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Report says church giving on the rebound
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The recession and a sluggish recovery have made for a lighter collection plate in recent years, but a new study shows that giving to U.S. congregations bounced back in 2011 as the economy improved. According to the fourth annual State of the Plate survey, 51 percent of churches last year saw an increase in giving, up from 43 percent in 2010 and 36 percent in 2009. Church leaders attributed the reversal in fortunes to better attendance, which was reported by half of the churches surveyed. More

Online registration now open for NACBA's annual conference in Houston
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Join us for NACBA's 56th National Conference to be held July 10-14 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Register by May 17 to receive the early-bird pricing.
During this event you have access to:
  • 5 days of conference
  • 4 outstanding keynote speakers
  • 75+ workshop sessions
  • 4 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • 120+ exhibitors in the trade show
  • Opening party in the exhibit hall
  • Special event: buffet and entertainment at Minute Maid Park
  • Chance to get away from the office
  • Opportunity to fellowship with your church administration colleagues
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Poll: Mississippi is most religious U.S. state
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Mississippi is the most religious U.S. state, and is one of eight states where Gallup classifies at least half of the residents as "very religious." At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont and New Hampshire are the least religious states, and are two of the five states — along with Maine, Massachusetts and Alaska — where less than 30 percent of all residents are very religious. More

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So your church is on Facebook — what now?
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While about half of Protestant churches have Facebook pages, many essentially use it as a bulletin board, missing out on the potential to nurture relationships with congregants and its community. "It's OK for a church to use Facebook like a website," says social media consultant Natalie Aho. "That may be all a church feels it needs. But understand that if you're not using it as it was intended, you might not get the results you want. If you want to tap into its power, you need to use it socially. It's all about building community." Social media specialists suggest several ways a congregation can get the most out of Facebook. More

Is your church ready for the Sunday after Easter?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Easter is often a wasted opportunity for churches. A lot of people come through the doors of churches during Easter who never return until next year, if they come back at all. Over the years, churches of all sizes have compelled the "Easter crowd" to return the following weekend and eventually become part of the congregation. With some planning and strategic intent, you can improve your odds of getting back the people who, otherwise, you might not see again for another year. More

Immigration issues touch many denominations
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Bible tells its readers to obey the law, but it also tells them to welcome strangers and foreigners. That has left some Christians divided over the issue of immigration reform. Members of Clergy for Tolerance, based in Nashville, Tenn., say new immigration laws have to mix justice with compassion. But supporters of measures such as Alabama's say the Bible teaches that the government's job is to enforce the law, and those who break it should be punished. More

Pastor Paul Wirth uses creative marketing for his Relevant Church
Tampa Bay Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though some consider blurring consumer culture and Jesus risky business, leaders at Relevant Church in Tampa, Fla., make no apologies for thinking big. With its latest venture, the church aims to attract 5,400 people to its Easter extravaganza. Leaders designed and started a Facebook page. They made T-shirts and flyers, purchased billboard space and arranged seemingly spontaneous appearances. "Marketing has been a part of religious culture since the very beginning," Wirth said. More

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As neighborhoods change, churches emphasize their roles in community
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How does a church remain relevant in a neighborhood that has changed dramatically, and where most of its congregants no longer live? Determined to stay put, John Wesley AME Zion in Washington, D.C., recently celebrated the completion of a $2.5 million renovation. The goal: to create a blueprint for the neighborhood, and to pull the community into the stately red-brick sanctuary, which features a new banquet hall, meeting rooms, freshly cushioned pews and a grand wooden ceiling that had been hidden for decades. More

Remember your facility manager during church expansion
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Growth in the congregation and programs of any church will generally necessitate growth in facilities. Often, architects and engineers focused on work with churches undertake projects that are to be expansions or renovations to existing facilities. It is the job of the architect to assure that the end result is in keeping with the traditions and the aspirations of the congregation. The historical data collection is the foundation upon which the architect begins building to assist a church in planning for the growth of its family and facilities. More

Why is your website ranking low after search engine optimization?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More and more people are aware of the importance of optimizing their website. Choose some keywords, use them in the title and meta tags, use them on the page and voila! Except a lot of the time the "voila" ends up being more like the sound of crickets as nothing happens. No new traffic. No great rankings. More

Why commitment and considering the good of many is key in your decision
Managing Your Church (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Institutional decisions can often be no-win situations. In deciding an institutional issue, church leaders should try to determine which alternative will serve the largest number of people. That is, what will allow 100 percent of the congregation to worship and serve God most effectively? In difficult situations, of course, 100 percent solutions may be impossible. Many decisions will satisfy only 90 percent; some only 60 or 70 percent. Truly agonizing decisions arise occasionally when the congregation is split evenly. More

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10 technology goals for your church
Ministry Best Practices    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Technology can seem overwhelming. So much to do, so much to keep track of. Therefore it is important to write down simple and actionable goals concerning technology and your church. Here are just some examples. More

Copy matters: Know what you're writing and why
Church Marketing Sucks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It can be hard to write when you don't know what you're writing. But sometimes that happens when you need a blurb for the bulletin right now and suddenly copy is flowing. Or someone else offered to make your job easier and write the copy for you, but they just wrote what they thought and didn't answer the important questions. Before anyone sits down to write they have to answer some vital questions. More

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Does your church roll out the red carpet for guests?
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Churches can learn a thing or two from Disney, Apple and other companies that excel at guest services, church guest services experts report. What is familiar and comfortable to one churchgoer may be confusing and uncomfortable to another guest attending a facility. Signage and smiling faces can help people navigate with confidence. More

5 steps to find and develop leaders in your church
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lion tamers carry a stool when they enter a cage of lions. The stool causes the animal to try to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to do so, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal because its attention is fragmented. A similar scenario concerning leadership issues is played out in churches daily. Like a lion whose attention is fragmented, the church too often is paralyzed by the inability to find and develop leaders. However, there are some steps for locating leaders in your church. More

The heart of Christian life: Pillars of hospitality
Christianity Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a culture where so many people feel alienated from family and clan, a place of genuine welcome is attractive. And though many may not realize it, hospitality is a thoroughly Christian practice. Christine D. Pohl, associate provost and professor of Christian social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, has reflected deeply on what it means to welcome the stranger not simply as "client" or "guest," but as Christ. More

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