadership challenges
  • Family/Ministry balance
  • Spiritual exhaustion and compassion fatigue
  • Sermon prep and preaching
  • Many others....
But do you think of debt, seminary debt? The debt that comes from preparing the pastor for ministry. This kind of debt is growing and is saddling and burdening many men and women in ministry - becoming a problem that is undermining their effectiveness and ability to carry out the ministry God has called them to. Reformed Theological Seminary, my alma mater, has some very compelling comments and facts below that address this issue:

from RTS:

Why is seminary debt such a big problem? Seminary debt is a problem because “the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). It’s all too easy for men and women who are called to serve the Lord to become trapped in educational debt, unable to follow their calling. Many missions agencies won’t accept applicants who have outstanding debts. Smaller churches, including those in rural or inner-city areas, often struggle to afford the larger salaries that student loan repayment demands. This is especially true when seminary debt is combined with debt from an undergraduate degree (a very real problem which is beyond the scope of this study). Student debt robs the kingdom of God of the workers most needed to fulfill the great commission. (Tweet This)

Pastor Debt Infographic

9 Not-To-Be-Missed Steps To A Powerful "Thank You"

Thank You Note Encouragement






When a donor gives to your ministry, it is essential to express gratitude with a thoughtful and timely thank you note. As it has been said, "Before you bank, thank". (Tweet This) But not all thank you notes and attempts to express gratitude are created equal. Below are some helpful steps to creating a powerful thank you.

excerpted from Get Fully Funded, at 9 Steps to a Powerful Thank You Letter:

Make sure you are getting the most from your Thank You letter efforts with these ideas.

1. Send it QUICK. The faster you get your Thank You letters out the door, the better. Donors want to be sure that you received their gift and a Thank You letter is the best way to let them know it arrived safely. Shoot for 48 hours from the time you receive a gift until the time you put the Thank You letter in the mail. If it takes you a little longer and that’s the best you can do, work with it. Figure out what will work for your organization and put a priority on getting the letters out the door.

2. Make it match. Instead of sending out a generic letter, customize your Thank You letter to the specific ask that was used to generate the gift. If a gift comes to you from an appeal you sent out, then make sure your Thank You letter refers back to the story or the text in the appeal. You may need to write several different letters that can be used for whatever you have going on. For instance, you may want to write one letter for a special event you are working on, another one for monthly givers, and another one for donors who respond to your newsletter. Relating the Thank You letter back to the ask is a way to let your donors know you are paying attention and that you are organized enough to use be trustworthy.

3. Share your plans for their money. This is critical. Make sure the donor knows how you plan to use the donation he or she just sent you. Text like “Your gift will help send 15 children to summer camp for one week” makes the process of donating more real and tangible to the donor. They can envision 15 kids going to camp for a week and it helps create a bigger feeling of satisfaction for the donor.

4. Use a real signature. Digital signatures are easy and eliminate hand signing a stack of letters. But savvy donors know the difference between a digital signature and a live one. Have your President or Executive Director sign the letters, or ask a volunteer to sign them on his or her behalf. And use a blue pen so that donors can clearly tell it is a real signature.

5. Add personal notes to the letters. Have your Executive Director or President go through the letters and add personal notes. This can bring big rewards in terms of stewarding donors! Taking a few minutes of a busy day to go through a stack of letters may seem like a chore to your boss, but donors who get a Thank You letter with a personal note will be thrilled that the head staff person took the time to personally acknowledge his or her gift.

6. Include cumulative giving data. Hopefully you have this information in your donor tracking software and can get to it easily. Sometimes donors forget when they last gave. Including year-to-date information can be a gentle reminder for them of their giving.

7. Make it clear if the letter is also a receipt. Don’t you hate getting boring Thank You letters that drone on and never clearly spell out the gift you made? (By the way, if you aren’t giving to other organizations, you need to. It’s a great way to put yourself in the donor’s shoes and also lets you see how other organizations handle the thank you process.) If you have to, draw a line on the page below the thank you text and put “Gift Receipt” about the actual gift information. This will make things crystal clear for the donor and eliminate confusion. It will also reduce the number of calls and emails you get from donors saying they never got a receipt.

8. Include an offer for a tour. 
9. Give the donor a contact.

(Read the entire post HERE)

The Power Of Tech To Communicate With Your Followers

Communicate Phone Text News Email

Technology is rapidly changing and its constant improvements are extremely beneficial for churches across the country. In the not-so-distant past, churches would have to rely on phone trees as their main source of communication with congregation members. Advances in technology have made keeping in contact with hundreds or even thousands of church members an extremely simple task.

