What should churches and ministries know about employment law?

When it comes to employment law, maintaining church-state separation becomes a delicate balance between preventing the state from interfering in church polity and governance while still protecting workers.

Liberty & justice for all

As the United States enters the second decade of the 21st century, some experts in religious freedom predict challenges coming to the fore likely will cluster around a handful of new issues.

Supreme Court ruling on gun ownership could affect churches

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling June 28 that possessing a handgun is a constitutional right is expected to unleash a wave of new lawsuits, including challenges to state laws that forbid carrying of concealed weapons in church.


Liberty University demotes seminary president

Liberty University has demoted Ergun Caner as president of its theological seminary after investigating claims that he exaggerated or fabricated parts of his testimony about converting from militant Islam to Christianity.

Critics say Caner isn’t only ex-Muslim with dubious past

Liberty University is expected to release a report soon on whether Ergun Caner, president of the school’s Baptist Theological Seminary, fabricated or exaggerated his life story as a former Muslim extremist rescued by Jesus.

Oil spill prompts environmental soul-searching

While the political debate over the Gulf oil spill’s cause and ripple effect remains polarized, Christian environmentalists pondering the familiar question “What Would Jesus Do?” believe part of the answer includes cutting back on fossil fuels.

Faith Digest

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture wants the government to investigate claims that doctors and medical professionals performed unethical experiments on detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.

Evangelicals push "€˜theology of sex,"€™ emphasize abortion reduction

The National Association of Evangelicals has launched an initiative to reduce abortions by promoting a “theology of sex” for churches and pledging to find common ground with opponents on abortion.


National Cathedral considers selling rare treasures

Facing a reduced budget and a third round of layoffs, officials at Washington National Cathedral are considering disposing of rare books no longer considered part of its central mission.

Baptists view growing Hispanic population as opportunity

The Census Bureau reports the Hispanic population in the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Many evangelical Christians view that as a new mission field.

Churches scramble to meet FCC rules on wireless microphones

American churches have less than one week to change their wireless microphone equipment or face more than $100,000 in fines. In January, the Federal Communications Commission mandated that anyone using wireless microphones on the 700 MHz band must stop by June 12 in order to make room for use by police, fire and emergency services.

Faith Digest

A federal judge has rejected a motion filed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to dismiss a California lawsuit that challenges tax breaks ministers can receive on housing.

Musician ministers to teens struggling with cutting

As singer/songwriter Lanae’ Hale performs concerts around the country, she shares an intensely personal message with teenagers and young adults about how God helped her to overcome a battle with cutting and depression.Video Included

Churches adapt to change by planting multiple campuses

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., and Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., started separate congregations to minister to differing geographic areas or a particular ministry focus. But most multisites remain together because of their shared spiritual DNA.

Church and founding pastor either grow together, or somebody moves on

Whether the founding pastor of a church matures with the congregation or moves on once the new work is well established depends on a host of factors, according to three church-growth and church-planting experts. And either the initial focus on which the church started or the pastor must change for the church to move forward, the three believe.
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