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Pastors Seeking Ways to Ease Budget Crunch in Tight Economy
from The Associated Press via the Appeal-Democrat
Budget cuts to Rod McLean's church youth group jeopardized a summer mission trip to Washington state. As he wondered how he could help them meet their $13,000 budget, he remembered the upcoming federal tax rebate. He decided to donate his stimulus check — and persuade others at Lake Edge United Church of Christ in Madison, Wis., to do the same. More

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Passing the Plate Pays Off Big at Florida Church
from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Something different was in the offering plates at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla.: envelopes already containing money. From the pulpit came orders for everyone to take one. There was a catch, of course: Spend it on others. What the worshipers did afterward shows how much good a few bucks — and the right spirit — can accomplish. More

Churches Not Immune to Recession Costs
from the Lincoln Journal Star
A loaf of bread costs more today than it did last year. A gallon of gasoline costs more, too. But prayer is still free, and there is no admission charge for church services. However, not even a house of worship is immune from an economic recession. More

Developing a Youth Ministry Philosophy
from LifeWay
A philosophy of why and how you do youth ministry takes time up front but can save you hours of headache down the road. Few things have proved to be as important to the author in the last 16 years of youth ministry as having a philosophy of ministry and expectations written down for our volunteer youth workers. More

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A Gym Designed to Cater to Christians
from the New York Times
The first Lord’s Gym was started in 1994 in Roseville, Calif., as a nonprofit community center for teenagers. Since then, the gym has spread around the country, with many nonprofit community centers opening up. The main focus is helping people improve their physiques and their relationships with God. More

Quick Steps to Starting Your Adult Ministry
from Building Adult Ministries
If you were starting a senior adult ministry, how would you begin? The author of this article provides five components to starting a successful adult ministry for church members over 50. More

Computerized Mission: Church Teaches Computer Skills
from the Temple Daily Telegraph
Their mission is to let people double-click their way to a higher understanding. Grace Presbyterian Church in Temple, Texas, offered its first “Computers Made Easy Class” to the community this week. The church's pastor, Rev. Thomas Allen, said the desire to give people that knowledge is what inspired the church to apply for the “Computers Made Easy” grant that financed the church’s two-month-old computer lab. More


Bible Students Discover Mobile Study of Scripture
from the Adventist News Network
Discovery Bible Guide students can now use their cell phones to learn more about God during downtime at the bus stop or on the subway. The lessons are expected to find their niche not only with time-strapped commuters, but also in regions where computer access is limited but cell phones with Internet capabilities are widely used, such as Africa. More

Christian Animation Company Offers its Services to Churches
from Christian NewsWire
Christian animation company, "SmallTown Entertainment," offers its animation services to church congregations and ministries desiring to spread the Gospel in an innovative and fun way to today's youth. In partnership with churches, SmallTown creates and produces faith-based, state-of-the-art, quality animation for youth ministries. More

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