The Necessity of Christian Imperialism

We are in a spiritual war and only the imperial rule of Christ will suffice to end it

I call on churches and Christian institutions to stop thinking their organizational mission are actually missional.  If you simply maintain what you have, seek to insure its programs and property, and don’t realize a sense of dramatic urgency to our present cultural crisis then you will be swallowed up.  We must march, we must preach,... Continue Reading

Christian Right Not Responsible for People Leaving Church, Study Finds

Contrary to popular opinion and previous research, the Christian Right was not responsible for people leaving their church, a new study finds

The decision to leave the Church necessarily entails leaving a particular congregation, which could include leaving long-term relationships. Additionally, if the Christian Right were the cause of a decline in church membership, it would not explain the decline of Mainline Protestant churches, which have little connection to the Christian Right.   WASHINGTON — Contrary to... Continue Reading

Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday?

When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, things changed.

Christ, the second Adam, “finished” (John 19:30) the work that the first Adam failed to do (Rom. 5:12-19). Because of that pivotal event, the church determined that for Christians under the new covenant, the day of worship and celebration of the Lord’s grace in Jesus Christ was to be the first day of the week,... Continue Reading

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Church

Behind the scenes, former church members said, Driscoll could be abusive and controlling

For years the edgy, blue-jeaned, hipster preacher used charisma and combativeness to barrel through turmoil, once bragging that he’d mow down all who questioned his vision: “There is a pile of dead bodies behind the Mars Hill bus, and by God’s grace, it’ll be a mountain by the time we’re done,” he once said in... Continue Reading

#WhyIStayed: How Some Churches Support Spousal Abuse

A safe church does not tolerate the abuse of women or anyone else for that matter. A safe church empowers and equips all victims to walk away from those who hurt them. A safe church is where the abused can leave the abuser being assured that is what God wants them to do. It is... Continue Reading

Creating A Hospice Ministry For Churches

The death of a church does not have to be the end of its ministry

Part of the key is to remember that we should not see the death of a church as a failure. Even the churches in the New Testament died and were restarted (or, were not, in some places). Why not make the death of your church a strategic decision rather than an unfortunate accident?   It... Continue Reading

Poll: Church Leaders Predict Repression Over Objections To Gay Coupling

The culture war is not "somewhere out there" anymore, it’s at the door

“The future is uncertain on how the legal system will single out Christians for their beliefs or force them into situations that violate their conscience, but recent precedent doesn’t provide much encouragement. And it’s not just the legal climate that ought to concern Christians. Cultural forces are at work to remove even reasonable and orthodox... Continue Reading

Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas to Pay $7.8 Million to Withdraw from PCUSA

Highland Park reaches property litigation settlement with Grace Presbytery; will pay $7.8 million and then join the ECO

This resolves once and for all that the congregation of Highland Park Presbyterian Church owns and controls the assets of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, free and clear of any claims by the PC(USA). This result achieves HPPC’s goal in the litigation of clarifying its exclusive ownership and control of its property.   The letter from... Continue Reading

12 Findings from Church Health Surveys

The Church Health Survey questionnaire reveals a church’s perception of itself

A dedicated few members do most of the work. Survey respondents tell us that many people spring into action when an immediate need exists, but fewer do the day-to-day ministry of the church. Most members are not convinced that other members know or use their spiritual gifts.   More than 15 years ago, Dr. Rainer and... Continue Reading

More Trouble For Mars Hill: Cutting Jobs, Merging Churches

Mars Hill church says financial issues have led it to consolidate or close some of its branches, including three in Seattle, and it plans to lay off some employees.

The church, which had blossomed to 15 branches in five states and had followers around the world, also plans to cut 30 to 40 percent of its paid staff of about 100. That staff already had seen layoffs last spring and a string of departures in recent weeks by pastors angry or uneasy about the... Continue Reading