Last Easter, I wrote a post about "11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter." Now, the Christmas season is upon us. Despite all the fun of this holiday, this time of year can also be difficult for pastors.
Here are several reasons why:
1. The season feels like it goes on for too long. more >>
Christian relief groups behind an effort encouraging churches to come together and welcome refugees have said it would be wrong for the United States to only welcome Christians and not Muslims.
National Refugee Sunday, a global effort organized by World Relief, World Vision, and other Christian humanitarian groups, takes place on Sunday, Dec.13. The event seeks to mobilize churches to set aside one Sunday to focus specifically on welcoming refugees fleeing war and violence.
They are the largest generation in America's history. At 78 million persons, they surpassed the Boomer generation by two million. Born between 1980 and 2000, they are shaping our businesses, our government, and our culture.
And they are shaping our churches.
As a Boomer, I remember well how pastors were viewed just a few decades ago. In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the "successful" pastors were those who made it to large county seat churches. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the measure of success was leading larger churches. more >>
There is nothing holy about Christmas, according to gospel music singing Pastor Donnie McClurkin.
"We have to stop looking for the accoutrements that come with the holiday. There's nothing holy about the day," McClurkin said during an interview posted to Periscope on Friday. "We look for all the the accoutrements — the lights, the gifts, the ability to provide opulent stuff for our children. That's never what Jesus wanted for us."
McClurkin, the 56-year-old senior pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York — who's also a Grammy Award winning gospel singer — is in Lagos, Nigeria, for the 10th annual event called "The Experience." The event brings ministers and singers together from around the world to speak about their faith and McClurkin did just that when he was questioned about what to tell people struggle during the Christmas season. more >>
A new study that focuses on trends and shifts among megachurches in the United States has found that although more Americans than ever are attending megachurches, megachurch worshipers are attending church less frequently.
On Tuesday, the Hartford Institute and the Leadership Network released a survey on "Recent Shifts in America's Largest Protestant Churches," which was funded by the Beck Group. Although the survey finds that megachurches continue to grow and expand across the U.S., there are some troubling trends within the megachurch phenomenon.
The survey, which is conducted every five years since 2000, is based off of 209 American Protestant churches that have a congregation of 1,800 or more members. more >>
Preachers don't typically slip expletives into their sermons, but pastor and gospel singer Le'Andria Johnson is not afraid to publicly use profanity to get her point across.
"Cheers to kissing nobody's a**...," the Grammy Award winning singer tweeted, writing out each letter of the expletive.
The eyebrow-raising statement caused some of Johnson's over 100,000 social media followers to express concern. more >>