Many ministers saddled with seminary debt

A recent graduating class revealed the depth of the issue. Of 57 graduates, 21 had no debt, six owed less than $20,000, another six between $20,000 and $50,000, eight between $50,000 and $90,000 and 11 more than $100,000 — all acquired while at the seminary.

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Suzii Paynter on life, Lent and CBF

 CBF's new executive coordinator says keeping a spiritual focus helps her undertake a demanding schedule of travel and meetings.

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Okla. medical ministry to grow with grant

A $7.7 million grant will boost operations of Good Shepherd Ministries, an arm of First Baptist, Oklahoma City.

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Church sold as members go missional

An aging congregation in the Atlanta area could not sustain its property, so now it will become a retail center.

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Bring ye all the tithes into the PayPal

Today’s electronic giving options reflect the legacy of pew rents and envelopes in a credit/debit card generation.

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To tithe or not to tithe?

Are Christians required to give 10 percent of their income to the church? Is it based on gross or net income? Would God accept less in hard times?

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Study seeks 'positive agenda for affluence'

The United States remains an affluent country but its citizens and institutions sometimes aren’t certain how to use wealth responsibly, authors John L. and Sylvia Ronsvalle say in their annual "state of church giving" report.

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Leap off the fiscal cliff

Cutting taxes on the wealthy is not the way to grow an economy.

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Performing the business of ministry

Recognizing that being a pastor involves more than sermon preparation and visiting hospitals, seminaries are responding with programs to equip ministers to handle the business side of leading a church.

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ABPnews Spring Campaign


May-June 2013

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