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Religions take precautions against swine flu
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Faith is about an individual's personal relationship to God, but worship is a contact sport. Since before the dawn of history people have been gathering for religious rituals, to pray and to praise together -- and for just as long they have been spreading disease through their interactions. Hence the growing alarm among religious leaders and congregants alike over the possibility of a swine flu epidemic. More
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Reminder: National Church Administration Day set for next week
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It’s not easy being a church -- not anymore. A distrustful public, complex regulations, watchful governments, stricter zoning and the echo of past scandals all make the leadership of church harder than ever. And against the backdrop of the worst economic recession in 80 years, many church leaders are looking to each other for help. National Church Administration Day, a first-ever event set for next Thursday, Oct. 15, will celebrate the power of peer-learning to address the increasing complexity of “doing church” in contemporary society. More
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Church visioning programs put focus on faith
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A bigger building doesn't mean better people. A remodeled sanctuary doesn't translate into changed hearts. Most church leaders understand those concepts but still find themselves having long arguments--in even longer meetings--about how to "grow" their congregations. But some Janesville, Wis., churches are looking at "church growth" in a different way. More
Churches fight Detroit blight with hope - and cash
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With its ever-increasing pockets of barren land and abandoned housing, Detroit may be the most financially devastated city in the country. Who would take on the task of trying to revive neighborhoods mired in economic blight? Try an institution built on faith and hope: Detroit's churches. More
Keeping up to date with data security
Losing the critical information churches gather like membership, giving patterns, and even capital campaigns could cripple even the strongest of ministry programs. Download the ACS ministry guide How Secure Is Your Vital Information today for expert advice on the most frequently asked data security questions DOWNLOAD
Faithful Stewards: 'Generosity' as a concept over 'stewardship?'
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Stewardship often is seen as an individual act -- giving a tithe, with generosity gauged by contributions in addition to the basic 10 percent. But is the corporate body also a steward, and how or can that stewardship be measured? “I don’t think you can separate the church and individual members’ response,” explained David Waganer, resource coordinator for Stewardship Development Association. More
Churches encouraged to improve security as holiday season approaches
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An organization that specializes in helping churches and other Christian institutions to become safer and more secure is encouraging churches across America to begin planning for the holiday season by evaluating their security systems. "With the significance of the holiday, added church attendance, and things like special programs and events, now is the time for church leaders to ensure that they are prepared for the increased risks that will come their way in a few short months" says Jeff Hawkins, executive director of the Christian Security Network (CSN). More
Releasing the young guns
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Many pastors long to see their youth and young adults walk in power, healing and the prophetic, especially outside the church. No longer satisfied to build traditional youth ministries, they are stirred to impact their cities and regions. They long to see nearby campuses saturated in God’s glory, lives surrendered to Jesus and a culture reflecting the kingdom of God. For this vision to become a reality, however, they usually need a different set of tools. More
Dallas-Fort Worth area church-school partnerships give children a classroom lift
Dallas Morning News    Share   
The U.S. Department of Education began encouraging faith-based partnerships with public schools as one avenue toward school improvement with the creation of a special office by the Bush administration in 2001. National religious organizations promoting partnerships have urged churches to adopt schools. First Amendment Center scholar Charles Haynes said such partnerships can benefit schools, but religious groups cannot violate the separation of church and state. More
The state of the Church
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Over the last few years research groups like Gallup, The Barna, and the Association of Religious Data Archives have attempted to get a clear picture of the state of the Church in America. Until recently, it was widely accepted that over 40 percent of Americans attend church on a regular basis. If these numbers are right then over 130 million Americans fill our churches on any given Sunday. Not bad numbers , but are they right? Are we really doing that well? Recently, new research reveals that these numbers may be overstated and misleading. More
E-giving means fewer envelopes to open and less chance of fraud
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Bad weather, vacations and illnesses can cause parishioners to miss church services during the year. While some people will make up their missed donations, many won’t. That’s where electronic giving, or e-giving, can help. E-giving enables church members to “set it and forget it.” This allows contributions to continue automatically, regardless of members’ weekly attendance. For church members, e-giving is all about convenience. As more and more of the population pay their bills online, they become used to the with-a-click simplicity of electronic payments. It’s only natural that parishioners want to extend this convenience to their tithing. More
Reading the fine print
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It's important for church leaders to review any contract before signing it. Legal experts concede that contracts and agreements can be tough to navigate, but necessary to do nonetheless. Church leaders don't want to find themselves on the wrong end of a deal. Details really do matter. More
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Faithful fight high interest
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The average debt for nearly half of Americans with credit-card balances rose from about $5,600 in 2004 to $7,300 in 2007, according to the latest figures from the Federal Reserve. With the average rates estimated between 12 and 15 percent, that means millions of consumers are paying $1,000 a year in credit-card interest alone. Religious people of many spiritual stripes agree that's a big problem, and they'll unite in Charlotte, N.C., this week and in London next month to try to do something about it. More
The good funeral
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With surprising swiftness and dramatic results, a significant segment of American Christians has over the past 50 years abandoned previously established funeral customs in favor of an entirely new pattern of memorializing the dead. More
Finally, 4 SIMPLE things that every Church should know
Mark MacDonald, PinPoint Creative
Why does everything have to be so complicated? There’s Facebook, Twitter, Websites, Sermon Streaming and lots more. But when it comes down to using all of them effectively; surprisingly, there are four simple things every Church should know. Starting with identifying and understanding… MORE


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Microsoft develops a complete ministry management solution
The world's largest software manufacture has created a church management application that offers customized reporting, data management, accounting features and a volunteer management component . This new product is an affordable software solution tailored for faith-based organizations. Proclaim is the only totally integrated software solution for churches built on Microsoft Dynamics. More
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