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Methodist churches want to split from denomination sooner than planned

Congregations should be able to leave the United Methodist Church now instead of waiting for next year’s General Conference, a group of members told bishops in a letter. The denomination has been ...

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Membership slide continues in mainline Episcopal Church

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Membership in the Episcopal Church continues to decline. In one report, the number of baptized members dropped from 1.798 million to approximately 1.736 million between 2019 and 2020, resulting in a reduction of about ...

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Rural areas, small towns still have almost half of all churches

Church congregations are shrinking in the United States, and it may be felt most in rural areas. The latest Faith Communities Today survey also found a median attendance decline of 7 percent. ...

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Pastors feeling overwhelmed, survey finds

More than six in 10 pastors of evangelical and historically black Protestant churches agree that “the role of being a pastor is frequently overwhelming,” with 21 percent strongly agreeing, a new Lifeway ...

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Christian Employers Alliance sues Biden administration over transgender mandates

Two Biden administration mandates that force religious nonprofit and for-profit employers to pay for or perform gender transition surgeries, procedures, counseling and treatments in violation of their religious beliefs are being challenged in ...

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Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small & midsize US congregations

A new survey of 15,278 religious congregations across the United States confirms trends sociologists have documented for several decades: Congregational life across the country is shrinking. The most recent round of the ...

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Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church to return $4.4 million in PPP loans

Joel Osteen’s megachurch, Lakewood Church in Houston, will repay the more than $4.4 million in loans it received under the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The decision came after critics, including ...

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VP Kamala Harris church video violates IRS rules

CNN reports that Vice President Kamala Harris will be featured in a partisan Democrat campaign video distributed to churches just before an important election. The message, which is against IRS regulations, urges ...

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Notre Dame restoration to begin as safety work finished

Restoration work on Notre Dame in Paris is ready to begin after the work to shore it up has been completed. The announcement comes two years after a fire gutted much of ...

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Nonprofits may be on track for best fundraising year ever, new survey finds

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A new report on charitable giving suggests America’s nonprofit organizations are on track for possibly their best fundraising year ever, even in the midst of the continued government mandates and a bad ...

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“We will not comply” has a proud history in America’s social struggles

In response to the COVID-19 lockdowns and mandates, the phrase “we will not comply” and sentiments of civil disobedience have become increasingly popular. Parents at school board meetings have been chanting the ...

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Bless Your Pastor campaign even more important this year

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Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.  Current events are placing added stress on pastors. Once again, the National Association of Evangelicals is sponsoring its ...

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Seminary leader under fire for exposing woke critical race theory in churches

Owen Strachan, provost and theology professor at Grace Bible Theological Seminary, has come under fire for criticizing woke politics in Christian churches and organizations. He began to notice high-profile pastors and popular ...

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Church congregations band together for security training

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Church safety has become a priority for many congregations across the country. Last weekend, a group called Peacekeepers trained church groups in safety and security in Southern Missouri. “This was an open-enrollment ...

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Kansas at the center of national prayer gathering

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For many years Kansans have gathered for strategic prayer at the geographic center of the continental United States, located in Lebanon, Kansas. This year, national leaders are starting at 8 strategic locations ...

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Our founding fathers knew: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty

Besides Christmas, Independence Day is my favorite time of the year!  I love celebrating the birth of our country, liberty, and our founding fathers! My love of country and patriotism comes from ...

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Pastors say influence of denominations declining

Most denominational Protestant pastors expect denominations to become less important over the next decade, a new survey from Lifeway Research found. The poll of 1,007 Protestant pastors was released this month and found that ...

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Who will be left behind in the post-pandemic world?

In half-steps forward and quarter-steps back, the culture is nearing a resumption of in-person life and “return to normal” — the long-desired post-pandemic world. Economists are expecting a surge in jobs and ...

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New documentary says Canadian church crackdown similar to China

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A new documentary claims that the crackdown on churches by the Canadian government resembles communist China. “The Government War on Worship,” which was released by the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, ...

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Republicans question growing IRS attacks on Christian non-profits

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Religious rights groups are being joined by Congressional Republicans questioning growing attacks by the IRS against Christian non-profits and churches. The criticisms come after a Texas prayer group was denied tax-exempt status ...

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Extremists murder another pastor in Uganda

Extremist Muslims have murdered a 70-year-old pastor in Uganda after stopping him and his wife on their way home after grocery shopping. Bishop Francis Obo was the senior pastor of Mpingire Pentecostal ...

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St. Louis is home to several historic churches to visit on summer getaways

Local residents don’t have to travel to Europe to visit historic churches this summer. St. Louis has several excellent examples of church architecture. The city’s history dates back to the mid-18th century ...

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Younger pastors optimistic about denominations, older pastors not so much

A new survey finds that most pastors believe it is vital for their church to be part of a denomination but doubt the importance of those types of ties lasting another decade. ...

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California to pay churches $2 million for unfair Covid regulations

The State of California has been forced to enter into permanent injunctions that prohibit the state from ever again imposing discriminatory Covid restrictions on all houses of worship statewide. It comes after ...

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Tulsa churches join in remembering destruction of black community in race riots

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Six congregations gathered at First Baptist Church of North Tulsa to commemorate the city’s race riots of a century ago. That’s when, in 1921,  a white mob destroyed at least a half-dozen ...

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