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We need a better strategy to plant Black and brown churches

By Thabiti Anyabwile, John Onwuchekwa — June 19, 2021

(RNS) — Solidarity does not mean assimilation.

Study: More churches closing than opening

By Yonat Shimron — May 26, 2021

(RNS) — The study, which analyzed church data from 34 Protestant denominations and groups, found that 4,500 churches closed in 2019, while about 3,000 new congregations were started.

Why John Onwuchekwa, a Black pastor and rising star, gave up on Southern Baptists

By Maina Mwaura — July 15, 2020

(RNS) — John Onwuchekwa, a Southern Baptist Church planter, said SBC leaders’ ties to President Donald Trump and the denomination’s inability to deal with issues of race and justice meant he could not in good faith remain part of the SBC.

Building a new church community in a culture that has forgotten how

By Christian Piatt — July 22, 2019

(RNS) — Today’s young people are more connected than ever, but they carry a lot of baggage about the idea of walking through the doors of a church.

Shuttered houses of worship get a reboot, find new life  

By Mark A. Kellner — September 10, 2018

(RNS) — At a time when decommissioned houses of worship are converted into nightclubs, restaurants, or condominiums, a different kind of transformation is preserving churches and synagogues as sacred spaces.

Former atheist and post-evangelical dives into a ‘Blue Ocean Faith’

By Kimberly Winston — September 4, 2017

(RNS) — Once pastor of a thriving evangelical church, Dave Schmelzer took his congregation in a new direction, kicking off what he hopes will be a ‘New Jesus Movement.’

Mark Driscoll removed from the Acts 29 church planting network he helped found

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — August 8, 2014

(RNS) “It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network,” the Acts 29 Network of evangelical churches said.

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