Reality Check: A Typical Mainline Church in 2010

The Research Services Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) just released the 2010 Survey of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Congregations, which was part of the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2010 study of 10,000 congregations from 100 Christian denominations and other faith groups in the United States.  The data was provided by leaders of 706 PCUSA congregations.  Among the statistics worth noting: The median worship attendance for all Sunday morning services is 70 people Congregations Read More …

Review of Open Source Gospel

Landon Whitsitt. Open Source Gospel: Ten Commandments for the Future of the Christian Faith.  E-book, 2010.  Available online at http://landonwhitsitt.com/open-source-gospel/ Meet the Author Landon Whitsitt is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor who serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Liberty, Missouri, and as the Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which is the second highest elected official in the 2.3 million member denomination. Read More …

A Troubling Approach to Homosexuality

John McWilliams is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor who currently serves as a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary.  Before becoming a full-time missionary in 1998, he served as a local church pastor for twenty-one years.  In response to the denomination's current consideration of a constitutional change that would lift its ban on the ordination of homosexuals, he recently wrote “Homosexuality: Blessing or Sin? – The Part of the Discussion We Never Really Seem to Discuss.” Christians Read More …

The Presbyterian (PCUSA) Church is Deathly Ill

"Where Have All The Presbyterians Gone?" could be the title of a denominational funeral hymn for the 2.3 millionmember PCUSA, but is actually the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article by Russell Moore.  Moore (pictured at left) is a Southern Baptist minister who currently serves as the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church. Jack Haberer, a Read More …