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Now displaying: November, 2016
Nov 18, 2016

Why Do Churches Overpay for Staff?

Churches have often made the mistake of hiring staff rather than empowering a volunteer to minister or outsourcing a simple task to an expert organization. However, churches also struggle to see staffing as a stewardship issue. Sometimes staff members need to be reevaluated and reallocated in order to meet the changing needs of a congregation.

Source: Thom Rainer

Women Are Ministering as Authors and Speakers

Authors such as Jen Hatmaker and Ann Voskamp, who have grown through blog posts and social media, have created a new version of women’s ministry that is not depending on a congregation. Their social media followers are larger than most pastors and any church, while their books tend to outsell some of the best known Christian authors. Women who don’t see a place for female leaders in their congregations are turning to authors such as Hatmaker for guidance.

Source: Christianity Today

Churches Reach Out to Neighbors After Terror Attack

The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded. However, the challenges faced by the police and the trauma of the community became a key opportunity for churches in the area to host first responders and to care for neighbors suffering from anxiety and panic attacks after witnessing the terror of those fleeing the nightclub.

Source: Christianity Today

Nov 11, 2016

Will Robots Take Over Your Job?

With robots and automation taking over many manufacturing and transportation jobs, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX believes that there will need to be a universal basic income provided by governments throughout the world. Switzerland had recently put such a measure up for a vote but struck it down.

Source: CNBC

Anglicans Are the Most Educated Denomination

A survey of 30 religious groups and denominations found that 77% of Hindus and 67% of Unitarian Universalists hold college degrees, while 59% of Anglicans and Episcopalians have college degrees. On the other end of the spectrum, 19% of Southern Baptist Convention members and 20% of Nazarenes hold college degrees.

Source: Pew Research

Technology Is Transforming Ministry Today

Smartphone based and computer based apps are changing how churches receive donations, share curriculum, and keep worship teams on the same page. Curriculum and leadership materials can be accessed online or via apps, and even childcare volunteers can use computerized programs to keep track of children in the nursery and other classes.

Source: Facts and Trends

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