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In Newtown churches, many questions – and tears – but few answers

Yamiche Alcindor and USA Today staff NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) Dealing with the pain of the school shooting that claimed 28 lives will take faith, support and joyous Christmas celebrations, church leaders said at the first Sunday (Dec. 16) services held since the tragedy. At houses of worship around town, people gathered in pews, crying, kneeling […]

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Why staff reviews are important

It’s staff review time at New Vintage Church. To some, the idea of “reviewing” staff sounds a bit corporate.

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Most churches intend to give raises next year

According to the 2012 Leadership Network Economic Outlook Survey, 74 percent of churches plan to give raises of at least 1 percent to their staff in the coming year, and nearly 30 percent plan to give a 3 percent increase. Larger churches plan more significant increases in pay. Only 3 percent of the churches surveyed […]

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Despite funding challenges and volunteer shortages, survey shows churches determined to do more in 2013

CAROL STREAM, Ill./Christian Newswire/  – Where would Americans be if churches didn’t make outreach a priority? Many would feel the pain of unmet needs for basics such as food and clothing, not to mention a slow-down in disaster recovery efforts. For many hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, it was churches that provided the first signs […]

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Seattle church holds group wedding

By Bob Allen Twenty-five same-sex couples exchanged vows in a group wedding ceremony at First Baptist Church in Seattle Dec. 9, the first day that gays could legally marry in Washington State. Hundreds of couples stood in lines on Thursday to obtain marriage licenses on the day Washington’s voter-approved marriage law took effect. Following a […]

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ECFA issues new standard for compensation-setting practices

WINCHESTER, VA — ECFA has announced the addition of new policies for setting compensation for top leaders of its member organizations. These practices become effective Jan. 1, 2014, allowing ECFA-accredited churches and Christian nonprofit organizations time to implement the changes. The compensation-setting policies are included in newly written Standard 6, one of ECFA’s Seven Standards […]

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Make your free throws

Every church gets a certain amount of opportunities to grow or make some sort of progress.

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Building strong churches

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The use of marketing within the church is still seen as controversial

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Drop anchor and fish

“Drop anchor and fish.” It’s something I recently told a young pastor on our staff. Sometimes we can get lost amid all the voices, books, blogs, tweets and churches out there telling us how to do ministry.

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Episcopalians under fire for hosting Muslim convention

By Megan Sweas PASADENA, CA (RNS) Leaders of a flagship progressive Episcopal church are defending themselves against charges of sympathy for terrorists in their decision to host the annual Muslim Public Affairs Council convention. All Saints Church has received dozens of emails accusing it of condoning terrorism for hosting MPAC’s 12th annual convention on Dec. […]

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