Fewer than half of church-going Americans realize their house of worship offers official membership, according to a new study. One-third believe their church does not offer any sort of official membership, 19 percent said they weren’t sure, and 48 percent believe their church offers official membership.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – LifeWay Christian Resources has announced a change for World Changers and PowerPlant student ministries which will allow a greater impact on the 64 cities and towns in 24 states where they will minister next year. "We're scheduling about the same number of projects next year as this year, but in fewer locations so we can have a longer and greater impact in many of the cities and towns," said Ben Trueblood, LifeWay's director of student ministries. "By staying longer, we can have more opportunities to change a community, and our students' lives will change as well."
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Jordanian authorities are investigating the death of Southern Baptist worker Cheryll Harvey, whose body was discovered in her apartment in Irbid, Jordan, on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Foul play has been confirmed in the death of the 55-year-old single woman from Texas. Harvey had served the Jordanian people for 24 years, demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ through teaching English and other subjects in connection with the Jordan Baptist Society.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)–Delegates to the Democratic National Convention were set to approve a platform Tuesday that breaks new ground in supporting gay marriage, says "gay rights are human rights," and also "strongly and unequivocally" backs legal abortion -- including government funding for it.
The 40-page platform addresses several social issues, including abortion, gay marriage and the environment. (See the full platform text on those and other issues below.)