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Boy Scouts policy on homosexuality could lead to SBC exodus

By Bob Allen A decision by the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on openly gay Scouts and volunteers could prompt churches to find an alternative in Royal Ambassadors, a Southern Baptist missions education program for boys, according to a Jan. 29 story in Baptist Press. “Royal Ambassadors espouses many of the same […]

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Survey: Most SBC pastors not prepared to die

By Russ Rankin NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While the majority of pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention have a will, nearly 40 percent possess no type of estate planning document at all. A recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research on behalf of the Southern Baptist Foundation found 37 percent of SBC pastors do not have a […]

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What’s new in church governance?

Much of what is considered proper church governance is not necessarily because of what is considered biblical but because of denominational and church tradition.

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Be sure your church’s Super Bowl® party is legal

With the “Big Football Game” coming up, many churches are gearing up to hold viewing parties. You may have heard in past years that the National Football League (NFL) cracked down on church parties showing the football championship game on large screen TVs. After a national outcry and threatened Congressional action, the NFL backed down […]

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The scary review process

Whenever you mention the two little words “review time,” most people start to get nervous.

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Chicago pastor quits job to run a marathon a day for five months

SEATTLE/Christian Newswire – Right now, 49 year-old Steve Spear is training for the run of his life. The Chicago-area pastor recently quit his job as a Willow Creek pastor after 15 years to focus on raising $1.5 million to provide clean water for 30,000 people living in Kenya. It’s the adventure of a lifetime, a […]

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Ethnic congregations up 66% for Southern Baptists since ’98

By Tobin Perry Jan 23, 2013 ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — The number of non-Anglo congregations in the Southern Baptist Convention has jumped by more than 66 percent since 1998, according to the North American Mission Board’s Center for Missional Research. Just over 10,000 congregations (10,049) of 50,768 congregations in the convention identified themselves by an […]

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Atlas of Giving Reports 2012 Total Giving to Nonprofits Grew 6.7%, an Increase of $23 Billion

Environmental Causes Led All Sectors, Growing by 11% in 2012 DALLAS, Texas (January 22, 2013) — Atlas of Giving today announced total giving to nonprofits rose 6.7% in 2012, an increase of $23.32 billion over 2011. According to a report released today by The Atlas of Giving, giving to environmental causes grew by 11% in […]

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Healthcare firm wins restraining order on HHS contraception coverage

WHEATON, Ill., Jan, 17, 2013 Christian Newswire — Triune Health Group (THG) and its devout Roman Catholic owners, Christopher and Mary Anne Yep, represented by attorneys with the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project and Thomas Moore Society, are among the dozens of employers around the country challenging the HHS required coverage of contraception, sterilization […]

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Pistol packing pastor

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In last July’s issue Church Executive carried an article about

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