United Methodist Church Calls for Budget Cut of $12 Million, Propose Cutting Expenditures to Lowest in 16 Years
United Methodist Church leaders have recommended a cut of $12 million from the recent budget proposed in February for the next four years, which puts its expenditures at the lowest level in 16 years, according to a UMC press release.
A volunteer prison chaplain and gardener, who resigned from his post after accusations of reading “homophobic” Bible verses to prisoners, has lost his case for unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal.
A foundation sponsored by four local churches will be offering scholarships once again for Korean American pastors and seminarians. Called the Christian Scholarship Foundation of Greater Washington, the foundation began in 1981 in hopes to invest in Korean American leaders who will carry on a faithful ministry in the midst of “a dark and corrupted world,” according to the foundation, and is sponsored by four local churches including Virginia Presbyterian Church, First Virginia Baptist Church, and The Church for All Nations.
Franklin Graham and Russian Orthodox Church to Conduct International Summit in Support of Persecuted Christians in Moscow
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is hosting an international summit on religious persecution in Moscow in collaboration with the Russian Orthodox Church.
An opportunity for smaller churches to receive funding for new projects has been highlighted at a recent workshop hosted by Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). The workshop, which took place at the Los Angeles Regional Office of Azusa Pacific University (APU), was attended by some 30 local church leaders of various ethnic backgrounds, and featured Brian Bakke, the president of The Mustard Seed Foundation. The organization, which was founded in 1983, provides grants to local churches for start-up projects.
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is losing 1,132 personnel from its workforce through voluntary retirement or to opt out of current financial support, according to an update from International Mission Board (IMB).
Dr. Benjamin Shin is one who commits himself for the long haul. Shin, who is 52, has pastored at LA Hanmi Church for 15 years and at LA Open Doors church for 7; co-founded and has led a para-church ministry called Crossroads Campus Ministry (CCM) for 30 years; and has taught at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology for 14 years as an adjunct faculty and almost 10 years as a full-time professor.
Instances of arbitrary detainments of Christians and campaigns against churches and crosses in China continues to be reported in international media.
The week of February 15 is being remembered as the first anniversary of beheading of 21 Coptic Christians, who were marched on the beach and decapitated by Islamic State militants.
Reverend James Kwon, the senior pastor of Community Church of Seattle, was inaugurated as the next moderator of presbytery of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA)’s Northwest Coast Presbytery. This makes Kwon the first Korean American to serve as the moderator of presbytery of this presbytery’s history.
Large churches are more likely to have less-committed members as compared to smaller churches, according to a research conducted by Duke University, and published in American Sociological Association’s journal Socius.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Church of Southland also celebrated something else: the Great Commission. Church of Southland, a church located in Anaheim consisting of some 1,000 congregants, had a weekend full of activities to celebrate its 15th anniversary, including a Friday night full of performances by members of many departments within the church.
Living Way Community Church, located in Los Angeles, celebrated its 16th anniversary on Sunday with a special worship service. Living Way began in January of 2000 with just 20 people in the home of Pastor James Yim, who planted the church and currently serves as the co-lead pastor. Today, the church has grown to consist of some 260 members on an average Sunday, with various ministry opportunities and active outreach and missions programs.
Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles where many homeless individuals can be found is The Church Without Walls -- a church with literally no walls for anyone who would like to visit. As a church not within a building but one that simply meets on the street, one could have a firsthand experience and encounter of Christ's love simply as they walk along the street.
Interview with Hanwoory Presbyterian Church: Creating a 'Synergy Effect' Through the Unity of First and Second Generations
Reverend John I. Moon, who is currently in his early 50s, followed his parents to the U.S. in sixth grade and was thus educated in America, but currently, he is in a peculiar position as the pastor of a Korean immigrant church. Prior to reaching his current position, he has had various experiences in churches both big and small.