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After Romney meeting, Billy Graham website scrubs Mormon ‘cult’ reference

(RNS) The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed language labeling Mormonism a “cult” from its website after the famed preacher met with Republican nominee Mitt Romney last week and pledged to help his presidential campaign. The removal came after a gay rights group reported that the “cult” reference remained online even after Graham all but endorsed […]

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Thriving cowboy churches buck ‘fad’ status

Proponents and detractors alike say cowboy churches are here to stay. By Jeff Brumley Charles Higgs is all too familiar with the smirks and jokes generated when talk turns to cowboy churches. Images of worship in rodeo arenas, preachers on horseback and baptisms in cattle troughs also elicit criticism – especially so when cowboy churches […]

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Leadership Network says there are now 5,000-plus multisite churches

The number of congregations that host worship services at more than one physical location has grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, according to a Leadership Network report. Researchers say these “multisite” churches, which may share worshippers across town or many miles apart, are growing at a much larger pace than traditional megachurches. […]

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ECFA reaches 1,700-organization mark

With the addition of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church as its newest member, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) now numbers a record-breaking 1,700 churches and Christ-centered nonprofits in its accreditation. ECFA has grown from 1,500 accredited organizations in the last18 months. Dan Busby, ECFA president, says, “By meeting the stringent criteria ECFA applies to all […]

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ECFA releases new governance toolbox series

The ECFA has announced the first release of the Governance Toolbox Series to recruit nonprofit ministry board members and to train them with the best practices in governance.

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Financial forums to educate ministries about key changes

BREA, California—How do those who oversee the finances at Christian churches, schools, mission sending agencies, and other ministries stay informed about key changes that affect their ministries? One way is to gather with peers and learn from experts about the latest legislative, leadership, fundraising, and banking changes. Once again, Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) and […]

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Pastors to challenge IRS over political endorsements, and they’re likely to get away with it

By Lily Fowler LOS ANGELES (RNS) – In a matter of days, some 1,400 American pastors are planning to break the law. And they’re likely to get away with it. As part of “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” on Oct. 7, religious leaders across the country will endorse political candidates — an act that flies in the […]

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Majority of pastors disapprove of pulpit endorsements

By Carol Pipes NASHVILLE, TN – Nearly 90 percent of pastors believe they should not endorse candidates for public office from the pulpit, according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research. The survey also revealed that 44 percent of pastors personally endorsed candidates, but did so outside of their church role. The survey of 1,000 […]

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Victory Christian Center hit by further accusations of child abuse

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter More alleged sexual abuse victims at the 17,000-member Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Okla., have come forward, adding to charges already made against the megachurch that its staff delayed reporting the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl. Read more at www.christianpost.com

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NJ megachurch pastor: America is not a Christian nation

By Jeff Schapiro , Christian Post Reporter Tim Lucas, lead pastor of Liquid Church in New Jersey, told his congregation on Sunday that, contrary to the popular opinion within some Christian circles, the United States is not a Christian nation, and the majority of the people in his congregation seem to agree with him. Read […]

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