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Dr. Bill Miller

HighPower eNews -- April 2014

"Power Tools for Pastors"

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A Word from Bill

Dear Pastors,

"Easter is on the way. Hope you have big plans to reach out to your community and invite them into your church home. As you plan for visits by newcomers, take a look at the two Church Growth Factoids for this month.

The first from Elmer Towns explains the top three reasons people choose a church, the second Factoid tells you why they come back. If you incorporate these into your plans this Spring you will see a higher retention rate of your new guests.

Good News: We have been working on an upgrade to MinistryMaster. This upgrade will soon be made available to you, which you can try out in a free Demo. We have improved the navigation features, made the solution easier to use, improved some of the visuals. And most importantly, each copy of MM will include the AtoZ Spiritual Gifts Inventory, and the HighPower Skills assessment survey which can be freely distributed to your congregation. Using these two tools you will be able to get the information from your congregation on their gifts and skills, which can then be incorporated into your own copy of MM.

Stay tuned, and we will let you know when it is ready.

And God bless you and your church!

~ Dr. Bill

NEW this Month

  • New Blog Posts:
    • Sermon Idea: "Cross Sunday" Before "Resurrection Sunday"
  • Sermons:  
    • Challenge: Sacrifice vs. Sin
  • Bible Study:  
    • "In Search of Life" – Ecclesiastes Bible Study
  • Books:  
    • Simple Church – A Review of a Compelling Book

A to Z Spiritual Gifts Bible Study and Inventory

"Spiritual Gifts"

The A to Z Spiritual Gifts Bible Study and Inventory is a complete solution to study, understand, and discover your spiritual gifts.


CHURCH GROWTH FACTOIDS

CHURCH GROWTH FACTOIDS:

Take a look at these two Factoids: 

Factoid #1: “How do Christians choose a new church? Christians today choose new churches based on the following priorities: First: FUNCTION the style of worship Second: FORM – the quality or philosophy of ministry Third: DOCTRINE – the beliefs that influence lifestyle (from Elmer Towns, Putting an End to Worship Wars (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1997), 11–12)” Source: (Towns, Elmer & Warren Bird. Into the Future. Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 2000.)


Factoid #2: “People return because of the quality of the sermon (36%), the friendliness of the people (32%), and the overall worship experience (30%).” Source: (US Congregations , 2009.)

These and other Factoids can be found at ChurchGrowth Factoids


HighPower Thoughts Blog

HighPower Thoughts  Blog

(What I’m learning right now in the areas of Leadership Development, Church Growth, Simple Church, & Church Health.)

Check out other Blog entries here.
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Sofware Updates

Ministry Master People Tracking Software – – will help you answer key questions for your church like: "How many open positions do we have to fill in this church?" or "Who in this church has video editing abilities?" or "Which people in our church have the Gift of Intercession, who could really pray over an important issue facing us?"

Basically, Ministry Master will help you track the Gifts, Positions, and Skills of your people. I call it the "GPS" module for tracking your people in ministry. It can be located here.

Other HighPower Software can be found here.


HighPower Sermon Available

Sermons - New Sermon Available

Challenge: Sacrifice vs. Sin – – The first big challenge of the Christian life is to live what you say you believe. Read more…

More HighPower Sermons can be found here.


HighPower Dramas

Drama - New Drama Available

Remember Me – – This sketch is based on the account of the two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus. While one thief is bitter towards life and mocks Christ, the other thief comes to realize that his only hope lay with the man hanging beside him. Read more…

More HighPower Dramas can be found here.


HighPower Dramas

New Bible Study Series Available

"In Search of Life" – Ecclesiastes Bible Study – – This is a great 16–lesson study of one of the most difficult to understand books of the Old Testament. This study includes a very comprehensive set of lessons which will give you a fabulous foundation for teaching or preaching from this wonderful book of the Bible. Ecclesiastes is a very relevant book for our day and age as so many people struggle to find meaning in life. All the answers are here, and they point right to Jesus Christ. Read more…

More Bible Studies can be found here.


HighPower Books

Books

Simple Church – A Review of a Compelling Book – – Simple Church, by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger, is a compelling book. Based upon a lot of research, which they detail in their book, they make a very strong case for the simple church. They define simple church this way: A simple church is designed around a straightforward and strategic process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth. They then unpack this definition in a highly effective way throughout the book. Read more…

More Books can be found here.


This Month's Freebie

This Month's Freebie

Everyday Lies – Malachi 2:17 – – This message examines three everyday lies which Malachi warns people about. These lies can destroy their relationship with God.

Enter the word "freebie" into the coupon code so that you get their discount.



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