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Colleges offer church management programs to protect church tills from embezzlers

February 22, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Theology professor Thomas Groome works Thursday in his office where he now directs a program in church management at Boston College in Newton, Mass. A large number of U.S. churches have been victims of embezzlement over the years, and experts say one reason is that many budgets are managed by volunteers or employees without proper guidance or training. Now, some colleges are hoping to prevent such faith-shattering abuses by offering programs devoted specifically to managing church finances and personnel.

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