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Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to churchNASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don't always go in the offering plate.
Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ministry rather than a church, compared to what is often taught by pastors and Bible study aids.
A third say tithes can go to help an individual in need and nearly one in five say tithes can even go a secular charity, according to a new study by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Read More
'That His glory may be known' is Va. church's goalHAMILTON, Va. (BP) -- "When I came here we had a lot of money in the bank, and we needed to fix that," said Steven Carne, pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church for five years.
He challenged the congregation regarding financial stewardship.
"God entrusts us with His resources; not to save them for a rainy day, nor to bury them in the ground, but to utilize them to make disciples," Carne told Hamilton Baptist. "I don't want Jesus to return and say to us, 'What have you done with what I have entrusted to you?' Read More
Page: Churches & stewardship key to SBC honoring GodNASHVILLE (BP) -- God wants "everything we do to bring Him glory," Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, noted.
The church must be a focal point where God's glory is evident, Page stated during the opening session of the EC's Feb. 19-20 meeting in Nashville.
Page read two verses from the apostle Paul in Scripture, Ephesians 3:20-21, to open his message: Read More
FIRST-PERSON: You don't reap what you sow; you reap more
There's more to the old adage, "You reap what you sow," J.D. Greear points out, noting that "what comes back to you is always greater than what you sowed" -- for good or bad. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Raising debt-free children
In teaching children about money, Elizabeth Owens notes it is better "to let them make some bad choices with a few dollars -- and learn from it -- than to make bad choices later on with many more dollars." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Our double-edged smartphones
Smartphones, Art Rainer writes, have both positive and negative effects, from mobile giving to impulse purchases. Don't "waste precious time" using them "on insignificant comforts," he counsels. Read More
Solar power: church to aid community & lower costsCAMPTON, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky church is embracing solar power as a means to help the community and reduce their carbon footprint.
Campton Baptist Church, part of the Red River Baptist Association, has installed 80 solar panels on the roof of the church, a project sponsored and installed by SonLight Power, an Ohio-based nonprofit that provides renewable electricity to communities worldwide. This was their first project in the United States.
Campton's pastor, Gary Conner, sees the project as a "way to invest in the community." Read More
Chicago's 'Reborn' church transforms inner-city livesCHICAGO (BP) -- Roy Brown wasn't sure what to make of the white guy in the storefront window one morning, wondering what he was doing in Garfield Park.
Brown, a former west side Chicago gang member, was already a walking miracle. Surviving the streets is one thing, but exiting gang life often entails a premature date of death.
Jamie Thompson, the guy on the other side of the plate glass, also is a local with a linebacker's build who grew up one neighborhood east in Humboldt Park. And he ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Is your pastor able to retire?
Randy Bennett examines the financial realities many pastors may face as they approach retirement. God will bless a church that participates in a retirement plan for its pastor, he writes. Read More
Pastor compensation studied by financial plannerGRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- It happens often in Southern Baptist life: A church offers a prospective pastor a salary it thinks is reasonable, and the pastor -- not wanting to appear greedy -- begrudgingly accepts.
But down the road, when tax season arrives or when retirement approaches, the pastor realizes he should have spoken up. Read More