International religious freedom issues are growing in urgency and importance worldwide, and today the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is releasing the International Religious Freedom Congressional Scorecard for the 114th session of Congress.
Compensation planning for ministers presents several unique tax issues that are not well understood by many church leaders and their advisers. To help, Richard Hammar describes three key tax considerations churches should review when structuring compensation plans for pastors.
Board members of Relevant Radio and Immaculate Heart Radio today signed their merger agreement and have submitted a petition to the FCC for the required ownership transfer of radio licenses to the merged entity. The non-profit corporation will be known as “Immaculate Heart Media, Inc. d/b/a Relevant Radio.” Bishops, clergy, listeners, donors, and employees across the country have expressed enthusiastic support for the merger.
When people think of the Silicon Valley, what comes to mind is the principle that life can somehow be perfected through innovation and technology; that mission seems to trump seeking religious purpose. The Silicon Valley is one of the least religious parts of the country, 30 percent below the national average, with less than five percent of residents attending church services on Sundays.
There’s a persistent myth about church live streaming that needs to be put to rest: The idea that once you go live online, your members will stop coming to the services. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t have statistics; I can only give you my experience with the hundreds of churches we’ve worked with around the world.
By Phil Cooke
Over and over, as we help churches live stream their services, the actual Sunday attendance in the building goes up. In other words, putting your services out there online for others to see actually draws more to the Sunday service.
There are plenty of amazing live stream stories. I was speaking at a pastor’s conference in Oklahoma this year and met one pastor who preaches to 700 people in his congregation. But his live stream is viewed by an average of 10,000 people each week.
We worked with a large church in the Southeast who actually gets as much as one-third of its total income from the live stream audience. In fact, one Sunday, the pastor called me, excited to share that the previous Sunday, the church received more donations online than the congregation gave in the offering plate. That’s unusual, but it does happen.
Think for a minute about former members of your church who have moved but would like to stay in touch. Students who have left for college, business people in the congregation who travel. Missionaries you support. I can tell you that whenever my wife and I are on the road on a Sunday morning, she always opens up the laptop and watches the live-streamed service from our church.
The bottom line: There are millions of people outside the walls of your church who need to hear your message. Certainly you won’t reach all of them with your online service, but the fact is, if you’re holding back from doing a live stream, you won’t reach anyone beyond those walls.
If you’re a pastor or church leader interested in live streaming, ask any questions in the comment box, or contact our team. We want to see your message reach as many people as possible, and a live stream is a relatively inexpensive and effective way to make that happen.
Phil Cooke has produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world.
“What can we do to help the churches in our state become more evangelistic?”
“We need more good evangelism programs. Why aren’t you providing them?”
“Why are we reaching fewer unchurched people than we used to?”
It is likely the single day of the year more unchurched decide to visit a church.
The Leadership Playground, a leadership development agency, will host its first annual FaithPrint Virtual Summit, free of charge to participants, on December 19 – 23, 2016 from 8:00am-7:30pm. Hosted by the company’s CEO, Philonda Johnson, the goal of the summit is to provide innovative ideas and best practices to new Christian entrepreneurs as they craft strategic blueprints for how to run their businesses God’s Way.
Since 2006, BrickHouse Security, an industry leader in security and surveillance solutions, has offered free GPS trackers to churches and nonprofits to monitor their nativity scenes. Now, after a decade of results, the company is looking to expand the program to more affected areas.
I admit I got it wrong.
I smell fear when I walk outside these days. And I hear discouragement. We’re all in a mess over the election and the dawning realization that the culture wars are shredding the United States.
Let your imagination wander for a moment.
Every year, between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Government entities and businesses recognize the culture and contributions of those born in Latin American countries—particularly Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Belize and Costa Rica, all of which celebrate their independence days during that time.
Saddleback Church founded by Pastor Rick and Kay Warren will launch its newest campus in San Diego on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Canyon Crest Academy. Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, will be on location for the launch. The book topped the Wall Street Journal best seller charts as well as Publishers Weekly charts with over 30 million copies sold by 2007.
Asking people to volunteer can be stressful. If you don’t go into it with the right perspective, you can feel like you are bothering them or even feel like you are using them.
How can church worship services be opened to congregational participation? That is the question Larry Peabody, author of ‘Curing Sunday Spectatoritis,’ posed to church leaders. In the book, 25 leaders describe a variety of ways they are turning spectators into participants during congregational meetings.