Evangelical Presbyterian’s ‘New Wineskins’ Convocation to focus on being missional

The sixth New Wineskins Association of Churches Convocation is set for Sept. 26-28 at Windwood Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. Nationally-known missions expert Reggie McNeal will be the featured speaker, with prominent attorney Lloyd Lunceford also speaking on church property issues. Under the theme “Equipping Saints for Missional Ministry,” the plenary sessions will focus on... Continue Reading

Hope South Florida musters some of Broward County’s largest congregations to provide ministry to the homeless

Sponsors include: Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Coral Ridge Presbyterian, Christ Church United Methodist and First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale. Eight Broward churches plan to launch a campaign on Sunday to find food, shelter and jobs for the county’s homeless. Called Hope South Florida, the campaign has a goal to raise $5 million in cash,... Continue Reading

New Denomination to be formed by Evangelical Lutheran Dissidents

“The NALC will uphold confessional principles dear to Lutherans including a commitment to the authority of the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions.” More than 1,000 Lutherans from throughout North America will gather Aug. 26-27 in suburban Columbus, Ohio, to for meetings designed to form a new church body for confessional Lutherans. The annual Convocation of... Continue Reading

PCUSA Church closure in Watervliet, New York, hurts local needy; members eye settlement, appeal

“…the congregation is trying to preserve its right to worship and minister on the property granted it by the Jermain family.” Pledging not to give up the fight for their church’s life, some members of Jermain Memorial Presbyterian Church in Watervliet, N.Y., are eagerly awaiting word from the secular court system to decide their fate.... Continue Reading

PCUSA Church closure in Watervliet, New York, hurts local needy; members eye settlement, appeal

“…the congregation is trying to preserve its right to worship and minister on the property granted it by the Jermain family.” Pledging not to give up the fight for their church’s life, some members of Jermain Memorial Presbyterian Church in Watervliet, N.Y., are eagerly awaiting word from the secular court system to decide their fate.... Continue Reading

Economy may be down but churchgoing is up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

More people in Hattiesburg are turning to God during the economic recession, according new data provided by local churches. The economic recession may be taking its toll financially on some churchgoers but overall attendance is growing while giving is only slightly down from 2009 in two churches that were surveyed. First Baptist Church of Hattiesburg,... Continue Reading

No more Mr. Nice Guy in Heartland – PCUSA church in Heartland Presbytery considers withdrawal to EPC

Colonial will have its formal vote on its proposed departure from the PCUSA and affiliation with the EPC on Aug. 22. Heartland Presbytery seems to have lost faith in its own process and replaced the administrative review committee it assigned to work through a period of discernment with Colonial Presbytery Church, as it decides whether... Continue Reading

Mars Hill Church in Seattle moving into landmark building near University of Washington

Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll’s racy sermons and avid use of social networking have made the church popular among young people. Mars Hill Church has purchased the University Baptist Church building in Seattle for $2.5 million. With an eye toward capturing an even larger share of the University of Washington’s student body, the ever-growing... Continue Reading

Official Survey Reports 23 Million Christians in China

There are different estimates on the total number of Christians in China when attendance at unregistered churches is taken into account, with figures ranging from 40 million to 130 million. Christians in China now number just over 23 million, according to the results of the Communist country’s first official faith survey. Although that figure amounts... Continue Reading

Evangelical Lutherans Report Biggest-Ever Drop in Membership in 2009

Reading between the lines: Of 4.5 million members, less than 1.3 million attend worship on a weekly basis. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America witnessed its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, according to a recently released analysis. By the end of 2009, ELCA membership stood at 4.5 million – 90 thousand less than the... Continue Reading