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Diverse groups defend clergy tax break »

By Bob Allen ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS  — Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus may have different ideas about God, but they all agree on a tax break for clergy under attack by an atheist group that says it discriminates against the non-religious. Interests diverse as conservative evangelicals, mainline Protestants and one…

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A multi-site story »

As an XP prepares to set up his church’s fourth location, he looks back on the road to multi-site. By Eric Rojas In 2004, my church — Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL — was formed primarily to reach the area’s unchurched. In 20 years, we grew from six…

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Worldviews at odds »

Perspectives on the April 14 "Elaine photography case" U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let the lower court ruling stand…

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Avoid these 5 staffing mistakes »

“The single most important thing great companies did that good companies didn’t was make superb people decisions.” That was from Jim Collins at the Catalyst West conference last year. Collins is one of my favorites — OK, my favorite — author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his…

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Health care chaplaincy takes big step to becoming evidence-based, association professionals agree »

NEW YORK /Christian Newswire  — Leaders of three professional health care chaplaincy organizations convened on April 1 at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network‘s conference Caring for the Human Spirit: Driving the Research Agenda in Spiritual Care in Health Care to voice unanimity on collaborating to advance the discipline’s ability to provide better…

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ACRU: Leave Clergy Housing Allowance Alone »

Freedom from Religion Foundation is “trying to use the federal courts to destroy religious freedom and independence from government control,” said American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson. WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule allowing clergy to have a tax-exempt housing allowance…

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Share Your Prayer campaign urges video and faith-driven response to child abuse and neglect »

WASHINGTON /Christian Newswire — Each year, more than 680,000 children are abused or neglected, and as many as 1,500 die as a result. In an effort to protect these vulnerable children, Shepherding the Next Generation — a network of more than 300 evangelical pastors and faith leaders — is encouraging…

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Expert advice for accommodating the next generation of generosity »

Designed as a fast, simple, secure, tactile — and fun — new-school giving option…

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Gaining grounds »

Church cafés are on the rise in large churches. But, launching a successful one requires expert advice.…

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Do you really need a Master of Divinity to pastor? »

Statistics from groups such as the Association of Theological Schools reveal that the Master of Divinity degree…

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Learning from the greatest coaches »

One place few pastors look for leadership wisdom is in the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have…

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Contemplative practices gaining with youth, young adults »

By Jeff Brumley ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Some contemplative spiritual practices may be as old as Christianity itself, but they are increasingly attracting younger generations hungry for alternatives to contemporary, flashy worship. Case in point: portions of an international Taizé pilgrimage hosted by First Baptist Church of Austin, TX, this…

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