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Video: California church offers drive-thru prayers
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When you think of a drive-thru, a prayer isn't typically what you'd order. But, at Calvary First Assembly of God in Stockton, Calif., they're serving up a rolling helping of salvation."We spend some time praying for them and they drive right on out and go about their business," says Pastor Larry Rust. For Rust and his congregants, it's a sign of the times. "I think one of things we realize is that we live in a very busy society." More

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While no one at PLAYTIME claims to be the next Michelangelo, you can't blame the company for comparing sculptures made of marble with the ones they carve. But these works of art are not meant to just be admired. No, they're meant to be climbed, played with and jumped on. MORE

NACBA TeleWeb: A case study - reshaping the budgeting message
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The National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) invites you to join us for our next TeleWeb, "Budget: A Catalyst For Spiritual Formation" lead by Ben Stroup with Derek Hazelet and Lance Taylor. The TeleWeb will take place Thursday, Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

This case study dialogue will serve to give new ideas and refresh church leaders.
  • Learn the power of a one fund budget.
  • Learn why the same old approach will not always work.
  • Learn how tying your ministry budget to your ministry plan gives energy to your givers.
  • Learn new ideas to more effectively communicate budget development and support.
  • Learn how to build a contract with givers.

Pastors seek 'new normal' in church budgets, survey finds
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Despite an increase in offerings at most churches in the United States, pastors are redefining budgets to counter tough economic times, says the director of a research group. According to a LifeWay Research poll of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted in May and released Monday, nearly 71 percent of the pastors reported that offerings in 2011 met (41 percent) or exceeded (25 percent) their budget requirements. However, increase in demands from outside the churches, including the rise in the cost of services and products, have caused churches to restructure the way they do things. More

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Cost of ownership
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The author of this article is burdened by the millions, even billions, of dollars that are spent each year on religious construction without a clear understanding of the “real” cost of ownership. He believes that most ministry leaders do not understand that the ongoing costs eclipse the initial costs and do so in a much larger way than you would imagine. More

The 6 vehicles for church vision: How many are you using?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every pastor wants to get people excited about God’s activity in the world through their local church. But not every pastor understands how to use the multiple vehicles at their disposal. The truth is that pastors have trucks in their fleet that have never seen drive time. The cost is high as the precious cargo of motivational kingdom fuel never dispenses to hearts and minds of their people. But get those trucks rolling and you will see things happen like you’ve never seen before. More
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Build a worship ministry in 7 steps
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A lack of cohesiveness and focus is one of the greatest challenges for worship leaders. But following seven steps can help get the ministry on track, according to Lavon Gray, minister of music and worship at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Miss. More

Why youth stay in church when they grow up
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The daunting statistics about chucchgoing youth keep rolling in. Panic ensues. What are we doing wrong in our churches? In our youth ministries? It’s hard to sort through the various reports and find the real story. And there is no one easy solution for bringing all of those “lost” kids back into the church, other than continuing to pray for them and speaking the gospel into their lives. However, we can all look at the 20-somethings in our churches who are engaged and involved in ministry. What is it that sets apart the kids who stay in the church? More

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Women show deep drop in church attendance, survey says
Religion News Service via Christian Century    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Women, long considered the dominant pew dwellers in the nation's churches, have shown a dramatic drop in attendance in the last two decades, a new survey shows. Since 1991, the percentage of women attending church during a typical week has decreased by 11 percentage points to 44 percent, according to survey results released by the Barna Group this week. More

Supporting Christian education volunteers
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A wide range of Christian education curricula are available to Episcopal parishes today. But a key element in the success of a formation program is the training and support that volunteer educators receive in implementing those curricula. More

Helping ministry volunteers connect    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How many times have you heard a volunteer say that they want to quit serving because they feel disconnected from other adults? I know I’ve heard it more times than I can count. This is a legitimate need and most adult will eventually burn out if their connections to other adults is limited. Therefore, an important part of a leader’s job is to help adults connect with each other. This is often tougher than it might sound, but there are some things we can do to connect volunteers to one another and build community that is valuable. More

Exemption of ministers from Social Security    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ministers have a dual tax status. Most are employees for federal income tax reporting purposes, but they are self-employed for Social Security (except for some chaplains) with respect to services performed in the exercise of their ministry. This means that they pay the self-employment tax, rather than FICA taxes. Ministers can exempt themselves from self-employment taxes if several requirements are met. More

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Simple tips for ministry employee handbooks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every ministry, no matter how small, could benefit from maintaining an employee handbook. A proper handbook defines what you expect from employees and what they can expect from you. By following a few simple tips, your ministry handbook can provide valuable legal protection if your policies are challenged in court. More

Making ministers of inmates
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"It's truly a God thing," said Norris Grubbs, senior associate dean of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), which has administered a seminary training program inside Louisiana's penitentiary, known as Angola, since 1995. With an inmate population of some 5,200, 85 percent of whom are violent offenders, Angola is the nation's largest, and historically most notorious, prison. But now Angola has a very different reputation, largely a result of the NOBTS program, called the Angola Extension, which has graduated 192 inmate ministers, as they are called, since it began 15 years ago. More

Wanted: Missionaries with accounting skills
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Jake Grece sits at his computer in Africa answering email from a missionary couple. They have a question about their finances and Grece is their man -- an IMB missionary working as an accountant. Today Grece is in the office processing financial reports, sorting expense claims and punching numbers into a database, but tomorrow he and a local pastor will hold an outdoor evangelism service where they will share the Gospel with nationals. More

Advocates seek foster parents in churches
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Hundreds of thousands of families are needed to provide foster care for nearly a half-million children and teenagers who for their own safety cannot continue to live at home. Some of those families are found in Baptist churches, and those who recruit and train them want to find more. More

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