Could some evangelists within the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination be moving away from the practice of calling sinners to repentance?
An early report from the August conference of a church-planting movement within Presbyterian Church (USA), called 1001 New Worshipping Communities, suggests the possibility.
In a report on said conversations, published last month by Research Services of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, it was documented that "millennials respond to a different style of evangelism than did previous generations." more >>
For those of you who are clergy, pastors, senior pastors, reverends, right reverends, or even somewhat right reverends … have you ever struggled to explain your occupational calling to someone else?
Well fear no more, for British pastor J. John has provided the perfect answer to that innocent question: Where do you work?
In a 2014 interview with Trinity Broadcasting Network, John shares the anecdote of being on a flight and talking with a woman about work. 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.
The Episcopal Church continues to experience losses in both church attendance and membership, according to recently released numbers from the denomination's Office of the General Convention.
From 2013 to 2014, active baptized members in domestic dioceses went from 1.866 million to 1.817 million, representing a loss of nearly 50,000 members.
On November 1, 2014, I wrote a blog post about ten ways churches drive away first-time guests. You can read the article here. Those top ten ways came from an informal Twitter poll. I was surprised by the number of responses we received for both the poll and the blog post.
Of course, there were many more responses than the original ten. I have saved the other responses for nearly a year. The ten items I list below actually represent the second ten most frequent responses.
From my perspective, these second-tier responses are somewhat of a surprise. They might be, nevertheless, helpful to you and your church. more >>
I've written posts for ThomRainer.com and my own blog that describe some of the negatives our church consulting teams and "spies" have found in churches. The goal of this post is to show some of the positives we've seen in different churches. The topics vary, but perhaps something will help you in your church.
1. Greeters at every door.
It doesn't happen often, but occasionally every one of our team members is greeted when each of us intentionally enters a different door. Those churches are ready for guests. more >>