So you’ve convinced your staff and congregation that the next step in growth as a church is to do an all-church day of service to your community. That’s awesome! But what kinds of service projects will excite the body and impact your neighborhood for Christ?
Lots of churches are looking outside their 4 walls to serve their cities and towns in tangible ways. But many times the options for service aren’t very obvious or they’re difficult to arrange. So, we pulled together a quick list of 5 Day of Service ideas that are easy to organize and get us all geared up for getting our hands dirty in Jesus names.
Serve The Servants
You’d be surprised what gets cut from the budget of your local Police Department. In… Read more »
When did Halloween become the biggest holiday of the year? For those of us who have been around for a few decades or more, the immense commercial attention and community activities available on October 31st is astounding! What was once a 'Seasonal Section' in the toy stores and one TV special repeated every year, is now a massive cultural touchstone, with 2 months of retail build up and a flood of movies and TV tie-ins.
So as the church continues to be an influence in the community, it does what it can to connect with and impact the surrounding neighborhoods with alternate activities - with a little less spooky, and a lot more attention on Jesus.
We checked out churches across the country to see what they're… Read more »
“The purpose of life is to discover your gift; the work of life is to develop it; and the meaning of life is to give your gift away.” — David Viscott
You may think it’s a little odd that a t-shirt company’s favorite phrase is “It’s not about t-shirts.” After all, if it’s not about t-shirts, why get into the t-shirt business in the first place? But the truth is, a business worth having is never about the product it sells. It’s about much, much more.
Don Kick, the founder of Impact Shirts, got into the t-shirt business to use his creativity to help churches, businesses, and schools unite their members and help their communities thrive. In 25 years of business, he has served thousands of everyday… Read more »
There’s something going on between your t-shirt and the vibrant screen printed ink colors that make it look so good. It’s a layer of white ink hidden beneath the surface of your t-shirt design called an “underbase.”
Your Ministry Gear designer is an expert who knows screen printing inside and out. Behind the scenes, she understands all the tricks and hacks needed to make your t-shirts look their best. And one of her favorite tools of the trade is the underbase.
What is Screen Printing Underbase?
In case you’re new to Ministry Gear, we utilize a screen printing process to get that cool graphic tee look. Screen printing is layers of ink spread across flat surfaces one color at a time. In some situations, the only… Read more »
Whether your time in youth group was the spiritual high point of your life, a wild time of fun and games, or painful extension of the socially awkward life you were already living in Jr. High and High School, the one constant was the youth pastor. But like zebras and fingerprints, no two youth pastors are alike.
We get a kick out of the post-homeschool comedy of Blimey Cow. Every once in a while, we find one that truly hits the target. Check out this ridiculous and sometimes uncomfortably accurate take on the different types of youth pastors you might encounter (or be) at your church.
If that strikes close to home, check out Chris Parker's article "What Kind Of Youth Pastor Do You Think You Are?"… Read more »
When Jesus was born, it was more than just a miracle, a cute baby, and an unusual location. Jesus' birth, the incarnation, was a fashion statement that displayed the zenith of God's power, love, and grace for all mankind. God dressed in human flesh and humanity would never be the same.
The last shirt you bought said something about you.
Maybe you wanted to display your professionalism, so you bought a business blouse or dress shirt. Perhaps you wanted to showcase your wacky side with a bold and funny statement t-shirt. Or maybe you got invited to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party and your only goal was to buy a sweater just a little wilder and uglier than your best friend’s.
Shirts Don’t Last
Shirts wear out. Trends fade… Read more »
This might surprise you coming from a company that sells logo branded t-shirts, but your youth group logo and brand don’t mean squat. Unless the students in your youth group actually live out the message they’re wearing on their t-shirts, your brand doesn’t matter.
We live in a time when branding and marketing competes for attention on an unprecedented scale. It is believed that a person is exposed to an average of 5,000 or more advertisements and brands per day!
You see 5,000 logos & brands per day.
So not only is your church competing against a sinful world and the enemy’s schemes for the attention of our kids, you’re also competing against an ever-expanding starfield of marketing chaos. And let’s be honest. Each one of them has a bigger budget… Read more »
Pastor Brian Morehead has a lot on his plate. He’s not exactly dwelling deeply on his serve day t-shirt order.
Serving as Pastor of Global Ministries at The Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, California, Brian is pulled in many directions--each with ever-increasing urgency and significance for the people the church aspires to serve.
Pastor Brian moves from one ministry opportunity to another several times each day. At one moment he’s ordering lumber and collecting volunteers to build a house in the church parking lot. It will then be transported and assembled for a needy family in Mexico. At another moment he’s skyping with partners in Liberia brokering an opportunity for partnership between a church network and Children’s Hunger Fund.
He’s prepping for a mission trip to Ethiopia to preach… Read more »
Ordering t-shirts and estimating t-shirt quantities can be scary. Especially scary if this is the first time you have ever ordered custom shirts. With a little time we can show you how to order t-shirts and eliminate the stress. It would be great if you knew ahead of time exactly how many shirts and what sizes before your event, camp, or retreat; however, this is the real world and usually we don't have any of that information beforehand.
How to order custom t-shirt sizes and quantities:
Estimate the total number of shirts you will need. Do you need 45 shirts or 450 shirts? You may already know exactly how many shirts you need or you may need to guess. Lets say you decide on 46 t-shirts. That's… Read more »