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Why do people leave churches?
Associated Baptist Press    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many churches and denominations put a lot of effort into attracting new members only to lose many of them through a “back door” -- a term used to describe people who regularly attended a church in the past but stopped. “Churches have gone to great extreme effort to get people in the front door of the church,” Brad Waggoner of LifeWay Christian Resources said in a 2006 podcast. “There’s been some success numerically in that strategy, but very few people are talking about the back door of the church. That is: ‘Where do the people go that slip out of the life of the church?’ The back door is just as important as the front door in determining the health of a local church.” More

NACBA TeleWeb: Using data not intuition as a church management strategy
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Church management is a combination of art and science. Leaders must learn to embrace data as a point of personal and professional accountability. With increased competition from external nonprofits and a growing demand for ministry results, church leaders must leverage technology to inform and validate ministry decisions. This TeleWeb will discuss: the role of technology in church administration; why collecting data is more important than ever; How you measure ministry progress; and what do to with the data once you have it. Join us Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 CST for this informative TeleWeb with Ben Stroup. More

Streamlining Event Planning for the Holiday Season
Properly executing special events can be a streamlined process, especially if organizers utilize the skills of everyone on the event team. From how to get started, to properly marketing the event, the ACS Technologies ministry guide Events from Start to Finish offers great advice on efficient execution of special events. more

Downsizing or right-sizing?
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
John Crosby, senior pastor, was looking at a possible $200,000 to $300,000 shortfall last year. Christ Presbyterian (CPC) in Edina, Minn., is a church of 3,000 people and a $5.1 million budget with 65 FTE staff positions that had just spun off a young adult congregation of 1,500 to set up their own church. Toward the end of 2008, with the economic downturn, shifting staffing patterns, and the start a new congregation, CPC leadership knew that some hard decisions would have to be made. When the smoke cleared at CPC, three full time and five part-time people had been let go. Downsizing church staff introduces to leadership challenges in at least two areas, the first of which is organizational models in the church. Organizational models feeds right into the question of alignment, often confused by the revolving organizational models. More

Make your Christmas event an outreach
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Isn't it awesome that Christmas music appeals to people who don't even know Jesus? With minor adjustments, your church Christmas pageant, concert or drama can be a major evangelistic opportunity. Need fresh ideas? This article provides a few. More

Who's on your bus?
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Corporate consultant Jim Collins writes in his book Good to Great about the principle “First Who, Then What” and how it applies to teamwork. When building teams, Collins says, our responsibility as leaders should be to get the right people on the bus—and the right people off the bus—and then determine where the bus is headed. This is the case when building a church communications team. This group, often powered by volunteers, is central to telling the story of a church community through its weekend services, special events, environmental design, print pieces, community outreach, online sites and more. Consider these nine principles as foundations that will help you work with and build volunteers for your church’s communication team. More

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Diverse and devout
The Christian Century    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the past two generations, Americans have taken increasing advantage of the religious freedom guaranteed to them in the Constitution to decide for themselves which, if any, religious community they will identify with. Remarkably, when Americans get married, the majority now cross some religious boundary. The result of this "religious churn" is that most Americans are intimately acquainted with people of other faiths. Such informal relations serve as interreligious bridges. More
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Faith-Based Organizations Use PLAYTIME Play Areas to Build Community and Educate Children!

"We use our PLAYTIME Noah's Ark during story time as a teaching tool in our children's ministry," says Pastor Dr. Steven Hunsley of Family First Church in Overland Park, KS. "Our play area has had a big impact. It sparks interest so children and families want to come back." Read More
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Churches key to fugitive surrender programs
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Law enforcement authorities say a program that allows fugitives to turn themselves in safely wouldn't succeed without a crucial element: churches. "I wouldn't have gone to any other place, other than a church," said Stacy Northrop, who credits the program with helping turn her life around after she surrendered at a Camden church. "I felt like it was a safe environment where it would more than likely be truthful what they were telling us." The "Fugitive Safe Surrender" program, an initiative of the U.S. Marshals Service, is aimed at people with outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenses, although it's open to offenders of any level. It has been gaining ground since starting in Cleveland in 2005 and being authorized by Congress a year later, with more than 25,000 people nationwide turning themselves in at churches as part of the program and others like it. More

