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Religious groups latch on to the Groupon craze
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U.S. consumer spending on social deals is expected to hit $2 billion this year, ahead of the $873 million spent in 2010, according to a September forecast by local media industry consultants BIA/Kelsey in Chantilly, Va. By 2015, spending is projected to top $4 billion. Now, social deals are going spiritual. Inspired by their religious callings—and the $713 million in revenue that social deal pioneer Groupon took in last year—a growing number of entrepreneurs are making a go of the fast-growing social coupon space with sites specifically targeting religious groups. More

Busy Parents Seek Regular Exercise Outlets for Kids
The Centers for Disease Control, in an effort to halt the trend of obesity among children, recommend that children play one hour each day. That’s a lot for a busy family, and so parents are seeking ways to incorporate play into their lives and into their childcare plans.  MORE

NACBA TeleWeb: It's Not About Vision...
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Over the past two decades, two of the most popularized words in church leaders’ vocabulary have been “missional” and “vision.” Too often, however, leaders and churches want to start with vision rather than their identity that is rooted in relationship with God as his missional people. Becoming missional has little to do with the size of a church or its age, location, facilities or budget but it has everything to do with its identity, purpose or mission, vision, leadership, context, and focus.

In the next NACBA TeleWeb held Sept. 29 at 1:30 CST, Carol Childress will discuss:
  • De-bunking the missional buzzword
  • Discovering the significance of identity
  • A new pathway to becoming missional
  • What does a missional church really look like?
  • Leadership that matches mission

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Disabilities should not be roadblocks to ministry
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When Don Metcalf sensed God calling him into ministry as a teen, he thought there must be some mistake. From early childhood, Metcalf considered himself to be developmentally disabled. Though the label explained his poor grades and inability to read and write at grade level, it was false. Metcalf's family moved often, and no one discovered the real source of his struggle: a severe visual impairment. Metcalf is legally blind in one eye, and his remaining field of vision is obstructed by a condition that causes constant shimmering. Today Metcalf, 57, serves as senior pastor at Desert Reign Assembly of God in Downey, Calif. More

Contemporary, innovative church services may help increase attendance, spiritual vitality
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A study of the American church over the last decade reveals that churches that have adopted innovative and contemporary worship services have seen an increase in both attendance and in spiritual vitality, more so than those that have not. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research released the study, titled “A Decade of Change in American Congregations, 2000-2010,” on Saturday. It was conducted as a part of a series of surveys called the Faith Communities Today (FACT) series with the cooperation of a total of 28,789 randomly-sampled American congregations. More

IRS announces new voluntary worker classification settlement program
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The Internal Revenue Service launched a new program that will enable many employers to resolve past worker classification issues and achieve certainty under the tax law at a low cost by voluntarily reclassifying their workers. This new program will allow employers the opportunity to get into compliance by making a minimal payment covering past payroll tax obligations rather than waiting for an IRS audit. This is part of a larger “Fresh Start” initiative at the IRS to help taxpayers and businesses address their tax responsibilities. More

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When ministry causes you to question your call
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There is one question that every seminarian, at one time or another, surely must wrestle with: “Do I want to hold a ministry position while I’m in school?” To some it might sound like a silly question. After all, virtually everybody at seminary is following a call to ministry, but that does not mean necessarily that God calls us to ministry while we are in school. What happens when we are forced to answer this question firsthand? More

Baylor Study: The politics of God's plan for your life
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A new study by Baylor University finds that belief that God has a plan for your life leads to less support for government programs. The Baylor Religion Survey found that nearly three-quarters of Americans agree that “God has a plan for all of us.” Those who agreed more strongly were more likely to see financial success as the result of hard work and ability. As a result, they were also least supportive of government programs that help those out of work. More

Entrepreneurs more likely to turn to prayer, meditation
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Entrepreneurs behave just like most Americans when it comes to religion — but with one spiritual twist. They're significantly more likely to pray several times a day or to meditate, says sociologist Kevin Dougherty, a co-author of the Baylor Religion Survey. The survey can't answer whether prayerful, peaceful folks are more likely to take a business risk or whether the stress of a start-up drives folks to their knees or to the lotus position, Dougherty says. More

Why are our students leaving the church?
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There is no disputing the fact that youth are leaving the church at an alarming rate. In his book “Goodbye Generation”, author and pastor David Sawler estimates that approximately 70 percent of youth who come to church will leave by the time they are 18. Of the 30 percent who remain, approximately 90 percent of them will leave the Church or the Christian faith by age 25 (Sawler, 6-7). Now while the accuracy of these statistics is debated, it still leaves a large number of youth who do not want anything to do with Christ or the Christian faith. More

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The most powerful quality of a leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you have the heart and passion to really have impact with leaders, you must have influence with them. You need to know what it takes to earn the right to speak into their lives. The author of this article has found what seems to be the most powerful endearing quality a leader needs in order to influence other leaders. More

How can churches do a better job of integrating new members?
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Research tells us that of all the people who drop out of church (due to inactivity), 82 percent leave in the first year. The first 12 months are critical in the life of both the new member and the congregation. But upon further study, we found that people do not leave at random during their first year. There are two definite "spikes" when an inordinate number of new members stop attending, at month six and at month twelve. More

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Florida church goes to interactive sermon
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Not many things are the same as they were 30 years ago. Cars are built differently, clothing styles have changed and nowadays even churches are changing how they reach out to worshippers. Although many places of worship have begun to stream their services online, Covenant Connections Church in Flowery Branch, Fla., has taken that a step further with interactive, online church services. "We will celebrate our one-year church anniversary in December. In that time, we've experienced wonderful growth. We thought, how could we better reach the unchurched people and even some of our own members who are travelling or sick," said David Edmondson, Covenant senior pastor and co-founder. More

New Church among 13 nurtured by Florida congregation
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T.J. Ward, a 37-year-old church-planting pastor in Winston-Salem, N.C., hasn't had a paycheck since leaving his former church in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 2009, although he will start receiving a salary this coming January. When Ward decided to become a church planter, he had no idea where he would plant. "We were happy where we were," Ward said. "We were effective in the church where we were serving. God was using us. But I felt like He was leading me toward church planting. I ignored it for six months. I was rebellious." More

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