Nearly 50 percent of the budgets of large churches funded primarily by congregational giving goes to paying staff salaries and a majority of them keep their congregations in the dark about the specifics of these payments, according to the 2016 Large Church Salary Study from the Leadership Network.
Information for the study was compiled from a survey of megachurches — congregations with weekend worship attendances of 2,000 or more adults and children.
This year's survey is said to have been the largest cross-denominational research project anywhere on large church salaries, staff and budget issues. Some 26 percent of the 1,650 megachurches in North America responded to the Leadership Network survey and more than 15,000 specific salaries were culled from 1,251 responses. more >>
DULUTH, Ga. — Speaking to thousands of Christian leaders gathered for Catalyst Atlanta Thursday morning, prominent evangelical Pastor Andy Stanley said Jesus Christ commanded that cross-cultural unity take precedence over all the minor theological differences that have divided Christ's followers for centuries.
As over 7,000 church leaders gathered at the Infinite Energy Arena for the 17th annual three-day conference, Stanley, a popular author and senior pastor at North Point Community Church in Georgia, was asked to kick off Thursday morning's events with an address that touched on the theme of this year's Catalyst Atlanta, which is "uncommon fellowship."
According to Stanley, "uncommon fellowship" means "head-turning, jaw-dropping, never-would-have-imagined-that-we-would-see-those-people-together association." more >>
A United Church of Canada congregation overseen by an openly atheist minister seldom uses the Bible during worship and has replaced the Lord's Prayer with a nonsectarian affirmation.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper, leader of West Hill United Church of Toronto, Ontario, is currently facing the possibility of being defrocked for being an atheist.
Vosper has pastored West Hill for several years. Since the year 2000 the church has undergone extensive change, both in what it teaches and in membership numbers. more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — Thousands of church leaders from various denominations across the country have gathered for the annual three-day Catalyst Atlanta conference and will be equipped with advice on what concrete steps they can take to help build racial unity in their communities and unite together as one Church under Christ.
Over 7,000 people are expected to attend the 17th annual multi-day conference held at the Infinite Energy Arena, which began on Wednesday and is designed to help strengthen a young generation of church leaders.
The conference features addresses by a large group of ethnically diverse religious leaders, authors and other prominent Christians including Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Derwin Gray, Soong-Chan Rah and many others. more >>
"Papers, please!" It's a chilling expression you hear a lot in World War II movies. But it's also something you might hear if you hold a Bible study in Moscow.
We all know about the dire circumstances faced by Christians in the Islamic world. Even the White House has finally called what's happening to Christians in Iraq and Syria "genocide."
But there's another place where religious freedom is under assault: Russia. more >>
Is the writing on the wall for religious freedom in this country? Just ask two Arizona calligraphers.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski met at a Starbucks café in north Phoenix in January 2015. Both were Christians, and both were artists. They decided to go into business together, combining their love for Jesus with their love for making beautiful things. Soon they launched Brush & Nib Studio, a for-profit art business that sells hand-drawn invitations and paintings.
According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a leading Christian legal-defense organization, "As Christian artists, Joanna and Breanna had a simple goal for their studio: to recreate the beauty God placed all around us and to share that beauty with others. And this goal made it natural for Joanna and Breanna to focus on artwork for weddings." more >>