The normally outspoken and media-engaged Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, who has attempted to stay away from the spotlight for several months since being embroiled in controversy this past year, admits that it has been a tough season for the church and it is time for reconciliation.
In a 30-minute video on the church's website in which he primarily addresses the Mars Hill congregation (or family), Driscoll admits to the mishandling of a transitional period in which church leaders were dismissed in an uncaring fashion.
"Substantive organizational changes were really caused by our church going to multiple locations and leaders being spread out across our various locations," Driscoll explains in the video released over the past weekend. "At the time we were not, I was not, as sympathetic or empathetic as we should have been." more >>
A Florida judge who recently declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional has stayed the decision pending an appeal from the government.
Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, who ruled the Florida Marriage Amendment unconstitutional, denied a marriage license to a pair of gay bartenders from the Keys who wanted to wed.
If senior pastors want to maintain great leaders within their church, they should allow them to implement their own vision and not view their talents as a threat, says Craig Groeschel, lead pastor of Oklahoma-based LifeChurch.tv.
In a recent interview with Catalyst executive Brad Lomenick, Groeschel discussed how his four-member leadership group has remained intact since forming the team three years after he founded the now multisite megachurch in 1996.
"They're better than I am, that's how it's supposed to be. They should be better than I am at certain things. If they're not, I didn't select the right people. If I don't trust them, I didn't select the right people. And if they don't have the freedom to do what they're supposed to do, then something is not right," said Groeschel. more >>
Conservative groups have denounced the recently signed executive order by President Barack Obama on LGBT employment discrimination, arguing that the measure does not offer sufficient religious liberty protection.
Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, said in a statement that with the executive order "Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness."
"This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," stated Sprigg. more >>
A decision allowing a United Methodist Church pastor to regain his clergy credentials after losing them over officiating a same-sex wedding will be appealed.
Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor who oversaw his son's gay marriage in 2007, will again have to face a church trial.
The Rev. Christopher L. Fisher, counsel for the UMC, filed an appeal with the United Methodist Judicial Council, the highest court in the denomination. more >>
No certainty exists over the fate of an amendment brought before the regional bodies of Presbyterian Church (USA) that would redefine the denomination's marriage definition to include same-sex unions.
Last month, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country voted in favor of a recommendation to change the official definition of marriage in the Book of Order from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."
Toya Richards, spokeswoman of the PC (USA) Office of the General Assembly, told The Christian Post that "we can't speculate on that." more >>