Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn had plans to feed 25 people each day when a grant made it possible to open a soup kitchen for the homeless and hungry in their neighborhood. However, they soon had 800 people showing up, and volunteers were overwhelmed as funds lagged behind. Minister Ann Kansfield shut down the ministry
The Barna Group believes that according to surveys conducted in the 1980’s and then again in 2010 the population of New York City is shifting toward Christianity, with an increase from 20% to 32% for Christians. Over the past five years there has been a noticeable increase in revivals and religious events throughout the city.
A study of growing conservative churches and declining mainline churches found that those who emphasized prayer, Bible reading, and more conservative theology were more likely to be growing. The survey included 2,200 churchgoers and found that 93% of pastors who growing churches affirmed the bodily resurrection of Jesus, while 56% of pastors of declining churches
There are over 550,000 homeless throughout America, and churches throughout cities such as Nashville and Little Rock are opening their doors in order to house the homeless in their classrooms and gyms. From single adults to families, churches are providing critically needed shelter. Click here to get the full story. Want stories like this and
As Martin Luther posted his 95 theses against the sale of indulgences, he had modest hopes of sparking debate within the Catholic Church. However, Luther’s points were soon picked up by the local printing press and began to sell in large numbers. Within months, his words spread throughout Europe because printers saw a valuable opportunity
Younger evangelicals have broken from the white evangelical majority who supported Trump by 81%, and that means evangelical colleges are seeking to reassure their students who feel betrayed by those who supported a candidate who is outspoken in his prejudice and sexism. At Wheaton College, 42% of students were likely to vote for Clinton, while
A report of major trends coming this year include a more fluid, less gender specific use of signage, polyamory for married couples, and an increased focus on the morality of using AI. In addition, there is a greater awareness of people with disabilities and that could lead to new economic opportunities. Insects may become a
Churches have often made the mistake of hiring staff rather than empowering a volunteer to minister or outsourcing a simple task to an expert organization. However, churches also struggle to see staffing as a stewardship issue. Sometimes staff members need to be reevaluated and reallocated in order to meet the changing needs of a congregation.
While some churches have focused on ways to attract new members, pastor Carey Nieuwhof shares that engagement is far better to focus on. Churches that focus on engaging their members with the mission and vision will help them become a part of the community and will lead them toward meaningful ministry. Click here to get
Roughly 8 in 10 online Americans still rely on Facebook as their primary social media platform, showing a 4% increase since past years. In addition, Instragram is on the rise, with 32% of online adults, while Twitter and Pinterest have largely leveled off at 24% and 31% respectively. Click here to get the full story.
The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded. However, the challenges faced by the police and the trauma of the community became a key opportunity for churches in the area to host first responders and to care for neighbors suffering from anxiety and panic attacks after witnessing the terror