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Killeen's churches fill on first Sunday after Fort Hood shootings
Dallas Morning News    Share   
The reserved greeting at Killeen's First United Methodist Church contrasted sharply with the effusive cries of parishioners several blocks away at the Christian House of Prayer. But across this Army town in search of recovery, the message was the same. Pastors, chaplains and priests echoed themes of remembrance, forgiveness and healing in the first Sunday services since Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's rampage at Fort Hood. More
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In current real estate market, even God's House is for sale
Miami Herald    Share   
In South Florida's bleak real-estate market, houses for sale aren't the only glut. Churches and other religious properties, some of them bank foreclosures, are plentiful, and stuck in a commercial purgatory. Potential buyers -- mainly other churches -- are being shunned by lenders due to dwindling collection-plate revenues and fears of having to “foreclose on God” if the economy deteriorates further. More
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Some Alabama churches going green for God
Gadsden Times    Share   
Until the past few years, organized religion, Christianity in particular, has left environmental protection to activists, concerned scientists and political figures. Likewise, environmentalists have either ignored religion or complained that churches have been lukewarm about environmental causes. Dr. Matthew Sleeth, emergency room doctor turned environmental author, said it's an image that Christians, by and large, don't deserve. More
Response to last year's Hurricane Ike inspires unique network's creation
Associated Baptist Press    Share   
Whenever a disaster strikes a church or individual, restoring order is an enormous task when done alone. But trying to connect folks in need with churches that could fulfill those needs in the wake of a destructive hurricane last year has inspired Texas Baptists' creation of a unique new disaster-response network. More
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The time to care is here, now
The Hutchinson News    Share   
Pastors, church staff and members of congregations realize that in these difficult financial times the needs of people are great and the resources are limited. We meet a lot of nice people going through some very difficult times, but the resources in churches and agencies are limited. Deciding who will receive help and how much help to give, is a decision that no one longs for. Instead, we struggle through decisions, discerning who and how much. More
Evangelism remixed: Empowering teens to reach teens
The Christian Post    Share   
Veteran youth worker Terry Linhart says adults are integral to teens being effective in reaching peers with the Gospel. When he and Dave Rahn of Youth for Christ/USA began researching youth ministries, adults at the time were removing themselves from the ministry and letting students reach fellow students on their own. But after two years of research on youth groups that have been successful in seeing teens come to Christ, Linhart found that adults are "super important" in helping young people develop a faith that is "courageous and contagious." More
New business meetings format
Leadership Journal Share   
Do you struggle to get members to church business meetings, either because of hectic schedules, a growing but less interested membership base, or both? Several solutions exist, ranging from an open-meeting format conducted over several days, to forming a select voting class of members, to hosting an electronic meeting. None of these options is cut-and-dried. Without careful planning, one misstep can tarnish the results of any vote. More
Churches help to fight L.A. homelessness
Ministry Today Magazine    Share   
Though the war against homelessness in Los Angeles is by no means won, churches and ministries are playing a major role in changing the face of the City of Angels. County officials last week said the local homeless population, which is one of the largest in the nation, has dropped by 38 percent in the last two years, and the city's leaders aren't taking for granted the efforts of Christian churches and organizations. "We are igniting a movement and a heart change," said Andy Bales, president of Los Angeles-based ministry Union Rescue Mission. "We are going to do all we can do, but we can't do it alone. We need people to respond and have a heart change." More
What do tweets reveal about what pastors really value?
Out of ur    Share   
Social media like Facebook and Twitter have received an abundance of critique, not the least of which is that social media users are self-absorbed. But I wonder if we might turn answers on Twitter to the question “What are you doing?” or on Facebook’s status update into an opportunity for self-examination. It might even be an opportunity for Twitter and Facebook users to examine not just what they are doing but how it aligns with our mission. More
10 steps to a stronger children's ministry    Share   
Quality ministry to preschoolers and children -- and their families -- plays a major role in the growth of the church. A crucial window of time exists from birth until about age twelve when the majority of spiritual foundations are laid. During this critical time in spiritual formation, children deserve the best the church has to offer. If your church already places a high priority on children and younger generations, keep it up! However, if your church needs to move your children to the next level, consider the following in relationship to your ministry to preschoolers and children. More
Do your guests know you're expecting them?
Church Central    Share   
When your guests show up will they think, "Wow! They acted like they were expecting me... and they were happy about it"... or will they feel as if they've crashed a party they weren't invited to attend? How are you planning for and expecting new guests at your church? Here are some simple ways to communicate "we've been expecting you!" More
Recession takes its toll on religious institutions
The Associated Press via The State Journal-Register    Share   
Religion has a long history of drawing hope out of suffering, but there’s little good news emerging from the recession. Long after the economy improves, the changes made today will have a profound effect on how Americans practice their faith, where they turn for help in times of stress and how they pass their beliefs to their children. But the news isn’t uniformly bad. Communities in some areas are still moving ahead with plans for new congregations, schools and ministries, religious leaders say. More
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The Bible like you’ve never seen it
Church Executive Magazine    Share   
When Phil Hotsenpiller became the teaching pastor at Yorba Linda Friends Church, Yorba Linda, Calif., writing a comic book was the last thing on his mind. In fact, the thought had never occurred to him. Little did he know that one of the comic book industries most talented and controversial artists, Rob Liefeld, attended his church. Neither Hotsenpiller nor Liefeld ever imagined what would happen next. More
Shhhh. A Free Book! 5 Money-Saving Tips to Promote your Church
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For years, PinPoint Creative has been helping all sizes of Churches with solid measurable marketing. "Almost every ministry needs to start at the same spot", says Mark MacDonald, PinPoint's Creative Director. He explains that the "spot" is the easiest of all the tips in the book and best of all, it's free. In fact all the tips save Money. An important point in this time of restraint. "We've all been raised with the answer to the easy question, 'What do...' MORE

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In these tough economic times non-profit organizations must be very resourceful and good stewards of the funds that are available. In 2009, many ministries saw a decline in offerings by as much as 30 percent. Research shows that many medium to large size ministries are forced to reduce staff and find alternative methods of managing their organizations. More
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