Rather then having to rely on individual church members in a phone tree to deliver an important message to the entire congregation, automated church calls can make what most would consider a daunting task quick and easy. Sending out a message through a phone tree could take hours to reach a handful of people - an automated church calling system could accomplish this task in a matter of minutes.

What type of messages can be sent out using this type of automated technology? Churches and religious leaders can send out messages regarding weekly services, upcoming events, prayer requests, and/or donation notifications.

Church leaders can sign up for a church calling system such as DialMyCalls.com and make their lives a lot easier. Once an account is set up, all congregation member contact information is entered into the web-based service. Upon adding every church, the pastor can then record a personalized message to send out. What would once take hours with a traditional phone tree can now be accomplished with the click of a button.

Pastors should not be frightened by new technology and should embrace a new automated method of communication. Keeping all of your religious followers up-to-date with current information is a key ingredient to maintaining a successful church.

Author Bio: Tim S. is an avid writer and loves to share new and exciting technology with the world. He currently works as the media and support manager at DialMyCalls.com.

Disclaimer - DialMyCalls.com is a proud sponsor of Ministry Best Practices.

7 Easy Steps To Create Painless Decision-Making Meetings

Brainstorming Meetings

excerpt from 99U:

Brainstorming meetings can be disastrous, often eating up time and leading to poor decisions. Google Ventures has a way to avoid the pain of traditional meetings with a seven step method.

Over at Fast Company, Jake Knapp explains:
The next time you need to make a decision or come up with a new idea in a group, call timeout and give the note-and-vote a try.

1. Note: Distribute paper and pens to each person. Set a timer for five to 10 minutes. Everyone writes down as many ideas as they can…

2. Self-edit: Set the timer for two minutes. Each person reviews his or her own list and picks one or two favorites…

3. Share and capture: One at a time, each person shares his or her top idea(s). No sales pitch. Just say what you wrote and move on…

4. Vote: Set the timer for five minutes. Each person chooses a favorite from the ideas on the whiteboard…

5. Share and capture: One at a time, each person says their vote…

6. Decide: Who is the decider? She [or he] should make the final call—not the group…

7. Rejoice: That only took 15 minutes!

The “Note and Vote” technique works by circumventing the usual suspects that cause brainstorming meetings to go awry: personal feelings, fear of being unheard, and building ideas off one another rather than focusing on originality.

(ht: 99U)

Top Ministry Tweets This Past Week

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The Biggest Reason Why Donors Give May Surprise You

Donors Giving Fundraising

(This is an excerpt from Jeff Brooks’ latest book,”The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand: Motivating Donors to Give, Give Happily, and Keep on Giving.” For information, click here.)

Stating abstract ideals is not fundraising. No matter how elevated those ideals are. Donors give to make specific things happen, not to identify with ideals. (Tweet This) Our job as fundraisers is not to ennoble a boring old shoe with a glowing ideal. Our job is almost the opposite of that: We connect a donor’s ideals with a gritty and specific reality, so she can change the world.

Branding doesn’t always kill fundraising. It can even do some good for organizations that follow these disciplines:
  • They have the calls to action that both donors understand — and that can’t be obliterated by a fog of abstraction.
  • They can make what they do clear and obvious visually and emotionally because they’ve learned what motivates donors to action.
  • They connect with donors. Real donors whose preferences they know from real-life behavior.
Our comments:

Simply using and relying on words like change, hope and transform aren't enough as you engage and connect with your donors. You must offer them clear and measurable objectives and impact. You must tell them how you and your ministry are changing actual lives. You must offer them stories and statistics as to how their investment within your ministry is making a real and tangible difference.

