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Churches can thrive despite the recession
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The announcement that Houston's First Baptist Church raised $25.3 million during a three-year capital campaign — coinciding with the steepest economic slump in decades — suggests the recession has not been an equal-opportunity hammer. Churches, synagogues and other religious organizations didn't escape the recession. A 2010 study found that more than half of church leaders said their organizations had suffered, with small institutions hit especially hard. Nationally, a few have filed for foreclosure or bankruptcy. But researchers say that many larger institutions were able to minimize the pain through straight talk about the importance of giving, along with classes to boost members' financial savvy. More

Focus on the Family Helps Families Thrive with Healthy Indoor Soft Play Area

“Our main goal is to help families thrive,” says Diane Ingolia, Hospitality Specialist on the organization’s Training and Knowledge Management Team. “We provide a safe and friendly place where families can bring their children and they know it’s not going to cost them anything to play.” READ MORE


Metro Group Regional registration is now open
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Does your church have more than 2000 in weekly attendance? If so, you are welcome to join the Metro Group for a regional meeting in Dallas on March 24th and 25th. This group is comprised of administrators from larger churches across America and Canada who meet annually during two sessions at the NACBA National Conference. We will be having a roundtable discussion group tagging onto the end of the SBBOC meeting at GuideStone’s Dallas offices. If you will be in Dallas for the meeting, stay an extra day and join in the conversation. This will be a roundtable discussion of topics of the groups choosing. Bring your questions, comments, handbook, forms, reports, ideas & job experiences to share with your peers to help us all become better administrators of God’s Kingdom. More

Building A Thriving Volunteer Ministry
Building a thriving volunteer ministry does not have to be hard or complex. For excellent advice on matching volunteers with the positions that maximize their individual strengths, plus best practices on equipping them to serve in their chosen area, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Raising Your Volunteer Numbers. more


10 tips for church Facebook pages
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Small and large churches across our nation are effectively using a Facebook organization page to enhance in-reach and outreach. Should your church have one? Do the math. Ask for a show of hands to find out how many church members use Facebook. The average Facebook user has 130 registered "friends," so if just 20 church members use Facebook, that's potentially 2,600 people who could read posts about your church. One hundred members with Facebook could touch 13,000. This is multiplication at its best. Convinced? More

What makes ministry to older adults more effective?
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Ministry to older adults must take many forms, depending upon the make-up of the group a church is trying to reach. As the U.S. population ages, congregations will have even more opportunities to engage older adults. While their programs will have different looks and flavors, experts suggest congregations can adopt some common attitudes that help make ministry to older adults vibrant and meaningful. More



4 taxes your church may not owe
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It seems crazy to think that a church, which is a tax-exempt entity, could be paying taxes needlessly. Because your federal exemption exempts your church only from paying federal income tax many state and local authorities may try to charge you tax as well. Knowing what taxes your church doesn’t have to pay is very important. More

Creating a culture of generosity
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The first step in setting the stage for a successful stewardship system is to create a culture of generosity in your church. Generosity is an often intangible force that trickles down from you to your people and results in specific actions. As your people see you being generous with resources to support them, making them more comfortable, and giving them the best opportunity to grow, they will begin to adopt that same spirit of generosity. However, if your actions reflect an attitude of scarcity, your people will act in the same vein and approach giving with a scarcity mentality. More

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Cash-strapped church: Nationally, parish foreclosures tripled since recession's start in 2007
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An analysis by Reuters found that church foreclosures have tripled since the recession began in 2007. Church business matters are often complicated by spiritual concerns, an expert said, creating friction within congregations and sometimes leading to risky decisions. "Depending on a person's spiritual commitment and mystical propensities, he may look for divine authority and weight that greater than sound business principles," said Richard Hammar, a church tax and legal expert based in Missouri. More

Is video the best way to market your church?
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The title of this article is a trick question. There is no best way to market anything to everyone. However, video is obviously an extremely powerful medium as the current advertising campaign by the Mormon Church illustrates. Some comments about that project, some suggestions for creating your own videos, plus some suggestions on how you can combine video with other communication resources follow for an effective multi-channel outreach. More



How immigration laws impact the hiring process for churches
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Long-time NACBA member and former board member, John Simon, writes that in 1990 Congress amended the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to create a special immigration status for ministers and non-ministers in religious vocations and occupations. With recent passage of restrictive immigration legislation in the state of Arizona (the now famous or infamous SB 1070) and similar legislation pending in several other states, there has been a growing concern among religious and ministerial workers as to their status or continued status in the U.S. workforce. More

How to build bridges between church and home
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Young adults are leaving Christianity in droves, coming to the tragic conclusion that Christians are hypocritical because they grew up seeing their parents go to church, yet never live faithfully at home. Too often, parents think simply making sure that their kids attend church is enough to give them lasting faith, when actually, they must consistently live faithfully at home to inspire and help their kids develop lasting faith. And it's not just kids who are struggling. When adults fail to carry their faith over from church to home, they too can fall away from Christ. The solution to this problem is building bridges of faith between church and home, empowering the people in your church to live in loving relationships with Christ all the time. Here's how. More

Every Church Needs a Resiliency Plan

Your 150 year old church just burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. What do you do? Be ready to respond; click here for answers.”
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No such thing as secrets
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WikiLeaks shocked the world with its shared secrets. The world expressed outrage, and then ran to their computers to read them. Secrets leak because they are useful, powerful, or entertaining -- and they appeal to the pull of our sinful nature. The ease of sharing secrets in the social-media era should be a reminder to Christian leaders of a timeless ground rule of life: there are no secrets. More

Church thrives at separate locations with same sermon
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Whether her pastor gives his sermon in person or via electronic media, Vivian Johnson likes what he has to say. Johnson is a member of The Crossing at Fenton, a congregation connected to The Crossing at Chesterfield. The Rev. Greg Holder preaches from the congregation's original Chesterfield, Mo., location, but his words are carried to Fenton, Mo., either through a live telecast or by videotape. His image is projected on a giant screen in the large auditorium at The Crossing in Fenton. More

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