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Safe and secure from all alarm
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By definition, a "sanctuary" should be a place of refuge and protection where people feel welcome and feel safe. In practice, churches struggle with what it means to open their doors to everyone while providing a sense of security for people inside their walls. And if that holds true when groups gather for worship, the tension mounts for personnel who work alone on weekdays in a church office. More

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Can the church learn to love the media?
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Try asking 80 church executives if the “secular” media are friends or foes. Every time I take this poll at a church leadership conference or seminary, one or two hands timidly go up for “friends.” The rest go sky high for “foes.” What’s your vote? Over the course of his prolific career, Cal Thomas has been one of America’s most popular media commentators on television, radio and in print. While the mainstream media often is biased, Thomas believes the bias “isn’t always deliberate.” Often, a reporter’s bias is borne out of a bad church experience or personal tragedy that produced deep feelings of disappointment with God. More

Top 10 gifts to give your pastor
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This is the month when many churches will take some time to show their appreciation to their pastor for his love and ministry over the past year. Some churches will take up a love offering for their pastor. Many will put a basket in the vestibule for members to place cards in with kind sentiments they want to share with their pastor. A few churches may even have a dinner or a reception -- a nice time to get together to express their feelings for their pastor. More

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Doing retail right
Worship Facilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most of us get a little uncomfortable talking about church and retail in the same sentence. But did you know that retailing of Christian products in a $4.6 billion business worldwide, according to christianretailing.com? Not only that, many ministries are able to successfully develop commercial operations within their campuses to meet missional objectives. More

10 ways to make a big impact on a small budget
Outreach Magazine via ChurchLeaders.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do big events have to mean big budgets? You can create cost-effective events to invite your community to check out church. Outreach Magazine talked to almost 30 church leaders who answered an emphatic “no.” The same leaders affirmed that their events didn’t break the bank and served as entry points to let unchurched men, women, and children in their communities know about their weekly worship services and, in some cases, initiate a personal relationship with Jesus. More

Small church asks Supreme Court a big question: Can churches worship in public schools?
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A small church in the Bronx borough of New York City is hoping to have an impact on houses of worship across the country, as the Supreme Court considers hearing its potentially landmark case that would determine if religious groups have the right to worship in public buildings, such as schools. The Bronx Household of Faith is currently holding worship services in a public school in the northwest part of the borough. In New York City, religious institutions are allowed to hold Bible studies and other religious activities in public schools in exchange for a small operation fee (enough to cover maintenance and security), but the city draws the line at worship services. More

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Occupy Wall Street protests have a spiritual side
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Occupy Wall Street protests head into a new week, religion journal writers are theorizing on the spiritual side of the movement. More

Techno-stewardship
Ministry Today Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study released by the Barna Group reveals that families are more technology- and media-dependent than ever and could benefit from a healthy dose of stewardship in regard to how they manage their time online, in front of the TV and on their digital devices. And most of those surveyed say they have not heard any kind of teaching in a church about how they can be good stewards of media, entertainment or technology. More



The dangers of not giving
Loganville-Grayson Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Yes. This article is about giving. It’s about giving money. It’s about giving money to a local church. It’s about giving a large portion of personal income to the local church. It’s about tithing. It’s an article that is rarely published in a secular venue. Ben Cathey, pastor of The Orchard Church in Loganville, Ga., talks about tithing and why it appears to be a taboo subject in some venues. More

Responding to a disruption during a service
ChurchLawandTax.com    Share    Share on
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A Kansas court ruled that a church was not liable for the use of reasonable physical force by an usher in restraining a woman during a church service who was making threats against the pastor. It's critical for church leaders to note this ruling because it shows the level of control they can have regarding a disruptive person. Churches do not have to tolerate persons who disrupt religious services. More

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Together, we're better
Wesleyan Information Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wesleyan ministries are meeting twenty-first century challenges in the same way other denominations are: by partnering and sharing resources with other ministries. It is not uncommon for churches to share facilities, events, and compassionate ministries—especially in the light of increasing costs and declining staffing. The saying “Together, we’re better” is being lived out in the spirit of the early church, “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:44-45 NKJV). More

Paws for a 'holy noise'
Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After all, the congregation at Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church does pride itself on diversity. And there is something soulful about Harvey, a 17-year-old basset hound, and Pearl, a Doberman refugee from pound death row now visiting adult day cares and pediatric wards. All were invited to join the spiritual pack Sunday at Piedmont Unitarian's "bless the animals" service, an increasingly popular church ritual aimed at strengthening the spiritual bonds between creatures great and small. More

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Church strives to feed 10,000
Ledger News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Heritage Presbyterian Church, no mission is impossible, which is why the congregation has rallied together in an attempt to provide thousands of meals to hungry children worldwide.“It’s a passion of our church to feed the hungry,” said organizer Howard Moore. “Our mission is to stop hunger by educating the youth. We target school-aged children because they are the most hungry.” Backed by Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh N.C.-based hunger relief agency, Heritage Presbyterian, in Acworth, plans to package 10,000 fortified rice-soy meals on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. More

Religion hits the comedy circuits
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Can God take a joke? Absolutely! Say Christians and Jews, Mormons and Muslims. There's a fresh wave of humor among clergy, comics and believers alike, who are putting out new books and taking to the comedy club stages. They provide a laugh-track countertrend to the political attacks and Supreme Court cases that often place religion in the public square today. And they create an oasis of common ground where friction among the faithful can be set aside for laughter. More
 


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