Sunday, February 10, 2008

Church Solutions Conference & Expo

The Church Solutions Conference & Expo is pleased to announce three noted Christian figures, Chip Heath, co-author "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die;" Gabe Lyons, co-author of "unChristian;" and Tony Morgan, chief Strategic Officer at NewSpring Church; as the keynote speakers at the upcoming nationwide conference and trade show for church pastors, executives and administrators. The Church Solutions Conference & Expo takes place Feb. 12-14, 2008, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

"I'm looking forward to heading to Phoenix to participate in the Church Solutions Conference hosted by Church Solutions magazine," said Morgan, "Some of my favorite people ... will be speaking."

Produced by Church Solutions magazine, a Virgo Publishing LLC publication, conference highlights include more than 30 progressive education sessions that will focus on practical topics and issues facing today's churches. Presented in a unique peer-to-peer format, seminars include topics such as staff management, financing, small groups, volunteer programs, building projects, multi-site campuses, online initiatives, multi-use space, insurance, green, security, trends, marketing, facility management, pastor burnout and more.

Education is co-located with an exhibit hall featuring some of the finest products and services the church market has to offer. Education and exhibit hours do not overlap, allowing attendees to put their education to practice with full access to vendors that cater to the church market.
The conference also offers excellent networking opportunities for church leaders and their spouses, from planned events to impromptu gatherings. Phoenix's idyllic spring atmosphere plays host to a golf tournament, shopping and art gallery excursion, and day trip to Sedona.
"The Church Solutions Conference & Expo brings together the best speakers, vendors and networking in the church market under one roof," said Katherine Kennedy, publisher of Church Solutions magazine. "We look forward to welcoming attendees and their spouses to Phoenix and providing them with realistic solutions that they can implement in their congregations through exceptional education and spirited interaction with their peers."

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About Church Solutions:

Church Solutions magazine is the premier resource for today's forward-thinking church leaders. Every month, Church Solutions provides in-depth content on pertinent issues facing today's modern ministries, such as finance, education, construction, the Web, staff management and more. The publication has a companion Web site,, a weekly e- newsletter, an annual FactBook; and hosts Webinars and publishes eBooks on a periodic basis.
It also hosts the Church Solutions Conference & Expo, one of the most cutting-edge national events serving the Church community. Held Feb. 12-14, 2008, downtown at the Phoenix Convention Center, this annual gathering unites pastors, church business administrators and executives, and related professionals in a nationwide exchange of information and experience.

(Source: Christian Newswire)

Woman Mugged Leaving Church

A woman walking to her car from St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama this afternoon fought back when a man attempted to snatch her purse, according to a South Precinct officer.

The Rev. Rusty McCown said the woman, a longtime member of the church, suffered minor scrapes to her hands after falling down during the struggle.

"She's a tough lady," McCown said.

Police say the man left in a blue Ford Mustang with a Mississippi license plate. A woman was in the car with the suspect, police said.

National New Church Exponential Conference

It's going to be a huge gathering of church planters and church leaders ... and it's all coming up April 21-24 in Orlando. The National New Church Exponential Conference will be held at First Baptist Church, and I hope I'll see you there! This year they have a great line-up of speakers (like Rick Warren, Tim Keller, Andy Stanley, Alan Hirsh, and Ed Stetzer. There are also seven main tracks including pre-launch, post-launch, reproducing churches, multi-ethnic, missional, church planting spouses, and nuts and bolts. And, you'll have the opportunity to network with over 2,000 church planters and church leaders all in one place. But here's the deal... The early-bird rate ends this Friday. Here are some more details, and a brand new free podcast featuring Greg Hawkins from Willow Creek.

First off, here are some options for listening to the latest podcast featuring Greg Hawkins:

1. Go to the Exponential Conference Podcast Page here...

2. Subscribe to the RSS feed for the all the Exponential Conference podcasts here...

3. Go to the Itunes link for the podcasts...

4. Download the podcast directly from here...

The conference early-bird rate is just $129, but that GREAT price ends this Friday (February 15).

Be sure to register this week here!

Day of Purity

The Fifth Annual Day of Purity will be observed on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008. The Day of Purity is a day when youth make a public demonstration of their commitment to remain sexually pure, in mind and actions. Thousands of students across the United States and around the world will be celebrating St. Valentine’s Day by wearing white T-shirts to school that day to publicly show their commitment to not having sex outside of marriage.

As the so-called mainstream media continues to inundate our nation’s young people with messages and images glorifying sexual immorality, a new movement encouraging teens and adolescents to remain sexually pure is gathering steam. It’s called the Day of Purity, and it takes place each year on February 14. This grass-roots effort is supported by Christian groups nationwide and organized by Liberty Counsel, a conservative religious rights group based in Orlando, Florida.

Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel believes it is high time to encourage young people to remain sexually pure and to resist the popular media messages that tell young people that sex is virtually expected behavior for them. He initiated the day to allow young people who choose to remain chaste to have a national organization that will encourage their efforts. In addition, he wanted to illustrate the dark options that await those who launch into sexual experimentation.

He points to recent studies showing that more than three million U.S. teens are infected each year with sexually transmitted diseases, and this country has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed countries.

In addition, 20 percent of the annual 1.3 million abortions in the U.S. are performed on teens. Staver says that, given the devastating consequences of choosing sex outside a monogamous marital relationship, everyone should wholeheartedly support youth who are willing to make the commitment to sexual purity.

This day offers youth the opportunity to make that commitment. When you stand up for sexual purity you send a message to parents, churches, communities, legislators, and the media that it’s time for a positive change in our culture. Now is the time for our youth to let their voices be heard. They can be a part of the “counter culture” saying, “It’s time for change. We can make a difference.” Each year, more and more students and organizations around the world have joined in the effort to spread the potentially lifesaving message of sexual purity. This year, more than 600 organizations and people from nine foreign countries have expressed support for the day.

The Day of Purity is a great opportunity for parents and their children to talk together and pray together about tough issues. As youth gather in groups to pray and seek God’s help and strength to keep their Pledge of Purity, they can also gather at home with their families and by praying together gain the support they need to keep their lives pure. The message we need to send to our youth is not to be discouraged. There are hundreds of thousands of youth who have already made the commitment to remain sexually pure. When you all stand together, you can make a
difference. You can restore our culture, one person at a time.

Though we live in a culture hostile to traditional values which has produced shocking statistics on the state of our youth, the question is what are you going to do about it? As youth, are you going to stand up and be heard for what you know is right?

As parents, are you going to get involved and fight for curriculum that reinforces traditional values? As pastors, are you going to teach from the pulpit the importance of maintaining sexual purity? The Day of Purity is your chance to do something, to get involved, to restore our culture.

There are hundreds of organizations throughout America dedicated to helping students maintain sexual purity. The Day of Purity complements those efforts. It is important to stress that the Day of Purity is not just for public school students. It is for private school students and home schooled students. It’s for parents, single adults and youth leaders. It’s for America. No matter how much we try to protect kids from the message of sexual promiscuity, it reaches them. It’s in our churches, at our playgrounds, and on our televisions. We need to fill the airwaves with our message of sexual purity.

Youth are encouraged to go to their local, state and federal leaders encouraging them to pass a proclamation or resolution supporting the Day of Purity.

Day of Purity participants can obtain a planning manual, wristbands, Tshirt, informative flyers, bumper stickers and a copy of the Pledge Card at