Why the Church of Christ needs a Revival.

Dr. Steven Guy, a veteran of nearly three decades of preaching the gospel.He has worked with churches in California, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. He has also served on the faculty of the Southern California School of Evangelism and Heritage Christian University. His ministry has included teaching men’s leadership training classes, directing youth Bible camps and Lads to Leaders programs, speaking on television and radio, writing weekly newspaper articles and serving on the board of Mars Hill Bible School. He currently serves as a member of the advisory board at Freed-Hardeman University. Guy holds an AA from FHU, a BA from Oklahoma Christian University, a MS and Masters of Divinity from Pepperdine University and a doctorate of Ministry from the Harding University Graduate School of Religion. The Lord’s Invitation: www.youtube.com
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Benedict: Church needs ‘purification’

Benedict: Church needs ‘purification’
VATICAN CITY, Nov. 4 (UPI) — Pope Benedict XVI called Thursday for “purification” of the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of the sexual abuse scandals involving Catholic clergy.
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Bethel Baptist Church celebrates first century in Celina
Pastor Cliff Lester of Bethel Baptist Church in Celina invited everyone to his church’s centennial celebration at Monday’s city council meeting.
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Church Takes Alternative Approach to Halloween
Day of the Deceased Celebrated for First Time at St. Ignatius Church Sunday Afternoon Those who took part in St. and nbsp;Ignatius and nbsp;Church’s Day of the Deceased celebration danced outside in ritual Central American outfits as student passersby dashed curious glances yesterday. …
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Ideal Impact, Inc. Surpasses Sales and Revenue Goals in 2009; New Company Helping Churches and Christian Schools Fund Critical Needs

Grapevine, TX (PRWEB) February 2, 2010

By most accounts, 2009 was a risky year to launch a business, not to mention a difficult time to sign new customers, increase staff, or generate a profit. However, this was not the case for Ideal Impact, Inc. (www.idealimpactinc.com) in Grapevine, Texas. Since opening its doors March 2009, the employee-owned company has exceeded its sales goals, financial projections and staffing plan.

According to Wes McDaniel, founder and CEO of Ideal Impact, defying the odds was a result of having a well-defined mission, passionate employees, and good fortune.

“We are incredibly blessed to be so far ahead of our plan in such a short time,” said McDaniel, noting the company doubled initial projections by implementing 14 energy savings contracts worth 0,000 during 2009. “Because our business is to generate funds for use in other budget areas, we have been very successful in our sales efforts.”

Embarking on its goal to generate billion for Christian ministry purposes, Ideal Impact works with churches, Christian schools and faith-related organizations throughout Texas with a minimum annual energy bill of ,000. By implementing a proactive energy efficiency plan, combined with energy education training, they are able to yield surplus funds, obtain needed facility improvements and have a positive environmental impact.

“Today, everyone is facing the challenge of meeting operational, personnel and financial demands,” noted McDaniel, who estimates his company will generate million of savings during the next 20 years from the customers signed in 2009, which include Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), Bill Glass Champions for Life, Harvest Church and School, White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Covenant Christian Academy. “Most businesses and non-profit organizations don’t realize the substantial dollars that can be easily achieved through energy savings and allocated for other purposes.”

Through a systematic analysis of energy usage, operational equipment and occupant behavior, these organizations can obtain a customized energy plan that addresses both short-term needs and long-term goals. Regardless of size or age of a building, comprehensive or individual energy conservation measures can be implemented that will improve comfort and decrease energy usage:

    HVAC mechanical equipment
    Temperature controls
    Building automation systems
    Electrical service
    Lighting retrofit
    Repair and upgrade
    Energy efficiency training

Most significantly, projects are a positive cash flow from the start with no up front costs or lease-purchase/ loan to repay.

This appealed to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), which entered into a three-year energy savings agreement in June 2009 for its administration facility in Grapevine, Texas. The 30,000 square foot facility will save ,200 annually and projected savings over a 15-year period is approximately 8,000. In addition, they have already achieved monthly savings of 43 percent of their electric consumption.

“For several years, we have been looking for ways to maximize efficiencies in our energy usage and this is a solution that I believe will provide substantial long-term savings to our ministry,” says Joe Davis, chief financial officer of the SBTC, which has 2,143 affiliated churches throughout the state. “These savings will increase as time goes by and energy costs continue to climb. Putting more dollars into ministry and less into overhead makes perfect sense.”

Moving into 2010, McDaniel plans to increase his staff from 10 to 16, lease additional office space, exceed million in sales before the company’s one-year anniversary in March, and generate approximately 8 million in energy savings for ministry purposes.

“Our momentum continues to get stronger and our sales pipeline longer, so it seems our message is being heard and more importantly, our services and benefits understood.” stated McDaniel.

Founded March 2, 2009, Ideal Impact’s mission is well-defined: to help worship facilities and faith-based organizations reduce energy consumption and create a new revenue source; to help clients use resources wisely and efficiently; and to have a positive impact on the environment.

The company’s corporate office is located at 1133 South Main Street in downtown Grapevine. For more information call (817) 251-8498 or visit www.idealimpactinc.com.


Every Church Needs A Women’s Ministry – Even The Hip And Trendy!

Every Church Needs A Women’s Ministry – Even The Hip And Trendy!

Let’s face it, Women need Women.  Regardless of how much we’d like to find our satisfaction in our family, husbands, children or churches – Women need other women to bounce things off of them, learn balance from, and have some heart to heart conversation about life and how to live it.

