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“Church Executive” Magazine is the go-to business resource for senior pastors, executive pastors and administrators at America’s largest churches and megachurches. Topics include finance, capital campaigns, risk management, leadership, construction, pastor-friendly A/V, legal issues, kitchens & food service, management software and so much more. Our mission, in short, is to help church leaders become better […]

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God is alive and well in America, says Gallup chief

By Daniel Burke (RNS) Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could be on the cusp of a religious renaissance, says Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of The Gallup Poll. Grounded in more than a million Gallup interviews, Newport’s new book, “God is Alive and Well,” argues […]

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Free Mass. campus given to Christian foundation

By G. Jeffrey (RNS) Christian institutions hoping to win a free campus in western Massachusetts might soon face competition from others who are willing to pay for it, according to terms of a year-end donation from the property’s billionaire owners. Last week (Dec. 28), Hobby Lobby Stores donated a 217-acre campus in Northfield, Mass., to […]

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Charitable deduction survives “fiscal cliff” negotiations

ECFA – Late on the first day of the new year, the Senate and House of Representatives joined together in passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act to avoid what had become known as the “fiscal cliff”—a series of broad tax increases and major spending cuts by the federal government scheduled to take effect at the […]

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As bells toll, clergy push Congress on gun control

By Adelle M. Banks WASHINGTON (RNS) – As bells tolled across the country on Friday (Dec. 21) in memory of lives lost in Newtown, Conn., religious leaders gathered outside the Washington National Cathedral to push congregants and Congress to prevent further gun violence. Gun Campaign Washington Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said prayer alone was […]

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Two-thirds of Americans prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting

A new survey finds Americans by a wide margin prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting to the non-specific “Happy Holidays.”

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Student Life joins LifeWay family

LifeWay Christian Resources and Student Life, Inc., minister to more than 100,000 teenagers each year as two of the largest providers of Christian student conferences. On Aug. 15, Student Life officially became part of the LifeWay family of resources.

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Churches under fire for using gun classes as outreach

By Greg Horton (RNS) Pryor Creek, Okla., is gun country. Located midway between Tulsa and Siloam Springs, Ark., the town of approximately 8,500 sits in the heart of Oklahoma’s greenbelt. Hunting and fishing are simply part of everyday life in Pryor, as it is known to locals. Derek Melton is the assistant chief of police […]

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Unbelief is now the world’s third-largest ‘religion’

By Kimberly Winston (RNS) A new report on global religious identity shows that while Christians and Muslims make up the two largest groups, those with no religious affiliation — including atheists and agnostics — are now the third-largest “religious” group in the world. The study, released Tuesday (Dec. 18) by the Pew Forum on Religion […]

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Richard Hammar notes 39 church and clergy tax developments as 2013 begins

CAROL STREAM, Ill./Christian Newswire/ – Congress enacted new tax laws in 2012 that include provisions of direct relevance to churches and pastors. Several of the most important changes and clarifications are summarized in the January/February issue of Church Law & Tax Report and will assist ministers and churches in correctly preparing tax forms and returns […]

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