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"Great to Good" Churches
from Outreach & Evangelism Today
Jim Collins's recent book Good to Great has inspired both business and church leaders. Many churches are seeking to become great churches. Entire ministry industries exist to help that process—from fund raising, to church building programs, to worship resources, to programming. And in nearly every community, there's at least one great church, as measured by numbers and facilities. More

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Debt-Proof Living
from the NACBA Weekly Update
Mary Hunt was facedown on the kitchen floor of her in-law’s house sobbing uncontrollably. Her compulsive shopping, coupled with her drive for wealth, left her facing $100,000 in unsecured debt. Panic-stricken, the Orange County mother feared her husband would leave her and their home would be lost to foreclosure. In the midst of the meltdown, she made a deal with God that she would do anything in the world to get out of debt, if he promised not to take her two young sons and husband away. She shared her story and secrets to living debt-free to attendees of this year's NACBA National Conference in Nashville, Tenn. More

Megachurches Use Software to Help Keep Track of Members
from The Dallas Morning News
On any given Sunday, about 5,000 kids come into the children's ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Families form lines and check in at 32 kiosks spread among the church's six entrances, swiping "Quick Passes" at the self-service machines. Parents register the kids for classes, then a kiosk spits out sticky name badges for both parent and child with identifying information: child's and parent's names, classroom and any food allergies. Prestonwood relies on a special computer software designed for churches to keep track of who is where – not just which children should go home with which parents. More

Low Sunday School Expectations
from the Baptist Press
The reason many of our Sunday Schools are not doing a better job at reaching, teaching and ministering to people is that our expectations are too low. What are some symptoms of a low-expectation Sunday School? If you have thought, said or heard any of the following about your Sunday School, it could be that your expectations are too low. More

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Direct Donations
from Ministry Today
Paying your tithes may never be the same again. Although churches have long accepted credit and debit cards as part of the tithing process, one pastor is pioneering a new way of supporting the storehouse beyond the traditional offering plate. More

Plan to Improve Your Church’s Follow-up with Guests
from Ministry Marketing Coach
Sometimes the last thing on our minds in ministry outreach is the first thing we ought to think about. Generally, pastors and church leaders focus on one task: If your outreach works, people will come. However, I would quickly add the questions, “How is your follow-up? When ministry marketing brings in more people, are you ready to take care of them?” Most churches aren’t ready, nor do they have a plan to put this necessary step into action. More

Create Accountability Among Your Leaders
from LifeWay
Having team accountability requires work, but it will yield great benefits for your ministry. You need three elements to develop team accountability among your core leaders: character, commitment, and challenges. More


Churches Try to Meet Needs of Autistic Kids
from Religion News Service
On Sunday mornings at Damascus Road Community Church, when the children are dismissed from the sanctuary for Sunday school, another set of children and adults head to "The Haven." "The Haven" is a ministry for members with developmental disabilities such as autism, Asperger's syndrome or other conditions that may make sitting through a typical church service difficult or impossible. More

Reviews are Mixed on Church Security
from Chattanooga Times Free Press
A new program that would offer deputy training to Bradley County, Tenn., church members has some interested, others worried and some scratching their heads. Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble said a July 27 shooting in a Knoxville church prompted him to form a special-deputy church security program. But some county commissioners worry about the need for such a program and the potential of county liability. More

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