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Congregation Collects Marlboro Miles, Decorates Church

Mar 9th, 2009 | Category: Church

WABASH, IN. – Bake sales. Car washes. Bingo. Churches for decades have relied on tried and true methods of fundraising when tithes and offerings left vision-thick congregations in a lurch. But Wabash Christian Center has taken a unique approach to supplying ministerial needs. Eschewing fundraising altogether, the 20-year-old fellowship collects Marlboro Miles to outfit its church.



Outreach to Midgets Comes Up Short

Mar 8th, 2009 | Category: Church

Pastor John Huber still has a burden for little people. This, in spite of the fact that his evangelistic efforts among Orange County’s diminutive sinners have produced no converts. “We’ve just got to raise the bar,” the unflappable Baptist minister said. A weekend crusade for little people held last week at his Santa Ana church […]



Church Leaders Urge Christians to Reduce Their Prayer Footprints

Experts warn of a looming shortage of "supernatural resources"

Mar 7th, 2009 | Category: Church

VATICAN CITY — An unprecedented summit of Christian leaders convened here earlier this month to take part in a summit to address what many fear could be the greatest spiritual crisis of our time — a shortage of prayer.



Study: Small Group Hazing At All-Time High

2 Dead, Some Churches Impose Outright Ban

Dec 19th, 2008 | Category: Church

CHICAGO – A new study to be published in Christianity Today magazine exposes a dangerous wave of church subculture that has built enormous momentum over the past decade. Hazing, which until now has been almost entirely associated with college fraternities and sororities, has made its way into our churches as a method of initiating would-be small group members and filtering out those too weak to join. While most colleges have squelched hazing in recent years, a new surge in small group hazing—resulting in at least two fatalities—is causing some pastors to follow suit and ban the practice altogether.



Shutdown Season: Willow Creek Community Church Will Close its Doors for the Summer

May 13th, 2008 | Category: Church

SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL – In perhaps the most extreme example to date of churches halting ministries during the traditionally slower summer months, Willow Creek Community Church – one of America’s prototypical mega-churches – has decided to close its doors until after Labor Day. “The church leadership took a look at where attendance and giving were […]



Visitor Wants Less Information About Church

Dec 17th, 2007 | Category: Church

ST. LOUIS, MO – Derek Freeman found himself experiencing information overload on a recent first time visit to nearby Chesterfield Community Church. “I was sitting in the all purpose sanctuary, enjoying my chai tea latte, when the woman up front invited new visitors to see someone on the welcome team if they wanted more information […]



Asian American Pastor Speaks Only English

Chicago native of Korean descent also knows no martial arts

Dec 15th, 2007 | Category: Church

HOUSTON – The employment of James Kim as youth pastor at Mt. Olive Baptist church here has resulted in some disappointment among church members, but not for the usual pastoral dissatisfaction reasons. “When I saw that we had hired him, I was so excited,” said church treasurer Lilly Rudd. “I thought we could finally start […]



Analysts Predict Biggest Christmas Church Shopping Season Ever

Churches sharpen seasonal services to nab annual worshippers

Nov 15th, 2007 | Category: Church

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Christine Eagen sits at the table in her neatly decorated suburban dining room with an open phone book, a wall calendar, a notepad and a laptop. She circles church listings in the phone book with a red sharpie, visits their Web sites on her laptop and pencils in their names on her […]



Techno-Tithe: Church Implants Microchips in Members’ Right Hands

Apr 12th, 2004 | Category: Church, Technology

CROCKETT’S BLUFF, AR – In a startling collision of modern technology and ministry, Crockett’s Bluff Community Church is the first known church in America to use Logitech’s biochip technology to receive its weekly tithes and offerings. According to last year’s church theme – “Be ID’d With CBCC in ’03” – the congregation of 15,782 outfitted […]