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NACBA Weekly Update
April 17, 2009
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Church Promotes Social Media During Sermon
from News 14 – Charlotte, N.C.
Leaders of a Charlotte, N.C.-area church told members to bring their phones and data devices to Easter Sunday service and post to Twitter throughout the sermon. Next Level Church’s pastor said the church has a responsibility to take advantage of every technological advance. More    E-mail article
See related article: What would Jesus Tweet? (The Telegraph)


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Companies Defrauded Churches, D.C. Says
from The Washington Post
The District government has filed a lawsuit alleging that five companies defrauded at least 30 Washington area congregations of hundreds of thousands of dollars through a computer equipment scam that has spread to at least 20 states. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, in a 16-page affidavit, alleges that agents for the companies offered the churches free computer kiosks to enhance their outreach. More    E-mail article
See related article: Churches React to Alleged Scam (The Washington Post)

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Washington State Church Reaches Thousands via Web
from KOMO News
Easter draws thousands of people to churches all around Puget Sound. But now a Ballard, Wash., church is taking its Easter service to the people on every continent by streaming live online via the Internet. Evening services at Mars Hill Church draw a large local crowd. But thousands more are participating in the service from afar via their home computers or laptops. More    E-mail article

Pulling Out All the Easter Stops
from Ministry Today
Churches routinely put on their best during Christmas and Easter seasons in an effort to reach the "unchurched" wandering through their doors on those special occasions. And every year the marketing strategies of congregations vying for attention seem to get more creative. So what churches stood out last week for their Easter innovation? More    E-mail article

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Young Adults Consider Themselves Spiritual
from the Baptist Press
There's a surprising new description for unchurched young adults in the United States: spiritual. Despite popular reports that young people aren't interested in spiritual matters, newly released survey data from LifeWay Research and the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board shows the opposite to be true. More    E-mail article

Church Pink Slips
from Christianity Today
During the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, grueling choices confront church leaders in places like Granger, Ind., where the unemployment rate has approached 20 percent. Take Granger Community Church, a megachurch with 60 staff members. With its annual revenue down a half-million dollars since 2006, the church found itself with little choice but to eliminate eight positions and cut the weekly hours of fifteen additional employees, said executive pastor Tim Stevens. More    E-mail article


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Ministry Mobilizes Churches to Help, Reach Out to America's Poor
from The Christian Post
With many experts expecting the economic situation to get worse before getting better, a national inner-city ministry is mobilizing Christians nationwide to help people struggling with poverty. Here's Life Inner City, the urban ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International, has been promoting a resource that it has produced for churches to learn how to effectively reach out to the poor. More    E-mail article

Pro-Earth Messages Urged
from The Washington Times
As Earth Day approaches, many in the faith community are working with the Earth Day Network and other eco-organizations to "honor God's creation" in religious services this weekend. More    E-mail article


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For Churches, a Right and Wrong Way to Hire and Fire
from the Presbyterian News Service
As many congregations grapple with declining contributions, some faith communities are following the lead of cash-strapped corporations by laying off employees. But the stakes are higher, congregational leaders say, when you’re putting someone’s spiritual leader out on the street. More    E-mail article

New Research Examines How Technology Drives Generation Gap
from Church Executive Magazine
Technology is fast becoming the latest driving force behind what is often called the “generation gap.” While Americans of every age have become quite comfortable with and dependent on technology, a new study by The Barna Group explores how technology is shaping different experiences and expectations among generations. More    E-mail article

Learning and the Life of the Pastor
from Preaching.com
The life of a congregational minister is varied, challenging and constantly changing. It is often noted that ministry today is strikingly different than it was a generation ago. The expectations are higher and the demands more numerous. The strategies for sustaining pastoral ministry are wide-ranging and include a number of efforts, including maintaining healthy boundaries, exercising and participating in peer support groups. More    E-mail article

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Welcome First-time Guests, but Focus Follow-up on Second-time Guests
from Church Central
Church leaders know that first-time visits are highest at Easter. But pouring all their welcoming energies into these guests may not insure that they return. Instead, consultant and author Gary L. McIntosh says leaders should focus on second-time guests, who are more likely to join the church. More    E-mail article

LifeWay Research studies global warming beliefs among Protestant pastors
from LifeWay
Though many people insist global warming is real and man-made, Protestant pastors aren’t entirely convinced, according to a new study from LifeWay Research. The telephone survey of 1,002 randomly selected Protestant pastors, conducted in October 2008, discovered that pastors are evenly split about whether global warming is real and man-made. It also found that views of pastors vary widely by denomination, location and even the individual pastor’s ideologies. More    E-mail article

 

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