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How to promote your church's VBS
Center for Church Communication
Whatever you call it — VBS, kid's week, backyard Bible club, etc. — dedicating a week of your summer schedule to focus solely on serving and sharing Christ with kids is important and deserves all the energy and resources we can muster. VBS can take on different shapes: Day camps, evening programs, neighborhood-based backyard Bible clubs, big, small, everything in between.
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It's not too late, but time is running out
NACBA
Registration is still open for NACBA's 58th National Conference to be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, July 14-18. Join us next month in Orlando for a great time of learning, networking, and renewing. You are not alone, so don't go it alone.
The cut-off date for receiving our special conference room rate at the Gaylord Palms is Monday, June 23.

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Summer is not vacation time
Christianity Today
The summer season is not a vacation time for many of us who serve on church staff. Late spring is the season when you finish up on the September to May ministry and then evaluate how things are going. During the next few weeks, you'll want to look back and ask these questions.
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How to overcome dysfunctional church communication
Center for Church Communication
When Karen Shay-Kubiak stepped into her current position as communication director for a large church in the Midwest, she had been a congregant in the pews for close to 10 years. It wasn't long into her first few weeks on staff that she became aware of some glaring areas where things weren't quite — um — functional.
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You've been obsessing over your likes and retweets way too much
Wired
The digital age version of the proverbial tree falling in the woods question is: Does something exist if it hasn't been liked, favorited, linked to or re-tweeted? According to many tech critics, the tragic answer is no. Like Lady Gaga, we live for the applause. But if constantly chasing other people's approval is a shallow way to live that leads to time and energy being wasted over pleasing others and recurring feelings of insecurity and emptiness, how can we course correct?
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Church promises 30-minute service, max
Chicago Tribune
The motivation behind a church service in Merrillville that lasts only 30 minutes isn't to attract people who want to spend less time in a religious program, its creator said. Rather, the idea is to introduce a new form of church where the focus is on stories from the Bible, rather than the traditional ceremonial aspects of worship, said the Rev. Richard Boshoven.
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We've seen megachurch. But how about micro-church?
The Huffington Post
One thousand square feet. It's not much space for a church. About the same square footage as two bowling lanes, to give you an idea. "Why so small?" you might ask. The answer is both economical and theological. Economically, Dinner Church is located in Brooklyn, New York, and 1,000 square feet is what the church can afford. Theologically, Dinner Church members discovered that building big community happens on a small scale: 30 people around dinner tables, sharing a meal they've made together.
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Religion 'makes people more generous'
The Telegraph
It preaches help for the poor and loving thy neighbor, but now a new study has provided evidence that religion can make people more generous in their everyday lives. Research commissioned by the BBC found that people who profess a religious belief are significantly more likely to give to charity than non-believers.
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Union becomes the world's first seminary to divest from fossil fuels
TIME
The faculty, staff and students at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York have a particular call to live out their values in the world. In accordance with that call, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously on June 10 to begin divesting the school's entire $108.4 million endowment from fossil fuels, becoming the first seminary in the world to take this dramatic step in the fight against global climate change.
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How to overcome dysfunctional church communication
Center for Church Communication
When Karen Shay-Kubiak stepped into her current position as communication director for a large church in the Midwest, she had been a congregant in the pews for close to 10 years. It wasn't long into her first few weeks on staff that she became aware of some glaring areas where things weren't quite — um — functional.

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3 tips for finding hidden talent in your church
By Deborah Wipf
One of the great things about my job is I get to talk with leaders from a variety of churches. One of these leaders mentioned the hidden talent in his congregation. These are folks with specialized skill sets, many of whom either have their own business or are fairly high up in an organization.

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Digital giving strategies for your church
Center for Church Communication
Some form of online giving is common in many churches today. But very few churches have a solid strategy for digital giving. As a result they're missing out on the real potential and power of digital giving to engage new givers. A truly digital generation is coming of age in the church and the proportion of the congregation they represent is only going to grow.

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Baptizing the Dora generation: Why preschooler faith is so controversial
Christianity Today
While the number of baptisms is down for most age groups, "the only consistently growing group in baptisms is age five and under," the task force reported. Granted, baptisms in this group comprise a small number of the total number of baptisms, but the preschool age group saw a 96 percent increase from 1974 to 2010. In fact, this group had the strongest trend line over the 37-year period.
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Why do you do what you do?
Faith & Leadership
Business strategist Roger Martin suggests that answering the question "Why?" is the first step in the process of developing a strategy. The answer addresses the reason that the strategy matters to you, the community, the next generation and God. Why is the strategy worth investing time and energy to accomplish?
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Clergy as professional revolutionaries
Episcopal Café
Churches don't have dues paying members, but they do have members who contribute tithes and offerings. Although individuals determine how much to give (unlike organizational dues and unlike the thankfully repudiated pew rent system of previous centuries), a large number of donors supports a small cadre of professional revolutionaries (aka the clergy).
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The 10 people nobody can help
ChurchLeaders
Pastor Joseph Mattera has been involved in pastoral ministry for 30 years. Though he desires to help everyone, he learned the hard way that he cannot help every person who attends his church or who comes to him for input. The following are 10 kinds of people he has identified that are so entrenched in certain habit patterns that he cannot help them advance to the next level unless they make the necessary shift in their attitude or behavior.
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Music and Arts Administrator
Atlanta, Georgia
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Work with other full-time and part-time administrative staff for overall office work-flow and attend support staff meetings. Compile, edit, and manage printing of weekly worship bulletins for two main sanctuary services as well as Chapel Communion service…

Finance/ Business Manager
Richmond, Virginia
First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
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Church Administrator
Augusta, Georgia
The First Baptist Church of Augusta
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