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When Church Gets Sidelined by Youth Sports
Pastors need a game plan for discipling over-committed families.
Like many pastors, I have been saddened to see families disappear from Lord's Day worship services during their children's sports seasons. 1. Provide worship on alternative days.
In Defense of the Children’s Sermon
How we’ve made those five minutes of our service some of the most influential—for kids and adults.
I had an idea of what they must be like: a pastor taking precious minutes of a worship service, using a forced, talking-to-children voice to give a watered-down moral for the children.
What to Know About a New Donation Scam
Why churches should be careful about refund requests.
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There are variations on the specific approach (for example, someone puts a check in the offering plate in a worship service, waits until they know the church would have deposited it
SCOTUS Denies Church Cases • Texas Shooting Lawsuit • SBC Annual Meeting: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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This year, amid the standard business of elections, entity updates, worship sets, and messages, leaders of America's largest Protestant body have brought unprecedented attention to
When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget
Does your policy have the answer on what to do?
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of ministry operations. Line items will exist for worship activities, educational activities, children and youth ministries, missions, and so on. Suppose a
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
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Due to ever-increasing “complexity,” in 2018, we are now seeing the executive pastor role in two-thirds of churches that have 500-1,000 people in weekly worship attendance.
Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
What does the IRS say about tax-exempt status for churches?
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Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to editor@churchlawandtax.com. I just began as the pastor of a rural Midwestern church with 150 in worship.
How to Ask a Man to Mentor You
In light of #MeToo, some men are more reluctant than ever to mentor a woman.
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relationship with. For instance, if you are on the worship team, you might approach the worship pastor for mentoring on a specific aspect of worship leading. Or
Andy Savage Resigns • Church Preservation Controversy • Concealed Carry Law: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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Wyoming Governor Signs Conceal Carry Bill for Houses of Worship. “Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a measure allowing people to carry concealed
Church Property Dispute • Donor-Advised Funds • Concealed Weapons: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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New York Church Encourages Members to Carry Guns. “When the parishioners at the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God gather for worship each Sunday, many of them are armed.
Is the Megachurch Era Over? Yes. And No. (And Other Contradictory Answers)
Megachurches aren't going away. Nor should they. But we need to make room for other models, too.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The first generation of the megachurch is most definitely over. One evidence of that is how many megachurches are intentionally providing smaller worship venues on Sunday mornings.
Underpaid Church Staff • Church Spokesperson Controversy • ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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Oklahoma House Passes 'Stand Your Ground' Bill. “The Oklahoma House passed a measure Tuesday extending the state's 'stand your ground' law protections to places of worship.
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
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Sitting comfortably on a back row of a worship center, unnoticed and safe in my own self-pity, seemed a more enticing option than working through my pain.
Adoption Tax Credit • FEMA Lawsuit • Hate Crime Statistics: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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FEMA Reconsiders Policies that Deny Aid to Churches. “When disaster strikes, houses of worship are often on the front lines, feeding and sheltering victims.
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
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as adolescents can be mean girls, grown-ups can turn into mean women who subtly—or not so subtly—undermine, judge, and criticize the choices of other women they worship next to
Housing Allowance Appeal • FEMA Aid • Church Financial Trends: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, after a ruling last year authorized almost $1 billion in new taxes each year on them and other houses of worship across the
Bearing the Word
Preachers carry on a tradition Mary exemplified.
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But I was tired, worn out by the juggling act of the preacher-mama: studying, preaching, leading worship, attending to my flock, and teaching while being a wife, raising a toddler, doing
Pastor’s Confession • Tax Refund Denial • More Sanctuary Churches: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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“In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the county denied a church's claim that a daycare center it operates qualified as a place of religious worship, making it exempt from property taxes.
Pastors, We Need To Stop Expecting Worship Leaders To Do Our Job For Us
If the theology being presented in our churches isn't deep enough, it's not the worship leader's responsibility to make it deeper.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If the theology being presented in our churches isn't deep enough, it's not the worship leader's responsibility to make it deeper. Innovative MinistryJuly
Disillusioned by the Church
When organizational culture makes you wonder if you belong
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The worship pastor at her church was clearly a very gifted musician. On Sundays, he consistently produced the highest quality worship program she ever experienced.
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