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Aurora churches combining forces on community outreach initiative

Mary Gerhard has been in the fight for Aurora's neighborhoods as long as anyone.<p>Back in those really dark days of the mid-'90s, this long-time District 131 special education teacher, pregnant with twins at the time, and husband Mike made the decision to move with their three little kids into a home …

Education

Seven Facebook Growth Hacks for Churches

<i>By Jonathan Howe</i>So I had a lunch meeting with Chris Martin yesterday. For those of you who don’t know Chris, he’s one of our social media geniuses at …

Facebook

Leading Effectively When You Inherit a Mess

An executive I work with recently stepped into the biggest challenge of her career. Recruited from outside the organization, she faced multiple problems: The business was losing money, costs were bloated, customer loyalty was fading, and key talent was defecting. Her predecessor had made a failed …

Management

Life.Church Digerati Ship-It Week

I love my job. It’s as simple as that.<p>This week, the devs and designers on two of my teams were all pretty quiet. Or not in the office at all. But …

Augmented Reality

Robbing God, Literally: 1 in 10 Protestant Churches Experience Embezzlement

Survey finds 1 in 2 only has enough cash for four months of services. Churches and other faith groups collect tens of billions of dollars in …

Faith

10 Steps to a Better Offering • ChurchLeaders.com

<b>“Just as we get going in worship, we have to stop and take up the offering!”</b> That was the comment a staff member made a few years back when asked …

.work

How to Increase Baptisms at Your Church

At Saddleback Church, we’ve always given a lot of attention to baptism, and I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve had so many baptisms over the …

Baptism

Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview

Some ways churches engage interim pastors For the past year I have had the privilege of serving as interim teaching pastor at Moody Church in …

UFC

Pastoring: Giving it the personal touch

<i>“I just called to say I love you…” –Stevie Wonder</i> My journal for the 1990s records something I never want to forget.We were trying to line up 15 …

in order to

Houses of worship do some soul searching as their neighborhoods change

NASHVILLE — A nearly 90-year-old church now stands across the street from a new luxury apartment complex, illustrating how redevelopment has altered its neighborhood.<p>It also shows that places of worship, like First Baptist Church East Nashville, are not immune to the changes in their …

Housing

Flipboard

Seven Reasons Why Some Churches Should Consider Being Acquired

“I have been involved in 17 church closures where we sold the properties to a secular company.”<p>Those words grieved me in two ways. First, I grieved …

Methodist congregation in Delaware sets up new kind of church without church building

DELAWARE — People streaming into the pavilion on certain Sunday mornings are just about the only resemblance New Beginnings United Methodist Church's …

Faith

10 Mistakes Churches Make in Evaluating Pastors

I remember the first time a personnel committee of my church evaluated me and my ministry. I was young (early 20’s), and I had never had anyone …

Leadership

A chaplain designed a way for ICU patients to request prayers, poetry and a hand to hold

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Gene LoCastro was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in August 2013. The painful disease causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.<p>"As the lung tissue thickens, your lungs can't properly move oxygen into your bloodstream," according to the National …

John Stott's Life-Changing Chapter

Ed Shaw | July 11th 2017<p><i>Ed Shaw is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol and a trustee of</i> <i>www.livingout.org. This is the story of how the</i> …

Faith

United Church embraces startups as it updates its social mission to engage millennials

With prime real estate in cities across the country going increasingly unused, the United Church of Canada is testing out the idea of opening sacred space up for incubation.<p>Under the guidance of 35-year-old minister Katherine Selby and entrepreneur coach Peter Miller, St. Andrew’s United Church in …

Innovation

The Success Affair

Jake’s father was a successful politician and his mother was a lawyer. He had a proclivity toward philosophy and music, and he looked like a rock …

Avoiding Burnout • ARC Churches

Kerri Weems<p>April 5<p>Kerri Weems | Co-Lead Pastor | Celebration Church | Jacksonville, FL<p>We hear so much the days about pastors and leaders experiencing …

Self-awareness

Why you should not copy Spurgeon’s Schedule

The Spurgeon Center’s excellent website recently published Spurgeon’s weekly schedule. It’s introduced with the following words:In fifty-seven years, …

Theology

What the Single in Your Pew Needs from You

Singles are on the rise. Here’s what forward-looking churches need to know. According to recent Pew data, the number of married Americans is at its …

On the Rise

What Do Addicts Need from You?

If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction …

Car-care ministries a growing niche in midsize cities

(RNS) When he founded the car-care ministry at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church 15 years ago, David McCoy knew he was filling a need in his …

Interview: The Turquoise Table Movement Wants You

Kristin Schell invites believers to trade entertaining for simple front-yard hospitality. Four years ago, Kristin Schell ordered two picnic tables …

Houses

What 9Marks Purists Should Know About Church Planting

<b>Editor’s note: At 9Marks, we’ve long appreciated those with whom we have the most important things in common, yet disagree with us constructively</b> …

Gardening

Life Story: Christopher Nelson

<b>MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)</b> — The longtime leader of a Twin Cities church is remembered as man who was a mentor and a teacher.Christopher Nelson served as the …

Minnesota

Future of Work: Four Shifts Leaders Must Focus on

Talking about the impending shifts like automation, robotics, disruptions and uncertainties in our world of work is almost clichéd.What seems like a …

Peter Drucker

Don't Play with Dead Snakes — Kill Projects Before They Kill You

DNAnexus CEO Richard Daly on how they tripled revenue by killing and scorching the earth under 'Dead Snake' projects. <br>Continue reading at First Round …

Management

It’s Not a Problem to Solve. It’s a Polarity to Manage.

I saw this image circulating around social media last week and I had to roll my eyes:It’s not because I don’t believe in the values of “new …

Management