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Where's your church's money?
The Christian Century    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new focus on banking practices forces us to consider banking as a moral issue. For many of us, choosing a bank is a matter of finding convenient branch locations, low fees and high interest rates on savings, CDs and mutual funds. In other words, the decision is a simple financial calculation: where would I get the best deal? The author of this article suspects this is how most churches choose their banks as well. We look for the best deal and then pat ourselves on the back for our good stewardship, as if stewardship had to do simply with saving money rather than putting our money to good use. More



Cash reserves: Who needs them?
Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cash reserves. If you’re like me, your eyes glaze over when these two words are used together. It’s certainly not the most exciting topic. But, what we have found through the current economic downturn is that cash reserves are more important than ever for ministries. Building cash reserves is actually not as daunting as it may sound. Churches can increase reserves by increasing revenue or decreasing expenses and not spending the difference. Beyond that, here are four specific examples of ways a church can get on the path to building adequate reserves. More

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Living in the midst of fear challenging but possible, church leaders insist
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Peaceful living in a fear-provoking environment is challenging, even -- maybe especially -- for Christians. The unpredictable 21st century isn’t likely to settle down any time soon. Church leaders suggest several ways Christians can confront fear. More

Report reveals salaries of Megachurch pastors
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The average salary for a lead pastor in a megachurch is $147,000, according to a recent survey. Salaries for lead pastors go as high as $400,000 to as low as $40,000, Leadership Network reported in its 2010 Large Church Salary and Benefits Report. Executive pastors at churches that have a weekend attendance of 2,000 or more persons earn, on average, $99,000 a year and worship pastors get paid $75,000. More
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Georgia ministers encourage churches to help fight crime
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Crime statistics show violent crime in Albany, Ga., is down this year, but property crimes are up. Some local ministers want to get churches involved in the fight against crime. They're supporting local law enforcement and encouraging churches not to move out of bad neighborhoods. It's not church business as usual. Nearly a dozen local ministers recently gathered at the Law Enforcement Center in advance of an Albany crusade later this month. They think churches coming together can help Albany fight some of its evils, especially when it comes to crime. More

The state of church technology
Church World Direct    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The implementation of technology in worship is a slippery slope; not enough and you risk presenting the Gospel in a way that's not relevant with the very audience many churches are trying to attract. Too much and it becomes the tail wagging the dog, the technology becomes the "thing" rather than the message. These days, though, technology is necessary. As Houston Clark, president, CEO, and owner with Clark (formerly Clark ProMedia) in Atlanta says, "Culture is setting the standard for how we communicate. Gone are the days where you can have a very engaging teaching speaker and they hold the attention of the younger generation by just standing there and speaking.” More

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The 'new old' bring much to the church, but often aren't noticed
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Having a young person lead the older adult ministry can bring unity to a church. Especially to a church that is contemporary in style. The young leader can be a bridge between the generations. Young adults who lead this ministry [in other churches] need to recognize that it may take them a little longer to establish trust with the adults they are serving. This takes time, but once it is established, most older adults will have a great deal of loyalty to their leader. More
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Dynamic churches focus on equipping
Christian Computing Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Helping people move from casual attendees to fully devoted followers of Christ is the unending work of every church leader. It is because of this continuous need that these leaders place a high priority on creating repeatable, measurable processes for equipping people. Quite a few churches have built entire buildings dedicated to Sunday school classrooms while others offer weekly evening studies and ministry training. Others put their efforts into creating as many small groups as possible. All of these are viable methods for educating and building relationships, but equipping goes beyond offering Bible studies or volunteer training. Equipping is preparing people for approaching various situations with Biblical confidence, selfless humility and service in the Kingdom. More

Crazy for you(th)
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Maybe it’s because many youth pastors are young. Maybe it’s because they carry a lot of hope for the future. Maybe it’s because youth pastors’ constituency has a long life ahead of them in the church. Maybe it’s because youth pastors take the gospel seriously. Whatever the reason, youth pastors want senior pastors to be passionate about ministry. More



Pastor relates skate culture to God's work
Lexington Clipper-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Rev. Paul Pack found his current vocation after spending some of his younger years engaging in a materialistic lifestyle that left him feeling empty. Looking for wholeness, he says he decided to reprioritize his values and follow Christ, which led him to his current post dedicated to serving youth and adolescents. The Ministry of Boards and Blades, or MOBB, is the name of one of Pack’s youth initiatives, which teaches kids to skate, and also includes a workshop where boards are crafted, reconstructed, and made beautiful for later distribution to other youth. More

Connecting is key to campus ministry
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Anne Bragg is a freshman vocal performance major at Morgan State University in Baltimore. For many of the 6,000-plus students, freshman year is the time to start testing the boundaries of adulthood. Bragg knew she needed to connect with other believers in order to have a Christian support system while in school. She met North American Mission Board missionary Vickie Stewart at one of her weekly Bible studies for girls. Like so many others, Bragg was drawn to Stewart's upbeat spirit and passion for teaching the Bible. More

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Road trip with a side of service
UMC.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the most significant parts of the “American Dream” is taking the big cross-country road trip. Just hopping in the car and driving, seeing all this country has to offer, sleeping in the car, eating at roadside diners and building friendships evoke the romance of the open road. That dream doesn’t usually involve making the trip on bicycles. Or building houses, for that matter. Unless you belong to Bike & Build. More

Philadelphia church told its bell is too loud
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For 104 years, the bell at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in hilly, blue-collar Manayunk, Pa., has joyfully summoned the faithful to prayer, celebrated marriages, and marked the ends of wars. Now, in a city whose many sacred symbols include a cracked bell, someone has filed a complaint to silence St. John's 5,000-pound bronze casting. Not completely. Just in the morning. At 7:00. That's when it rings 18 times for the Angelus. The official reason: It's too loud. More

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Church members show faith with logo tattoos
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Church logo tattoos are the latest in offbeat testimony at an Orange County, Calif., church that holds Sunday services in a punk rock nightclub and collects offerings in KFC buckets. City Church of Anaheim is celebrating its first year in operation and the goal of reaching a 200-member flock with a radical commitment to the congregation and community: Tattoos of the red-heart church logo. More
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