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 >>
I believe in church planting, and I also believe in church revitalization. We need to do both if we want to reach North America.
I'm particularly interested in revitalization because of the people and property resources available for kingdom work, but I'm not convinced every pastor is ready to lead through a revitalization effort.
Here's why: more >>
When I serve as an interim pastor, I always commit to sending the church at least a weekly email.
I started taking that step because my interims usually include only Sunday events, and I wanted to communicate with the church during the week. I've been surprised by how much a 2-3 paragraph weekly email can help you stay connected with a congregation.
For that reason, I would follow that same pattern if I were pastoring full-time. In fact, I would also do the same with my small group members if I were leading a small group. A simple word that typically requires no more than 15 minutes to compose will allow you to do things like: more >>
For centuries and centuries it has been widely accepted in American Christianity that Satanism is a bad thing. But hopeful reformers look to make the Church more welcoming of people it has long marginalized as being evil and wrong.
In recent years, organizations like Cheap Grace Ministries Network, Light Bearer Presbyterians, Accuser Baptists, and Abaddon Out Loud are trying to help churches become more accepting of their Satanic neighbors.
Pope Francis says the Bible is "a highly dangerous book" due to the fact that so many people in the world are arrested or murdered for owning one.
In a prologue that is part of a youth Bible slated for publication this week, the pontiff wrote about the dangers of having a Bible, according to the Catholic publication Aleteia.
"There are more persecuted Christians in the world today than in the early days of the Church. And why are they persecuted? They are persecuted because they wear a cross and bear witness to Jesus. They are convicted because they own a Bible," wrote Francis. more >>