The Vault

Email Automations Any Church Can Use

I have always liked robots. I was a huge Transformers fan back in the 80’s and loved the idea of robots defending us from space villains. I also loved the idea of having a robo-butler to make my life easier and honestly never thought I’d have robots working for me....

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Making the Worship Service Last All Week

In Acts 2, we see a church that literally makes the worship service last all week. “They met every day in the Temple courts” it says in 2:42 and I wonder what our churches would say if we suggested going to church every single day? “Preposterous!” “You’ve gone mad!”...

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10 Unwritten Rules for Church Social Media

You'll run into someone breaking an unwritten rule for social media every single day. In fact, I'm sure I break some of them on The Seminary of Hard Knocks Instagram account pretty frequently! But you should still follow me there. It's great. However, some don't know...

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Instagram Stories, DM’s and Live Video

Maybe you’ve noticed as of late that Instagram has evolved. It's now a multi-function app that will probably one day have Tony-Stark-taking-over-the-government’s-cctv-system” kinds of power. They have done this by “Mr. Pibbing” Snapchat (no, Carol, it’s not ok to...

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Instagram: How to Harness Its Smoldering Power

I’m doubling down on Instagram. Want to know why? Because there is no social media platform as versatile as The Gram (I’m calling it The Gram, now). Think about all the things this little app can do. Posts. Videos. Stories. Live Video. Direct Messages. Mow the lawn....

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Worship 101: Excellence vs. Discipleship

Maybe my experience is limited, but I don’t see a lot of worship leaders participating in discipleship. I do see them participating in a never-ending pursuit of excellence, though. Whoa whoa whoa whoa! That’s a pretty inflammatory statement, Seth. Yeah, it is. But is...

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4 Reasons for a Mission Trip Interview

Mission trips are some of the hardest, most rewarding things I remember doing as a youth pastor. Taking students out of their elements to not only experience other cultures and showing them that their experience in the world isn’t uniform, but teaching them to take...

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Making the Most of Your Easter Service

I’ve always wondered what eggs had to do with Jesus rising from the dead on Easter. That is, until someone told me that it’s a symbol of the tomb…or was it the trinity? Maybe it was about life? Either way, any rabbit that can drop a pre-omelet will definitely be...

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