NEW YORK — The founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, pastor Pete Scazzaro said he knew that an 80-hour work week with no rest was one of the issues holding his church back, in the past, from experiencing change for the better.
At this year's Movement Day leadership conference held last week in New York City, one of the tracks, hosted by Scazzaor, addressed the issue of burnout and focused on helping pastors find healthy rhythms to sustain church planting.
"I've yet to meet a pastor whose life is balanced, rhythmic, whole, centered, anchored who is not practicing Sabbath," said Scazzaro to those in attendance for the Track. "I'm talking about globally." more >>
Just a day after New York City announced the diagnosis of the city's first Ebola victim, two young African-American brothers who recently returned to the U.S. after being raised in Senegal were reportedly beaten and called "Ebola" by at least 12 students on the playground at a Bronx school last Friday.
City officials announced last Thursday that Manhattan doctor Craig Spencer, 33, who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, had fallen ill from the virus.
New York — This year's Movement Day event for Christian leaders took place in New York City last week and used one of its sessions to demonstrate the importance of effective partnerships between faith communities and civic leaders.
One of the standout speakers from the session was former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., president of the Palau Association, who discussed Amachi, a program he founded to mentor and build relationships with the children of incarcerated parents. This particular cause is close to his heart, because he, too, was a child of a father who served time in prison.
Amachi has already accomplished great feats across the country by pairing up 300,000 children of incarcerated parents with adult mentors. more >>
Minister Janet Lovell and her congregation at Brooklyn's God's Miracle House of Prayer, Praise and Worship held a prayer meeting over the weekend for New York Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer's healing and the end of the fatal virus' spread across West Africa, America and Spain.
The 50-member church met Sunday in their small church with a picture of the Manhattan doctor taped to a wooden cross. Together they prayed for Spencer's healing. The congregation also prayed for spiritual guidance for the global medical community working to treat and cure Ebola patients.
Lovell told local news station WCBS 880 that although she does not know Spencer or his family, she feels "he is my brother." more >>
NEW YORK — Hillsong Church co-founder Bobbie Houston recently explained why she believes "the church needs to come of age sometimes and just grow up" when it comes to fully embracing women in various roles in Christian ministry.
"It's a good question and for some, it's a theological debate. For us, it's never been that," said Houston when asked Oct. 16 by The Christian Post for her thoughts on empowering and raising up female leaders.
Protestant denominations vary in their stances on women in leadership positions within churches and other Christian institutions. The Southern Baptist Convention, for example, restricts pastoral ministry and any ministry role requiring ordination to men. Hillsong Church, which belongs to the Australian Christian Churches (formerly the Assemblies of God in Australia) embraces and equips women pastors and preachers, as evidenced by Houston's own work in the Australia-based ministry. more >>
NEW YORK — Rev. Floyd Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral of New York, who spent 11 years in Congress batting for a better life for constituents in his church community, confessed Thursday that at one time, he "didn't even like politicians."
That past peeve, which he shared while explaining how he got into politics with about 1,500 church leaders and ministry workers at the fifth annual Movement Day gathering in New York City Thursday, never stopped him from engaging in civic leadership to better serve his community.
"I had never run for public office, never thought about it. As a matter of fact, I didn't even like politicians back then, but I got into the race and one Sunday morning I announced to the congregation that I was running," explained Flake. more >>