Same-Sex Marriage • Black Churches on Fire • Confederate Windows: News Roundup
Same-Sex Marriage • Black Churches on Fire • Confederate Windows: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.

Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

In one of the most anticipated US Supreme Court cases in living memory, the Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that state bans to same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, thus legalizing same-sex marriage ...

5 Tips on Engaging Your Church’s Video-Streaming Audience
Ways to make those watching from home know you're thinking about them.
5 Tips on Engaging Your Church’s Video-Streaming Audience

Every week during our service, I do these five steps to bring those watching on a video stream into the worship service and encourage them to become “worshipers”:

1. During announcements, I acknowledge them and welcome them, just like I do the people “sitting ...

Certificate in Church Administration • Powering Greater Good • Maintaining Moral Integrity: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Certificate in Church Administration • Powering Greater Good • Maintaining Moral Integrity: Management Roundup

1. Elevate your knowledge and skills in church administration. This fall, North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management will offer a seven-week online graduate course in collaboration with Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Team. The two-credit ...

Court’s Marriage Ruling Creates Uncertainty for Churches, Clergy
Ruling lacks an explicit religious exemption, opening door for future challenges, experts say.

Today’s historic 5-4 Supreme Court decision creates a federally recognized right for same-sex couples to marry. But what it means for churches and clergy who oppose such unions remains unclear, two legal experts said.

Such uncertainty likely will lead to more litigation, ...

What Churches and Clergy Should Note from the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision, and what it means for religious liberty.
What Churches and Clergy Should Note from the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this morning that marriage between same-sex couples is a constitutional right, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States.

Christianity Today notes that the Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, sought ...

What Are Church Bylaws?
One of the most important documents for churches
What Are Church Bylaws?

Most churches, whether incorporated or unincorporated, have a governing document that addresses several issues of governance and administration. While the name for this document varies from church to church, it often is called bylaws.

The Model Nonprofit Corporations Act ...

Charleston Attack • SBC Decline • Giving Trends: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Charleston Attack • SBC Decline • Giving Trends: News Roundup

Charleston Attack

Charleston Church Attack the Deadliest in Decades

Nine people were slayed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by the suspected shooter Dylann Roof. The crime appears to have been motivated by hate. The shooter entered the church roughly an ...

Resources

Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety

There’s much youth pastors can do to keep the youth safe
20 Finance Questions Churches Ask eBook

20 Finance Questions Churches Ask eBook

Richard Hammar shares his answers to 20 of the most widely asked and relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.