Here is an example for you of my ministry does it with our ministry brief - Click HERE to view

(ht: Fundraising Success)

10 Sure-Fire Ways To Have Your Church Always Like You

Church Liking Pastor
excerpted from Ron Edmondson:

Here are 10 ways to remain favorite pastor:
  1. Never turn down a social invitation - Sacrifice your family time. It’ll ruin your family dynamic but keep the church happy.
  2. Don’t talk about money – Jesus never did, right? Don’t be meddling.
  3. Never mention sex – Good Christians don’t. They just don’t. They don’t even think about it.
  4. Stick to the sins everyone else is doing – Don’t mention things like gossip or gluttony. Those are too personal.
  5. No challenges please – We don’t want our toes stepped on and definitely don’t want to leave with homework. Or at least give us some homework passes. Please.
  6. Preach “feel good” messages – That hard stuff to hear…who needs it?
  7. Wear the right clothes – Like Jesus did, right?
  8. Don’t buck tradition – Especially the ones that were started by pastor so and so. You know the ones.
  9. Play everyone’s favorite music – Every Sunday. (You miracle worker.)
  10. Don’t lead…just preach - Give us your “best” message every Sunday, but don’t take us anywhere new.
(ht: Ron Edmondson)

5 Big Questions You Need To Ask Before Joining Ministry

Church Ministry Pastor Calling
excerpted from Jeff Medders post:

Wherever you are on the “call to ministry” spectrum, here are five questions you need to answer.

1. Do I Want to Make Disciples and Make Much of Jesus?
You might have a library-load of reasons why you think should be in vocational ministry—but if you don’t have the right reason, you are treading on unholy ground.

A lot of people join the ministry for all the wrong reasons. You don’t become a pastor to make friends. You don’t become a foreign missionary to ease your conscience. And you don’t plant a church for the praise of self. Ministry happens for one two-pronged reason: I want to make disciples and make much of Jesus of Nazareth. Pats on the back are fleeting. Disciple making is eternal. Don’t join the ministry to make Mama and Daddy proud. Do it for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Real ministry is all about Jesus, and making disciples of Jesus. Gospel ministry is a self-explanatory term—it’s all about preaching the gospel and making disciples (Acts 14:21). Student Ministry, Kids Ministry, etc., must be about making disciples and making much of our Galilean King of Kings. If not—it’s no longer Christian. Ask why you want to be in ministry.

Desiring ministry is good thing (1 Timothy 3:1), as long as your aim is the fame of Jesus Christ—which, you know, is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20). Rest assured, Jesus isn’t commissioning you for anything different.

2. Am I Called?
Back in my college ministry days, a guy came up to me and said he felt called to preach. I asked him, “Is anyone calling you to preach?” Cue the crickets. “Are you teaching anywhere right now?” The crickets began to preach.

The calling question is a vital element. You might feel called to vocational ministry, but, believe it or not, you could be wrong. One way to reinforce your calling is by seeing if anyone is calling you. Is your church asking you to teach? Are they asking you to serve more and more? Are God’s people already asking you to serve? Your feelings don’t matter. Feelings are fickle. And a call to ministry is like a burning bush.

Moses knew his calling was sure because God called him, he had a mission, and he had a people to serve. If the Holy Spirit is calling you out (Acts 20:28), what is your mission, and who is it for?

Church Sheep Pastoring

3. What Are My Gifts?
Someone who is good at entertaining middle schoolers doesn’t equal a student minister. A golden smile, a firm handshake, and a preacher voice cooked in a seminary oven won’t yield a pastor. The Holy Spirit of our risen Christ, his power and the gifts he gives, is what makes a minister.

There is no doubt that the Lord can (and does) use our natural brain power and people skills, but if we are going up against the dark powers of the age—and I don’t mean cable television—we need supernatural, make-a-nuke-jealous power: The Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

If you are in Christ, his Spirit is rumbling inside of you, gifting you, ready to exalt the name of Jesus. So, how has Jesus gifted you to exalt his name? That’s what spiritual gifts do. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen”(1 Peter 4:10–11 ESV).

A great way to discover your spiritual gifts is by serving in many different ways. (Tweet This) Serve in varied ways, see where fruit pops up, and ask others about your gifting. Timothy’s gifting, even at a young age, was obvious to those around him, so much that Paul called him to join his church planting team (Acts 16:1–5, 1 Timothy 4:14–15).

What are those around you noticing? Ask them. They might see your gifting before you do. And they might even encourage you in the midst of discouragement.

4. Am I committed to a local church?
The Apostle Paul’s vision for ministry is one that builds up the body of Christ. Jesus gives us spiritual gifts for the good of his church. “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11–13 ESV).

A calling to ministry should fly in tandem with a love for Christ’s church. (Tweet This) You won’t be preaching to a blob of people—that’s Christ’s bride, and you are there to build her up.
Like Paul and Barnabas, you want identification and affirmation from the leaders of your local church (Acts 13:1–3).

