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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

FMI offers local pastors a different view of Rohingya refugees – Mission Network News

Bangladesh (MNN) — In a newly-released video, two ex-soldiers from Myanmar confess to the mass killing and rape of Rohingya Muslims. Its the first time anyone from Myanmar’s military acknowledged a campaign of violence targeting this people group, CNN reports. Since 2012, armed attacks have forced between 800,000 and one million Rohingya refugees into neighboring... Read more

Pastor’s Daughter Sent Home from School for Wearing ‘Homosexuality Is a Sin’ T-Shirt

Pastor's Daughter Sent Home from School for Wearing 'Homosexuality Is a Sin' T-Shirt In late August, one high school student was reportedly sent home from Livingston Academy in Tennessee after she refused to change out of her black t-shirt that stated, homosexuality is a sin in bold white letters.Rev. Rich Penkoski, who leads Warriors For... Read more

Church pastors facing destitution as tithes dry up in Covid crisis

(Photo: Open Doors UK & Ireland)Pastors around the world are facing destitution and even starvation because of the devastating impact of Covid on church tithes. The pandemic has forced churches around the world to close their doors, which has in countries that rely on cash giving led to severe financial hardship for the pastors.  Many... Read more

Theology isn’t only for pastors and scholars

(Photo: Unsplash/Hannah Busing)Churchgoing isn't as popular as it once was, but many people may still be open to learning about the Christian perspective of God, says Ligonier Ministries CEO Chris Larson.  Larson said while there was widespread "illiteracy" about the nature of God as revealed in the Bible, and a "worldwide theological famine", the findings... Read more

How Associate Pastors Can Fight for Joy

I took my first ministry position as associate pastor of a church in Walling, Tennessee, as a stubble-faced 21-year-old. I met my wife in that church, and left from there to obtain a couple of seminary degrees. My ultimate desire was to be a lead pastor. That was 16 years ago, and Im still an... Read more

Thank You For Helping Us Serve Mexican Pastors, Families and Churches | Real Faith

Thanks again to everyone who donated so generously in August to our Missions fund benefitting the Mexican church. We wanted to update you on the impact your donations are making, starting with some words from Wendy, whose husband recently passed away from COVID-19 while leading one of the largest churches in Hermosillo: On behalf of... Read more

Conmen Pretending to Be Pastors Steal over $28 Million from More Than 1,000 People

Conmen Pretending to Be Pastors Steal over $28 Million from More Than 1,000 People Three Maryland men who conned over 1000 churchgoers and investors out of $28 million have been indicted for running a Ponzi scheme.According to the Department of Justice, the men would go to churches and pretend to be financial investors who were... Read more

Hong Kong: American pastor’s son charged under new national security law

Samuel Chu warned that no one is beyond the reach of Hong Kong's national security law(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)A naturalized American citizen and pastor's son has been charged with "inciting secession" and "colluding with foreign powers" under Hong Kong's new national security law.  Samuel Chu is a pro-democracy activist and managing director of the Hong Kong... Read more

7 Things Congregations Need to Hear from Pastors about Healthy Sexuality

Too many believers think that once they get married, all their sexual woes will disappear. And for the person who saved themself for marriage, sex will be perfect and free from shame.Yet, oftentimes shame does still exist within marriage, especially for women, because sex wasnt talked about in a good and healthy way at all.... Read more

Tony Dungy on Pro-Choice Pastors: What Are They Reading? ‘It Couldnt Be the Bible’

Tony Dungy on Pro-Choice Pastors: What Are They Reading? 'It Couldnt Be the Bible' Television commentator and NFL analyst Tony Dungy, who has not shied away from hot-button issues on social media in recent months, dove into the subject of abortion Thursday and made clear he believes the Bibles teachings are pro-life.The Super Bowl-winning coach... Read more

Affairs shouldn’t permanently disqualify pastors from the pulpit – poll

(Photo: Unsplash/Ben White)Pastors who commit adultery should withdraw from the pulpit but only temporarily, according to most church leaders surveyed in a new poll.  LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Protestant pastors and found that just over a quarter (27%) believe that pastors should be permanently disqualifiied from public ministry if they commit adultery.  The rest believed... Read more

5 Ways Jonathan Edwards Teaches Us to Mentor Future Pastors

Pastors are called to many responsibilitiesleading and overseeing the congregation, preaching and teaching the gospel, caring for and counseling members. But one undervalued role of pastors, and of Christian leaders in general, is the ministry of mentorship. Mentorship includes skills-based apprenticeship and personal discipleship and is particularly well-suited to meet the contemporary churchs desire for... Read more

Pastor’s wife found dead, believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning

Pastor Adam Cater and wife Marilane Carter are seen in this file photo.Facebook/CarterA pastor's wife from Kansas is believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning after her body was found this week following a frantic weeks-long search for her since she went missing at the start of August. Marilane Carter, 36, went missing on... Read more

