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The economy and the church : Can the church rebound?
The Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most people would say the economy in the United States during the past few years has been like a three-day trip without the suitcase. Businesses regardless of size have been reducing employees' hours, eliminating positions and employees, and reducing their pay. Like other businesses, the church has also been affected by the economy. Unfortunately, there are many churches struggling to meet their financial obligations. Therefore, can the church rebound from the economy? According to one of the Pastors at First Assembly of God located in Griffin, Ga., Dr. Kenneth Peek, believes every church can rebound from the economy. More

Westfield® Installs Educational "Living Lake" Indoor Play Area

“It’s a joy to see the little ones light up with excitement as they explore and play in the stunning new space,” said Lisa DeVries, Marketing Director, Westfield Southlake. “And parents appreciate the educational component as it teaches children about nature through interactive play.”

NACBA TeleWeb: Bumps in the Budgeting Road
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Join us for the next NACBA TeleWeb, "Bumps in the Budgeting Road" with Vonna Laue, Thursday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

The budgeting cycle is beginning again. There are some things that make it go easier and some that make it more difficult. Vonna discusses the goals, the pitfalls, and a variety of budget approaches.

Avoid these bumps in the road:
  • Bump one – Budget and mission don’t align
  • Bump two – It takes forever and no one is happy
  • Bump three – Budgeting is done straight across 12 months
  • Bump four – No accountability
  • Bump five – Budgets aren’t adjusted for unexpected changes

Energy savings are significant in providing funding for other ministry
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More churches realize good financial and environmental returns through energy efficiency. In the nation’s most-attended church, Lakewood Church, in Houston, Texas, Energy Education Specialist Lisa Ward’s Saturday begins early. While most people are starting the weekend by sleeping in, she is going through the building at 6:00 a.m., identifying additional energy savings opportunities in the nearly 700,000-square-foot facility. “There is rarely a time of the day that this church is not alive with activity,” Ward says. “A major part of my job is to effect change in the organizational culture so that energy is not being used unnecessarily and we are not spending money unwisely.” More

Choosing the Best Data Security Partner
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Poll: Religion, faith still important to most people
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A new Ipsos MORI poll has found that religion still matters to most people in the world. The global survey looked at the views of over 18,000 people across 24 countries, including the U.K. and U.S. Overall, 30 percent said that their religion motivated them to give their time or money to people in need, while more than half (52 percent) said that their religion made no difference to their giving because they saw it as important in any case. More

Gallup: Blacks most religious group in US
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Black Americans are the most religious in the United States, according to a newly released Gallup Poll. In a daily tracking survey released July 1, Gallup found that 53 percent of black Americans were identified as being “very religious,” with 33 percent saying they were “moderately religious.” That stands in contrast to the 39 percent of white Americans who said they were “very religious” and the 26 percent who said they were “moderately religious.” More
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Growing number of churches hiring nurses to motivate the faithful
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Going to church may nourish your soul, but until recently it didn't offer much for your cholesterol level or body-mass index. Now, a growing number of congregations are hiring nurses to help inspire churchgoers to eat better, exercise, manage chronic medical conditions and in general regard their physical bodies as a gift from their creator. "Health care should not be like a body shop where we just take our vehicle in to be fixed. It's a matter of body, mind — and spirit," said Susan Chase, associate dean for the graduate program at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. "We have to address all of that in order to prevent disease and help people heal." More

Producers hope faith-based movie surge continues
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Producers of faith-based movies have a message for Hollywood studios: Make the movies and customers will pay to watch them. The enormous success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004 shocked Tinseltown when it grossed $611 million worldwide. Despite the huge profit, the production of faith-based movies became stagnant, arguably because of low box office numbers. Support for such films has picked up in recent years with the success of movies like "Fireproof" in 2008 and now this year's "Jumping the Broom" and "Soul Surfer." More

Church keeps spirit of community
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In the middle of the central city, a once-thriving church has been steadily deteriorating over the decades. Once the pride and focal point of the neighborhood, the church has been losing members to the suburbs. A few holdouts live nearby, but the rest of the dwindling congregation only comes in once a week, commuting from the suburbs for the Sunday morning service. It's a scenario found in all U.S. cities, in virtually all denominations. And it's one that can draw either the ire or the endorsement of the Rev. Ruben Duran, program director for new congregations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. More

Social media agreements -- a new normal?
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Social media and online use policies are becoming a common staple in church employee handbooks. Potential liabilities concerning copyright law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), discrimination, privacy, and defamation have forced churches to consider the potential problems caused by their staffs interacting with others online. As denominations and churches search for ways to use social media effectively and safely, the following terms and conditions for a social media policy should be considered. More

5 church "rejection" traps leaders should avoid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most of us have faced “church-abuse” in one way or another. Perhaps we’ve experienced the abuse of “being judged,” the abuse of being manipulated to do something by someone telling us it is Biblical, the abuse of being manipulated to do something by a leader for his/her cause under the auspices that this is God’s Mission, the abuse of being manipulated to support more programs at your local church under the guise that this also is God’s Mission, or maybe the abuse of being manipulated to “make a decision” for Christ and/or get someone else to make this decision under the fear that we’re all going to hell if we don’t. Have you experienced any of these abuses? More

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Selling God
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Rock music, electric guitars and even moshpits are luring more young people to church – but away from traditional worship. Steve Kilgallon investigates the rise of religion as entertainment, and the changing face of Christianity in New Zealand. More

Survivor: Leadership edition
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Leaders often gravitate to the flashy first impression, low-hanging fruit, or the approval and support garnered from successful fast action. But when a godly long view is our aim, we develop a whole different class of skills, relationships, and priorities that can carry us throughout a lifetime of meaningful leadership rather than allowing our focus to fix solely on the next hurdle ahead. More

Church van tragedy stirs upcoming revival
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Five people killed in a church van crash June 22 all had made professions of faith within the last 18 months, said Greg Dunn, a pastor in Oak Grove, La. Providentially, Dunn added, the 50 or more churches of several denominations in West Carroll Parish began planning for an area-wide crusade a year ago. More

Missionaries with toolboxes
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At least 280 students and adults recently poured into York County, S.C. They repaired roofs and built handicap ramps in the blistering sun. They slept on floors at a local high school. They ate cafeteria food. "And love it, because they know they're giving back," said Mike Wallace with the York Baptist Association. "They know they are participating in God's service. When they see the transformation on the house, when they see the homeowners many times's overwhelming for the kids to see that." More

New York's St. Patrick's new virtual candles light up Cathedral website
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Clicking your prayers is old news but now you can click your virtual candle (and make a "suggested" $5 donation) to St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, too. The grand Fifth Avenue cathedral, which draws 5 million visitors annually, recently ignited the digital service to tout its revised website and make the candle-lighting practice available online everywhere. More

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