Presbyterian Church (USA)'s donations to local missions increased by an estimated $7.7 million last year despite continued declines in congregations and membership numbers.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released their statistics for 2015 on Monday, reporting that giving to local missions was up.
According to the recently released annual statistics, local mission giving went from approximately $125 million in 2014 to approximately $132 million in 2015. more >>
With religion changing many lives across the globe, a new app has broken through barriers in terms of providing convenience for worshippers in West Africa who opt for digital transactions.
Asoriba is a new application that allows members to receive devotionals and sermons from their pastor or whoever manages the church's devotional program. Aside from sermons and other related material, notices or memos from the church can also be received through the app.
What's more interesting about the new app that's getting more and more popular in Africa is the feature that allows members to send prayer requests to their preacher any time of the day. more >>
An Ohio congregation once on the brink of closure celebrated its 100th birthday Sunday and is constructing a $13.5 million chuch addition to accommodate it's growing membership.
Joe Porter, spokesman for Whitewater Crossing Christian Church of Cleves, told The Christian Post that while the congregation does not care much for the term megachurch, as it now holds weekend services for some 1,600 people, "we definitely won't apologize for getting big."
To celebrate the momentus occasion in the church's history, Porter said "all four of our services celebrated the past through interviews with previous pastors and historica videos. more >>
High in the Himalayas, Christianity is on the rise. And so are religious tensions.
If I asked you to name the places where Christianity is growing the fastest, you, being a well-informed BreakPoint listener, would probably respond "Africa" and/or "China."
And you'd be correct. The explosion of Christianity south of the Sahara is so great that a colleague of mine is surprised whenever he meets a West African immigrant who's not a believer. And as we previously told you on BreakPoint, Christianity in China is growing so rapidly that, by one scholar's estimate, there will be more Christians in China than in any other country by 2035. more >>
Christians shouldn't stop giving or feel discouraged when their pastor emphasizes the need for members to increase their tithes, says the Rev. Billy Graham, who explains that all ministries needs financial support.
Responding to a question posed to him by a reader of the Kansas City Star on Friday, Graham expounded on the topic of giving by noting that "it's not wrong to make God's people aware of those needs and seek their help."
The evangelical leader further noted that it's important to remember that "everything we have — including our money — is a gift from God," and therefore Christians should not feel discouraged if their pastor asks for donations for the church budget. more >>
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih made headlines earlier this month when it was announced that the first Muslim winner of the American beauty contest was converting to Christianity in advance of her May 15 wedding.
While widely syndicated, the conservative media watchdog entity NewsBusters ran a story noting that many established news sources shied away from the Fakih story.