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UPDATE: High court permits New York City schools to ban churches
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A small Bronx, N.Y., evangelical church on Monday lost the final round of its 16-year legal battle to force New York City to permit religious worship services in public schools, setting the stage for the city to eject dozens of churches and religious organizations that have been using schools for prayer. The Supreme Court announced that it would not review a lower-court decision that backed the city’s decision to ban the evangelical congregation, the Bronx Household of Faith, from holding its Sunday services at Public School 15, where it has worshiped since 2002. More

Utah's Monkey Mountain Encourages Children to Learn through Play

“It’s amazing to see kids learn before they can even read,” says Director Powell Smith. “Kids as young as 18 months old play with our interactive ‘World Animals’ wall map. They touch an animal, hear its sound, and then see the map light up where the animal lives.” MORE


Poll: Religious believers concerned with environment
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A majority of the religious in the United States supports environmental regulation, a poll released Wednesday said. Three out of four of those surveyed by the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland said they believe they have an obligation to be good stewards of God's creation and that caring for the environment is part of that duty. Two out of three say backing environmental regulations is part of that responsibility. More

Suggestions for pastor search committees
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Congregations across America call pastors to their churches in a variety of ways. As church polity varies, so do the approaches of calling a pastor. A bishop or other authority appoints some pastors. Sometimes an elder board decides who will be considered as the next pastor. Many times, however, the responsibility for recommending a pastor to a congregation falls upon a pastor search committee. The search committee is typically comprised of lay leaders voted on by the congregation or nominated by some group in the church. Occasionally, the membership may include a current pastoral staff member. It is this latter approach, the utilization of a pastor search committee, which this article addresses. More

Setting the Stage for Good Stewardship
Increasing stewardship levels with online giving tools will help build a robust ministry that better meets member needs by allowing them to manage and track their individual contribution levels. For more information about online giving, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Setting the Stage for Good Stewardship. more


Don't let holiday blues steal the season
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — at least that’s how the song goes. But for many people, the holidays are anything but joyful. If no one invited you to a Thanksgiving feast and you aren’t likely to be getting any Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year invitations, you probably dread this time of the year. In fact, a recent poll conducted by Consumer Reports found 35 million Americans are more “Grinch” than “angel” because they don’t like having to be nice for the holidays. Dr. Rhad Bailey, head of Meharry Medical College’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in Nashville, said the added stress can catch up to anyone. More

Twitter seminars for clergy are a hit
Minneapolis Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tony Jones is not timid on Twitter. He recently tweeted that prominent evangelical pastor Rick Warren's tweets are "too often sanctimonious. I'd love some sarcasm or snark on occasion. Bless you, too." The Edina author and former pastor's edgy approach to social media has won him many followers - 5,909 and counting on Twitter (@jonestony) - and a growing number of clergy seeking help with their own social media skills. "Church people are often late adopters," said Jones. "You have to be on Facebook if you're a church ... because all your people are on Facebook. It's just another venue to communicate with people." More

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Planning Christmas: Insights, field trips and after Christmas
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For many of you, the return back to the office after Thanksgiving is a mad dash to Christmas. Whether you’re planning productions, a community outreach, or other Christmas-related events, it’s game time. A lot of time, energy, and focus over the next couple of weeks will so zeroed in on making Christmas the best experience possible. What happens in churches everywhere over the next few weeks is very important as many people find their way back to church during the holiday season. More

What to say to non-committal church attenders
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Joe has attended your church for about a year. He says he’s a Christian. But he has not joined. Should you encourage him to join? How? If you don’t think church membership is biblical, then you should say nothing. If you do, then keep reading. More

Handling online activities with care
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Every year, more organizations and people fall victim to cybercrime. Last year, more than 300,000 reported cybercrimes to the FBI with losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Whether it’s simple theft, fraud, or identity theft, this is a significant area of opportunity for criminals. Let’s shed some light on how to protect your church office and those you know from cybercrime. More

Free Guide to
Year-End Giving

November and December make up the most generous season of the year. Even people who wouldn’t usually consider giving are drawn to thoughts about generosity. This guide from ServiceU offers helpful information for church staff and lay leaders as they prepare for the most important financial season of the year.
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First steps in starting a special needs ministry
Sam Luce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to starting a special needs ministry or anything in life that is worth doing the hardest part is knowing where to start. The first thing that you have to do is deal with the ignorance factor. This is so huge because the author of this article believes ignorance is one of the biggest reasons churches don’t have a more comprehensive ministry to families with special needs kids. How do we overcome ignorance? More

Context counts
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Most people know what to expect when they enter their local church on any given Sunday. Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian — it doesn't matter. Even those churches who pride themselves on being "different" most often have a certain way of doing things, from dress to worship style to music. And that's fine-until people begin to see those things as an essential part of their experience with God. At that point the system becomes a fundamentally flawed strategy. Around the world we teach missionaries to take the gospel into specific cultures. We teach them to take plenty of time before entering a culture so they can rightly understand the language, culture, and mind-set of the people there. By doing so, they can see how the church needs to look in that particular soil. More

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Why your ministry needs more grit (and how to get it)
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Too many times in our sanitized ministry world of clean carpets, crisp outlines, and cool glasses, we miss the messiness of what it means to be a follower of Christ. To be a follower of Christ means that we follow him anywhere and everywhere to reach anyone and everyone. It means we follow him into the barrios and alleyways to preach the gospel to the poor and the downtrodden. It means we wash feet, cast out demons, reach prostitutes, and advance the kingdom of God in the trenches and stenches of humanity. But it’s hard to pick up your cross if you’re busy developing programs and having endless meetings all while manicuring a soul patch. In far too many churches, the demands of the professional ministry world have replaced the call of Christ to get gritty with trying to make our ministries more pretty. More

The stupid things we do that hinder growth
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The reasons why churches don’t grow abound. Some churches are so hard to find you need a guide dog and a GPS to attend. The unique membership requirements of snake-handling churches tend to keep their congregations small. And sometimes church leaders are doing something stupid that keeps their church from growing. The reality is that God is sovereign and He blesses who He wants to bless, but sometimes we erect unnecessary barriers that can make it difficult for God to bless our churches. More

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Can being a good neighbor trump worship services at church?
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Although most Christians hearing of megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s plan to cancel regularly scheduled worship services this weekend in order to help facilitate community service projects have given the thumbs up, others say the event sends a mixed message. “Good Neighbor Weekend” has been enthusiastically received by the majority of the 20,000 members at Saddleback Church in Orange County. Many have already signed-up online for acts of kindness, according to church officials. However, some inside and outside the Southern California church said they are uncomfortable with the plan. More

Church marks decline in city's homicide rate
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A somber Advent tradition was mingled with hope as Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., placed 46 crosses on its lawn Dec. 4 -- one for each of the city’s homicide victims so far this year. Pastor Joe Phelps said he hopes this year’s tally ends at 46, nine fewer than last year. “We grieve with those families for whom this is not a season of joy, and hold out the life of Jesus as a model for putting away violence,” Phelps said. “We also pray for all who work to make our community safe and just. It is a testament to the hope that God is not done." More
 



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