Bridging The Gap Hosts 2016 Thrive Conference For Women In St. Cloud

Coming up on Friday, Sept. 30 & Saturday, Oct. 1, the 2016 Thrive Conference will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud! As your Christian music station, we are sponsoring this conference.

Our goal is to help women – like you – across the Central Minnesota area find the encouragement and support you need to continue to grow in your faith and bring ministry into the “real world” and enact real change.

Let’s learn a little bit about the organization hosting the Thrive Conference – Bridging The Gap – as well as the speakers and musicians who will be there. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Bridging The Gap is a statewide women’s ministry for Minnesota. Their work is in enhancing the holistic well-being of women across cultures, generations and denominations.

5 areas of focus include: Prayer, Leadership, Events, Missions/Projects and Blogging.

Bridging The Gap is made up of real women living real life with real answers for the real world.

Thrive Speakers

Bianca Juarez Olthoff

Bianca is passionate about God, teaching around the globe and on her blog about the life, love and pursuit of Jesus. She is the chief storyteller for the A21 Campaign, a global anti-human trafficking organization, and also works additionally as an advocate for justice in all its forms.

She has just published her first book, Play With Fire.

Stasi Eldredge

Stasi founded Ransomed Heart along with her husband, John Eldredge. She writes and speaks to women about the goodness of God.

Through Ransomed Heart, she works with others to: recover the treasure of the Gospel; transform lives; teach others to walk with God; provide ongoing nourishment; and more.

Meredith Andrews

Meredith is a Dove Award-winning singer, songwriter and worship leader based out of Chicago. She’s released five albums since 2005, and currently leads worship with the Vertical Church Band at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. She has three adopted brothers.

Susie Larson

Susie is an author, national speaker and radio host with her own daily live talk show, Live the Promise with Susie Larson. She has a passion to see women everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high call in Jesus Christ. As of this fall, she will be the author of 12 books.

Dr. Jolene Erlacher

Dr. Jolene is the founder of Leading Tomorrow, an organization which works to equip churches businesses, schools missions and others for inter-generational leadership in an evolving culture, especially in ministry contexts.

She is also fluent in Spanish, and has volunteered and studied in many countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Kenya and South Africa.

Thrive Worship Music

River Valley Worship

River Valley Worship is a praise and worship Christian music group based in the River Valley Church, which has campuses across the Twin Cities metro and beyond. RVW is a collection of artists, musicians and songwriters from the church who came together as an extension of the Spirit happening in church gatherings. The group has released four albums to date.

4 Ways To Get Your Kids Excited And Involved In Sunday Service

If your kids are anything like ours, they occasionally (or often) drag their feet about going to Sunday service. They say they’d rather stay home and play or watch TV sometimes, instead of gathering with our community to learn about God.

Keeping a child’s interest and excitement up about Sunday service and faith formation is all about consistency and intentionality. You as parents set the tone for your family’s culture, so try these 4 tips to build such a culture.

4 Ways To Get Your Kids Excited And Involved In Sunday Service

 

1. Set The Example

Your job as a parent is to set the example for your kids, and that includes being genuinely excited about Sunday service and sharing that with your children. They will follow your lead, and in this way you can encourage them to keep an open heart to what they learn and be excited about it.

2. Ask For Take-Home Resources

Many churches have additional curriculum, like take-home sheets. Ask for these; you may even be the first person to ever bring it up, and can help design the curriculum to help other families. It may be tempting to put the sheet or other resource on the counter and forget about it, but really utilize it. It will help your child realize learning about God is a life-long and everyday pursuit, not just for Sundays.

Also, try to relate the main topic of Sunday’s service to your child’s life. When kids can understand how a lesson can relate to their life, they are more likely to remember it. If the lesson was about Jesus treating the poor or sinners with kindness, ask if they have acted or seen others act in a similar way, and how it made the people feel.

