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What's a church's economic worth?
Philadelphia Inquirer    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What is a church's economic worth to the community it serves? Last summer, a University of Pennsylvania professor and a national secular research group based in Center City took up that seemingly unanswerable question. With a list they devised of 54 value categories, they attempted to calculate the economic "halo effect" of a dozen religious congregations in Philadelphia - 10 Protestant churches, a Catholic parish, and a synagogue. They added up the money generated by weddings and funerals, festivals, counseling programs, preschools, elder care. They tallied the salaries of staff and the wages of roofers, plumbers, even snow shovelers. They put dollar signs on intangibles, too, such as helping people find work and teaching children to be socially responsible. More

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Churches minister to aging Boomers
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Jan. 1 not only marked the beginning of a new year, but also saw the first Baby Boomers turn 65 years old. And congregations face the evolving challenge of finding ways to minister with and to them. Boomers -- born between 1946 and 1964 -- comprise the largest generation in U.S. history at 78 million strong, and they don’t approach growing older in the same way their parents did. “Boomers were a generation of change,” noted Mark Seanor, minister to experienced adults at First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Ala. “They don’t want what their parents do in ministry.” More

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5 reasons why churches limit the length of capital campaigns
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Churches are approaching capital building projects differently and in more unique ways than ever before. The effects of the recession and the changing habits of our culture have driven a growing number to lay aside the more traditional 36 month campaign for much shorter options. While their reasons are greater than pure fund-raising strategy, the good news is that the results appear to be as good as the traditional approach when it comes to total dollars raised. More

Why good financial accounting is essential to good ministry
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Many churches view their need for accounting and business administration as a necessary evil. But, appropriate financial accounting, administration and accountability is not evil, according to the author of this article. As an associate senior pastor at Gateway Church, where he oversees the departments of Business Administration, Financial Stewardship, Campus Development, Membership Services and Support Services, he believes that good financial accounting is not only essential but also beneficial because it helps you maximize the efforts of your ministry. More

Pastors urged to lead family worship daily
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Thousands of pastors were told on Tuesday about the significance of family worship."Family worship is invaluable," said Joel R. Beeke, president at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. On a more assertive note, he stressed, "Your family owes its allegiance corporately to God." Beeke addressed pastors attending Desiring God ministry's annual conference in Minneapolis. The theme of the three-day event, which ended Wednesday, was "The Powerful Life of the Praying Pastor." More

Even churches are going bankrupt these days
Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a Sunday sermon, Pastor Larry Perkins stood in his church's family-life center and preached to the children in his congregation: Believe in yourself and your future. Never give up the dream that God planted inside you. Never allow failure to stand in the way of success. The next day, Perkins sat next to his attorney before a bankruptcy official, explaining why his Mission Road Church of God in Christ was unable to pay the $1.6 million it owed the bank for construction of the family-life center in Oviedo, reports the Orlando Sentinel. More

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Don't waste a crisis
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The author of this article was once part of a survey on spiritual formation. Thousands of people were asked when they grew most spiritually, and what contributed to their growth. The response was humbling—at least for someone who works at a church. The No. 1 contributor to spiritual growth was not transformational teaching. It was not being in a small group. It was not reading deep books. It was not energetic worship experiences. It was not finding meaningful ways to serve. It was suffering. People said they grew more during seasons of loss, pain, and crisis than they did at any other time. The author immediately realized that, as a church, they had not even put anybody in charge of pain distribution. So now he is figuring out how to create more pain per attender for maximum spiritual growth. More

Your ministry brand needs soft power
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If you are evaluating a strong ministry brand, you will run into certain obstacles when measuring and handling its width and breadth (value, influence, etc.). In addition, the building process for a legitimate ministry brand and a country’s soft power is very similar and it can be summed up in one word: incremental. More

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Do you really know your congregation?
Christian Computing Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most pastors know some basic information about the people in their church. From attendance numbers, to the ratio of adults to kids, to the number of small groups and financial giving of the church membership, pastors are typically aware of the numbers. But, beyond the numbers, how well do pastors really know the people of their churches? Though we're inclined to believe that small church pastors have a better understanding of their congregants; even small church leaders struggle with having the time to spend with members. Church leaders need to have visibility and insight into the people, ministries and activities of their church. More

Compensation quick tips
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A church pays its senior pastor a salary plus "25 percent of offerings." A church board member has heard that compensation of church employees based on a percentage of revenue may jeopardize the church's tax-exempt status. Is this true? More

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New technology in church
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Many people are familiar with the use of overhead projectors and slideshows in church to project announcements and lyrics, but technology can be much more exciting when used more extensively in the church setting. More

Video: Churches face foreclosure
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Several news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, have published reports claiming a dramatic increase in the number of church foreclosures. NACBA’s CEO, Simeon May, responds again to these reports. “There hasn’t been a tsunami of foreclosures; the number is miniscule,” reports May. More

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