For the first time ever, the majority of Norwegians do not believe in God, a new study has found.
The study, conducted annually by the Norwegian Monitor/Ipsos Norway, found that among 4,000 participants, 39 percent said they do not believe in God, while 37 percent said they do. Twenty-three percent said they were undecided, according to The Local.
In past years, the survey has found that believers outweighed nonbelievers, or the two groups were equal. more >>
The church of 150 in attendance averaged two first-time guests a week, or 100 a year. How many joined the church? Only three.
The church had no follow-up in place for guests.
The church of 225 in attendance had a high attendance day of 360, with 75 guests attending that single day. How many of the 75 eventually joined the church? Only two. more >>
Leadership in the United Methodist Church are calling upon the denomination to adopt $12 million in cuts for the upcoming budget planned for the next four years.
The UMC General Secretaries Table met Monday in Nashville and announced Tuesday that they supported a reduction in the proposed budget from $611 million to $599 million.
According to the statement released by the general secretaries, if adopted the $599 million quadrennial budget would be the lowest in 16 years. more >>
Hillsong Church, a world leader in Christian worship music, is teaming-up with the world's largest Christian television network to launch its own television channel this summer.
In a partnership with the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Hillsong Church will launch the Hillsong Channel, a 24-hour network that will offer viewers worship and ministry from internationally recognized pastors and teachers, according to a statement from TBN.
In a message to his Hills Campus congregation in Sydney, Australia — Hillsong Church's original campus and hub — Senior Pastor Brian Houston expressed his exhilaration with the forthcoming network. more >>
One of Christ's most emphatic directives to His followers was a call to carry His message to the ends of the earth, an admonition to be fulfilled before He returns. Called the "Great Commission," Christ's call urged His followers to spread His message worldwide, a task that will be highlighted by an alliance of five global Christian evangelistic groups on the International Day for the Unreached, May 15.
This remains a huge task. There are an estimated 2 billion people in the world who have never been given a clear presentation of the gospel. The International Day for the Unreached (IDU) comes at a time when Europe is crowded with refugees from countries without a Christian heritage, when the comfort and hope offered by the gospel would be especially appreciated.
Additionally, throughout the world there are many nations where gospel message-bearers and ministries are not welcomed because of religious, cultural or political opposition. Yet, Christ calls us to deliver His message in these settings. more >>
On a winding road to a comeback, ex-Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll received a standing ovation as he took to the stage at Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference earlier this month, where he admitted that he started in the ministry too young and would have benefited from the guidance of an older mentor.
During an on-stage interview with NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble, Driscoll explained that at age 19 he was "radically saved" after he began reading the Bible in college. From then on, his life seemed to progress at a rapid pace. more >>