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In what ways has the church been corrupt in both the past and present?

Question by Spencer: In what ways has the church been corrupt in both the past and present?
For both catholic and protestant churches. Inb4 “the church is/never has been corrupt”. I can think of one example, myself, that is blatanlty corrupt.

Best answer:

Answer by Torgo has Earl Campbell thighs.
The Dark Ages, most of Papal history, most large Protestant churches, televangelists, Harold Camping, etc.

I can go on and on and on about how easy christianity is to twist and use as a means to an end.

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What are some ways to advertise a Church for FREE locally?

Question by SimplyMisty: What are some ways to advertise a Church for FREE locally?
Our church just got started and we’re looking for free or inexpensive yet effective ways to advertise. We have a website already…but are there ways to advertise for free in my local area and how would i find those ways?

Best answer:

Answer by dan h
craigslist.org

What do you think? Answer below!

Pastor & Church Controlled 30 Ways to Sunday irs 501 Part 1

Warroad Community Church & Minnesota pastor Gus Booth is the latest news regarding this matter as reported on drudgereport, abc, etc. Booth addressed the members of his Warroad Community Church one Sunday in May and told them, “If you are a Christian, you cannot support a candidate like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for president,” he very much knew he was violating the law. He even wrote a letter to the IRS explaining what he had said and challenging the tax collection agency to do something about it. Churches and other non-profit groups like charities and universities do not have to pay taxes. That exemption, however, comes with a price. Churches, and by extension the pastors who serve them in an official capacity, are not allowed to endorse or oppose political candidates. Booth, 34, is one of several religious leaders who this year hope to challenge federal law by flouting the regulations about endorsing candidates from the pulpit a move that could potentially cost them their tax-exempt status, creating financial ruin for many congregations. The separation of church and state may be one of our democracy’s most vaunted values, but its enforcement falls to one of our government’s most derided institutions — the IRS. Neither Obama on TV nor Reverend Wright in the pulpit will tell you this information. They’re too phat and rich from the Washington DC policy. Pastor Greg Dixon delivers this much needed modern-day sermon about the relationship of politics in Americas
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Pastor & Church Controlled 30 Ways to Sunday irs 501 –END–

Warroad Community Church & Minnesota pastor Gus Booth is the latest news regarding this matter as reported on drudgereport, abc, etc. Booth addressed the members of his Warroad Community Church one Sunday in May and told them, “If you are a Christian, you cannot support a candidate like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for president,” he very much knew he was violating the law. He even wrote a letter to the IRS explaining what he had said and challenging the tax collection agency to do something about it. Churches and other non-profit groups like charities and universities do not have to pay taxes. That exemption, however, comes with a price. Churches, and by extension the pastors who serve them in an official capacity, are not allowed to endorse or oppose political candidates. Booth, 34, is one of several religious leaders who this year hope to challenge federal law by flouting the regulations about endorsing candidates from the pulpit a move that could potentially cost them their tax-exempt status, creating financial ruin for many congregations. The separation of church and state may be one of our democracy’s most vaunted values, but its enforcement falls to one of our government’s most derided institutions — the IRS. Neither Obama on TV nor Reverend Wright in the pulpit will tell you this information. They’re too phat and rich from the Washington DC policy. Pastor Greg Dixon delivers this much needed modern-day sermon about the relationship of politics in Americas
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Pastor & Church Controlled 30 Ways to Sunday irs 501 Part 2

Warroad Community Church & Minnesota pastor Gus Booth is the latest news regarding this matter as reported on drudgereport, abc, etc. Booth addressed the members of his Warroad Community Church one Sunday in May and told them, “If you are a Christian, you cannot support a candidate like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for president,” he very much knew he was violating the law. He even wrote a letter to the IRS explaining what he had said and challenging the tax collection agency to do something about it. Churches and other non-profit groups like charities and universities do not have to pay taxes. That exemption, however, comes with a price. Churches, and by extension the pastors who serve them in an official capacity, are not allowed to endorse or oppose political candidates. Booth, 34, is one of several religious leaders who this year hope to challenge federal law by flouting the regulations about endorsing candidates from the pulpit a move that could potentially cost them their tax-exempt status, creating financial ruin for many congregations. The separation of church and state may be one of our democracy’s most vaunted values, but its enforcement falls to one of our government’s most derided institutions — the IRS. Neither Obama on TV nor Reverend Wright in the pulpit will tell you this information. They’re too phat and rich from the Washington DC policy. Pastor Greg Dixon delivers this much needed modern-day sermon about the relationship of politics in Americas
Video Rating: 4 / 5

In what ways do you think that the Catholic church influenced music?

Question by sweetcandie143637: In what ways do you think that the Catholic church influenced music?
In what ways do you think that the Catholic church influenced music? How much influence do you think that the monks had on the music in that time period?

Best answer:

Answer by Bertrand Russell
The catholic church invented the system of music we have today!