5. Am I ready to wait?
(read the rest of the post HERE)

How God Uses Our Spiritual Dryness In Our Life

Spiritual Dryness and Desert
Sometimes we experience a terrible dryness in our spiritual life. We feel no desire to pray, don’t experience God’s presence, get bored with worship services, and even think that everything we ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is little more than a childhood fairy tale. 
Then it is important to realize that most of these feelings and thoughts are just feelings and thoughts, and that the Spirit of God dwells beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is a great grace to be able to experience God’s presence in our feelings and thoughts, but when we don’t, it does not mean that God is absent. It often means that God is calling us to a greater faithfulness. It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God.
- Henri Nouwen

How do you move and press on through those seasons of spiritual dryness? 

I know that as a ministry leader or pastor it is much tougher to experience those times, because we are often expected by those we serve and minster among to always and perpetually be hearing from and drawing near to God. Yet we will also experience periods and occasions of spiritual dryness.

So how do we work through those seasons of spiritual dryness? What should spiritual dryness teach us? Firstly, spiritual dryness should drive us to desire and seek God.  It should push us deeper to the Lord. Also, it should prompt us to ask, God - what are you wanting to teach me? Spiritual dryness should be seen as a means, tool and instrument of God to help us examine our lives more closely. 

Isaiah 50:10 - "let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God."

How To Reconcile The Tension Between Safety & Serving

Safety Serving Bravery Mountain Climbing

Because of the years of work with medical missions and international travel I've been in situations where I've served in the midst of political unrest, in the wake of natural disasters and human suffering. In every place I've served, there has always been the necessary discussion and consideration of the balance between safety and serving.  These thoughts by Gary Haugen of the organization International Justice Mission - a group that addresses the plight of human trafficking, are of tremendous encouragement in helping to negotiate that tension between Safety & Serving.

excerpted from Church Relevance:

When did it begin to occur to the twelve disciples that following Jesus was going to be dangerous?

When did it occur to you that following Jesus is going to be dangerous?

There are two ways to respond to fear: (1) seek to be safer or (2) seek to be braver.

Jesus is in the business of making people who are braver. Jesus is not in the business of making situations safer because he uses unsafe situations to make people braver.

You must make a choice between being safe or brave. Jesus tells us we will suffer for him. (Tweet This)

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. - 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

There are two things that are always God’s will and dangerous:
  • Telling the truth.
  • Loving people in need.
  • If my life in following Jesus, doesn’t feel dangerous I might want to check if I’m actually following Jesus. 1 John tells us that if we see people in need but do not help them then the love of God isn’t even in us.
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. - Isaiah 1:17

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

God is calling all of us to the work of justice, but it is not safe. Do you want to experience your power safely? Or do you want to experience God’s power dangerously? (Tweet This)

The Bible says God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.

(ht: ChurchRelevance)

4 Simple But Yet Crucial Reminders For Every Leader

String Finger Reminder



As a leader it can be easy to forgot certain simple, yet profound, truths that will help and keep you grounded and thriving as a leader within your organization, church or ministry. You must constantly revisit and "preach to yourself" these reminders to yourself every day.

excerpted from Michael

I don’t know everything. The best thing I can do as a leader is to strive to be a learner. (Tweet This) I need to ask questions. I need to empower those smarter than me. I need to allow others to get the credit!

I’m not good at everything. There are some things I don’t even need to pretend I am good at. There are some things I just don’t need to do or be involved in. Every time I try to do something I am not good at I rob another leader of the chance to shine.

I can’t do everything. I have to be willing to say no. When I say no to one thing I am saying yes to something else. No empowers me to say yes to what matters most. I don’t need to fuel the idea that I can meet every need!

I’m not the secret to this organization’s success. I can be replaced. I am not the secret ingredient to whatever good is happening. I have to remember that I will be the leader where I am at for a season and one day I will pass that role to another. God can use who he wants to lead, it’s an honor to be a small part of what He is doing. (Tweet This)

(ht: Michael Bayne)

4 Unexpected Ways You Can Be A Fundraising Guru



Do you want to be a fundraising guru? Do you want your ministry to succeed with donors? I am sure that your answers will be YES. Therefore here's an overview from a helpful post from the Bloomerang blog: 4 Signs Your Nonprofit Is On The Right Track:
  • Focusing on donor retention 
  • Making the second gift a priority 
  • Having a top-notch communication strategy 
  • Harnessing technology in their fundraising efforts
Also below are some nuggets that will amplify some of those points. In terms of the importance of a donor's second gift, new donor retention rates average 22.9%. However, if you can get the second gift, that percentage jumps all the way up to 60.8%.








