Two years ago I released a book called I Am a Church Member. I've been blown away with the response; sales are about to reach one million books. One of the more frequent question readers have asked me is: "Do you think the term 'church member' is still relevant?"
My simple response is, "Yes I do." In fact, I have seven reasons why I emphatically believe churches should never let go of this descriptor.
1. It is biblical. more >>
A defamation lawsuit filed by a former employee of a Presbyterian Church (USA) agency was dismissed by a Tennessee judge last week.
The Rev. Roger Dermody was hired in April 2010 to serve as an employee of PCUSA's Presbyterian Mission Agency, and with his peers was tasked with helping resolve the problem of declining membership in the Church, but was fired earlier this year.
Members of El Tabernaculo de Fe, a large Hispanic Oklahoma City congregation, are now reportedly arguing with each other as their pastor, Rev. Velio Estrada, is locked in a legal battle with the Oklahoma City District Council of the Assemblies of God over who has rights to the church, as well as the management of the church's money.
Recently filed court records cited by KOCO.com said there have been heated arguments within the church, with some members even filing protective orders against others. One church member claimed to have received threats, but did not provide details.
Information cited from court records in an earlier report said the District Council had asked Estrada to step down after concerns were raised by church leaders over missing equipment which was sold despite a judge's order. The pastor was also alleged to have committed adultery. more >>
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States has for the first time appointed an openly gay person to serve as interim executive director for one of its agencies.
Presbyterian Church (USA) announced Wednesday that Luis Antonio De La Rosa will be appointed to the position of interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
An attorney who campaigned to have PCUSA become more accepting of homosexuality, De La Rosa said in an interview with Presbyterian News Service that he considered his appointment to be a "glass ceiling" moment. more >>
At some point in my ministry, I became allergic to committee meetings. I realized I was spending a lot of time in those meetings that could be used for productive ministry.
To be sure, not all committees are bad, and not all committee meetings are unnecessary. Unfortunately, I have seen too many committees become the "tail wagging the dog" in churches.
Here are five of the most prominent problems: more >>
A representative of the Vatican said that the Roman Catholic Church is not concerned with the controversy over the White House inviting pro-gay and pro-choice individuals to meet Pope Francis when he visits the nation's capital.
Father Thomas Rosica, a Vatican adviser and spokesman, was asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday about the recent guest list controversy.
"The administration has reportedly invited some transgender activists, the first openly gay episcopal bishop to come to the meeting, but so far there's no word that he — that they have invited some of the leaders of the pro-life movement to the welcoming ceremony," noted Wallace. more >>