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New Research Describes Use of Technology in Churches
from The Barna Group
Churches across the nation are using various forms of emerging technology to influence people’s lives and enliven their church experience. But the pace of technology adoption seems to have slowed in the past two years as some churches focus upon making the most of what they already have, and other churches attempt to get by without incorporating such tools into their ministry mix. More

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Tithing Evolves from Offering Plate to Click of a Mouse
from the Ashland City Times
A growing number of churchgoers are skipping the offering plate and donating by the click of a mouse. Some churches have embraced the practice, saying it makes giving easier, especially for younger church members. But as donations go digital, others wonder if something sacred has been lost in the process. More

Church Provides Break at the Pump
from KXAN-TV
Begging for a break from those record high gas prices? Hundreds of drivers in Cedar Park, Texas, lined up for over an hour for a chance for that break this weekend. Drivers only had to pay $2.49 a gallon. The gas price cut was sponsored by the Highpoint Fellowship church. More

Churches Start Drive to Cover Uninsured
from The Detroit News
Some 200 Protestant and Catholic churches across the Michigan worked to collect 20,000 signatures for the Health Care for Michigan campaign. The effort has garnered 110,000 signatures. The interfaith effort kicked off the annual national Cover the Uninsured Week, aimed at highlighting the 47 million Americans nationally without health insurance, including 1,070,791 Michiganians. More

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Small Church Pastors Outline the Top 10 Challenges
from the Florida Baptist Witness
Brad Waggoner, vice president of B& H Publishing Group, recently shared the findings of study of nearly 400 small-church pastors -- defined as those who pastor churches with attendance of 100 or fewer on Sunday. What was the top challenge facing these pastors? Not enough time in the day. More

Pay-per-view Events Help Churches Teach
from The Tennessean
Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Goodlettsville, Tenn., was one of more than 100 U.S. congregations to simulcast "Couple's Conference 2008," a pay-per-view event run by the Christian Communication Network. The pay-per-view concept is a departure from the traditionally free events hosted by churches, but its purpose is to expose church members to teaching and counseling on a broader scale. More

Five Keys to Evangelistic VBS in a Smaller Church
from Lifeway
Vacation Bible School is one of the most effective ways to fulfill Jesus' call in Matthew 19:14 to bring children to Him. The most important part of VBS is not cookies and crafts, but rather the built-in evangelistic opportunities. More


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Youth Ministry: How to Share Your Faith Using American Idol
from Dare2Share
Season after season, American Idol continues to top TV viewing charts. Surprisingly, in the midst of its broad-based popularity, this season the show took the unprecedented step of broadcasting Jesus’ name far and wide. With so many people tuned in to the cultural phenom of American Idol, you will easily find frequent openings for using it to talk about spiritual truths. More

Some Youth Trying to Expand Focus of Faith-based Politics
from The Associated Press via MSNBC
Beau Underwood is a 22-year-old at the University of Chicago Divinity School, an active member of the Disciples of Christ and -- in his spare time -- he's showing candidates that the path to political righteousness doesn't always veer right. More

Collierville Church Forgos Much to Give to Those Who Have Little
from The Commercial Appeal
Beneath glowing beer signs, Duke Wheeler and his Sunday congregation flipped open their bibles. But it's not just the meeting spot of the new church that makes it unique. Lord of the Nations Church in Collierville, Tenn., better known by its 35 members as Nations Memphis, has made a commitment to give 60 percent of its budget to mission work here and around the globe. More

 

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