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Feb. 27, 2009
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Churches Hold Steady Amid Recession
from the Dallas Morning News
When the economy catches pneumonia, churches tend to come down with a bad cold. And they appear to be relatively well off – so far – in the deep recession that's under way. "Churches are doing better than the general economy," said Phill Martin, deputy CEO for the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). More

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Survey: Crisis has Some Churches Slashing Budgets
from the Associated Baptist Press
Churches that aren’t cutting their budgets due to the economic downturn are, by and large, taking measures to curb expenses, according to a survey the National Association of Church Business Administration has done of its members. The association released the study Feb. 20. It found that 57 percent of the congregations represented by members surveyed had experienced a slowdown in contributions. More
Read full study: NACBA Economic Survey of Congregation

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Survey: 7 in 10 Evangelical Ministries Report Little, No Loss in Donations
from The Christian Post
Though a large portion of Americans are cutting back on donations to non-profits amid tough economic conditions, evangelical parachurch ministries have been among those least affected by the cuts, according to a new survey. According to the survey by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), most evangelical parachurch ministries exceeded, met or came very close to their 2008 fourth-quarter contributions goals. More

Church Gives Away 50,000 Pounds of Food
from Assemblies of God News
Bedford Christian Community in Temperance, Mich., is a church compelled by Christ's love to share that love with others in tangible ways. On Feb. 21, that meant giving away 50,000 pounds of food to its neighbors. More than 150 volunteers from the church came out to box food, direct traffic and pray with people. They handed out approximately 3,200 boxes of groceries. Teams of volunteers also distributed food door-to-door to seniors and others unable to come to the church. More

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North Carolina Church Sets Example with Eco-friendly New Building
from the Associated Baptist Press
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, which celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2009, is turning heads with a new eco-friendly building addition that eases overcrowding, allows for expanded missions and establishes a strong architectural presence along a prominent business and cultural thoroughfare in Raleigh, N.C. More

The Threat Within
from Ministry Today
In the business world, embezzlement is the most common financial crime. Unfortunately, it’s also a frequent crime against churches and nonprofit ministries. Unlike other crimes, embezzlement is perpetrated by a trusted person from within. Though most leaders can’t imagine one of their own committing such an act, these types of crimes are common—and costly—enough to warrant the following preventive measures. More

Conducting Successful Leadership Meetings
from LifeWay
Coaches and players alike know that to play well on game day they must practice well during the week. Trying to win a sporting event without adequate preparation would be disastrous. Coaching a winning Sunday School requires practice, practice, practice. Without sufficient preparation, the Sunday School team will be ill-prepared to win victories for Christ. Practice for the Sunday School ministry is called a leadership meeting. More

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Make Sure You Have a Point to What You Are Doing
from Ministry Marketing Coach
Before you start doing the marketing outreach for your programs, be sure you are centered on ministry to people. Don’t get lost in just working to increase participation in programs–if you don’t have your ministry objectives clear before you start programming and promoting, you might end up initiating programs that don’t even fit with what you are trying to accomplish. More

Funding New Facilities
The constant, major challenge for any growing church, whether newly planted or established, is providing adequate facilities with which to do ministry. To address this challenge, you must wrestle with at least three critical questions: What can you afford to build? How will you fund it? How will you spend the money you raise? More

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Guns in Church Bill Dies in Arkansas Senate Panel
from The Associated Press via the Miami Herald
A state Senate panel has rejected a bill that would allow concealed handguns in Arkansas churches, a proposal that divided religious leaders. The measure would have removed churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned in Arkansas. Only churches and bars are on that list. More

Yearbook Notes Catholics, Southern Baptists, Losing Members
from the Washington Times
Membership of America's top 25 churches equals 146 million souls or just under half of the population. But church demographers have been saying for awhile that Catholics are in big trouble if you take away growth from immigration and sure enough, the 2009 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, which just came out, showed the Catholic Church declined .59 percent or 398,000 members in 2007. They still have some 67 million adherents, though. More

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