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Donations to religious institutions decline for second straight year

By Lauren Markoe WASHINGTON (RNS) Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to religious institutions. While charitable donations from individuals rose nearly 4 percent overall in 2011, according to the annual “Giving USA” report, donations to houses of worship and other religious bodies dropped by […]

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Southern Baptists approve alternate name, but barely

By Adelle M. Banks NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Members of the Southern Baptist Convention narrowly accepted the alternate unofficial descriptor of “Great Commission Baptists” as the denomination attempts to make inroads beyond its base in the Bible Belt. Delegates meeting here heatedly debated whether to affirm a recommendation from church leaders that congregations and other Southern […]

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Religious groups vie for Internet space in domain name grab

By Daniel Burke (RNS) Religious groups have long vied for prime parcels of land, planting churches on town squares and monasteries amid isolated mountains. But now they’re targeting real estate in a less tangible sphere: cyberspace. For the first time in its history, the international nonprofit that doles out generic Internet domain names such as […]

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Evangelical group proposes code of ethics for pastors

WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leaders said the new code will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across the 40 denominations that comprise the nation’s largest evangelical group. The new code is a good starting […]

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Nearly 900 churches commit to host Greg Laurie’s Harvest America webcast

By Alex Murashko , Christian Post Reporter Nearly 900 churches and venues have signed up to host a live simulcast of Harvest America, a first-of-its-kind evangelism event organized by Greg Laurie and his ministry to be held in late summer. The online broadcast at the Harvest America website is the fourth webinar in preparation for […]

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ECCU to invest in ministry at 56th annual NACBA conference

BREA, CA—Members and staff from Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) will bring their “investing in ministry” mindset to the 2012 National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, this summer. Networking and educational workshops presented by peers and experts will provide ample opportunity to contribute and grow during the conference, which […]

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Evangelical leaders unite to endorse immigration reform principles

Washington, D.C. — More than 150 influential evangelical Christians across America, including Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, endorsed an “Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform” released on Tuesday during a press conference on Capitol Hill. Following the press event, prominent evangelical leaders delivered these principles to leadership from the Obama Administration, […]

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The Wesleyan Church receives accreditation from ECFA

Christian Newswire — The Wesleyan Church has demonstrated its commitment to faithful stewardship, financial accountability and transparency by receiving accreditation from ECFA, the national financial accountability organization announced today. “We are pleased to include in our membership a denomination committed to offering the good news that faith in Jesus Christ makes possible a wonderful personal […]

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SBC baptisms and churches increased in 2011, membership declined

By Russ Rankin NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Southern Baptist Convention in 2011 reported an increase in the number of baptisms and total churches over the previous year, but declined in total membership, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions. Southern Baptist churches baptized 333,341 […]

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Rock Church collects 28 pounds of food for food bank

In San Diego County today, there are children straining to concentrate in school, struggling to ignore the aching in their bellies. Many adults are sacrificing meals to minimize the impact on their kids. There are seniors on fixed incomes, forced to choose between prescription drugs and groceries. Members of the Rock Church are taking action […]

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