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Synagogue dues don't raise more money than church gifts
The Jewish Daily Forward    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Which costs more: belonging to a synagogue, or belonging to a church? A survey conducted by the Forward has found that Jewish and Christian religious institutions appear to raise about the same amount per member, despite the fact that church giving is voluntary and synagogues charge membership dues. While there are significant regional and denominational differences, an examination of the aggregate data indicates that the amount raised per individual member is very similar between synagogues and churches. But the level of participation is quite different: While synagogues require roughly the same amount of dues from each of their members, church giving does not appear to be so evenly distributed. More



Survey examines phenomenon of multisite churches
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a 90 percent success rate, multisites have become one of the more popular strategies for church growth in the last decade, a new survey reveals. While megachurches may have pioneered the one church in two or more locations model, smaller churches have recently made their foray into multisites. "Multisite is mainstreaming," says Warren Bird, director of research at Leadership Network. Leadership Network released on Thursday what it claims is the largest and most comprehensive survey of multisite churches. More

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Methodists see clues for growth in thriving churches
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It's the conundrum Protestant denominations with declining memberships and shrinking budgets are desperate to solve: How to stem the decades-long losses and attract new worshippers. The United Methodist Church, the third largest denomination in the country, thinks it could be closer to finding the answer. It commissioned an ambitious survey of nearly all its 33,000 U.S. churches to find out what its growing memberships are doing to keep congregations thriving. More

3 values that build the magnetic force of a great church
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are some emerging patterns in churches with momentum, that are worth paying attention to. After more than seven years of working with church leadership teams, as well as doing focus groups with attendees, here are three values that seem to be responsible for much of the growth and magnetic force we see. More



Churches not exempt from nation's foreclosure problems
Dayton Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since December 2007, the number of foreclosure proceedings brought against churches has tripled compared with the previous seven years, according to a review of the Thomson Reuters Westlaw legal database which tracks foreclosures. After 43 years without a single one, the Evangelical Christian Credit Union saw its delinquency rate more than double to 7.7 percent in July 2010 from 3.6 percent at the end of 2008, spokesman Jac La Tour said. More

Laying the groundwork for God's vision of your ministry space
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Building a church facility for today's needs and for future needs is no small endeavor. Even small projects are complex, involving thousands of decisions and elaborate coordination. You need a plan that vividly describes your desired destination and clearly defines a path that will get you there. We call this a "master plan," and it needs to look several years into the future so that today's decisions move you in the right direction toward tomorrow's goals. Here are some expert tips to help you develop your master plan. More

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Faith-Based Organizations Use PLAYTIME Play Areas to Build Community and Educate Children!

"We use our PLAYTIME Noah's Ark during story time as a teaching tool in our children's ministry," says Pastor Dr. Steven Hunsley of Family First Church in Overland Park, KS. "Our play area has had a big impact. It sparks interest so children and families want to come back."Read More
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The power of online giving
Christian Computing Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Online giving has been compared to having five Sundays every month - that's the equivalent of 64 revenue weeks each year. What would that kind of extra revenue mean to a church's ministries? Would they be able to send more funds to relief organizations or missionaries throughout the world? Help more people in the community? Online giving can help churches reach their goals more quickly and efficiently, so harnessing the strength of this solution is ideal for ministry maximization. More

How to create sermon conclusions that challenge
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Conclusions are an essential part of every sermon. Conclusions are much like destinations. None of us would get in car and travel any distance without knowing where we are going and how to get there. Sermons likewise should always have a planned destination. Similarly, one must know how to land correctly when they get there. The author has used a “G.O.A.L.” method for conclusions for many years with much success. More



Are you too controlling? 3 lessons for church leaders
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Even Machiavelli thought that leaders could be too rigid and harsh. He questioned whether it was better for a leader to be loved than feared, and his conclusion was that it is better to be feared. But he didn’t stop there. Machiavelli went on to say: “Still, a prince should make himself feared in such a way that, though he does not gain love, he escapes hatred, too.” Sometimes church leaders are too authoritarian and controlling. Here are three lessons on how to avoid dictatorial leadership. More

"Bible man" walking across nation for a purpose
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One man, with his wagon and bible, is trekking across the nation, on foot, trying to do his part to make a difference. "I'm not news, they tell me I'm 2,000 years out of date," says Michael Stuckey. He started seven and a half years ago in New York, from there he ventured through Indiana across to Illinois. Stuckey says he's been to 19 different states, walked 27,300 miles and has been up and down the east coast ten times. He says he waits for God to tell him where he's going next. More

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Bible Tweeter
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People talk about almost everything on Twitter -- from their lunch plans to breaking news to the latest Justin Bieber sightings. But amid all of the earthly chatter, some Tweeters are also finding time for the divine. Take Chris Juby, 30, from Durham, England, for example. For years, he's had a daily habit of reading the Bible, but he's recently launched a project to summarize the entire Bible -- one tweet at a time. More

Hungering for God in small Montana city
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Nestled in a canyon between two rugged Montana mountain ranges is the town of Hungry Horse, population 800. With one traffic light, two grocery stores and three gas stations, Hungry Horse is the epitome of small-town America. But for North American Mission Board missionary Lloyd Crabtree and his family, the town with a funny name became the unexpected mission field where God would ask them to serve. More

Dallas church artists came 2 by 2 to decorate children's hallways
Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Northwest Bible Church started renovations on its classroom buildings, children's minister Paul DeHaven cringed at the thought of painting over the beloved murals that lined the hallways. During the planning process this past spring, DeHaven struggled with a way to decorate the space that kids would like while staying within a tight budget. Little did DeHaven know that he had artists within his own congregation who would take on the project and allow the nondenominational church to save money for future renovation projects. More

Canadian church blesses gadgets
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Blessed are the BlackBerrys. The glow of gizmos cut through the darkness of a modest Halifax-area church Sunday as parishioners raised their cellphones, laptops and GPS units toward the heavens for a special prayer. "Lord God, we thank you for the many gifts and tools you give us, all those electronic gadgets that make our lives easier in so many ways," Rev. Lisa Vaughn said before a small crowd at St. Timothy's Anglican church in Hatchet Lake on the eve of Labor Day. More

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College students serve beyond campus
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For some college and university students, back-to-school activities involve community service work for social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools and churches. More

County minister helping females find fulfillment
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Annie B. Darden of Glendale remembers agreeing to teach a Sunday School class back in 2000 for the Church of the Great Commission in Camp Springs, Md. She had just one small problem — there was no curriculum. "I decided I would teach out of the book of Ephesians," Darden said. Thirty years earlier, Darden had been inspired by a life-changing study of the New Testament book led by Edna Holmes-Custis, a former Washington, D.C., resident who became Darden's mentor. Darden's curriculum is now a book that ministers to women in several churches in Prince George's County, including Spirit of Christ Baptist Church in Forestville, Md., and Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Md. More

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