African American church planters should not be pressured to plant black or multi-ethnic congregations, instead, they should plant churches based on calling not culture, says Christian blogger Jemar Tisby.
In a recent blog post for the Reformed African American Network, Tisby noted that although the Bible states the Gospel is to be preached to all nations, African American pastors should not be obliged to plant predominately black churches since not all are called to do so.
"If a black church planter is called to plant a congregation that is all or mostly white and he does so, then He is being obedient to God," wrote Tisby. "His conscience should be clear. If, however, this black church planter endeavors to plant an all or mostly black or multi-ethnic church without a clear internal and external sense of calling to such a work, then he risks shipwrecking his faith and his ministry." more >>
Spain has come a long way in embracing the Gospel and continues to thrive despite being known as a dead end for Protestant churches, said Juan Carlos Escobar, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Spain.
Escobar's message on church planting was part of the denomination's 100th anniversary celebration taking place in Springfield, Missouri, this week. He noted that the country's religious landscape has shifted over several decades and will do so as the Assemblies of God intends to plant a total of 1,000 churches by 2020.
"It's true, Spain and other countries are cemeteries for preachers, evangelists and missionaries. However, they are not cemeteries of death but they are breeding grounds for the Gospel," said Escobar. more >>
The Fifty Shades of Grey erotic novel series has inspired the creation of a real life sadomasochist-themed hotel that one Spanish Church is making sure will not be able to open its doors.
One businessman in Vilafranca, Spain, attempted to rent out the L'Om del Llosar hotel that he wants to turn into a sadomasochism-themed hotel complete with dungeons and rooms where people can "be able to enjoy games, flaunt themselves and share experiences with other visitors," according to "The Local" Spanish publication. While the businessman is unnamed on "The Local" website, he spoke about the inspiration that the best selling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy written by E.L. James had on his hotel idea.
"With the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon in full swing, I saw a business opportunity that hadn't been exploited yet in Spain," the unnamed businessman told "The Local." more >>
Hope Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) and was dismissed back in May. The financial settlement for leaving was reached in late June.
The agreement was made between Hope Presbyterian and the PCUSA regional body it once belonged to, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.
In return for being allowed to leave, Hope Presbyterian must pay the presbytery the sum of $1.2 million and lose one of its campuses, named the Oliver Christian Ministry Center. more >>
Thousands of attendees are expected to attend the Assemblies of God 100th anniversary celebration in Springfield, Missouri, this week, including several international dignitaries. AG is one of the world's fastest-growing Protestant movements and the largest Pentecostal denomination.
"It's a great celebration of our church which is bringing in delegates from all over the world and all across America," says Dr. George Wood, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, as reported by Ozarks First. "There is a strong focus on evangelism - sharing the good word of Jesus Christ with those who don't know him."
In addition to AG General Superintendent Dr. George O. Wood, keynote addresses will be delivered by an array of international speakers, such as Yong Mok Cho of South Korea, Juan Carlos Escobar of Spain, Edward A. Grabovenko of Russia, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, Barnabas Mtokambali of Tanzania, Ivan Satyavrata of India, José Wellington of Brazil and Max Schläpfer of Switzerland. Other U.S. speakers include Hal Donaldson, John Lindell, Wilfredo "Choco" De Jesús, Nam Soo Kim, Jason Frenn (who ministers in Latin America), and Raegan Glugosh, a U.S. missionary to Romania. more >>
This opinion piece is in response to The Christian Post's recent article, Former Members of Mars Hill Church Plan 'Peaceful Protest' Over Pastor Mark Driscoll's 'Anonymous' Claim.
Much like Mars Hill Church based in Seattle, Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California arose out of a desperate need to encourage Christians to seek God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. God has graciously honored our desire and is spreading His Word.
In my case, I was allowed to make most of my mistakes in the secular world before planting a church at age 41. Mark Driscoll was not afforded this luxury - he entered the pulpit in his twenties and had to work through anger, pride, and control (by the way, most church planters struggle with these traits, myself included). more >>