5 Reasons Your Church May Be So Small

Large or small, your church needs to worship the Lord, care for the flock, and strive to serve Jesus well

I pastor a small church. I love small church life. I love the familiarity, the closeness, and the pace of life in small churches. We’re in a small town/rural community. We’re striving to repent of our self-righteousness. We’re trying to make sure our worship and our church life is accessible to new people. Our leaders... Continue Reading

A New Beginning As “New Life” For Virginia Congregation

The wait to become part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) is over for a Virginia congregation

“New Hope Presbyterian Church’s dismissal to the EPC from the Presbyterian Church (USA) by Presbytery of the Peaks came to a ceremonial conclusion on July 20. The congregation had been granted its departure during a May 8 presbytery meeting. The presbytery’s policy calls for a 90-day waiting period after dismissal, so while Presbytery of the... Continue Reading

Washington National Cathedral Hangs Out the For Rent Sign

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington is soliciting proposals for corporations and non-profit groups to lease its premises

The 21 August 2014 announcement stated the rental program would continue to “broaden the Cathedral’s welcome” to the community as well as expand “our stewardship of the building by offering spaces for use when they might otherwise stand idle while creating a new revenue stream supporting operations and special projects.”   Washington’s National Cathedral is... Continue Reading

.church Domain Names Available Soon

5 reasons your church should consider registering one soon

According to early indicators, these .church domain names are very popular—.church is in the top 30 of new gTLDs out of an estimated 1,000+ suffixes! This window of opportunity to be part of church innovations is worth considering and preparing for, accordingly   Did you know that the Internet name space is quickly expanding far... Continue Reading

Episcopal Church Sells Property of Breakaway Congregation to Baptist Group

The Episcopal Church has sold off to a Baptist church a property once used by a congregation that broke away from the denomination over theological differences

“With the decision made final, Bishop Seabury Anglican became one of many congregations across the country that lost its property to The Episcopal Church in court. Gauss explained to CP that after the decision his congregation worshipped at a Groton hotel for eighteen months before ending up at an elementary school in Gales Ferry, located... Continue Reading

6 Church Killers That (Unfortunately) Have Stood the Test of Time

Satan was neutralizing local churches 300 years ago in the same way he is today

It’s easy to set up outward, measurable standards of appearance and performance. We like to do this because it validates us, makes us feel successful as Christians and leaders. Yet the outward conformity COULD be merely a cover for the absence of inward dependence. Healthy churches emphasize the gradual, growing work of God’s Spirit within... Continue Reading

Minnesota Church Must Pay PCUSA Over $1.2 Million to Leave Denomination, Other Church Reports

Hope Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA); will be joining the Evangelical Covenant of Presbyterians (ECO)

“When a denomination lacks a coherent theological center, mission gets sidelined. When a denomination lacks trust, relationships are difficult. When a denomination has a bureaucratic mindset, innovative ministry is hampered,” read the statement adopted by the Session. “When a denomination asserts control over a congregation’s property and assets, facility and asset development is compromised. We... Continue Reading

Brian McLaren Reflects On 25 Years Of Emergence

Interview with Brian McLaren regarding the "emergent church"

“Many trace the Emergent movement’s beginning to 1989, which makes it 25 years old this year. In nearly three decades, it has lost much of its steam. Emergent’s critics argue that this is proof the leaders’ visions for Christianity were unsustainable. I decided to sit down with Brian McLaren–once considered to be something of a... Continue Reading

In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America

Taking measures to preserve records from the church’s past

In Dudley, Mass., where a congregation was established in 1732, Thompson Boyd, a history teacher who volunteers as the church’s historian, showed Dr. Cooper a page from a Bible translated into Algonquian by John Eliot, who was seeking to convert the local Nipmuc Indians. There were also notes for an 1822 sermon (opening line: “The... Continue Reading

Truck Slams Into PCA Church, Dubbed ‘Holiest Church’ In Spring, Texas

Spring Cypress is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America

The driver went 100 yards through a field before slamming into Spring Cypress Presbyterian. The driver was treated and released, but it was unclear how or why he lost control. The church was boarded up hours later, and the pastor changed the sign to say it’s the “holiest church” in Spring. SPRING, Texas – A... Continue Reading