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5 leadership resolutions for 2012
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New Year’s resolutions are often self-centered; it’s understandable. Successful people often reflect on who they are. They try to be more self-aware. They desire to develop themselves. So, good leaders often make resolutions involving individual goals, desires and objectives. Many leaders have resolve — the determination to see a goal and achieve it. Too often these goals involve what individual leaders can do on their own. By the nature of their roles, however, leaders have people around them – teams, subordinates and followers – who are necessary components of success. Here are five areas to consider in making specific leadership resolutions this year that benefit your followers. 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

Here's a resolution: Welcome visitors to church
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A tattoo artist, a CEO, and a homeless guy walk into your church's worship service ...No, that's not the first line of a joke. It could become a weekly reality. It's nice when the greeter at the door says hello, and it's great if the pastor or church leaders have a moment to speak to guests, but what really makes a difference is when you offer a sincere hand of friendship to a guest. Will you make a New Year's resolution to welcome every guest who sits near you during worship? Try this strategy. More

Science can help church keep its young folk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An article, “Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church,” highlights results from a study by the Barna Group. The findings were reported in the recently published book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving the Church ... and Rethinking Faith” by David Kinnaman. This nationwide study found evidence that for too many young folk, “Churches come across as antagonistic to science.” The study found “three out of 10 young adults with a Christian background feel that churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in (29 percent)” and that many young people are “turned off by the creation-versus-evolution debate.” The research also “shows that many science-minded young Christians are struggling to find ways of staying faithful to their beliefs and to their professional calling in science-related industries.” More

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Have UK churches found the secret to higher attendance?
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More people are attending church services in the U.K., and many are sharing their theories behind this rise. According to The Telegraph, although figures have shown church attendance in the U.K. to have declined since the 1980s, recent figures show this is now changing. The report refers to one British church, St. Mary's congregation, which he claims has seen a 20 percent rise in church attendees in the past twelve months. In the U.K., 76.8 percent are said to be religious according to sources, with Christianity being the dominant faith. More

Opinion: Why people are leaving the church
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Southern Baptists have become so concerned over the loss of church members and the failure to attract replacements that they are resorting to all means of stopping the bleeding and starting a new onrush of growth that some are considering a change of name, either to remove the name "Southern" because it is too regional, or even the name "Baptist" because it is not inclusive enough. It is the author's opinion that the church, not only Baptist, is losing out because it/she is not saying anything to a listening world. More
See related article:
For many, 'Losing My Religion' isn't just a song: It's life (USA Today)

Handling online activities with care
Ministry Business Services    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

5 issues your members will talk about in 2012
Chuck Warnock    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The flood of articles predicting what’s going to happen in 2012 has begun, but this article provides a small church perspective on the new year. The author believes 2012 will bring us to a unique intersection of faith and politics. Here are the top five issues your members will be discussing in 2012. More

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Are you tough enough to get a loan?
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It’s definitely harder these days for a church to get a loan than it was back in the prefinancial meltdown/Great Recession/easier money days of 3-5 years ago. But it’s far from impossible, as long as you can effectively present a convincing—and true—picture of a financially healthy church, and are ready to adapt your project and your expectations to some new realities in the world of church loans. There are many ways in which the church lending world has changed, according to Mark Brooks, founding partner and president of the Charis Group, an Atlanta-based consultant to Christian ministries raising funds for capital projects. For one thing, there are no standard, across-the-board rules for church lending anymore. More

How to reframe your resources
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What are your resources? The end of the year and the beginning of the new year are a time when many institutions and families look at what they have financially (or don’t have). We are programmed by our culture, and often by our families, to think we do not have enough. Christians, however, are called to gratitude and celebration. Most of us have plenty to celebrate this New Year’s. More

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The best way to fire volunteers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You know you have to do it, you wish that you didn't; but, the facts are just too brutal to ignore. You pray that the problem goes away; however, it lingers around like a rotting egg. You have to fire a volunteer. It almost sounds wrong to say out loud, because they've sacrificed their time and energy to help you, the teens and the church. It's almost like turning down something free. Whether you view ministry like a business, a family or a community people need to be in the right place or else it will affect the vision you are trying to reach. Sometimes the problem is that you have the wrong person in the wrong place; but, then there are times when the person is just not a right for the ministry at all. So, what's the best way to fire a volunteer? More

Think beyond Sunday
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Sunday is the day for many leaders of the education ministry of the church. In fact, it has often been said that "Sunday morning rules." That is absolutely true for many, if not most, churches. Bible study groups meeting adjacent to worship services are not only convenient for the participant, but also provide opportunities for the entire family to experience a group as well as corporate worship in one time frame and location. There are many advantages to having group Bible studies and worship together. While Sunday morning usually gets priority in church, the present culture is now demanding that leaders expand that mindset and look at opportunities beyond the "one-time-a-week" offering. More

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7 arrested in protest of New York City church ban
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A New York City councilman was among seven people arrested Jan. 5 at a protest against a plan to evict churches that currently rent space for worship in the city’s public schools. Council member Fernando Cabrera was one of seven protestors charged with trespassing after refusing to move from the city’s law department in Manhattan. Early reports were sketchy, but at least three of those arrested were identified as pastors. Cabrera is also a pastor who started a church in the Bronx before his election to the council in 2009. More

First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, N.J., celebrates 300-year anniversary with colonial Sunday service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women wore bonnets and men wore tricorn hats at the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday as they commemorated the founding of the congregation 300 years ago and the church’s formative role in the history of the city and the nation. A crowd of about 80 church members attended the anniversary service, the Rev. John Russell Allen said. Volunteers in the congregation made enough costumes for everyone in the parish. “They thought it was a great deal of fun. Everybody played dress-up,” Allen said. “It’s a privilege to serve such an venerable congregation and one that remains vital today.” More

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Minister writes spiritual guide to nutrition, health
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When the Rev. Steve Willis invites his congregation to share the bread of life, he doesn't mean pizza and white bread. Those foods, he said, are killing us. Several years ago, Willis realized he spent about a third of his pastoral time visiting church members in the hospital. So many of their health concerns, like diabetes, heart and gum disease and hypertension, were caused or at least exacerbated by obesity. Although he often joked right along with his church members about stuffing themselves and overeating, the joke was no longer funny when a fairly young friend died during a quadruple heart bypass. "It hit me that the way we eat is actually killing us," he said. "I'm burying people who die of obesity." More

George Fischoff presents Gauguin/ Savage Light A Musical

An exciting one person performance of the journey to greatness of the immortal French artist Paul Gauguin!

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