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Church interns

As we approach the budget for 2011, I am excited to be able to pursue some interns

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Celebrate to stand out

The purpose of a recent study was to uncover what makes an evangelistic church stand out, and several of the interviewees

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Animals in the clouds

I remember lying in the grass on my back as a kid, looking up at the clouds in the sky with my best friend

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Measure twice, cut once

I was never a very good carpenter.

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How to turn off the unchurched

Here’s some good news: the vast majority of the unchurched are receptive to an invitation to church. The problem is that few active churchgoers actually reach out to their neighbors and friends.

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Meet Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson was five years old when his parents took him to a movie theater

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Are you a coach?

How come a team with all the superstar talent fails to win, while another teamHow come a team with all the superstar talent fails to win, while another team

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Church Executive, January 2011, Volume 10, Issue 1

Among the highlights of this issue is an interview with Mark Batterson, senior pastor, National Community Church, Washington D.C. Also included are articles about ten trends for the church in the next ten years and why vacation Bible school is still relevant.

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The unthinkable: Responding to sexual abuse allegations

Churches spend considerable amounts of time and effort to put in place policies and procedures designed to prevent occurrences of child abuse within their ministries.

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Why Vacation Bible School is still relevant, still reaching

Experience has shown us that Vacation Bible School is still effective in reaching kids for Christ. Dating back to 1894, how do churches keep this program relevant to boys and girls today? The greatest change I have seen in VBS in my 19 years as a children’s director is the curriculum. Years ago we had a Bible story each day with a few basic activities. Of course we added fun songs, crafts and games to make it exciting for the kids, but it was mainly an extension of the regular Sunday study.

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