When it was published in 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 denominations worldwide; with the amount of debate and division over theology and orthodoxy since then, that number is undoubtedly higher. But is this myriad of denominations a sign of chronic division amongst the church? Or is it, as some argue, the prime example of the church working together as different parts of one body?
Life in Those Old Bones
If you're interested in doing mission, there could hardly be a better tool than denominations.
Divided We Stand
Many are surprised to learn that denominations were created to make peace in the church possible.
When Denominations Divide
The two-century-old Unitarian controversy suggests a grim prognosis for the current crisis in the Episcopal Church
- United Methodists Lose 1,800 Churches in Split Over LGBT StanceThe initial departures, mostly concentrated in the South, represent around 6 percent of the denomination—not as dramatic as the “schism” some feared.
- Trump Becomes the First President Since Eisenhower to Change Faiths in OfficeLike many Christians switching churches, he now identifies as nondenominational
- Lawsuit: Vineyard Anaheim Exit Was About Money, Not Holy SpiritCarol Wimber-Wong and eight former members accuse Dwelling Place pastors of $62 million fraud.
- Conservative Methodists Launch Global Methodist ChurchThe leaner denomination will focus on international partnerships, but many conservatives in Africa are holding out for the much-delayed 2024 conference vote.简体中文繁體中文
- Southern Baptists Refused to Act on Abuse, Despite Secret List of PastorsInvestigation: SBC Executive Committee staff saw advocates’ cries for help as a distraction from evangelism and a legal liability, stonewalling their reports and resisting calls for reform.españolPortuguês简体中文Indonesian繁體中文
- Christian Reformed Church Brings LGBT Stance Into Faith StatementThe decision has implications for Calvin University as well as CRC churches, which had previously been given some latitude on the issue.
- Why Congregations Aren’t Waiting to Leave the United Methodist ChurchWith a denominational split delayed, some are willing to pay big to exit now.
- After Pushing for UMC Unity, Former Bishop Joins New DenominationThe Global Methodist Church welcomes Scott Jones, who led Methodists in Texas and had advocated for the “extreme center” and “staying at the table.”
- Saddleback Female Pastors Debate Raises Bigger Questions for the SBCEven without a decision on whether to disfellowship Rick Warren’s megachurch, Southern Baptists are left wondering about where a denomination of independent churches draws its boundary lines.
- Reformed Church in America Splits as Conservatives Form New DenominationAs Alliance of Reformed Churches begins, some who remain in the RCA are concerned for the small, nearly 400-year-old denomination’s survival.