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Survey: Americans don't know much about religion
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A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. The survey released Tuesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life aimed to test a broad range of religious knowledge, including understanding of the Bible, core teachings of different faiths and major figures in religious history. More

Multisite churches outnumber and outgrow megachurches
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In the nation's largest and most comprehensive survey of multisite churches to date, Leadership Network identified leading practices and new developments in the movement's expansion. The results of the survey were recently released as "Multisite Is Multiplying," and are available as a free download. The number of actual multisite churches--an estimated 3,000 congregations that function as one church in two or more locations--now outnumber the roughly 1,400 megachurches that draw 2,000 or more people on a typical weekend. More

Jury says church must pay $4.75 million
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One of the area's biggest and best-known churches must pay $4.75 million over a church ski trip that left a then-teenager with severe injuries, a Hillsborough County, Fla., jury has ordered. Idlewild Baptist Church officials dispute the verdict, and the pastor of another large congregation worries the case could have "a chilling effect on everybody that is trying to work with young people." More

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Small churches go 'transformational'
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While large churches may get the most attention, small churches are the lifeblood of most denominations. But the challenges they face, such as a limited volunteer base, prompt them to accept that they can't do everything larger churches do. "I looked at our website and saw how many ministries we had -- too many!" said Brian Bullard, pastor of Community Fellowship Baptist Church in Covington, Ga., during a day-long live webcast, "Transformational Small Churches," from LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. More

Church pastors back political candidates
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Some church pastors are seeking to give candidates they favor a boost at the polls, even if it means violating tax laws. Organized by the Arizona-based Christian legal group Alliance Defense Fund, about 100 pastors across the nation on Sunday opined from the pulpit on political candidates. It wasn’t immediately clear whom they were backing this time, but some pastors in previous “Pulpit Freedom Sundays” have voiced support for Sen. John McCain. (R., Ariz.). The group aims to force a legal battle over existing tax rules, said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. Under current law, the Internal Revenue Service can revoke the tax-free status of churches, or other nonprofit groups, that use their lecterns to stump for or against politicians. More
See related article: Pastors spoke up - will IRS respond? (OneNewsNow)

Building reflects concern for community, earth
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Any congregation’s facilities reveal the body’s values and priorities -- and the folks at First Baptist Church of Greenville, S.C., took both their values of community openness and creation care into account when constructing a recent addition on the back side of its campus. The year-old Activities and Youth Ministry Center (AYMC), with its open areas and high ratio of window to wall space, is a visual reminder of the soon-to-be 180-year-old congregation’s views on environmental sustainability and outreach to its neighborhood. More

Largest, fastest-growing churches tallied
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The Southeast led the way, but churches from coast to coast are on the 2010 list of America's largest and fastest-growing churches, according to Outreach Magazine based on research from LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. LifeWay Research solicited information regarding average weekend attendance, not membership, in March and February 2010, and 8,000 churches from across the nation responded. LifeWay Research then generated the Largest and Fastest-Growing lists for Outreach Magazine's "100 Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America" annual report. More

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Congregations reeling from decline in donations
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Late this summer, as the country’s economic slump entered its third year, Bishop Robert Girtman met with the board of his church to discuss finances. The weekly collection of tithes and offerings, routinely $4,000 before the recession, had sunk to barely $3,000. Some members, newly jobless and ashamed, turned in tithing envelopes that were empty. Others skipped church a few Sundays a month to avoid the awkwardness of having nothing to give. So the question for Girtman and his board at the Church of the Living God in Port Chester, N.Y., a suburb of New York City, was how to respond. They could run fundraising events. They could hire fewer gospel musicians. Or, as one board member told the pastor, they could just face facts and stop asking for donations for a year, praying that by then the economy might be healthy. More
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The missionary mentality of the local church
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When doing our research for Transformational Church, the author discovered seven elements that were part of this new concept of "Transformational Churches." One of those elements is a missionary mentality. Money seems to be the measure of all things organizational. The same is true of churches. If you want to know what is important to any church, do not simply look at the budget; look at the actual expenditures. More

Pizza, video games and the attractional model
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Student ministries don’t usually have trouble branding themselves. In fact, not many organizations do. The same could be said of creating a culture. They’re both something you do whether you realize it or not. What do people think about when they think about your youth ministry? More

Are you a curious church leader?
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Curiosity is a key quality for church leaders. It doesn’t appear on too many top 10 leadership lists, but being curious is a valuable skill that can change the way we relate to our followers. Curiosity and wonder can serve us well as leaders. Standing as a learner in the churches we lead gives us a broader perspective and greater flexibility. More

Why the church library is still relevant
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The main purpose of a church library should be to support the mission of the local body. Rita Kirkland, a librarian at First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, aptly describes it as "encircling the ministries in our church and supporting them with our resources and talents." A church library is a storehouse of materials that reinforces a church's message or aids people who want to dig deeper. Libraries have also become a place where individuals and families can find entertainment that uplifts spirits and enlightens minds instead of assaulting their values. More

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Design intervention
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Every Sunday in America, another ugly church building opens. For this to occur is little more than a miracle. For example, 80 percent of church architectural drawings are thrown away because of feasibility and cost-control issues. Unlike any other type of land use, church zones don't exist in most cities. Churches must go through a process of "begging for the forgiveness to exist," since they are taking land out of the city tax-base coffers. Often these projects are also complicated, multi-use facilities including assembly areas, recreational uses, food preparation, and educational spaces. And although pastors may be called by God to be "fishers of men" and "shepherds of the flock," most don't have advanced degrees in land development and architecture. More

Church lender prays for fuller plates
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Broadway Federal Bank has a long history of lending to churches in L.A.’s low-income communities. Nearly one of every four loans made by the savings and loan is to a house of worship. But those loans are taking a toll on the institution and some other church lenders as a swoon in church donations has left many congregations unable to keep up their payments. This month, federal regulators ordered the L.A. thrift to raise capital to stem recent losses resulting from deteriorating loans, particularly in its $100 million portfolio of loans to churches. The institution, owned by Broadway Financial Corp., has been lending to area churches for six decades, but executives now admit that they got overextended in that market. More

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Troubled economy hurts Oklahoma church's building project
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When the Rev. Craig Eidson drives out of his subdivision each morning, he can look across the street at the new SpringCreek Worship Center building in Piedmont, Okla. The sight should bring joy, but it only brings heartache. Eidson said his Assemblies of God congregation broke ground on the church building in 2008 with the assumption that they would be worshipping there by now. The nation's troubled economy quickly dashed those hopes, and now the 12,000-square-foot structure stands empty. More

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