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Use Easter to break a growth barrier
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Every church hits a wall in growth, that attendance barrier your church can't seem to get past. Maybe it’s 50, 100, 1,000, or 10,000. It doesn't matter. One of the best chances you’ll have all year to pass that barrier is at Easter. Usually church growth looks more like stair steps than a straight line. You have a big day and afterwards you go down - but not as far down as you were before. Then you grow again all at once...then drop a bit afterwards. So what does this mean for you this Easter? More



NACBA TeleWeb: Advanced Accounting Series
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Join us for this two-part series featuring Vonna Laue, April 15 and April 29 at 1:30 CDT. Session 1, titled "Be a Solid Closer for Your Team," discusses ways to have accounts reconciled timely and accurately and to monitor your progress. This session will focus on which accounts should be reconciled and how often as well as a method to reflect the work you've done so that it can be easily reviewed by others (such as the finance committee).

Session 2 -- "Answering the Unasked Questions" -- discusses ways to learn what your governing board or a committee want, communicate what they need, and help the decision makers know what they should to know.

These are stand alone seminars, but also build on each other and can be purchased at a discount by signing up for both at the same time. Stand alone pricing – Members $59 Non-members $69. Combined discount Members $88 (save $30); Non-members $118 (save $20).
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Study looks at role of private foundations in supporting religion
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While millions of Americans make individual contributions weekly at their places of worship, a new study by a Rice University sociologist finds private foundations have a disproportionate influence on the religious sector -- despite the fact that their contributions constitute only a fraction of all philanthropy to religion. D. Michael Lindsay, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice, and co-author Robert Wuthnow, a Princeton University sociologist, wrote "Financing Faith: Religion and Strategic Philanthropy," the first major study of foundation giving to religion. It is published in this month's issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. More

10 ways to inspire generosity
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In the national State of the Plate survey research among churches, it was discovered that giving is declining in 37 percent of the churches and is flat-lined in another 24 percent. In this new economic climate, here are 10 ways that pastors and church leaders can inspire generosity and increase giving so their church can focus on thriving instead of just surviving. More

Now Is A Perfect Time To Improve Communication In Small Groups!
Small groups help keep your members on track with their spiritual growth and church leaders need an effective way to keep the ministry organized. For practical advice on improving communication at every ministry level download the ACS ministry guide Planning For Big Success with Small Groups. more


Connect your members and build your volunteer ministry
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The reality of today's ministry is that volunteers are not in abundance in most churches. Church leaders struggle to get the majority of their members involved as volunteers and find it difficult to retain volunteers once they are involved. But even with these difficulties, there are numerous ways to utilize volunteer management software to build volunteer programs into a strong, vibrant ministry. Doing so will allow the church to continually develop members - both spiritually and personally - by connecting them to opportunities that fit their interests and abilities. More

How to begin your own pastor's blog
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Blogging is the internet's latest craze. People and businesses everywhere are using blogs to get in touch with people whom they are trying to relate and to tell their story to the world. The church and preachers would be wise to follow suit. Some preachers have already become a part of the blogging phenomenon, and if you want to have more interaction with your people and communicate your message in a new venue then you should start blogging too. Here are a few tips on creating a successful blog. More

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How do we hire?
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The single most powerful organizational step your church can take--at least on a human level--is to be organized around the gifts of the Spirit. That means that a church is to be led by people with leadership gifts, taught by people with teaching gifts, shepherded by people with shepherding gifts--the whole nine yards. Increasingly churches are recognizing that shepherding and teaching and leading and administrating rarely come in the same package. We have to break old models of church leadership--not to go to new models, but to go back to an even older model--organization around gifts. More

