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Bethel Church Senior Pastors Eric and Candace Johnson Resign

Bethel Church Senior Pastors Eric and Candace Johnson Resign Senior Pastors Eric and Candace Johnson resigned from Bethel Church in Redding, California after 18 years of ministry."We are family, and we will always be a part of this movement. While this decision may feel odd and unexpected, there is a deep sense of peace. We... Read more

Over 13,000+ Christians Call on Pastors Franklin Graham and Paula White-Cain to Accept President-Elect Bidens Victory

Best-selling Christian author Shane Claiborne and Christian social-justice organization Faithful America are asking Trumps evangelical advisors to support a peaceful transfer of power. Despite President-elect Joe Bidens clear electoral victory and the complete absence of evidence behind Donald Trumps lawsuits, multiple prominent evangelical leaders are continuing to enable the outgoing presidents dangerous attacks on the... Read more

Some pastors care more about being cool than being Christ-like, says Christine Caine

Some churches have replaced prayer with smoke machines and clever lighting, says Christine Caine(Photo: Unsplash/Rachel Coyne)Prayer has been relegated to the "basement with the grandmothers" as churches prioritize their "smoke machines" and "skinny jeans", says Christine Caine. The popular Christian speaker and author said she was on a mission to "pull prayer out of the basement... Read more

Pandemic has negatively impacted churches, say half of pastors

(Photo: Unsplash/Kenny Luo)Nearly half of Protestant pastors (48%) say that the economic lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted their churches, but only a small fraction of them say the impact has been "very" negative, according to a new survey. LifeWay Research, a polling organization under the auspices of the Southern Baptist Convention's LifeWay... Read more

Survey: 48 Percent of Protestant Pastors Have Seen Economic Shortfalls for Churches in 2020

Survey: 48 Percent of Protestant Pastors Have Seen Economic Shortfalls for Churches in 2020 Nearly half of U.S. Protestant Pastors are saying the current economy is negatively impacting their congregations, according to new findings by the Nashville-based LifeWay Research.Forty-eight percent of pastors said the economic impact on their church has been negative with 15 percent... Read more

Pastors, Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling

Having a tough year? As church members choose conflict over peacemaking, appear more excited about politics than discipleship, give more weight to a pundits off-the-cuff opinion than your studied convictions, fall for sin rather than follow Scripture, reject the counsel of friends to pursue idols you know will hurt them, make time for school programs... Read more

The Mega-Problem Behind the ‘Falls’ of Megachurch Pastors | RELEVANT

Editors note: A version of this story originally ran in 2016 when former megachurch pastor Tullian Tchividjian posted an article, explaining how deeply his own scandal affected him, even leading him to the point of suicide. We are re-publishing it in the wake of the very sad situation around Carl Lentz’ termination from Hillsong NYC... Read more

Initial Reports of Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor’s Release Found Untrue

Initial Reports of Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor's Release Found Untrue Nigerian Reverend [Polycarp] Zongo of the Church of Christ in Nations is still being imprisoned in the Islamic State West African Province in Nigeria, despite previous reports they had freed him, The Christian Post reports.The Khalifah Army, an Islamic Terrorist group in the region, released a proof... Read more

France’s pastors fearful after attacks

Armed police stand guard outside the Notre Dame basilica in Nice, scene of a deadly terror attack(Photo: Reuters)France is deploying military forces at religious sites as pastors are anxious and anguished after a Greek Orthodox priest was attacked with a sawn-off shotgun in the city of Lyon on Saturday, days after three people were killed... Read more

Report: Some Chinese Pastors Have Been Ordered to Promote the Government From the Pulpit | RELEVANT

New reports out of China are suggesting that the government there is attempting to pressure Christian pastors in the country to support President Xi Jinping’s policy aims from the pulpit.While in-person church gatherings were banned to slow the spread of COVID-19 earlier this year, some state-approved churches were reportedly allowed to re-open on the condition... Read more

Dear Younger Pastors in 2020 America

Dear brothers, I dont often write to you like this. But Im thinking of the challenges facing you right now in pastoral ministry, and I want to share a thought with you. As shepherds of Christs flock, one of our responsibilities is to warn the sheep when a wolf is on the horizon. Were in... Read more

Hillsong Church to Launch New Campus with First-Ever Black Lead Pastors

Hillsong Church to Launch New Campus with First-Ever Black Lead Pastors Hillsong Church is launching an Atlanta, Georgia campus that will be led by husband and wife Sam and Toni Collier.According to The Christian Post, the Colliers will be the first Black lead pastors of a Hillsong church. They also have a daughter, Dylan.We want... Read more

One-Third of Pastors Have Endorsed Candidates This Year Outside the Church Role, Poll Shows

One-Third of Pastors Have Endorsed Candidates This Year Outside the Church Role, Poll Shows Protestant pastors are nearly unanimous in their decision not to endorse a political candidate from the pulpit this year, although roughly one-third say they have endorsed a political candidate outside of the church setting, according to a new LifeWay Research survey.The... Read more

Pastors and pro-lifers celebrate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett stand together on the Blue Room balcony Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, following Justice Barrett's swearing-in ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.(Photo: White House/Andrea Hanks)Conservative leaders and prominent evangelical pastors praised the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as an associate... Read more

Megachurch Pastors Ron Carpenter, John Gray Settle Eviction Lawsuits

Megachurch Pastors Ron Carpenter, John Gray Settle Eviction Lawsuits Following a mediation process, megachurch pastors Ron Carpenter and John Gray have finally settled after years of lawsuits between the two.According to The Christian Post, the two had been fighting after the Carpenters reportedly tried to evict the Grays from the church Carpenter previously pastored, but handed... Read more

