Nine Greatest Legal Risks: How to protect your church in an age of litigation
by Richard R. Hammar.
Ten Deadly Lawsuits: Your church may be more vulnerable than you think
by Stephen Chawaga.
at Church: Practical strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse
by Beth J. Lueders.
with the Shameful: How you should respondlegally and responsiblywhen
a staff member is accused of child molestation by Mike Woodruff and Dennis
Larceny: How your church can use the power of videos without breaking the
law by Ginger E. McFarland.
of Assistance: How pastors and office staff can make each other more effective
by Edward Gilbreath.
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Problems From the Past: resolving issues.
Churches Face Many Challenges by Larry Witham.
in America face "many challenges," including fewer men in the pews,
once-a-week gatherings and few newcomers at services. Those are some of the findings
of a study that interviewed 300,000 worshipers in 2,200 congregations of all faiths
in the 50 states, "The Washington Times" reported. Released this week,
the Congregational Life Survey found that half of all small congregations add
up to just 11 percent of all worshipers. "This is probably the most profound
reality facing congregations today," the report said. "Most congregations
are small." In contrast, large congregations are just 10 percent of all the
300,000 houses of worship nationwide, but draw half of all worshipers. The study
also discovered that small congregations face further declines in funding, supply
of clergy and religious education, the "Times" reported. The report
found that men comprise just 39 percent of the congregations, 56 percent of all
parishioners attend only one service weekly and just 46 percent of worshipers
had invited another person in the last 12 months. "Most...are not involved
in small groups," the study said. A related project, "Pulpit and Pew,"
which surveyed clergy related to the representative congregation sample, discovered
that only 45 percent of Americans identify as members of a denomination, and that
as little as 20 percent of the population worships on a given weekend.
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