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Help for churches readying for ‘Pastor Appreciation’ month

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Pastor Appreciation Month, which is marked each October, is here. The Easy as 1-2-3 Program from the National Association of Evangelicals helps churches encourage and equip Christians to tangibly show and share ...

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Haiti’s Evangelicals take up arms to oppose gangs

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A battle between Evangelicals and dangerous Haitian gangs on Saturday stood out even in a nation accustomed to daily murder, rape, and mayhem. The Haitian Christians fed up with daily occurrences of ...

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The death of church and pub

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The nature of community is changing. The old village has gone. One can lament the passing of parish church and village pub, but the type of community that birthed them has gone ...

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American churches hit stained glass breaking point

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Churches and cathedrals throughout the American Midwest and beyond are approaching a silent, untold armageddon that will impact tens of thousands of beautiful works of art within the coming years: the deterioration ...

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Wyandotte County church celebrates 137th anniversary, pays off mortgage early

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Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church in Wyandotte County had several good reasons to celebrate on Sunday. The congregation marked its 137th anniversary as a church and also paid off its mortgage seven ...

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Texting platform offers free services to churches and ministries

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The texting platform Gloo is offering free texting to churches and faith-based organizations. Ministry leaders can sign up online to begin communicating with their congregations and communities. “The church should have all ...

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Churchgoers “inoculated” to the gospel, says evangelist Michael Youssef

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Evangelist Michael Youssef is issuing a wakeup call to the church as he tries to bring one million people to Christ by 2025. At an evangelistic event in Macon, Ga., earlier this ...

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Churches, ministries responding to deadly Maui wildfires

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Local churches in Maui are reaching out to wildfire victims despite many members suffering loss themselves. They are the first on the front line as national ministries rprepare to rush in aid. ...

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Volunteers from area churches help remodel Smithville building to serve veterans

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A former nursing care facility in Smithville is being remodeled to provide services to aging veterans, thanks to the help of Baptist Homes and Healthcare Ministries. Volunteer disaster relief workers from the ...

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“A Band Called Love Song” documentary tells compelling story behind “Jesus Revolution”

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In a memorable scene from the hit movie “Jesus Revolution,” the charismatic hippie pastor Lonnie Frisbee introduces the reserved Pastor Chuck Smith to the rock band Love Song. Although it makes for ...

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Christian author challenges churches to address porn addiction

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Many churches avoid discussing pornography although more than half of Americans admit they watch it. An estimated 91 percent of men and 60 percent of women nationwide consume porn at varying degrees ...

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Majority of pastors feel lonely and isolated at times, Barna study finds

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Two-thirds of pastors felt lonely or isolated at times last year, a new survey by the Barna Group found. That number is up significantly from 42 percent in 2015. At the same ...

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Worship leader shortage in Southern Baptist churches

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The Southern Baptist Convention is facing a shortage of qualified music leaders. “There just aren’t enough people out there to serve as worship leaders,” said Will Bishop, associate professor of church music ...

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Area groups receive part of $92 million Lilly Endowment grant

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Dozens of Christian groups seeking to instill faith in the nation’s children have been given grants of as much as $1.25 million to help them meet their mission. Lilly Endowment, through its ...

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The churches of Bangalore reflect diverse community of believers

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Bangalore, India — often called the “Silicon Valley of India” — boasts a captivating atmosphere where rapid growth coexists with a rich religious landscape and a thriving technology hub. It’s a city ...

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Northland Christian Schools: Investing in Kingdom education

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Are you passionate about giving your child the best possible foundation for a life of purpose, character, and leadership? Look no further than Northland Christian Schools, where we believe that a God-centered, ...

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Nation’s first taxpayer-funded Catholic school approved in Oklahoma

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St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School in Oklahoma is set to become the nation’s first taxpayer-funded Catholic school. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board approved the proposal this week. Notre Dame Law ...

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Despite good intentions, most churchgoers fall short in volunteering

When all is said and done, there often is more said than done. Despite good intentions, most churchgoers don’t follow through on volunteer opportunities. Most Protestant churchgoers say their churches encourage them ...

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Most missed Pentecost Sunday – a significant day in church history

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Christians around the world celebrated Pentecost on May 28. Sadly, many Churches across the United States ignore this important commemoration which is one of the most significant on the church calendar. Pentecost ...

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Pastors step up to encourage adoptions after decline

More pastors are encouraging members to adopt and provide foster care at a time when adoptions have declined in the U.S. A Lifeway Research study found more than 2 in 5 U.S. protestant ...

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Bible App for Kids reaches milestone 100 million downloads worldwide

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More than 100 million people around the world have installed the Bible App for Kids from YouVersion and OneHope. “We know that the most important influence in a child’s life is their ...

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IRS Data Book reveals true size of nation’s religious nonprofits

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published its 2022 Data Book, a massive collection of filing data, compliance activities, and other statistics covering the nation’s tax base. The 82-page ...

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Christian organizations experiencing increased hostility during Biden administration

Several nonprofit groups are reporting increased cultural and governmental hostility toward Christians under the Biden administration. “I think it’s just a rise in secularism in the United States,” Arielle Del Turco, assistant ...

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Arrest made in murder of popular Catholic bishop

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Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the murder of a Catholic Bishop David O’Connell, of Los Angeles. O’Connell was gunned down in his home Saturday. Police say the suspect is ...

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Faith and mental health: A study of Gen Z

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You’ve seen the headlines: Members of Generation Z are “shying away from religion” and “losing their religion.” One prominent religious demographer wrote that with Gen Z, “we have a picture of a ...

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