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Research: Spiritual maturity tied to strong doctrinal beliefs

By Russ Rankin NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Professing Christians progressing toward spiritual maturity will have a firmer grasp on important doctrinal positions, according to findings from LifeWay Research. However, plenty of churchgoers still struggle with basic truths about God, the Bible and salvation. The LifeWay Research study on “Doctrinal Positions” shows that while 81 percent of […]

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The ‘edifice’ complex

By using credit and creative finance prudently,

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7 warning signs your church staff is in trouble

The caliber of your church staff is crucial to the long-term health of your church. Honing your ability as a leader and your church staff’s ability to operate as a high functioning team takes work, but the payoff will prove beneficial for the development of your church’s community. We sometimes have blinders on when we […]

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Overall charitable giving up in February

The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall giving increased 2.9 percent and online giving increased 10.8 percent for the three months ending February 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012, indicating a continued recovery of charitable giving. As reported in the recent release of the Charitable Giving Report, overall giving grew approximately 2 […]

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New app designed to ‘automate’ Christian growth process says developer

CHESAPEAKE, Va. /Christian Newswire – Covenant Worx, LLC, announces the release of Spirit Fire, a free iPhone/iPod app that solves the problem preventing many modern Christians from developing a deeper relationship with God: time. The mobile study tool allows time-starved people to systematically learn a self-chosen Bible topic with little to no effort on their […]

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New study examines post-Great Recession financial status on U.S. churches — including coping strategies and effective electronic and media tools

INDIANAPOLIS — A recent report: philanthropy.iupui.edu/congregational-economic-impact-study — 2013 Congregational Economic Impact Study — examines how different forms of religious expression in the U.S. are doing financially following the greatest economic upheaval since the Great Depression. The study also zeroes in on the most significant factors influencing how religious congregations are coping financially today and in the […]

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Stop-and-go ministry

By Sam S. Rainer III When God guides a church, it’s not a smooth journey. Ministry in a community is stop-and-go. The church is called to go share the only message of hope and stop for those in need. Many people are aware that something bigger than their personal world exists. They desire to take […]

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What do Americans really think about the Bible?

One of March’s media stories has been the success of the History Channel miniseries, “The Bible.” The first episode, which premiered on March 3, had 13.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the highest entertainment (read: non-sports) broadcast of 2013. The interest in a cable series makes it clear the American public is certainly […]

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Stream Monkey: Live church streaming that won’t drive you bananas

ORLANDO, Fla./Christian Newswire – This Easter, hundreds of millions of people worldwide will go to church. But not everyone will come through the front doors. A growing number of believers will worship where they are using their laptops, tablets, smartphones and other streaming devices. “More and more houses of worship are starting to explore the […]

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Historic congregation builds a new $130M downtown campus

DALLAS – First Baptist Church of Dallas, led by nationally known pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, will open a new state-of-the-art $130-million campus on Easter Sunday, March 31. The new facility is believed to be the largest church building campaign in modern history, “At a time when suburban megachurches are the norm, and research shows that […]

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