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Church Attendance Beneficial to Marriage, Researcher Says
from Cybercast News Service
Married couples who attend church together tend to be happier than couples who rarely or never attend services, according to sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox of the University of Virginia. Using three nationally representative surveys - the General Social Survey (GSS), the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), and the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) - Wilcox found that married church-going Americans across denominational and racial classifications were more likely to describe themselves as "very happy" than their non-religious counterparts. More

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Church Fuels Its Faith by Giving Away Gas
from The News & Observer
Southbridge Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Raleigh, N.C., chose to fuel its shining light with free gas Sunday, giving away $4,000 worth of fuel. "We just wanted to give back," said Jim Hendren, one of dozens of orange-clad volunteers who pumped gas and washed windows for 200 lucky drivers. "We wanted to share a love of Christ with the community." More

From Audio Clips to Blogs, Churches Spread the Good News
from the Des Moines Register
Churches have come a long way from black-and-white fliers as a way to communicate with their members and the community. In the Des Moines, Iowa, area, churches are trying a variety of unique and innovative ways to keep in touch and reach out - from revamping Web sites to include audio clips of sermons, blogs by church leaders and ways to sign up for events or make donations online, to more prevalent and efficient use of e-mail and sleeker brochures and publications. More

Walking in Step
from the Leadership Journal
The author's 25-year experience has been within a church structure in which deacons lead ministries within the church, and the elders and full-time ministry staff form the leadership team giving oversight to the congregation and church programs. Elders know they have oversight of the congregation, responsibility and guidelines are delegated to the staff, and deacons supervise designated ministries and involve people in service. There are at least four elements I've seen that are necessary for a leadership team to work together well. More

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Missionaries Working Closer to Home
from the Galveston County Daily News
Many churches focus on summer mission trips to foreign locales from Mexico to Russia and India. But as travel prices increase, funding these short-term, English-language trips -- sometimes referred to as McMissions -- becomes more of a challenge. Mimi Sellers, local director of Child Evangelism Fellowship, said her volunteer staff is set to prepare teens, seniors and others with free time, open hearts and a desire to share Christianity for local mini-ministries. More

Seven Lessons from Paul on How to Last in Ministry
Ministry isn’t a 100-yard dash. It’s a marathon. If you’re going to fulfill your calling, you’ve got to keep going even when you’re tired, misunderstood, and underappreciated. This article examines seven principles from the Apostle Paul on how to stand strong in ministry. More

Church Construction: How to Choose a 'Design-Build' Team
from Ministry Today
You can smell it in the air—fresh paint, sawdust, newly grouted tile. It signals not only a finished construction project but also an exciting new beginning for your church. Beforehand, of course, comes the designing and building. Selecting who will take you through those two stages is the most important decision of the project. Increasingly, churches want a company that both designs and constructs the project. Here are four vital steps for choosing a "design-build" company. More


When Car Seats Become Church Pews
from The Associated Press via Christian Post
The preacher stood in the doorway of the picturesque church and looked out at the parking lot as his congregation gathered for the early morning service. By the time the Rev. Norman Markle started his sermon, everyone was still in their vehicles — just as planned. The 150-year-old New Hope United Methodist Church is offering a drive-in service, hoping to attract new visitors with an unusual worship experience. More

Video: Teaching not Preaching in California Bible Belt
from CBS News
Modesto, Calif. is the only public school district in the nation that requires students to learn about the major religions. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports on a model that may benefit Americans. More

NACBA Weekly Update Receives Prestigious Communications Award
from NACBA
The NACBA Weekly Update was recently recognized as an Award of Excellence Bronze Quill recipient from the International Association of Business Communicators. The Award of Excellence is the highest award given in the Bronze Quill competition. Sponsored by local chapters of IABC, the Bronze Quill Awards recognizes excellence in business and organizational communications. Judged by leading professionals in the communications industry, awards are given based on conceptual strength, objectives and results achieved. More

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