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Church contributions, budgets recede in poor economy
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Recession pain has hit widely and deeply among U.S. churches — driving down contributions and limiting budgets, according to surveys from two groups specializing in Christian research. Meanwhile, pleas for assistance rose sharply in 2009. Although pastor Rick Warren, a best-selling author, raised $2.5 million with a New Year's Eve appeal when the budget for his Saddleback Church came up $900,000 short, few pastors have his fame or his affluent Southern California base. More



Study says larger churches hit harder by economy
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The economic recession has hit larger churches harder than it has smaller ones, according to a new survey by the Barna Group. Percentage-wise, churches with fewer than 100 members lost more of their income than churches larger than 1,000 adults (16 percent of income for smaller churches versus 9 percent for large churches). Large churches, however, were more likely to report being under financial duress. Researchers speculated that belt tightening may feel more painful for larger churches, because since they have larger budgets, in actual dollars their cuts are larger. More




NACBA TeleWeb: Making 2010 the Generosity Year with Ruben Swint
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As the U.S. economy appears to be in recovery mode congregations like never before need unique strategies to help shape the future of generous members. This dynamic leadership session will focus on ways you can step outside the traditional stewardship promotion box to build an atmosphere of generous members. Join us Thursday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 CST for this informative TeleWeb. More


The vanishing rural church
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The story of the rural churches near WaKeeney, Kan. -- a mile-wide town of once-grand ambitions, which for 60 years has decked out its little downtown in lights, declaring itself "The Christmas City of the High Plains" -- is about more than how its places of worship are fading. It is about how they, like others in rural niches nationwide, are doing whatever they must, finding novel ways, to stay alight like single candles in a dark expanse. More


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Starting with the architect
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In any construction project, there is a specific order in which you have to do things. Obviously, you don't just start by having the carpenters show up and start putting up the building. There has to be a foundation laid first, but you can't lay the foundation or start building until you have the detailed plans for the building. It takes contractors, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pavers, and heating and air conditioning people, but first you need the architect! Without his design, it would be mass confusion at the construction site. More


E-giving allows members to tithe when they miss a Sunday
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With technology on the rise, some churches are turning to the Internet when it comes to tithing to the church. Call it e-giving. The Rev. Randall Popham, lead pastor at Lanier Hills Church in Gainesville, Ga., said using technology such as e-giving offers his congregation a more organized way of giving. "Seven percent of our tithes each week come in through e-giving, and there are several reasons why we encourage it," Popham said. One reason, he said, is it makes giving to the church possible when attendance is not. More


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Safety first: Preserve the future of your churches
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Among the most important things that church leaders can do for their congregations is keeping their children safe. In the past, many people didn't worry about security issues at churches. However, times have changed and so have churches. Gone are the days when we simply relied on "good faith" to preserve the security of our children in the church nursery, Sunday school or youth rooms. More


Churches to aid earthquake victims
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Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Ill., has a personal connection to Haiti, as it sends six teams a year to the island nation and supports nearly 100 orphaned children. Parishioners called and e-mailed church staff Wednesday, concerned about the 7-magnitude earthquake's effects on the Haitians they have helped. Eric Hanson, the church's international impact director, said they were given good news. More


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Back to the basics in Sunday School work
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During the last decade or so there has been a lot of experimentation with Bible study ministries in churches. Some have changed the named from Sunday School to Bible fellowships, Life Groups or just Bible study in hopes of seeming more relevant to newcomers. For most, these experiments have produced only modest or short-term results. Many are now asking a "new" question: "What if we just tried to do really excellent basic Sunday School work?" It's a good question, but first you need to know those basics. More


Las Vegas church launches 'Facebook campus'
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Continuing with its mission to “connect the unconnected,” Las Vegas-based Central Christian Church recently became the world’s first church to launch a Facebook campus, holding live church services six times per week. The site features interactive church services with live lobby chat, personal chat, tithing, worship and teaching. More


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7 reasons to be hopeful about worship in 2010
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Most of the pain for churches last year centered around not having enough money to meet budget expectations. This is a source of anxiety in almost any year, but 2009 was particularly stressful because 90 percent of our congregants were on the ropes financially. Some churches even found themselves down for the count. Is this boxing analogy appropriate. Well, if you were one of the churches left with a black eye last year, you know the answer. More


Does your news spread?
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One of the most frustrating sentences for a church leader to hear is, "I didn't know about it"--particularly when the "it" was printed in the bulletin and announced during worship. That's why churches are exploring additional methods to broadcast information about their events. A bulletin blurb can be accentuated by listings on the church's Web site, targeted e-mails, messages on social networking sites, text messages, and recorded telephone reminders. More


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The top five Christian social networks
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Social Networking has been a great tool for incorporating millions of people into the same Web sites for communicating and networking. There still are some groups of people that remain on the fringe of social networking. One new trend is Christian-based social networking Web sites. The author of this article has compiled a list of the top five sites in this article. More


How to raise expectations through a membership class
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Raising expectations begins by clearly communicating the expectations associated with the discipleship process of your church. Certainly, the leadership of the church plays a major role in the information they communicate and the manner in which they communicate expectations. More


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North Carolina Church gets closer to finishing huge jigsaw
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This jigsaw puzzle is huge! And so is the enthusiasm of the congregation of Mills River Presbyterian Church in Mills River, N.C., and other community members taking part in an around-the-clock marathon to construct a colorful work of art that, when completed, will measure 14.5 feet long by 5 feet tall. The church and community members began working 24/7 on Friday night to complete the 24,000-piece puzzle by sometime today, hopefully earning them a place in the puzzle's Hall of Fame for being the first organization to finish the project in North Carolina -- and the first church to complete the project anywhere in the world. More


Ministry Wish List for 2010
As we walk into the new decade many organizations including churches are evaluating their effectiveness. The last two years have been extremely difficult for most non-profits organizations; the ways of the past are no longer. Ministries have to see themselves as customer service oriented vehicles that reach deep into the communities that they serve... MORE


Church's youth ministry leader takes action to help city's homeless children
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As director of the children's ministry at Simi Hills Christian Church, Shelly Freed routinely attends the city’s Homeless Task Force meetings. Late last year, Freed became interested in what was being done to help disadvantaged children in the community. In November, Freed started an outreach program called Bare Essentials, and she began collecting items to fill backpacks for kids. "The needy children in our community weighed on my heart. I announced to my church what I wanted to do and had their full support," said Freed, who works in the church office and joined the 120-member congregation last year. More


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