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The joy of giving
Worship Facilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A vital component of any church’s success is in establishing a consistent pattern of giving, but with today’s economic climate and other fundraising entities clamoring for people’s help, getting the donations needed is harder than ever. Givers in your church are asking themselves, “Why should I give to my church?” In this day and age, the church has to put itself in a position to be deserving of the gifts of its people. It is not enough to just say, “We’re the church.” More

School Kids Help Design Their New Playground

"When Denver Public Schools’ Force Elementary School learned that they would be getting a completely new playground under the city’s “Learning Landscapes” program, they asked students to help design it. PLAYTIME transformed the kids’ drawings into playground-size climbers, tunnels and slides. 

Churches rallying together for 'Back to Church Sunday'
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The organizers of a major outreach initiative are hoping churches will work across denominational lines to draw whole communities back to church. Invites will be going out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers in the days and weeks running up to National Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 18. The event is the single largest community outreach in the nation, with at least 10,000 churches expected to participate this year. More

Make Personal Connections With Your Technology
Establishing a connection with people and encouraging interaction with the church’s ministry areas is one of the most vital areas of the follow-up process. To help churches focus on the personal aspects of connection and getting new people involved, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Key Elements to Connection Success today. more

Nation's largest Protestant group faces 'decline'
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Baptisms fell to their lowest number in 60 years among Southern Baptists, the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The new numbers are a sign that the denomination is in trouble, Baptist leaders say. "This is not a blip," said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay. "This is a trend. And the trend is one of decline." More

Involving the uninvolved
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church leaders are well aware of the 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of the people do eighty percent of the work, while eighty percent of the people sit quietly in the pew, seemingly content to do nothing to contribute to the life of their local church body. But are they really content, or are they uninvolved because no one has asked them to contribute? Involving the uninvolved in ministry and fellowship is one of the greatest challenges in women’s ministry today. More

10 problems of a dying church (and how to fix them)
Sojourners    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The author of this article believes there is a challenge in recognizing the signs that a church is dying. The problem is that churches tend to wither, which is a slow, gradual, and often subtle process. It is difficult to pinpoint when in the withering process it is time to take action, to make changes, and to make some vital decisions. While there are many reasons for a church dying, here are some practical observations that the author has noticed in his experience. This list is certainly not exhaustive. More

Building future leaders
Building Church Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How do you develop leaders from within your church or ministry? It starts by noticing and paying attention to the strengths of not only your leaders, but the people you serve. Which kid in your children's or youth ministry could become more than he or she is right now? More

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Let's play ball: The intersection of sports and ministry
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2008, the leaders of Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, TX, realized they had unintentionally left out an incredibly important component from their ministry — sports. A church that once had boasted a very active sports ministry for children, youth and adults now had very little to offer. As the leaders had aged and stopped participating in sports, programs related to sports began to disappear as well. So they decided to do something about it. An architect was hired and plans were made to build a complex that people from every age and stage of life could use. The result was the SportCenter — a 20-acre complex. More

4 ways music helps us grow in faith
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is music really a teaching tool for our understanding of the nature of God? One of the common complaints many aging congregants have about music in today’s “contemporary” church is that it is so repetitive—even to the point of being boring and insignificant. We’ve all heard sentiments like, “vain repetition is ungodly,” and, “I don’t like ‘7-11’ music”...7 words repeated 11 times.” Are these legitimate concerns? Not really, is probably the answer. More

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Opinions on morality shift
UPI via Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans' positive view of their own morality is higher than ever, a recent Gallup poll reveals. Only 38 percent of Americans believe the overall state of moral values in America is poor (down seven percentage points from 2010), while the number of those who believe the country's morality is excellent or good has risen eight percentage points to 23 percent. More

5 right ways to respond to criticism    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Let’s be honest, criticism can hurt. No one enjoys hearing something negative about themselves or finding out that something you do isn’t perceived as wonderful by others as you hoped it would be. Criticism, however, is a part of leadership and, if handled correctly, doesn’t have to be a bad part of leadership. There is usually something to be learned from all criticism. Allowing criticism to work for you rather than against you is a key to maturing as a leader. More

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What churches should know about skateboarding    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How does skateboarding on our property or a skateboarding ministry at our church affect our liability? More

Alabama church blessed with overflow
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No one can accuse the members of Forest Lake Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., of letting grass grow under their feet. Within hours of the April 27 tornado, more than 100 survivors living nearby came to the church for help. A few church members did the best they could to minister amid the destruction. That's when the Alabama congregation sprang into action. More

Church buys apartment complex for intentional ministry
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While some churches try to figure out how to gain access for ministry in neighboring apartment complexes, Oakmont Baptist Church in Greenville, N.C., just bought the place. Now the new landlord is moving forward to establish ministry with, to and among residents of Oakmont Square, a 112-unit complex that borders the church. Pastor Greg Rogers says his growing congregation first cast eyes at the adjacent 10-acre complex in 2005 because its own 7-acre campus was landlocked. The church already maxes out two worship services and three Sunday schools. But they still had significant debt from sanctuary construction and didn’t feel it prudent to take on the project. More

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