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What is the best way to create a collection of family pictures for the church's book?

For as long as I can remember my parents' church has put together a book with pictures of every family every 3-5 years, and the process always goes something like: -Choose a national company to take photos (they don't charge for the session or the resulting book) -Family schedules a time to come sit in front of a neutral screen, all lay their hands on eachother's shoulders or arms and smile for the camera. -The national company tries to sell them photos beyond what will go in the book. -Several months later everyone in the church receives a book. I understand that this is a very cost...
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What are best practices for conducting a Congregational Meeting dealing with controversial issues?

I am a first term elder and council clerk who is now going to be partly responsible for guiding discussion and voting on a few "hot button" issues - selling a parsonage in order to fund new ministries and a renovation/addition, as well as gathering perspectives now and voting in May on building a small barrier-free addition to our church. Do those of you who are experienced in conducting and fielding questions in this type of situation have any hints for keeping the discussion on a helpful track, or any words of wisdom on what to say and what to avoid? I am starting to sweat!
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Surprised by Hope

We're reading through and discussing N.T. Wright's book, "Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church." Has anyone else read this book with a group from church? I'm curious to hear about how other's feel Wright's theology .

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What kind of church ministry is effective with singles, spiritually single, widows and divorced persons?

We've recently done some demographic work in our church and have realized that the following categories of people make up almost 50% of our people altogether: Singles (traditional un-married sense) Spiritually single (married but spouses are not attending church at all and/or are not interested in faith, etc.) Widows/Widowers Divorced and/or Separated I realize that you can't minister to all of these people in exactly the same ways, but what I wanted to know was whether our situation was unique or not, and what things churches out there are doing with/to/for/from any/all of those groups in...
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