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Tithing Picks Up Among Christian Business Owners
from the Chicago Tribune
A growing number of business owners are earmarking a percentage of their profits for churches or other charities as an act of religious piety. Corporate tithing has become more common among Christian business owners, even as the number of churchgoers who tithe their personal incomes has fallen by an estimated 62 percent since 2002, according to Generous Giving, a Christian philanthropic foundation based in Chattanooga, Tenn. More

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It Takes Three: The Silly Decisions Churches Make With Sound Systems
from ProSoundWeb
How many times have you heard a pastor or other person speaking say, ďI see someone snoozing?Ē The cause of sleeping in church (or other public gatherings) doesnít have much if anything to do with the person speaking. Nor does it mean that many in the audience were out way too late the night before, or that they didnít drink enough coffee that morning. Nope - many times the sleeping can be directly attributed to the quality of the sound system being used to amplify the voices. More

Church Attendance Boosts Student GPAs
from Fox News
Researchers found that church attendance has as much effect on a teen's GPA as whether the parents earned a college degree. Students in grades 7 to 12 who went to church weekly also had lower dropout rates and felt more a part of their schools. More

Katrina-ravaged Areas Still Present Opportunities for Missions, Partnership
from Baptist Press
Three years ago, New Orleans residents escaped a city that, in just a few days, had changed forever. Despite a world of challenges, from bureaucracy to pocket-lining scam contractors, residents and churches still continue to repair and rebuild -- some with insurance money, many with the materials donated by Southern Baptist Convention churches and volunteer manpower. More

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Coaching Like Christ
from Ministry Today
The world of athletics understands how Jesus approached ministry, yet, by and large, the church does not have a clue. Why? Because we often fail to follow Christ's example regarding one of the most vital tasks of any leader: coaching. More

Tips for Avoiding Procrastination
from LifeWay
If you are a natural procrastinator, you may have the tendency to put things off until the last minute. Often the added stress could have been avoided by taking care of things early on. Whether itís you, a fellow church staff member, or a student in your student ministry, here are some ways to help overcome procrastination. More

Thou Shalt Care: The XI Commandments of Showing You Care about Volunteers
from Youth Worker
We all know friends, pets and even houseplants need care, but what about volunteers? Here, a veteran youth ministry worker provides a short list of ways you can express your care for your volunteers. More


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How to Set and Reach Your Goals
from Pastors.com
Research has revealed that people have more difficulty setting goals than they do accomplishing them once they are set. The hardest part for most of us is sitting down and thinking about what God wants us to do in our lives. As pastors, we struggle to find time to plan and just think. But those who set goals in ministry are typically the ones who succeed. More

Winning $3M Lottery Ticket Answers Church's Prayers
from NewsDay
It was an unpleasant announcement for Pastor Bertrand Crabbe to make to his congregation at True North Community Church in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. The group had outgrown its home and would soon have to take up a nomadic existence for the foreseeable future -- holding services out of rented ballrooms or school gyms."Unless God drops a million on us, we're going to have to rent a facility somewhere," he recalled joking from the pulpit. He never thought that one of the congregation members would take it as a suggestion. More

Visual Scriptures Puppet Team Offers Delightful Take on Worship
from the Des Moines Register
Ankeny First United Methodist Church in Ankeny, Iowa, presents a Visual Scriptures puppet team, offering audiences an entertaining take on worship. The group, which usually performs once a month at the church, incorporates puppets and props with Christian songs and skits, which are integrated into the service. More

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