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Hundreds of church administrative leaders arrive in D.C.
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The 55th annual conference of the National Association of Church Business Administration kicks off tonight, July 1, at the Gaylord National Hotel with a trade show featuring 100 companies with products and services designed for the church market. The conference includes keynote sessions plus 80 workshops related to the field of church administration. The conference notebook and speaker handouts are available for download at www.nacba.net/dc2011. Mark your calendar now for next year’s conference to be held at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, July 10-14, 2012. Don’t miss it! More

Curious Kids Play on Headless Chicken at new Colorado Community Center
“When we were planning our new center, we didn’t want to call it a recreation center,” says Rob Cook, Facility Manager. “We called it a community center because this is a gift to our community. So, we added a free play area and, even though it’s small, it’s getting a ton of use!” MORE


Churches' dilemma: 80 percent of flock is inactive
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There is a secret inside many churches. According to researchers Scott Thumma and Warren Bird, most churches – mega-sized and small, black and white – are actually run by 20 percent of the congregation. The other 80 percent, they say, tend to act like spectators: they are minimally involved and attend infrequently or not at all. Though many churches are struggling to boost attendance and participation, Thumma states, pastors and church leaders rarely address the issue. More

Church creates its own social network
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Rev. Jack Kale is a pioneer in the use of church social networking. A few years ago, he started using Facebook. Then he added Twitter. Then he launched a private social network for the church. “Facebook was great for outreach, but it was public, so I couldn’t fully engage the congregation. I wanted a private social network for my church that would facilitate social interaction on a more personal level. gbNetwork does that.” The private network was used at first only by the congregation of Worship at the Water, Gulf Breeze, Fla.’s outreach church where Kale is pastor. The church has services at a restaurant on Pensacola Beach. The network was so successful that Gulf Breeze’s senior pastor, the Rev. Shane Stanford, rolled it out to the entire congregation in February. More

Improve Communication In Small Groups
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How can you make it easier to talk about money at church?
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Clergy and other church leaders can find it difficult to talk about money. Pastors list many reasons why: they don’t want to offend people by talking about it too much; they are reluctant or uncomfortable because giving pays their salary; they know that people are struggling in recessionary times. But we can also list at least as many reasons to increase our comfort level with this important topic: our leadership is essential to fund the ministry of the church (not simply our salaries); we have a pastoral responsibility to address an issue which touches people’s lives every single day; helping people grow in generosity is critical to their spiritual development. More

A necessary evil?
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Many churches view their need for accounting and business administration as a necessary evil. But I contend that appropriate financial accounting, administration and accountability is not evil. In fact, it is not only essential but also beneficial because it helps maximize the efforts of your ministry. Here’s how to create an administrative structure that will help your church or ministry operate efficiently and effectively. More
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The priority and potential of single-parent ministry
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Single mother of a toddler and three months pregnant with her second child, Roxanne Baucum attended her first single-parent family ministry meeting at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in spring 1999. Alone and scared, she wondered what awaited her there. But, to her relief, she found love and fellowship in the group. More than 12 million moms and dads are raising their children alone in the United States. Your church can make a profound impact. Do you have a ministry for single-parent families? This article provides ways to ensure your church provides a comfortable and helpful place for the single-parent families of your community. More

7 last phrases of the church
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You’ve heard of the “seven last words of the church” before, haven’t you? If not, here they are, tongue firmly in cheek: “We’ve never done it that way before.” There’s a lot of truth in that. When a church gives way to an attitude that says things must be done the way they have been done, and anything new is to be met with skepticism and even rejection, its days are numbered. More



How's your church doing?
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Somebody recently asked John Ortberg: "How's the church going?" How do you answer that? Is it going well if you make the budget? Or fill a building? Or beat last year's average attendance? Is it determined by comparing your congregation to how other churches are doing? Of course the tricky part is figuring out how God thinks we're doing. What does he want of us? Ortberg can think of three possible gauges that might guide our response. More

How church creatives can get things done
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When it comes to church communication, nobody cares more for the outcome or delivery than church creatives. But when it comes to creatives being organized and on top of their “to-do” lists, that’s a different matter. Writer Jeff Goins is a creative’s creative with a neat understanding of how people who have creative tendencies think. More

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Focus on God this Independence Day
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It's not just about celebrating our country. July 4th can focus our church's attention on praying for our country. Here are some fresh ideas for your church to celebrate July 4th this year. More

Simple tips for ministering to youth in crisis
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Christians are called to reach out to the hopeless and hurting. But many avoid intervening in teens' crises because they feel scared, ill-prepared, unqualified, or inexperienced. Youth workers can become better prepared by learning crisis intervention skills, understanding their legal duties, and establishing a referral network to professional services. Use these simple tips to help you get started. More

Youth ministry needs service, formation and fun
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Youth ministry is often a challenge for churches. You may call it senior high ministry, student ministry or youth group. It’s an important ministry at a formative time in the lives of young adults in grades 9-12. Many churches work hard to make Christianity “fun.” They provide a long list of entertainment-related activities: lock-ins, bowling nights, camping trips, amusement parks, beach or pool parties, etc. There’s nothing wrong with these activities. However, it’s hard for the church to compete with the American world of entertainment. Good news: a new generation is rising and their tribe is more open to formation and service. More



Thousands experience joys, challenges at Pennsylvania county's biggest churches
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St. George Catholic Church in Millcreek Township, Pa., and Grace Baptist Church in McKean Township, Pa., are among the county's largest churches, drawing thousands of people to worship each weekend at congregations with million-dollar budgets. Such size creates ministry opportunities but can make connecting with people a challenge. Demographics, dynamic leaders and even food have fueled growth at these congregations, which are the closest locally to what researchers and others call a megachurch. More

New monastics share community, offer hope
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They aren't a commune, but they live in community. They are motivated by faith, but they attend different churches. They want to help the homeless, so they bought an apartment complex. They are new monastics, dedicated to helping the poor, sharing resources and caring for creation. Known as Castanea, meaning chestnut tree in Latin, these young Christians are working to transform a run-down apartment complex into a place of reconciliation. More

Tennessee church provides medical, counseling services to community
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What should we do with the God-given gifts we have? That was the question the congregation at First Baptist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., wanted to answer as part of a visioning process it began many years ago. After more than a thousand ministry ideas were offered by members, one stood out — a multi-purpose ministry center. “We didn’t know where that was going to be,” said Dr. Marvin Cameron, pastor of First Baptist. “Two years into that process, this building came open. We tried to evaluate ‘Is this good for us? Can we pay for it?’ It took us one, one and a half years to figure out what we were going to do with it, then renovate it.” More
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