PCUSA overtures call for more flexibility in government

A proposal by the Presbytery of Beaver-Butler (PA) seeks to stem the tide of Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations leaving the denomination by offering more flexibility in the presbytery structure. The changes would diminish the power of higher judicatories while increasing the lower judicatories’ power, the overture claims. Acknowledging a denomination with “diverse belief systems, theological... Continue Reading

Churches Warned to Prepare for Another Lean Year

“Barring a significant event or shift, the prospects for a recovery of charitable giving during 2010 appear dim,” said David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group. Churches and non-profits should prepare for another lean year as Americans continue to grip their wallets, a researcher cautioned. “Barring a significant event or shift, the prospects for a... Continue Reading

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary Releases Historical Work on Slavery

In Honor of its Bicentennial and Black History Month, RPTS Releases Digital Version of Alexander McLeod’s 1804 ‘Negro Slavery Unjustifiable’ and Accompanying Video Documentary. The Rev. Alexander McLeod, Scottish born and trained RPCNA pastor, penned the following words in a chilling cry of exhortation to his church and America in his 1802 work, “Negro Slavery... Continue Reading

Updated: Details on Overtures on Role of Women presented at Evangel Presbytery

TE Brad Allision, Moderator of Evangel Presbytery at their meeting last week, provided the following details of the actions of the Presbytery in dealing with the two overtures speaking to the issue of the role of women. Two overtures addressing language in BCO 9-7 were considered by Evangel Presbytery at its meeting on February 9... Continue Reading

For Churches, How Much Risk Is Too Much?

“The question being lost in today’s risk management is: what are we willing to lose for the sake of the gospel?” Hutchinson said. For Travis Hutchinson, the life of a pastor in a small-town Georgia church is about preaching the gospel, ministering to the needy and, increasingly, figuring out how to handle an ever-growing list... Continue Reading

Christian Reformed Church Launches ‘Network’ Social Website

“Our services and ministries tend to be more isolated from each other than we’d like. Our hope is that this is something people will use, helping them feel less isolated.” The Christian Reformed Church in North America has launched a new website for members to connect with each other about doing ministry. Called The Network,... Continue Reading

PCA Mission To North America Disaster Response Training set for March 10-11, 2010

Who should attend? Everyone who would like to volunteer in future responses and those called to disaster response leadership roles in the local church and presbytery. MNA Disaster Response is hosting a Disaster Response Training March 10-11, 2010 in conjunction with the 2010 Mercy Ministries Conference in Chattanooga Tennessee March 11-13, 2010. This training will... Continue Reading

Church of England Affirms Breakaway Anglicans in U.S.

The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada have both been wracked by controversy over scriptural authority and homosexuality. The Church of England on Wednesday voted to recognize an Anglican body in North America that was formed by breakaway conservatives. Bishops, clergy and laity approved a resolution that acknowledges the distress caused by recent... Continue Reading

UPDATE: Decision Postponed. Church of England to push ahead with plan for women bishops

A committee charged with revising a draft measure that would pave the way for women to be consecrated as bishops in the Church of England needs more time to consider the legislation, Bishop Nigel McCulloch of Manchester told General Synod members as they commenced their Feb. 8-12 meeting in London this morning. McCulloch said the... Continue Reading

Update on PCA DisasterRelief in Haiti

Mission to North America (MNA) Disaster Relief is the lead agency for the Presbyterian Church in America’s work in Haiti MNA’s initial assessment is complete with the return of the assessment team this week. A second team is on the ground now assessing damage to over 30 homes of El Shaddai Ministries church members in... Continue Reading


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