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More churches producing roll-your-own study materials
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Not too long ago, hardly any church would have dared to plan, write and publish its own Bible study materials. Before computers, desktop publishing and easy access to the Internet, the task would have been so daunting, few churches would have had the resources to pull it off. These days, all that has changed. And a growing number of churches are taking full advantage of these new possibilities. Technological advances have made micropublishing ventures common. More

Youth ministries teaching behavior modification, not Gospel?
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ministry leaders are seeing a major problem among youth groups — an emphasis on behavior modification over the Gospel. In a series featured on The Gospel Coalition website, several ministers discussed their concerns with how youths were being taught in the church, namely with messages aimed more at keeping them out of trouble. More

More congregations turn to Facebook, Web, high-tech outreach
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief No matter where you live, you can go to church, so to speak, with Christ Fellowship. The McKinney, Texas, congregation — where NACBA member Steve Chappell is the pastor of operations — is on board with almost every high-tech gambit under heaven. Find the church by going online — the 21st-century version of sighting a steeple on the horizon. Christ Fellowship has a website, a Facebook page and streaming worship services with live chats. It exemplifies most of the latest ways churches dramatically extend their reach of church beyond any one time or local address. More

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Young millennials losing faith in record numbers
Religion News Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood — and most of them are ending up in no religion at all. One in four young adults choose "unaffiliated" when asked about their religion, according to a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. But most within this unaffiliated group — 55 percent — identified with a religious group when they were younger. More

New Jersey church makes use of new solar energy farm
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Members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colts Neck, N.J., will celebrate Earth Day with a bit more energy than usual. Parish officials recently teamed up with Solis Partners to install a solar energy farm on church property, business manager Joseph Noble said. He said 686 solar panels, which take up about 1.25 acres, recently started providing energy to the church. "This renewable energy project is an important step in our fulfillment to our commitment to the environment," Noble said. "Hopefully, we raised the environmental bar and our decisions will influence other churches and people to do the same." More

New York church leaders take matters into their own hands to revitalize the community
The Buffalo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
St. John's Baptist Church in Buffalo, N.Y., will begin construction this summer on a $2.5 million supermarket with a cafe, across from a burgeoning medical campus. The East Side's persistent blight and poverty have forced the Rev. Michael Chapman and other ministers to transform into savvy businessmen. Through autonomous development corporations, many area pastors are heading initiatives to stimulate the economy and revitalize the community. More

Redeem a church conflict by listening to a lawyer? Really?
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are being sued by anybody, it is always wise to listen to your lawyers. Besides being licensed experts in the secular law, lawyers are not merely "attorneys-at-law," they are also trained to be "counselors-at-law." That means they are to be aware of what is important to you as Christians and how your faith will be expressed even as you respond to a lawsuit. You don't stop becoming people of faith just because you are being sued by non-Christians. More

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Florida church scraps plans for new sanctuary to build community park    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite doubling its membership and outgrowing its current facilities, Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral, Fla., replaced plans to build a multi-million dollar, 1,700-seat auditorium with new plans to build Fellowship Park. Phase one of the new 100,000-square-foot community park involves the construction of a large sunken fountain, new landscaping, outdoor seating and a courtyard. More

Houston law makes food giveaway a crime?
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Homeless activists and food-giveaway ministries are planning to fight an ordinance passed recently by the Houston City Council that requires prior permission before any group or individual could distribute food to five or more people on public property. The law will be effective July 1 and when implemented will impose a $500 fine to anyone in violation. Homeless activists from Texas have begun a petition to strike down the ordinance in the coming November election. More

7 ways to raise up young leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Raising up younger leaders is crucial to growing and maintaining healthy organizations and churches. Pastors want to see a new generation of leaders but either don't know how or can't seem to find them. Frankly, some pastors are frustrated with what they see as a lack of leadership among the newer generations. Here are seven ways to raise up young leaders. More

Copy matters: Proofreading
Church Marketing Sucks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One issue that often plagues church copy is mistakes. Typos, spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, wonky style — it can all contribute to ruining otherwise good copy. You must proofread your copy. Someone must proofread your copy. It usually works better to have someone besides the writer proofread it — preferably multiple someones. More

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Theologians OK with Bible translation replacing 'Jesus Christ,' 'angel'
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Some theologians say the new Bible translation The Voice that replaces words like "Christ" with "Anointed One" and "angel" with "messenger" is acceptable. Dr. Darrell Bock, professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, worked on the Luke-Acts portion of the translation. Bock said that although the word "Christ" does not appear in the text, the meaning of the word is still present in the form of the term "Anointed One," which was frequently used in its place. More

20 questions for any 'value-add' church
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many years ago a pastor said churches should be like the famous retailer, Nordstrom — welcoming, tasteful and endlessly helpful. He modeled his ministry around those values, and it showed. He deliberately created a "value-add" church. Obviously, ministry is about revealing God's truth and grace to a weary, hungry and thirsty world, but it also involves some rather significant savvy around how people think and grow. More

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Unfriended: 4 keys to resolving conflict peacefully    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We live in a world where "friend" means someone who can look at your pictures on Facebook, and with a click of a button we can just as quickly be "unfriended." Many times, we find ourselves being isolated in our individualized world. We cannot control the world around us, but we can make changes in how we live our lives and how we treat others. All of us experience conflict; the healthiest people know how to resolve conflict in a peaceful way. More

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