3. Cultivate Relationships In The Church Community

Sometimes, you may not go to Sunday service in an area where you live, work or go to school, so your kids may not know anyone. Take the initiative and introduce yourself to other families, plan play dates, sit near each other during the service. It’s beneficial for both the you, the kids and the community as a whole when families connect.

4. Involve Yourself In Children’s Ministry When Possible

This isn’t possible for everyone, but if you can, volunteer to be part of the kids ministry team if one exists. If your kids see you volunteering your time to help support a ministry which is all about them, they will see more value in it.

We hope this helps, and listen to Spirit 92.9 everyday for the encouragement you need!

3 Reasons To Ride With Your Christian Radio Station To The State Fair!

On Thursday, August 25 and again on Wednesday, August 31, listeners of Spirit 92.9 – your Christian radio station – will be taking our Family Event Bus down to the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul!

This family event bus is part of our Christian radio station’s family friendly promise to encourage family, faith and fun.

For timing and details, head to our event page – otherwise read on!

Take Your Christian Radio Station’s Event Bus Because It’s . . .

 

1. Family-Friendly – “Family”

Your Christian radio station is dedicated to providing family-friendly events to further our mission and help families become closer.

The Minnesota State Fair is not only a time to enjoy new foods, rides and music, but also a time to enjoy low-tech family time together in the livestock barns and agricultural exhibits, at the daily parade, at the art shows, and at the Alphabet Forest where kids can interact with a new author each day as well as take part in many age-appropriate activities. There is something for the whole family to enjoy!

2. A Trip With Like-Minded Christian Radio Listeners – “Faith”

This bus trip to the state fair is offered exclusively by Spirit 92.9 to its listeners. So when you take this trip, you know you will be surrounded by like-minded, family-oriented Christian radio listeners on the ride down and back up, which means your children will be free to enjoy their travel without worry of being exposed to music, language or themes not in keeping with our values.

3. Entertaining – “Fun”

Of course, there are tons of fun things to do at the fair! From the great music at the Grandstand, to the bouncing and climbing and sling shotting at Adventure Park, your family will always have something new to do and explore no matter how many times you attend the fair!

Get your tickets for the Family Event Bus from your Christian radio station today on our event page, and don’t forget to separately get your tickets for admission to the fair! We’ll see you at the fair!

Why Join Music Advisory Teams At Christian Radio Stations?

You’ve probably heard of the Billboard charts, as well as other ways of rating music. Many commercial radio stations make their playlists based off of requests from across the nation, resulting in a homogenous sound across the country on these ‘Top 40’ radio stations. But for Christian radio stations, there is another way.

At Christian radio stations, we don’t base all of our music off of what’s popular across the country. While we do look to Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, we also want to know what is popular locally. Our mission is to serve our local community and to spread the faith here, where we live and work. That’s why many Christian radio stations ask for volunteers to join Music Advisory Teams, to help decide what kind of music should be played at the local level.

A music advisory team is a way of augmenting the national chart information we receive, to make sure we are playing music which provides hope and encouragement our specific community needs. Not all Christian radio stations are the same, and not all communities around Christian radio stations are the same either!

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Spread The Faith Which Helps You

At Spirit 92.9, we take spreading the faith very seriously. Our ministry is designed to deliver encouragement and hope, and we know the best way to do this is by learning what works for our listeners.

If a particular Christian song or artist really speaks to you or has helped you through troubled times, it may be that they could help others who are in need as well.
 

Learn More About The Station, Music And Faith You Love

We hope that by joining a Christian radio station’s Music Advisory Team, you’ll become more invested in the station you listen to. You will get to know the DJs and staff better and listen on a more regular basis. You may even start to do research on lesser-known Christian artists to find additional music or musical styles to recommend! And you will hopefully grow more and learn more about the faith you embrace.

How To Help At Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9, among many Christian radio stations, has it’s own Music Advisory Team. There is no obligation to join, and it is completely free. Every 2 weeks, a brief survey will be emailed to you, and by spending just a few minutes completing it, you will make a big impact on Christian radio stations music, including Spirit 92.9. You can register to be part of the team through our online form, found on this page.

