Christ Fellowship raises $602,000 for charity in two days

According to the Christian Post: Members of a Fla. multi-campus church have raised over $600,000 over the span of 48 hours for the sake of charity. Miami-Dade County-based Christ Fellowship Church raised the large sum during a two-day charity drive that began on Saturday, Dec. 15 and concluded Sunday, Dec. 16. Aimee Artiles, spokeswoman for Christ Fellowship, told The Christian Post that while this was not the first time the church had done a charity like this, the results were unprecedented. “In October, we decided on $337,000 and to challenge our church to raise that amount to fund some...
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Christian Leaders Respond to Sandy Hook

The response has been wide and varied in the religious community about the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Here are some of the responses I was able to find on the internet this morning: Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral: The Christian community, indeed, the entire American faith community, can no longer tolerate this persisting and escalating gun violence against our people. Enough is enough,” said Hall, who is the dean of the cathedral… The best way in my thinking to mourn the Sandy Hook shooting is to mobilize the faith community...
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Breaktime! O Holy Night

This is one of my favorites.  I listen every Christmas-time. You have to listen to the whole thing. I guess I find it so funny because it reminds me of much of the special music I got to endure growing up. Need some more Breaktime!?  Just click the Breaktime category to the right.  –> Have a great weekend! Todd
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New Trend: SIGNED theological trading cards

OK… well you knew it had to happen. Last month we told you about the new Theologian Trading Cards that were coming out just in time for Christmas. Well now, you have a chance to win a SIGNED N. T. Wright card. What would the value of that be? Great question. I have no idea. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to put my signed D. L. Moody card on eBay after the first of the year.  I’m hoping I can make a couple of mortgage payments from the...
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Breaktime! Extreme Christmas Caroling

On today’s Breaktime!, check out Long Hollow Baptist Church‘s Christmas promos for their Christmas outreach program this year. For those of you who want to pick it apart, go somewhere else. The rest of us will enjoy watching, and think of how much fun these people had putting these videos together.  I would SO go to the Christmas program at Long Hollow.  And I’m praying that this outreach is a tremendous success for the people that don’t know Jesus in and around Nashville. Have something fun you think I should share in a future Breaktime!?  Send it to me now! You can check...
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Motivation: How to get your people to invite a friend to church

Here is a great example of a testimonial that your church should consider doing this Christmas season. We all know that people are many times more accepting of invitations to church during the holiday season.  This video from is a great example of the difference an invitation can make, but also can serve as a great motivator for your people to invest in others with a simple invitation. Who do you have in your church that could make a compelling video like this? Think about it, and act on it! Todd
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Church to decide whether to keep their pastor accused of rape…

This from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Last Sunday, the Rev. Travis Smith paced First Baptist Church’s sanctuary, decorated for the holidays with poinsettias and a Christmas tree. He addressed his congregation, speaking to them about forgiveness. Smith read verses from the Gospel of Matthew that follow the Lord’s Prayer: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,” he said. Since Smith’s arrest in October on sexual abuse and statutory rape charges, which follow similar allegations from 2010, forgiveness from his congregation has...
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The Filter: Robert Schuller, Gangham Style, John MacArthur, Pat Robertson, and Fireman Ed

It’s time for this week’s installment of The Filter with Matt Steen and myself. What are we trying to prove?  Nothing, really… it’s just two normal guys talking about ‘churchy’ stuff… the things that interest us in the church and ministry leadership world. We hope that you will be challenged. We think you’ll probably disagree with us (at least once each week). But if love  Jesus, and the church, we think you just might like The Filter. Just sayin’.  Here’s this week’s episode for your viewing pleasure: SHOW NOTES: Why we need to let...
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What the church can learn from Black Friday about generosity

Mark Brooks from the Charis Group finds that there are some lessons that the church can learn about Black Friday, particularly in the area of generosity and how our people are thinking these days: Lesson #1 – The easier you make it for people to give the more likely they will be to give.  Every Sunday the typical church passes a plate or bucket asking for people to donate.  Yet most never carry a checkbook and have very little cash on their person.  So, IF they give the amount will be only a few dollars rather than a significant gift.  Our portal for collecting the offering is out dated. Lesson...
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How to cut a church budget

Eugene Mason has some thoughts and tips: What if you were faced with a situation where you had to cut your church budget significantly? Where would you start? How would you go about deciding what (and who!) could stay, and what you could do without? This may become a reality within the current recession in North America. A church I served faced this situation in 2006. Our Senior Pastor retired, and during the search for our next senior staff and church leader, nearly 20% of our attenders moved on. This resulted in a corresponding decline in giving and attendance. Now, this is quite natural and even...
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