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Craigslist for churches?

Inventor Ken Hakuta once said, “Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is

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Don’t let your missions trip become a nightmare

Rodger Murchison, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Augusta in Georgia, faced a missions pastor’s worst fear — the death of a team member while on a mission trip. When the enthusiastic group of nine assembled in the church parking lot to head for earthquake-ravaged Chile, no one could have guessed one of their group members would not return with them.

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Church Executive, June 2010, Volume 9, Issue 6

Among the highlights of the June issue is an interview with Larry Osborne, author and lead pastor, North Coast Church, Vista, CA. Also included are articles on how to deal with stress in pastoral work and the social justice movement.

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GILBERT-ISTAN

A church of seven adult members is told by its city that it’s illegal to hold religious services in their own homes. Golly, shades of Uzbekistan. In the same week we learned that the country of Uzbekistan levied massive fines on Baptists for meeting without a license and the town of Gilbert (AZ) banned church meetings in the homes of its residents.

In the same week we learned that the country of Uzbekistan levied massive fines on Baptists for meeting without a license and the town of Gilbert (AZ) banned church meetings in the homes of its residents.

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How the new healthcare reform act may affect congregations

President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act On March 23, 2010, with a follow-up signing of the Health Care and Education Affordability Act of 2010 a week later.

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Today vinyl is a preferred flooring for many church uses

Vinyl floors might not have star power, but the quality flooring is cost-effective. Today’s churches are no longer used just for worship. They must be able to accommodate sports, light recreation, social activities and an array of other events. Thus, it is important that a flooring solution be versatile in design and function in order […]

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Meet Larry Osborne

Larry Osborne says he grew up in a rather legalistic church and that it tended to confuse American values with Biblical values. “Frankly, it turned me off to both God and the church. But by my senior year in high school, through the influence of my parents — who are amazingly godly people without a trace of legalism — and my youth pastor — who is now my Executive Pastor — I came to Christ.

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Big idea for outreach

The idea of a big day is so simple, yet so revolutionary. First, let me define it. A big day is an all-out push toward a single Sunday for the purpose of breaking the next growth barrier and setting an attendance record, in order to reach as many people as possible for Jesus.

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How you can convert conflict into ministry opportunities

Church conflict is among the worst kinds, wrapped as it usually is in theological certainty about the rectitude of each side’s views. Outsiders consider the conflict hypocritical. Insiders wind-up disillusioned and sometimes wash-out. Entire congregations vanish.

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Social justice movement seen as inspired by secular trends

Mae Cannon was immersed in the social issues of our day in ways she never expected. She grew up in southern Maryland and “experienced a lot of racial tension between the black and white communities.” Going to the University of Chicago and graduate and seminary schools she became aware of some of the “amazing challenges” that communities of color face in the U.S.

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