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Churches turn to electronic giving, survey finds
Christian Newswire    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As consumers in the United States shift increasingly to online banking and bill payment, their electronic financial habits are spilling over into the church. A new study by LifeWay Research found that 14 percent of all American Protestant churches offer online giving. The survey of 1,003 Protestant congregations found that large churches are most likely to offer online giving and that for the most part, electronic tithes and offerings are a recent development. More

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NACBA TeleWeb: Governing Body Orientation
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Join us for the next NACBA TeleWeb seminar, Governing Body Orientation with Mike Batts, April 14 at 1:30 CST. The governing body of your church has critically important responsibilities with respect to your church’s operations and activities. While governance models for churches vary widely, the common thread in all is that a governing body of some description (board of trustees, board of directors, board of elders, board of deacons, session, council, etc. – hereafter referred to as the “board”) bears significant responsibility (often ultimate responsibility) for the affairs of the church. Commonly, however, individuals are asked to serve on the board with little or no experience or knowledge about that responsibility. New members of the board need an orientation regarding good governance practices. This webinar provides an overview of the orientation process and a guide for making it simple. It is also a good review of good board governance practices for all members of church leadership.

Specific topics include:
  1. The orientation process
  2. The legal authority and responsibility of board members
  3. The proper role of the board
  4. Board committees
  5. The board’s role in risk management
  6. The board’s role in financial matters
  7. Governing and policy documents
  8. The liability of board members
  9. Understanding, evaluating, and protecting the church’s mission
  10. Board meeting dynamics
Purchase access to the informative seminar and then provide to your board members to enhance your training strategy.

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

New regulations mean church nurseries must replace cribs
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In order to comply with new safety regulations taking effect in June, churches need to replace their nursery cribs, which could already pose a danger to children and leave churches open to liability lawsuits. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission unanimously approved sweeping new safety rules, which outlaw drop-side cribs and require stronger hardware and supports. The commission said it is unlikely that existing cribs will meet the new standards. More

Survey: Majority of evangelical leaders say tithing not required
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Most evangelical leaders encourage their church members to tithe, yet most don't believe the Bible requires it of Christians, according to survey results released today. Tithing, giving at least 10 percent of one's income to church, was the subject of the monthly poll of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals, which includes leaders of churches, denominations, missions, universities and publishing houses. The Evangelical Leaders Survey found 58 percent believe the Bible doesn't require tithing, which means giving at least 10 percent of one's income to their church. And 42 percent do think tithing is required. More

A church for those who wander
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The book of James closes with a most interesting assertion: “My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” The ministry of “bringing back” seems to be a lost art today. Many churches are dead or dying because they have forgotten that the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news to this world filled with wanderers. More

Integrating audio, video and lighting into church renovations
Worship Facilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the combination of escalating construction costs and the tightening of budgets, churches are looking at more cost-effective answers to their growth and space challenges. While large congregations aren’t necessarily going away, the buildings that supported them in previous decades may be a thing of the past. As churches repurpose their existing spaces, audio, video and lighting (A/V/L) solutions oftentimes need to be added to those spaces. Yet adding them can present numerous challenges, especially when the infrastructure originally designed in a building isn’t appropriate to support modern A/V/L needs. More

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How to do more with less
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doing more with less might be one of the most common buzz phrases in the marketplace and church-ministry world today—and most frightening. In this unstable economy, everyone wants to know how to improve results while using fewer people and spending less money but still achieving or maintaining the same level of excellence. More and more churches are having to operate on smaller budgets and with smaller staffs. But, it is possible to achieve greater results from fewer resources while maintaining your organization’s integrity and budget, as well as your staff’s sanity and happiness. More

10 ways to create a leadership culture in your church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many churches focus big energy on the weekend crowd. While it’s always important to gather and worship well, it’s a huge mistake to do so to the neglect of developing leaders who will fuel a disciple-making movement. Churches that excel at developing leaders move well beyond a a few training classes and pay attention to the leadership culture. Here are a few simple ideas for creating a leadership culture. More

Every Church Needs a Resiliency Plan

Your 150 year old church just burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. What do you do? Be ready to respond; click here for answers.”

Church merger survey
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to Leadership Network research, 2 percent of U.S. Protestant churches have been part of a merger in the last two years. Another 8 percent say they will probably merge in the next two years. Those two groups represent 30,000 churches. Similar trends among churches in Canada, Europe, Australia and other places where churches have been long established. This data is congruent with my own observations where I have experienced a surge of requests for merger consulting in the past year. There are three reasons why church mergers are on the rise. More

Your ministry on demand
Christian Computing Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A server crash is a scary thing, no matter the size of your church. In July of 2007, Trinity United Church of Christ, which operates a ministry that includes 8 properties in two different states, had a big network crash - everything was down for days. It was indeed very scary! The megachurch had to spend a lot of time and money to try and recover what they could. The experience made Trinity United administration realize how vulnerable they truly were and they vowed to never let it happen again. The crash was a big motivator to the church in deciding to look into a hosted software solution, rather than a desktop option. But a more important reason to get church software off of local servers, Bentley said, was so they could do their ministry more effectively. More

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Make Easter come alive for your kids
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bunnies, colorful eggs in baskets, and candy—a myriad of signs that spring has arrived and another Easter is here. But for Christians all over the world, our hearts turn once again to reflect on the glad pronouncement, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said!” Amid the traditional celebrations, parents and grandparents desire to reinforce the spiritual truths behind each passing season and holiday. Sometimes there is a struggle with how best to present the Easter story to children in a way that is fun and engaging, yet filled with the true meaning, beauty and power of the resurrection. More

Metro Group regional meeting a great success
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Members of the Metro group met for a second regional roundtable meeting in Dallas, March 24 -25. The Metro group is made up of churches with average weekend attendance of 2,500 or more. Eighteen administrators and key staff attended the meeting held at GuideStone headquarters. GuideStone graciously opened their offices for the meeting on the heels of their SBBOC meeting the same week. Dixie Beard and her team were wonderful hosts. The idea for the meeting was to provide an environment where administrators could spend more time diving into discussions on key topics of their choosing. The group came up with the agenda which included HR questions, budget trends, IT strategies, and many others. More

Customized Training Applications for Churches

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'It still hurts': Memories of killings haunt churchgoers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
St. Thomas Church in Clifton, N.J., might be any tightknit congregation where Sunday worshipers greet each other with grins and dig into a hot luncheon after services, but there are subtle clues that something once went terribly wrong here. In the warm, incense-scented vestibule, there's a photo of a sweet-faced Dennis John Malloosseril, 25, who was killed in November 2008 as he tried to save Reshma James, a fellow parishioner, from a gunman. The gunman, allegedly Joseph Pallipurath, is now on trial. More

Hidden in a cave: First ever portrait of Jesus found in 1 of 70 ancient books
London Daily Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair. After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns. The extraordinary picture of one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices – booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamoring to get their hands on the ancient artifacts. If genuine, this could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, possibly even created in the lifetime of those who knew him. More

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