If churches want to stay relevant, they need to analyze the demographic makeup of their youth ministry to see if it resembles the diversity of their communities, says a Florida-based youth pastor.
Tom Bolling of Belvedere Baptist Church in West Palm Beach has over 30 years of experience working with youths in church and advises church leaders that they should reevaluate their vision in order to develop a multicultural young adult ministry.
"With the dramatic increase of immigration and the globalization of our society, ministering to a multicultural society is no longer an option. Many of our churches are sounding an alarm and seeking answers as to how to minister to communities of ethnic and economic diversity," Bolling said in a recent article in The Florida Baptist Witness. more >>
Nearly a year after the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Virginia lost its founding pastor Geronimo Aguilar to an explosive alleged sex scandal, Joe Donahue, the man the church board brought in with much fanfare to replace him, has been fired after just seven weeks on the job.
In a statement posted on his website, youthevangelist.com, Donahue and his wife, Kristy, said the firing caught them completely off guard and are now seeking an explanation from the church.
"We understood that it would be difficult (a sea of red-flag warnings), but we never anticipated anything like what has occurred since May 22. Despite ongoing encouragement from the board of directors, and without warning, I was terminated," said Donahue in the statement. more >>
A historian has argued in a new book that the religious aspects of World War I have been largely ignored by scholars.
Philip Jenkins, author, distinguished professor and member of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, believes that people living and fighting in World War I held strong spiritual convictions of various kinds.
Jenkins documents these many examples in his newest book, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade. more >>
Pope Francis said he will meet with victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic Church clergy for the first time in his papacy. A support group for victims, however, dismissed what it calls a "public relations" gesture, saying it doesn't address the real problems.
The Vatican leader said at an inflight news conference as he was returning to Rome from the Holy Land that priests abusing children is "such an ugly crime" and a "very grave problem," Catholic News Service reported.
"We must move ahead, ahead, zero tolerance," he stated, revealing that he would meet six to eight sex abuse victims from various countries, including Germany, the U.K. and Ireland. more >>
A congregation in Alabama planted nearly 7,000 American flags on their church property in remembrance of the Americans who died during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Grace Place Church of Enterprise created the display for Memorial Day weekend, with a total of 6,809 flags, each representing a soldier who died in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003.
Donny Thrasher, pastor at Grace Place, told The Christian Post that a major reason for the display was to "remind our congregation that freedom isn't free; that it often is paid for with the lives of our military." more >>
Miranda Schumann, 26, the wife of popular senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Buena Vista, Colorado, Charlie Stombaugh, was killed in an accident near Copper Mountain Friday after the SUV she was traveling in flipped and rolled multiple times.
A 9 News report said two of the pastor's children were also injured in the crash. The Christian Post reached out to the church on Tuesday and received no response. According to 9 News, however, Stombaugh is devastated at the loss of his wife of just eight months.
"He loved that woman with all his heart. He's heartbroken. He's Charlie. People who know Charlie know how strong he is. But he lost his wife," said Leslie Quilico, a friend and family pastor at Cornerstone Church. more >>