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Stewardship Stimulus Package
from Disciples Mission Fund
The United States Government began issuing checks last week as part of the 2008 Economic Stimulus Package. The Government is hoping that Americans will use the checks for large purchases in an effort to stimulate the economy. The Church is hoping that members will see the opportunity to create a "Stewardship Stimulus Package" as well. More

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Social Networks: A Way to Find Prospects and Keep Up with Members?
from Lifeway
Does your church need to be involved in a social network? I can assure you that your students are on MySpace, and young adults are probably already connected on Facebook. The advantage of a social network for your church is that itís simply another channel to get information to people. Is there a way to use social networks in the same way you have been using phone prayer chairs? More

Saving Youth from Church Exodus Not Enough, Says Youth Leader
from Christian Post
The defensive youth ministry approach of saving young people from exiting the churches isn't up to speed with one youth leader who sees tens of thousands of teens' lives changed every year. Greg Stier, president and founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, recently came out of a nine-city "Survive" tour that drew tens of thousands of teens from around the country since November and trained them to share about their faith in Jesus Christ to everyone they knew. More

The Church Changed, and Nobody Told Us
from Crosswalk
Most churches need to change because theyíre showing little or no statistical growth (numerical, spiritual or otherwise) and minimal impact on the surrounding culture. Too many are struggling just to keep their doors open, and yet they tend to keep replaying what they did "last year." More

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How to Structure Your Church on Purpose
Some churches are organized around programs. Others are organized around processes. Still others are organized around policies and personalities. How is your church organized? A purpose driven church is organized around Godís purposes. But how do you do that? More

Security Against Church Violence
from the Leadership Journal
Churches are notorious for minimal security. And while acts of violence at church are rare, recent shootings at churches and schools beg the question: What can leaders do to protect their people? More

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Video: Church Attendance Not Hurt by High Gas Prices
from WVLT-TV
Higher gas prices. Tough economic times. No matter how hard it gets, some churches are staying one-step ahead. More

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Pope Goes Digital to Better Connect with Youth
from Reuters via MSNBC
Pope Benedict will text message thousands of young Catholics on their mobile phones during World Youth Day in Sydney in July, hoping going digital will help him connect better with a younger audience. The Pope will text daily messages of inspiration and hope during the six-day Sydney event while digital prayer walls will be erected at event sites and the church will set up a Catholic social networking Web site akin to a Catholic Facebook. More

Best U.S. Christian Workplaces Named for 2008
from Christian Post
The Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) recently announced its annual list of best Christian places to work in the United States for 2008.BCWI surveyed more than 7,834 employees in 67 organizations across the nation to identify the best workplaces with a Christian mission and/or values. Based on the survey, people love to work for the Best Christian Workplaces for two reasons: the cause and the culture. More


Building churches without heavy debt
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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Church Financing Specialists
Churches and religious schools of all denominations turn to the financing specialists at Ziegler.


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