Despite the tough economy, some of the nation's largest churches are doing well, with increased offerings and plans to hire more staff. Just 3 percent of churches with 2,000 or more attendance surveyed by Leadership Network, a Dallas-based church think tank, said they were affected "very negatively" by recent economic woes. Nearly half said they were affected "somewhat negatively," but one-third said they were not affected at all. The vast majority expected to meet their budgets in 2012 or their current fiscal year. A majority also reported that offerings during worship services were higher last year than in 2011.
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