7 deadly sins of Easter outreach
Church Leaders Share
Easter is around the corner. This is the No. 1 day of the year to reach people in your community. Lots of churches are going to be trying different outreach means to see their community attend their Easter services, so it seems like a good time to share the seven deadly sins of Easter outreach. More
Metro Group Regional coming next week to Irvine, Calif.
Registration continues for the regional Metro Group meeting March 22-23 in Irvine, Calif. Mariners Church and Jeremy Moser will be our host for the event. Come and join the fun and share in the knowledge.
The Metro Group is made up of administrators of churches with weekly attendance of more than 2000 per weekend. You don't have to be a part of the group in the past to participate in this meeting.
The meeting will start with a catered lunch Thursday followed by a session with Frank Sommerville and an afternoon of discussions and presentations. The evening meal will allow time to continue the conversations and friendships. Friday morning sessions we begin again, and the day will wrap-up so you can head home in the afternoon hopefully refreshed, encouraged and energized to continue to serve the Kingdom.
The following week we will have another opportunity for fellowship and learning as we have another Roundtable meeting March 29-30 in Brentwood, Tenn., where our host will be Lisa Francisco at Brentwood Baptist Church.
Registration is now open for both events with the cost of $45 which covers lunch on Thursday and Friday, snacks and drinks during breaks. Click on the link below for details of the event, registration, hotel, etc.
Come join the conversation, fellowship and fun in California or in Tennessee. More
Why is it so hard to do religion in prime time?
Religion News Service Share
Many TV network executives, advertisers and producers would sell their souls to get the kind of audience God has. But giving religion a starring role in prime time? Not so much. Religion, God and spirituality have made cameos across the dial from "The Sopranos" to "The Simpsons" — though usually as a prop or walk-on role. But shows where religion is a central part of the premise are rare, and the ratings are generally far from heavenly. More
Bowling alleys in churches are disappearing fast
USA Today Share
The little bowling alley at St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria, Ill., is almost as popular now as it was after parishioners created the hideaway, which has a bar and dining room, in 1945. Two leagues, one for men and another for women, play on Wednesdays, and parties are booked for almost every Friday and Saturday night, manager Jim Seppelt says. But church bowling alleys are disappearing fast. There are probably fewer than 200 left, says Neil Stremmel, of the U.S. Bowling Congress. More
Is income exceeding expenses at your church?
Managing Your Church (blog) Share
Findings from the 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff reveal that the overall percentage of churches operating in the black — income exceeds expenses — declined in almost every region. The biggest drop in churches occurred in the West-South Central region (32 percent, down from 45 percent in 2009), which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. More
Evangelical foundations see surge in donations
Christianity Today Share
Donations to large evangelical foundations increased dramatically in 2010 and were poised for growth in 2011, as wealthy Christians shift away from traditional family foundations. The trend means more grants will be available to fuel ministry at small nonprofits that have struggled to sustain themselves via traditional donations. The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability reported that giving to its member foundations surged 68.8 percent in 2010, compared to 6.8 percent growth for its high-revenue members overall. More
Designated gifts for individuals
Church Law and Tax Share
The most difficult kind of benevolence fund contribution to evaluate — but by far the most common — is a contribution that designates a specific recipient. The designation may be written on the face of the check, on an envelope accompanying the contribution, or in a letter; or it may be given orally. More
Harlem churches see gospel tourist boom on Sundays in New York
The Associated Press via Newsday Share
The clash between tourists and congregants plays out every Sunday at Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the oldest black church in New York state. It's one of many Harlem churches that have become tourist attractions for visitors from all over the world who want to listen to soulful gospel music at a black church service. With a record number of tourists descending upon New York City last year, the crowds of foreigners are becoming a source of irritation among faithful churchgoers. More
Community partnerships are bringing transformation to unlikely places
Leadership Journal Share
Churches are rediscovering their neighborhoods as fertile mission fields, and they're forging dynamic connections with community leaders and organizations. An example is happening in Lents, an under-served neighborhood in Portland, Ore. Now community partnerships are springing up between Lents's churches and the neighborhood. Facilitating these connections is Second Stories, a ministry based in Lents and dedicated to "transforming neighborhoods by equipping churches to create community partnerships." More
Lent not just for Catholics, but also for some Baptists and other evangelicals
The Florida Times-Union Share
Rather than rejecting Lent as something "too Catholic" or because it isn't mentioned in the New Testament, Rev. Clifford Johnson said Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., recognizes the spiritual value of the season. "We don't want Easter to be a one-day event," Johnson said. "We want people to enjoy the journey so Easter will be more meaningful and powerful in their lives." More
8 creative ways to bust your stress
According to researchers, depression, headaches, hypertension, heart disease and even cancer have been linked to stress. Uncontrolled stress can increase our negativity and take over our lives, leaving little energy for family and friends. You've probably already tried the usual techniques for relieving stress — taking care of your body, relaxation techniques and simplifying your world. Here are eight strategies you may not have previously considered in your battle with the pressures of life. More
Copy matters: Why should you care about copy
Church Marketing Sucks Share
What's copy? Any written communication, whether it's text in a newsletter, words on a banner, a blog post from your pastor or signage on the wall. It's all copy. We'll cover the ins and outs of writing and editing copy, from how to write good copy, to writing for different mediums to style guides and proofreading. Because in the end, copy matters. Why does it matter? That’s a good place to start. More
8 reasons leaders lose their drive
The Christian Post Share
When asked if they have ever lost their leadership drive, most leaders respond affirmatively. Most have indeed lost that drive at some point in their lives. And the majority identified a single reason for their diminished drive. Here are the top eight responses in order of frequency. More
Organizing for communion: Ministry in the 21st century
The Christian Century Share
What is pastoral ministry like these days, and how is it being shaped in new ways? We talked to Isaac S. Villegas about the challenges and surprises of his early years in ministry. A part-time pastor at Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship, Villegas also teaches classes in prisons with Project TURN and serves on the board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. More
10 steps to creating a marketing plan
Our Church (blog) Share
Marketing is crucial to the success of any website. A good, effective online marketing plan is the first step in a successful online marketing campaign. Creating the plan is something for which you should set aside some real time so you can adequately evaluate the various aspects of the plan and proceed with a realistic plan that can be done successfully. Here are 10 steps to create a marketing plan. More