Officials at Trevecca Nazarene University are preparing to admit the first group of students to the two-year National Praise and Worship Institute program. The initiative seeks to help pastors and other church leaders better integrate music and theological teachings in a conservatory-type setting. The plan is to have 60 students starts their studies in July.
Green, a vocalist himself, understands that there are some who would oppose the need for formal training and a certificate to be an effective worship pastor. "I understand that you do not need to have a certificate or formal training to be a worship leader and that a license is not needed unlike teaching. However, you get great theological training and it will set any prospective pastor apart from the rest. With teaching you must have a license. We want to train the best."
A National Association of Evangelicals study group has come to the conclusion that the proposed buyer of LifeWay Christian Resources' money-losing resort in New Mexico does not have the appropriate theological laurels to complete the deal. Bob Smietana at The Tennessean has the details of the end of Olivet University's pursuit of the Glorieta Conference Center.
The main concern over the sale to Olivet was the so-called Second Advent Christ controversy. Traditional Christian teaching holds that Jesus will return from heaven in the future and set up the millennial kingdom, a 1,000-year reign of peace. Jang's critics say his followers believe that someday he will be transformed into a new version of Jesus, a claim he says he has never made.
A number of local Catholic institutions are suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over a clause in the Affordable Care Act that mandates that insurers provide coverage for oral contraceptives. The groups, led by the diocese and also including Aquinas College and high schools Father Ryan and John Paul II, say the mandate is unconstitutional and "seriously compromises our freedom as an institution to act according to our conscience."
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The City Paper has a piece Rev. James M. Guill, rector at St. Andrew's Church, has written as the church awaits word as to if the Tennessee Supreme Court will hear its ongoing legal case with the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.
The leaders of the Tennessee Baptist Convention have told the organization's staff that 16 of them will soon be without jobs, cuts that will let the organization divert $1 million per year. Executive Director Randy Davis says the move isn't about the economy but does talk about the classic path of "right sizing" in the face of deep structural changes.
Reversing a half-century-long decline in the number of people reached and baptized in Tennessee must become a reality in the state, Davis said.
"Seeing more people reached with the Gospel, baptized and becoming fully devoted followers of Christ through healthy and empowered churches is the target. That is our clear direction," he emphasized.
Officials at LifeWay Christian Resources say they are waiting on a report from the National Association of Evangelicals that will help them decide whether to move forward with the sale of a 2,100-acre money-losing conference center in New Mexico. The prospective buyer is California-based Olivet University, whose founder's theological views may not mesh with the Southern Baptist Convention's.
Also spotlighted is the fact that several Southern Baptist leaders have established relationships with organizations seen as affiliated with Jang, although R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Daniel Akin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary president, both have resigned as advisers to The Christian Post online news site.
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