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Trump Declares Churches ‘Essential’ as CDC Releases Reopening Guidelines
More than 1,000 pastors in Minnesota and California plan to resume worship by Pentecost Sunday, despite state restrictions.
Q Hosts Nutritionist Who Promotes ‘Building Immunity’ Over Vaccines
Joshua Axe’s talk at last month’s virtual event has raised concerns among experts.
What Makes a Minister? Supreme Court Debates Hiring and Firing Protections.
Another case involving Christian teachers challenges the “ministerial exception” that shields religious institutions from certain anti-discrimination lawsuits.
Died: Darrin Patrick, Who Used His Fall and Restoration to Help Struggling Pastors
(UPDATED) The St. Louis pastor spoke up about the difficulties faced by leaders and critiqued “celebrity culture” in ministry.
LifeWay Makes Cuts After VBS, Sunday School Sales Drop
The Southern Baptist publisher plans to restrict its budget by at least $25 million through reducing staff and salaries.
Federal Government Backs Churches in Drive-In Worship Fight
Attorney general speaks out against coronavirus restrictions that apply to worship but not other similar activities—like fast-food parking lots.
Christian Apps Are Moving from ‘Pray More’ to ‘Calm Down’
New mindfulness resources help users find rest in God.
California Court Drops Rape Charges Against Leader of Mexico’s Largest Church
Due to a technicality, the head of La Luz del Mundo could be out on appeal.
Samaritan’s Purse Sets Up Field Hospital in Central Park
The ministry’s temporary setup will help alleviate the anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients in New York.
Florida Pastor First to Be Arrested for Defying Coronavirus Order
Misdemeanor charges against Rodney Howard-Browne set up legal battle over right to worship in a pandemic.
Black and Latino Church Planters Hit Hard by Coronavirus Shutdown
Because their congregations are less established, they risk losing significant momentum and funding.
Facebook Live Bloopers: Church Edition
Church leaders are navigating new digital waters, with some hilarious results.
Are Church Services Considered ‘Essential’? Depends Where You Live
Several states are offering religious exemptions to restrictions around public gatherings.
Christians Urge Congress to Incentivize Charitable Giving
As coronavirus spreads, churches, charities, and other non-profits face declining donations and rising demand for help.
Give Us Clean Hands: Christians Embrace Scientific Responses to COVID-19
Amid the pandemic, NAE president says “the scientific community and people of faith really should serve as collaborators.”
This Is My Body, Prepackaged for You
Coronavirus sparks demand for double-sealed communion.
Eugene Cho Named President of Hunger Advocacy Org
In his new role at Bread for the World, the former Quest Church pastor urges evangelical involvement, saying, “The great commission is not a competitor to the great commandment.”
Craig Groeschel Quarantined After Coronavirus Exposure at Willow Creek Germany
He and fellow Life.Church pastor Bobby Gruenewald are spending 14 days isolated at home after the leadership summit ended early.
Chinese American Churches on the Frontlines of Coronavirus Vigilance
Attendance has dropped as much as 50 percent this year.
500 of Korea’s 1,000 Coronavirus Cases Tied to Shincheonji Church
(UPDATED) COVID-19 outbreak prompts 750,000 to petition South Korean president to outlaw apocalyptic movement deemed a cult by Christian leaders.

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