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Georgia Church Tempts Worshippers with $500 Gas Raffle
from The Associated Press
So much for spaghetti suppers: The First Baptist Church of Snellville, Ga., is fueling its membership drive with a sign in front of its sprawling campus proclaiming "Free Gasoline." There's a catch, of course. The offer is a not a giveaway. Instead, each time newcomers or members attend a church event during a Sunday-to-Wednesday revival they get a pink raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two $500 gas cards. More

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Keys for Overcoming Your Church's Financial Crisis
from Lifeway
Almost all churches have faced a financial crisis at some point of its life. How the church leaders react to these financial hardships will impact the church for years. More

Church Pays $750,000 Mortgage in 3 Years
from The Ledger
Paying off a mortgage can take 20, 30 or even 40 years, but one church in Winter Haven, Fla., did it in three. The church accomplished the goal without any special fundraising events. "We raised the money just through offerings," Pastor Gene Wiggins said. More

'Lost' Christians Greatest Crisis in American Church
from Christian Post
The inability of the church to discuss a topic that has become taboo among many Christians is one of the root causes why millions of Americans are leaving the church and never to return, says one author. More

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Finding God in Your Inbox? Spam Goes Spiritual
from USA Today
The messages are simple enough. Some include a prayer, others offer stories or pictures. Then, slipped into the cyber-epistle, the kicker: If you love God and/or are not ashamed of your religious beliefs, forward the e-mail to a particular number of people. More

Study: Religion Affects the Wealth of Believers
from Duke University
Conservative Protestants tend to save less and accumulate fewer assets than other Americans, and their religious beliefs contribute to their low wealth, according to a new study by a Duke University sociologist. More

Churches Across USA Help with Mortgage Crisis
from Christian Post
Nationwide, lenders filed foreclosure-related documents against almost 650,000 homes in the first three months of the year, more than double the number in the same period last year, according to California-based RealtyTrac Inc., which monitors the market across the country. Embracing the religious tradition of helping the poor, pastors around the nation are doubling as financial shepherds for their mortgage-distressed flocks. More

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Blogging Baptists: As Many Motivations for Blogging as There are Bloggers
from the Associated Baptist Press
For some people, blogs are like a family reunion where people barely know each other. There's a lot of talking going on, but there's little agreement on much of anything. But for many of the increasing number of Baptist bloggers, that's the beauty of it. More

Movie Explores Worship Styles in Today's Churches
from the Faith News Network
For many years, Sunday mornings were known as the most divided hour in America due to race. Today, it's still divided, but often by music and worship styles as congregations seek to reach an audience whose tastes for music and tech savvy presentations create new challenges for today's church leaders. Praise Band: The Movie seeks to present a balanced perspective of the struggle while emphasizing the true meaning of worship. More

Don't Forget to Sign Up for Next Week's NACBA TeleWeb
There's still time to register for next week's NACBA TeleWeb seminar. Join Lewis Saylor as he presents "Preparing For A Public Health Crisis - Ministry & Hope During The Pending Pandemic Influenza" during the next NACBA TeleWeb seminar, held May 22 at 1:30 Central time. The registration fee for the one-hour seminar is $59 for NACBA national members and $69 for all non-members. Enjoy the convenience of a NACBA TeleWeb conference, which is designed to fit your busy schedule. Register today!


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