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Over 6,000 Churches Have Disaffiliated from the UMC amid LGBT Debate

Over 6,000 Churches Have Disaffiliated from the UMC amid LGBT Debate

Over 6,000 churches have been granted approval to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church in the past four years due to an ongoing schism within the denomination over same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy.

Southern Baptist Convention Expels Saddleback Church over Women in Church Leadership

Southern Baptist Convention Expels Saddleback Church over Women in Church Leadership

When Southern Baptists met in New Orleans this week for their annual convention, a number of important issues were on the docket. The SBC’s primary focus, however, was rendering a verdict on whether Saddleback Church, a megachurch in California started by Rick Warren, would be able to remain affiliated with the SBC due to the issue of women pastors. The Convention decided to disfellowship the church back in February because it had ordained three women as pastors in 2021 and “assigned pastoral titles to all women in pastoral roles” last December. And while more than 88 percent of those who came representing their home churches voted to uphold that judgment, it’s unlikely that the matter is settled for good.

But why was the topic of women in the role of pastors such a big issue for the SBC? And why is this discussion relevant to you, regardless of your belief on that subject or your denominational affiliation?

SBC Messengers Vote to Approve Constitutional Amendment Banning All Women Pastors

SBC Messengers Vote to Approve Constitutional Amendment Banning All Women Pastors

The Southern Baptist Convention voted this week overwhelmingly in support of pushing through an amendment that would prevent women from serving as a “pastor of any kind.”

Bart Barber Is Reelected as SBC President

Bart Barber Is Reelected as SBC President

Bart Barber has been reelected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention after messengers at the SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, voted in favor of him over challenger Pastor Mike Stone of the Conservative Baptist Network.

Messengers to Vote on SBC Constitutional Amendment Banning Women from Serving as 'Any Kind' of Pastor

Messengers to Vote on SBC Constitutional Amendment Banning Women from Serving as 'Any Kind' of Pastor

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee said this week that members will vote on a measure that would forbid women from serving as a “pastor of any kind” in SBC churches.

Ohio UMC Conference Approves Disaffiliation of 172 Congregations

Ohio UMC Conference Approves Disaffiliation of 172 Congregations

More than 170 congregations in Ohio have departed from the United Methodist Church over the weekend in light of an ongoing debate over same-sex issues.

193 Churches to Leave the UMC over Same-Sex Issues

193 Churches to Leave the UMC over Same-Sex Issues

A Georgia-based regional body of The United Methodist Church approved the disaffiliation of 193 churches from the mainline denomination last week due to a longstanding debate over issues related to same-sex marriage and the affirmation of gay clergy.

Christians Who Have Changed Their Faith Tradition Have Higher Levels of Scripture Engagement, Study

Christians Who Have Changed Their Faith Tradition Have Higher Levels of Scripture Engagement, Study

Christians who change their Christian faith tradition have higher levels of Scripture engagement than those who do not, according to a new study by the American Bible Study.

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