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Reversing the Credibility Crisis Pastors Face: Suggestions from Barna Research

1 in 5 adults in the U.S. feel that pastors are not influential or credible. Only 24 percent of U.S. adults hold a “very positive” option of pastors in general. Nineteen percent hold a “negative” opinion, and nine percent hold a “very negative” opinion.

Christian Leaders Respond to Trump’s Budget: We Can’t Turn Our Backs on Those in Need

"At a time when we’re especially security conscious, the International Affairs Budget is crucial to demonstrating our values to the world, building friendships with other nations, and lowering security risks around the world," the letter, which was signed by several notable Christian leaders, stated.

UPDATE: Tim Keller Will NOT Receive Award From Princeton Seminary

The president of Princeton Theological Seminary encourages seminarians to “receive Rev. Keller in a spirit of grace and academic freedom, realizing we can listen to someone with whom many, including me, strongly disagree about this critical issue of justice."

UPDATE: Growing SBC Call for Russell Moore’s Resignation—African-American Pastors Call for Reconciliation

"We must not be ignorant of the schemes of the enemy to divide us,” SBC Pastor Byron Day says.

Church-Dropouts Turn to Podcasting as a Meeting Space for the ‘Church in Exile’

"That's one of the biggest critiques we have of the church—is that you can't critique it," Toby Morrell says.

United Methodist Church at Crossroads Over Unclear Stance on Homosexuality

“This is a family quarrel, a family dispute. We don’t believe it’s worth separating over.”

Anna Hayford, Wife of Jack Hayford of Church on the Way, Dies at 83

Anna Hayford’s grandson Mark says it was “fitting” that she passed on International Women’s Day.

‘Unprecedented’ Number of Missionaries Aiding North Korean Refugees Kicked Out of China

Pastor Kim believes at least 40 refugees from North Korea have been sent back across the border as a result of the raids.

Trump to Planned Parenthood: You Can Keep Your Funding if You Stop Performing Abortions

“Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice," President Trump says.

Franklin Graham Thankful for Controversy in Canada Over Festival of Hope

“Thank you, Mr. Mayor. You’ve helped us with hundreds of thousands of dollars of publicity. I appreciate that,” Franklin Graham said in an interview.

First Female Pastor Ordained in the Middle East

“Christ’s justice has been finally fulfilled,” Rola Sleiman says.

Canadian Clergy to Franklin Graham: Your Political Comments Compromise the Mission of Jesus

A group of concerned clergy representing 60 percent of the Christians in Vancouver released a letter asking Graham not to give the gospel message at this weekend's Festival of Hope.

Carl Lentz’s Bold Statement on Dr. Oz: Look to the Designer of Life for Answers—Not Yourself

“A new diet will change your day. But praying to the King of heaven and earth will change your soul."

Federal Court to Decide Whether Prayers Before Public Meetings Are ‘Unconstitutional’

When Peter Bormuth started attending county commissioner meetings in Jackson County, Michigan, he took offense over the fact that only Christian prayers were offered at the beginning of the meetings.

Barna Study: 3 Times More Female Pastors Compared to 25 Years Ago

The number of female pastors is on the rise. Women in these positions lead smaller congregations while facing more criticism than their male counterparts.

Tim Tebow: I Don’t Want to Be Known for Being a Good Football or Baseball Player

“I want to be...known for bringing faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their dark hour of need.”

Tim Keller to Step Down as Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Since 1997, Redeemer Presbyterian has been on a trajectory to fulfill "a vision for not being a megachurch.” Keller's stepping down is seen as one phase of fulfilling this vision.

Largest Christian Bookstore Chain: Liquidation Is ‘only recourse’

"We have prayerfully looked at all possible options, trusting God’s plan for our organization, and the difficult decision to liquidate is our only recourse.”

Celebrities Join Evangelicals in END IT Movement to Fight Human Trafficking

“I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness...I believe it is incumbent on us as citizens of this nation—as Americans—to bestow that right upon others—upon each other and upon the rest of the world." —Ashton Kutcher

Brave Teen Tackles Harmful Messages Behind Teen Vogue’s ‘Post-Abortion Gift Guide’

Teen Vogue assures readers "The worst part of [an abortion] isn’t the procedure itself (which by the way is completely safe as long as you have access to a good clinic). The worst part is how you’re treated afterwards.”

Second Generation Pastor Shares New Details, Statement on Incident When Officer...

On Aug. 25, 2019, Rev. Joseph Rizzuti Sr., was tased by an officer with the Worcester Police Department in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rizzuti Sr.'s son, Pastor Joseph Rizzuti Jr., has shared new details with ChurchLeaders regarding what transpired that day.

Max Lucado: ‘The One Thing That Has Helped Me More Than...

Max Lucado joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share his best tips for creating and delivering a sermon that draws people in.

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