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Challenge to clergy tax break clears hurdle

By Bob Allen A ministerial housing allowance provision that saves U.S. ministers an estimated $1.2 billion annually in tax exemptions is unfair to other taxpayers not entitled to the same benefit, according to a 2011 lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wisconsin judge has given a green light to a lawsuit challenging a […]

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New survey finds counseling to reduce homosexuality can be effective, beneficial

BARBOURSVILLE, VA /Christian Newswire – In a new survey of almost 500 people who have ever sought professional counseling to lessen unwanted homosexual attractions, more than half (55%) said the counseling was effective in causing the frequency and intensity of their homosexual attractions to diminish. And seven out of 10 said they were either satisfied […]

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Chicago pastor wins 3-year battle to uphold his freedom to speak in public

CHICAGO /Christian Newswire – The First Amendment’s freedom to speak in public has been the most foundational freedom for Americans since the founding of the nation. Many have benefited from this freedom such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., D.L. Moody and, more recently, Curt Teesdale, a Chicago pastor. In 2008, police officers arrested Teesdale […]

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Tracking tool helps churches spot issues before they become problems

When the leadership at the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the United Methodist Church encountered problems gathering data from its churches, they turned to TrendSend for help. TrendSend is an email and web-based system that gathers key data on organizational performance, generates trend reports and provides a platform for sharing information. With […]

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Does megachurch ‘high’ explain their success?

By Chris Lisee (RNS) Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses – just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry – a spiritual “high” that keeps congregants coming back for more. “We see […]

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Conference to focus on boosting donations, buying property

BREA, CA — The 2012 WFX Conference and Expo in Atlanta asserts an ambitious theme: Preparing churches of all sizes to meet evolving leadership, technology, and facility needs. During the four-day conference (September 18–21), Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) will help deliver on that theme by presenting two educational sessions, one featuring generosity expert Brian […]

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Financial seminars for churches and nonprofits

BREA, CA – Today’s  changing world brings increased risks to churches and nonprofits in the areas of finance, tax, legal, and operations. Responding well to change begins with a fuller understanding of these risks. CapinCrouse LLP and Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) have teamed up to offer a series of financial seminars to help churches […]

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Survey: Slow economy continues to weigh on pastors

By Carol Pipes NASHVILLE, TN – Pastors say the economy continues to have a negative impact on their churches despite stabilized giving, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors asked respondents “how is the economy impacting your church?” Almost two-thirds (64 percent) responded negatively, with 56 percent indicating somewhat […]

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Report shows 5,000+ multisite churches

By Adelle M. Banks (RNS) 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 new report. Researchers say these “multisite” churches, which may share worshippers across town or many miles apart, are growing at a much larger […]

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Tour operator allays fears of Americans traveling to Jordan, Egypt and Israel

Despite ongoing political tension in the Middle East, guided tours to major historical and biblical sites in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece and Turkey continue to be popular among Americans, according to U.S.-based tour operator America Israel Travel (AIT). “Due to the Arab Spring, people may think it’s not safe to travel to the region and […]

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