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Ep. 261: Community Foundations Exclude Christian Groups, Southern Baptist Membership Drop, and More Hillsong, UMC Drama

On today’s program, we look at the Lancaster Pennsylvania Community Foundation, which has implemented restrictions that could keep Christian groups from receiving funds.  It’s not the only community foundation in the nation to use non-discrimination policies to exclude Christian groups.  We’ll have details.

And we also have updates on two stories we’ve been covering for a while:  Hillsong, and the breakup of the United Methodist Church.

We begin today with news of significant membership declines in the Southern Baptist Convention.


Here’s a link to the list of the largest missions and Bible translation organizations.


 MinistryWatch wants all our friends in Orlando to know that  be there in two weeks for the annual meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters, and I’ll be holding a lunch for readers and donors on May 22 at Carrabba’s Italian Grille near the Orlando airport.  If you live in the Orlando area, you should have received an invitation already.  And we already have about a dozen people signed up for this event.  It’s absolutely free, but you do need to sign up to attend.

I’ll be doing similar lunches in Colorado Springs and Albuquerque in June.  So keep an eye on your in-box for invitations to those events.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Jeff McIntosh.  We get database and other technical support from Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, Rod Pitzer, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Bob Smietana, Shannon Cuthrell, Emily McFarlan Miller, Kim Roberts, Jessica Eturralde, Eric Obernauer, Rod Pitzer, Christina Darnell, and Warren Smith.

Until next time, may God bless you.