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NACBA Math: 1 + 1 = 3
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Today, NACBA unveils its new "Member Welcome a Member" Contest. Spend this fall doing the NACBA Membership Math. When you (1) get a new member to join (+1), three things will happen (=3) for you, your friend, and your association:
  1. You and your friend become eligible to win a fantastic prize.
  2. Your friend becomes connected to the NACBA network and gains access to our vast array of outstanding church administration resources.
  3. You broaden your association's community and add to the richness of the diversity of NACBA's members.
Here’s your opportunity to help build our community—maybe even win big! When your recruit joins as a new member now through Nov. 18, each of you will be eligible to win one of six prizes.

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's CEO Simeon May to serve on ECFA Panel of Religious Sector Representatives
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Representatives from religious groups, the broader nonprofit sector and the legal community have been appointed to a trio of panels that will work with the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, the commission announced today. The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations was formed following a staff report issued in January by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that focused on the financial practices of six high-profile media-based Christian ministries. After releasing the findings of his three-year inquiry, the senator asked ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) to spearhead an independent national effort to review and provide input on major accountability and policy issues affecting religious and other nonprofit organizations. More

9/11 fueled New York's rise in church planting movement
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According to a study by the Values Research Institute and reported on the new Web magazine covering religion in New York City, 40 percent of Manhattan evangelical churches started after 2000. That's about 80 churches. During a two-month period in 2009, at least one new Manhattan church started every Sunday. In an era when most churches are experiencing attendance declines and closings, New York City has been an unheralded aberration. More
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How Evangelical leaders have changed since 9/11 (Christianity Today)

Successful Outreach through Special Events
The key to successful outreach is offering special events that are tailored to the people the church wants to reach. For practical advice on starting and maintaining an effective special events ministry and reaching out to the community more efficiently, download the ACS ministry guide Events from Start to Finish. more

Take a few simple steps to improve your church's security
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Church pastors want their congregation members to come to their church and have that sense of peace, to be able to pray to the Lord without distraction, and to be able to escape the world that seems so overwhelming at times. It’s therefore ironic when the same pastors state they do not believe in implementing security into their churches because they want the church to remain open and inviting. The reason it is ironic is because the very definition of security is to be “free from fear and anxiety” and isn’t that the environment pastors want in their churches? More

Many less-educated whites abandoning religion, study finds
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Large numbers of less-educated white Americans are abandoning religion, a new study says. Since the 1970s, religious service attendance has declined among all white Americans, but the rate of decline among those without college degrees has been more than twice that of college graduates, according to the researchers. More

What 1,000 churches reveal about spiritual growth
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“I don’t pastor a church; I pastor a community.” This somewhat unconventional statement guides the ministry of Terry Inman, senior pastor of Harbor Light Church in Fremont, Calif. Note his use of the word pastor as a verb; he uses it instead of the word serve as a way to describe his relationship to the community. To serve—the term most often associated with how a church interacts with its community—means to be useful or to render assistance in some way. To pastor, on the other hand, is a broader concept. Derived from its original Latin roots with the meaning “to shepherd,” to pastor means to take on the role of guiding, watching over, and protecting an entire flock. More

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Next generation needs
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They are America's most educated generation, most diverse generation, and surprisingly, America's largest generation. They're the Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000. And they are beginning to get married, enter the workforce, and lead the world. This generation is hopeful. In fact, 96 percent of them agree with the statement, "I believe I can do something great." But the majority say individual prominence is secondary to helping the community and accomplishing things for the greater good. Yet this hopeful generation lacks a solid spiritual foundation on which to base their hopes. As few as one in four attend church weekly. Nearly two-thirds never attend religious services. Church leaders face unique challenges in reaching them. More

6 steps to maintain your church's tax exempt status    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Maintaining a church’s tax exemption status is huge; if your church is not thinking about this, or has never been concerned about the ramifications of losing your tax exemption status, pay attention and read on! Church technology plays a huge role in how a church maintains their tax exemption status. Nearly every church employs some kind of church software—whether it is a desktop-based system or web-based church software system. More

10 ideas for creating a leadership culture in your church
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Many churches focus big energy on the weekend crowd. While it’s always important to gather and worship well, it’s a huge mistake to do so to the neglect of developing leaders who will fuel a disciple-making movement. Churches that excel at developing leaders move well beyond a few training classes and pay attention to the leadership culture. Here are a few simple ideas for creating a leadership culture. More

Church's youth ministry includes skate park
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One place kids won't find a "No skateboards allowed" sign is at a church in Fountain Valley, Calif., with its own skate park. The Cornerstone Church skate park, the only one in the city, is the brainchild of Youth Pastor Gary Garcia and his WaveUth ministry. "So many places have banned skating," said Garcia. "We wanted to create a safe environment where kids can just hang out." The skate park, built seven years ago, was torn down last year and completely rebuilt in June with new ramps and rails thanks to $20,000 in donations. More

Florida church reaches out to homeless
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It's a mix of the haves and have-nots Sunday mornings at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla. As well-dressed members park their SUVs, BMWs and late-model Toyotas in the lot before the 8:30 a.m. service, they exchange greetings with men and women in thrift-store castoffs, lugging their worldly belongings in garbage bags and backpacks. Some walk; others lean their old bicycles up against the curb by the church. They come here every week for the only hot free meal offered downtown on Sundays — at least one that meets approval by Tampa police, city officials and homeless organizations. More

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Video: Tennessee church praying for miracles for the unemployed
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Ten out of every 100 people able to work in Shelby County, Tenn., are unemployed. The Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ held a Labor Day service to encourage the jobless and to pray for a miracle. Lead pastor Brandon Porter takes worshippers' prayer requests for job opportunities. He and other church staff members pray for people looking for work. They even call their potential employers. More

Faith-based filmmaking: The Sherwood Pictures crusade
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Albany, Ga., population 76,000, is a three-hour drive south of Atlanta and not the first place in the world you'd expect to find a movie star. But visit the well-kept grounds of Sherwood Baptist Church here on a Sunday, as the congregation's 3,000 members gather to sing and pray, and you're likely to spot a few. There's Tracy Goode, who played coach Brady Owens in the 2006 high-school football epic Facing the Giants; there's Harris Malcom, who played the father of Kirk Cameron's firefighter character in the 2008 drama Fireproof. And if he's not in New York editing a movie, you're almost guaranteed to spot Alex Kendrick, the 40-year-old director and frequent lead actor in the films of Sherwood Pictures. More

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Have animals, will evangelize
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What do owls, alligators, and apes have in common? To Dan “the Animal Man” Breeding, they are tools to reach people for Jesus Christ. Dan Breeding, one of the foremost exotic animal trainers in the world, combines his love of exotic animals with his passion for sharing the gospel in a ministry called Creatures of Creation. Armed with an arsenal of wit, enthusiasm, and—of course—some of God’s most amazing creatures, Dan uses his presentations to demonstrate firsthand the beauty and design found in animals, and to present the Creator’s plan of salvation. More

Pastor's passion in powerlifting
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Pastor Adrian Ninaber has proven he possesses more than just an incredible strength of faith. Before a day of trying to lift up the souls of his parishioners, the senior pastor at Leamington’s Calvary Baptist Church is doing the same with weights. Lots of them. More
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