Leadership for the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Presbyterian Mission Agency has approved a 15 percent budget cut for 2017 and 2018.
PMA's board approved the 2017-2018 budget last Thursday and will allocate about $63.5 million for 2017 and 2018, which is about $11 million less than this year.
Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director for PMA, told The Christian Post the budget decrease was part of an overall restructuring of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination. more >>
The senior pastor of a Florida church is now grieving with the families of two men in his congregation who drowned Saturday during a men's retreat.
Rev. Jose "Jessie" Perez of Rio de Vida Ministries, which meets at Bayshore Gardens Community Church in Bradenton, Florida, told the Bradenton Herald that he watched helplessly as evangelist Julian Palma, 44, and Ivan Torres, 29, drowned in Lake Manatee.
Perez said he and the now deceased along with 11 other men were fellowshipping at Lake Manatee State Park for the weekend starting Friday. On Saturday, they fanned out on the lake in four boats after a morning period of worship. more >>
At about noon on Saturday, shocked residents of the Boscobel, St. Mary community on the Caribbean island of Jamaica stumbled upon the bound and lifeless body of missionary Randy Hentzel, 48.
On Sunday, at about 4 p.m., they found the body of Hentzel's colleague, missionary Harold Nichols, 53. His head was reportedly bashed in.
The last time anyone saw them alive, according to the Jamaica Observer, was on Saturday morning when the two men, who worked as missionaries for Pennsylvania-based TEAMS for Medical Missions, were heading out on a trail in the Albion Mountain area of the island. Police say they rented motorcycles in Ocho Rios prior to the fateful trip. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church Missions Director Pastor Bobby Chaw has just discoverd that people in Japan received a warning on Facebook about prison-facing Pastor Kong Hee despite the fact that he was in the country to help with relief work for earthquake victims.
Kong, who is the CHC founder, has been posting updates about relief work amidst the humanitarian tragedy in Japan following the earthquake and aftershocks in April.
The pastor is also facing an eight-year prison sentence back home in Singapore, pending appeal, for misusing millions of dollars in church donations for the popstar career of his wife and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho. more >>
When it comes to generosity, there are two types of crazy: those who give first, and those who consume first, Pastor Kenton Behsore of Mariners Church said in a recent sermon.
In his latest installment of the "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said" series, Beshore addressed the topic of generosity, saying that our idea of giving differs far greatly from what the Bible says about giving.
Beshore cites Acts 20:35, which reads: "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" more >>
God encourages his followers to fear not 365 times in the Bible, one for each day of the year, Pastor Rick Warren says, emphasizing that He didn't intend for Christians to spend their days preoccupied with anxiety and worry.
Warren, who heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in a post this week that God's repeated mentioning of the phrase "don't be afraid" is clear evidence that he didn't want humans' minds clouded by fear.
God's encouragement is especially evident in Psalm 23:4 (NLT), which reads: "Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me." more >>