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EEOC warns against illegal job-screening tactics
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Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that could hurt blacks and Hispanics. A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records or credit problems can be illegal if it has a disparate impact on racial minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency enforces the nation's employment discrimination laws. "Our sense is that the problem is snowballing because of the technology allowing these checks to be done with a fair amount of ease," said Carol Miaskoff, assistant legal counsel at the EEOC. More



Steak on a paper plate: A reflection on worship
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When it comes to the atmosphere of worship services in the next generation, something’s got to give. More and more churches are focusing on the centrality of the Word in worship. The resurgence of Reformed theology among younger evangelicals, the reestablishment of a rock-solid belief in the inerrancy and inspiration of the Scriptures in the Southern Baptist Convention, the revival of expository preaching… this wave that we’re riding is about to collide with an even bigger wave: the dominance of contemporary worship styles across the U.S. and the world. More

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Church growth often requires starting small
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Several recent studies support the idea that growing congregations such as Roscoe United Methodist Church in Rockford, Ill., tend to offer more small groups than churches that are losing members. Small groups are an effective means of helping church members develop relationships with one another, which helps drive church growth. Roscoe United Methodist started forming small groups more intentionally about a decade ago, said the Rev. Don Dexheimer, the church's outreach coordinator. Since then, the church has doubled its membership to 1,100 people. "I can't tell you that all the growth has come because of small groups," he said. "I can tell you that the small groups have been a significant factor." More

Study says clergy neglecting self-care
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Many clergy are caring for others but not taking adequate care of themselves, according to a recent study by Duke University. A survey of United Methodist ministers in North Carolina found them significantly more obese than their socio-economic peers in the general population. Ministers also suffered higher rates for chronic diseases like high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes. More

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Giving it away: Helping students get serious about stewardship
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Giving isn't natural for middle school students. Based on national giving data, it's not natural for most of their parents either. Discussions about financial giving typically are avoided. Given the author’s dual role directing the middle school ministry and stewardship at his church, he has thought about what could be done to engage middle and high school students to share their financial gifts. He believes it comes down to executing three simple actions. More

Why does society ignore the Sabbath?
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The Old Testament commandment is pretty clear: Chill out on the Sabbath. On any given weekend, folks are mowing, weeding their gardens or shopping on what could be a day of rest. Mark Buchanan, author of The Rest of God, notes the Hebrew word shabbat simply means "to cease." The Chik-fil-A chain of fast-food restaurants famously closes its doors on Sunday. Should everything cease? Do we need rest, both physical and spiritual? Do you use the Sabbath to feed your soul by weeding the flower bed? Do you find God at the mall? Can "work" be restorative? More

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3 excuses for boring worship services
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Over the past four decades, the author of this article has probably attended 6,000 or so worship services and was an active participant in at least 70 percent of them. Were they ever boring? Yep, and, sometimes, it was because of his failure to help them to be otherwise. Even well-intentioned worship leaders who plan and implement our services can proffer dull and lifeless execution from time to time. What's the problem? More

How to use a website to revive adult Sunday School and encourage outreach
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You don't have to read the numerous published studies and reports that lament the lack of Biblical learning and application in the lives of many church goers today to know it's true. Wringing our hands won't accomplish much-but we have new tools in technology that can help us revive a tried and true way to get people into a study of God's Word-read on for how one church is doing that. More

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Simple tips for church insurance
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Most ministry leaders think of insurance in the same way they think of surgery--sometimes necessary, usually expensive, and best left to the professionals to handle. While working with an insurance professional is important, your knowledge of and involvement in the insurance process is critical to protecting your ministry. More

All growing spiritually--not just a few!
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Since the beginning of the church, fellowship of Christians has involved at least these four things: worship, learning, involvement, and relationships. What happens if a church neglects these areas or only provides for "the 20 percent" which know everybody and already do everything? What happens to the 80 percent who are riding the fringe? One of the great responsibilities given to leaders by God is to "equip the saints" for "work of ministry" and to "edify the church" (Ephesians 4:12) "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. More

Oil spill prompts push to aid Alabama churches
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Jimmy Buffett may have brought some much-needed tourist money to the Alabama Gulf Coast with his recent concert. Now, the community of faith is taking the stage to help churches aid local people whose lives have been upended by the Gulf oil spill. "Worship at The Wharf" took place Sunday, Aug. 15, at The Wharf amphitheater complex in Orange Beach, Ala. The idea for the event, billed as "Christians responding to crisis through prayer and giving" as part of a Restoring Hope Project, was sparked in a conversation between two "average Joe's" -- Joe Savage and Joe Shirk -- about how the Buffett concert helped bring attention to the oil-stained Alabama coast. However, Savage and Shirk felt attention still needs to be focused on the many local residents who continue to suffer mentally, physically, financially and spiritually. More

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U.K. worship leader to tweet Bible chapter by chapter
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A U.K. church worship leader recently set out on a three-year journey to tweet the entire Bible – one chapter at a time. Chris Juby, 30, began his modern-day proclamation of the Bible on Aug. 8. He is scheduled to complete his undertaking in November 2013. Every day, he condenses a chapter of the Bible into less than 140 characters. “It is my normal habit to read a chapter of the Bible each morning and I always read through from Genesis to Revelation,” said Juby, director of worship at King’s Church in the northern city of Durham, to the U.K. Daily Telegraph. More

Anglo church closes, hands keys to Hispanic congregation
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As the upbeat praise service began, John Minor stood in the back of the auditorium with Bible in hand and a contented smile on his face. Minor was waiting to preach the final sermon as pastor of Woodland Baptist Church in north Wichita, Kan. The June 27 service also marked the end of Woodland's 45-year existence as a church. Although some tears were shed, the service was not a funeral. Instead, Woodland passed the ministry baton to Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida. The Hispanic congregation had been sharing the Woodland facility since December 2007 right after it constituted. More

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Ashes of despair, now a rising hope
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They came because they wanted to show that love can have more force than hate, that good can triumph over evil. What was once a heap of ash and mangled steel, a symbol of racist vitriol, is slowly rising into what these volunteers hope will be a beacon of justice. "I feel people forget that racism is still a problem in our country," said Charli Lighty, 24, who flew in from California to lend a hand. "This is my way of saying that what happened here is not OK and that no matter how many times people tear things down, people like us will be here to build it right back up again." More

North Texas pastor fasts to help people in need
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If you think it's hot outside, imagine what it's like on top of a 20-foot-high tin can. Without anything to eat. For 30 days. That essentially describes Joel Miller's plans for August. Almost two weeks ago, the pastor of The Summit, an interdenominational church in McKinney, Texas, moved from his comfortable home to the roof of a trailer parked beside Central Expressway in Allen, Texas. He's hoping that his decision to fast in the blazing heat, as highway drivers speed by, will draw attention to his goal of collecting donations for the underprivileged in Dallas. More

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