3 Reasons To Support Christian Radio Stations Through Advertising

As a business owner or manager, you want the most bang for your advertising buck. And while many people look at radio advertising as a poor option because the ads interrupt the listener’s experience, advertising on Christian radio stations is quite a different story!

As you’ll soon see, advertisers find Christian radio stations a great investment. While the listener base may be small, they are fiercely invested in their Christian radio stations, like Spirit 92.9.

3 Reasons To Support Christian Radio Stations Through Advertising

 

1. Small But Loyal

71.8% of Christian radio stations’ listeners prefer to purchase from businesses advertising on Christian radio stations.

Because Christian radio stations are generally non-profits, listeners know that the companies who advertise with us are supporting their station. That’s why we call our advertisers “business supporters.”

Listeners are also supporters themselves, continually sending in their own donations to support the station. They are heavily invested in the continuing strength of their Christian radio stations, so when they hear your advertisement on their station, you become “part of the family.”

2. Upbeat Listeners Are Upbeat Customers

When you listen to Spirit 92.9 in particular, you will hear us say the phrase “positive and encouraging.” This is our motto, and it perfectly reflects the music we play and the voices listeners hear on the radio.

People of all ages and situations in life find encouragement through our message of hope, and carry that hope out through the community and into every business they visit. Wouldn’t you prefer to deal with upbeat customers who are always ready with a smile and a kind word? Don’t you think others, possibly other customers, would be drawn to a business which attracts these kinds of people?

3. Easy To Build Credibility And Trust

The biggest challenge for any business is building credibility and trust. Often, businesses attempt to do so by associating themselves with another brand. What better brand to associate with than one with fiercely loyal, upbeat listeners?

Advertising with Christian radio stations is a great opportunity for your business, so we hope you will contact us today and give it a try!

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Spirit 92.9 App

We’re always on the go, and we know you are too. So wouldn’t it be nice to be able to carry your Christian radio station in your pocket for encouragement throughout the day, even when you’re not near a radio?

With the free Spirit 92.9 app, you can now take your favorite Christian radio station with you wherever your travels take you! The app, which plays music and does so much more, is available for download on the Apple iTunes or Android Play stores by searching for “Spirit 92.9”, or you can click here for Apple and here for Android devices.

Listen Live/Artist Information

The most obvious feature of this app is the “Listen Live” option, which is always at the top right after opening the app. It will stream your Christian radio station live from the studio to your earbuds!

Have you ever heard a song you loved but had no idea who sings it? That is a think of the past now, because your Christian radio station has the name and biography of every artist who plays ready for you! Simply tap the artist’s name to be taken to the information. You can also see where or if they are currently touring!

You can even listen to samples of every artist whenever you’d like.

Contests

Besides the contests on the website, Spirit 92.9 also runs app-only contests for you to take advantage of. So be sure to download so you don’t miss out on any of the fun or prizes!

Quickly Reach Website Of Spirit 92.9, Your Christian Radio Station

The app also has the entire Spirit 92.9 website and Facebook page built right in so you never have to leave the app!

You can sign a child or parent up for a birthday or anniversary celebration, save money on the Shop ‘n Save page, sponsor your Christian radio station with a donation, or apply for a prayer request, all from your phone.

Remember, whether on a desktop, laptop or on your mobile device, listen live to your Christian radio station Spirit 92.9 to hear all of your favorite, family friendly artists!

5 Facts You Won’t Believe About Christian Radio Stars For King & Country

For King & Country is a fantastic musical duo, which you can hear in regular rotation on your Christian radio station, Spirit 92.9

You might know the pair of brothers is from Australia, or that they’re now based in Nashville. You might have seen them tour with Christian radio regular Newsboys in St. Cloud in 2013, but you might not know some of the facts we’ve gathered here!

1. All In The Family

For King & Country is a duo made up of Joel and Luke Smallbone, a pair of brothers originally from Syndey, Australia who moved to Nashville when they were young.