Marketing your church without diluting your message
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In the last decade, the number of adults who do not attend church has nearly doubled, rising to 75 million. Sadly, one of the church's greatest shortcomings is failure to market itself authentically and effectively. You've read the bulletin bloopers. You've seen the typos, bad clip art, poor layouts, a sense of superiority. It's easy to do marketing badly. But there's also the tendency toward airbrushed perfection, pressed suits and coiffed hair and multicultural pictures that don't match the Sunday morning reality. Seemingly professional marketing can be just as bad as the unprofessional type. From the way your congregation tells others about your church to how the weekly bulletin communicates, marketing your church--telling your story well--is not an optional add-on when you can afford it; it’s a certainty begging for intention and attention. More

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Transformation of a church is a thing of the heart
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Transforming a church from "stuck/plateaued to effective/growing" has more to do with making right decisions and making decisions right than changing structures or styles. True transformation is a thing of the heart that comes from hours of dialogue seeking clarity, understanding as they discern the best for the whole not just the few. For leaders and key persons to decide to live into this understanding of church and church growth takes time, intentionality, patience and prayer. More



Do you know your church's money story?
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Are you wondering why your church does what it does around money? Some congregations never believe they have enough. Other churches have a crisis in December year after year. They always come out all right in the end, but they have to panic first. Patterns which don't make sense, and even those that do, but still never change, often have their roots deep in the past. Instead of tearing your hair out, do a little research. More

Buying a bus for your church
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Ensuring safe transportation to and from church ministry activities can be a vital aspect of ministry. Churches often use bus ministry services as an effective outreach tool in neighboring communities. Churches and ministries frequently purchase old or slightly used school buses to fulfill transportation needs. A church should consider both the physical condition of the bus and the legal requirements for conversion when purchasing a school bus for use as a church bus. More

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Bible museum could make home in Dallas
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Hobby Lobby Inc., the national arts and crafts store chain, says it has been on a buying spree of rare Bibles and other sacred documents to fill a proposed National Bible Museum, with Dallas a likely location. The Oklahoma City-based company, owned by the Green family, announced Monday that it has collected a "vast array" of materials, including biblical papyri, Hebrew scrolls, medieval manuscripts and a comprehensive assortment of Bibles and rare books. Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, said his family has a Christian commitment to helping tell the Bible's story and is working with a group, which includes people from Dallas, that came up with the National Bible Museum idea. More

Churches take Gospel to 'Biggest Little City'
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In the shadow of the Sierra Mountains, the "Biggest Little City in the World" -- Reno, Nevada -- comes to life when the sun sets. The downtown casinos light up the Nevada sky. But peel away the glitz of Reno's nightlife and you'll find a city spiritually asleep, with at least 96 percent of the population unchurched. For that reason, pastors in the Sierra Baptist Association decided to participate in "GPS: Across North America," part of a 10-year evangelism effort by Southern Baptists, developed by the North American Mission Board in conjunction with state convention partners. More

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Texas church to offer gifts at Easter services
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A Texas pastor is offering more than $2 million worth of giveaways to people who attend Easter worship services this Sunday. Rev. Bil Cornelius is senior pastor of Bay Area Fellowship Church, which meets at seven locations in and around Corpus Christi. He says every individual or family will receive $300 in gift certificates from local businesses, and drawings will be held at every service to give away cars, flat-screen TVs, laptop computers, and furniture. More

Pastors call on fellow clergy to stem youth violence
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Pastors in Dorchester and surrounding areas are urging colleagues to join them in the fight against neighborhood violence, after a man was found shot to death in a church parking lot Monday, the second of three killings this week amid a spate of recent shootings in several Boston neighborhoods. At a news conference yesterday, the church’s pastor, Bishop A. Livingston Foxworth, and several other ministers called on area clergy to join them in outreach efforts to stem youth violence. "A person's life was taken right there in what we would consider sacred ground," Foxworth said after the conference. "It was not so much a wake-up call, but more like a call to arms." Foxworth added that the attending clergy pledged to join his church staff in projects aimed at reaching youth who may be prone to violence. More



Passover story goes digital
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Thousands of years after Moses led his people out of Egypt, the Passover story is going digital. In the long-standing practice of adding to the Exodus tale, the Internet is changing the way some families will be relating the story of Jews' escape from slavery at Seder celebrations. More

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