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8 Reasons to Take a Sunday to Serve Outside the Church Walls

We called ours We Love NWA because that's how people refer to our community. Whatever you call it, we're glad we took a weekend away from having a worship service in our theater to serve our neighbors. We're not the first, by any means to have a weekend to "be" the church instead of "doing" church. Other churches have cancelled their regular weekend worship time to go serve in various capacities. But why? As we geared up for our big weekend, contacted local charitable …

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Social CRM Is Something the Church Shouldn’t Miss

[adsense_id="1"] I've just written about a trend that the church absolutely cannot miss. We have a tendency to show up a decade late on some of the best tools available for reaching our communities, but we can't miss social CRM. Here's a brief excerpt: The implications of CRM for the church are fairly obvious. We have people in our communities whom we’d like to reach - new movers, recent visitors, friends of members who come to our attention. But another, more recent …

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The Haiti Mission Team is Home

I just wanted to pass along to you the news that Bethel's Haiti Mission Trip team just got home. I picked them up at the airport and listened for the fifteen minute drive home to their description of a very horrific scene where so many people are still suffering and dying. They did have the privilege of bumping into Sean Penn while they were there. They'll be sharing more with Bethel this coming Sunday night, writing an article for our church's site, and I may even do a …

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Jesus Is the Hand That Steadies Our Plate

I found this clip to be extremely moving. It's a profound illustration of how Jesus gets into our mess... …

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Why Don’t Churches ‘Get’ Social Media?

Social media. What in the world is it? Well, think about it. "Social" has to do with people who converse, gather, and relate to each other. "Media" is any platform for spreading any message. Mass media is speaking to the masses through radio, television, etc. Print media is magazines, newspapers, and other printed periodicals. Social media, then, is promoting a message through people, and the phrase is typically used in reference to online media outlets. I'm a firm …

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Strange Outreach Concepts

I just opened my mail and received a postcard in an envelope. There is no return address and no organization or individual named anywhere. Just a postcard. And it reads.... "Friends, Neighbors, Americans, Be hastily preparing all for the fall of 'That Great City' as described in Revelations Ch. 18. Repent and be baptized and join Jesus on a white horse as described in Revelations Ch. 19. God bless." …

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