If everyone who had dropped out of our congregations in the past decade returned, the typical church would triple in worship attendance.
Read that previous sentence carefully. One of the most significant reasons for stagnating and declining attendance is church dropouts.
The most challenging problem is church dropouts rarely return. Reclamation ministry is exceedingly difficult. more >>
When he was just 8 years old, an elderly Christian woman prophesied that God was going to use him greatly.
And on Sunday, Ed Newton, 40, took the stage of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas, as the church's new lead pastor.
The son of two deaf parents, Newton will replace Robert Emmitt, the church's founder and lead pastor over the next several months as he transitions into the less demanding role of Pastor Emeritus. more >>
A wealthy financial industry executive has donated over $17 million to a Minnesota megachurch to help the congregation pay off the mortgage for a campus that was built over 10 years ago.
Pastor Bob Merritt of Eagle Brook Church, which has over 21,000 weekly worshipers and six locations across the Twin Cities area, announced to his congregation last month that he was blessed to receive notice that the mortgage for the Eagle Brook campus in Lino Lakes was officially paid off, thanks one unnamed donor who paid off the final $17 million of the mortgage over the span of four years.
After Eagle Brook opened its Lino Lakes campus in December of 2005, the church fell into millions of dollars in debt. In an attempt to help the church pay off the mortgage for the new campus, Merritt started a funding campaign years ago and called on donors to help foot the bill for the church. more >>
An organizer for the PC(USA)'s annual Montreat College Conference in North Carolina has claimed that the Bible verse John 3:16 has been "used for hate, intimidation and fear."
Montreat Director of Programs, the Rev. Katie Cashwell, told Presbyterian News Service in an interview last week that the theme for the four-day event, "Reclaim John 3:16," focused on her belief that the verse has been misused in the recent past.
"Our focus was to reclaim the well-known Bible verse in John 3:16 as a message of love and welcome," said Cashwell, according to the Presbyterian News Service. "Too often it's been used for hate, intimidation and fear." more >>
Everybody knows the world is becoming more secular, right? Wrong.
A new book by Dr. Rodney Stark, titled The Triumph of Faith, subtitled "Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever," is causing quite a stir. Stark is the co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University where he also serves as Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences.
Stark takes on no less a task than debunking the "secularization thesis," supporters of which have asserted vigorously for at least half a century that religious belief and devotion are the domain of the ignorant and the poor. Their thesis asserts that as education, technology, and the resulting increased affluence advance, religious devotion and belief inevitably weaken, wither, and decline. more >>
A satellite campus of Willow Creek Community Church is looking to expand to a new presently vacant 200,000 square foot facility.
Willow Creek of Crystal Lake presented its plans at a concept review meeting on Tuesday with the Crystal Lake City Council.
Michelle Rentzsch, director of Community Development for the city of Crystal Lake, which is assisting Willow Creek, told The Christian Post about the current status and reception of the project. more >>