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FCC cracks down on religious broadcasters
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If a church broadcasts the word of God on TV without closed captions, it risks incurring the wrath of the FCC. The FCC has been mailing the letters for the past few days to churches from Maine to California, explaining that the hundreds of exemptions are now rescinded and giving the programmers 90 days to reapply. The churches were granted FCC exemptions from the closed captioning requirement under a 2006 commission decision known as the “Anglers Order” for the Anglers for Christ Ministries program that had argued for exemption from the rules. More

Curious Kids Play on Headless Chicken at new Colorado Community Center
“When we were planning our new center, we didn’t want to call it a recreation center,” says Rob Cook, Facility Manager. “We called it a community center because this is a gift to our community. So, we added a free play area and, even though it’s small, it’s getting a ton of use!” MORE

Why churches hire poorly
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Are you hiring the right person for that position? How do you know if the person is the right candidate? Do you have a formalized process that identifies the unique capabilities and talents of your prospective candidates? Often churches hire the best servant ministers since they have served the church, they have the right servant’s heart and they know the church business already. This may seem to be the correct avenue, but utilizing these criteria as the decision factor leads to higher turn-over, decreased employee morale and lower productivity. More

Enhance your Bible study with new technology
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Are you using mobile technology as an aid to study the Bible? Chances are you or someone in your family uses a mobile device on a daily basis. With mobile phones, tablets and readers of various forms including iPad, Nook, Kindle and others exploding onto the market, it is more common to see technology used in places once considered less accessible, like at church. One of the many advantages of new technology is accessibility. Mobile technology like cell phones are often always with us and can provide instant access to the Scriptures wherever you go, including worship or church meetings as well as throughout the week. More

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5 Pennsylvania churches try service instead of services
Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For about 1,700 years, "going to church" has mostly meant warming the pews. Last weekend, however, five congregations in Lower Bucks County, Pa., did not go to church at all. "They're being the church," said the Rev. Douglas Hogland, pastor of Woodside Presbyterian Church in Yardley and organizer of the second annual "Living Outside the Box" day of service. Woodside and four other Protestant churches in Yardley, Pa., and Newtown, Pa., canceled their morning worship services so members could devote themselves to more than two dozen projects. More

Oregon pastors speak out about churches meeting in public schools
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Many churches, especially start-ups, rent public school facilities on weekends in order to house their worship services. While opponents to these arrangements say that religious organizations have no business holding services in a government institution, the pastors of these churches say their presence is in the best interest of the community. Willy Burns, pastor of Southside Community Church in Newberg, Ore., said his congregation met in a public elementary school for three years, and during that time they had a few “scares” from school board members who complained about the church's presence but had a good experience overall. More

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The fog of blogs
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many, sorting through media in today's information age feels much like venturing out into that dense morning fog. Opening our web browsers quickly feels overwhelming as we attempt to discern where to go for authority, to distinguish the good from the bad, and true from the false. Media seems omnipresent, ready and waiting for us to access it, and yet unable to scale itself back. Pushing past the well-worn path of outlining technological ethics based on how technology is used, let's identify what kind of impact technology, especially blogging, has upon ourselves and upon the life of the church. More

Contract liability    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pastors who sign contracts on behalf of their church may become personally liable for fulfilling the contract, if the church elects not to honor the contract or if the church is financially unable to do so. This is a very real risk, as the examples in this chapter demonstrate. The good news is that ministers and church officers can avoid this risk by not signing a contract on behalf of their church unless they are certain that (1) the contract has been properly authorized; (2) they are authorized to sign on behalf of the church; (3) the church is clearly identified in the contract as the party to the agreement; and (4) the minister signs in a "representative capacity." More

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Wisconsin churches avoid national tithing decline
Marshfield News Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A national study shows Christian congregations during the last four decades steadily have contributed less to their churches, but Marshfield, Wis., pastors say that's not the case locally. Churchgoer donations, as a percentage of income, are at their lowest point in four decades, at 2.38 percent, according to a recent report by Empty Tomb Inc., a Christian research agency. The economy is to blame, the report said. "Certainly the recession is reflected in our giving. It's hard for everyone, but so far, it's remaining stable. I'm thankful it hasn't decreased," said the Rev. Larry Sheahan, pastor at Faith Fellowship Church. More

Churches count souls not statistics
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Church is not about keeping score. Sure, most pastors want good attendance, tithing and growth in their church, said the Rev. Bill Grisham, senior pastor of First Baptist in Rocky Mount, N.C.. But bodies, budgets and buildings are not the way for a church to measure success, nor should adding programs, activities or incentives to increase those factors be a main focus for ministries. Too often, though, that is exactly what happens, Grisham said. More

Doing it how they did it: Historic foundations of youth ministry
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As a group, youth workers are not big on tradition. At least that's what they say. However, if you scratch under the surface, you quickly will find a different story. The fact is that youth workers are fastidious followers of tradition, doing things in youth ministry today that worked for earlier generations of youth workers. More

Can your church let go of traditions for the mission?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
In the Church, we tend to start new programs, but it’s very difficult for us to end programs. Ministries and events become traditions. We worship the traditions. We’re unable to stop anything because at least one person may be helped by what we’re doing. We’re unable to stop anything because at least one person loves doing the ministry or event. What would happen if the Church started doing less, but we encouraged people to do more outside the Church? What would happen if churches focused on what God called them to do and empowered people to do what God calls them to do? More

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Top 10 worst church moments from a church secret shopper
Maurilio Amorim    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Maurilio Amorim has attended hundreds of church services as a church secret shopper. He'se had thousands of conversations with volunteers, staff and visitors. Here’s his list of the top 10 worst things people said to him. More

Technology beyond the worship platform
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“Technology can be utilized to take your worship services, messaging and other communications to a wider audience, whether it is making an Internet channel that streams your worship services, allowing members to log in and join from home, or electronic communications that are sent directly to all members with important community information,” says Jeffrey Barnes, product specialist for EditShare in Boston, a company that offers collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. With technology changing all the time, there’s never been a better time for a healthy church to get onboard and take advantage of what’s out there to help. More

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Angry Birds app gets competition from the Bible
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Bible is the No. 1 bestseller of all time. But this month it has a new claim to fame, beating out Angry Birds in the never ending app download competition. Publishers Weekly reported this week that we are in the midst of a “digital Bible explosion.” With companies and book publishers across the board searching for new ways to market their products in the digital age, Bible apps, with hands-on, personalized features, are becoming extremely popular in the Christian world. iPhone Life magazine reported that Logos Bible Software was the No. 4 most popular Bible App download, and “BibleReader broke into the top 10 highest grossing book apps for the iPad earlier this year.” More

George Fischoff presents Gauguin/ Savage Light A Musical

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