A comprehensive study released by the Pew Research Center analyzing various questions surrounding Americans' relationship with religion has found that adults continue to overwhelmingly believe in God, but that support is declining.
The poll also found that a majority American Christians now support homosexuality, but less so on abortion.
Statistics from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, which polled 35,000 American adults, found that 89 percent of the overall U.S. adult population believes in God, which is down from the 92 percent mark in 2007. more >>
The congregation and staff of North Carolina's multi-site Elevation Church honored their lead pastor, Steven Furtick, with a special rap-and-dance video, as October marks the month when some churches show appreciation for their pastors.
"It's Pastor Appreciation Month, & our staff made a little music video for Ps @stevenfurtick & @hollyfurtick. Visit: http://thankyoupastor.com," the church tweeted Friday.
Modeled after "Downtown" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the music tribute to Furtick featured a cast of about 100, who sing in the refrain: "Pastor/He has big arms/And has big faith/No word he says will go to waste/For well over 3,000 days/He always preaches down the place." more >>
Assimilation is five times more effective if a person is involved in a group versus attending worship only.
Read that first statement carefully. It is huge!
Church leaders should be spending significant amounts of time focusing on groups. They are too important to ignore. more >>
City Harvest Church founder Sun Ho was officially ordained as a pastor at the church only days before her husband, Pastor Kong Hee, and five other CHC leaders were found guilty of funneling millions into her popstar career.
Yahoo News Singapore posted pictures and a video shared by Kong of the ordination, which apparently took place on Oct. 19.
"The 2-minute clip shows Ho being ordained by someone who appears to be Michael Scales from New York's Christian College, as well as her husband Kong, who was one of the six church leaders declared guilty for misappropriating church funds to finance Ho's singing career," the article states. more >>
Nine out of ten churches in America are either declining, or they are growing so slowly they are not keeping up with the growth rate of the community in which they are located.
It's a long sentence. Read it again carefully. Soak it in.
Across America 90 percent of the churches are losing ground in their respective communities. Most of them are declining. Many of them will close. more >>
The Archdiocese of Manila has reportedly been forced to start recruiting new priests to deal with a "three-fold" increase in exorcism requests and reported demonic possessions in the Philippines.
"These days we have around 80 to 100 cases at any given time," Father Jose Francisco "Jocis" Syquia, chief exorcist at the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, shared with Catholic News Service.
Syquia revealed that the Catholic Church is struggling to keep up with all the exorcism requests, and many dioceses do not have in-house exorcists. He added that this is forcing some Christians to seek out "healers and occult practitioners," which according to the chief exorcist only attracts more demons. more >>