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The Christian Century    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Travis Hutchinson, the life of a pastor in a small-town Georgia church is about preaching the gospel, ministering to the needy and, increasingly, figuring out how to handle an ever-growing list of risks. Some new risks are real and demand vigilance, says Hutchinson, pastor of Highlands Presbyterian Church in LaFayette, Georgia. For example, conducting a criminal background check on everyone who works with children is a necessity. Other risks are more remote, he says. Still, vendors stoke anxiety about everything from shooting sprees to federal audits. More

Taxpayers have until Feb. 28 to make Haiti donations and deduct them on 2009 returns
Journal of Accountancy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taxpayers have until midnight on Sunday, Feb. 28, to make cash contributions to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti and deduct them on their 2009 tax returns, under the provision of the Haiti Assistance Income Tax Incentive Act, PL 111-126. Contributions made after that date and before the end of 2010 can be deducted on 2010 returns. The act, which was signed into law on Jan. 22, allows taxpayers to deduct contributions made for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti on their 2009 tax returns instead of on their 2010 returns. More

Wireless mic fans ask FCC for help
Broadcasting & Cable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From the company that helps David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty vanish, to the AV manager for a New York synagogue, to insurance salesmen, to the Texas State Senate, the FCC is hearing from a throng of concerned licensed wireless microphone users as it bears down on a June 12 deadline for moving them out of their current home in the 700 mHz band. More

Podcast: Do you believe in miracles? Most Americans do
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An extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment - that's Merriam Webster's definition of the word, miracle. But it goes on: An event manifesting divine intervention, a wonderful occurrence. And from that alone, you might conclude that our understanding of miracles is murky at best. A new study from Pew complicates things a bit further. The study shows that young adults, the so-called millennial generation, don't attend church services regularly, are less inclined to express religious preference or affiliation than their elders, but profess widespread belief in the afterlife, in heaven and hell and in miracles. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans, in fact, say they believe in miracles. More

Choosing the Best Data Security Partner
Data security is crucial in today's ministry and choosing a data security partner may seem like a daunting task. To help, ACS Technologies has developed How Secure Is Your Vital Information. It covers choosing a partner that understands ministry and answers churches' most frequently asked data security questions. more

Study on religion finds young adults less affiliated but not less believing
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is faith losing its grip on the young? That would be one way to read a new report by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which found that more than one-quarter of Americans age 18 to 29 have no religious preference or affiliation, and fewer than one in five attend services regularly. That makes them easily the least religious generation among Americans alive today, perhaps the least religious ever. Or does it? More

Little ads that work
Leadership Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Couldn't you use more faith right now?" the ad asked. There wasn't room for much more than that question and the church's name. Despite its size, that Facebook ad is getting big credit in the launch of a new church near Chicago. Pastor Ryan Hall crafted a little ad for his church plant and scheduled a modest internet campaign in under 15 minutes. "I stumbled on Facebook advertising by accident," Hall says, "and I'm impressed at how well it worked." More

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Keeping Your Church Safe
Sometimes it's easy for things to slip through the cracks. GuideOne Insurance has developed Keeping Your Church Safe to walk you through many of the more common risks a church faces. Whether it is church building security, nursery safety, transportation safety or an annual building inspection, this guide will be a resource you use again and again. Download
EMS: The Church Scheduling Answer
Who are the 1,400+ churches that use "EMS" facility scheduling and web calendar software? What do they have to say about it? Can I read case studies on EMS customers? If you think your scheduling operations could be more efficient and effective, the answers you’re looking for are here

Sharing coffee and Good News
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Making an impact at the Olympics means serving others beyond what they are expecting. "I'm a Christian. Isn't this what we're supposed to do?" asked Irina State, a member of Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas and part of Eastern European Connection, a Las Vegas church plant. State echoes the feelings of more than 400 Southern Baptist volunteers from 25 states and two Canadian provinces who have joined in making Christ known among crowds in Vancouver for the Olympic Games. More

