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Staying grounded in the changing field of ministry
The Associated Press via the Bismarck Tribune    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first time in years, some denominations are reporting a surplus in the number of clergy available to fill vacant positions. The Presbyterian Church USA, for example, reports that nationwide there are 532 positions available and more than 2,000 ministers seeking to fill them. Most of the reason for this reported surplus is rooted in the economy. Some older clergy have seen their retirement evaporate and are staying on longer. In churches across the country, cash-strapped parishioners are giving less, resulting in staff cuts. More



Judge says school cannot hold graduation ceremony in church
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge ruled May 31 that a Connecticut school district's plan to hold graduation ceremonies in a mega-church violates the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state and ordered school officials to find a secular alternative site. U.S. District Judge Janet Hall handed down a preliminary injunction blocking Enfield Public Schools from holding graduations for two high schools scheduled June 23-24 at The First Cathedral, a 120,000 square-foot facility that is home to an 11,000-member Christian church. More

Church giving declines
The Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Churches in the pacific region of the U.S. - California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii - have been hit hardest over the last two years, with 55 percent reporting a decline in giving in 2009, and 34 percent reporting a decrease in 2008."In general, on the West Coast you have the whole housing market issue, government issues, and job issues," said Brian Kluth, founder of the Colorado Springs-based Maximum Generosity ministry. More

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Study shows high obesity rate for clergy
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United Methodist clergy have an “alarming” prevalence of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Job stress seems to play a key role. The Clergy Health Initiative is a $12 million, seven-year effort, funded by The Duke Endowment, to improve the health and well-being of United Methodist elders and local pastors serving churches in North Carolina. A study published online in May in “Obesity,” the journal of the Obesity Society, found that the obesity rate among United Methodist clergy ages 35 to 64 is close to 40 percent -- 10 percent higher than other North Carolina residents. More

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Revival of outdoor baptismal services connects churches to communities
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some Baptist churches are going back to the future -- and making a statement to their communities in the process -- by holding outdoor baptismal services resembling the ones Baptists held for hundreds of years before indoor baptisteries became standard. Christ Community Church in Denton, Texas, for instance, baptizes people in a large metal trough on the city square. Conducting the baptism outside the church building encourages onlookers to think about what is taking place, Pastor Ross Appleton said. More

10 creative ways to use the Bible in Christian counseling
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In Hebrews 4:12 we read: “For the word of God is living and effective” (HCSB) and in Isaiah 55:11 God says: “My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and will prosper in what I send it [to do]" (HCSB). Therefore, pastors can seek in the Bible confidently divine principles that deal with the problems their counselees face. More



4 myths about using technology in Church
Leadership Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Church has used technology throughout history: papyrus, printing press, piano, organ, lighting, microphones, guitars, drums, and video projectors. And with the advent of the Internet, we have newer technologies like websites, social networking via Facebook, and texting on cell phones. How do we steward technology well? We start by dispelling four common myths about using online technologies in the church. More

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Protect your ministry with an employee handbook
Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every ministry, no matter how small, could benefit from maintaining an employee handbook. A proper handbook defines what you expect from employees and what they can expect from you. By following a few simple tips, your ministry handbook can provide valuable legal protection if your policies are challenged in court. More

Who goes to Bible study?
KPC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who goes to Bible class at your church? In the vast majority of congregations across North America, the answer is about 5 percent of the adults who regularly attend worship (most of the people in your church who have the spiritual gift of knowledge-they like to learn). Yet in many churches the answer is 95 percent of the adults in worship. What do you think is the difference? More



Some Harlem churches in fight for survival
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A number of the traditional neighborhood churches in Harlem, N.Y., that had for generations boasted strong memberships -- built on and sustained by familial loyalty and neighborhood ties -- are now struggling to hold on to their congregations. The gentrification of Harlem has helped deplete their ranks, as younger residents, black and white, have arrived but not taken up places in their pews. Longtime Harlem families, either cashing in on the real estate boom over the past decade or simply opting to head south for their retirement, have left the neighborhood and its churches. Without a sustainable membership, and with no fresh wave of tithe-paying, collection-plate-filling young members, these churches have struggled to keep their doors open, to maintain repairs and to extend their reach in the community. More

Study: Parenthood does not make for active churchgoers
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study debunks the common assumption that once a couple hits parenthood, they'll put Sunday church services back on their calendar. While children do act as a catalyst for millions of parents to return to the pews or become more active in the church, it is not the normative experience. According to the survey, half of parents in the U.S. said having children did not influence their connection to a church or change their involvement. And among parents who are Christian, 47 percent said the presence of children was unrelated to their church life. More

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Is your church creative?
Christian Computing Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A notable characteristic of dynamic churches is the freedom their staff has to imagine new possibilities. Creativity is defined by the use of our imagination for new ideas. "Imagination is the keystone, the most important building block for anything human beings do," says Tony Baxter, Senior V.P. of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering. Baxter should know, too, as Disney has set the standard for creativity for decades. What Disney's Imaginers' know is that the power of creativity is greatly enhanced when a team of people is involved. More

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Christian artists seek a place in church ministry
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Even as a young child, Kathy Self had a penchant for drawing and painting. But growing up in church, she assumed her artistic gift had no place in ministry. "I've been selling my art for close to 20 years," says Self, of Springfield, Missouri. "But as far as linking it into actual ministry, that's something I've been working on only for the past five years." Self knew visual art had a prominent place in church history. Some of the great masterpieces of all time, from Rembrandt's "Belshazzar's Feast" to Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," depict characters and scenes from the Bible. But she wasn't sure how to merge her own art and Christian faith. More

E-Bible aims for the digital generation
Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a generation growing up with digital media, the written word printed on paper has little appeal -- even if it's the word of God. It's for them that an Orlando, Fla., company came up with the multimedia digital Glo Bible. "You have entire generations of people that don't engage paper very well," said Nelson Saba, founder of Immersion Digital. "If you look at Bible literacy among younger generations, it's dismal. This is designed to be a digital alternative to the paper Bible." More

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Florida church rises above the flames
Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Charred pages from hymn books nestle in the grass around the burned shell of what once was the century-old Branches United Methodist Mission in Florida City, Fla. Fire investigators now suspect arson in the devastating early morning blaze on May 24 -- Pentecost Sunday -- that destroyed the church sanctuary and adjacent playground. But the emotional toll on visitors' faces -- even as everyone vowed to rebuild -- tells the real story. More

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