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Church safekeeping: Protecting property proves to be tougher in troubled times
Assemblies of God News    Share   
Tough economic times have hit church budgets hard. Not only has rising unemployment strained offering-based incomes, but property crimes also are exacting a painful toll. In its inaugural "Crimes Against Christian Organizations in the United States" report, the Christian Security Network recently put the combined national tab for burglary, theft, robbery, arson and vandalism at $6.3 million for the first six months of 2009 alone. Jeffrey A. Hawkins, executive director of CSN, says burglaries accounted for 64 percent of church property crimes from January through June, but the level of internal thefts proved to be surprising and disturbing as well. More
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Video: Church cash crunch
WTVM-TV    Share   
In a recession, one of the first things to go is charitable giving, and these days, it's hurting a lot of churches. Now, some local churches are stepping out in faith - using creative ideas to climb out of debt and encourage people to give tithes and offerings. WTVM, an ABC affiliate in Georgia, takes a closer look in a special report, "Church Cash Crunch." More
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Mural enriches children’s ministry
Associated Baptist Press    Share   
On a hot South Texas summer morning, parents and children stream into the Children’s Center at San Antonio’s Trinity Baptist Church for Sunday School. Visitors are greeted warmly, and children are directed to their classrooms: downstairs for the youngest, upstairs for older children. Today’s lesson is from Exodus. It’s a typical Sunday-morning routine at churches around the country. What makes this scene unique is the Children’s Center itself: More than just a building, the center has become what Senior Pastor Les Hollon calls “a canvas to tell the stories of Scripture and hope.” Throughout the center, bright murals -- some three stories high -- tell the traditional stories in an innovative way. More
Faith-based initiative still popular
Baltimore Sun    Share   
Eight years after President George W. Bush unveiled his faith-based initiative, the involvement of religious organizations in government-sponsored social services continues to draw broad public support, according to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. At the same time, many Americans continue to express concerns about the blurring of the lines between church and state. More
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Can introverts lead?
The Christian Century    Share   
There may be no other feature of American life that contains as much bias toward extroversion as leadership. Since our leaders epitomize our cultural values, it is no surprise that Americans want their leaders to be extroverts. Psychologist and author Marti Olsen Laney cites a study that was repeated three times with the same findings: when asked if they would prefer their ideal leaders to be introverted or extroverted, both introverts and extroverts chose an extrovert as "their ideal self and ideal leader." More
Family Youth Ministry
Youth Worker    Share   
As youth pastors, we don't often think about how to get parents in the doors; for the most part, most parents already are there. However, we cannot forget the few who have little or no involvement. Family ministry includes them. More
What "sacred cows" has your church or ministry decided to give up?
Youth Ministry Exchange Share   
It’s easy to get caught up in a sacred cow syndrome. It’s easy to get caught up in doing something just a little different and a little better than the year before. It’s easy to go with the flow. It’s easy to do something simply because you’ve budgeted for it. It’s easy to keep doing retreats. But have you been able to measure their effectiveness over the past several months? Have you noticed it getting a little harder to fill the roster each year? Have you had a fluke or two? Have you wondered if they were worth all the trouble? Have you asked students why they are coming? More
Walls do talk
Leadership Journal    Share   
In recent years many congregations have opted for worship spaces that resemble shopping malls. They have neutralized sacred space to avoid intimidating unchurched people. Abandoning stained glass, baptisteries, and Communion tables, they have sought to make people comfortable with familiar theater-like settings. A desire to contextualize the gospel within the local culture is a good thing, but it can cause people to assume the church is a commercial venture. More
Target marketing: Defining the target
Ministry Today Magazine    Share   
As church leaders, we’re rarely taught to understand the variances between different people and cultures. Unfortunately, the average pastor is more strapped with keeping the ship afloat than devoting time to understanding who is and who isn’t in his church. This load eats away at one of a pastor’s strongest assets for meeting people where they are--exposure. Like Paul, the more you are exposed to different patterns of living, the more you’re able to get a clearer vision of what you’re dealing with. More
Appreciate Sunday School leaders at Christmas
LifeWay    Share   
In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, don't forget to take the opportunity to show appreciation to your Sunday School leaders. Make a list and check it twice! Here are a few ideas for saying thank you to those faithful folks who lead and teach in your classes week in and week out all year long. More
Make sure your Web site is multi-site friendly
Church Executive Magazine    Share   
With the multi-site church revolution in full swing across America, much attention is paid to video venues, program development and community outreach. An equal or greater amount of attention, however, should be paid to the digital communications strategy. Whether or not your church is offering its own live video streaming or “Internet Campus” experience, running a Web site for multiple locations is a much different challenge than that of a single-site church. More
A small-church presence on the Internet
Church Solutions Magazine    Share   
Say the words, “small church” and stereotypes like “struggling,” “out-of-date,” “backward” and “scattered” come to mind. However, there is a silent explosion happening on the Internet among small church pastors and denominational leaders. A search on Google reveals 52 million hits just on the phrase “small church.” “Small church pastor” and “small church ministry” produce 18 million and 10 million hits respectively. There is even a hashtag on Twitter for small church discussions, #smallchurch. So what's happening? The simplest answer is that the stereotypes are being challenged. More
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Minister grows up, yet ministry stays young
The New York Times    Share   
Rev. Din Tolbert recently looked out from the altar at some 250 young people, the congregation of a remarkable youth ministry called Shekinah. The congregation’s members, a total of about 750, from toddlers to collegians, have an entire church building of their own. With a minimum of adult supervision, the young people of Shekinah serve as their own ushers, musicians, choir members, prayer leaders, officers and, some of the time, preachers. They donate, collect and tabulate the weekly tithes and offerings, and the gleanings from baby-sitting shifts and after-school jobs come to about $1,000 a week. More
Shhhh. A Free Book! 5 Money-Saving Tips to Promote your Church
PinPoint Creative Group
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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