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10 Ways to Lead Music Without a Musician 

Chelsey Buttrey
It’s funny how it can seem that coffee houses, seminary dormitories, and even urban street corners seem to never be short of musicians, but all of a sudden when the invitation is put out in front of a church to form a worship band . . . crickets. But don’t worry. It’s not you; that’s […]

Google Hangouts As A Ministry Tool

Chelsey Buttrey
Technology offers us stunning reach out into the community and world. But, it’s often overwhelming because tech changes faster than a sprinter runs at the Olympics. But if we want our churches to grow and the newest generations to join us in faith community, we need to embrace the technology they’re familiar and comfortable with […]

Is There Value In Prophesy?

Chelsey Buttrey
“The Antichrist will be Muslim.” “No, Jews would never accept him. He’ll be a Jew.” “Barack Obama is the Antichrist! Why can’t anybody see that?” Of course, President Obama is not the Antichrist. But I’ve actually heard this conversation Who hasn’t?). The truth is, we don’t know who the Antichrist will be, and there are […]

Divinely Inspired Messages

Chelsey Buttrey
“Fake it ’til you make it” works in many situations: intramural sports, social interactions at networking meetings, your first job out of college. It does not work in church—or at least not very well. It’s normal to have days where you feel uninspired, far from creative, and are lacking a solid message for your next […]

Preach About What You Are For

Chelsey Buttrey
When it comes to topics of pop culture, would you say you are more well-known in your congregation for what you preach against or for what you preach for? Years ago, when both kids and adults were crazy for Harry Potter, Hermione, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, did you make sure those who […]

Revitalize Your Prayer Life

Chelsey Buttrey
People might assume that spiritual leaders naturally have dynamic prayer lives. I wish their assumptions were correct in every case. Unfortunately, pastors and other ministry leaders struggle with fatigue, time management, a heavy workload, and family responsibilities just like anyone else. Dealing with endless to-do lists makes it tough to find time for prayer. When […]

Story Telling in Sermons: It’s Not Just for Kids!

Chelsey Buttrey
Do you remember your favorite book as a child? There were probably a few lovable characters, a memorable storyline, and a lesson to learn that made you choose that story time and time again. Storytelling is a great way to entertain and teach…and it works for all ages! While I’m not suggesting for you to […]
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