The Church Network Weekly Update
Jun. 12, 2015

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of The Church Network Weekly Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of The Church Network, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Preconference Intensives offered at TCN Conference
The Church Network
The Church Network is offering three intensive workshops called FastTracks during the day on July 13 prior to the opening of their national conference that evening at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. These FastTracks are for Executive Pastors, Church Facilities Managers, and Church Communications Specialists. The cost is just $99 for persons also registering for the full conference and $149 if registering for the FastTrack only. Click here for more information.More

Tampa's Christ the King Church sues prominent Republican to claim willed property
Tampa Bay Times
One of the area's most prominent churches, Christ the King Catholic Church, has filed a lawsuit against a Tampa family, seeking property it says was left to the church in a deceased member's will and has been wrongfully withheld. The lawsuit was filed against Teresa "Terri" Gaffney, a lawyer who serves as counsel for the Hillsborough County Republican Party and is chair of Hillsborough's Judicial Nominating Commission, which vets judicial candidates and makes recommendations to the governor.More

The Duggar abuse case: A lesson for churches
Managing Your Church
Josh Duggar, the son of the Duggar family who together star in TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting TV show, has confessed to sexually abusing several minor females when he was a teenager. This revelation provides a real lesson for churches in how they respond to reports of sexual abuse. The head of the Duggar family, Jim Bob Duggar, went to his church elders for help and guidance but their response was overwhelmingly inadequate.More

7 tips for hiring the right person for the church staff
Ron Edmondson
Adding to a team is a critical decision — perhaps one of the most important a leader makes. New team members change the dynamics of a team. That will either be positively or negatively. In a day where budgets are thinner and the mission remains critical, we must hire the best people we can find.More

Involving large church pastors in multiplication
Christianity Today
One of the common struggles denominations often face is a difficulty relating to the largest, most innovative, and the most "Antiochish" of their churches. These churches and their leaders are often creative and/or proprietary in their approach to, well, everything, but particularly in terms of discipleship and multiplication. They have their own visions, goals and methodologies for seeing them accomplished.More

3 places where the church has too many typos
Center for Church Communication
Even if we don’t have degrees in English, most of us notice typos, particularly embarrassing ones in the church newsletter. And if you’re a communications manager, those proofreading mistakes fall on you. But typos don’t have to be there; you can catch them if you take another glance. Here are the most common places typos lurk.More

Saddleback Church raising $71 million in largest campaign
Baptist News Global
Members of Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church have pledged to give $71 million over the next three years in the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the Southern Baptist megachurch’s 35-year history. Campaign goals include increasing weekly weekend attendance to 40,000 by 2020 — the church’s 40th anniversary — aiding 250,000 needy people, implementing new communications technology, leadership training for a quarter of church members and introducing the gospel to the last 3,000 unreached people groups though the congregation’s global PEACE Plan. More

Blessing of the bikes helps churches make climate change a local issue
The Christian Century
In groups of eight or so, riders wheeled their bicycles down the red-carpeted center aisle of Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. The white-robed officiant sprinkled holy water on about 50 riders’ heads, one by one, and on their bikes’ handlebars and wheels. It was the sixth annual Blessing of the Bikes at the downtown church — a type of local event that has become more common as a growing number of churches consider the idea that protecting the environment is not just a scientific or political debate, but a spiritual one.More

Connecting faith and sports can be challenging, says seminary professor
Baptist News Global
Top athlete John White says it can be difficult getting athletes, coaches and teams to see the value in acknowledging their bodies belong to Christ. It may seem odd to some to intertwine sports ministry with moral theology, but White said there is precedent for it in Christian history. “In moral theology the understanding is we are moral creatures” who must seek to connect “any sphere of activity toward God,” he said.More

How Christian women are breaking through traditional book publishing barriers
The Washington Post
Because few women were pastors back in the 70s, and fewer still were recognized as dynamic Bible teachers able to attract an audience, women were slow to break into Christian publishing. Today, 11 of 20 of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association top 20 non-fiction books for May 2015 were written by women.More

Unusual entrant in food truck scene
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
Fort Worth has an unusual new entrant in the food truck scene: Arlington Heights United Methodist Church. The West Side church officially launched Five & Two - a take on Jesus’ feeding of the multitude with five loaves and two fishes - in a refurbished 1996 Chevy plumbing truck. The church sees the food truck as a way to take its ministry to people, rather than rely on them to come to the church. “How much more meaningful if we meet them where they are?” Lutes said during a Sunday sermon. More

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from East Knoxville church
Knoxville police are looking for the suspects who broke into a church twice over the weekend and took thousands of dollars’ worth of items. The latest break-in happened early Sunday morning at St. Paul East United Methodist Church off Faith Lane, according to the pastor. Pastor Russ Young, said the thieves took around $20,000 worth of equipment including computers, sound systems, a movie projector, some money, and even power tools that were being used for a construction project.More

United Church of Christ finds buyer for downtown Cleveland HQ, Radisson hotel
The United Church of Christ has struck a deal to sell its Prospect Avenue headquarters building and the neighboring Radisson hotel. The organization, a Protestant denomination that represents more than 5,100 congregations and 1 million members, has no plans to leave Cleveland.More

1,500-year-old church uncovered near Jerusalem
A 1,500-year-old Byzantine church was discovered while widening a highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. A road station and church, with a mosaic floor and a baptismal font, were found, as well as oil lamps, coins, glass vessels and red-colored plaster indicating the church walls were decorated with frescoes.More

The missing ingredient in church leadership
Church Executive
In the 1970s, one researcher noted: “There are almost as many different definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept.” According to these definitions, leadership is influence, power, mobilization, motivation, processes, inspiration, among many others. The same could be said of the church: “There are almost as many different ways of leading the church as there are persons who have attempted it.” More

How to help your audience genuinely care
There are two basic styles of reasoning: Principles-first reasoning derives conclusions or facts from general principles or concepts. Basically you first establish the “why” before you move to the “what.” Applications-first reasoning is when general conclusions are reached based on factual observations. Basically you start with the “what” and then – maybe — move to the “why.” So how do we deal with those differences when speaking to an audience?More

How to unleash the creative potential of your church
Church Leaders
Napoleon once pointed to a map of China and said, “There lies a sleeping giant. If it ever wakes up, it will be unstoppable.” Today the American church is a sleeping giant. Each Sunday, church pews are filled with members who are doing nothing with their faith except “keeping” it. The greatest need in evangelical churches is the release of members for ministry. One of the key challenges facing a pastor is positioning his church as a creative place that needs the expression of all sorts of talents and abilities, not just singers, ushers and Sunday school teachers.More