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Perspectives on the April 14 "Elaine photography case" U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let the lower court ruling stand…

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Avoid these 5 staffing mistakes »

“The single most important thing great companies did that good companies didn’t was make superb people decisions.” That was from Jim Collins at the Catalyst West conference last year. Collins is one of my favorites — OK, my favorite — author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his…

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Health care chaplaincy takes big step to becoming evidence-based, association professionals agree »

NEW YORK /Christian Newswire  — Leaders of three professional health care chaplaincy organizations convened on April 1 at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network‘s conference Caring for the Human Spirit: Driving the Research Agenda in Spiritual Care in Health Care to voice unanimity on collaborating to advance the discipline’s ability to provide better…

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ACRU: Leave Clergy Housing Allowance Alone »

Freedom from Religion Foundation is “trying to use the federal courts to destroy religious freedom and independence from government control,” said American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson. WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule allowing clergy to have a tax-exempt housing allowance…

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Share Your Prayer campaign urges video and faith-driven response to child abuse and neglect »

WASHINGTON /Christian Newswire — Each year, more than 680,000 children are abused or neglected, and as many as 1,500 die as a result. In an effort to protect these vulnerable children, Shepherding the Next Generation — a network of more than 300 evangelical pastors and faith leaders — is encouraging…

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Expert advice for accommodating the next generation of generosity »

Designed as a fast, simple, secure, tactile — and fun — new-school giving option…

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Gaining grounds »

Church cafés are on the rise in large churches. But, launching a successful one requires expert advice.…

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Do you really need a Master of Divinity to pastor? »

Statistics from groups such as the Association of Theological Schools reveal that the Master of Divinity degree…

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Learning from the greatest coaches »

One place few pastors look for leadership wisdom is in the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have…

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Contemplative practices gaining with youth, young adults »

By Jeff Brumley ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Some contemplative spiritual practices may be as old as Christianity itself, but they are increasingly attracting younger generations hungry for alternatives to contemporary, flashy worship. Case in point: portions of an international Taizé pilgrimage hosted by First Baptist Church of Austin, TX, this…

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Global Christian Business Leaders Conference on September 21-25, 2014 »

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Christian Newswire  — The Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI) will host its 35th annual Global Business Leaders Conference on September 21-25 at the Ritz-Carlton, 4735 Amelia Island Parkway. With the theme “Run to Win,” the event will feature a mix of keynote addresses, breakout…

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In WikiWorship, church members help edit the sermon »

By Amanda Greene WILMINGTON, N.C. / (RNS) — Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept behind a new worship model called WikiWorship. Yes, that’s wiki as in Wikipedia. It was developed by the Rev. Philip Chryst, pastor of a United Methodist mission in Wilmington, as…

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A Voice for the Emerging Generation

Since 2011, John Mark Comer, 33, has been the lead pastor of Bridgetown…

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Of clones and unicorns: Some thoughts on succession

I was an eager beaver new believer. …

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Cybercrime: not just a “big business” concern

Cyber criminals are turning their attention to easy targets — including religious organizations.…

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Perspectives on violence in the sanctuary

Graphic images of violent situations are aired hundreds — if not thousands — of times, as major television stations repeatedly play the stories. …

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User-friendly worship lighting

When assembling your worship lighting setup, one critical (but often overlooked) step is to match its complexity with users’ skill level.…

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Making worship accessible to everyone

Having the right assistive listening system available to worshippers engages members with hearing loss, keeps parents of young children in the loop in the event of a quick exit, and even breaks down language barriers.…

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MISSIONS & TRAVEL FaithBasedCommunicationNetwork

Have phone, will travel

Fresh ideas for a tried-and-true connection tool …

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Destination: Israel

For many church  leaders, the idea of a group trip to Israel is compelling. However, the logistics of planning such an excursion can strike fear in the heart of even the most adventurous pastor. To quell the hesitation, Noam Matas — general manager of the Calabasas, CA-based America Israel Travel…

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2 quick tips for planning a disastrous mission trip

A group of 12 teenagers from your church just convinced the senior pastor they can raise the money for an evangelistic outreach. …

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