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Many hands lighten load in tornado recovery    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Across the tornado-ravaged U.S. South, United Methodist pastors gathered their congregations on Sunday, May 1, to pray, to listen and to share shoulders to cry on. Afterward, they continued to take their churches into the community, offering resources and helping hands to those struggling to recover from the impact. More
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2 Decatur, Ala., church congregations affected by storm (WAAY-TV)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church damaged in Alabama storms (El Cid Rides Again)
Storms are the subject as Alabama residents go to church (The New York Times)

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Westfield® Installs Educational "Living Lake" Indoor Play Area

“It’s a joy to see the little ones light up with excitement as they explore and play in the stunning new space,” said Lisa DeVries, Marketing Director, Westfield Southlake. “And parents appreciate the educational component as it teaches children about nature through interactive play.”

Breaking News: NACBA president a senior pastor
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Dr. Brian Hill, the president of the NACBA board of directors, is now the senior pastor for the First Baptist Church of Littlefield, Texas. Brian’s first day in his new role was Monday, May 2, and his first Sunday in the pulpit will be May 8. While many of the previous 40 presidents of NACBA have been ordained ministers, it is believed that Hill is the first senior pastor to preside over the association. Brian reports, “The church is accustomed to having four ministerial staff members, but right now it is just me. I appreciate your prayers.” We congratulate you, Brian. Know that you are in the prayers of the many members of NACBA as you begin this new ministry.

Church steeples, aging out of fashion, meet their maker
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nationwide, church steeples are taking a beating and the bell tolls for bell towers, too, as these landmarks of faith on the landscape are hard hit by economic, social and religious change. Architects and church planners see today's new congregations meet in retooled sports arenas or shopping malls or modern buildings designed to appeal to contemporary believers turned off by the look of old-time religion. Steeples may have outlived their times as signposts. People hunting for a church don't scan the horizon, they search the Internet. Google reports searches for "churches" soar before Easter each year. More

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Make seating in your church a comfortable event
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What does a hospitable person say to a guest just arriving at their home or office? “Welcome, have a seat.” Without realizing it, offering someone a place to sit is a natural gesture of hospitality. Ask yourself what kind of hospitality your church is offering your guests? Is it comfortable, inviting places to sit, fellowship, and listen, or uncomfortable and purely utilitarian seating? The seating you offer to your guests says a lot about how much you value a person’s presence in your church, as well as how important their involvement is in fulfilling your ministry. More

Congregation is first black church in D.C. to be powered by solar energy
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A historic black church that has sat on the same corner in LeDroit Park for 99 years has become the first African American church in Washington, D.C., to rely on renewable solar energy for electrical power. Florida Avenue Baptist’s installation of 44 solar panels was hailed at a ribbon-cutting this week by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and other government officials as a breakthrough in the black community, where the clean-energy divide mirrors its well-known high-tech digital divide with the white community. More

5 things church members wish their staff knew    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anyone who has ever served in a staff or paid ministry position knows how hard these roles can be. That’s why frustration, hurt feelings, burnout, exhaustion, and isolation are such big problems today among pastors and other church staff. But maybe those problems are symptoms of a larger illness — the divide between ministers and parishioners. Though rarely discussed, this division involves professional, interpersonal, educational, and financial components, and I wonder if it’s that cultural boundary that causes misconceptions to arise between these two groups of people. After all, put ten pastors and ten churchgoers in a room together, and both groups will tell each other “we’re just like you” while thinking, privately, “you’re not like me at all.” More

10 warning signs for churches
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Prior to his present place of ministry, Thom Rainer spent over 20 years consulting with churches across America. He has also had the wonderful opportunity to research churches primarily in the United States. Over time, Rainer began to notice certain patterns or signs that would indicate a congregation might be headed for trouble. After reviewing consultation notes and research, he found 10 warning signs for churches. If a church had four or more of these signs present, he would let the leadership know that remedial efforts were in order. If six or more signs were present, he was concerned that the congregation was in immediate trouble. More

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Growing your church's small groups
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Strong, healthy small-group ministries succeed because they develop strong, healthy small-group leaders. So, naturally, one of the top concerns ministry leaders have is how to develop strong group leaders. How can you be sure they’ll lead well? What will slow down the turnover rate? How do you get more people to lead? Healthy leaders are empowered leaders. Empowered leaders are trained for success and entrusted with authority. More

Keeping kids safe: 9 supervision guidelines    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Children suffer physically and emotionally, if they are abused by their peers. But the potential damage to the child and to the church—not to mention the possibility of wrenching lawsuits—has caused many churches to take steps to protect its children. You can minimize the risk to your church's children, and the risk of being sued for negligent supervision, by implementing the following approaches. More

Every Church Needs a Resiliency Plan

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Eyes to see
Building Church Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why can a church planter come into a community and begin a ministry that reaches new people and changes lives … in the same area where other churches have struggled for years? The potential was apparently there, but the established churches somehow didn't see it or connect with it. Scripture speaks often of having eyes to see, but not seeing, and having ears to hear, but not hearing. As you face obstacles in your life and ministry, remind yourself that there are often answers outside your present perspective—answers that provide new opportunities, if you can see them. More

How do we get people to do more?
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
“It seems like the same people are willing to help with the ministry every year. Why can’t we get more people involved?” This litany is repeated over and over in congregational life. The church might be able to learn something from a secular organization: Toastmasters International, an organization of clubs for people who want to learn to improve their speaking. Every week, several members give speeches, and other members give them feedback designed to be supportive yet also help them improve. More

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Top 5 email collection strategies for your church
Christian Computing Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Are you looking for ways to better engage parishioners? Email is a great place to start! Email reaches people where they are—fast—and it’s still the best deal in town. But to use email effectively, you need to begin with a little planning. More

Inmates, lives changed, help lead chapel
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Warden Burl Cain and several current and former members of the Louisiana State Penitentiary prison program led chapel at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in April, giving the seminary community a firsthand glimpse into the spiritual impact of the program. Chuck Kelley, the seminary's president, said the Angola program can be traced to Cain's vision and faith. More

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Churches to focus on digital evangelism during May
Christian Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
May is designated 'Digital Outreach Month', enabling churches to learn more about the many opportunities for online evangelism. "You have an incredible gift at your fingertips - literally. Your keyboard," says the team at Internet Evangelism Day. They claim there is growing potential to share the good news online in a variety of ways. Christians can investigate these options during May, which has been designated Digital Outreach Month. At its center is the worldwide annual focus Sunday, Internet Evangelism Day itself, on May 15. More

Minister moms split between pulpit and potty training
Religion News Service via Christian Century    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Female pastors with one flock at home and another in the pews say being a minister and a mom is a perpetual juggling act, with high expectations, never enough time and challenges that their male colleagues will never face. At the same time, they say, it can also be a profound blessing. "Baptist women ministers more than ever before are young, married, and starting families," said Pam Durso, executive director of the group Baptist Women in Ministry. More

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