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

5 Ways For Churches To Keep Members And Convert Visitors

5 Ways For Churches To Keep Members And Convert Visitors

Studies have also shown that the average church will loose about 10% of their members each year and will only convert about 15% of visitors to becoming members. This means that a church has to attract the equivalent of 75% of their church size in new members each year just to maintain their church size. If you have a church of 200 members, you have to have about 150 visitors each year to keep your church around 200 members. That’s 150 visitors for no church growth.

The Best Demographic Ever
In my last article, “The Best Target Demographic Ever?”, I wrote about how a church’s current members and the people who come to visit the church are the best demographic for a church to market to. Studies have shown that it is much easier to retain members than it is to get new members. Similarly, it’s much easier to get a visitor to come back than it is to get a new visitor. So, why not put a little more focus on keeping more members and getting a greater percentage of visitors to become members?

Below are five relatively cheap and easy ways your church can better engage members and visitors to keep more members and get a greater percentage of visitors to become members:

1. Church eNewsletter
Perhaps the easiest, and least expensive thing a church can do to keep its members better connected is send out a weekly eNewsletter. A mid-week email can inform people of opportunities for fellowship or service, keep people informed about issues facing the church, and include a devotional or prayer requests. For those members who have been sporadic in their participation or disengaged, an eNewsletter could be what God uses to nudge them reengage and reconnect with Him and the church. It doesn’t take long to put together and send an eNewsletter and it’s free!

2. Websites
If you have a church website or a blog, fresh content and engaging content are very important.

I talk a lot about the importance of online church marketing, getting good search engine rankings for connecting new visitors to your website. There is a lot of work that goes into search engine optimization – keyword research, search engine optimization of individual pages, writing content, building links, analytics, and so on. Without some way to re-engage a visitor after they’ve left your site, you’ve invested all of that effort for a one-time visit.

There are several ways to use your website to re-engage members and visitors including forums, a regular blog, podcasting sermons and other messages, and an eNewsletter. Integrating interactive, social web components to your church website can help to engage members seven days a week / 24 hours a day and help engage new visitors as well.

3. Mid-Week Bible Studies
Is church a once a week activity? The more often your church engages members, the more likely they are to stay at the church. Bible Studies, mid-week or on Sundays, also tend to be more personal and allow for personal engagements and relationships that helps people to feel more like a church is a part of their lives.

4. Talk To Each Other
Does your church have greeters? Great, but not enough. If visitors (or members) are able to arrive and leave your church without more than a “good morning”, they are less likely to come back. I’ve seen some studies that show that visitors meeting at least 5 people during a church visit are much more likely to return to that church than people who meet less church members. Again, you are engaging people and creating relationships. It makes visitors feel like the church is friendly and that the people are approachable. It also makes it much more likely that they will return if they have a personal connection with people at the church. It’s ok to be intentional about this and have a ministry specifically tasked with meeting visitors and introducing them to other members.

5. Plug People Into A Ministry
People have busy lives, right? Most people just don’t have the time or the desire to do more than a Sunday service, right? Personally, I think that some people really are actually too busy or not interested in serving, but I think more people just need a little push. They are either interested, but don’t know what to do or they aren’t really thinking about it, but would respond to a nudge. So, give them that nudge.

At most churches the same people tend to do just about everything. Next time you have a project at church or a ministry needs volunteers, maybe you don’t just announce that you need volunteers (that will just get the same people that always volunteer). Instead, intentionally go up to people who don’t normally volunteer and asked them to participate. You may find that you are able to get a lot of those people to start serving more at the church. If they say, “No.” find out why. Is it a schedule conflict? Is it that the project/ministry isn’t something the person feels comfortable with? If so, you may be able to find a different project/ministry that they would like to do or that won’t conflict with their schedule.

I think a lot of people feel like they are imposing by asking someone to volunteer, but keep in mind that serving is something we are all called to do and is something that is good for us to do. How many times have you heard a person say that they got more out of helping than the people they helped?

These are just a couple of ideas that can help your church close the “back door” and convert more visitors into members. These are the people who have already shown interest in your church, so you have a great opportunity with them. Keep evangelizing. Keep marketing your church. But also, do everything you can to make the most of that marketing and evangelism.

Kurt Steinbrueck is the author of the Church Marketing Online blog. He has been Director of Marketing Services with Ourchurch.Com for over 5 years providing Christian search engine optimization services including services specific for church marketing solutions and private school marketing. Kurt is also a Deacon at his church.

What are some inexpensive ways to decorate a church for a small wedding and fellowship hall for reception?

Question by blackprincess1967: What are some inexpensive ways to decorate a church for a small wedding and fellowship hall for reception?
I’m getting married on June 28th,2008,and my church is kinda small,I am looking for ways to decorate the church and fellowship hall that would not cost me alot.

Best answer:

Answer by Luv2Answer
Potted plants and flowers. Buy items from Home Depot or Lowes and then put a ribbon or something around the pots or wrap them in a colorful celaphane (the kind they wrap Easter baskets in). They are cheap and give a lot of impact. At the end of the reception announce that people can take them home if they would like.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!