The number of congregations belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) fell below the 10,000 mark during 2014, according to statistics released by the denomination.
PCUSA earlier this month reported that it had 9,829 congregations in 2014, which represents a decline from the 10,038 congregations it had in 2013.
110 congregations were listed as dissolved and another 101 were dismissed to other denominations. In contrast, in 2014 PCUSA had 15 new congregations organized. more >>
Mark Driscoll, who resigned last October as the lead pastor of the Seattle-based Mars Hill megachurch due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style, delivered a sermon at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek near downtown Seattle on Sunday.
"Such a powerful message by Mark Driscoll to kick off our Repurpose series. Thanks Mark!" the Gold Creek church wrote on its Facebook page, and quoted him as saying in the sermon, "God doesn't need you to impress Him, he needs you to trust Him."
Before the sermon, pastor Dan Kellogg of Gold Creek introduced Driscoll by telling the congregation that he's qualified to speak on repurposing of life as he's in the middle of it, and that he had been "unfairly treated by former staff and the media." more >>
A strong majority of voters in Tennessee want the Holy Bible to be the official state book, according to the results of a recently released poll.
After the state legislature rejected a proposal to make the Good Book the official book for the state, Vanderbilt University released a poll showing that nearly two-thirds supported the idea.
The 23-year-old daughter of a New Jersey pastor who serves a congregation of mostly South Korean immigrants is now dead after she was violently stabbed multiple times on Sunday and local police are holding a 16-year-old boy in connection with her death.
Christine Huh, daughter of Bong Kee Huh, senior pastor of Praise Presbyterian Church in Somerset, was found suffering from stab wounds by emergency officials inside a ninth-floor apartment at the Skyline Tower in downtown New Brunswick early Sunday morning, according to NJ.com and now her family and church community is mourning.
"Our whole congregation is devastated," pastor Daeho Kim told NJ.com Tuesday. "She had a wonderful sense of humor and was [a] great supporter of the church and her family." more >>
WASHINGTON — As hundreds of thousands of Christians and religious minorities are living homeless in Iraq due to the rise of the Islamic State, a pastor from New York City says it is a "total embarrassment" that most American Christians are not willing to travel to the Kurdish region of Iraq to care for the persecuted.
The Rev. William Devlin, who pastors the Infinity Bible Church in South Bronx, has traveled to over 11 different countries where the persecution of Christians is rampant and in December he went to Kurdish Iraq for 11 days to provide humanitarian assistance to those displaced from their homes by ISIS.
Devlin, who's also a registered nurse with a specialty in war trauma, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that he plans to go back to Iraq in July and hopes to recruit and even pay for other pastors to go with him. more >>
Joel Houston, leader of Hillsong NYC and the church's worship band Hillsong UNITED, says NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" is "God's plan for helping people understand who Jesus is" and is expected to appear on a companion series "Beyond A.D." on Sunday when the seventh episode of the show will be aired.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's follow-up to the "Bible" returns to NBC with more from the book of Acts in the upcoming new episode, and simultaneously, Houston will appear on the series' companion talk show, "Beyond A.D."
In an interview with The Christian Post prior to taping the digital talk show on Tuesday, Houston explained that "A.D. The Bible Continues" fits God's plan for teaching people about Jesus. more >>