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Church puts faith in court
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A New York City church is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to assert its right to hold religious services in public schools. Lawyers for the Bronx Household of Faith, an evangelical congregation, filed a petition this week asking the Supreme Court to review a June appeals-court ruling that would bar churches from holding worship services on school property. About 60 churches currently use New York City public-school auditoriums and classrooms for worship activities after school hours and on weekends. The arrangement has allowed small, cash-strapped churches to avoid the city's high rents, as the schools charge a nominal fee to cover the costs of custodians and security staff. More

Busy Parents Seek Regular Exercise Outlets for Kids
The Centers for Disease Control, in an effort to halt the trend of obesity among children, recommend that children play one hour each day. That’s a lot for a busy family, and so parents are seeking ways to incorporate play into their lives and into their childcare plans.  MORE

National Church Administration Day is Oct. 20
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The third annual National Church Administration Day will be Thursday, Oct. 20. The theme for the event will be "Human Resources: Your Church's Valued Assets." The focus will be on the following 5 areas of HR:
  1. Compensation/benefits
  2. Hiring/firing
  3. Evaluation
  4. Development
  5. Legal and tax issues
The National Office is in the process of planning the materials to support this event. Be sure to ask your chapter officers how you can help. If you are in an area without an active chapter, please consider a gathering for your peers on this special day. Contact Ruth Swingle to be sure you are on the list to receive all NCAD communications.

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Study: Why young Christians leave the church
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly three out of every five young Christians disconnect from their churches after the age of 15, but why? A new research study released by the Barna Group points to six different reasons as to why young people aren't staying in their pews. The results of this study come from the interviews of teenagers, young adults, youth pastors, senior pastors and parents that were taken over the course of five years. More

When the church enters bankruptcy
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Churches were long considered good credit risks. Weekly collections tend to be steady, even during recessions, and churches feel a moral tug to pay debts. Most of the nation’s churches carry little or no mortgage debt, and are based in buildings that were paid off long ago. But some churches, especially those not affiliated with major denominations, borrowed briskly to build or expand in recent years. Spending on construction of houses of worship rose to $6.2 billion in 2007 from $3.8 billion in 1997, according to the U.S. Census. Now, churches are seeing congregants lose jobs and savings. More

Should churches have multiple worship service styles?
Ed Stetzer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When "praise choruses" were being introduced into corporate worship around the 1980s, churches that begin to use them were typically considered to have "blended worship," whereas churches that did not had "traditional worship." After a few years of "worship wars," many churches decided to create multiple services based primarily on worship styles or worship preferences. As a result, the "Traditional Service," which normally had the backing of the older members (often with those who gave most of the financial support to the church), got the coveted 11 a.m. time slot, while the younger members (with little children) had to drag themselves and their half-dressed, unfed kids to church by 8 a.m. or earlier in some cases. In many of these situations the reasoning for the multiple services had nothing to do with any kind of strategy. More

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Church mixes yoga and Christian spirituality
The Tennessean    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
About 60 women rolled out their mats in a dimly lit carpeted room for an hour of connecting to God through Scripture meditation, prayer and downward-facing dog. They do this each Sunday. But this yoga class isn’t in a studio — it goes on alongside children’s choir practice and Sunday night Bible study at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn. More

Survey: Bible readers prefer word-for-word over thought-for-thought translation
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Most American Bible readers prefer word-for-word translations of the original Greek and Hebrew over thought-for-thought translations, saying they value accuracy over readability, according to a new LifeWay Research study. The study encompassed 2,000 Bible readers who participated through a demographically representative online panel. To qualify, participants had to read the Bible in a typical month either by themselves or as part of a family activity and not merely in a church or group setting. More

Church or jail? An Alabama alternative to incarceration program on hold
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A Bay Minette, Ala., alternative to incarceration program that asks first-time, nonviolent offenders to choose between church or jail, was slated to start this week but is being delayed for legal review by city officials, said Bay Minette Mayor Jamie Tillery. The Restore Our Community program, called Operation ROC, was developed for those convicted of first-time misdemeanors, offering them the opportunity to either attend church once a week for a year and answer questions about the services, or go to jail and pay a fine. Right away, the program sparked controversy. More

Matching church and clergy methods differ by denomination
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Matching clergy supply and demand is a chief concern for all denominations, but various church traditions address it in different ways. Hierarchical denominations like Episcopalians, Methodists and Lutherans view matching clergy and congregations as part of their spiritual duty. Free-church traditions like Baptists and the Churches of Christ value the autonomy of local churches and take more of an advisory role in helping to facilitate the process. More

What every pastor should know about church websites    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your church website is the new front door to your worshiping community. As Anne Rudig, Episcopal Church Director of Communication, puts it, “If a church can’t be Googled, it doesn’t exist.” Increasingly, people are finding their way into the pews and programs of your church by first “kicking the tires” online. If your website doesn’t make the cut, people won’t go. It’s that simple. More

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Creating passion for fundraising
Youth Worker Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How can one be passionate about fundraising? Shouldn't our passion in youth ministry be directed elsewhere? It would seem difficult and ironic to be passionate about fundraising. Most youth workers see fundraising as a necessary evil in youth ministry, a part of their job descriptions they would rather get rid of. Some youth workers are able to delegate fundraising, while many others struggle with it. Fundraising is certainly not something that is easy to get passionate about, especially in economically challenging times and in a culture that is very busy. More

Churches taking worship to the movies
The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Where Jason Stewart goes for God, others go for Brad Pitt, Matt Damon or Cameron Diaz. Stewart is pastor at The Church at Promenade in Temecula, Calif., which worships every Sunday in The Promenade mall's movie theater. Doing so helps the congregation save money and gives it a highly visible community space. The theaters benefit as well, and not just financially, said Patrick Corcoran, director of media and research for the National Association of Theater Owners. More

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Church to bless pets, alive or dead
The Daily Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, Fla., started its Blessing of the Animals service in 2008, Lewes resident Ken Mahan and his family have brought their pets and the ashes of deceased pets to the church to celebrate them. This year, the family will be bringing their two rescue mutts, Ben and Jerry, along with the ashes of two deceased dogs, Otis and Sir. "It's a wonderful outreach that says we need to support not just the people in the community, but the animals in the community, because God made the Earth, God made the animals and God made the people," Mahan said. More

Digital technology brings new life to Dead Sea Scrolls
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For decades after they were discovered in a cave, the Dead Sea Scrolls were allowed to be examined closely only by fewer than a couple dozen scholars and archaeologists. Now, with infrared- and computer-enhanced photography, anyone with a computer can view these 2,000-year-old relics, which include the oldest known copies of biblical text and a window on the world and times of Jesus. High-quality digitized images of five of the 950 manuscripts were posted for free online for the first time this week by Google and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where the scrolls are housed. The post includes an English translation and a search feature to one of the texts, the Great Isaiah Scroll. More

George Fischoff presents
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