All posts from “community”

How Much is a Volunteer's Time Worth?

May 2, 2013 8:00 AM

How much is a volunteer's time worth? About $22.14 an hour, according to a new Independent Sector calculation. The organization uses Bureau of Labor Statistics information, looking at payroll averages of nonfarm, nonsupervisory labor and adding a percentage for benefits....

State Appeals Court: Church Should Pay Property Tax

April 17, 2013 8:00 AM

On the heels of last week's news regarding an Indiana study that showed one in four government leaders favored payments of some type by churches in exchange for their tax-exempt statuses comes this online column by Peter J. Reilly of...

Indiana Government Survey: 1 in 4 Say Churches Should Make Payments

April 9, 2013 9:51 AM

A 2010 survey of local government leaders in Indiana shows one in four want churches to make “payments” or provide services in exchange for receiving tax exemptions on their properties. The survey results, released for the first time on Monday,...

Outfit Your Church for Outreach

December 20, 2012 8:00 AM

As Christmas approaches, many churches are directing their attention toward local, national, and international outreach efforts. Christianity Today and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company recently conducted the joint national Outlook for Outreach study, collecting responses from 1,486 church leaders and volunteers...

How Churches Serve Their Communities

December 11, 2012 8:00 AM

Where would Americans be if churches didn’t make outreach a priority? Many would feel the pain of unmet needs for basics such as food and clothing, not to mention a slow-down in disaster recovery efforts. For many hardest hit by...

Cyber Risks at Church

July 31, 2012 8:00 AM

Church websites, Facebook pages, electronic fund transfers, online databases with sensitive information—churches using digital tools face new methods for operating, as well as new risks. And like all risks, the potential liabilities associated with technology use require a good...

8 Ways Churches Are Using Pinterest

June 4, 2012 8:00 AM

Imagine if you had access to the world’s largest bulletin board—a place where you could exchange ideas and images from around the globe. That’s one of the major benefits of the increasingly popular website, Pinterest. Unlike sites such as...

Little Guys Can Do Big Things

April 19, 2012 8:00 AM

I go to an Episcopal church. We have liturgy. Our pews aren’t padded. We don’t do PowerPoint. We don’t have a visitor’s welcome center. Our website? Kinda lame. Our communications budget? A single line item for a phone book ad,...

Staying Afloat Amid Information Overload

September 29, 2011 8:00 AM

The flow of information never stops for the Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, the associate general minister and vice president in the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He fields up to 150 emails a day. He...

Seattle Hayride Crash Injures Youth Group, Leaders

September 15, 2011 8:00 AM

A church-sponsored hayride turned dangerous in July when a trailer carrying a Seattle area youth group flipped on a steep hill. According to a local news source, the trailer jackknifed on a packed gravel road, seriously injuring three adult...

One Solution to Education Cutbacks

August 25, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: As a follow up to our posts, "What's a Congregation Worth?" and "Church Giving on the Rebound?" we came across this article by Dave Staal on our sister site, BuildingChurchLeaders.com (Dave also played an integral role in...

The Pluses of Google+ for Church Leaders

July 18, 2011 10:58 AM

Google+ is the latest entry in the ocean of social media. As a church leader, you need to know the potential this has for your leadership and church. The interface has drawn a number of comparisons to Facebook, and while...

Get $1,000 for Your Church's Communications Campaign

July 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Our friends over at ChurchJuice.com are offering three $1,000 grants to churches planning--or already doing--unique, interesting, and effective communications work. The deadline to apply for "The Juicys" is August 5, 2011. As ChurchJuice.com puts it: We want to recognize and...

Creating a Disaster Relief Ministry

July 7, 2011 8:00 AM

Few will argue that 2011 has been a tragic season for natural disasters. The U.S. has been hit hard by tornadoes, fires, and floods. States like Missouri, Arizona, and North Dakota are recovering from (and still facing) the worst natural...

Better Minds, Better Church Office Management?

May 23, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: On Thursday, the early registration and discounted rate ends for the National Association of Church Business Administration’s 55th annual conference (July 1-5 in Washington, D.C.). Christianity Today International’s Church Management Team is a content partner with NACBA,...

Survey Says, Millennials Do Give—and Not Just Online

May 19, 2011 8:00 AM

Contrary to what you might think, Millennials are generous and technology isn’t the only way to motivate them to donate to nonprofits (including churches), according to the 2011 Millennial Donor Report. Among the nearly 3,000 Millennials between the ages...

New Report: Households Spent $368 on Gas Last Month

May 12, 2011 8:00 AM

A new report issued last week by the Oil Price Information Service shows the average American household spent $368 in April on gas, according to this CNN article. If church leaders haven't already done so, it's time to think...

