A Good Friday Reminder – Jesus Changes Lives

Jesus changes lives.  If you need a fresh reminder, watch this tear jerker video of changed lives via Cardboard Testimonies

One challenge to shortening a personal testimony is to get at this core question:

What difference has Jesus made in your life?

As I watched this video below, I was struck by the power of the cross.  Real lives changed by a real Jesus.

This is what Jesus does.

Jesus transforms a life.

Jesus gives hope.

Jesus redeems the past.

On this Good Friday, remember afresh what the Lord has done for you.  Being a follower of Jesus is not simply agreement to some theological point.  It’s a living relationship with the God who can heal you, save you, and redeem you.

This Good Friday, remember the treasure we have.


A short film clip for an Easter Conversation about faith

How do we share something so big, so wonderful, so life changing as a relationship with Christ with the people around us who associate the festivities of Easter with chicks, chocolate eggs and magic bunnies?

You might want to think about using some short clips that you can find on YouTube.  Choose wisely.

I’d encourage you to think carefully about what videos you share with what person. Take the time to pray for the people you will share videos with and carefully select the appropriate ones for them.  – (HT: YesHeIs.com)

Here is one I really liked and can think of a few friends that might find this a great conversational starter.

Check out YesHeIs.com for two more useful videos.

Got Church Ushers? A video about Useful Hand Signals

Ever since I first started giving away free church greeter training videos (get your 10 free videos here), people have been asking me for church usher training as well.

In fact, the pastor in the video reports that he had lots of people asking him about specific training for church ushers.

I’ve always turned down the request to develop usher specific material.

  • Some churches have a real formal role for ushers.
  • Other churches are extremely relaxed about ushers.
  • Some churches will have ushers that enforce decorum,
  • Other churches will have ushers only for collecting the offering when needed.

In my current church, we don’t use ushers at all.  But I’ve visited and been part of churches where ushers played a valuable role in the hospitality ministry of the church.

An usher training video

The following video for usher training assumes a certain level of formality in the church.

If your church is not this formal, then some of this may not be helpful.

But I did like the setup of hand signals, that starts about 5 minutes in.

This video addresses

  • When ushers should report for duty.
  • The role of prayer.
  • How to stand
  • Hand signals to communicate
  • Distress signals
  • Hand signals to communicate seating space.

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The pastor mentions at the end that these signals may not work for you.  You may need to develop others.  But I like the intentionality he displays in training the ushers for his church.

Perhaps your team needs to think through what the specific needs are for training your own ushers and make your own.

Free Videos for Church Greeters

If you want a series of 10 free videos on church greeter training, sign up for them here.  The first video in the series is called “Six Most Dangerous Words.”


Church Greeter Case Study: An Unexpected Visitor

How can you prepare your church greeters for an unexpected visitor with a therapeautic dog?

Rev. Susan and I talk about an experience of the unexpected that occurred during a church visit.

She took a therapeutic dog to church and experienced different kinds of reactions to the presence of a dog.

  • From the pastor
  • From a church elder
  • From members of the church.

Watch this church greeter video case study and then add your comments to the field below.

Listen particularly to Susan’s point around the 4 minute mark about small talk for Church Greeters

How can you prepare your church greeters for a situation like this?

In the comments below, how can you prepare your church greeters for surprise situations?

Share with us your thoughts.

Do you lead your greeter ministry?

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Video Discussion Starter:Imperfect

God looks at the inside not the outside.  If you were to use this video as a conversation starter, what additional questions might you use?

Check out this video discussion starter and then I’ll share some possible ways to use this video:

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How I could use this video

  • Show it at a youth group meeting.
  • Show it at a youth leaders training meeting.
  • Use it as a spring board to discuss “Game Face vs. the True You.”

One of my favorite youth retreat times when I was in high school was a Saturday night conversation in the dark.  We called it “Late Night Rap.”

The only light was fireplace or candles.  The youth were allowed only at late night rap, or in their own bed.  No wandering around.

The conversation had two rules:

  • What is said here, stays here.
  • You can take it as deep as you want, or keep it as shallow as you want.

We’d sit in the dark, laying on the floor, staring at the ceiling or gazing at the fire in the fireplace.  The setting contributed to the sacredness of the moment.

We had deep discussions.  Profound and life changing discussions.  Sometimes the conversations never went deep, but other times, kids brought forth their pain and received comfort from their peers, and biblical advice from youth leaders and friends.

When I was a youth pastor, I carried forth this event during our retreats two times year.   A video like this would make a great launching point for a very deep conversation among senior high teens.


What kind of discussion points?

  • Where do you struggle with acceptance?
  • How do you strive to keep up appearances?
  • What imperfections do you wish you could hide or change?
  • If you could be or do differently, what would that look like?
  • If there was one imperfection you wish God would wipe away, what would it be?

As a leader, it’d be your job to keep the conversational boundaries and to bring biblical truth to light in the midst of the conversation.  This video would set up that invitation.

What other discussion points would you add?

If you were to use this video as a discussion starter, what additional questions might you use?

I invite you to add your question in the comments.  Don’t be afraid to be first.