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'Almost Christian' teens trouble church scholars
The Tennessean    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A major study of religion in youth found that many young people are "almost Christian" -- they believe in God, but they don't believe Christian doctrines. That has caused several local youth ministries to move from fun and games at youth groups to more intense Bible studies. They also want kids involved in more outreach and in volunteer work. Leaders believe this approach will make faith stick so young people will retain their faith when they go to college or into the work world. More

NACBA in the news: Group focuses on church management
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Pat Leech adds a new staff position or even installs a new software system, she knows there is a network she can rely on for help. Leech works as a business manager, but not in what many would consider the typical business environment. For the past 15 years, she’s worked at Christ the King Cathedral. Churches are no doubt different from businesses, but there is a growing number of those who work in churches who think the business offices should run a little bit more like a business. More

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Getting the unchurched into church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As researchers estimate eight-million Americans, or about 150,000 weekly, leave their churches every year, that stark reality has given rise to an outreach initiative sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources and Outreach Marketing. Philip Nation is spokesperson for National Back to Church Sunday, which seeks to give people everywhere the chance to rediscover church. He says the goal is to see believers re-engage with the simple act of inviting family members, friends, and co-workers to church. More

Why some churches struggle with money
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some churches are struggling in regards to finances, yet many are not, even in the recession that our country has recently gone through. So, why do some churches seem to struggle while others do not? Here are four reasons. More

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Religion more important to people in poor countries than rich, surveys reveal
Christian Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Surveys conducted by Gallup in 2009 have revealed that religion plays a greater role in the daily lives of people in poor countries than those living in wealthy countries. The number of adults worldwide who say religion is an important part of their daily remains high, at 84 percent. The surveys, which looked at 114 countries, found a strong link between religiosity and a country’s socioeconomic status, with each of the most religious countries having a per-capita GDP of less than $5,000. More

Katrina: A tale of 2 Mississippi churches
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Waves of generosity followed Hurricane Katrina's storm surge across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To date, nearly $21 million in monetary donations has been received by the Mississippi Baptist Convention from across the country and abroad for relief and ministry efforts after the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. Finances, however, tell only part of the story. Much of the rest of the story perhaps is reflected in the individual accounts of people and churches. Consider "A Tale of Two Churches," Woolmarket Baptist Church in Biloxi and First Baptist Church in Bay St. Louis. More

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Technology and discipleship
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We spend a great deal of time preparing for such things as pastoral counseling, preaching, education strategy and effective leadership. There are very few seminary classes on technology, especially how to use church management software to make better ministry decisions. It’s a tough cycle to break. Many who fill positions of ministry leadership in local churches will serve their entire careers resting solely upon intuition and simply hope for the best. One way you can this cycle is by mining the depths of your current church management software (ChMS). More

Assessing conflict in churches
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So what do we make of the rising tide of conflict in local congregations? First of all, is there actually an increase in conflict? Anecdotally, the number of calls and conversations we are having around conflict seem to indicate that local church conflict is becoming more frequent and widespread. Statistically, patterns of terminations for clergy suggest that, indeed, life as a minister in the 21st century is more stressful, more toxic, and more likely to end in termination than ever before. More

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Problems, obstacles and leadership in youth ministry
Youth Worker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Problems and obstacles: We encounter them in ministry all the time, but one is decidedly better than the other. What's the difference between the two? You cannot disregard or dismiss every critic or pretend real issues don't exist. It does mean you should recognize the fact that you never will have the support of every person in the congregation, and that's not necessarily an obstacle. If someone's criticism keeps you from doing what you think God has called you to do, then you have an obstacle you need to deal with. If not, then you simply have a problem that—though it sometimes may be disheartening or threatening to your ego—shouldn't take up much of your time or energy. More

One church, many congregations
Leadership Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In late April 2010, more than 50 pastors crowded into a hotel conference room in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The event organizers, a small group of pastors from Chicagoland, were expecting 25 colleagues to turn out for the meeting. But when news got out about their visit, area pastors got excited. Scott Chapman, pastor of a multi-site church called The Chapel in Chicago's northern suburbs and president of the Christ Together network, shared with the Virginia pastors how Christ Together is helping churches across denominational and ethnic lines unite in service and evangelism to carry the gospel into their neighborhoods. He described a "sustained Christ awakening" that includes churches working together as the One Body of Christ to restore the reputation of Jesus in their area. More

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Spiritually mismatched marriages: 30 things women's leaders must know
LifeWay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a women's ministry leader, you minister to a variety of women, including the woman who is married to a man at a different place spiritually than she is. Whether he is unsaved or less spiritually committed, this woman faces a unique set of circumstances and has a unique set of needs. To reach these ladies, you've got to know what they're facing and practical ideas for how to help. Here are 30 things to keep in mind as you minister. More

Fraud in the Church takes heavy toll on congregation, insurers
Claims Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Insurance schemes by ministers exact a large toll on congregations who are betrayed by spiritual leaders in a high position of trust. Worshippers' spiritual and personal lives are disrupted. They're forced to piece together a damaged congregation when a church burns or the minister suddenly leaves after being exposed as an unholy insurance crook. Sometimes worshippers or bystanders themselves are fleeced out of thousands of dollars. More

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Author: More teens becoming 'fake' Christians
CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you're the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning: Your child is following a "mutant" form of Christianity, and you may be responsible. Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls "moralistic therapeutic deism." Translation: It's a watered-down faith that portrays God as a "divine therapist" whose chief goal is to boost people's self-esteem. More

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Theater camp fosters parish involvement, service
The Long Island Catholic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When she joined the Cardboard Box Theater Camp at Our Lady of Victory Church years ago, youth ministry was the furthest thing from Jihan Killikelly’s mind. “I just wanted to be in a play,” said Jihan, the recently elected president of the parish youth ministry group. She enjoyed the camp, which teaches younger children how to perform a play, so much that she wanted to stay involved. More

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