Washington National Cathedral to wed same-sex couples

According to CNN, Washington’s National Cathedral is set to bless and wed same-sex couples: When laws went into effect in three states for same-sex couples to marry, many were quick to line up at their city halls to exchange vows. Now they may do so in one of the nation’s most prominent churches – the Washington National Cathedral. Most Americans know the house of God, also called the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, as a place where sacred rites are carried out on behalf of the nation. It has been host to the funerals of numerous presidents and of inaugural prayer services...
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Granger Community Church: 2012 year in review video

Here’s another great ministry video report for the year for Granger.  Granger always does a great job communicating and casting vision through video...
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RESEARCH: Average SBC Lead Pastor pay: $60k – $72k

The average pay of a senior pastor serving a Southern Baptist church in America for 2012 was $60,774.  That’s for pastors that live in church housing.  For those who don’t, the average is more like $72,840.  That doesn’t include cash payments that most pastors get as reimbursements (like for mileage, conference reimbursements, books, etc. That’s the synopsis from SBC Voices. LifeWay and GuideStone collaborate on the compensation survey. The  latest is available here. Thoughts? Does this strike you as high, low, or just...
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2012 Word of the Year

This is official, folks… It’s direct from the American Dialect Society. (It doesn’t get much more official than that!) The 2012 word of the year is… {{{{{drumroll}}}}} HASHTAG “This was the year when the hashtag became a ubiquitous phenomenon in online talk,” Ben Zimmer, chair of the ADS’ New Words Committee, said in a statement. In the Twittersphere and elsewhere, hashtags have created instant social trends, spreading bite-sized viral messages on topics ranging from politics to pop culture.” The word of the year in 2010 was similar:...
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IBM’s 5 in 5: Top innovations that will change the way you work in the next 5 years

Each year for the last seven years, the scientists at IBM have released their list of five innovations that they feel have the greatest potential to change the way we work and live during the next five years. Here’s what they came up with this year: 1) Touch: You will be able to touch through your phone.  Imagine using your smartphone to shop for your wedding dress and being able to feel the satin or silk of the gown, or the lace on the veil, from the surface on the screen. Or to feel the beading and weave of a blanket made by a local artisan half way around the world. In five years, industries...
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How will your church do financially in 2013? Here are some predictions…

Here’s a great read over at ChurchExecutive.  They asked some people involved in church finance and generosity to give some predictions on what 2013 might look like for churches. Dan Mike is Executive Vice President of Bank of the West.  Here’s what he has to say: From a financial perspective the last four years have certainly been challenging for churches. However, looking at the data gathered across our church customer base, we have noticed a slow but distinct turnaround. For example, the general tithes and offerings (T&Os) collected by our customers as reported on statements...
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New Research: Attendance and offerings up for most churches in 2012

New research from Leadership Network and Warren Bird: Although the size of the churches surveyed varied, the average growth rate for all churches combined is between 6-8% per year, based on worship attendance numbers (adults and children combined) from the past three years. The majority of churches surveyed have also seen an increase in offerings since January, 2012. This trend increases with church size. Churches of 2,000 or more have seen a significant increase, with 28% increasing in the 6-10% range Interestingly, the 80/20 “rule” applies to giving. We asked: Which answer best completes this...
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Our Take: Pat Robertson says he missed God’s voice. Should we be surprised?

Last week, Pat Robertson came clean.  He said that he had totally missed God’s voice in the 2012 presidential election. How do you feel when someone tells you that they’ve heard directly from God? Have you found that it is usually validated later, or is it usually proven to be false? How do you know if you’ve really heard from God? Here’s our take (and by ‘our’), I mean my Filter co-host Matt Steen and myself: What do you think? Have you ever THOUGHT you heard the voice of God, only to find out later, it wasn’t confirmed? Have you ever trusted in someone that...
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New Research: 73% of surveyed churches expect to meet or excede budget in 2012

New research from Leadership Network… this is just being released from Warren Bird and my colleagues at Leadership Network: Despite the current economic landscape, 73% of all churches surveyed expect to meet budget this year(“this year” being 2012 calendar year or current fiscal year). This response was to the question: “How do you respond to this statement? ‘Our church will meet its budget for this year.’ (whether calendar or fiscal year)” Participating churches ranged in size from less than 50 to over 40,000 people in weekly worship attendance. The larger the...
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Man… I wish someone would’ve told me this earlier…

Will Mancini writes: Every year, Outreach Magazine provides a profile of the 100 Fastest-growing churches in the country. This year, they had a few interview spots entitled, “What I wish someone told me.” What really struck me are the common threads on vision and alignment. Look for how these pastors discuss clarity and unique calling. The big themes are as follows: Radical emphasis on mission and vision (including values and strategy) Willingness to “let people go” who don’t align with the vision Commitment to stop programs and cut ministry not aligned with the vision Now, listen to their...
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