Nearly 50 percent of the budgets of large churches funded primarily by congregational giving goes to paying staff salaries and a majority of them keep their congregations in the dark about the specifics of these payments, according to the 2016 Large Church Salary Study from the Leadership Network.
Information for the study was compiled from a survey of megachurches — congregations with weekend worship attendances of 2,000 or more adults and children.
This year's survey is said to have been the largest cross-denominational research project anywhere on large church salaries, staff and budget issues. Some 26 percent of the 1,650 megachurches in North America responded to the Leadership Network survey and more than 15,000 specific salaries were culled from 1,251 responses. more >>
The latest book written by pastor and best-selling author David Jeremiah, head of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, is being featured this month at the world famous Times Square in New York City.
The book, titled Is This The End? Signs of God's Providence in a Disturbing New World, is divided into two parts centered on two questions. The first asks if the end of America is near and the second asks if the end of the world is near.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Jeremiah said it's "easy to look at today's headlines, both in America and around the world, and get discouraged." more >>
A United Church of Canada congregation overseen by an openly atheist minister seldom uses the Bible during worship and has replaced the Lord's Prayer with a nonsectarian affirmation.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper, leader of West Hill United Church of Toronto, Ontario, is currently facing the possibility of being defrocked for being an atheist.
Vosper has pastored West Hill for several years. Since the year 2000 the church has undergone extensive change, both in what it teaches and in membership numbers. more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — Thousands of church leaders from various denominations across the country have gathered for the annual three-day Catalyst Atlanta conference and will be equipped with advice on what concrete steps they can take to help build racial unity in their communities and unite together as one Church under Christ.
Over 7,000 people are expected to attend the 17th annual multi-day conference held at the Infinite Energy Arena, which began on Wednesday and is designed to help strengthen a young generation of church leaders.
The conference features addresses by a large group of ethnically diverse religious leaders, authors and other prominent Christians including Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Derwin Gray, Soong-Chan Rah and many others. more >>
Wouldn't you love it if everyone who connected with your church showed up every week?
Some churches probably could not handle the crowd.
But most church leaders would like to have that problem. more >>
Teaching the Bible can be "risky" and it isn't something people should "rush into," according to theologian John Piper, who notes that the first strategy is to "be aware of the dangers of speaking, writing and teaching."
"How do you make sure that your interpretations of God's Word are in line with God's intention?" a listener to Piper's Desiring God podcast asked on Friday.
Among other things, Piper said he "pray[s] that when anybody reads or hears me — what I have written, what I have said — they will be given a heart by the Lord to believe what is true and to be protected from any mistakes I have made." more >>