Since the days of the pilgrims and puritans, America's faith landscape has been shaped by the faith of its immigrants. As the first European immigrants settled in the land now known as the United States, they planted churches and grew communities of faith. And, as American settlers moved westward, new churches were planted in the newly acquired U.S. territories.
Once Christianity was firmly established in America, Christians began sharing their faith abroad through missionaries. These first international missionaries sent from the U.S. quickly made their mark on the world. As the Gospel was embraced in the farthest corners of the earth, new churches were planted and Christian communities were established.
The U.S. sends more Christian missionaries abroad than does any other nation. According to the Gordon-Conwell's Center for the Study of Global Christianity, between 80,000 – 90,000 long-term American missionaries are currently serving around the world. The Center estimates that an additional 1.5 million Americans participate in short-term missions trips in a given year. And while America remains the most prolific sending nation in shear number of missionaries, the largest percentage per million Christians might surprise you: Palestine. America ranks ninth by the same calculation. more >>
A church in Arizona facing the possibility of foreclosure due to owing money on a tax it claims was illegal has raised about $68,000 to remain open.
Church of the Isaiah 58 Project was given a $50,000 tax bill from La Paz County that the congregation argues it does not have to pay.
WASHINGTON – For the conservative movement to succeed it must reach out to "average working Americans," says former United States Senator Rick Santorum.
In a speech at the "Road to Majority 2014" conference on Friday morning, Santorum stressed the need to appeal to what he has in the past called "blue-collar conservatives."
"As a movement we have not been connecting with the people who are hurting in this country and providing them a message and a plan for them to embrace and live the American dream," said Santorum. more >>
WASHINGTON – Only recently out of "personal passions" have people tried to change the definition of marriage, and that is not a valid reason to change such a long-lasting institution, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told The Christian Post while at the Second Annual March for Marriage on Thursday
History has one definition for marriage, said Huckabee, who was a featured speaker at the event.
"If we look at history, history has only one real view and that is marriage is between one man and one woman," Huckabee explained. "You don't have a lot of history of any other version of marriage and when you do, it doesn't last very long." more >>
Americans are increasingly giving more to charity, but less of that money is going to the church, according to a newly released report.
An annual research report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that Americans are increasing their donations to charities.
For the year 2013, Americans gave approximately $335 billion to charity, which represented an increase of 3 percent when adjusted for inflation. more >>
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Ream held its annual chaplains conference in North Carolina, having a record attendance for the multiday event.
Held last week at The Cove in Ashville by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, the conference involved training chaplains in various fields of care.
Scott Holmquist, deputy director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, told The Christian Post about how the conference went. more >>