Multi-Site churches spreading in post-Christian Europe
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Amid decreasing church attendance in Western Europe, multi-site churches have still managed to take root and spread, one group reports. Leadership Network released a brief report providing snapshots of the various kinds of multi-site churches growing in Europe. "While some people have questioned whether the multi-site model works in the more post-Christendom context of Europe, there are European churches, who organize themselves as multi-site churches," states the report by Joanne Appleton of the European Church Planting Network – a project of Dallas-based Leadership Network. More

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In Walmart world, churchgoers want options
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The explosive growth of mega-churches in this country is tied largely to a nontraditional approach to worship and to broad menus of programs for all ages and interests. Sermons and programs deal with contemporary issues, including divorce, unemployment and substance abuse -- which leads people to church-shop the way they shop for cars and houses. "What has happened is that the old image of what the church provides has changed a lot," said Gregory Jones, dean of the divinity school at Duke University. "So there are tensions and clearly the large congregation, the mega-church kind of model, has become an appealing kind of model." More

10 ways to maximize your ministry or church anniversary celebrations
Ministry Marketing Coach    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anniversaries represent a significant opportunity for you and your constituents or members to pause, reflect and celebrate God’s activity in and through your ministry historically. But, they also represent a great opportunity for you to help others see the vision God has burned in your heart and to open a window for them to peer into the ministry’s future. A celebration that’s done well can help open minds and prepare hearts for further Kingdom impact. Here are several ways to maximize your ministry or church anniversary. More

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VBS: One great opportunity
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Vacation Bible School is one of the greatest evangelistic opportunities for churches. In fact, about one-fourth of all baptisms in Southern Baptist Churches are a direct result of Vacation Bible School. That comes to over 80,000 boys, girls, teenagers and adults accepting Christ because of the work of VBS. With that great potential, church education leaders should insure Vacation Bible School is a priority of the church calendar and church leaders. The following are a few reminders to help the church have a successful VBS. More

Are you dreaming big enough?
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dreams are not merely the nightly thoughts you experience as the brain sorts out the day's events. They are the goals and visions that fire your heart and saturate your soul with joy at the very thought of them. They are those continuing visions of what you want your life to be at its highest level of fulfillment--what you want to do, how you want to do it, what kind of person you want to become in the process. More

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Contemporary church begins in coffee shop    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Both worship services at Broadway United Methodist Church are as traditional as the majestic stone structure and the 100-year-old sanctuary. When the congregation decided to evangelize people looking for a different spiritual experience, members wanted to do more than just add a contemporary service. They started a new worshipping community with its own pastor and own identity in the coffee shop at Broadway. That is what member Cathy Metcalf was hoping for. More

Doing God's business
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The Christian executives who run Charlotte's Dallas 1 Construction send their workers off to replace water and sewer lines in trucks that bear their company slogan: "Serving Christ Through Construction." In Fort Mill, S.C., the men who wield brushes and rollers at Callahan's Painting advertise its owners' Christian beliefs on their work clothes: "Jesus Saves," read the company shirts, which feature a drawing of a painter with a bucket in one hand and a Bible in the other. Such open displays of religiosity can pay off in the Bible Belt, though they could also offend some in a marketplace that grows more diverse every year. More

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Ministers go online to meet spouses
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One in five Americans surfing the Internet is looking for romance, according to a recent poll -- and online dating appeals even to young ministers, who due to their vocation must be wary about looking for love in the wrong places. More

New Ways to Increase Giving in 2010
Many experts say that the economy will make a turn in 2010. The direction is still unclear, but we are going to see a change. Unfortunately for ministries and non- profits the last 18 months have been tough for donations and more or visit us online. MORE

Puppets and the pulpit
Clarion Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
John Coen has a buddy with bulging frog eyes and skinny arms. His other friends include whale named Ralph, who swallows Jonah and spits him out; a sun named Ray; and a group of lightening bugs, candles and stars that sing This Little Light of Mine. They are puppets he uses to spread the Gospel. Influenced by Jim Henson's Muppets, Coen started a puppet ministry at First United Methodist Church of Lancaster in Ohio in the mid-1990s. More


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