Also according to one of Adrian Sargeant’s studies, here are the most common reasons why donors stop giving.:

5% – thought charity did not need them
8% – no info on how monies were used
9% – no memory of supporting
13% – never got thanked for donating
16% – death
18% – poor service or communication
36% – others more deserving
54% – could no longer afford

Therefore it is important for your ministry and organization to have a top-notch communication strategy.

What have you found to be the best fundraising advice and best practice that you've discovered?

Two Prayers That Will Inspire And Provoke The Soul

Here are two wonderful prayers from St. Augustine.

Almighty God, You have made us for yourself, 
and our hearts are restless till they find rest in you. 

Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose,
that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, 
and no weakness hinder us from doing it; 
but that in your life we may see light, 
and in your service find our perfect freedom; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

You are Christ, my Holy Father, my Tender God, my Great King, my Good Shepherd, my Only Master, my Best Helper, my Most Beautiful and my Beloved, my Living Bread, my Priest Forever, my Leader to my Country, my True Light, my Holy Sweetness, my Straight Way, my Excellent Wisdom, my Pure Simplicity, my Peaceful Harmony, my Entire Protection, my Good Portion, my Everlasting Salvation. 

Christ Jesus, Sweet Lord, why have I ever loved, why in my whole life have I ever desired anything except You, Jesus my God? Where was I when I was not in spirit with You? Now, from this time forth, do you, all my desires, grow hot, and flow out upon the Lord Jesus: run… you have been tardy until now; hasten where you are going; seek Whom you are seeking. O, Jesus may he who loves You not be an anathema; may he who loves You not be filled with bitterness. 

O, Sweet Jesus, may every good feeling that is fitted for Your praise, love You, delight in You, adore You! God of my heart, and my Portion, Christ Jesus, may my heart faint away in spirit, and may You be my Life within me! May the live coal of Your Love grow hot within my spirit and break forth into a perfect fire; may it burn incessantly on the altar of my heart; may it glow in my innermost being; may it blaze in hidden recesses of my soul; and in the days of my consummation may I be found consummated with You! 

Amen.

What Your Church Can Do To Fight Modern-Day Slavery

sex trafficking book review
Perhaps you read the stats

There are an estimated 27 million people on the earth today trapped in some form of modern day slavery. There are an estimated 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide. Tragically, only 1-2% of victims are rescued. Remember every number is not just a statistic it represents the life of a victim.

The problem is that too often we become overwhelmed by the enormity of the issue that we become paralyzed, thinking - what can I really do to help?

Justice Awakening is a roadmap for the church and God's people to get active in making things right. Justice Awakening is a handbook for Christian who want to bring an end to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Pastor and activist Eddie Byun offers in this book practical, on-the-ground steps that any believer or church can take. For example:
  • Have the church fast from slavery-made food and products
  • Host movie nights and screen films that offer insight into the trafficking industry
  • Rally men's and women's ministries to educate and actively engage in the fight against trafficking by helping anti-trafficking and after-care programs
  • Work as a church to push for legislation to punish traffickers
"The book that I have long awaited is finally here! Thank you, Eddie Byun, for creating a road map
trafficking
that weaves justice, prayer and biblical inspiration for those of us who aspire to follow the path of Jesus.Justice Awakening is written for individuals who want to do something significant to change the world. Read it as you ride along the bus toward freedom and justice." (David Batstone, cofounder and president, Not for Sale)

"In Justice Awakening, Pastor Eddie Byun provides an urgent introduction to one of the most brutal forms of violent injustice in our world today: human trafficking. But Pastor Eddie doesn't just share what's wrong with the world--he provides a road map to get active in making things right. His great passion for the church and for the most vulnerable people in our world fills each page." (Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM))

Go here to get your copy of Justice Awakening


Why The Global Church Needs Greater Resources For Youth

Having traveled overseas (especially in countries that have been war torn at sometime over the past 30 years) - the trend is less that of an aging population (i.e. the U.S.) but rather a high proportion of the population 25 and younger. That means the church's investment in the youth within that country is of paramount importance. Below is an infographic illustrating the importance of the global church needing to focus on youth ministry and yet why the needed resources needed to accomplish that task are lacking.

The global church needs to invest more time, energy, and resources to address global youth issues and unlock the potential that lies within this largely untapped source of transformation.

Global Youth Ministry