Some of the country's biggest megachurches like Lakewood Church, North Point Ministries, Saddleback Church and The Potter's House have become household names in American culture based on their sheer size and influence. But how do they compare in size to other megachurches outside of North America? A new report has the answer.
According to findings recently published by Leadership Network, many North American megachurches — the largest of which have upwards of 30,000 to 40,000 in weekly attendance — are dwarfed when compared to the weekly attendance of some megachurches around the globe. A database compiled by researcher Warren Bird categorizes these larger megachurches by continent and country, size in weekly attendance, pastorship, the year founded, and whether or not they have multiple campuses.
Researchers found that Asia is home to the world's largest megachurch, and currently there is none that rivals it in size. With a staggering 480,000 in weekly attendance, Korea's Yoido Full Gospel Church got its start in the living room of one of its founding pastors. Headquartered in the capital city of Seoul, it has grown into a multi-site megachurch with a branch in the U.S. The organization was founded in 1958 and is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. It has been headed by senior pastor Young Hoon Lee since 2008. more >>
Two Georgia-based Baptist groups, one predominantly African-American the other largely Caucasian, have agreed to a "covenant of action" aimed at fostering joint mission and charity efforts.
Leaders from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia and New Era Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia agreed to the covenant, which became official earlier this month.
Frank Broome, executive coordinator with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia, told The Christian Post that the covenant of action had its roots in meetings between leaders of the two Baptist groups. more >>
The community of Hartselle, Alabama, is still reeling in shock after a beloved 43-year-old pastor and his wife were allegedly gunned down in cold blood inside their home last Thursday by their adopted son.
According to AL.com, Priceville police officers were called to the home of Pastor William Jeremy Hulsey, 43, and his 37-year-old wife, Sandra Hulsey, around 8:45 p.m. last Thursday, where they found the couple dead. William Hulsey, commonly known as Jeremy, was a preacher at Aldridge Grove Church of Christ in Moulton.
An investigation by the police quickly led to the couple's adopted son, Andrew Kyle Hulsey, 23, as a person of interest. They also found what they believe to be the murder weapon. more >>
Government officials in China's coastal Zhejiang province have ordered the destruction of yet another church building as part of an ongoing campaign against so-called illegal buildings.
China Aid reported on Tuesday that Island Head Christian Church was demolished earlier in April after officials deemed that the church's cross was positioned too high, becoming the latest church out of hundreds to be destroyed in the Communist Party's near two-year-campaign targeting places of worship.
Church leaders reportedly tried to protest against the demolition, but relented after officials threatened them. Authorities claimed that the three-storey building had been illegally constructed, and tore it down. more >>
Charles Mackesy, an artist whose work has been collected by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Bear Grylls and Sting, says God used art to draw him away from his atheist beliefs.
It began a quarter of a century ago when Makesy was at a Glasteonbury music festival where he first heard the gospel song "O Happy Day." He was so overcome by the song that he, then an atheist, wept and wept.
He then concluded "there must be more to this than meets the eye." more >>
Brandon Parker, the 33-year-old Georgia pastor who was tragically shot dead during a dispute with his 48-year-old girlfriend Saturday, was the grandson of Otis Redding, one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music.
Known for hits like "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," Redding died tragically at the age of 26 in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin, on Dec. 10, 1967. He was known as the "King of the Soul Singers." He got his first American No. 1 record with "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" four months after his death. Redding's son, Dexter Redding, is Parker's father, according to The Telegraph.
Bibb County sheriff's deputies said in a statement Saturday that they arrested and charged Parker's girlfriend, Tracia Hubbard of Macon, with his murder after she was found kneeling next to Parker who had suffered a gunshot wound to his neck. more >>