Responding to Disaster

April 29, 2011 10:12 AM

Editor's Update (5/2/11): The Christian Science Monitor reported this weekend about the mobilization of nonprofits and churches to aid tornado victims in Alabama and elsewhere. The Monitor reports: In a scene reminiscent of the days following hurricane Katrina in...

What's a Congregation Worth?

April 28, 2011 8:00 AM

As cities and counties continue to eye possible taxes and fees for churches and religious organizations, interesting new research from The University of Pennsylvania's Ram Cnaan examines the economic value of a congregation to its surrounding community. Using information...

Should Churches Avoid Discipline for Legal Fears?

March 24, 2011 8:00 AM

The March/April issue of Catalyst Leadership focuses on the topic of "Crisis," and features an interview with Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministries. Ken is also an editorial advisor for Christianity Today International's Church Management Team. The interviewer asks...

When the Bank Says No

March 17, 2011 8:00 AM

Rejection is no fun under any circumstance. It can be especially disheartening for a church when a lender rejects its initial loan application for a capital construction project. But the first "no" does not necessarily doom your chances to...

The Fall-Out from 'Natural Decrease'

March 3, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Update (4/26/2011):The Nonprofit Quarterly pointed this morning to a Boston Globe article reporting 40 of the city's largest nonprofits, with property valued at $15 million or more each, have received letters from the city "requesting them to make...

Small Groups, Confidentiality, and the Law

January 19, 2011 8:00 AM

One of the benefits of working on the team at Christianity Today International is that I sometimes get "insider information" from some of the other resources in our corporate family. For example, the following question was recently sent to the...

Finding Grants for Church Building Campaigns

November 4, 2010 8:00 AM

Are there corporate or foundation grants available to fund your church building campaign? There may be, depending on who you serve and how church facilities are used. Your best chance of securing this kind of funding is if your...

One Church, Many Congregations

October 14, 2010 8:00 AM

A recent article from our sister publication, Leadership Journal, covers the rapid growth of Christ Together, a network that developed in the Chicagoland area after pastors of several different congregations saw an opportunity to partner with each other to...

Top 10 Things Churches Need to Know About Zoning

June 3, 2010 8:20 AM

Editor's note: Church law expert Richard Hammar says zoning is one of the Top 5 issues to land a church in court. To learn more about church property and zoning laws, check out Richard's Volume 2 of "Pastor, Church, &...

How Finance, Sexual Wrongdoings Challenged One Church

March 11, 2010 8:00 AM

My lawyer said, "Just follow my lead and answer the questions he asks, and everything will be okay." I clung to his advice as I entered the smartly decorated boardroom lined with towering bookshelves. The first thing I noticed...

Responding to Negative Coverage in the Media

February 19, 2010 8:30 AM

Editor’s Note: On February 4, a local television station ran a story about Ed Young and Fellowship Church, the Grapevine, Texas, where he leads. The piece, citing anonymous former staff members, among others, suggests Young leads a lavish lifestyle....

6 Trends in 2010 for Grants

February 10, 2010 8:00 AM

If your congregation plans to seek grant funding for programs in 2010, keep in mind that the grants picture has changed quite a bit in the past 12 months due to the economic downturn. As I research local (Minneapolis-St....

Top 10 Leadership Books from 2009

January 27, 2010 2:00 AM

Pastors and church leaders are bombarded by the myriad books published every year and don't have the time and resources required to sift through, purchase, and read all that are of interest. For this reason, Leadership journal (a sister...

Legally Host A Super Bowl Party

January 19, 2010 8:30 AM

If your church is hosting a Super Bowl party this year, you will need to abide by three simple guidelines to avoid violating copyright law. Attorney David Middlebrook, who specializes in representing tax-exempt organizations and is a member of our...

10 Questions to Ask About Your Church’s Communications

November 5, 2009 10:23 AM

Editor’s Note: Scott Vaughn, a church communications consultant, recently posed these questions in a discussion forum for church administrators. Vaughn, whose firm helps churches and faith organizations, is quoted extensively in “Bringing Joy to the World: A communications strategy...

Ways to Help the Unemployed at Your Church

October 30, 2009 8:00 AM

The ABC News affiliate serving the Rochester, Minnesota, area posted a piece earlier this week highlighting the efforts of some local churches to help the unemployed. The article makes an interesting point about the challenges presented by unemployment to...

Fast Ideas for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

October 27, 2009 1:11 PM

I'm live at the Cultivate Conference '09 in Chicago today (see my other updates on Twitter: @MattBranaugh). This gathering of a couple of hundred church leaders primarily focuses on communication inside and outside of church walls, but one of the...

Engaging Congregation Members in Community Ministry

October 12, 2009 8:00 AM

All around the United States, congregations are reaching out to their neighbors with creative community ministry programs. Churches are providing after-school and job training programs, developing affordable housing, offering medical care, opening day care centers, and distributing food and...