NACBA Weekly Update
March 21, 2008

Overcoming Stress in Your Ministry
Stress is just a part of ministry. If you don’t have any stress in your ministry, you’re probably not being very effective. But stress can be a problem for our ministry as well. When you get so stressed you feel like you’re ready to pop, that’s bad for your ministry. The Bible gives us four things we need to do when we’re stressed to a breaking point. More

High Court Okays Federal Rule on Cutting Health Benefits
from CNSNews
The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a federal policy that allows employers to reduce their health insurance expenses for retired workers once they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare. The court turned down an appeal from the AARP, which wanted to reverse a rule allowing employers to reduce medical benefits for retirees depending on their age. More

Should Christians Use Violent Video Games to Lure Teens to Church?
from Associated Baptist Press
Halo 3, the top-selling video game of 2007, is so popular many churches across the country are hosting Halo nights -- evenings filled with pizza, camaraderie and multiple-player games flashing across several television screens. Proponents say the nights aim to reach teenagers -- mostly boys -- on their own terms and show that churches can be relevant in a world filled with emerging technologies. More

Pastor's Answer to Life -- Don't Complain
from Newsweek
According to Will Bowen, a pastor in a Kansas City, Mo., church, complaining has become such an automatic response to life's little setbacks that people don't even realize they're doing it. Eighteen months ago, he was preaching a sermon on prosperity and was inspired to give a purple rubber bracelet to each person in his 280-member congregation. The bracelet, which says SPIRIT, was to remind people of the hazards of complaining. More

Antihunger 'Souper Bowl' Runs Up the Score Again
from The Christian Century
The annual "Souper Bowl" antihunger campaign broke another record in donations this year—reaching $9.5 million from 14,654 congregations by March 5, officials said. More

Study: Spirituality a Big Part of Kids' Happiness
from Religion News Service via USA Today
Spirituality is a major contributor to a child's overall happiness -- even more so than for adults -- according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. More

Christian Students Get Immersed in Lives of the Poor
from USA Today
Call it reverse mission, or mission through immersion. Either way, an alternative is emerging to conventional notions of what mission entails. Instead of the idea of mission as outreach to bless the less fortunate with faith or provide relief, in the immersion paradigm, missionaries go to accept hospitality, show gratitude, listen and return home with bigger hearts and broader perspectives. More

Local Church Congregants Ask City Leaders How They Can Help
from KAIT-TV – Jonesboro, Ark.
Members of a Jonesboro, Ark., church are eager to make a difference in their community. So they have taken it upon themselves to ask city leaders what exactly the city of Jonesboro needs and how they can help. More

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