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Donations pouring in for Philippines; but it may not be enough

By Gary Strauss/USA Today RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) — Americans are opening their wallets and providing financial relief to the typhoon-battered Philippines at a pace that may be the third-highest ever for an overseas disaster, but still not enough to satisfy needs. As Philippine officials try to get aid to desperate Typhoon Haiyan victims, relief organizations […]

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Tax Analysts Receives IRS exempt organizations training material following lawsuit

FALLS CHURCH, Va. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, announced yesterday that in response to its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS, the Service has released nearly 3,000 pages of training materials used for guidance by the exempt organizations determinations office. The documents […]

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Baptists among forces helping Philippines

By Jeff Brumley Associated Baptist Press — The Baptist World Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and American Baptist Churches USA are just a few of the organizations urging members to pray and give generously to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Baptists and other religious groups are kicking into high gear with financial and material […]

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Struggling houses of worship get a ‘faith lift’ in the new National Geographic Channel series CHURCH RESCUE

WASHINGTON /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Religious institutions are the foundation of many communities across America. The United States is home to more than 300,000 religious congregations, and nearly four out of five Americans identify themselves with some type of religious belief. To practice these beliefs, people from all walks of life descend upon urban, rural and city […]

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Despite ‘huge’ hesitancy, seminaries branch out in online degrees

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS)  — Theological education has increasingly left brick-and-mortar schools and headed back to congregations and family homes as more seminarians study online. “The old move — uproot your family, get a new job, move to the seminary — that model isn’t working for so many people today,” said Ronald Hawkins, vice provost […]

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Holiday giving survey shows young men most likely to give the gift of charity

SEATTLE / World Vision — Headlines this year have not been kind to young men — often tagged as selfish Millennials, significantly more likely to still live with mom and dad, less likely than women to be enrolled in U.S. colleges. But, a new holiday giving survey from World Vision shows that men ages 18-34 […]

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Buyer’s remorse for pastor search committees

By Marion D. Aldridge ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Members of pastor search committees often experience buyer’s remorse. Buyer’s remorse is when a person or a family has made a large purchase — a house or a car, for example — and then begin to second-guess their decision. Regret sets in. “Maybe we spent too much…” […]

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Inviting young adults to be leaders

By Michael J. O’Loughlin RELIGION NEWS SERVICE — Over at Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership, I write about the need to include young adults in positions of leadership in faith communities. From the essay: Nowhere is the church’s “maturity” more evident than in communities of women religious, the Catholic nuns who are responsible for […]

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Faculty Opening for Professor of Counseling at RTS/Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 5, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Dr. Michael Kruger, president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, is pleased to announce a faculty opening for a professor of counseling. In addition to teaching counseling classes, this individual will be the director for new counseling degree programs at RTS Charlotte.  These programs would include […]

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Does your pastor need a doctorate?

By Mark Wingfield ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Churches should value the importance of an educated clergy, but church leadership also should be educated about what the various degrees represent and the value of experience blended with education. Hearing a story about yet another medium-sized church in a small town where a personnel committee desired above […]

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