Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of Baptist News Global.

Author Stacy Sergent said her calling into chaplaincy helps form her faith and spirituality. Now she is able to be the presence of God to those in crisis at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Recent surveys document that Americans as a whole — not just presidential candidates — are becoming increasingly less knowledgeable about Christianity and Scripture, and religion in general.

Declining memberships and closing churches have led some congregations to react with fear, which in turn is a turnoff for potential members, a Christian leader says.

The Pew Research Center says that while religious affiliation continues to decline, dedication remains strong among those who are affiliated with religious groups. But those who coach and lead congregations say declining attendance remains a troubling trend. 

The film No Greater Love was filmed and directed by an Army chaplain who hopes congregations will see the great need that military members and their families have for hands-on ministry.

Church hopping to find more exciting pastors and worship, or turning to end-times theories, may be more about escaping boredom and fear than about connecting with God, according to writers and ministers who focus on spiritual formation.

A new Barna study shows that Gen-Xers and Millennials — including those who identify as Christian — are much less likely than older Americans to see marriage and procreation as a necessary condition for sex.

The Pew Research Center reports a signficant drop in Catholic membership and identity in Latin America, confirming what Baptist and other Protestant leaders have seen in the religion for 40 years.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that women clergy make 76 cents for every dollar that male clergy are paid. 

Former Baptist ministers who are now Episcopal priests say their church’s disagreement with the Anglican Communion is in some ways reminiscent of the controversies that roiled the Southern Baptist Convention.

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