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There Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues?


Three ways to grow ministry income this summer Nonprofit fundraisers often agree with country artist Alan Jackson, legendary rockers The Who, The Beach Boys, and Blue Cheer. They all wail: There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues But there’s no cure needed—just a good summertime plan. Double the Time. Double Your Fun. I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler About a workin' all summer just to try to earn a dollar Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart wrote Summertime Blues and Cochran first released the song in 1958 when it peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The songwriting duo could have easily wrote these lyrics about fundraising. Summer can take all the fun from fundraising—except for those who plan for persistence. Put simply, without persistence summer fundraising fails. When you plan your summer fundraising schedule, allow for all major donor or business development appointments to take twice as long to set. Still make the appointments—just allow a little extra time. Be e ...

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America’s Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities


How does your city rate on Bible-mindedness?  Barna and American Bible Society researched 96 major U.S. cities on Bible-mindedness over seven years. The area where I live is #27, but many of the areas where I work are much farther down the list.  There are some surprises, too. City Ranking Dallas 27 Atlanta 28 Knoxville 1 Tulsa 36 Houston 39 Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA 8 Orlando/Daytona, FL 64 Seattle-Tacoma, WA 69 Los Angeles, CA 68 New York City, NY 85 Providence, RI/New Bedford, MA 96 Christian Involvement Thriving Regardless of Bible-Mindedness The research shows there is little to no correlation between the national ranking of Biblical literacy and the listenership of Christian formatted radio stations.  For instance, Dallas, Orlando and Houston have huge Christian music stations, but Orlando’s Biblical literacy is much lower. Basically, the research—combined with Arbitron and other sources—show that the Christian sub-culture is vibrant in many markets in spite of the population ...

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