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Holy enrollers: Why boomers are going to divinity school
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In July, 64-year-old Patrice Fike sold her home in Coral Gables, Fla., and her Mercedes, stored most of her furniture and moved into a one-room studio where many of her meals are provided. If she sounds like a retiree relocating to an assisted-living facility, guess again. Fike is living in dormitory housing for the Episcopal Church's General Theological Seminary in New York City, where she will spend three years and $100,000 of her savings and retirement income to prepare for her new career as a priest. She's not alone. More

Curious Kids Play on Headless Chicken at new Community Center Play Area!

“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!”
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Metro Group Regional registration is open and hotel rates go up March 1
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Registration is continuing for the regional Metro Group meeting in Dallas on March 24-25. This roundtable discussion group will cover a range of topics on issues the attenders want to discuss. Come and join the fun and share in the knowledge. The Metro Group is made up of administrators of churches with weekly attendance of more than 2000 per weekend. You don’t have to be a part of the group in the past to participate in this meeting. More

Youth ministries get real
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You’ve read the reports about teenagers leaving the faith in droves. Despite the blood, sweat and tears of many youth pastors, a study from Britt Beemer, a former senior research analyst for the Heritage Foundation, reveals a disturbing trend: As many as two-thirds of young people in evangelical churches will leave when they enter their 20s. These and other studies sounded an alarm in the body of Christ—and a new breed of youth ministries is rising to the occasion to stop the enemy from stealing, killing and destroying not only church kids but also unchurched kids in need of a Savior. More

Email Communications In Your Ministry
Utilizing mass emailing in the church’s communications strategy ensures gaining people’s attention with information that has been customized to their needs. Put mass email to work and watch the church and community thrive. Download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Communicating Effectively With Mass Emails for more information. more


Staffing for survival
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What is the most important staff position at your church? What would we do without a music/worship leader? We cannot live without leadership for children or youth, can we? What about Christian formation? Outreach? Pastoral care? Missions? Administration? Singles? Recreation? While all these traditional positions are obviously important, the author of this article suggests another role that every healthy congregation with a viable future must pay close attention to. Whether it is a solitary assignment to one person or a front-burner focus for every staff position, the role of missional strategist is indispensable. More

How online giving can help your ministry
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How can online giving can help your ministry grow? Read below to discover how one church has kept pace with this quickly changing world - and improved their financial strength - by offering online giving. More than just a way to encourage your congregants to give more and to give more consistently, online giving can relieve your staff of the burdens of payment processing. And if you use an integrated solution, you save your staff the trouble of double-entering payments. More



The essence of your church
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There are many ways in which people view your church, but if there was one word or phrase, what would it all come down to? How would—or how should—people understand and communicate the essence of who you are as a church community? The essence sums it all up. It’s the big idea that articulates all of the ways you create, transfer, embody and express value. When the essence is put together with the name of your organization, there is a clear evoking sense of what you do, what you stand for and what makes you different. It becomes the beginning and end of every conversation. More

Developing a relational style of youth ministry
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To have a relational style of youth ministry, you and other leaders must work together to purposefully develop it. You'll find that most of the recommended action steps listed below require attitude adjustments rather than extra time from your week. I encourage you to make sure everyone on your team reads through the steps and uses them as a checklist to evaluate his relational time with students. Some of these steps seem difficult at first, but, given some time, they'll begin to feel more natural. More

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Tackling nominal Christianity with 'radical' small groups
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A serious disease is afflicting churches everywhere today. It’s called nominal Christianity, more accurately described as Christians who are in name only. While thousands of attendees are regularly keeping the Sabbath, why are so many devoid of a proper spiritual life? Southern California Pastors Steve Gladen and Todd Olthoff tackled the issues plaguing many churches today, and offered their solution towards maintaining a healthy church filled with healthy believers in the context of small group ministry. More

Can Christianity be cool?
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In his new book, “Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide”, Brett McCracken continues the generations-old conversation about the relationship between Christ and culture. In particular, McCracken, managing editor of Biola magazine, explores the preoccupation of some churches with being relevant, trendy, and, well, hip. Can churches be cool without becoming lukewarm? The Leadership Journal’s Brandon O'Brien asked McCracken how what he discovered impacts the local church. 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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What is your responsibility for church finances?
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Church leaders can respond differently to the challenges of dealing with money in congregational life. One pastor calls the church treasurer every month the day before the board meeting. “If I didn’t call,” she says, “he’d never get the reports ready on time.” Another clergy leader can’t seem to get his expenses in until December, frustrating the church administrator and the treasurer. One is overfunctioning around money, the other underfunctioning. More

Churches open doors to Muslim worship
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They see it as their Christian duty. But others disagree, saying it extends the hand of fellowship where it was never intended to go. Two Protestant churches are taking some heat from critics for opening their church buildings to Muslims needing places to worship because their own facilities were either too small, or under construction. "I think it's a tenet of our Christian faith, and that is that we extend hospitality to the stranger,” said Diane Bechtol of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va.. “We are a congregation that wants to be helpful to people and if we are asked to help a neighbor in need, that's what we do." More

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Adults try their hands at kids' 'Bible drill'
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Tulip Grove Baptist Church "pushed the envelope" on its children's Bible drill by challenging adults with the question, "Are you smarter than a fourth grader?" Following 11 weeks of practice during discipleship training hour on Sundays, a church-wide Bible drill for adults was held during a Sunday night service at the church in Old Hickory, Tenn., last fall. Unlike children's Bible drill participants, the adults have no opportunity to advance beyond the church level to other competitions, but they did receive the matching shirts and certificates. More
 




 
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