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Churches conflicted when it comes to social media engagement
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church leaders — keen to deepen the authentic community at the heart of Christianity — are using social media to cultivate relationships. And ever since Facebook leapt off America's campuses and onto the computers of 850 million people worldwide, churches have regarded social media as essential to missional strategies. Yet eight years after Mark Zuckerberg famously launched "Thefacebook" in his Harvard dorm room, congregations largely remain uncertain about their engagement with social media. More




11 keys to an explosive Easter service
Church Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What if you spent three months planning and preparing your congregation for an explosive and transformational Easter this year? Healthy churches can double their average attendance on Easter, which will have a residual impact for the rest of the year. With Easter falling later on the calendar this year, April 8, you have an opportunity to have one of your largest Easter attendances in the history of your church. Here are a few principles you can apply in planning to have an explosive Easter this year. More

Why Christians focus on the wrong people at Easter
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's the eve of another Easter season, and as usual churches are gearing their worship services toward the un-churched. It's a time we Christians set our sights on nonbelieving friends and cook up ways to invite them to a glorious Sunday service. In the church world, Easter is our second-best chance to get nonbelievers "into the building." In all this inviting, it is time Christians rethink their target audience. More

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Annual tally finds drop in 2010 donation to churches
The Associated Press via KATC-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An annual report on North American congregations found that total donations to churches declined by $1.2 billion in 2010, the second consecutive year denominations reported a drop in giving. According to the latest Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, congregations reported $29 billion in contributions for 2010, or $763 per capita, for a dip of 2.2 percent. Between 2008 and 2009, as the impact of the Great Recession continued, reported donations had dropped by $431 million. More

Study: Text message donors represent new category of giver
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One in 10 Americans have made a charitable donation using the text messaging feature on their mobile phones, according to a study produced by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society. Those donors represent a new kind of charitable giver, and often the contributions were spur-of-the-moment decisions in response to images seen on television that spread virally through friend networks. More




Is diversion of funds really embezzlement?
Church Law and Tax    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church income ordinarily consists of designated and undesignated contributions, interest on bank accounts, gain on investments and rent from church-owned properties. Church income, from whatever source, is held by the church in trust for the church's religious and charitable purposes. Ministers who divert church funds to their own benefit in excess of their stated compensation may be personally liable on the basis of several legal theories, including breach of trust, embezzlement, fraud, conversion, securities law violations and theft. More

Should churches hire family members?
Out of Ur (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are many stories of fathers passing their ministries on to their children: Franklin Graham, Jonathan Falwell and Joel Osteen all inherited their famous fathers' pulpits. But is mixing family and ministry a good idea? In many nonministry organizations, this kind of thing is rejected as nepotism, and in for-profit corporations it is illegal. It creates a shadow of doubt around a person's gifts, abilities and calling. More

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Churches, businesses in Sweden go cashless
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sweden is moving toward a cash-free society on all fronts, according to reports. Perhaps the most unexpected result of a cash-free Sweden is cashless churches. "People came up to me several times and said they didn't have cash but would still like to donate money," Vicar Johan Tyrberg of the Carl Gustaf Church said. The solution? Tyrberg installed a card reader, so worshipers could give tithes and offerings to the church without having cash on hand. More

Road to recovery: How a church was transformed by reaching out to neighbors with addictions
Leadership Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Jorge Acevedo became pastor of Grace Church in southwest Florida in 1996, it was in a five-year decline. By the time Acevedo arrived, attendance had dropped by nearly 75 percent, and the church was deep in debt and under scrutiny from the IRS. Worse, from Acevedo's perspective, the church's neighborhood had changed, but the church had not. Grace Church's neighbors were indeed "the people nobody else wants" — addicts, prostitutes and alcoholics. Outreach to the church's neighbors required a commitment to recovery ministry. More




5 ways to overcome church boredom
Outreach Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Boredom is a huge problem for all pastors and churches over time. It is the natural byproduct of redundancy, and church ministry is redundant by nature. Without intentional interference, churches will have no new people come on Sunday. Everyone will park in the same place, enter the same way, greet the same people, sit in the same seat, sing the same kind of songs, listen to the same person teach and then do it all again next Sunday — and again and again. But it doesn't have to be this way. More

Citations: The secret sauce of local search engine optimization
Our Church (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your local organization is just one of many out there. We all want to show up well in Google and Bing, but unfortunately, there is only one No. 1 ranking and only 10 rankings on the first page of results. What decides if your church, school or business is ranked No. 1 or 51? And can you do anything to improve your rankings? There are four big factors that determine how well your organization ranks in the local search results. More

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How much should you trust your 'taste buds'?
Church Central (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your "taste buds" are the circle of people that you gravitate to because they share your sensibilities. You know, your taste buddies. Having some like-minded parishioners on your side can make it easier to offer command decisions about removing the Precious Moments nativity set from the communion table or suggesting a different anthem than the "Battle Hymn of The Republic" on Mother's Day. There is a danger, though. Your taste buds can desensitize you from the diverse tastes of the rest of your church. More

Copy matters: Benefits, not features
Church Marketing Sucks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One simple way to make your copy more engaging is to write about benefits, not features. Readers want to know what's in it for themselves, not what's in it for you. So write for them, not for you. Features are all about you. It's the checklist of whatever you have to offer. Certainly you care about it, but that doesn't mean anybody else does. Features are how many services you offer and the incredible music and the coffee hour. But most people don't come to church because of a list of features. More

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Leaders sometimes need to make tough decisions to keep the church unified and healthy
Managing Your Church (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church institutional decisions may involve finances, facilities or personnel. Their common denominator is that if ignored, the church will fragment, go bankrupt, suffer serious decline or fail to realize its full potential. Perhaps the toughest of these decisions is related to personnel, particularly when a staff member must be fired. There's risk in letting someone go. More

Unity: Elusive and hard to hold
Church Central (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The church was designed by Unity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for oneness. It is the melody of the church, but people often fall in love with the beat. For many churches, there's very little melody in there. Unity has become increasingly elusive and hard to hold. Discord is the result. Leaders who do not lead from unity will more than likely discover that they are leading in disunity. More
 


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