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Gallup reports new low in religious confidence

By Bruce Nolan (RNS) Americans’ confidence in organized religion, slowly but steadily declining since the 1970s, slipped to a new low in the latest survey, the Gallup Organization reported. Today only 44 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion,” Gallup said. It was […]

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Massive LifeWay Research project identifies eight measures of personal discipleship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 2008, LifeWay Research surveyed 7,000 churches to discover the principles involved with healthy congregations. Last year, LifeWay’s researchers went back into the field to focus not on the church, but on the individual believer, asking more than 4,000 people about their spiritual lives and level of maturity. The project has identified […]

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Five reasons to pay attention to who’s in the second chair

The importance of “second-chair” leadership has become an important topic of discussion in ministry circles over the last 10 years or so.

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Study: Pastors’ concerns for others may harm their own health

By Chris Lisee (RNS) Most members of the clergy are taught to put the physical and spiritual needs of others first, but that self-denial may be harmful to their own health, according to a new Duke University study. Studies of United Methodist pastors in North Carolina found high rates of chronic disease and depression, and […]

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Presbyterian Church USA rejects same-sex definition of marriage by narrow vote

By Alex Murashko , Christian Post Reporter The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to keep its current definition of marriage “between a woman and a man” by narrowly defeating a proposal to change the wording to “between two people” at its 220th General Assembly Friday evening. The PC(USA)’s Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee had voted […]

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But the Sabbath was made for man

Jesus helped clarify a lot about religion.

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Serving the Second Chair

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How can lead pastors serve those whose main job description is to serve them?

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Millennials losing their religion

ABP News By Bob Allen Young adults are leaving the church in record numbers, and experts wonder how many of them are ever coming back. LifeWay Research found seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 who went to church regularly in high school quit attending by age 23. A third of those had not […]

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The Orange Tour hits the road for 2012-2013 season

ATLANTA /Christian Newswire – Thousands of church leaders will gather regionally over fall 2012 and winter 2013 for The Orange Tour, an exciting series of one-day events across the nation created to equip and inspire attendees. Reggie Joiner, Sue Miller and Carey Nieuwhof will focus on “Lead Change” and “Lead Small,” discussing how one leads […]

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The blindest of blind spots

Christians rightfully take great comfort from “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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