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Churches Keep Faith Despite Economy
from The Arizona Republic
A bad economy hasn't slowed Gilbert, Ariz., churches' plans to build additions or new buildings. Projects are often financed by members' donations, and despite the economic downturn, church leaders say they're seeing a jump in attendance and aren't experiencing a large hit in collections. More

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With Aid of Technology, Preaching to the Wired
from the Boston Globe
Saying evangelicals have gotten too far ahead of mainline Protestants in the use of technology to reach out to the unchurched, a liberal Protestant seminary here is launching a new program to train future clergy in the high-tech evangelization. More

Podcast: A Degree in Doing Church Business
from American Public Media
Running a church can be like maintaining a small business. To keep clergy prepared, some universities have been offering MBA-like programs in church management. More

Christians Hungry for Sermon Podcasts
from the Christian Post
Christians are statistically on par with national norms when it comes to being plugged in to digital technologies and social networks, a new study showed. But the study also found that the country's faithful is even more in tune with podcasting than other adults are. More

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Pennies Backed by Heaven
from The Wall Street Journal
Is the U.S. Catholic Church in a state of crisis? The bond market says no. In fact, investors increasingly view the collection plate as a reliable source of cash flow. Church debt, which is increasingly packaged and sold as bonds, has even offered sanctuary from otherwise turbulent credit markets. More

Church Beginning Program to Prevent Bullying
from The News-Gazette
Every Thursday, Pastor Thomas Miller volunteers at Danville High School as a lunchroom monitor. Too many times, he has seen kids picking on each other. Now Miller's ministry is teaming up with the Danville school district to teach students an important lesson: how to stop bullying. New Life Ministries, the church's nonprofit arm, won a $29,917 grant from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority to launch a bullying-prevention and intervention program in the community. More

Harrisburg Church Tackles Health
from The Champion
Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, S.D., is shaping bodies in a healthy way inside and out. Last week marked the beginning of a six-week course at the church called Body by God. Taught by Dr. Ashley Mayland of Harrisburg Family Chiropractic, the course covers nutrition, exercise and stress and time management. More

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How to Share Your Faith Using Indiana Jones
from the Christian Post
Keeping the forces of evil at bay is not a new role for the hero figure in action films. Have you ever wondered why so many movies’ action lines focus on the battle between good and evil? Perhaps it’s because this overarching theme is one that dates back to the beginning of human existence…quite literally back to the Garden of Eden, where the forces of evil initiated the contest that ultimately drew Adam and Eve out of relationship with God and pushed them into a fallen, sinful world filled with pain, suffering, wars and famines. More

IRS Clears United Church of Christ of Wrongdoing in Obama Speech
from Associated Baptist Press
Barack Obama’s denomination did nothing wrong in hearing a speech from the Democratic presidential candidate, the Internal Revenue Service has told officials of the United Church of Christ. More


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