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Religion among the Millennials
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By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans. Fewer young adults belong to any particular faith than older people do today. They also are less likely to be affiliated than their parents' and grandparents' generations were when they were young. Fully one-in-four members of the Millennial generation - so called because they were born after 1980 and began to come of age around the year 2000 - are unaffiliated with any particular faith. Indeed, Millennials are significantly more unaffiliated than members of Generation X were at a comparable point in their life cycle (20 percent in the late 1990s) and twice as unaffiliated as Baby Boomers were as young adults (13 percent in the late 1970s). More



Southerners most likely to go to church
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Residents of Mississippi are the most faithful churchgoers in the United States, while Vermonters are least likely to worship, the Gallup Poll said. Generally, residents of southern states are the most likely to report going to church weekly, the poll said. New England and the west have the fewest regular churchgoers. The findings are based on daily tracking polls Gallup began in 2008 and are based on surveys of more than 350,000 people. More



Yearbook of Churches shows latest church growth statistics
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The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported a decline in membership for the second year in a row, according to the National Council of Churches' 2010 yearbook of churches. The Catholic Church, meanwhile, rebounded from last year's reported membership loss with a 1.49 percent growth, joining church bodies including the Assemblies of God and the Church of God in Christ as the few large U.S. denominations with reported growth. More

For many black communities in South Florida, church is about more than just God
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Black South Floridians have founded, and continue to run, some of the oldest religious institutions in the region. In the black community, a church often is much more than just a place to commune with God. It's also a place to meet neighbors, network, socialize and have fun. This article provides a sampling of some of South Florida's most venerable black houses of prayer. More

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Taxing non-profits
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When lightning struck the roof of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in September 1993, sparking a massive fire, Fort Wayne firefighters were on the scene within minutes, battling the blaze with six pumpers, all three of the department’s ladder trucks and assistance from St. Joseph Township firefighters and the Southwest Fire District. There was no suggestion at the time or since that any effort should have been spared to save the church -- worthy recognition of the community’s shared responsibility in ensuring public safety. But if a major firefighting effort arises at a church or hospital in the years ahead, look for a more critical discussion about the costs involved and who should pay. More

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Churches, worshipers also feel storms' impact
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Some say a snowstorm, with its power and beauty, settles the spirit. Tell that to Pastor Charlie Whitlow, whose Ashburn church is down about $100,000 in offerings, thanks to Mother Nature's recent weekend romps. The historic snowfalls have messed with the northeast region's spiritual rhythm, forcing people to change routines and rituals of an intimate sort. Bible studies are falling behind. Non-singers are being pulled into choir duty. With three of the four big storms coming on weekends, houses of worship have been especially hard hit. More

When the pastor brings the wife and kids on staff, how should a church respond?
Church Executive Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many new church plants start out with several members of the family holding paid or volunteer positions. The wife heads up children's work, a brother might be in charge of small groups, and as years go by, and the congregation grows, these people might remain and children may be added to other positions in the church. All of this raises potential problems of supervision and management for the congregation and the elder board, if they are willing to give it a serious look. In examining the many issues involving family members on the staff and in paid positions of a congregation, Church Executive turned to Dr. Kent B. Rhodes, a consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group, LLC. More

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Thinking financially in 2010
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Here's the new reality for churches for the new year: the growing risk of embezzlement, regardless of the church's size or setting. "One thing we are seeing on the uptick is embezzlement," says Frank Sommerville, an attorney in Texas specializing in nonprofits and churches. "When you have higher unemployment, you need to be thinking about security from embezzlement." This article discusses how pastors, business administrators, and executive pastors can lead well amid the changing realities in 2010. More

Should your church have a target audience?
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Have you spent much time thinking about who you want to reach in your ministry? To whom is your church trying to communicate? Ministers often overlook this basic question. The better you clarify your ministry's audience the more you will be able to meet their needs. A target audience represents your focal group--those you hope to communicate with and where you should focus your attention. Without focus, you won’t be able to reach anyone effectively. More

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10 sample questions you need to ask your congregants before your next worship service
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A helpful device for improving and making your worship services more meaningful is to ask questions of the people who sit through them. This must seem obvious, but, unless we know our people at a deeper level and understand them, we can't hope to speak to them in our worship experiences. So, here are some sample questions you need to ask your congregants before your next worship service. More

American speedskater says 'even the wild guy can find the light'
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Olympic gold medalist Chad Hedrick certainly thinks he has the ability to contend for more hardware at this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver. But more important than medals to Hedrick is the opportunity this year's Olympics will give him to talk about his newfound faith in Jesus Christ, and to show the world the way in which the Lord has changed him. "I want people to see God in my life," Hedrick said. More

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Anglicans urge 'carbon fast' for Lent, pope urges renewal
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Several prominent Anglican British bishops are urging Christians to keep their carbon consumption in check this Lent. This year's initiative aims to convince those observing Lent to try a day without an iPod or mobile phone in a bid to reduce the use of electricity -- and thus trim the amount of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere. More

The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2009
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The Oscars are still a few weeks away, but most publications and critics--not to mention The Golden Globes--have long since picked their top movies of 2009. Christianity Today is no exception. This week, the publication announced its 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2009. The selected movies include stories of redemption--sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. More

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Ministry marches on in cyberspace
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In the midst of preparing recently to move into newly expanded office spaces, staff members at St. Katharine Drexel parish in Ramsey were inconvenienced by a pesky computer glitch. But, because of several computer programs the parish regularly uses, work could continue on other computers while a technician was busy fixing the bug. "I'm always looking for easier ways to do ministry," said Sister Bridget Waldorf, who has set up several of the Web-based programs used at St. Katharine Drexel. More

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The ministry of hockey
The Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As some athletes at the Vancouver Olympics battle for global hockey supremacy, Dan Grace is stick-handling his way around a rink in the Czech Republic. His goal isn't to win a medal. Rather, it's to help his opponents win salvation. It's Grace's fifth visit to the Czech Republic. Only one of those was a vacation. During all the other visits he has laced up his skates in an effort to share his Christian faith with fellow hockey lovers. More

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