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Churches helping in the job search
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In the current economy many people are turning to churches, temples, mosques and other religious communities to ask for help in finding a job. And religious leaders are responding with networking events and job-search advice. At Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, Texas, most meetings for job seekers start with a short prayer. Nothing fancy, just a reminder that you are in a house of worship. As many as 25 people of all faiths meet every other week at the Baptist church that began its program in 2008. They come to talk about current job searches, pray for guidance in upcoming job interviews and share family struggles brought on by prolonged unemployment. More



Study: Children happier for being spiritual
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Newly published research from the University of British Columbia finds that spirituality -- a personal belief in a higher power -- is strongly linked to the happiness of children ages eight to 12, but religiousness -- practices such as attending church -- is not. The original study was conducted with relatively affluent, predominantly Caucasian and Christian children in B.C., but it’s just been repeated with children in the very different milieu of New Delhi, and lead author Mark Holder, an associate professor of psychology at UBC's Okanagan campus, says preliminary analysis shows the same surprising results. More



Tennessee church makes difference one dress at a time
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It's prom season, but with tight budgets at home, many families just can't afford the dress, shoes and other makings for a special night. That's why members of Christ Community Church in Athens, Tenn., say helping a girl look beautiful for prom is part of their mission. The church started collecting used dresses in August 2009 as part of its annual Prom Ministry. So far this year, Christ Community has received nearly 400 dresses. Church members say their goal is 1,000. More

Congregational-health expert terms churches 'in crisis'
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During his installation March 18 as president of the Center for Congregational Health, Bill Wilson said churches and ministers are "in crisis." That's a breath-sucking observation from the head of an organization that has dealt with struggling congregations for nearly two decades. "We've got to help congregations figure out how to do church that works," Wilson said during an interview in his office in Winston-Salem, N.C. Wilson said with many churches spinning their wheels in a culture that discounts them because they haven't stayed relevant, "vigilantism" among frustrated members is showing its head. More

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Churches looked to shine on Easter, hoping to attract folks seeking the right spiritual fit
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While churches are always looking to increase their congregations, a holiday such as Easter -- when attendance is large and warm memories of childhood holidays are on people’s minds -- presents a once-a-year opportunity for pastors. And churches across southern New Jersey were ready to take advantage of that chance. From Easter pageants, to sunrise services, to sending in undercover operatives to see just how friendly congregations really are, churches are doing all they can to make their services more welcoming and attractive to people looking to add religion to their lives. More

Churches wrestle with drop in donations
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The number of churches that reported a drop in giving due to the sour economy rose nearly 10 percent last year, according to new survey. In 2009, 38 percent of churches reported a decline in giving, versus 29 percent in 2008. Megachurches -- those with 2,000 members are more -- were hit hardest, with 47 percent reporting a decrease in giving last year, up from 23 percent in 2008. More

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New staff positions to emerge this decade
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If your church remains healthy, then the staff structure will probably look much different in 2020 than it does right now. Church leaders will work for long periods of time to implement new visions for their congregations. They will labor for years to simplify the structures of their churches. They will lead their churches to adopt new discipleship processes and streamline programs. Yet one of the most needed changes that are often left untouched is the staff. As churches move forward, existing staff structures are often left in place. Healthy churches that progress, however, will inevitably create positions for people who will champion the new vision. More

Church gives 10 percent of proceeds
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Flatland Church is practicing what it preaches. The Omaha, Neb., church announced Sunday that it will share a portion of a $1 million gift with other nonprofit groups. Co-pastors Bart Wilkins and Jeff Baker told their congregation at Easter services that $100,000 soon will be spread among 30 organizations. That's in keeping with the church's suggestion that members of the congregation give 10 percent of their income to support the church. "We knew we wanted to do something consistent with our core convictions," Baker said. "Sharing our good fortune by tithing 10 percent (to other groups) does that." More

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Churches increase benevolent giving during tough times
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A new foreclosure-prevention program started at area churches is far from alone among church efforts to meet increased needs during the recession. Even a limited sampling of county churches shows that spiritual and emotional needs have shaped sermon topics and sparked greater interest in small prayer groups, while basic physical needs have led to increased giving of food and other staples as well as job and financial guidance. The recession began in late 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. It has brought some decline in tithing at churches as well, along with more people seeking solace. More

Churches use social media to spread word
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Pastor Keith Coffey of Quinault Baptist Church in Kennewick, Wash., had a conversation about some Bible passages last week with a few churchgoers. He also asked for prayer requests, reminded people it was Holy Week and pointed out an article he liked in The Christian Science Monitor. And he did it all online through Facebook. Coffey's church is one of several in the Tri-Cities, Wash., area that's tapping into social media like Facebook and Twitter to share news about events, strengthen community and spread the Christian message. Pastors say technology shouldn't replace going to services and spending time with people in fellowship, but it can be a way to enhance connections. More



West Virginia pastors respond to mine tragedy
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Two teams of about six Southern Baptist pastors each were among the first to respond with grief counseling for families affected by the worst U.S. coal mining disaster in more than 25 years. "In West Virginia, our clergy is our grief counselors," West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin told reporters, alluding to the strong faith shown by many of the state's coal mining families. A massive underground explosion killed 25 workers April 5 and left four missing in Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine near Whitesville, W.Va., about 30 miles south of Charleston. More

Is the meaning of Easter being lost?
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Just as Christmas for many has become less about the miracle of the virgin birth, Easter may be losing its connection to the resurrection. Although the holiday is meant to be the central celebration of the church, disassociating Easter from the biblical narrative of the resurrection or seeing it in symbolic terms makes Christianity “safer” for con-temporary churchgoers, some local Christian leaders say. More

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Missouri church sets out 10,000 eggs for Easter hunt with Christian meaning
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Children gathered at Harmony Church in Marble Hill, Mo., to collect more than 10,000 Easter eggs Saturday morning. But according to the Rev. Bill Ross, the number of eggs is a peripheral detail when compared to the reason for the egg hunt itself, which he said was held to remind children of Easter's Christian origin. More

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Churches should engage and release their creatives
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The term “creatives” has become a common tag for individuals who think outside the box and deliver imaginative results. They are the ones who can't sit still in meetings and who view every napkin as a canvas for their thoughts and ideas. The Web is often the platform where creatives flourish and they tend to be the unsung heroes of a site's visual experience. Churches have begun to identify their value and it is a safe bet that your church or ministry has at least one of these creatives on staff. The odd fact is that many entities don't know how to handle their creative team. 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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