11 Percent of Pastors Say Church Attendance Is Close to Pre-COVID Numbers

11 Percent of Pastors Say Church Attendance Is Close to Pre-COVID Numbers According to the latest survey by the Nashville-based LifeWay Research Center, the majority of Protestant churches in America have held in-person services in September but attendance has not been the same as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.The survey, which was released Tuesday,... Read more

Pastors are not ‘just one of the guys’, says John Piper

(Photo: Unsplash/Alejandro Escamilla)It is "not too high a standard" to expect pastors to live free from sexual sin, says pastor John Piper. Discussing purity in a recent "Ask Pastor John" podcast, the Desiring God founder said male pastors were mistaken if they think they are "just one of the guys".  The podcast dealt with the... Read more

53 Percent of Protestant Pastors Plan to Vote for Trump: LifeWay Research Poll

53 Percent of Protestant Pastors Plan to Vote for Trump: LifeWay Research Poll A new poll by LifeWay Research has found that more than half of American Protestant pastors will vote for Trump in the 2020 presidential election.The results found that 98 percent of pastors will vote in the presidential election while 2 percent will... Read more

‘Open Your Church’: John MacArthur Urges Pastors to Reopen Churches despite COVID-19 Restrictions

'Open Your Church': John MacArthur Urges Pastors to Reopen Churches despite COVID-19 Restrictions Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California is calling pastors and church leaders across America to reopen their churches despite COVID-19 restrictions by leftist and secular government officials who seek to shut us down.According to The Blaze, MacArthur... Read more

New Russian law would restrict pastors trained abroad – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) — In Russia, the draft of a new law would prevent pastors trained abroad from teaching in a church or even a Bible study. The stated intent of the law is to limit extremist religious ideology from getting into the country by limiting access to extreme religious ideas. However, the law will make... Read more

To African Pastors: From A (New) Western Missionary – TGC Africa

Western missionaries desperately need to remember there are excellent churches in Africa. There are faithful, God-gifted preachers in Africa. We are not the “saviours of the African church.” Christ is the Saviour. We come only as servants of and partners in the gospel. And we need to remember that the Western worldview is not the... Read more

Black Pastors Denounce Kamala Harris For Praising ‘Brilliance’ of Black Lives Matter Co-Founders

Black Pastors Denounce Kamala Harris For Praising 'Brilliance' of Black Lives Matter Co-Founders On Friday, a coalition of African American pastors criticized Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris for celebrating the Black Lives Matter organization as the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system.According to The Christian Post, Harris made the remarks during... Read more

Pastors James Roberson, Jon Tyson Share How God Has Helped Them Minister in NYC amid COVID-19

Pastors James Roberson, Jon Tyson Share How God Has Helped Them Minister in NYC amid COVID-19 Its been said that some experiences you will never forget. James Roberson and Jon Tyson would agree with this sentiment after ministering in city of New York during this unique season."We are living in serious time," Tyson, the pastor... Read more

Hebrew and Greek Arent Just for Pastors

I remember daydreaming at my desk in the moments before my first seminary Greek class began. Finallythe New Testament will be clear. All those tricky passages Ive never understood will make sense, and exegesis will be a piece of cake! That misguided dream died five minutes later when my professor offered this humbling bit of... Read more

Hotel offers ‘full apology’ after cancelling pastor’s pro-marriage event

Rev Harry Coulter has accepted the hotel's apology(Photo: The Christian Institute)A Belfast hotel has settled with a pastor after cancelling his conference in support of marriage after it had already started. Fifty people were attending the 'Marriage Matters' conference at the Balmoral Hotel, in Dunmurry, last October when the owners ordered the meeting to close... Read more

Over half of pastors predict a decline in church attendance post-Covid

(Photo: Unsplash/Ral Njera)Over half of pastors think fewer Christians will return to church pews after the pandemic is over, a new survey by Barna suggests. Earlier this month, Barna's Church Pulse leader survey asked 422 Protestant pastors to predict the impact of Covid on church attendance. Nearly half (46%) are expecting attendance to have "declined... Read more

51 Percent of Pastors Expect Attendance to Decline Post-Pandemic, Barna Poll Shows

51 Percent of Pastors Expect Attendance to Decline Post-Pandemic, Barna Poll Shows A slight majority of pastors say they believe their congregation will experience a decline in attendance once the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is over, according to a new Barna survey.The poll, released Monday, showed a record-high 51 percent of senior pastors and executive pastors... Read more

7 Things Pastors Wish You Knew about the Churchs Response to COVID-19

Everything came to an abrupt end.Twenty four weeks into our new church plant, we received a message from the school where we hosted our Sunday morning services, Were sorry but you cant use the facility for two weeks due to needing to clean for COVID-19. Two weeks turned to three weeks. Three weeks turned into... Read more

Pastors plead with UK’s leaders not to shut down churches again

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)Over 20 pastors have come together to urge the UK's Prime Minister and First Ministers to "refrain from socially damaging restrictions" as the country faces the prospect of a second national lockdown. The pastors come from across the UK and particularly call on the UK's leaders "not to close churches again".  In an... Read more

2 Reasons Bully Pastors Rise Up in the Church

The Church's Leadership Crisis There are two things that are at the heart of the leadership crisis in the church. The first is that we've backed away from a biblical definition of a leaderhumble, gentle, kind, faithful, loving, servant. The kind of character qualities that are in the Timothy passage when it talks about qualifications... Read more