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The Prayer Circle: Texans Rebuild After Harvey as a Practice of Faith

<i>“In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit</i> …<i>”</i><p>WHARTON COUNTY, Tex. — Jeff Klimple, head bowed and eyes clinched, had locked his meaty mechanic’s hand into the trembly, creased fingers of his 80-year-old mother, Angie. She, in turn, held the right hand of her 24-year-old …

Christopher Lee

The Extraordinary Case of Mr Yamazaki

What happened when a Japanese headteacher imported his ‘Hitaisho’ teaching method to a rural Cornish primary school.<p>100% Pass rate in KS2 SATS …

Mythbuster: Louisville pastor triples attendance in 6 months by knocking on doors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – A Louisville pastor has busted the longstanding myth in the church world that door-to-door visitation is out of vogue and no …

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 …

Religion

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 …

Social Media Marketing

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 …

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 …

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 …

Faith

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 …

Stevie Wonder

Houses of worship do some soul searching as their neighborhoods change

Baptist Church

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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.”Those words grieved me in two ways. First, I grieved …

Real Estate

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 …

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 …

Management

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 …

Medicine

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> …

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 …

Social Enterprise

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 …

Marriage

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 …

Faith

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 …

Relationships

Car-care ministries a growing niche in midsize cities

(RNS) In places where public transportation is lacking, the need for cheap, or free, car care is soaring.

United Methodist

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 …

Lowe's

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.<p>Christopher Nelson served as the …