Just 18 months ago, in an announcement that they had hired Mark Smith to be their new senior pastor, top officials at the First Baptist Jackson Church in Mississippi said they had fallen "in love" and described him as God's man and "God's will" for the job. In a surprising turn of events this week, however, Smith abruptly quit, declaring in his rejection of the job that he is not the man for their church.
"After prayer, meeting with others, seeking counsel from the church staff, and study, [Smith] senses he is not the man to lead First Jackson into the future," a press release from the church read.
These sentiments are a sharp departure from the excitement and Godly conviction Sam Peeples, chairman of the nine-member pastor search committee that unanimously recommended Smith's hiring publicly shared with the congregation in a report on his hiring in September 2013. more >>
A celebration in honor of a best-selling Christian author and pastor whose various spiritual messages have sold in the millions will take place at a church in Georgia.
Henry Blackaby, author of influential Christian works like Experiencing God and founder of Blackaby Ministries International, will be celebrating his 80th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the publication of Experiencing God.
The two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday in the worship center at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, Georgia. more >>
A North Carolina documentarian is in the process of creating a film about a controversial faith-healing church connected to 91 deaths.
Faith Assembly, a multi-church sect based in Indiana during the 1980s and founded by Hobart Freeman, was known for demanding that its members refuse all medical treatment.
Over the years at least 91 people, the vast majority of whom were children, died of various illnesses due to not receiving readily available medical treatment, according to J. C. Lee of the Elkhart Truth. more >>
South Carolina's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by The Episcopal Church against a breakaway diocese regarding several church properties in the state.
The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal, issuing an order Wednesday regarding the matter and scheduling arguments for September.
At stake are the approximately $500 million worth of church properties of the Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership voted to leave The Episcopal Church back in November of 2012. more >>
A historic Washington, D.C. church Abraham Lincoln attended while president is host to multiple events in memory of the former commander-in-chief.
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church held two of its multiple observances around the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination.
Events included a tribute concert performed Sunday by the Collegium Musicum of the University of Miami and a commemoration of the anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, which was Tuesday, by Lincoln expert John O'Brien. more >>
Typically the Sunday after Easter is when worship attendance takes a dip. But not for one struggling inner-city Catholic church located in Missouri.
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a St. Louis congregation founded in 1849, was the subject of a grassroots effort known as a "mass mob" on Sunday.
A congregation that generally only has around 75 attendees, the mass mob dramatically increased the ranks to approximately 500. more >>