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Report shows 5,000+ multisite churches

(RNS) Multisite churches — congregations meeting at more than one physical location — have grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, outpacing the advance of megachurches, new research shows. By Adelle M. Banks.

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Mormons and Baptists compete for converts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Every year, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend tens of millions of dollars to spread their takes on Christianity. They rely heavily on thousands of faithful volunteers willing to spread out across the country to share their faith. By Bob Smietana.

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Pool of American imams too small to meet the demand

SHARON, Mass. (RNS) It will be at least 5 to 10 years before the pool of American imams becomes large enough to meet demand from mosques. In the meantime, Muslim communities will continue to depend on imams from abroad — and that creates challenges for a community that increasingly wants to assimilate. By Omar Sacirbey.

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Former preacher becomes a poster boy for unbelief

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Jerry DeWitt is beginning to develop a national profile in the small universe of organized unbelievers as a former Pentecostal preacher who little by little lost his faith right there in the pulpit. Now DeWitt is out of the pulpit, and public about his nonbelief. By Bruce Nolan.