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Church apps: Passing fad or next-gen necessity?
Christian Web Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Advancements in technology have made our lives dramatically easier than any generation before us. This has incredible implications for the body of Christ, especially when churches and ministries are proactive in reaching people wherever they are. It seems like technology has been rapidly advancing these past few years, and some amazing opportunities have begun to pop up for churches and ministries — but are they just passing fads or a sneak-peak into the future of communication? More
See related article: 5 reasons to consider a church app (Church Relevance)

Last call for Houston housing today
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The 2012 NACBA conference — Power Your Spirit: Plug Into Houston — is less than a month away, and today is the cutoff date for our special low pricing at our three hotels. One hotel will even give you a free night with a three-night minimum stay. You can't beat that deal. All details, including frequently asked questions, are available at And remember to register your communications and facilities specialists for our Fast Track one-day seminars (see graphic at the end of this email).

Is tithing an iron-clad rule for Christians?
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The question remains for many Christians today: Does the Bible require believers to tithe (or give 10 percent of their income) just as God's followers did in the Old Testament? Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., J.D. Greear has received many questions about whether tithing is biblical. The question, many times, goes back to "are we under law or under grace?" More

How Safe Is Your Children's Ministry?
Children are the church’s most precious resource and child security is one of the biggest issues that today’s church faces. Cohesive check-in processes keep everyone safe and secure. For more information on implementing a comprehensive security process, download ACS ministry guide Is Your Children's Ministry At Risk? today.

Pastors: Bring financial order to your house
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The average church in America today has only one full-time pastor. This leaves the pastor to handle the majority of the church's duties, including business matters. Many important aspects are involved with the handling of business and financial matters. It is crucial that a pastor be able to conduct business in town, pay taxes, pay bills and so on. The most basic part of your home's business is a budget. Here are some ideas for creating and implementing one. More

What the Bible can teach you about investing today
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VideoBrief Ron Blue has an investment philosophy you don't hear very often these days. Specifically, the founder and managing director of Kingdom Advisors says the old proverbs found in the Bible hold the keys to today's investment success. Blue recently shared some of these proverbs and how their meanings apply to investors of any faith. More

5 recent changes to Facebook pages to know
Razoo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Facebook recently pushed out five big feature changes to Facebook pages that will help admins more easily manage their pages, plan content and get more airtime for updates in the news feed. More

What the most successful people do before breakfast
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Mornings are a great time for getting things done. You're less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. Your supply of willpower is fresh after a good night's sleep. That makes it possible to turn personal priorities like exercise or strategic thinking into reality. But if you've got big goals — and a chaotic a.m. schedule — how can you make over your mornings to make these goals happen? More - Cloud Ministry Database

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How can church leaders make difficult decisions?
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Church leaders are faced with the necessity to act, and to make decisions which are difficult. Sometimes you have to tell the truth about a mistake you made. Sometimes you have to take an unpopular stand. Sometimes you have to fire someone. How do you face these challenging tasks? More

10 best practices for bloggers
Religion News Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not a foregone conclusion that just because you write a blog that anyone will care. The most important reason to blog, hands down, is to build a community of like-minded people around a common interest or interests. The blog is not about you; it's about the readers you gather. With that in mind, here are 10 tips. More

Is your Budget Forward Thinking?

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4 ideas for avoiding hearsay traps
Management Excellence by Art Petty    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The desire to do right and keep things moving and keep people happy opens up a few potential leadership tripping points, including getting actively involved in "he said/she-said" or "he did/he didn't" discussions and reacting too quickly to hearsay without checking out the facts. The most successful leaders understand the power and import of direct observation, and they seek out ample opportunities to both observe and provide input on their observations as it relates to business performance. More

Why your church will die (but that's OK)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The reality is that churches, all churches, have a life cycle. They go from birth to maturity to decline and eventually death. We can live in denial, we can lament the reality or we can embrace the truth. Churches die. What if we accepted the inevitable and leaned into the life cycle of a church? What if we figured out how to make the death of a church something to celebrate? More

New ECFA initiative makes accreditation, services and resources accessible to more church congregations
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As part of its mission to help Christian nonprofit organizations — including church congregations — be more financially accountable, ECFA announces its new Church Initiative, making accreditation, services and resources accessible to more churches. The Church Initiative also makes it simpler for existing ECFA-accredited churches to access exclusive governance, financial and stewardship resources, and to take advantage of the organization's "5/50/500" member referral program. More

Why the NAE issued a clergy code of ethics
Christianity Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It used to be that clergy knew the difference between right and wrong. After all, teaching such matters was seen as a core part of the job. But eroding standards, moral ambiguity and other factors have made that assumption dangerous, says Luder Whitlock, who chaired a drafting committee for a National Association of Evangelicals clergy code of ethics for clergy. More

Sinkhole invades Florida church but not parishioners' spirits
Naples Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Facing 30 churchgoers inside a strip mall storefront, Roy Shuck asked the people sitting before him to bow their heads and join hands. The pastor of Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in North Naples, Fla., prayed as he always did to his eclectic flock. Shuck praised them for their strength, for their Christian foundation, even as their empty church down the street crumbled. More

10 simple ways to encourage your pastor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are better ways to encourage your pastor than a shoulder squeeze or a head nod of approval. Especially when we remember that our pastor spends hours each week pouring out his heart on stage, ministering to and in the community, and shepherding hard-heads like us. The work of a pastor is often lonely, difficult work ... they need your encouragement. More

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