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Deconstructing a church
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When a church is closed, pain, turmoil and soul-searching follow. When the faithful lose their center of spiritual solace and sustenance, they often feel adrift. Some find a new sacred place to worship, throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the life of a new congregation. Some keep their faith, but eschew committing deeply to another church body. Some are so angry and bitter that they turn away from the faith of their ancestors. More

IRS announces 2010 standard mileage rates
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The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2010 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2010, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 50 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 16.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

NACBA TeleWeb: Thou Shalt Learn Your 10 Financial Commandments or Repent
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The National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) invites you to a phone and Web-based seminar: Thou Shalt Learn Your 10 Financial Commandments or Repent with Frank Sommerville. In this uncertain financial time it is important to understand strong financial practice from a legal perspective. Learn how to: avoid financial disasters in your congregation; identify common financial practices that likely spell doom for your church; and, understand various ways to avoid them. Join us for this critical review of 10 financial commandments! More

A church as inspiring as its films
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There are more than enough multi-million-dollar theatrical releases out there with a storyline so boring it makes you wish you had stayed home and watched, say, a rerun of the 6 o'clock news. Thankfully, there are exceptions, including movies by Sherwood Baptist Church, which knows that the story is king and which gets more done, per-buck, than any Hollywood studio. More

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Virginia Beach church sells bonds to fund construction
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Bayside Church of Christ found a way to finance a $990,000 addition and get a little something for its members--an investment that pays better rates than most certificats of deposit, 10-year Treasury bonds and traditional savings accounts. The church issued bonds. Much as cities sell bonds to pay for construction projects, Bayside sold bonds to finance a new family life center. The bonds pay interest ranging from 5.25 percent for a six-month note to 7.75 percent for 20 years. More

Church-based program helps the grieving survive the holidays
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Loss of a loved one through death creates trauma, but emotions surrounding that loss can be particularly close to the surface during the holidays. One church has decided to reach out to its community by doing something about it. In preparation for this stressful time, First Baptist Church in Georgetown, Texas, recently offered a “Surviving the Holidays” workshop as part of its grief-counseling ministry, called GriefShare. More

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Megachurch to give $9.6 million in volunteer hours to California
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A San Diego megachurch will give $9.6 million worth of volunteer service to the San Diego community by the end of this year, its pastor said. The Rock Church, founded by former NFL player-turned-pastor Miles McPherson, had originally only pledged 100,000 hours to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. But the church has decided to increase its service hours six fold to nearly 600,000 hours by the end of 2009. As of Wednesday, The Rock has completed 423,432 volunteer hours, which translate to $8.5 million worth of service to the city of San Diego. More

What's holding your congregation back?
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The Bible compares life to a marathon race – a long-distance race we need endurance to complete. Will the people in your church finish the race of life faithfully? As a pastor, you need to be prepared to answer that question. So many people in our churches aren’t living up to their full potential in Christ. In fact, many are being held back by three particular struggles we need to overcome to be all God wants us to be. More

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Alabama church spends Sunday helping community
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When heading out into the community Sunday morning, members of the Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., didn’t know what would happen. They knew they were called to do more than sit and listen during a worship service. They knew several places around town where they could serve, but outside of that it was a leap of faith. "The planning pretty much goes out the window when you start serving," said college and missions pastor Wes Pate. More

Reaching the world, one computer at a time
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Christians may find multiple reasons why the gospel isn't being shared with every person in the world, but one thing is sure: Technology is no longer a legitimate excuse. So says a former executive for one of the world's largest computer companies who foresaw how the World Wide Web would revolutionize evangelism. More

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Taking youth ministry 'public'
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For the six years the author of this article served as a church youth director, he was determined to communicate the gospel of Christ to any teenagers within my sphere of influence. He desperately wanted to see lives changed but was repeatedly discouraged that his influence and love were counteracted--often overtly--by an opposing culture that our students found themselves in eight hours a day and five days a week at public school. He always was thankful for Christian teachers who made the best of the unique opportunities their positions afford them. This year, he became one of them. Now, he continues the same mission of discipling teenagers; and he may actually have some advantages over my church-based co-laborers. More

Make sure your Web site is multi-site friendly
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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

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The challenge of church government
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What is the purpose of church government? The author believes it is to discern the will of God and get it done effectively. That being the measuring stick, how is your church doing? Are you accomplishing the will of God, or is your church government accomplishing the will of the people? One more question: Is your church government accomplishing anything at all? It’s a harsh question, but, in the spirit of honest reflection, it’s worth the ask. More

Web site wisdom
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Research conducted earlier this year, which surveyed hundreds of churches representing more than 70,000 members combined, attempted to drill deeper into two fundamental questions as the Internet grows in its influence and importance in our culture and beyond. Three significant discoveries, as well as several best practices, emerged from this work. More

Closing the Backdoor of the Church
As we approach 2010, many writers have written about religion in an America and where we are headed as a nation. In today’s society, we have congregations that exceed 30,000 members, we have ministries that purchase former professional sports arenas and through media churches that have the ability to reach hundreds of millions of souls...

Some Pennsylvania church properties get exemptions
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Bucks County's Board of Assessment Appeals in Pennsylvania earlier this month approved tax-exempt status for various small properties owned by churches, some of which provide temporary housing for those in need. All the exemptions will be applied to 2010 tax bills. More

Open homes, open hearts: Foster parents show Christian compassion to children in crisis
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When Jason and Dana Mitzel became foster parents nearly a decade ago, they didn't view it as a job or even as a way to start a family. After years of trying to conceive, the Mitzels, who attend First Assembly of God in Fargo, North Dakota, sensed God calling them to open their home to kids in need. "We weren't thinking of adopting at the time," says Jason Mitzel, who with his wife manages a Christian bookstore called The Rainbow Shop. "We went into it wanting to help out kids as best we can. We saw it as a ministry. We agreed to take tougher cases, kids that are harder to place." They became foster parents through the Professional Association of Treatment Homes, an organization that facilitates foster care for children who might otherwise be institutionalized because of emotional, behavioral or medical needs. More

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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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