Do you have a small church fellowship, and so a virtually non existent women’s group? Do you have a church fellowship that feels a women’s group is not necessary, not in keeping with the format, vision or strategy of the ‘church model’? Baaa Humbug! Every Church needs a vibrant women’s group!  Women are wired to be relational, perhaps more than men.  Women are nurturers!  We need to have those relational connections that support and teach us through our changes from single young ladies, through adulthood, marriage, parenting, and eventually grandmothering!   We need these things on more than practical, emotional and intellectual levels, we need them spiritually as well!

So do you have a women’s group in your church and fellowship.  If not,  then perhaps you are being prompted to start one.  If so it will be an exciting journey for you to undertake! Challenging? YES.  Easy? NO – Rewarding? ABSO-POSI-tutely!!!

I had long wanted to start a women’s group that could meet the growing and pressing needs of women within a fellowship for times of encouragement, equipping and engaging.  Aside from the yearly retreat there was nothing that spoke directly to women, their needs, there concerns and their issues.  Nothing that encouraged their getting together to support each other when things got tough.

To me that was out of keeping with the mandates of scripture especially Titus chapter 2:3-5.  I understand it didn’t fit with the church model and strategy that was being set up and followed, but with woman after woman, and young lady after young lady coming to me personally or the church leadership sending them to me to mentor, instruct and support – the need was VERY real…whether anyone wanted to face up to it or not.  These trends of ‘relevance’ don’t seem to meet the need for the mentoring that young women need…and segregating groups by age, additionally divides and weakens the body of fellowship rather than strengthening it.

In a relatively young church, us ‘older thans’ can speak spirit and truth into the lives of younger women, either newly married, or single ladies.  It is vital for their proper understanding of living in Christ appropriately as they grow and mature, spiritually, emotionally and familial.  It is vital as they wrestle with dealing with husbands, growing family, careers and the various changes that they will and must inevitably face.

I started Gracious Vine Ministry with a core of 7 women that caught a vision with me to reach across the boundaries of church life.  Each came from different backgrounds, ages, marital status and churches.  Working from their strengths we started to place together a vision of what we saw was the best way to tackle, on a broad base, the issue of a lack of women’s events and gatherings.

We immediately went to work on branding, incorporating and scheduling 6 events per year to bring women together from across church boundaries.  Our first year had 5 events, one every other month starting in March, with an attended audience averaging 60 women.

Every response from the women was a word of encouragement for us as a team…We saw women crying, praying together, supporting each other, meeting up after years of offense, healing and forgiveness, and a renewed exhuberance for the things of God and His precious word.  All these women came from different churches, some from the most demonstrative pentecostal, others from the most conservative baptists.

It was explosive in its ability to defy the ‘powers that be’ and bring unity to areas where church walls had hampered health and healing!

We continue to meet, we have had to find another location because of growth, and we have all types of activities now…we are continuing to cast vision for what is ahead and are continually amazed at the blessing of God upon it!

I encourage every women to get involved in a women’s ministry, and if you don’t have one within your fellowship, find one or start one.  Fulfill the mandate of Titus 2 and follow Christ’s words…you will be blessed by it!

Step 1: Gather other women of different ages that you consider faithful and diligent women of integrity.  Find out what they feel about it.  Set some time aside to pray about Titus 2 and following that according to the pressing needs of your community.  Brain storm and discuss what things could look like should you have an event. Present the possibility to your Pastor and other pastoral leaders in the area. (You’ll may be surprised who supports or discourages it)

Step 2: Gather women from a larger circle that will be willing to prepare, decorate, ‘work’ the event – think of it as a party.  Get creative with additional activities, is there a local Christian drama team, dance team, christian comedian, speaker, worship leaders etc.  What might the event look like with all the different pieces in play? Schedule the actual event

Step 3: Create a Theme, get a speaker whether local or distant, whether from your group or someone that can specifically speak to your group. (Gracious Vine has speakers and worship leaders available to you http://graciousvine.webs.com/application.htm )

Step 4: Figure out how much you’ll need to charge to cover expenses.

Step 5: Set a launch date, get postcards, flyers, posters etc that will set a tone, establish credibility, excite and intrigue possible attendees.  Send out, Hand out, and Speak about the upcoming event.   (www.GraciousVine.com has several different media packages that can be purchased where we create the art work for you at http://graciousvine.webs.com/apps/webstore/ )

Step 6: Use Social media sites to create chatter about the event, interest, send out evites through emails and various other media outlets.

Step 7: Set back and wait for the responses.  Don’t despise small beginnings, build from them.  Understand that even a large first response does not mean that people will return.  From your first event seek to get women involved.  Women that you could see would bring strength and vitality to the group.

Never confuse size with success.  The two can be very different!  Quanity and Quality are not synonymous!  Eternal Impact is the Goal.  It is what women need, what they will seek out,  remember and return to!

Fulfill the Mandate!

Joanna is an Author, Retreat Speaker and Worship Leader.  She is President of Gracious Vine Ministry, which is a women’s ministry seeking to Encourage, Equip and Engage women across the Long Island, NY area.  With a Variety of events, retreats, Bible Studies and podcasts, Joanna has successfully created a women’s ministry that reaches across denominational boundaries.  Using the latest in current trends and yet anchored completely in God’s word, her team of Gracious Vine directors have established a huge network across a complex spiritual landscape.

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