It’s probably good that most churches aren’t wrapped up in the latest fads. But there are cultural shifts congregations and church leaders need to track and respond to sensibly.
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Religious institutions responding to Americans’ love affair with their pets are adding new ministries, drawing new people to church and advocating greater care for all living creatures. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the relationship between believers and their nonhuman loved ones.
Americans remain remarkably religious in both belief and practice. However, recent research shows that every indicator of traditional religiosity is either stable or declining -- with none on the rise -- suggesting that American religion has slowly but unmistakably declined in recent decades.
For Baptists in Virginia, these new ways of doing church are quite old.
Efrem Smith uses hip-hop music in church, but it’s not a marketing gimmick. For this pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, embracing hip-hop culture is an expression of his theology and a means of achieving the goal of his ministry: a church that’s a mosaic of all kinds of people.
Christian leaders -- Orthodox and others -- are challenged to translate love into a day-to-day life in which people are isolated, says the assistant chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.