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Faith and fraud: Church worker charged with theft
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For eight years, Anita Collins worked in accounts payable for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, gaining the trust of her superiors. Colleagues praised her quiet dedication and hard work, and noted that she prayed often. No one, then, questioned the hundreds of checks she wrote at the archdiocese to cover small expenses, like office supplies and utility bills. Collins was charged with embezzling more than $1 million over seven years from the archdiocese.

See related article: More about Collins' secret past (The New York Times)

March Regional Metro Group Meetings
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Are you an administrative leader who meets Metro requirements? If so, there are two fantastic opportunities to participate in a roundtable discussion group. The Metro Group is comprised of administrators from larger churches across America and Canada who meet annually during two sessions at the NACBA National Conference. The roundtable events will be smaller groups which will allow more in-depth conversations. The Metro Group will be hosting two meetings in March, one in Tennessee and one in California. More

Virtual 'town hall' meeting slated by Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations
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The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations will host a virtual "town hall" meeting via the Internet Feb. 17 to receive input on issues being reviewed by the group. The public and media nationwide are invited to participate in the 90-minute event, which will begin at 1 p.m. EST and be broadcast from The National Press Club studios in Washington, D.C. More

Create a More Personal Web Experience
The church Web site is often a visitor’s first interaction with the church. One of the easiest ways to provide a more personal experience is to tightly integrate the Web site content with the church management system. For more information, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Developing An Effective Web Strategy. more

To tithe or not to tithe ...
The New York Times (opinion)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mitt Romney's 2010 tax return, along with an estimated version of his 2011 filing, has attracted attention for a number of reasons — chief among them his high income and low tax rate. But the disclosure also called attention to his high level of charitable giving — much in the form of donations to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — in a nation where most donate far less. More

Commentary: Churches competing in the free market
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If religion falls to division and dullness, who will teach our children about God, ethics, values, self-sacrifice and trust? This is the context for a fundamental resetting of faith in America. People haven't turned against God, churches or clergy. They are simply taking matters into their own hands. If the local congregation seems complacent and dull, they will look elsewhere. Forget brand loyalty. More

Donating through electronic media increases
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Individually, Americans donate about 2 percent of their disposal income to philanthropic causes. Other research shows the way Americans give is changing dramatically, with more giving being done through electronic media. The Pew Research Center reported 20 percent of Americans have donated online. More

Report: Americans more generous in giving to charity in 2011
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Charitable giving in the United States jumped 7.5 percent in 2011, according to a report from Dallas-based Atlas of Giving. Americans gave about $346 billion to charity in 2011, with religious organizations receiving 36 percent of the donations. Nationwide, individuals gave $241.3 billion to charity in 2011, corporations gave $16.5 billion, foundations gave $42.1 billion and bequests made up $22 billion. More

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Game Show Network to produce Bible-themed game show
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Game Show Network announced that it is producing a pilot for a new original game show, "The American Bible Challenge." The one-hour game show will pit contestants against each other to test their biblical knowledge. "The American Bible Challenge celebrates America's passion for the Bible in an entertaining, unconventional format that makes the Good Book more accessible to the whole family," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive VP of programming for GSN. More

Historic Illinois church faces uncertain future
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St. Peter Evangelical Church in Forest Park, Ill., has been on the market more than a year. The church dates back to the origins of Forest Park. Its cornerstone carries an inscription in German, and it’s made of limestone, as is the rest of the fortress-like exterior. On May, 11, 2009, it became Forest Park's first historical site. The cash-strapped congregation had no recourse, but longtime members hate to see it go. More

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New Jersey church moving forward, even as numbers have dwindled
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The historic but financially struggling First United Methodist Church of Asbury Park, N.J., cannot be counted out yet. A congregation that numbered as high as 1,200 in the 1950s now stands at 80. The operating budget is $153,000, says the Rev. Sony Augustin, senior pastor. But Augustin remains steadfast that the mostly Haitian-American church will survive. More

Lessons from Bible billboards in Egypt
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The Bible Society of Egypt isn't allowed to evangelize, so they advertise. They're not allowed to give Bibles away, so they sell them. Ramez Atallah, the society’s general secretary, admitted he freely borrows from the business world, saying "If it works for Pizza Hut, it can work for us." That includes using billboards and even home delivery to spread the gospel. While he faces opposition, he turns that obstacle into a solution. He spoke of three ways opposition has been helpful to his work. More

Why churches should resurrect Sunday evening services
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Have Sunday morning services become a chore to "get done" at the beginning of the day, simply to be checked off a long list of many weekend to-dos? If so, attending or resurrecting an evening service may help transform the mindset of many Christians today. Though the evening service requires much more work for leaders, it allows more members of the church to take hold of opportunities to serve while also forcing pastors to spend more time in the Word. More

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