Georgia Baptist college to require faculty assent to Southern Baptist faith statement

Truett-McConnell College in northeast Georgia plans to become the first Baptist college to require its faculty to affirm the Baptist Faith and Message as revised by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. Trustees of the four-year school voted recently to adopt the policy intended to signal solidarity with the Georgia Baptist Convention. “The Georgia Baptist... Continue Reading

Northeast Ohio PCUSA church secedes from Presbytery

Struthers Presbyterian Church, located just south of Youngstown, Ohio voted to secede from the Presbyterian Church USA and Eastminster Presbytery on January 10th. The vote, taken after the 11 a.m. service Sunday, was categorized as “97 percent in favor of disaffiliation” by Forrest A. Norman, the Struthers’ congregation’s Cleveland lawyer. Norman described the church, at... Continue Reading

PCUSA Presbytery dissolves pastoral relationship, defying the will of Session and congregation

Meeting in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, January 9, the Muskingum Valley Presbytery of the PCUSA voted by a 2-1 margin to dissolve the relationship of the Rev. Dennis Allison and First Presbyterian Church in Mansfield, Ohio, despite objections from the congregation and its leadership. An Administrative Commission had been appointed by the Presbytery in December... Continue Reading

2010 PCA General Assembly Registration Now Open

The 38th PCA General Assembly will be held in Nashville, Tenn., June 29-July 2, 2010. Registration is now open. Commissioner registration is available online here. Registration packets are being mailed to all PCA teaching elders and churches. For additional information about the 38th General Assembly, go here. [Editor’s note: The original URLs (links) referenced in... Continue Reading

Addiction recovery inspires hope

In front of the old farmhouse in Yawkey that is now the home of Stop the Revolving Door Ministries, recovered pill addict Jeff Carter explains his plans for a place where men with substance abuse can build the spiritual foundation for a new life. The program, “a work in progress,” is sponsored by the Perrow... Continue Reading

North Dakota church votes to split from ELCA over homosexual clergy

HARVEY, ND – The congregation of the First Lutheran Church of Harvey, ND, has cast the first of two votes to split from the EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America. Two-thirds of the congregation voted in favor of the split last month. The congregation must wait 90 days before the second and final vote. The proposed split follows... Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court: Can Scripture trump non-discrimination law?

The U.S. Supreme Court justices are rolling back the sleeves of their robes to wrestle with yet another church and state case this term. The justices should be prepared for some heavy lifting. The court already has heard argument in a case involving a cross set up on federal land in the Mojave Desert, and... Continue Reading

Pews empty at ‘blue’ Christmas service in Croton Falls

One week after the local newspaper in Croton Falls, NY reported on a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked New York at the bottom of the misery index, some strong, if not conclusive, evidence to the contrary emerged in this hamlet in northern Westchester County. The Revs. Richard Hasselbach and Barbara... Continue Reading

Nativity scene donkeys take to the tracks in Colorado

What’s a living nativity scene without a little real-life drama to go along with it — that’s what local church officials and members are saying in hindsight. The Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon, Colorado was gearing up for its Wednesday night live nativity scene, an annual tradition, when two of the scene’s players went... Continue Reading

Is church membership meaningful?

Church membership is no longer a given. Many churches are weighing whether to redefine or even do away with church membership as a way to refocus the congregation’s values. Ken Neevel, Western Theological Seminary’s vice president of advancement and communication, says he’s seeing a shift, especially in independent churches. “Especially with the emphasis in recent... Continue Reading