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Saddleback pastor Rick Warren to retire in September, names Andy Wood as his successor

(RNS) — After more than four decades, the pastor of one of the nation’s largest and most influential churches is ready to step down.

McLean Bible Church leaders hope a new church election will resolve lawsuit

(RNS) — Leaders of a prominent Washington, D.C.-area congregation hope to end an ongoing conflict by redoing a contested church election.

Like that new church worship song? Chances are, it will be gone soon.

(RNS) — The most popular worship song in churches these days is “Build My Life,” from Bethel Music, the megachurch-based worship music hit machine based in Northern California. Sitting at No. 1 on the top 100 worship song chart from Christian Copyright Licensing International, which licenses worship music, “Build My Life,” first released in 2016, […]

Why Vance Pitman resigned as top leader at his Las Vegas church

LAS VEGAS (RNS) – Two decades ago, Vance Pitman and a pair of friends from the Bible Belt went out West to start a church in Sin City.

Former Christianity Today editor Mark Galli accused of sexual harassment

CAROL STREAM, Ill. (RNS) – The former editor of a prominent evangelical magazine who made national headlines for criticizing Donald Trump’s failed character has been accused of sexual harassment during his tenure as editor.

For dying congregations, a ‘replant’ can offer new life

(RNS) – From the time he was a teenager, Min Lee wanted to be a missionary.

‘Mary Did You Know’ writer Mark Lowry good-natured over song’s controversy

(RNS) — For Mark Lowry, almost every day is Christmas. Whenever the storyteller and singer takes the stage for a concert, he always closes the show with the same song — “Mary Did You Know?” — no matter what time of year it is.

Christian author Josh McDowell steps away from ministry after comments about Black, minority families

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) – Best-selling Christian author and speaker Josh McDowell has stepped back from ministry after comments he made at a meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors Sept. 18.

Twenty years later, ‘In Christ Alone’ still inspires millions to sing

NASHVILLE (RNS) – The melody that changed Keith Getty's life was first scratched out on the back of an electric bill in a humble flat in Northern Ireland.

Class-action lawsuit claims RZIM covered up abuse, misled donors

ATLANTA (RNS) – Donors to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries are suing the troubled nonprofit for allegedly covering up its founder’s abusive behavior.