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Church sign ministries deliver powerful messages
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Church signs make powerful sermons. The sign at Rainbow Church of Christ in Gadsden, Ala., ministers to drivers and passengers in the 32,680 cars that pass our building each day. The messages often evoke compelling, startling emotions. A woman recently told the church that the sign kept her from committing suicide. She said she was on the way to kill herself when she read the message that simply said “HANG IN THERE!” It triggered her to give up suicidal intentions. More

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum
Unstructured playtime helps develop crucial social and intellectual skills needed to succeed in life, advocates say as they try to pull children and their parents away from the screen. "A big part of free play is having space to do it in, a space that isn't ruled over by adults." MORE

NACBA Math: 1 + 1 = 3
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The NACBA Member-Welcome-a-Member campaign continues. 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.

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NACBA TeleWeb: HR Solutions - Open Mic to Address Your HR Questions
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The National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) invites you to its next TeleWeb seminar on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 1:30 CST: HR Solutions - Open Mic to Address Your HR Questions, hosted by Phill Martin with Lori King-Taylor, Nathan Adams and William Vanderbloem.

Human resource questions are among the most challenging facing administrative leaders. Finding quick and accurate answers to staff and relationship issues are difficult. Our HR panel is here to help. Each panelist will present ten minutes of the most important “need to know” facts about staff hiring, onboarding, reporting, background check, evaluations and staff performance and others. Then we’ll take your questions and use them to direct the conversation. You will not want to miss this opportunity to connect with leaders in church HR matters.

Can the church afford full-time ministers?
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When it comes to finances the church has ample impetus to spend what it is given wisely. This means a steady diet of evangelistic and gospel specific spending is prime territory. Yet, when you look at most church budgets salaries for staff compose either a large minority or majority of financial resources. Now, the necessity of paying ministers a salary that provides for their needs and their families’ is a given. However, there are future pitfalls of this financial relationship, and new wrinkles that must be addressed. More

How can you make it easier to talk about money at church
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tis the season: many congregations are launching stewardship campaigns this month. Early in the author’s ministry, this was her least favorite time of year. Over time she began to see it as a valuable if challenging season. Here are some more thoughts on making it easier to talk about money at church. More

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Take the money and run?
The Christian Century    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Matt Fitzgerald writes, “The day after Easter my church received a surprise visit from a Hollywood location scout. He offered us $10,000 to shut down our sanctuary for three days so that his company could use it to film the wedding scene from an upcoming Adam Sandler movie. I thought about saying yes. And then I remembered what a pain it is to rent the church out for anything. Over the years I've come to regret leasing space for quinceañeras, Suzuki violin recitals, 50th wedding anniversaries and politicians' birthday parties. There are always spills, odd requests, demanding guests and insurance riders. At its best, the church is good at being the church. In my experience we don't do much else well. So if we don't make it as a good banquet hall, what chance did we stand to be the site of a major motion picture?” More

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5 reasons why God calls us to wait
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In ministry you will be both called to wait and also find waiting personally and corporately difficult. So it is important to recognize that there are lots of good reasons why waiting is not merely inescapable but necessary and helpful. Here are a few of those reasons. More

The power of preaching teams
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Video venues and multi-sites work really well for what the author of this article calls the overpowering communicator (OPC). The OPC is the person who is such a good communicator that no one else in the church, or maybe even in the geographical locale, can compete in the pulpit. But given that there are roughly 375,000 Protestant churches in the country and probably no more than several hundred OPCs, the author advocates for the use of preaching teams in many, if not most, congregations. Based on his observation and experience, preaching teams are an underutilized strategy for church growth, evangelistic outreach, and pastoral impact. More

5 ways to recruit and retain volunteers for youth ministry
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The author of this article conducted a mini-survey earlier this year, asking youth leaders about their goals and challenges in youth ministry. On their Wish Lists, the No. 1 wish was for more volunteer leaders. The demands of a youth pastor are many. Having more bodies to assist in meeting those demands is crucial to the ministry and helps avoid burn out; but how do you go about recruiting volunteers and keeping them committed? Here are some ideas. More

Clique-busting in children's ministry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taunts and jeers can hurt kids. Unfortunately, this behavior isn't confined to the playground or schoolyard -- it happens in churches, too. Kids long -- and need -- to be accepted, to be included, and to have a sense of self-worth and value. When kids are ostracized or shunned by other kids, their needs aren't met and the effects are damaging–oftentimes devastating. More

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Churches and employment discrimination laws    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers engaged in commerce and having at least fifteen employees from discriminating in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or religion. Many federal employment and civil rights laws apply only to those employers having a minimum number of employees. In determining whether or not an employer has the minimum number of employees, both full-time and part-time employees are counted. In addition, employees of unincorporated subsidiary ministries of a church are counted. The employees of incorporated subsidiary ministries may be counted if the church exercises sufficient control over the subsidiary. More

Church takes VBS to the 'burbs
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What are the ingredients for a successful Vacation Bible School? This year ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., challenged conventional thinking on the issue. Pastor Mark Marshall asked his team last year to consider radically changing VBS to better engage in the community. The "risk" was changing the traditional format of VBS at the church. For years ClearView has held a traditionally programmed VBS on their church campus near Cool Springs. This year Marshall challenged his church members - rather than inviting kids to campus - to take VBS outside the church; specifically, to their own backyards. More

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Seattle church donates nearly 11 tons of food to Port Angeles Salvation Army
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Christmas has come early to the Salvation Army. Mars Hill Church in Seattle collected 21,500 pounds of food — nearly 11 tons — and delivered it to the Salvation Army in Port Angeles on Tuesday after hearing about the theft of up to a ton of food from the agency’s storage locker Oct. 12. More

On Mexico border, churches counter violence with prayer
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Testimonies from churches along the Mexican border highlight the need for ongoing prayer that God would curb Mexico's drug violence. A 40-day, multi-denominational prayer effort in El Paso, Texas, for the neighboring Mexican city of Juarez was followed by a reduction in murders. But increased violence in July reminded participants to persist in their intercession. "We continue to pray for Juarez," said Larry Wilkins, missions pastor at Cielo Vista Church, a Southern Baptist congregation that participated in the effort. "When we were going through the 40 days, there was much discussion from the pulpit and encouragement. We still have a prayer time in our services and will often lift up Juarez in our prayers." More

George Fischoff presents Gauguin/ Savage Light A Musical

An exciting one person performance of the journey to greatness of the immortal French artist Paul Gauguin!

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