Many United Methodists would agree there are gaps between where the church is and where it wants to be. A decline in membership in the United States and growing fiscal problems represent two of many such gaps.
Athanatos Christian Ministries is hosting its first annual apologetics conference May 7th- 8th, 2010. The conference will cast a vision for promoting Christianity through the arts, and literature in particular.
Among the highlights of the May issue is an interview with the author of a new Rick Warren biography. The issue includes two articles about retirement that provide information about planning and IRS regulations. Also in this issue, author Shirl Hoffman discusses sports culture and the church.
If I push and you pull, we have movement, things get done. If we both push, or both pull, we often create an immovable object. Church ministries should not be immovable objects.
At an employee meeting in 2007, church accountant Kathy Warren and pastor of operations Bob Darden faced what felt like a mutiny. After considerable research and comparative analysis from Darden and Warren, the personnel committee at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, FL, had decided to move to a consumer-directed, high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA).
Last month we held our Grand Opening and Dedication Service for our new expanded and renovated facility. In early 2008, we made the decision to move forward with an $8 million construction project even as the signs of recession were popping up everywhere.
Technology has certainly been embraced by church-goers for ages. Just a generation or so ago, the advent of radio and television created opportunities to reach new people and create new pulpits for both the gifted preacher and the not-so-gifted.
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