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IRS advice for giving to Japan quake relief funds
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The Internal Revenue Service is out with a bulletin on tax advice for people who wish to make contributions to relief agencies and organizations helping Japanese earthquake victims. First, consult Disaster Relief -- Resources for Charities and Contributors on IRS.gov to get information about how to provide assistance to victims through a charitable organization. Contributions to domestic tax-exempt charitable organizations that provide assistance to individuals in foreign lands qualify as tax-deductible contributions for federal income tax purposes, provided that the U.S. organization has control and discretion over the use of funds. More

School Kids Help Design Their New Playground

When Denver Public Schools’ Force Elementary School learned that they would be getting a completely new playground under the city’s “Learning Landscapes” program, they asked students to help design it. PLAYTIME transformed the kids’ drawings into playground-size climbers, tunnels and slides. MORE


On the ground in Japan, Christians get to work
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The strongest recorded earthquake in more than 100 years struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, causing horrific damage to the nation’s northeastern region. Christian organizations based in Japan are using social networking sites coordinate relief efforts. One Christian group led by Jonathan Wilson has activated a team of volunteers using Facebook. Christian Relief, Assistance, Support and Hope (CRASH Japan) is working closely with JEMA (the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Association), to coordinate a large network of experienced volunteers who live in Japan and are familiar with the nation’s culture and language. More

Make Personal Connections With Your Technology
Establishing a connection with people and encouraging interaction with the church’s ministry areas is one of the most vital areas of the follow-up process. To help churches focus on the personal aspects of connection and getting new people involved, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Key Elements to Connection Success today. more


Credit card kiosks ease donations at churches
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Long ago, people gave God parts of their livelihood -- goats, sheep, wheat and barley. Much later, they began plopping money into collection plates. Now, some churchgoers are swiping their bank cards at machines that look a bit like ATMs. "It's easier," says John Muscianes, who attends New Covenant Community Church in northeast Fresno, Calif. "I don't have to write a check. It's convenient." Places of worship have provided more options for tithing and offerings in the past decade. More

Spontaneous offering: $5.6M for homeless
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Responding to the needs of the region's homeless, First Baptist Church in Orlando raised $5.6 million in donations and pledges with an impromptu offering March 12-13. "We've had a stirring in our heart and spirit that God placed the church here for this time because of foreclosures, because of this new homelessness," senior pastor David Uth said. "We believe we were put here by divine choice and we have got to make a difference." More



New mission can rejuvenate churches
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When the youth at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport, Iowa, walked seven times around an empty building that had once held a furniture store and prayed for a skateboard ministry, church member Bill Porter said he couldn’t see how the church could afford it. “The kids thought anything was possible,” Porter said. Turned out they were right. Pennie Kellenberger, now director of The Center, which houses SkateChurch and other ministries, said teenagers from the neighborhood who were hanging out in the church parking lot were nervous about going inside St. John’s. More

Video delivers message
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North Point Ministries has built a video broadcast system that connects four separate auditoriums in three different locations across metro Atlanta. Buckhead Church and Browns Bridge Community Church are approximately 20 miles — in opposite directions — from the North Point campus, located in Alpharetta, Ga. The church primarily transmits the message portion of its worship service between these campuses every Sunday and for special events. They have equipped all four auditoriums with nearly identical video equipment including cameras, switchers, media server systems, projectors, and screens so that all venues can originate and receive content in the same way. At each auditorium, personnel use local video control rooms to manage live, local service elements such as music, announcements, and video playback. More

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What are some ways in which leaders unintentionally exclude people from the church?
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Jesus' kingdom is a welcoming kingdom; however, there are many ways that churches can unintentionally exclude people. If the church's message regarding political involvement is simply centered on two issues—preventing abortion and homosexual marriages—then that church may exclude from participation others who believe that in addition, we have an obligation to provide healthcare for the uninsured, we desperately need serious immigration reform, and we need to care for our environment. Exclusion happens when we assume that everyone thinks just like us and especially when we caricature people whose political perspectives are different than ours. Erecting straw men from the pulpit and them knocking them down will turn off people who feel differently than the preacher does. More

Fed up with Hollywood, churches make their own films
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly via The Christian Century
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This year's Oscars may have been passed out, but for some churches across the country the major motion picture season is just getting started. Frustrated with the movies Hollywood has been releasing, more and more congregations are making their own feature films. 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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Keeping the faith on Facebook
Wilkes-Barre Time Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a recent snowfall, youth pastor Doug Chapman from Back Mountain Harvest Assembly in Trucksville, Pa., wanted to tell the teens they should bring sleds to the youth-group meeting. How did he let them know? Facebook, of course. At the top of his Facebook page, the Rev. Jim Paisley from St. Therese Church in Dallas, Pa., has been offering daily inspirational thoughts, including the suggestion to give up complaining for Lent and the maxim that “to ease another’s heartbreak is to forget one’s own.” As for Pastor Tony Schwartz of the Chinchilla United Methodist Church in South Abington Township, Pa., he recently gave a sermon on the need to embrace technology. More

Next generation worship
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The author of this article writes, “I am a worship leader. I love to lead people on the journey of a worship experience. I thrive on the creative process of writing songs that will draw people to the redeeming love of God. However, my worship-leading style, method and songs may not be relevant forever. There will come a time when someone else will lead and bring his or her own creativity and leadership in my place. Let me be clear: I will always use the gifts God has given me to lead others, but the expression of that gift will change through the years.” Here are some key things we can focus on to be a part of what God is doing in the next generation of worship leaders. More

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My rookie season
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It doesn't take long to get an education in ministry. In fact, here are six things the author of this article learned in his first year as a solo pastor. More

Empowered to act: Why Christians should change the world
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The idea that Christians are to bring healing into the world-the restoration of people and the reformation of systems that hinder them-seems reasonable enough (in thought, anyway). It is certainly biblical. Reality, however, is another story. More

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NACBA TeleWeb: Governing Body Orientation
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Join us for the next NACBA TeleWeb seminar, Governing Body Orientation with Mike Batts, April 14 at 1:30 CST. The governing body of your church has critically important responsibilities with respect to your church’s operations and activities. While governance models for churches vary widely, the common thread in all is that a governing body of some description (board of trustees, board of directors, board of elders, board of deacons, session, council, etc. – hereafter referred to as the “board”) bears significant responsibility (often ultimate responsibility) for the affairs of the church. Commonly, however, individuals are asked to serve on the board with little or no experience or knowledge about that responsibility. New members of the board need an orientation regarding good governance practices. This webinar provides an overview of the orientation process and a guide for making it simple. It is also a good review of good board governance practices for all members of church leadership.

Specific topics include:
  1. The orientation process
  2. The legal authority and responsibility of board members
  3. The proper role of the board
  4. Board committees
  5. The board’s role in risk management
  6. The board’s role in financial matters
  7. Governing and policy documents
  8. The liability of board members
  9. Understanding, evaluating, and protecting the church’s mission
  10. Board meeting dynamics
Purchase access to the informative seminar and then provide to your board members to enhance your training strategy.
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More administrative resources
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.

Church Safety Update
Each week get updated on the critical information and tools you need to help you evaluate, address, and improve the financial, legal, and physical safety of your church. To subscribe to Church Safety Update, published by Christianity Today International, click here. To view a sample issue, click here.

Church Law & Tax Update
Stay informed on legal trends and breaking developments that affect churches and church leaders. Keep your church legally sound with this twice monthly newsletter published by Christianity Today International. To subscribe to the Church Law & Tax Update click here. To view sample issue, click here.

 




 
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