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Is Your Church A Family? 5 Ways To Help It Be A Healthy One
A healthy family doesn’t put up walls to keep newcomers out. They welcome new members with open arms and big parties.
In fact, that's when families throw their biggest parties – to welcome newcomers into the family with weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other parties.
5 Best Practices for "Other Ministry Income"
Guidelines for dealing with money that's not a part of your regular salary.
Note: In his free ebook, The Minister's Salary, Thom Rainer addresses the issue of "other ministry income"—income ministers receive from services offered at weddings, funerals, revivals
Set 2015 Clergy Housing Allowances Now
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Guide. 2. Views on church, state, and marriage. “About half of Americans are ready for separation of church and state when it comes to weddings. Six
Who Is Your Greatest Pastoral Influence?
Nine pastors respond.
on high every week. "You have to visit them. Be in their homes. Attend their soccer matches and weddings and concerts.". Once when my ministry was
The Church and the Huddled Masses
Throughout US history, the church has had a complicated relationship with the "homeless, tempest-tost" looking for a better life.
language. Ho and Bic stayed in touch with George and Ann over the years, exchanging Christmas cards and inviting one another to children's weddings.
Blessings and Burdens for Women Leaders
How can churches limit obstacles and increase opportunities for their women in leadership?
My friends compare notes about how soon after our weddings we were asked when we'd have our first child. (For the record, I was asked at my wedding reception.
Feasting and Fellowship in the Age of Food Allergies
Eating can be a source of fellowship—but in a fallen and allergy-ridden world, it can also present challenges.
daughters. When we gather to celebrate milestones—graduations, weddings, homecomings, baby showers—we mark the occasion by sharing meals together.
The Church that Drinks Together
In our town, refusing to drink alcohol may be a bigger stumbling block than serving it.
in the fellowship hall. Without this concession, no one would book the facility for weddings—and we need weddings to help pay the bills. But those of
Unprecedented, All Over Again.
3 of today's crises the church has faced before.
The nation-wide legalization of gay marriage combined with lawsuits against Christian bakers and photographers who refuse to serve same-sex weddings have shown the cultural tide
Ministry Lessons from My Father
He passed away early in my life but remains the biggest influence on my ministry.
about his preaching. They tell me about visits, baptisms, funerals, weddings, and countless ways he lovingly shepherded his congregation. He faced
A Pretty Place for a Wedding
Opening the church building to outside users
Churches often receive requests to use their buildings for weddings. Some church leaders may feel there are so many requests that there may be a more simple way to answer them all.