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Swallowed or saved? When small churches merge with large ones

ABP News Jeff Brumley — Some see the nation’s burgeoning church merger and multisite movements resulting from larger congregations preying on smaller ones, pressuring them into relinquishing buildings and land in exchange for survival. In some circles, that’s called “steeple-jacking.” But it’s also largely a myth about a trend that’s already eclipsed the American megachurch phenomenon, […]

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Catholic gift stores see a (papal) bull market

SOMERSET, N.J. (RNS) David Gibson — Centuries ago, Roman Catholics helped kick-start the market for religious articles with their insatiable demand for rosaries, icons, prayer cards and all manner of devotional objects and spiritual souvenirs. But in recent decades, evangelical Protestants have dominated the art of religious retailing, building a national network of bookstores and […]

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Fitness and fellowship combine for better health

ATLANTA/PRNewswire — As a minister in East Harlem, Joan Williams-Jarrell is always looking for new ways to bring people together. She also wanted to be more physically active but had a hard time getting to the gym. So when she found a program that brings church members together to walk for fitness, it was a […]

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Groundbreaking ‘surprise church’ targeting millennials set to open in 2014

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. /Christian Newswire/ — Matt Anderson, Lutheran Pastor, expert on American history and politics, and author of Running Mate, is planning a “surprise church.” Gallop shows that millennials (young adults born after 1981) are less likely to attend church or have a religious affiliation, and yet they’re more likely to pray daily. On […]

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE: What the decline in check writing will mean for your church

By Mark Brooks Americans have changed the way they do commerce. Sit at your local Starbucks or McDonalds, and you can see it. When was the last time you saw somebody writing a check? For that matter, how often do you see anyone paying with cash? More and more Americans are turning away from the […]

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The Blackbaud Index: Mid-year Results Show Overall Charitable Giving Up 2.2%, Online Giving Up 14%

BLACKBAUD INDEX / Melanie Mathos— The Blackbaud Index recently reported that overall charitable giving grew 2.2% and online giving grew 14% for the first half of 2013 as compared to the first half of 2012. In addition, overall charitable giving increased 3.6% and online giving increased 13.9% for the three months ending June 2013 as […]

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Send Conference connects churches to vast mission field

PLANO, Texas (BP) — More than 4,200 church planters, pastors and church leaders flooded the hallways of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, for the North American Mission Board’s second Send North America Conference July 29-30. The gathering was marked by masses of participants praying in response to speakers, hundreds of connections between churches and […]

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Church Executive’s 2nd annual Good Steward Awards nomination

Church Executive’s 2nd annual Good Steward Awards nomination deadline is closing September 16th! If you’d like to nominate a church that you feel exemplifies best practices in the areas of FACILITIES, FINANCE, FUNDRAISING, LEADERSHIP, SAFETY & SECURITY, and TECHNOLOGY please visit our website and complete a nomination form and give them the recognition they deserve […]

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Baptists aid earthquake relief in China

ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Bob Allen — The World Relief Office of American Baptist Churches USA is sending $10,000 in emergency relief funds from the One Great Hour of Sharing offering to aid earthquake victims in China. Funds will be divided evenly between two International Ministries partners: the Amity Foundation, an independent Chinese voluntary organization […]

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Baseball’s Darryl Strawberry buries his past in new career as a pastor

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE/Bob Nightengale /USA Today/ST. PETERS, MO. — The four-bedroom, two-story modest house sits on a corner in this planned bedroom community, and when this 6’6” muscular-toned man welcomes you inside his home, there is no evidence Darryl Strawberry the player ever existed. There are no pictures of Strawberry in a Mets uniform. No […]

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