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Storm victim: Church's effort 'gives us hope'
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At College Heights Christian Church, business is booming. The disaster relief business that is. In the days since the May 22 tornado, church members and volunteers have created a system of supply, distribution and service that would be the envy of many large retail chains. Roger Lieb, education and communications minister for College Heights, said the church’s relief mission began moments after the storm when affected members began calling the church asking for help. More

Amazing Play Sculptures Begin with Large Blocks of Foam

While no one at PLAYTIME claims to be the next Michelangelo, you can't blame the company for comparing sculptures made of marble with the ones they carve. But these works of art are not meant to just be admired. No, they're meant to be climbed, played with and jumped on. MORE

Church works to keep Joplin, Mo., community going
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The City of Joplin, Mo., estimated 10,000 volunteers flooded into the city limits of the Memorial Day weekend. People from all over the country giving up their holiday weekend to drive 10 to 15 hours to help residents recover. One church has been working non-stop since the tornado hit the city on May 22. When the tornado hit, the Wildwood Baptist Church in Joplin had closed its doors for the day. Members and leaders were heading home. More

NACBA TeleWeb: Tax and Legal Update
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Join Frank Sommerville next Thursday, June 9 as he provides an important tax and legal update for the next NACBA TeleWeb. The TeleWeb takes place at 1:30 CST. Register today! More

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Church safety checklist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of thousands of people worship in churches around the United States each Sunday. Even as worshippers pray, sing or listen to sermons, they may be unaware of dangers surrounding them. Those dangers may be associated with a sudden storm, a fire, power outage or other risks. A well-prepared congregation has identified certain people, including ushers, who will be responsible for emergency evacuations, fire safety and first aid. More

Churches turn to creative spaces in a demanding economy
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Reaching people means providing space that is more than just functional. Innovative churches know that when they are creating space for reaching people it must be cost-effective to build and maintain. That new building must be able to meet a particular need that fulfills the core values of the church while making a statement to the community. Today’s growth minded churches ministering in a depressed economy must be wiser than ever when it comes to spending the offerings of its people for new construction. More

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4 common misconceptions hamstring missions effectiveness
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Regarding missions as a one-off or occasional project or as optional are two of the top misconceptions driving church ineffectiveness at missions, according to Stan Self, senior director of church ministry at The Mission Society. While many churches may be aware of Christ's mandate to share the gospel with other people, both locally and globally, most set out to do this without regard to their own unique calling and purpose, which should shape the missions ministry. This lack of a clear plan for outreach often stunts the growth of missions ministries, fails to facilitate effective leadership and narrows the focus of the ministries, preventing them from helping the least reached. More

Churches more like fast food restaurants?
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Are churches becoming more and more like fast food restaurants today? Megachurch pastor Brady Boyd asks readers the tough question that has plagued many pastors and congregations alike, touching upon a rather sensitive subject for most religious leaders. Witnessing the ever-growing trend for pastors to be focused primarily on the numbers – number of people attending their church – Boyd desired to shift the internal conversations happening among leaders and spark some honest debate on the subject of church marketing and mass numbers. More

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Study finds brain differences based on faith
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For decades, mainline Protestants have been beset by bad news: declining numbers, aging membership, waning cultural influence.A new study from Duke University Medical Center, however, gives these Protestants one reason for cheer: they seem to have larger brains than born-again Christians, Roman Catholics and the religiously unaffiliated. The study, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, found that Protestants who did not have a "born again" experience had significantly more gray matter than either those who reported a life-changing religious experience, Catholics, or unaffiliated older adults. More

Outsourcing: Smart operations. Real results.
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Ministers say they are experimenting with outsourcing tasks not related to ministry for a variety of reasons. Among them are the effects of a shrunken economy, a desire to focus more tightly on their core mission, and the need for more professional assistance in running sophisticated real estate complexes. While the recent recession has caused donations to stagnate over the past few years at a number of churches across the country, many churches earlier had launched ambitious expansion plans that counted on growing membership and donations for financing. More

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5 ministry momentum killers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether you’re leading a small group, a ministry, a church, or even a denomination, every leader has struggled with momentum killers. It seems like life is never better than when momentum is strong. Likewise, it seems like life is awful when momentum halts. The great thing about momentum is that it’s easier to maintain than to generate. The bad thing about momentum is that if you don’t intentionally maintain it, it will stop. Momentum, without help, can not continue perpetually. So what kills momentum? More

Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study released by the Barna Group reveals that families are more technology- and media-dependent than ever and could benefit from a healthy dose of stewardship in regard to how they manage their time online, in front of the TV and on their digital devices. And most of those surveyed say they have not heard any kind of teaching in a church about how they can be good stewards of media, entertainment or technology. More

Why should your church invest in social media?
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Sure social media and networks like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter have a big "gee-whiz" factor. Everybody is hopping on the bandwagon. People are telling you that if you and your church don't get connected to this new media that you're going to get left behind and miss out. But there has got to be a more compelling reason for a church, ministry or non-profit to sign on to these social media applications than "everybody else is doing it." The question you have to ask concerning your organization is, "Why get on board and get involved with social media?" The answer to that question comes from business -they call it ROI, Return On Investment. What is the ROI of social media for ministry and your church? In this post, I don't want to address the quantitative aspect of ROI, but rather the qualitative. More

3 ways we're failing fathers in the church
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According to researchers C. Kirk Hadaway and P.L. Marler, “Church attendance is increasingly a private matter, and it is correspondingly easier for each of us to maintain an idealized image of ourselves as regular attenders when in fact we may only manage to attend church two or three times a month at the most.” Most men don’t even bother to rationalize their lack of attendance in church. Why don’t men go to church? The “Religion of Masculinity,” as defined by David Murrow in his book Why Men Hate Church suggests that many men see Christianity as being incongruous with their manhood. Maybe so, but the church is probably at least partially to blame for this. More

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The spiritual practice of trust
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Trust is a choice, the alternative to worry. Other people may misinterpret our trust as carelessness or irresponsibility. But really, we are simply turning over our lives, one moment at a time, to God's excellent and dependable provision. Trust is a spiritual practice that transforms us, that helps us obey the command against worrying. Unlike other practices, such as prayer, study, solitude, and so forth, the practice of trust is not something we can schedule. More

Video: Construction ministry volunteers help build church addition
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It was a big day for Jacob's Well Church in Chippewa Falls, Wis., this week. Construction started on a 16,000 square foot expansion designed for the church's youth population. Nail guns and circular saws were in action all over the property as the first wave of volunteers from Builders for Christ were busy raising walls Monday. “It's waves, of 50, 75 to 100 people that will be coming throughout the summer until about mid August,” administrative pastor Patrick Hukriede tells us. Nearly 700 volunteers will have had a hand at helping out on the project by summer's end. Pastor Hukriede says the church hopes to complete the addition by years end. More

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