Joel and Luke have five other siblings, one of whom is Rebecca St. James, who is a well known Christian pop rock singer who won a Grammy for Best Gospel Rock Album in 2000 for her release, Pray. Their father was a music promoter who would take the kids to concerts.

2. Band Of Many Names

Joel and Luke first began making music for Christian radio in 2007 under the band name Joel & Luke. In 2008, they changed the band name to Austoville. And in 2009, when they signed with Warner Music Group, they changed their name to For King & Country after the famous British battle cry.

3. Grammy Winners

Just like their sister Rebecca, the brothers have their own Grammys for their contributions to Christian radio.

For King & Country won two Grammys in 2015, one for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong, the other for Best Contemporary Music Performance/Song for “Messengers” by Lecrae featuring For King & Country.

4. Climbing To The Top

When the brothers began to get noticed, they rose fast. The released For King & Country: The EP in 2011, and the first Christian radio single off of it, “Busted Heart”, was the fastest rising single of 2011 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart, climbing the Top 10 for weeks and peaking at No. 3.

5. Multi-Talented

Besides Christian radio music, Joel also has talents as an actor. He appeared in a non-singing role as King Xerxes in the 2014 film The Book of Esther from Pure Flix Entertainment, and will be playing the lead in a 2016 film, Priceless, which will be executive produced by Luke.

Remember, whether on a desktop, laptop or on your mobile device, listen live to your Christian radio station Spirit 92.9 to hear all of your favorite, family friendly artists like For King & Country!

Why Is The National Day Of Prayer Important?

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance in our country inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation, held on the first Thursday of May. A similar day of fasting and prayer was first enacted in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress, but the modern observance began in 1952.

Prayer, especially on a national day such as this, is significant because it enables us to recall and teach the way our founding fathers sought wisdom from God when facing challenges and decisions. The National Day of Prayer enables us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people.

This is a day which belongs to all Americans, transcending different religions to bring us together as citizens.

Historical Significance

The Continental Congress first called for a national day of fasting and prayer back in 1775.

You may think the National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving have some commonalities, and you would be right. Traditionally in New England, observances in the fall called for prayer and thanksgiving, while observances in the spring called for prayer and fasting.

The practice of calling for a national day of fasting and prayer has been common among every president except for Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, both who believed prayer is a personal and not a governmental matter.

Modern Observance

The modern observance was set in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman. He signed a bill binding future presidents to proclaim the National Day of Prayer at an appropriate date of their choice every year. A regular date was set in 1988 to be the third Thursday of May.

There have been 67 presidential proclamations for the National Day of Prayer since 1952. Presidents Gerald R. Ford, George H. Bush and Barack H. Obama are the only ones to sign multiple National Day of Prayer proclamations in the same year.

3 Reasons To Save Money With Spirit 92.9

Everyone likes to save money with Spirit 92.9, and if you’ve come to this page, chances are you enjoy listening to on Spirit 92.9.

We have a great new way for you to support local Christian radio and local businesses while saving money in your budget. It’s called Shop ‘n Save!

Shop ‘n Save is an online auction site we created to help our great listeners get great deals from area businesses. Those who have partnered with us range from auto repair shops to bookstores, golf courses to grocery stores. The auction site has it all, and at great prices, so check it out!

3 Reasons To Save Money With Spirit 92.9

 

1. Save About 20-40% Off Of Retail

There are a lot of great businesses offering products and services through our Shop ‘n Save page: from a trampoline park in St. Cloud, to a restaurant in Melrose; from a pizza place in Becker to a dinner theatre in Chanhassen. Dozens and dozens of businesses are waiting for you to save money through our Shop ‘n Save page.

Most businesses are offering between 20-40% off of their retail prices. For example, many are offering $10 gift certificates for only $6, or $100 gift certificates for just $70! Many are also offering certificates towards certain items, like a phone company with a certificate for a $350 phone, selling for only $245!

2. Support Local Businesses

More than 135 local businesses have placed items or services for sale at our Shop ‘n Save page!

