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Religion News Service via the Washington Post    Share   
Autumn brings the end of beach weekends, boating and picnics and the resurgence of school, football -- and church. In an effort to refocus the attention of parishioners and possibly attract newcomers and the disaffected, many churches borrow a page from universities and designate a Sunday in September as a "homecoming." Although the idea reaches back a couple of centuries for some parishes, it is taking on a more organized feel in the United States and Britain. More
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Wedgwood: The survivors and the grieving, 10 years later
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share   
On Sept. 15, 1999, Larry Gene Ashbrook walked into Wedgwood Baptist Church and opened fire, killing seven and wounding seven before taking his own life. The Star-Telegram contacted some of those involved in the tragedy to get updates on their lives. More
Related article: Those who were at Wedgwood Baptist Church attack remember but aren't haunted (Dallas Morning News)
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Benefits of the paperless church office
Church Solutions Magazine    Share   
You may not be ready for everything in your church to go paperless—after all, your congregation probably wouldn’t feel at home with (or appreciate the cost of) Kindle Bibles instead of the bound, print ones and credit card processors instead of donation envelopes. Paper certainly has its place for your attendees in the sanctuary or worship center, but online technology can be cost-effective in the church office by eliminating cumbersome and costly paper-based processes. More
Growing, site by site
The Daily News    Share   
The multi-site model allows one church to worship in multiple locations, while keeping the congregations relatively small. "One challenge of large churches is breaking the congregation down into small groups to foster that connection," said Tim Harris, pastor of Woodburn Baptist in Franklin, Ky. "With a multi-site model, you can fulfill the single church mission throughout multiple sites. There is tremendous ability to create something new and established at the same time." Although the model is relatively new to the area, it is one that churches have been using since the mid-1980s. More
Successfully organize and execute your special events
The process of organizing a special event can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to managing your event team. To learn more about efficient, streamlined ways to plan and execute your event download the ACS ministry guide Events from Start to Finish. DOWNLOAD
Marketing your church without diluting your message
Ministry Today Magazine    Share   
In the last decade, the number of adults who do not attend church has nearly doubled, rising to 75 million. No big surprise from this 2004 Barna Group survey. The big surprise is how embarrassing the response from the church has been. Sadly, one of the church’s greatest shortcomings is failure to market itself authentically and effectively. From the way your congregation tells others about your church to how the weekly bulletin communicates, marketing your church--telling your story well--is not an optional add-on when you can afford it; it’s a certainty begging for intention and attention. More
Encountering God: Celebrating art in worship
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During the Reformation, the church frowned on artists and destroyed much of the art found in churches. Today, artists often are not included in worship. These creative types, who may have different artistic skills than are commonly used in worship, need alternative ways to engage in church and encounter God. More
When do we build?    Share   
It's exciting for pastors and church leaders to see people coming to Christ on a regular basis through the ministry of their church. It’s also a joy to have new people choose to join your church as they move to the area or experience other life changes that call for a new church home. But with growth come challenges: finding additional leaders for classes and programs, dealing with parking stresses, and the big question: when do we build? More
Your guests are talking. Are you listening?
Church Central    Share   
It's amazing how well we can think we're doing when our only evaluation is our own. It's also easy to hear feedback from our "churched" crowd and think we're delivering great guest service as well. But, remember churched people have very different expectations than your newest guest who is not a regular church-goer. Getting feedback from our newest guests risks that we'll have to work through. More
Promise of eternal bliss more persuasive than fear of hell
CanWest News Service    Share   
Fire and brimstone may spice up doomsday prophecies, but a new study shows most people prefer to look on the bright side of afterlife. When both heaven and hell are considered valid final destinations, researchers find the notion of eternal bliss is three times more powerful than that of eternal damnation in shaping church attendance and frequency of prayer. More
Charitable volunteers growing and giving
Muskegon Chronicle    Share   
Most churches want to spiritually nourish those who attend. But at the Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene in Muskegon, Mich., people have faithfully flocked there three times a week to get healthy fare from the fruit of the earth at the Lakes Community Garden. More
Study reveals concerns, impact of social media on Evangelical college students
The Christian Post    Share   
A first-of-its kind study on the impact of social networking activities on evangelical Christian college students is raising some red flags but also acknowledging the benefits of tools such as Facebook and text messaging. "It isn't yet clear whether over-zealous use of computer-based activities will be formally accepted in the U.S. as a distinctive, unique form of addiction," commented Gordon College psychology professor Bryan C. Auday, who teamed up with Sybil Coleman, Gordon College professor of social work, for the study. More
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Faith in the Internet
The Record    Share   
Finding your religion can be a simple as checking your text messages or clicking a mouse as pastors and parishioners go online to share their faith with the world. Many churches have long operated Web sites that feature basic information about location, services, classes and staff, but more and more pastors are learning how to use their online toolbox to full advantage. More
Religion reporting is losing its prominence in American newspapers
Boston Globe    Share   
There have been reductions in the number of reporters who write about religion full time at all of the nation’s biggest newspapers, and the religion news beat has disappeared from multiple midsize and smaller papers. The surviving newspaper religion sections are getting smaller. What exactly this means for the future of religion coverage in the United States is unclear. More
The 1 Reason that ALL People go to Websites
PinPoint Creative Group
Almost every church has a website. Statistics show that about 85% of visitors go to your website before attending your church. But there is 1 thing that 100% go to websites for, and that is... MORE
InFocus offers exclusive discounts on projectors for worship entities
Enhance any presentation or event with InFocus projectors. Project images, hymnal lyrics, and video content up to 15 feet in diagonal measure and clear digital resolution with InFocus projectors. Ask your local InFocus reseller about the new InFocus 5300 and 5500 series models, or the popular 5100 series. All are excellent solutions for any sanctuary or installation application. Also ask about discounts for worship and nonprofit organizations. Go to for product details.
Microsoft develops a complete ministry management solution
The world's largest software manufacture has created a church management application that offers customized reporting, data management, accounting features and a volunteer management component . This new product is an affordable software solution tailored for faith-based organizations. Proclaim is the only totally integrated software solution for churches built on Microsoft Dynamics. More
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