Evangelical Churches

Evangelical Churches

 

the name of a number of Protestant churches, including the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg and Helvetian Confessions in Austria; the Danish Lutheran Evangelical Church; the Evangelical Church in the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, and West Berlin; and the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren and the Evangelical Methodist Church in Czechoslovakia. The evangelical churches believe that the source of their teaching is the Holy Scriptures, especially the Gospels (hence their name, from the Greek word for gospel, euangelioh). The majority of these churches are Lutheran.

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Run by former Reagan policy aide Gary Bauer, the FRC has created spin-off think tanks in 28 states which monitor the state legislatures, conduct "community-impact seminars" at local evangelical churches, and lobby on the type of "family" legislation decided at the state level.
Salim Sahyouni, and the President of the Union of French Evangelical Churches, Rev.
MANILA -- Bishop Efraim Tendero, the head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), has been elected leader of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), a network of Christian churches in more than 120 countries.
ACT has been providing emergency assistance to affected areas; the Conference of Evangelical Churches of Guatemala, a PWRDF partner, is working with the ACT Guatemala Forum in providing food, water, medicines, clothes and hygiene kits.
Wrote Whitehead recently, "Turning to the present day, the close identification of evangelical churches and organizations with the Republican Party, and in particular the current Bush Administration, has, in the opinion of some, resulted in their being manipulated and co-opted by political power."
The Episcopal Church claims a membership nearly twice that indicated in the census, and evangelical churches also have made credible claims of higher current membership ranging between 20 and 30 percent of the population.
The Left Behind books, while similarly marketed that way; were also packaged to evangelical churches with study guides for book groups, comic book versions, a kids series, a Web site, trivia games, a special military thriller series, greeting cards, calendars, and a special "Prophecy Club," complete with a weekly newsletter.
* Evangelical churches: (2) This includes churches and congregations that make conversion and sanctification a condition of membership; reject infant baptism; make believer's baptism a rite of membership even for those who have been baptized as children in another church; condemn and oppose the Catholic church and especially the veneration of saints; stress the autonomy of the individual congregation; and have only loose umbrella organizations that have little power.
The website www.beliefnet.com reported in October that Barton, who serves as vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, was hired by the GOP as a consultant to speak in evangelical churches. (One record indicated that Barton had been paid $12,000.)
But contributors also report vitality in ad-hoc local efforts, in relations with and among evangelical churches, in inter-faith relations between Christian churches and other world religions, and in pragmatic responses to an increasingly secular society.
Evangelical churches are growing rapidly, especially in poor or remote areas.

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