The United Methodist Church will put a moratorium on its homosexuality debate, delaying at least for the time being efforts to allow for the ordination of non-celibate clergy.
Delegates at the UMC General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 Wednesday evening to adopt a proposal from the Council of Bishops halting Church legislation on human sexuality issues.
Titled "An Offering for a Way Forward," the Council of Bishops' recommendation will involve church leadership appointing a "special commission" to analyze the denomination's official stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination. more >>
Presbyterian Church (USA)'s donations to local missions increased by an estimated $7.7 million last year despite continued declines in congregations and membership numbers.
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States released their statistics for 2015 on Monday, reporting that giving to local missions was up.
According to the recently released annual statistics, local mission giving went from approximately $125 million in 2014 to approximately $132 million in 2015. more >>
A pastor and single mother "by choice" with a son battling cancer is now asking for help as she struggles to pay mounting medical bills and fight being evicted from her home.
The Reverend Brandee Jasmine Mimitzraiem of Embry Chapel A.M.E Church in Utah, who declares on her bio page on the church's website that she is a "proud single mother by choice of two wonderful sons," revealed in a Good4Utah report Wednesday that she is overwhelmed with trying to care for her family and the church at the same time.
"I want stability for my sons...," Mimitzraiem told Good4Utah. "I'm stuck between doing what's right for my congregation and doing what's right for my kids. And I'm here, and I'm just – I'm torn – and it hurts, and I'm afraid, and I really don't know what's going to happen or what to do." more >>
They are the two most common causes of forced termination of pastors.
1. Weak leadership skills.
2. Poor relational skills. more >>
Sunday Adelaja, founder and senior pastor of one of Europe's largest churches, The Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations church in Kiev, Ukraine, is now under fire after confessing to multiple affairs with several of his parishioners.
Adelaja, who boasts among his congregants former Mayor of Kiev Leonid Chernovetsky, is regarded as one of the most successful pastors in Europe with more than 25,000 members and 700 daughter churches in over 45 countries.
On the church's website, he is pictured with a number of influential world leaders, pastors and entraprenuers such former President Bill Clinton, actor Mel Gibson, Richard Branson and Bishop T.D. Jakes. more >>
In a letter sent to schools last week, President Obama explained that longtime bans on Creationism in public schools violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VII specifically prohibits among other things employer discrimination on the basis of religion and demands that employers give proper accommodation for religious beliefs.
"While until five minutes ago no one considered Title VII applicable to teaching Creationism, we realize that laws are not set in stone and in fact need to develop — but definitely not evolve — with the times," read the letter. more >>