Religious illiteracy puts us at risk
Religion News Service via the Sun Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Americans, as the most religious society among developed nations, knew more about the history and core beliefs of their faiths than our competitors. Or so we thought. At a moment in history when the world’s various religions are major players on the global stage, recent findings from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life are nothing short of disturbing. Pew’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey revealed our knowledge to be shallow, superficial, even simplistic. Pew researchers asked 3,412 adults 32 questions about basic religious figures and history; the results displayed an extraordinary lack of basic information not only about our neighbors’ spiritual traditions, but also of our own. More

Campus ministry: Keeping your axe sharp (and your soul alive)
Youth Worker Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a popular parable, two woodcutters engage in a race to see who can fell the most trees in a single day. As the race begins, the first woodsman works harder and harder all day to chop down trees. The second seems to fall behind, as every hour he stops to sharpen his axe. However, as the day ends, it is the second who emerges victorious. A lesson on working smarter, not just harder, the parable also reminds us that in campus ministry, we need to take time to hone our skills. Whether you are a first-year intern or a 25-year campus ministry veteran, you need to invest first and foremost in your relationship with Christ, as well as your ministry enrichment and development. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your axe sharp. More

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7 things you should know about telling stories
Resonate or Die    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyone tells stories because we all want to communicate or share something. It may be in the form of services, products, expertise, talent, time, a message, etc. Regardless of the ministry type, everyone has to communicate something to those they are trying to reach. Many resist this reality because we have these images of what that communication means and what it requires . . . and it’s usually not pretty. More

What makes a preacher good?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You probably have noticed that preachers come in all shapes and sizes. There are big, gregarious, sweaty-foreheaded preachers. There are short, slim, soft-spoken preachers. There are creative preachers who always have a slick gadget or a clever object of illustration. There are King James preachers who love Thees and the Thous of Thy Holy Word. So what makes for a faithful preacher? Because God has called preachers to be faithful rather than successful, how can we be sure we are staying true to the call? Here are a few biblical criteria to keep us on track. More

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Simple tips for approaching immigration
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Immigration is one issue where a lot of reasonable people disagree. Within your own church's context, how does your community respond to the issue of immigration? What kind of outreach can your church legally extend to undocumented immigrants? What would you do if one of them came to you seeking employment? How can you offer compassion without being on the wrong side of the law? Each of these questions might have multiple answers—again, reasonable Christians from many different denominations might have vastly different reactions when looking at these issues. Of course you must consider how your church responds legally—your church should follow the laws of the United States, and you need to understand the consequences of breaking those laws. Here is a quick look at some of the legal requirements churches must follow. More

Prepared for the worst
Building for Ministry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fires, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes happen, and church buildings are not immune to them. Now is the time to ask, "What would we do if we lost our worship center?" Is it possible somewhere within the dark walls of the aging worship center an electrical wire is about to create the unthinkable? More

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Black churches fight decline in Harlem
Columbia Spectator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
“The black church is dead.” The controversial statement made in February by Dr. Eddie Glaude, the chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, sparked nationwide debate, but it has had particular resonance in Harlem, where black churches have influenced and shaped the neighborhood for over a century. As they move further from the activism surrounding the civil rights movement, black churches are losing their power to unite communities, scholars say. More

Sister churches strengthen ties between believers
Mennonite Central Community    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Each Sunday during worship, members of Hyde Park Mennonite Church in Boise, Idaho, light a prayer lamp and think of their brothers and sisters at Iglesia de Dios, a church in the Colombian city of Puerto Asis. “It is a moment when everybody pays attention,” said Linda Nafziger-Meiser, the church’s pastor. The weekly ritual, which is mirrored at Iglesia de Dios, includes the sharing of any communication that the Colombian congregation sent to Hyde Park, its long-time “sister” church. “It does give us such a sense of being connected to God and people who have become so very dear to us,” Nafziger-Meiser said. More

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