The missionary organization of the largest Protestant church in America has adjusted its standards for missionaries so that people who have spoken in tongues may join.
Reversing a decade-old policy, the Southern Baptist Convention's International Missionary Board has lifted the ban on people who have spoken in tongues or "private prayer language."
For two decades The Global Leadership Summit (TGLS) has been a source of inspiration for leaders across the world and now the Willow Creek Association (WCA), the organization that launched the effort, has compelling evidence that the event is life-changing for leaders who attend the global gathering.
Bill Hybels, the founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, launched TGLS 20 years ago, through his nonprofit organization Willow Creek Association, comprised of more than 7,000 member churches from 90 denominations and 45 countries.
Now, a recent independent study conducted by Colorado Springs-based Excellence in Giving shows that participants in the TGLS event often find success when they apply the skills they acquire there to their church. more >>
The decline in Americans who identify as Christian shown by a new Pew report is mostly due to those with weak church ties no longer identifying as Christian, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently wrote. Was he correct? The Christian Post contacted Pew Research Center to find out.
The report, released Tuesday, found that Americans who identify as Christian fell from 78 percent to 71 percent of the U.S. population between 2007 and 2014. In the same period, the religiously unaffiliated increased six percentage points, from 16 to 22 percent.
(Note: the report found that the evangelical Protestant tradition, to which Moore belongs, did not see the same decline as Christians as a whole. The number of Evangelicals likely grew overall and declined by about 1 percentage point as a share of the population, which is within the 1.3 percentage point margin of error for Evangelicals in the sample.) more >>
Contrary to recent reports based on studies that emphasize the growth of non-religious people in the United States and the decline of church attendance, Christianity in America is not dying, according to a new survey that examines the nuances and complexities of how people self-identify with faith by Waco,Texas-based Baylor University.
Scholars from Baylor University's Institute of Religion said during a recent conference that reports highlighting the departure of millenials from the organized religion of their parents are being greatly exaggerated.
"There's a story some people want to report — that religion is on life support — but it's just not true," said Byron Johnson, professor of the social sciences at Baylor and founding director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. more >>
An Akron, Ohio-based preacher who joined with other pastors to protest attacks on the Christian faith last March, was killed in a violent car crash Sunday morning after he was ejected from his own vehicle then struck by another on Interstate 71 in Madison County.
A report from 10TV said the pastor, Melford J. Elliot, 51, of Greater Bethel Baptist Church, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told 10TV that they received a call of a rollover crash at about 6:40 a.m. on Sunday. Their investigation of the accident showed that Elliot was traveling southbound on the interstate when his vehicle drifted into the median, hit a culvert and overturned. more >>
Cuban President Raul Castro has suggested that a meeting with Pope Francis has inspired him to "resume praying" and return to the Roman Catholic faith.
"I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein," Castro said after a 50-minute private audience with Francis at the Vatican on Sunday.
Following the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s, a great deal of Catholic activity was suppressed in the country, with the government viewing the Vatican as part of the world capitalist system it opposed. more >>