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Freebie Friday – Free Church Resources

May 20, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources. To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has started Freebie Friday! Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

Today’s resource is CrazyChurch.com – at CrazyChurch you’ll find all kinds of free resources like graphics, sermons, small group ideas and some of the best skits I’ve read in a long time.  And of course it’s all free!

The CrazyChurch website says it very well:

CrazyChurch.com is an online menu of killer resources that have been created and used in local churches.  It’s all free.  Take whatever you like.  Use whatever you like.”

Why does CrazyChurch.com give stuff away?  In their Manifesto they state: “If we get to the end of our lives and the Internet is mostly known as a place to get porn for free and sermons for $5, something’s gone terribly wrong.” I couldn’t have said it better myself! 

The CrazyChurch website is rather unique in its set up, but I found it to be very entertaining and easy to navigate.  To visit CrazyChurch.com click here

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this website review

Freebie Friday – Free Creative Materials

April 29, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources.  To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has Freebie Friday!  Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

Today’s freebie is from Open Lifechurch.tv, which offers high quality creative materials for sermons, small groups, youth, children, and worship services.  The materials include videos, graphics, and message notes.  The best part about it is that it’s all free!  Here’s a direct quote from the Open Lifechurch.tv website:

“… all we ask is that content is used in a non-commercial application in which the overall mission is to lead people to Christ. That’s absolutely it. And if a free gift with no strings attached seems too good to be true…well, isn’t that why we’re all doing what we’re doing anyway?”

I have used their material for my church youth group and found it to be absolutely outstanding!  The videos and graphics are top notch and the message notes are easily adaptable and customizable for almost any setting.  Open Lifechurch.tv also has downloadable worship sets in which their worship team leads a full contemporary song service complete with on screen lyrics.  These worship sets are perfect for Sunday morning services, youth services, or whenever you need a high quality contemporary song service.

My hat is off to Lifechurch.tv – this is a ministry that gets it.  They could easily charge for this material, but instead are more focused on offering their resources to further the Kingdom.  Although they do not ask for anything, I’m sure they would accept a donation to their ministry if you choose to bless them for blessing you.

Check out all the resources available at Open Lifechurch.tv at http://open.lifechurch.tv/ or go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LifeChurchtv.OPEN

FYI: Some of the files are huge (one worship set I downloaded was over 900MB) so you will need a high speed Internet connection to take full advantage of the site.

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review