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Faith More Important than Gold Medals for Some Olympic Athletes
from Christian Post
It takes years of sweat, pain and determination to qualify for the Olympics, but some of the world’s top athletes heading to Beijing want the world to know there is something more important than winning gold medals – a relationship with God. More

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A Life That Truly Matters
from the NACBA Weekly Update
Honest, humorous, and insightful. These words might best describe the keynote addresses of prominent Christian author and speaker Thom S. Rainer and Roberta Bondi, a Christian professor of theology during this year’s National Association of Church Business Administration Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Their topics were different, but the underlying messages were very similar - that certain disciplines and practices help keep the spiritual channels open and help keep the heart turned toward God. These spiritual practices can't save you; they can't even make you a holy person. But they can heighten your desire, awareness, and love of God. More

Paying for You
from Off the Agenda
Budget season is around the corner for most churches, so it’s a natural time to evaluate compensation packages. Are staff members paid fairly? How does your church compare to others when it comes to qualifications, such as educational background and experience, or church factors, including size, geography, and denomination? The 2009 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, which surveyed 4,800 U.S. churches—representing about 11,000 employees—between January and March, provides answers to those questions and more. More
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What Wounds a Pastor?
from the Western Recorder
Wounds can cause ministers to question—or even abandon—their call to ministry. But what wounds a minister? "There is a great deal of idealism wrapped up in a pastor’s desire to serve people through the church and to serve people in the church," said Bob Perry, congregational health team leader for the Baptist General Convention of Missouri. "The reality usually doesn’t match." More

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With Insurance Lacking, Church Workers Rely on Faith
from FOX News
They are called to heal the souls of their flock, but when it comes to their own temporal needs, they often find their coffers lacking. A recent study by the National Association of Evangelicals found that thousands of pastors and church staff members are among the millions of Americans without adequate health insurance. More

How to Build and Grow a Strong Church
from UPublish.info
Have you ever wondered what a church would look like if you took away the pastors, elders, musicians, programs and Sunday Schools? Its bare, empty and quiet. Everything ceased to function. If these ingredients did go away, there should not be panic and crisis as a church is centered upon Christ and not personalities nor programs. Church is about how we come to know and grow in Christ, unity and love amongst its members, connect with one another, and serve Him, both inside and outside of the church walls. The author provides some of the methods you can use to build and grow a strong church. More

Five Best Practices of Reaching the Next Generation
from Pastors.com
Churches everywhere including mainline denominations are waking up to the need to reach the next generation. Whether you’re a pastor, elder, campus ministry leader, small group leader, or volunteer, here are five best practices when it comes to reaching the next generation. More


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Mentoring Program Helps Ministers Chart True Course
from Associated Baptist Press
No one ever promised vocational ministry would be easy, said Michael Godfrey, executive director of True Course Ministries. That's why he began his mentoring program for clergy. Godfrey's 32 years experience in Christian ministry revealed to him a huge disconnect between seminary education and the practical demands of full-time ministry. More

Identifying Intergenerational Leaders
from Youth Worker
Many times when intergenerational youth ministry is considered, what we really are asking is, "Where can I get some adults to run small groups, teach a particular class, etc?" We need to make this as relatively easy as possible. Not everyone is cut out for teaching, though they can be trained. The teaching/mentoring/discipleship role is typically a paramount need. Here is what not to do. More

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