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Church apps: The next phase of Internet ministry
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Are church apps like Onseeker the next phase of Internet ministry? Church apps are a great way to connect more deeply with a congregation on the go. And while traditional websites aren't going away, more and more church websites will start emulating the communications approach of mobile apps. So while widespread adoption of church apps probably won't ever be as saturated as browser-based church websites, it is safe to say that church apps are about to make a big dent on Internet ministry. More

Don't miss the 2012 NACBA Conference
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If you miss the 2012 NACBA Conference in Houston, you'll miss Richard Hammar's breakout session.

If you miss Richard Hammar's breakout session, you'll miss his annual astronomy picture and grandchild update.

If you miss Richard's annual astronomy picture and grandchild update, you won't want to be around people while they're enjoying talking about Richard's astronomy picture and grandchild update after the session.

If you don't want to be around people, you'll seek isolation.

If you seek isolation, you'll spend the rest of your life cold and alone in a weather research station at the South Pole.


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Note: This parody, the third in the series, was submitted by NACBA board member Ross Burton. If you would like to submit a parody, please send it to Simeon May at

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6 signs your church is dysfunctional    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Those who work at a dysfunctional church would readily say God was doing great things, but they also use two phrases regularly: "we're miserable" and "around here, you just keep your head down and do your job." And therein lies the quandary of the dysfunctional Christian organization: it often does good things on the outside while destroying the soul of those on the inside. So, how do you know if your Christian organization or church is dysfunctional? More

Risky business: Why nonprofits should periodically assess their risk
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Many for-profit companies consider a comprehensive risk assessment to be a critical part of their overall risk management process. Regrettably, some not-for-profit organizations do not take the time to perform a risk assessment for a variety of reasons: some do not understand or appreciate the benefits of such an exercise; some believe they adequately understand their risk profile; or some may feel they lack the resources to adequately perform the job. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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'Money missionaries' help struggling families
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VideoBrief While the American job market is improving, long-term unemployment continues to be a big problem, especially in Georgia, where more than half of the unemployed have been out of work for a year or more. That has led churches to ordain so-called "money missionaries" to help families make tough decisions about family finances. More

Diocese of Vermont dedicates 35-panel solar installation
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As 35 solar panels turned into position behind him to face the morning sun, Bishop Thomas Ely dedicated the new solar installation on the Diocese of Vermont's property at Rock Point in Burlington. The solar installation currently provides about 65 percent of the electricity that is used on the property on which the school and diocesan buildings are located. More

How does that sit with you? Pews vs. chairs
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are always a few issues that produce lively debates and a good deal of emotion for those involved in the decision-making process at a worship center or church. Stained glass, statuary, ornament and art seem to be obvious but, interestingly, pews and chairs can sometimes bring just as much passion. More

Trust in the Lord ... but check out the church
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Of the $569 billion that churchgoers and others are expected to donate to Christian causes this year worldwide, about 6 percent, $35 billion, will end up in the hands of money launderers, embezzlers, tax evaders or unscrupulous ministers living too high on the hog, according to a recent study. So how can you make sure your donation goes to the right place and what else should you consider before giving to your church or other house of worship? More

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Episcopal Manual of Business Methods applicable for all churches
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The Episcopal Church Finance Office has released the latest update to its Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs. While this manual has been prepared for Episcopal congregations, much of it is applicable to all churches and it is a free download. Section topics include financial management, internal controls, taxes and the Episcopal Church, bookkeeping, clergy discretionary funds, audit guidelines for congregations, risk management and insurance, parochial reports and records management. More

Indiana pastor moves forward with plans to rebuild houses
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VideoBrief The Henryville, Ind., pastor who pledged to build 100 homes after deadly tornadoes wiped out his town has found it much harder than he thought. Two months later, construction delays and having some big time donors back out of their promises have slowed down progress. So Pastor Rich Cheek switched plans, launching He explains that "people can go on like a bridal registry, click and buy a door, click and buy insulation, click and buy whatever it is." More

5 ways to improve your church website SEO
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Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the process of improving the visibility of a website in search engines' "natural," or unpaid search results. If your church has a website that you consider valuable and helpful, understanding how to improve your site's SEO ranking is important. More

Forced out: Pastors' fight and flight
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More than 1 out of 4 pastors say they have been forced out of a church due to personal attacks and criticism from small congregational factions, according to new research from Texas Tech University's Marcus Tanner. Pastors forced out score high on tests for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and health problems, he found. More

3 radical worship ideas
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Have you ever had the feeling you're just parroting another church instead of being a church? Change wakes people up and allows them to get new perspective on the sometimes stale agendas of the past. Consider — maybe — one of these three radical ideas for worship as a jumping-off place. More

The fundamentals of vision development
Worship Facilities Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In preparing a church for a capital campaign, leaders were asked about their vision for their church and how it related to the building project. Their candid response was more like a confession — "We didn't realize that the building project was supposed to be connected with the church's mission and vision." The demand for ministry space should drive the building design, and not just the common "build it and they will come" line that works only in the movies. More

10 ways to thank Sunday school teachers
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teaching preschoolers and children has many immediate rewards through hugs and loving words, but it also can be very hard work. It is one of the less visible or glamorous ways to serve in the church, and therefore can be overlooked when it comes to expressing appreciation. Most teachers of preschoolers and children would agree they do not serve for recognition — but it is nice when someone remembers where you serve and what you do. More

The unique impact of smaller churches    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A growing trend of migration in the urban and suburban population base in our nation has also led to a migration of people from smaller churches to larger churches. And that growth has come at the expense of the rural population. Today, only 16 percent of our population lives in rural areas. Just a century ago, 60 percent of the U.S. residents lived in rural areas. But the reality of the trends does not diminish the value of smaller churches. More
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