An ecumenical gathering of churches in Tennessee will collaborate on a day devoted to community improvement projects, dubbed "Mission Blitz."
The annual event has been taking place in northwest Tennessee since 2007, and "Mission Blitz 2016" will take place in May, with the first planning meeting scheduled for next week.
Kevin Griffith, co-chair of Mission Blitz, told The Christian Post in an interview that there has been an emphasis on bringing different Christian denominations together. more >>
Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church of Duncan, Oklahoma, will hold its fourth annual "Open Team Roping" fundraising competition next month and is expected to draw hundreds of teams to the event.
Amy Linn Miller, spokeswoman for Chisholm Trail, explained to The Christian Post the origins of their annual roping competition and silent auction.
"This team roping and auction started as a fundraiser for our church building. We were building our current building without taking out a loan. We moved into that building in December of 2014. We have now out grown this building," said Miller. more >>
The board of the United Methodist Church's $20 billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund has essentially blacklisted Israel's five largest banks by declaring them off limits for investment amid claims of human rights violations.
Mark Tooley, president of The Institute of Religion and Democracy who is also a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, however, says the pension board's decision is "unfortunate and embarrassing" and could likely harm relations between the United Methodist Church and the Jewish people.
The five banks — Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank and Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot — are on a list of 39 companies from a number of countries that have been declared off limits for not meeting the church's Human Rights Investment Policy guideline implemented in 2015. more >>
A Taiwanese church that has been designed in the shape of a massive 55-foot tall blue-glass high heel in order to attract female worshipers is expected to open next month.
Huanqiu.com, an affiliation of the People's Daily Online, said that the building is made almost entirely out of glass, and was completed earlier this week in Ocean View Park in Budai town by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area in Jaiyi County.
The church stands at 55 feet tall, 36 feet wide, and is made out of 320 pieces of glass. It is expected to open to churchgoers before the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8. more >>
A number of Christian denominations in Kenya, including Evangelicals and Catholics, have slammed new government forced registration rules for churches, though some Anglican leaders have said it is a good way to tackle the "commercialization" of religion.
BBC News reported that the government proposals will put in requirements for all religious bodies to register with the government, for pastors to undergo formal training at a 'reputable' seminary, and to obtain police clearance.
The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya has slammed the plans, however, arguing that they are aimed at stopping the growth of Evangelical churches. Over 82 percent of the Kenyan population is Christian, and close to half of those Christians are from Protestant churches, while roughly a fourth are Roman Catholic. more >>