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IRS delays mandatory W-2 reporting of health care coverage costs
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On Tuesday, the IRS issued a notice providing interim relief to employers regarding reporting the costs of group health plan coverage to employees (Notice 2010-69). Under the notice, notification to employees on Form W-2 will not be required for 2011. The IRS also posted a draft 2011 Form W-2on its site. The health care reform legislation enacted in March requires employers to include the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored health care coverage on employees’ W-2s for tax years starting on or after Jan. 1, 2011. More

Congregations use religion to emphasize environmental awareness
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Faith-based environmentalism isn't new, but it is becoming more relevant. For St. James Episcopal Church, environmental activism is a religion. The church has received a Maryland Energy Administration grant to install a wind speed indicator, the first step in what church leaders hope will eventually lead to a wind turbine on its premises. Members are preparing to host an environmental sustainability open house this weekend, and the church is hoping to create a program with the University of Maryland that uses its buildings as working models for green design. More

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National Church Administration Day helps congregations deal with dangers of ministry
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In the days of the Old Testament, it was the role of the prophet to warn the people of God about impending dangers. In the Christian church of today, that role often falls to the church administrator, whose job it is to foresee threats that would put a congregation at risk—risk of liability, injury, abuse or theft. On Oct. 21, administrative leaders nationwide will be helping each other do a better job of protecting their congregations from those threats. National Church Administration Day has taken as its theme "Risk Management: The Cost of Ministry." More

Hollywood works its miracle on Bible Belt
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Amid big budget flops and crashing DVD sales, studio executives have already tried many measures to boost box office numbers, including converting films to 3D, producing endless superhero sequels and prequels, and even making movies based on board games. Now, they are turning to what they call "faith-based audiences," more specifically America's vast church-going community. More

Why design is the language of this generation
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Few things are powerful enough to unite an entire culture. Governments, dictators, business leaders, and global influencers of all kinds have spent centuries trying to discover how to bring together organizations, communities, and nations; and time and time again, they've found one answer - Design. Early in the life of the church, the Christian community discovered the transforming power of images. For good or bad, since the earliest days of recorded history, the power of design has influenced millions. And now, once again, design has united a generation. More

Church fall festival tips
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Church members are decorating with shades of orange and brown and meeting to finalize plans for fall festivals. It is important to plan for the event but it is just as important to plan for follow-up. The ABCs of special evangelistic events is a good way to gauge your planning. More

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What "little" Sundays reveal about your church
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Pastors get very excited about “big” Sundays, and they should. Research shows that friend days and special event Sundays can be an important ingredient in reaching new people for Christ. But the author of this article has been thinking about the other end of the spectrum, the “little” Sundays. You know, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, that challenging Sunday that follows Christmas or that forgotten Sunday in the heart of the summer when you’re pretty sure you heard from just about every Sunday school teacher, usher, and board member that they will be away on vacation. How you view and prepare for those “little” Sundays speaks volumes about our philosophy of ministry and our viewpoint of worship. More

A good word about preaching
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Few would disagree with such a statement. However, the definition of good preaching is about as easy to agree upon as is good taste in fashion. Our definition of good preaching usually reflects our point of view and the preaching to which we are accustomed. Unfortunately, for many clergy and laity alike, the preaching event has become associated with personal criticism, unfair expectations and disappointment. More

Sunday night services a fading tradition
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Doug DeVries describes Sunday evening worship as "a lot less formal" than the morning service at Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church. It's also a lot less crowded. The Grand Rapids, Mich., congregation is in step with a larger trend showing declining attendance at evening services in evangelical denominations that have long cherished a heritage of worshiping twice on Sunday. Some evening services have become more intimate; others have been canceled or replaced by an alternative. "People are spending time with their family [on Sunday nights] or using that time to get together in small groups," said DeVries, the church's minister of music. "We were concerned that we were squandering resources to put the evening service together." More

Why not marketing your ministry is vain
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Communications in ministry today is loaded with borrowed terminology. We rely heavily on “the world” for our vocabulary when it comes to getting the word out. Sadly, modern ad agencies excel in communication far beyond the efforts of the Church. Madison Avenue often reaches the eyes and ears of our people far more quickly and effectively than we do. This does not have to be the case but it is the case. That is why leaders are so sensitive when the word “marketing” is introduced to their weekly church staff meeting. We don’t want to “market” the Gospel. “Marketing” somehow reeks of theological compromise. After all, we want to subvert the evil tactics of the world; not perpetuate them. More

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Survey: Christianity 'resilient' in unchurched cities
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While it's no surprise that the highest proportion of self-identified Christians reside in the South, a new survey reveals that even in the most unchurched U.S. cities, nearly three out of four people say they're Christian. According to Barna Group, the most unchurched cities – where around four out of ten adults have not been to a religious worship service in the last six months – are San Francisco; Portland, Maine; Portland, Ore.; Boston; Sacramento; and Seattle. Many of these cities also have the highest percentage of atheists or agnostics. Yet in each of these cities, 68 to 76 percent identify as a Christian. More

Care to lend a hand?
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The needs of children today have never been greater, yet churches struggle to meet them. Whether it's because we in the church are too busy, don't know how to serve or feel unqualified to teach children, the result is, as Jesus described in Matthew 9:37, a huge harvest with few workers. It's a given, then, that one of your biggest roles as a children's ministry leader is finding—and keeping—helpers. Doing this successfully requires three elements: recruiting, equipping and retaining. More

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5 tips to stay organized for youth ministry
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All Youth leaders really need a user-friendly process to be organized in all aspects of ministry. Also as a teacher you need a system to prepare as extensively as you can. If you don't currently have preparation system, get started on creating one! It's really incredible how much time and effort can be wasted on just planning a youth ministry lesson or sermon when you are unorganized. It can be easy for a youth leader to really feel weighed down and baffled by all of the planning. More

The Spot not your typical youth ministry
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The Spot isn’t your typical ministry. At a time when attention on kids and juvenile crime has never been higher, officials at numerous agencies charged with providing resources for area youth say The Spot stands out as a safe and fun environment, providing children with a place to hang out and stay out of trouble. Tucked away in a nondescript building, The Spot has become a popular destination for black youth in the community, particularly on Wednesday nights when they host the REMIX — a hip-hop-infused mentoring and faith program for junior and senior high students. More

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Clergy join to fight housing law repeal
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Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy gathered yesterday at Trinity Church in Copley Square to urge Massachusetts residents to vote no on Question 2, which would repeal the state’s affordable housing law. They said overturning the law, known as Chapter 40B, would make it harder to build homes for senior citizens, working families, and others in need of affordable housing. More

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