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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A group of Nashville churches decided recently to pray for every resident in their Bible Belt city. Then they sent out postcards to everyone on their prayer list. Some folks saw the prayers as an act of kindness. Others, a little creepy.

(RNS) — African-American young adults are more likely than their white counterparts to drop out of Protestant churches during their early adult years, new research shows.

(RNS) — On March 5, Fat Tuesday, Paul Begala, a consultant for CNN and veteran D.C. insider who has spoken publicly about his Catholic faith, made a public act of contrition. He wasn’t the first to admit his Twitter sins.

(RNS) — When First Congregational Church of Bellingham built a new sanctuary in the mid-2000s, it wanted to be sure the facility would be used all week long and not just on Sunday.

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many churches are not seeing new faces in the pews, according to a new study from Exponential conducted by LifeWay Research.Six in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance, according to data released March 6. More than half saw fewer than 10 people become new Christians in the past 12 months.

(RNS) — For many of Compassion International's one million US child sponsors, there’s another person in the sponsor-child relationship: the musician — usually a Christian artist — who introduced them to Compassion at a concert.

A disconnect exists in U.S. Protestant congregations between leaders affirming responsibility for ministry to immigrants regardless of documentation and churches actually doing so, according to a LifeWay Research report published Feb. 20.

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — A special session of the United Methodist Church decided Tuesday (Feb. 26) to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people, by a delegate vote of 438-384.

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — In a surprise, the plan recommended by the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops was rejected Monday (Feb. 25) by the denomination’s decision-making body.

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Sunday (Feb. 24) to start deliberations over the denomination’s future by talking about money. Then they will talk about sex.