Snowbound, pastor preaches via Web
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Like every Southerner, Andy Childs was thrilled with the Christmas Day snow. Like every pastor, however, he kept an eye on road conditions and the possibility of cancelling services the next day at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Toccoa, Ga. "Most of the day we watched weather reports, deciding to take a wait-and-see approach," Childs said. Around 8 p.m. he phoned worship/media leader Caleb Jones on whether to cancel the church's Dec. 26 activities. Jones had just gone by Ebenezer and reported that the parking lot had ice in it. An hour and a half later, Childs and Jones had a plan to go ahead with worship -- though not at Ebenezer. More
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Church Executive, the business magazine and website for larger and megachurches, seems adept at surviving disasters and hardships. Now entering its tenth year in 2011, the magazine was being planned at the time of the 9/11 tragedy, followed by a year of business uncertainty, but launched anyway in January 2002. The digital edition is the same as the print edition in design and content, but embellished with video and attractive to many younger church leaders who eschew print for the new media. To have the digital version sent to you each month without charge, give your e-mail information here.
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Proven fund-raising principles
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Did you know fewer than 5 percent of church donors actually tithe? Strategic implementation of biblical stewardship principles can vastly improve that percentage in your own church. If a congregation truly embraces the theology of giving, and if members manage their lives on the principles of Christian stewardship and tithing, then the problems of raising the funds necessary to meet the ministry's budget are generally resolved. However, this is not always the case. Statistics tell us that fewer than 5 percent of church donors actually tithe. The average donation by adults who attend Protestant churches is about $17 per week. More
NACBA TeleWeb: Advanced Accounting - An Audit Without Angst?
The next NACBA TeleWeb, held Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 SCT, is focused around Chapter 5 of Vonna Laue's book Essential Guide to Church Finance.
Understanding what an audit is and why it is so important to the transparency and accuracy of church accounting is a critical leadership issue in congregations.
Video: What churches should know about the Tax Relief Act
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On Dec. 17, Congress passed the "Tax Relief and Job Creations Act." After President Obama signed it into law, numerous tax provisions that were about to expire were kept alive. And a significant benefit for many employees--a lower Social Security tax rate for 2011--also became reality. In this video, watch Richard Hammar cover some of the significant developments from the Tax Relief Act, and what it means for church leaders as they prepare for 2010 returns and plan for 2011. More
Life coaching makes its way into churches
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Career coaching has been around in the business field for decades. More recently, it spun off a concept of life coaching. Now, the coaching concept is starting to make its impact in churches. Most experts credit Benjamin Karter, a former football coach turned motivational speaker, as one of the originators of the personal coaching field. As coaching began to be viewed as having a broader application than just leadership training for business executives, Karter’s background in athletics prompted speeches focused on mentoring, role modeling and helping people identify and then pursue life goals. More
3 layers of a total church communication strategy
Resonate or Die Share
Communications is what we do. It’s how we spread the gospel, disciple believers, and connect the disconnected in relationships with God and each other. We tell, shout, herald, preach, and evangelize the world. We communicate. Plenty of churches communicate well, at least in one aspect of communications. What we often lack, however, is a comprehensive and cohesive total church communications strategy. More
Are you facing a church financial crisis in 2011?
Church Central Share
Either external events or internal congregational realities can precipitate a church financial crisis. As everyone knows, many churches were deeply affected by the financial meltdown of 2008-2009, whether because of real economic impact on their members, or simply by the high anxiety that was everywhere in the country. In addition, a stepping out in faith by the leadership may actually lead to a dip in income, as the system reacts to the upset in the balance. All churches have some kind of financial and emotional balance or homeostasis, and strong moves by leaders upset that balance. The congregation or parts of the congregation may say, in effect, “Change back,” and sometimes this shows up in giving. What can leaders do when a financial crisis looms? More
Churches increasingly embrace Web and technology
A study released in early 2006 by Facts and Trends magazine revealed that more than half of Protestant churches (53 percent) at that time didn’t maintain websites. What a difference a few years can make. In September 2010, LifeWay Research revisited some church technology questions and issues addressed by two prior studies, one released in early 2005 and the other in early 2006. The new data reveal much has changed since those earlier studies as Protestant churches are now overwhelmingly taking advantage of the tools offered by the technology revolution. The 2010 study, which was sponsored by LifeWay’s Digital Church found that 78 percent of churches today maintain websites, a 70 percent increase since the 2006 study. More
Simple tips for dismissing employees and volunteers
Performance issues with staff are inevitable and rarely go away on their own. You can reduce the disruption to your entire church office, if you deal with problems in a timely manner. Taking care to hire the right person for the job will go a long way toward minimizing potential problems. More
Oklahoma church's popular Bible app takes faith to phones
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The world's most popular Bible program for mobile phones was developed by an Oklahoma church. Since its introduction in 2008, 12.5 million people have downloaded the YouVersion Bible application and have spent 4 billion minutes reading the Bible with it, the designers calculate. In an 11-day period in late December, a million people downloaded the app, which is available on iPhone, Blackberry, Android and other mobile phone platforms. Every 2.8 seconds, a new user installs the program and 12 people run it. More
King James Bible: How it changed the way we speak
The impact of the King James Bible, which was published 400 years ago, is still being felt in the way we speak and write, says Stephen Tomkins. No other book, or indeed any piece of culture, seems to have influenced the English language as much as the King James Bible. Its turns of phrase have permeated the everyday language of English speakers, whether or not they've ever opened a copy. More
Megachurch's cancer ministry 'fills in' insurance gaps
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One of the fastest growing cancer care organizations in Southern California happens to be a ministry of a megachurch known for serving the community. The Rock Cancer C.A.R.E., a ministry of the 12,500-member The Rock Church in San Diego, will officially open its new office on Tuesday to better serve cancer patients and their families in the area. The ministry provides important services such as meal delivery, house cleaning, transportation to treatment, and child care, among other services that insurance companies and other cancer organizations do not provide. More
Pastor responds to disasters to serve others and to learn life lessons
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Call him the “Disaster Pastor.” He’s been involved in recovery work — including floods, tornadoes and ice storms in New York State, hurricane response in the eastern United States, and has led mission teams to rebuild homes all over the East Coast. The Rev. Carl Chamberlain, pastor of the charming Warrens Corners United Methodist Church in the Town of Lockport, has been disaster-response coordinator for the Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church for more than 15 years. More