Rethinking Voluntourism and Short Term Mission Trips

Mission trips and volunteer tourism (“voluntourism”) tend to make the mistake of providing life changing experiences for those who go on the trips rather than providing the best needs for communities. For instance, short term missionaries who build schools overseas are taking jobs from local workers, most likely doing inferior work, and taking away money 

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What Visitors Look for on Your Church Website

Among the 41% of Americans planning to attend Easter services, over two thirds of them own smartphones and will most likely look up information about your church online. Do you have service times and location information in clear, easy-to-find locations? Also check out your website to make sure you have staff information, children’s ministry notes, 

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Cell Phone Use Drives Empathy Decline and Lost Conversations

The popularity of cell phones are driving a striking decline in empathy as more regular users are missing out on the benefits of in-person conversations. Couples are writing via text messages rather than conversing in real person, families spend time “together” but on their phones, and job applicants struggle in interviews after writing excellent letters. 

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Church Fires Tullian Tchividjian and Four Board Members Resign

After Tullian Tchividjian, former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, shared an update that his restoration and repentance is going well, new reports from his former church surfaced and prompted his current employer to fire him. Tchividjian had been serving in a ministry development position at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church (no relation to the Illinois Willow Creek) and 

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How Churches Take in Less Money and Remain Vital

Churches have seen their budgets drop by an average of $25,000 in the past five years, and those who claimed financial difficulty has increased from 8% in 2000 to 16% in 2015. However, churches remain spiritually vital by minimizing conflict, using bi-vocational pastors, sharing inspirational worship, and focusing on the programs/ministries they do best rather 

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