Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of Baptist News Global.

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.

Baylor University professor Rodney Stark says claims that Americans are abandoning religion result from misinterpreting survey data. 

The need to maintain facilities and the fear of upsetting congregations keep many pastors and churches from spiritual growth, Merianna Neely Harrelson said in her ‘State of the Church’ blog post.

Research shows that while many churches have found success by embracing change, many more view adaptation much more skeptically.

The Dec. 26 tornadoes killed 11 and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes in the Dallas area. Faith-based relief organizations are asking for funds and voluneers to help the survivors recover.

But Millennials’ failing respect for church also may come from perceptions gleaned through media reports, B.J. Hutto says.

Resolutions to lose weight and quit smoking should be treated just like increasing church attendance and daily devotions. 

Social, racial and political tensions last year further exposed fissures in American culture. But some say those challenges offer further ways to answer the calling to minister to those in need.

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