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New Study Shows Trends in Tithing and Donating
from The Barna Group
While theologians debate whether or not the practice of tithing is a biblical responsibility of Christians, Americans have pretty much made up their minds on the subject. Their views are discernible through their behavior. The giving patterns of Americans are described in new research released by The Barna Group, based on an annual tracking survey conducted by the firm regarding religious behaviors and beliefs. More

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Churches Learning from Big Business
from The Baptist Standard
Churches can learn from business —the good, the bad and the ugly. Some best practices in the corporate world translate well to the nonprofit sector, including churches, experts insist. And at the same time, churches can benefit by looking at some lessons failed businesses learned the hard way. More

Eight Tips for Honoring Your Ministry Assistant
from LifeWay
Ministry assistants and church secretaries are vital to the work of you church, your ministry, and to the Kingdom of God. Here are eight tips for making Administrative Professionals Day, which is Wednesday, April 23, extra special for the ministry assistants on your church staff. More

Bringing the Bookstore to Church
from Christianity Today
The Christian bookstore you shop at tomorrow may be as close as your church's front door. More and more churches want to be the place you'll buy your next Beth Moore book or study Bible. Church bookstores enjoy prime locations, low overhead, and (in many cases) volunteer workers. They are "the fastest growing portion of this industry," according to Geni Hulsey, president of the Church Bookstore Network and manager of the Garden Bookstore at Houston First Baptist Church. More

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Engage members and visitors with special events. Special events are one of your most visible ministry tools, but you may find yourself struggling to effectively organize and manage your events. From initial planning and promotion to volunteer recruitment and visitor follow up, the answers you need are in the ACS ministry guide Events from Start to Finish . More

Earth Day, Christian Style
from Christian News Wire
With the celebration of Earth Day on April 22, The Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) releases the first in the Mt. Nebo Papers series, "What is the Most Important Environmental Task Facing American Christians Today?" by IRD Adjunct Fellow Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. Christians are called to wise stewardship of the Earth God created. However, a debate rages within the Christian community on what stewardship entails. Dr. Beisner's paper looks at not only what the Bible addresses as a good stewardship, but also what the church teaches historically, and finally makes recommendations. Should nature be valued over humanity? More

Green Lobby Turns to Prayer
from Politico
With Congress nearing consideration of sweeping global warming legislation, advocates are turning to a higher authority to help their lobbying in the sometimes sinful halls of Congress. Environmentalists for years have waged a mostly behind-the-scenes campaign to enlist the myriad religious communities in their cause. Now they hope their new alliance will represent a game-changer in the long-standing national feud over how far government should go in responding to climate change and other green issues. More

Technology Benefits Local Churches
from Chambersburg Public Opinion
In the past few years, technology has become entrenched in most aspects of the church and secular life. Though the basics, such as worship and prayer, are mostly the same, congregants are now able to worship from a hymnal or a big screen. More

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Film Festival Helps Christian Writers
from the Asheville Citizen-Times
Authors and screenwriters of Christian books and movies will gather at Lifeway Conference Center this week to pitch projects and learn more about producing films families can watch without wincing. More

Churches Filling Missions Gaps
from Baptist Press
Southern Baptist churches are catching a vision of taking the Gospel to people groups that have never heard -- even when there is no missionary to help them, International Mission Board trustees were told during their April 7-9 meeting in Dallas, Texas. In the past two years, about 125 congregations have accepted the challenge of taking the Gospel to unreached groups in West Africa. More

Students’ Fast Raises Funds to Combat Hunger
from The Tribune Democrat
While many young people spent Friday night snacking at a burger joint with friends, youngsters at a Somerset, Pa., church were participating in a 30-hour fast to raise awareness of world hunger. More

Don't Forget to Sign Up for Next Week's NACBA TeleWeb
There's still time to register for next week's NACBA TeleWeb seminar. Join Sandra Brewer with Pinnacle Investigations as she presents Understanding Background Checks during the next NACBA TeleWeb seminar, held April 24 at 1:30 Central time. The registration fee for the one-hour seminar is $59 for NACBA national members and $69 for all non-members. Enjoy the convenience of a NACBA TeleWeb conference, which is designed to fit your busy schedule. Register today!

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There are three major aspects to most church building projects - designing, financing and fund raising. A successful capital campaign can save a fortune in interest, as well as... More

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