Churches

A love story with Christ Church takes contentious turn

August 23, 2014
Greg Andrews
This is far from the first time that heirs and beneficiaries of the Lilly family fortune have tangled over how it was managed.
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Three Catholic parishes in Indianapolis to close

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Holy Trinity, Holy Cross and St. Bernadette parishes will be merged into nearby parishes under the changes announced Wednesday by Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
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Fishers, Noblesville put cuffs on charities to recoup tax revenue

June 8, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Two growing Hamilton County communities looking to build their commercial tax base are taking steps to ensure land targeted for development doesn’t end up in the hands of organizations that don’t pay taxes.
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Church caught up in nightmare after life insurance scheme soursRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Lindberg Road Church of Christ in Anderson has filed for bankruptcy protection because of a failed plan to finance construction on its properties. The plan involved buying life insurance on elderly members, with the intent to sell the policies later on the secondary market.
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Indy seminary lands $8M grant for pastoral center

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has received initial funding for its new Center for Pastoral Excellence through an $8 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.
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Report: Charitable donations ticked up in 2011

June 19, 2012
Dan Human
Charitable giving grew 4 percent nationally in 2011, but the increase was less than 1 percent after adjusting for inflation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
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New Christian Theological Seminary president embracing the artsRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
New Christian Theological Seminary President Matthew Myer Boulton wants to create a more vibrant atmosphere at CTS, by attracting younger students who can live on campus full time and by drawing the general public for lectures, concerts and religious events on a regular basis.
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Local foundation joins forces with national grantmaker

May 7, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Atlanta-based organization has $1.3 billion in assets.
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Indianapolis' Christ Church Cathedral supports rebuilding of cathedral in Haiti

March 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The local church is joining Trinity Wall Street Church in New York in donating to reconstruction of the building destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Interfaith Hunger Initiative hopes Dalai Lama draws crowd

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The group hopes to raise as much as $100,000 in conjunction with May 14 talk at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Area reaches end of an era for church constructionRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $16.5 million worship auditorium that Northview Church in Carmel opened last month may be the last major church-related project completed in central Indiana for years. Although many projects were finished before the recession, churches, which usually pay for much of construction in cash, struggled to collect pledges.
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United Way devoting another $1 million to church-based child care centers

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana will expand its program for improving church-based child care to its six-county region with a $1 million economic stimulus grant from the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration’s Bureau of Child Care.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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Churches look for ways to pay off construction projects planned before recession took toll on collection platesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
In Indianapolis and around the country, congregations that expanded before the recession are now taking drastic measures, including budget cuts that have resulted in layoffs, salary reductions and giving less to charities.
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If Pacers left, would these kids get help they need?Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Bill Benner
Combined forcesâ??the gifts of time, treasure and inspiration from the athlete in concert with the programming, dedication and outreach of community leadersâ??can change the direction of young lives.
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Let us bow our heads and text in unisonRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Tim Altom
A friend of mine is a minister and an expert on church management and growth. During one of our discussions, it struck me how much starting and running a church is very like running a business. There are the same problems with morale, with retention, with site selection, finance, marketing and growth pains. And with technology.
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