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Simple steps to help keep people and property safe
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Thanks to technology, the global economy and other factors, the list of loss-generating events that most churches find the need to insure themselves against keeps expanding. In addition to more well-established sources of risk, the uses — and abuses — of technology, along with problems arising from use of church facilities by outside groups, present a number of liability issues for today's churches. More

Do you know the most dangerous person in your church?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In addition to leading and teaching, pastors are called to protect or guard the flock. Therefore, it logically follows that it is important to know who is in attendance and membership within the congregation. There are obviously many practical reasons for this, but one is certainly to protect the flock from potential harm. So, who is the most dangerous person at your church? More

Protecting ourselves from sex offenders
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Sex offenders are feared and despised in today's world. They are seen as monsters who, at any moment, might pounce upon their unsuspecting prey, especially children. The general perception is that sex offenders are more dangerous than other criminals. As such, they have become pariahs against whom the public seeks to protect itself. If the needs of sex offenders, their victims and the community are going to be genuinely addressed, a different approach to justice is needed. 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.

Cyber risks at church
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Church websites, Facebook pages, electronic fund transfers, online databases with sensitive information — churches using digital tools face new methods for operating, as well as new risks. And like all risks, the potential liabilities associated with technology use require a good risk management plan. More
Editor's note: We thank Marian Liautaud of Christianity Today International for covering the NACBA national conference in Houston and writing this article about one of our many workshops.

Survey: Most Americans keep faith private online
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A new survey finds that Americans, while mostly religious, generally do not use social media to supplement worship and mostly keep their faith private online. The Public Religion Research Institute survey found about 1 in 20 Americans followed a religious leader on Twitter or Facebook. A similar number belonged to a religious or spiritual Facebook group. More

Church and less-than-amazing social media graces
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Google churches in your area. Compare websites of traditional churches and sites of nondenominational, "contemporary" churches. In both groups, you'll find congregations who update their website and various feeds daily. Others update ... uh ... semi-occasionally. Most churches now have a Web presence, but differences between those sites are stark. More

Don't count out the church organ just yet
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are times, Shaun King says, when worship music should be energetic, light or joyful. That's when instruments like pianos, drums and guitars do the trick. But then there are times when the sound needs to be "bigger and in your face," said the senior pastor of College Park Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. And that's when you need an organ. More

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The strategic feedback loop
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Your community is more than one geographic area, demographic, user group or set of volunteers. Really, it's all of them. For the sake of clarity and simplicity, let's focus on a single group of people for this discussion — the volunteers that are in your community. More

Managing your moods for more effective leadership
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Clearly, we cannot completely separate the emotional and rational aspects of ourselves. Basically, the human brain is designed to serve us as social creatures. Given the fact that many people spend more of their waking time with colleagues than they do with their families, it is important that leaders understand how they can positively or negatively influence the mindsets, emotions and moods of those around them. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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Sales tax break helps Mississippi churches with bills
Natchez Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cooling — and heating — churches presents special challenges. By design, they're buildings that have both small, dedicated spaces and at least one very large room, usually with a high ceiling, that is intended to accommodate dozens if not hundreds of people. That can mean utility bills that range from $1,500 to $2,000 a month at larger churches. Like a burst of cool air, however, financial relief may be on the way for Mississippi's churches bogged down with sky-high power bills. More

Ohio church starts professional wrestling organization
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While many congregations across the country organize events like Vacation Bible School and bingo nights, one church in Ohio has decided to start a professional wrestling organization. First United Methodist Church of Martins Ferry has launched Rugged Cross Championship Wrestling. More

Nebraska church puts a 'drive-in' twist on worship service
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VideoBrief The First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, Neb., recently had its final "drive-in worship service" of the summer. About 90 Siouxlanders came out to join in the short and sweet service that lasted about 30 minutes. "It just gets people involved. The fellowship is priceless," said worship service volunteer, Rose Dudley. When folks first drive up to the service they are handed a service bulletin and directed to change their radio dials to 88.9 FM because the service is broadcast on that station. More

4 ways technology drives discipleship    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although technology continues to change rapidly, the core of Christianity does not: We are to go and make disciples of all nations. So how can we use the technology available to do that? There are three keys for churches to effectively utilize technology and give us the opportunity for digital discipleship in a world that is more connected and relationally driven than ever before. More

4 things not to say in your out-of-office email
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Summer brings vacations, and with them, a little quirk of the electronic age: the out-of-office email. The existence of smartphones creates the expectation that email can be answered at any time. Consequently, people feel the need to explain why they won't be responding to email immediately. Here are four messages that really convey the wrong idea. More

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