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Chinese Churches Are Ordered to Praise Socialism, Slander the United States

Chinese Churches Are Ordered to Praise Socialism, Slander the United States State-approved churches in China that were forced to close due to the pandemic are being allowed to reopen only if they use their sermons for patriotic education and to support the Communist Party, according to a new report.In one region of China,... Read more

Opportunity to Help Mexican Churches and Pastors | Real Faith

Wed like to share with you an amazing opportunity to help some of our pastor friends down in Mexico. Theyve been hit really hard by COVID and all of its effects, from sickness in their congregations to unemployment and beyond as theyre unable to meet in person but still have to meet the costs of... Read more

‘Churches Might Be One of Biggest Propagators of Racist Ideology,’ Says Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz

'Churches Might Be One of Biggest Propagators of Racist Ideology,' Says Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong East Coast was interviewed by former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho on his latest episode of "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" to discuss how churches can properly deal with racial injustice.Acho started the... Read more

‘Churches might be one of the biggest propagators of racist ideology’ – Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz

Carl Lentz and Emmanuel Acho discussed the difficult question of why so many churches in America are still racially segregatedHillsong pastor Carl Lentz says many churches set out to tackle racism but get cold feet when they realize that the problem "goes all the way to the top" of their own institution. The Hillsong East... Read more

Supreme Court Issues a Surprisingand DivisiveDecision on Churches and Pandemic Restrictions

The Story: Despite what appears to be a blatantly unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty, five Supreme Court justices are allowing Nevada to hold churches to a stricter standard than casinos. The Background: Last week the Supreme Court denied a request from a Nevada church that would block enforcement of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order that limits... Read more

Evangelical, Midwestern, Southern Churches Most Likely to Be Meeting in Person Again

Evangelical, Midwestern, Southern Churches Most Likely to Be Meeting in Person Again (RNS) Which churches have resumed gathering in person amid the coronavirus pandemic?Mostly evangelical Protestant churches rather than mainline Protestant and, more often, those that are located in the South or Midwest, according to a new survey released Friday (July 24) by... Read more

Schools May Not Open to Students This Fall, But Churches Might For Remote Learning

Schools May Not Open to Students This Fall, But Churches Might For Remote Learning (RNS) Remote learning will be the rule for schoolchildren in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for at least nine weeks this fall as the city tries to stem a surging coronavirus caseload. But that doesnt necessarily mean theyll all be staying home.Some... Read more

More Than 70 Percent of Churches Are Meeting Again, and Most Practice Social Distancing

More Than 70 Percent of Churches Are Meeting Again, and Most Practice Social Distancing Most Protestant churches in the United States have returned to in-person services, and most also are practicing social distancing by closing off certain seats to battle the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new LifeWay Research survey.More than 70 percent... Read more

A Growing Number of Pastors Believe Their Churches Won’t Meet In-Person until 2021

A Growing Number of Pastors Believe Their Churches Won't Meet In-Person until 2021 A growing number of pastors believe their churches will not meet in person until 2021 because of the coronavirus.As Christian Headlines previously reported, last week, Andy Stanley, pastor at North Point Community Church in suburban Atlanta announced that they would... Read more

As coronavirus makes youth work more challenging, churches must adapt

Churches were struggling to reach young people even before coronavirus. The key now is to adapt, says Youthwork's Dr Lucie Shuker(Photo: Youthscape)For some churches, this has been a disheartening time. After working so hard to introduce youth activities that bring joy, care and often vital support, social distancing has put paid to most, if not... Read more

Three California Churches Sue Gov. Newsom for Ban on Singing in Places of Worship

Three California Churches Sue Gov. Newsom for Ban on Singing in Places of Worship (RNS) Three evangelical churches in California have sued Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning singing and chanting in places of worship but permitting such activities elsewhere.The states July 13 order about COVID-19 permits worship services as well as fitness centers,... Read more

A call to Churches: We all have a part to play in ensuring no child goes hungry this summer

(Photo: Unsplash/Micha Parzuchowski)At a time of crisis where so many people need additional support, charities and church networks are joining together to enable and equip local churches across the UK to respond quickly and urgently. It is not too late to join in and be a part of that vital response. The global pandemic is something... Read more

Burning of Churches, Defacement of Religious Statues Is Rooted in ‘Hatred of God,’ Eric Metaxas Asserts

Burning of Churches, Defacement of Religious Statues Is Rooted in 'Hatred of God,' Eric Metaxas Asserts Conservative radio host and best-selling author Eric Metaxas said in a recent interview that he believes attacks on churches and religious statues are aimed at God and not a result of civil unrest.As Christian Headlines previously reported,... Read more

Loneliness and isolation are top priorities for churches after lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash/Jacek Dylag)Churches emerging from lockdown are making it a priority to tackle loneliness and isolation, new research has found.  The survey by the Allchurches Trust found that these were the main areas of focus for two-thirds of UK churches.  Over half of the 638 church leaders surveyed from across the UK predict that loneliness... Read more

Churches in the Graveyard: 10 Plants in 10 Years in Tokyo

If the parable of the sower were set in East Asia, South Koreas soil would be rich and lush. Chinas would be weedy but productive. And Japans would be blood-red and rock-hard. Christianity arrived with Roman Catholic missionaries in the mid-1500s, but as soon as it began to spread the Japanese military dictatorscalled shogunsshut it... Read more

