Founded in March 2006 by Kent Shaffer, Church Relevance exists to help ministries become more fruitful for God’s Kingdom.
First, your ministry needs to be good at the basics – the gospel, The Great Commission, the love commandments, worship, the Beatitudes, and the pursuit of holiness. We must also obey God’s voice through Scripture and the gentle nudges of the Holy Spirit. Once these basics are covered, then we can gain further insights into how to better reach people by holistically studying culture, technology, and behavioral science as well as best practices for design, leadership, management, marketing, and ministry.
It is not about copying what works for other ministries. It is about gaining a clearer understanding of both the spiritual and scientific laws God put in to place and how they can be leveraged to help you best fulfill your calling.
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Church Relevance does review products and services. However, due to a high volume of requests, only a small percentage of submissions are featured. Sponsored posts are available if you want to guarantee your content reaches our readers. With the exception of sponsored posts, we do not respond to submission inquiries.
For product reviews, we prefer digital submissions because our team works nationwide. Specifically, please send a digital a non-DRM file format (i.e., PDF, MP3, etc) in order to increase your chances of being highlighted on Church Relevance.
We will let you know if a physical copy is needed for a review. In cases where a digital copy is not available, you may mail your product to:
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Kent Shaffer – Founder
Kent guides the direction of Church Relevance. He is a ministry organizational strategist who has spent the past few years working on tech startups and consulting for groups such as LifeChurch.tv, Saddleback Church, and Skylark Audio Video. While known most for his thoughts on design, marketing, and technology, Kent’s ministry roots began as a missionary’s kid in Peru and evolved into 10+ years of youth and children’s ministry at Church on the Move and LifeChurch.tv. Currently, Kent spends most of his time laying the infrastructure for Open Church, a platform helping global Church leaders equip each other with ministry ideas and free downloadable resources.
Craig Van Korlaar – Editorial Director
Craig oversees Church Relevance’s operations, research initiatives, and editorial calendar. His proactive leadership skills were honed as a decorated sergeant and enlisted aerial navigator for the U.S. Marine Corps and nurtured through his work at public schools, the YMCA, and Food for the Hungry. Most recently, Craig has served as operations director at Phoenix’s New City Church and as co-founder of SoChurch communications software. Craig spent much of his formative years as a missionary’s kid in Kenya and civil war-torn Zaire. Craig is also the founder of Top Nonprofits and assists with operations at Open Church.