Vehicle of Missing Pastor’s Wife, Marilane Carter, Found in Arkansas with Body Inside

Vehicle of Missing Pastor's Wife, Marilane Carter, Found in Arkansas with Body Inside (RNS) The vehicle of a Kansas pastors wife who has been missing for more than two weeks was found Tuesday (Aug. 18) in rural Arkansas with a womans body inside.The Crittenden County Sheriffs Office did not confirm the body belonged to Marilane... Read more

Body of missing pastor’s wife found in shipping container

Pastor Adam Cater and wife Marilane Carter are seen in this file photo.Facebook/CarterThe body of a missing Kansas pastor's wife may have been found inside a shipping container in rural Arkansas.The 36-year-old pastor's wife, Marilane Carter, who is also a mother of three, had been missing for two weeks. Her uncle had travelled to Crittenden... Read more

Church Conflict during COVID-19 Growing Worry for Pastors, Says LifeWay Research

Church Conflict during COVID-19 Growing Worry for Pastors, Says LifeWay Research (RNS) Church conflict is a growing pressure point for pastors during the coronavirus pandemic, a new report shows.The report, based on a July survey by LifeWay Research, found that 27% of evangelical and mainline pastors cited maintaining unity and addressing conflict and... Read more

Why Should Pastors Stay? A Panel on Joyful Endurance

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Jeff Robinson: Good afternoon. It is after lunch. This is a dangerous enterprise, isn’t it? I’m not sure what we’re going to do to keep you alive and awake and upright, but we’ll... 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

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

Future Pastors Need Mentors

We all need mentors. With so many voices telling us what to do, its vitally important that we have godly, thoughtful, experienced people showing us what to do. Preparing for a life in ministry is demanding workand Im not just talking about your seminary workload. You need real-life pastoral experience under the direction of a... Read more

‘If it’s us now, it will be the pastors next’ – Mike Davidson on why gay conversion therapy should not be banned

(Photo: Unsplash/Cecilie Johnsen)Mike Davidson is the founder of the Core Issues Trust, a Christian ministry supporting men and women who want help with unwanted same-sex attraction.  As the Government considers imposing a ban on so-called 'gay conversion therapy', Mike speaks to Christian Today about what the therapy is and isn't, and why he fears a... Read more

NIV Preachers Bible Designed to Aid Pastors With a First of Its Kind Format – Bible Gateway Blog

The only Bible in the New International Version (NIV) translation that matches page-for-page with its corresponding church pew Bible and is set in a numbered verse-by-verse format is now available. [See Bible Gateways Resource Page for Pastors] The NIV Preacher’s Bible (Zondervan, 2020) is the first NIV Bible that allows pastors to be on the... Read more

Alyssa Milano, Group of Pastors Argue White Evangelicals Contribute to Systemic Racism

Alyssa Milano, Group of Pastors Argue White Evangelicals Contribute to Systemic Racism Actress Alyssa Milano and several other guests, via virtual conference, recently joined Bishop Talbert Swans program The Bishop's Barbecue to talk, in part, about White Evangelicals contribution to systemic racism.A portion of the episode The Systemization of Racism as a Tool to... Read more

Should the Church Allow Women to Be Pastors?

The following is a transcribed Video Q&A, so the text may not read like an edited article would. Scroll to the bottom to view this video in its entirety. Yeah, I think there seems to be a variant sense across the board. I have some of my dearest friends would not have women pastors. They... Read more

How 5 Pastors are Working on Racial Injustice

When Breonna Taylor was shot by police who burst into her home unannounced in the middle of the night, pastor Deryk Hayes heard the shots. I looked out my bedroom window and saw the police lights and sirens, he said. Hed only been in Louisville a few months, pastoring a largely African American church in... Read more

76 Percent of American Pastors Support Peaceful Protests, Barna Finds

76 Percent of American Pastors Support Peaceful Protests, Barna Finds A Barna Group study says that more than three-quarters of American pastors support peaceful protests like the ones taking place all across the country.The demonstrations come after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed... Read more

Most pastors supportive of anti-racism protests – survey

(Photo: Unsplash/Max Bender)The vast majority of American pastors support peaceful anti-racism protests, new research by the Barna Group has found. Protests have been taking place across the US since the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Of the 400 pastors surveyed by Barna, 76% said they believed churches should... Read more

How Can Pastors Care for Their Own Souls? – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Lois Kehlenbrink: Hi, you’re listening to TGC Q and A, a podcast from The Gospel Coalition. And this is the Biblical Counseling Series featuring and hopeful answers to your questions on navigating fear,... Read more

Chance the Rapper Spent the Weekend Shutting Down Pastors Who Minimized Racism | RELEVANT Magazine

Over the weekend, Chance the Rapper took to Twitter with a question for his Christian followers: “Why dont we as a church explicitly address White Supremacy and racism on Sundays? Why dont we engage the truths of America and how its values are antithetical to the Gospel?” It’s a vital question that a lot... Read more