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Deadlines today for guest tickets, hotel reservations for NACBA national conference
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Today, June 10, is the deadline for purchasing tickets for your spouse/guests for meals and the special event during the NACBA national conference, July 1-5, at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. Don't let your guests miss the Saturday evening "Monuments by Moonlight" bus/walking tour because you failed to buy them tickets. If you don't remember what you've purchased, you may view your registration list by logging in to your account. The instructions and the ticket order form may be found in the newly revised confirmation/information letter available online at If you're not registered to attend the conference, it's not too late; but today is also the final day to reserve a room at the Gaylord at our special, low, NACBA room rate.

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Collaborative puts volunteers in diverse spiritual communities
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While "summer missions" is an icon of the evangelical landscape, orientation of 14 young people at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., signaled a unique missions collaboration between the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ. The two religious bodies are collaborating in identifying, recruiting and training volunteers and placing them in host congregations of five cities that affiliate with one or the other body. All hosts are involved in "integrative" community ministries that extend the church beyond the walls and into the lives of hurting people. More

Study: More people praying about health
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More Americans are praying about their health, researchers have concluded. Scientists analyzed data on 30,080 adults ages 18 and older who took part in the National Health Interview Survey in 2002 and on 22,306 adults who participated in 2007. Forty-nine percent of adults said in 2007 that they had prayed about their health during the previous year, up from 43 percent in 2002. More

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Many nations under God: Multicultural liturgies' unique challenges
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Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Ga., has parishioners from Sudan, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Eritrea, Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, Cuba and Peru — among others. With a symphony of languages and a collage of ethnicities, culturally specific ministry is difficult to organize. In the increasingly diverse U.S. Catholic Church, emerging multicultural, multilingual parishes are struggling to celebrate liturgical unity in the absence of uniformity. More

Tornado may have damaged the building, but faith is strong at church
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During the first Sunday service since three tornadoes ravaged central and western Massachusetts, worshipers at the First Church of Monson Congregational packed the nave to hear a message of hope and community. Volunteers have used the church as a relief hub, keeping it open round-the-clock to provide free food, clothing and guidance. And during the Sunday service, the church also gave the weary a quiet place to relax, reflect and be thankful. More

Church confronts AIDS — but often timidly
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"All individuals living with HIV and AIDS should be treated with dignity and respect" is one United Methodist Social Principle. Since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified AIDS 30 years ago, many United Methodist churches have tried to live out this principle by opening hearts, minds and doors to people living with AIDS. Tragically, some others have not. More

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Evangelicals form new group to bring churches back to the Bible
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A group of pastors have launched a new evangelical network in the hopes of reaching American churches that have fallen into liberal ideology and encouraging a full return to conservative values and principles. The International Communion of Evangelical Churches' goal is forming "an army of churches" that would set the moral high ground for American churches and the nation. So far, the network has 1,000 members. More

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Is your emerging church engaging a younger, mainstream audience?
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One of the issues few discuss is the impact media is having on the emerging movement, and how emerging pastors are using the media to impact the culture in new and innovative ways. There are significant differences in the way emerging pastors use the media, and the implications are fascinating. More

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Expert offers advice for getting volunteers on track
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Figuring out the limits and preferences of volunteers is a challenge even for seasoned pastors. How do you know if you are asking too much or too little of our volunteers? Ed Cyzewski, an author who has coordinated volunteers at churches and nonprofits for years, says he has found a metaphor borrowed from running is very helpful: some volunteers are sprinters and others are marathoners. More

Michigan church hopes to feed thousands with community garden
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In addition to providing food for the soul, NorthRidge church in Plymouth, Mich., is staving off the physical hunger of those facing hard times. More than 300 volunteers are tending the church's garden in hopes of delivering more than 15,000 pounds of vegetables to area food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the summer and fall. Senior Pastor Brad Powell says the community garden is part of the church's effort to help people at their point of need and touch their lives in a tangible way. More

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Ways to involve the uninvolved in women's ministry
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Involving the uninvolved in ministry and fellowship is one of the greatest challenges in women's ministry today. All across the country leaders are asking the same question—how do we get the women involved? Reality shows us we have time for the things we value. We will repeat activities in which we are fulfilled and make meaningful contributions. And we are likely to encourage someone else to join us in these. More

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Prayer forms basis for effective evangelism
Texas Baptist Communications via the Baptist Standard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Revival begins when Christians allow God to work in their hearts, according to leaders of a new prayer-based evangelism model. The 4xfour challenge, encourages Christians to identify four non-Christian individuals or families in their sphere of influence, write their names on a card and pray for them four times a week. God will begin working in the lives of the Christians and non-Christians to bring both closer to Him. More

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