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Start a bus ministry?

It’s a great outreach tool, but it requires leadership, labor and funds.

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How to avoid hazards on the stage

By Mark Mohler Churches conduct different types of live performances especially during the holidays – ranging from small plays to elaborate theatrical productions. There are many things to consider, including stage construction, painting of the set and scenery, costume design and rehearsals. There are also numerous hazards that come along with a theatrical production, including […]

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Back to the future: Kids learning in community

Standing in the middle of a movie theater lobby is usually no big deal (and certainly not a spiritual moment), unless it is the first Sunday morning of Promiseland, a new ministry to children in the early days of Willow Creek Community Church. Launching a ministry to kids in an out-of-the-box, rapidly-growing, already-influential congregation was a big deal; even bigger than I realized at the time, Willow Creek church in South Barrington, IL, about to surpass the 2,000 milestone in its third year, presented a brand new approach to “church” with fresh thinking from top to bottom – except when it came to children.

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MEGA THINKING

When 120 executive pastors and pastors met in February for David Fletcher’s 2010 XP-Seminar — more than half present there for the first time — the topic of the hour was the national economy and the hits that churches have taken in their budgets, building plans and outreach.

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Contemporary American innovation, with a Korean interpretation

Inspiration for innovation can come from unexpected places. For a South Korean congregation, the spark for innovation was fueled by leading American churches’ missional architecture.

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The Refinery, a place for remaking young lives

t’s called The Refinery, for the young lives it is intended to mold and refine, who use its facilities. Saddleback Church’s youth center that opened more than a year ago is as much a community center too, providing a venue for events, weddings and sports.

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Make sure your Web site is multi-site friendly

With the multi-site church revolution in full swing across America, much attention is paid to video venues, program development and community outreach. An equal or greater amount of attention, however, should be paid to the digital communications strategy. Whether or not your church is offering its own live video streaming or “Internet Campus” experience, running a Web site for multiple locations is a much different challenge than that of a single-site church.

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Mixed-use church campuses intentionally foster community

There’s a trend towards people moving back to denser urban areas that provides an opportunity for the church to reclaim an anchor position in the heart of the community. The repatriation of downtown cores and the development of new transit-oriented urban centers is a trend that’s expected to continue for at least the next 15 years.

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An integrated holistic approach to what’s new in sustainability

Churches around the country have benefitted from choosing sustainable products and processes, whether they are purchasing paper or renovating or building a religious facility. Many church leaders have discovered that going green enhances their integrity and connection with their communities, while also providing healthier environments for their staffs and congregations.

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