Supporting local companies is important. At small businesses, you will generally get better customer service because you are probably dealing with the owner or their family. Shopping small also creates local jobs; ⅔ of new jobs in the United States are created by small businesses.

And 90% of small-business owners contribute to their communities through volunteering, in-kind donations and or cash donations to local charities. What a wonderful reason to shop small!

3. Support Spirit 92.9

When you buy from local companies through Shop ‘n Save, these companies know Spirit 92.9 is helping them, and they in turn financially support our station. It is this relationship, between you, small businesses and our station, which allows us to continue to provide family-friendly, inspiring, fun and encouraging Christian music.

Head to our Shop ‘n Save page today to start saving, and support local businesses and Spirit 92.9!

Five Amazing Facts You Won’t Believe About Christian Music Band, MercyMe

MercyMe is a chart-topping contemporary Christian band from Texas that you probably hear multiple times a day if you listen live to Christian music station Spirit 92.9. You might already know the group was founded in Texas in 1994, and their first hit single, “I Can Only Imagine” helped their debut album go double platinum. And you might even be headed to their concert featuring MercyMe, Citizen Way and Zealand Worship at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud (which you can buy tickets for here), but you might not know these five amazing facts about this Christian band.

 

MercyMe’s Lead Singer Was Almost Never A Singer At All

Bart Millard, MercyMe’s lead singer, wasn’t always an awesome vocalist. Bart is the son of Southern Methodist University All-American football player Arthur Millard. Bart’s older brother was also a football player, and so in high school he was actively involved on the team.

During a game, he broke both of his ankles which ended his career. Due to this injury, he had one elective class to fill and reluctantly joined choir. After some special encouragement from his choir director, Bart became very involved.

During college, he was asked by his youth pastor to help out with the youth group’s worship band and had the chance to sing one day, and the rest is history.

 

The Band Name Comes From Bart’s Grandmother

While Bart was working as a youth minister intern in Florida, his grandmother would often call to chat. She became concerned that he was always at home during the day instead of working and would exclaim, “Well mercy me, why don’t you get a real job?

‘Word Of God Speak’ Named Song Of The Decade

Off of the 2002 album Spoken For, which peaked at No. 2 on the Christian Albums chart, the song “Word of God Speak” went on to peak at No. 1 on Christian radio charts that year along with the title track. “Word of God Speak” actually spent a record 22 weeks on top of the newly created Billboard Christian Songs chart. The track also won Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year in 2004 at the GMA Dove Awards as well as being honored as the No. 1 Christian song of the Decade (2000-2009) at the Billboard awards.

MercyMe had five other songs on the list of top songs of the decade, including “Here With Me”, “God With Us”, “You Reign”, “In the Blink of an Eye” and “Bring the Rain”.

 

Bart And His Wife Have Five Children

Bart said in an interview with a Christian radio station that it is a challenge to raise kids, but things are starting to turn around as the kids are getting older. He and his wife Sharon have five children. Sam, the oldest, then Gracie, Charlie, Sophie and Miles.

“Right now we’re in the bribe stage . . . if you go get the wipes and the diaper I’ll consider getting you a toy. And they go get it, then I say ‘I considered it and you’re not getting one,’” Bart said.

 

The Lineup Of MercyMe Hasn’t Always Been The Same

Bart Millard, James Phillip “Jim” Bryson and Mike Scheuchzer were the original members of MercyMe in 1994, with Bart on vocals, Jim on keyboard and Mike on guitar. The three originally set up a music studio and living area in an old abandoned daycare in Oklahoma City.

Nathan Cochran on bass guitar and Robin Troy “Robby” Shaffer on drums joined the group later that year, making the group five members strong.

In 2003, guitarist Barry Graul, who had previously been with the Christian hard rock band Whitecross, joined MercyMe, giving the group a second guitarist to provide more depth on their third studio album, Undone.

Remember to listen live to Christian music station Spirit 92.9 to hear all of your favorite, family friendly artists!