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.
The largest United Methodist congregation in the United States is constructing a new sanctuary that will include 3,500 seats and a 3,400-square-foot stain glass window installation.
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, a multi-site congregation with an estimated 20,000 members, is in the process of building the new impressive sanctuary at its main campus in Leawood, Kansas.
Cathy Bien, director of communications for the Church of the Resurrection, told The Christian Post that the Leawood church's current sanctuary was meant to be a "temporary worship space." more >>
A mainline Protestant congregation has decided to ban Jesus' recorded statements, over the belief that they are, in the words of the church's leadership, "exclusive" and "patriarchal."
All Faiths Episcopal Church, a congregation of a couple dozen who seek to be "opening and welcoming to all," voted Sunday to stop using quotes from the founder of Christianity.
"We believe that god or goddess can be expressed in many ways, thousands in fact, all of which are acceptable," stated All Faiths' Church Council. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA) may have as many as one-in-five of its members considering an exit from the mainline denomination, according to a recently released report.
In advance of the PC(USA)'s 222nd General Assembly in June, the largest Presbyterian Church in the nation released a report analyzing the diverse perspectives of its membership.
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren has said that he is no longer impressed by rapid church growth, given how many pastors he has seen burn out over the years, and revealed that God has instructed him to organize a teaching conference to help church leaders.
"Once a month I take an extended period in my prayer time to pray specifically by name for the next generation of pastors. Over my 40+ years in ministry I've watched too many great guys burn out or flame out and drop out before they made it to the finish line. Rapid church growth doesn't impress me anymore. Rockets burn out fast. Sustained growth decade after decade is what impresses me," Warren said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, addressed to pastors and church leaders.
Warren listed out his specific prayers for the pastors and their families, noting that he prays they will be able to maintain a "humble, teachable spirit," and that they will be able to increase their effectiveness every year, even if their churches hit hardships. more >>