Mrs. Studebaker has been a lifelong member of Nicolaitan Episcopal Church and often helps volunteers on various committees.
When a pressing issue about hosting an activist organization came up at Church Council one day, the lead pastor stated that he had not yet formed an opinion on the issue.
"I was a little worried," explained Mrs. Studebaker. "After all, he has the final say on stuff that happens at our church and Tree-Huggers Anonymous needed an answer within the week." more >>
Do you wish you could know the future?
Frankly, I am content with enjoying the blessings of today. I don't need or want to know the future.
But I can see trends emerging and patterns developing. For that reason, I can say that the next new church staff position will be the pastor of community evangelism. For some it will be a full-time position. For others it will be part-time. And still others will have lay volunteers handling this responsibility. more >>
Roman Catholics within the Republican Party apparently are unconcerned about Donald Trump's recent spat with Pope Francis.
According to a recently released poll from Reuters/Ipsos, since February the Republican frontrunner's favorability among Catholics within the GOP has increased.
"Trump has averaged support among 47.9 percent of Catholic Republicans in the 50 days since the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made the comment on Feb. 18, up from 39.8 percent in the 50 days that preceded it," reported Reuters. more >>
One of the first United Methodist Church congregations to join the LGBT lobbying group, Reconciling Ministries Network, will close next month.
St. Paul United Methodist Church of Denver, Colorado, a theologically liberal congregation that became the third church to become a Reconciling congregation, will soon close its doors.
The Rev. Jessica Rooks, head of St. Paul UMC, told The Christian Post the final worship service will be held on Sunday, May 22. more >>
To lead a successful church, pastors must avoid the "forbidden phrase" that blames others instead of accepting personal responsibility, Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life.Church said in a recent leadership podcast.
Groeschel, who heads one of the largest churches in the U.S., explained in his leadership podcast series that it is important for evangelical church leaders to avoid this forbidden phrase because "when the leader gets better, everyone gets better."
The forbidden phrase, the pastor says, involves putting blame on your fellow church leaders instead of accepting responsibility yourself. In other words, saying "our people won't ___" instead of "I have not led them to ___." more >>
Last month, the United States formally recognized that a genocide against Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities is taking place at the hands of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. What next?
While steps must be taken to stop future atrocities from occurring, provide aid to those whose lives have been upended, and to plan for their future, we must also recognize and nurture the solidarity that we as American Christians share with our brothers and sisters overseas.
To advocate for them we must love them. And to love them we must know them. Without this enriched relationship being developed over the long term, advocacy will languish. Just as importantly, we will miss the opportunity for spiritual participation in their suffering as members of the Body of Christ, and the joyful solidarity that results. more >>