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Six ways to get people back to church

Congregations fire up steps to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to National Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 16 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. /Christian Newswire/ — Show the “Pastor Rap” video on Sunday. Get the word out on Facebook and Twitter. Order invitations and door hangers for members to use when they invite people back […]

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Don’t count out the church organ just yet

By Jeff Brumley Whether electric, digital or pipe, experts who play, study and make organs say the majestic instrument is making a comeback. There are times, Shaun King says, when worship music should be energetic, light or joyful. That’s when instruments like pianos, drums and guitars do the trick. But then there are times when […]

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Social media bigger deal than survey says

By Jeff Brumley A survey about social media usage and faith groups has researchers baffled. A survey’s finding that few Americans use social media to connect with churches and other religious groups has those who conducted the research astonished. “We were a little bit surprised,” Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Institute, told […]

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Survey finds record 19 percent of religiously unaffiliated Americans

Cathy Lynn Grossman / USA Today (RNS) Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check “None” for their religious affiliation are now nearly one in five Americans (19 percent), the highest ever documented, according to the Pew Center for the People and the Press. The rapid rise of Nones — including atheists, agnostics and those […]

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Willow Creek Church among 38 Best Christian Workplaces for 2012

Willow Creek Community Church, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, was included on this year’s Best Christian Workplaces list compiled by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, Mercer Island, WA. The study factors included employee job satisfaction, Christian witness, personal growth and effectiveness, customer satisfaction, and compensation/benefits. “I believe Willow Creek’s best days as a […]

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Charitable Giving Higher for ECFA Members

Contrasts with Decrease in Donations to Religious Charities Overall WINCHESTER, Va. — Cash charitable giving to ECFA members with fiscal years ending in 2011 reflected a modest increase from 2010, the organization announced today. This contrasts with a decrease in giving to religious charities overall, as noted in a recent national report. Giving to ECFA-accredited […]

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Liquid Church pastors get down and dirty in reality TV show

MORRISTOWN, N.J./Christian Newswire/ – This  week, Pastors Tim Lucas and Tom Kang from Liquid Church in New Jersey are taking a leap of faith into Oklahoma backwaters as unlikely stars of the Animal Planet reality TV show “Hillbilly Handfishin’.” The popular show about noodlin’ – the art of catching giant catfish with bare hands and […]

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Contemporary worship not a fix-all

By Robert Dilday Some traditional churches are challenging the conventional wisdom that style is everything when it comes to vibrant worship. It’s a recurring scenario in America’s Christian congregations. As members grapple with their church’s future — eager to increase attendance or renew spiritual energy — one suggestion inevitably emerges. It’s time to start a […]

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Gallup reports new low in religious confidence

By Bruce Nolan (RNS) Americans’ confidence in organized religion, slowly but steadily declining since the 1970s, slipped to a new low in the latest survey, the Gallup Organization reported. Today only 44 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion,” Gallup said. It was […]

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Massive LifeWay Research project identifies eight measures of personal discipleship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 2008, LifeWay Research surveyed 7,000 churches to discover the principles involved with healthy congregations. Last year, LifeWay’s researchers went back into the field to focus not on the church, but on the individual believer, asking more than 4,000 people about their spiritual lives and level of maturity. The project has identified […]

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