Megachurch Mars Hill Dissolving Branches, Kirk Cameron Halloween Comments and Scholarships for Human Trafficking Survivors

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Here’s what you need to know in Christian News for Nov. 3:

Seattle Megachurch Mars Hill Dissolving Branch Network

The Seattle megachurch Mars Hill Church announced late last week that it was dissolving its network of branches.

The announcement comes two weeks after founder and former pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from the church.

The church said on its website that it would be best for the churches to become”autonomous self-governed entities.”

“This means that each of our locations has an opportunity to become a new church, rooted in the best of what Mars Hill has been in the past, and independently led and run by its own local elder teams,” Pastor Dave Bruskas wrote on the church’s website.

The existing Mars Hill Church organization will be dissolved.

The church said a reorganization plan should be completed by Jan. 1.

Kirk Cameron Urged to Recall Statements on Halloween

Kirk Cameron, who encouraged Christians to celebrate Halloween, is being asked to recall those statements.

Cameron said during an interview about his new film “Saving Christmas,” that Christians  should celebrate Halloween, stating that “Christians should have the biggest Halloween party on your block” and spread the gospel message.

Mike Gendron of ProclaimingtheGospel.org, however, told Christian News Network that he does not agree.

“The two faiths are diametrically opposed to one another,” Gendron stated. “I strongly disagree with Kirk Cameron and would encourage him to avoid celebrating anything that has to do with the pagan practices of the apostate Roman Catholic Church,” he said.

College to Offer Scholarship to Human Trafficking Survivors

Point Loma Nazarene University will try to offer human trafficking survivors a full scholarship to college.

PLNU, a private Christian university located in San Diego, officially launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign this week, hoping to raise $40,000 in 40 days. The money will fund the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund, a reference to the Bible verse Isaiah 61:3.

“One of the things we are hearing over and over again … is that (the survivors) so badly want a college education, but that just seems so completely out of the realm of possibility for them,” said Kim Jones, external relations volunteer at CJR. “Many of them, when they’re rescued, don’t even have their high school diploma.”

“We’re in the process of developing that plan, and it starts with the fact that anybody that applies for the scholarship will need to be referred in by a direct service agency, so that they already have some connection to some agency in town that has been working with them and knows their story and knows what level of support they need,” Jones said.

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