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Congregations struggle in aging, decaying churches
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Caring for old church facilities is an increasingly acute problem, particularly for mainline Protestant denominations. As membership declines and budgets shrink, the beautiful edifices of American Christianity can feel like weights dragging down churches that are forced to spend money on maintenance and repairs instead of ministry, charity and other Gospel-derived imperatives. "It's hard times in paradise," said the Rev. William Quick, pastor emeritus at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit. More



What is the appropriate level of debt for a church?
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The vast majority of banks have emerged from one of the most difficult periods in recent history somewhat battered and bruised, but fundamentally sound. Banks have plenty of capital to lend to credit worthy borrowers. For churches, credit worthiness is highly correlated to the “right size” of a new building project. In the past few years, historical norms for prudent loan amounts were set aside by both lenders and borrowers, with disastrous results. Banks and churches alike need to refocus now on long established metrics regarding appropriate loan amounts. Churches that are planning expansion projects based on what they can afford based on historical results versus what they hope to be able to afford in the future will find a number of lenders willing to provide financing. More

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Should churches increase 2011 budgets?
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Financial advisers, researchers, and other observers weigh in on whether churches should increase their operating budgets next year. More

Use video testimonials in your church
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When is the last time you had someone give their testimony in your church? We've lost the testimonial in churches. Why not have everyone in the church record their testimony on video, and then play them back during the service? The church can provide the video equipment. There could be a one-minute description where church members tell what their life was like before they met Jesus Christ, one minute of telling how they met Jesus, and one minute telling about the difference Jesus Christ as made in their life. More

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Survey: Living on less, Christians still giving, avoiding debt
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Three out of four Christian households experienced stagnant or declining income levels during the past year. However, many of those households have still managed to keep debt levels under control, according to results from the second annual View from the Pew, a survey by Maximum Generosity and Christianity Today International. Only 23 percent of households saw their family's income increase from the previous 12 months. Meanwhile, as the U.S. economic recession continued, 44 percent saw their income stay the same and 33 percent saw their income go down. More

Working to spread God's word, one phone call at a time
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The Rev. Carol A. Fambro heard the excuses from people in her Bible study group. So, about a year ago, Fambro, of the non-denominational Cathedral of Health, Healing and Transformation in Absecon, decided to put cell phone technology to use in her ministry. Now, anyone who can get to a phone at 7 p.m. Thursdays can call in to her Bible study telephone conference call. More



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Volunteer steps
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With the recent economic downturn, some churches are closing their doors due to lack of money. Many are choosing to downsize their facilities or abandon their multi-million dollar buildings in an effort to stay open. Churches are often forced to lay off staff members, some of whom were recently hired. Now, churches are trying to find out if it is possible to keep the 
church running smoothly while running with lean staff. More

On the frontlines of faith
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Drop by "Sox Place" in downtown Denver most days and you'll find several dozen young homeless people eating lunch, working on computers or relaxing while watching a movie. What you won't find is any outward signs that the non-profit drop-in center is run by an ordained minister of deep personal faith. His name is Doyle Robinson. The kids on the street gave him his street name of "Sox" after Robinson spent several years passing out clean socks to homeless people in Denver. Robinson is a minister ordained in the Assemblies of God, a Protestant denomination of over 60 million people worldwide. So why isn't Robinson's faith on display? More



The principle of the leadership lid
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The principle of the leadership lid is simple, if not simplistic: An organization can move no higher than the leadership qualities of the leader. Like any so-called principle, the leadership lid certainly has exceptions. It is not an ironclad rule. But it does merit consideration. This principle does suggest, for example, if the leader has character deficiencies, the organization will suffer. More

Spiritual health surveys
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Somewhere along the line doctors realized that one of the best ways to prevent serious illness was to have health checkups. These routine doctor visits can have a dramatic impact in diagnosing and preventing health crises. We in the church who are leaders of leaders also need to have a checkup mechanism, a way in which we can monitor the spiritual health of those leaders we oversee and care for. One excellent way to provide checkups is through surveys. When done well, a spiritual health survey can give you the information you need to respond promptly to any serious issue in a leader's life or ministry. More

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Ministry to youth with mental illness
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In the early days of youth ministry enthusiasm, love for God and kids and an eagerness to tackle anything were the makings of a well-loved youth leader. The skills necessary to plan and coordinate events, build solid relationships with youth and work with church staff and parents came piece by piece as what began as a fun, first job gradually became a career as a professional youth minister. However, to go the distance as a well-rounded youth ministry expert requires the concerted effort to acquire the knowledge to handle the difficult situations that ministry regularly presents. Professional youth ministers whose career goal is to finish well strive to gain skill in helping youth and their families through some of life's most difficult challenges. Few such situations are quite as hard as knowing how to minister to youth who struggle with mental illness. More

Call to Action offers signs of crisis and hope
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First, the bad news: The United Methodist Church needs to change its operations denomination-wide to address financial challenges and be more relevant in its ministry around the globe. Then, the good news: Despite these challenges, many churches of varied sizes and settings have found ways to grow and thrive. Those are the findings of two studies by independent researchers released this week by the denomination’s Call to Action Steering Team. More

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63 members of Congress go to court to defend the National Day of Prayer
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Sixty-three members of the House and four senators, Republicans and Democrats, have weighed in on the legal case to defend the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief Thursday on behalf of the congressmen, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, in the case of Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Obama, in which a Wisconsin federal district court declared unconstitutional the statute directing the president to declare the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. More

Military chaplains serve troops and God under sometimes difficult circumstances
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Military chaplains serve in many roles, but first and foremost, he or she is a minister, says retired Chaplain (Col.) Scott McChrystal, military and VA representative for the Assemblies of God. "Different from being a pastor, a chaplain has an opportunity to go in virtually every place the military goes, the work place, gym, barracks, homes and especially in the hard places -- combat zones." About half the military's chaplains have had previous military experience, including McChrystal, who served 12 years in the Army infantry, including as a platoon leader in Vietnam, before entering the seminary in 1982. He re-entered active duty in 1985 and served 21 years as an active duty chaplain. More

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A moving image got this wheelchair maker rolling
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On a trip to Morocco, engineer Don Schoendorfer saw a beggar dragging herself across a road. Years later, he founded the Free Wheelchair Mission, which gives away chairs in developing nations. The organization has grown from a volunteer effort to a nonprofit with a staff of 18 and a $6.5-million budget. The chairs have been shipped to India, Peru and post- earthquake Haiti, among other countries. Schoendorfer said he has learned to relax and trust in God. More

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