NACBA Weekly Update
April 11, 2008

Architecture Survey: Unchurched Prefer Traditional Styling for Churches
from Baptist Press
People who don't go to church may be turned off by a recent trend toward more utilitarian church buildings. By a nearly 2-to-1 ratio over any other option, unchurched Americans prefer churches that look more like a medieval cathedral than what most think of as a more contemporary church building. More

Campaign Launched to Equip Churches for National Volunteer Month
from Christian News Wire
ChristianVolunteering.org has launched a campaign and website to equip churches for national volunteer month this April and volunteer week on April 27-May 3. The campaign site provides a searchable directory of nearly 3,000 volunteer opportunities in 1,800 organizations to equip churches to volunteer in their communities. More

Religious Teaching Straight to Your iPod
from USA Today
Church leaders and Evangelists have long used the airwaves to get their messages out to a mass audience. But now, podcast technology is opening the doors to a wider variety of religious teaching than ever before, available on demand and delivered automatically to the computers of a growing number of Americans hungry for spirituality. More

Church Furthers to Commitment to Special Needs
from the Plano Insider
A growing number of churches are learning to address special needs in their congregations. Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, created a Special Needs Ministry, which is designed to give every member the opportunity to learn and worship regardless of their abilities. More

Students Drawn to Worship at 'Paradise'
from Baptist Press
In the fast-paced world of youth culture, student ministers are eager for their high school and college students to experience worship free of distractions -- something they're expecting at "Paradise," May 25 in an open field in Kansas. More

Poll Reveals Bible is America's Favorite Book
from Reuters via Yahoo! News
When it comes to literary pursuits in the United States most people agree on at least one thing -- the most popular book is the Bible, according to a new Harris Poll survey. More

LifeChurch Readies 'One Prayer' Launch for Global Church Impact
from Christian Post
LifeChurch.tv is launching a bold new initiative aimed at uniting churches, empowering pastors to experiment with video teaching, and making a local and global impact through outreach. Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel announced this week that Life Church and hundreds of other churches will partner together for a four-week sermon series titled "One Prayer" beginning in June. More

Audio Bibles Meet Church-Goers Needs
from Christian News Wire
Nationally recognized research organizations found that 65 percent of adults who identified themselves as Bible readers haven't read the entire New Testament. Another survey of 500 pastors revealed that "lack of time" was the No. 1 reason why Christians aren't reading their Bibles. Pastors report that Audio Bibles are helping people spend time in the Word of God, claiming people are now listening to the Bible throughout the day, such as while getting ready for work, during daily commutes, while exercising or during other routine activities. More

Noblesville, Ind., Resident Runs Internet Radio Station that Plays Christian Music
from the Indianapolis Star
Rich Heckner's love of the radio and Christian music has turned a little hobby into a unique ministry. Heckner, 40, operates Cross Streams, a Christian radio station broadcast over the Internet. More

Next NACBA TeleWeb Scheduled for April 24
Join Sandra Brewer with Pinnacle Investigations as she presents Understanding Background Checks during the next NACBA TeleWeb seminar, held. April 24 at 1:30 Central time. The registration fee for the one-hour seminar is $59 for NACBA national members and $69 for all non-members. Enjoy the convenience of a NACBA TeleWeb conference, which is designed to fit your busy schedule. Register today!