At Least 400 Churches Closed or Destroyed in China

At Least 400 Churches Closed or Destroyed in China Christians across China continue to be persecuted by Communist officials in the ongoing crackdown against houses of worship.Bitter Winter reports that at least 400 Three-Self and house churches were either demolished, shut down or repurposed in Shangrao City of Jiangxi Province. Additionally, video footage... Read more

Churches, Statues Burned and Vandalized across Multiple U.S. States

Churches, Statues Burned and Vandalized across Multiple U.S. States Several churches and statues of religious figures were badly damaged in separate incidents across the nation over the weekend.Law enforcement is currently investigating these incidents in light of the recent protests over statues and monuments.In Florida, one man crashed his car into the foyer... Read more

Churches, Indoor Businesses Closing in California again as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Churches, Indoor Businesses Closing in California again as COVID-19 Cases Rise All indoor businesses, which include churches, in 30 counties are now closed in the state of California according to a new order by Governor Gavin Newsom. On Monday, Newsom cited the surge of COVID-19 cases and increased hospitalizations as reason for the... Read more

As Depression, Anxiety, Grief Spike during Pandemic, Churches Offer Hope

As Depression, Anxiety, Grief Spike during Pandemic, Churches Offer Hope CHICAGO (RNS) Not long into the coronavirus pandemic, the Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a pastor at Grace and Peace Church on the West Side of Chicago, began to hear from congregants who lost their jobs and were struggling financially as the city... Read more

Churches can sing again – but only outside

(Photo: Unsplash/Kyler Nixon)The Government has eased rules on singing at church but only if it is outside and done by professionals.  The change of rules comes into effect today, a week after churches were allowed to resume collective worship.  The updated guidelines from the Government stress that singing should be conducted "outside only" and that... Read more

Are Churches A Major Source of Coronavirus Cases? – Tim Challies

The New York Times recently ran a column headlined Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases. The lede is alarming: The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities. Heres how the story begins: Weeks... Read more

Out of 3 Million U.S. Coronavirus Cases, Only 650 Are Linked to Churches

Out of 3 Million U.S. Coronavirus Cases, Only 650 Are Linked to Churches A New York Times story meant to prove churches are a major source of COVID-19 outbreak actually did just the opposite, some Christian leaders say.The story referenced cases tied to churches in Texas, Louisiana, Oregon and other states and said... Read more

Churches in China Allowed to Reopen Only after Showing Loyalty to the Communist Party

Churches in China Allowed to Reopen Only after Showing Loyalty to the Communist Party As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted in China, churches across the country are starting to plan their reopening.It appears, however, some churches are not being allowed to reconvene until congregants sing the national anthem and the national flag... Read more

Global Disciples partners with churches to reach Latin America – Mission Network News

Ecuador (MNN) Global Disciples‘ Ministry in Latin America has seen a huge growth in the past few years. The ministry was born in 1998 when Ernesto Cardenas and others met together to talk about how to train local churches to reach people for Christ. Today, Global Disciples in Latin America has 93 programs and works... Read more

Race is a huge issue and needs addressing in our churches

(Photo: Unsplash/James Eades)Britain is still profoundly uncomfortable with race, says Reni Eddo-Lodge in her best-selling book, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. With that challenge in mind, how the Christian community expresses itself across the boundaries of race and ethnicity is a significant pointer to its determination to strive for unity.... Read more

Far from being closed, churches have been on the front line during lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash/Joel Muniz)Churches have been busy during the lockdown providing vital help to their communities, a study by Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has shown. In the survey of 175 churches that run debt centres with the charity, 96% said they had been giving practical support to their communities during lockdown.  Nearly nine in ten (87%)... Read more

Churches warned to prepare for ‘tidal wave of poverty’

Christian charity The Trussell Trust has reported an increase in demand for emergency food parcels during the pandemic(Photo: The Trussell Trust)As church leaders are studying government guidelines, working out how safely to open their churches for public worship, they are being urged to be ready to respond to the lasting impact of the pandemic on... Read more

Dozens of Christian leaders sue Government over closure of churches during lockdown

(Photo: Unsplash/Kyler Nixon)Some 25 church leaders are suing the Government over the forced closure of churches during lockdown.  The Government announced last week that churches could re-open for services on 4 July, having already been allowed to open for private prayer for several weeks.   However, a coalition of church leaders says the announcement does not... Read more

Boris Johnson pays tribute to ‘inspiring’ response of churches during Covid-19

In a message to the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2020, Boris Johnson thanked Christians for their prayers during his own struggle with coronavirusBoris Johnson has thanked Christians for their response to the coronavirus and prayers for his own health in an address to the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2020.  In a pre-recorded message, the Prime... Read more

Fixing the Leadership Deficit in Our Churches – TGC Africa

I am writing to agree with the recent article Dear pastor, why didnt you prepare me? For pastors should not only teach but also equip Christians, for all seasons. Shepherds are also trainers. My preferred viewpoint, however, is to frame the issue of preparing Christians within the broader context of mission. Christ commissioned the church... Read more