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Now displaying: April, 2016
Apr 22, 2016

Pastor Accused of Sex Abuse Cover Up Tells Church to Protect Pastors

Amid allegations that he helped cover up a series of child sex abuse scandals of his Sovereign Grace Ministries congregations, pastor C.J. Mahaney followed his address at Together for the Gospel with a sermon at his church that called on the congregation to protect their pastors. Mahaney said that Hebrews 13:17 tells congregations to stand by their pastors and to challenge allegations. Abuse survivor networks have protested Mahaney’s appearance at Together for the Gospel.

Source: Baptist New Global

 

What Should Pastors Know about the Offering?

Thom Rainer shares a list of different arrangements for tracking giving in your church. In one model, a pastor and a key volunteer keep track of the funds and giving trends together, but other churches prefer a committee, an appointed staff member, or a single volunteer. Still other churches hire someone outside the church to keep track of donations and to notify the staff of any important trends.

Source: The Christian Post

 

Churches Are Opening Faster Than They Close

There was an average of 77 churches planted each week in 2014 according to the statistics from 34 denominations. That means there were 4,000 churches planted compared to the 3700 churches that closed. Church plants are one of the most effective ways to reach new people with the gospel since 42% of those worshipping in churches launched since 2008 are either new to church or returned after many years away.

Source: Facts and Trends

 

Apr 14, 2016

39% of Americans expect Vatican to accept homosexuality within 30 years

In his new statement "On Love In The Family" Pope Francis calls Catholics to be more merciful and understanding of abortion, homosexuality and divorce. When polled, 39% of Americans believe that the Vatican may change it's teaching on Homosexuality within the next 30 years while 50% thought the church would never reverse it's stance on abortion.

Source: CapX

 

An Experiment In Sharing: One Building, 3 Religions

Brookville Church in Long Island was built in 1732, it is home to a picturesque steeple, classic architecture and four, inter-faith congregations. The Muslim Reform Movement Organization, New Synagogue of Long Island and Interfaith Community of Long Island all share this tiny building. Not only do they rotate services through the space, they also blend services and support interfaith families. 

Source: The Washington Post

 

Need A Laugh? Check Out Yelp's Church Reviews.

Odds are you've headed to Yelp to check out a restaurant or hair salon, but did you know some users are reviewing churches as well? From ridiculous to completely relevant, these comments are both hilarious and helpful. As much as it may hurt to read that your church is perceived as stuck up or unfriendly, wouldn't you rather know?
Source: Obsever.com

Apr 8, 2016

Christianity Pared Down in Theology Studies at Oxford
http://dailym.ai/1S1mjQF

Baptist Church Expels Governor
http://bit.ly/22hPX6D

Tony Evans thinks the church isn't helping
http://bit.ly/1RIJ7Wp

 

Apr 1, 2016

Is The Church Declining? It Depends How Far You Look Back

Comparing American church attendance trends to the 1960’s is very different from comparisons with the American Colonial period where fewer than 20% of Americans attended church. Even as far back as 734, church leader Venerable Bede lamented how many people failed to show up at a church on a given Sunday. As it turns out, the unchurched and the half-churched are not new trends, and attendance can be cyclical throughout history.

Source: Religion Dispatches

 

Churches Attempt to Control Crowds for Easter Egg Drops

Next Level Church in New Hampshire is one of two churches in the Live Free or Die state that offered Easter Egg drops on Easter Sunday for those who attended services. Limiting the event to those who attend only was a measure aimed at keeping crowds under control. On the other hand, the leaders of LifePoint Church in Plano had plans to drop Easter eggs from a helicopter for local families, but after a local news station covered the event, over 10,000 people showed up and the church had to cancel the drop.

Source: Union Leader

Source: The Scoop

 

Is The Church Declining? It Depends How Far You Look Back

Comparing American church attendance trends to the 1960’s is very different from comparisons with the American Colonial period where fewer than 20% of Americans attended church. Even as far back as 734, church leader Venerable Bede lamented how many people failed to show up at a church on a given Sunday. As it turns out, the unchurched and the half-churched are not new trends, and attendance can be cyclical throughout history.

Source: Religion Dispatches

 

Chinese Government Can’t Beat Christianity and Develops New Plan

The Communist Party in China knows that there are thousands if not millions of Christians in China. Many churches are underground, allegedly subverting the control of the government. Officials have adopted a new strategy: creating a Chinese Christian Theology that puts the government first and the Kingdom of God second, appointing their own ministers and encouraging obedience to the Chinese state.

Source: BBC

 

 

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