"I just did not have the energy to keep coming back to church."
Though my consultation with the church took place many years ago, I remember vividly my interview with a member of the church who had recently dropped out. Her departure stunned the members and leadership. She was the one member you could count on. She was there "every time the doors were open."
And then she never showed up again. more >>
Before marrying Pastor Touré Roberts, Sarah Jakes Roberts admits she didn't want to have any more children.
"After a couple of heartbreaks and life as a single mother I swore I'd never have any more children. I almost let the possibility of being broken again keep me from experiencing restoration," Jakes Roberts wrote in a personal Instagram message Thursday. "I had to realize that love and faith must dwell in the same heart. Greater than hope, faith is rooted in confirmation and a word from God."
Jakes Roberts, author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is expecting her first child with husband Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California. While their official due date is not known publicly, the mother-to-be has been transparent about her emotions during the pregnancy. more >>
A nationwide charity drive that corresponds with America's most watched professional football game will bring together thousands of churches and other volunteers to help the needy.
Known as the Souper Bowl of Caring, the annual event which puts an emphasis on youth volunteerism has been taking place around the time of the Super Bowl since 1990.
Melissa Daigneault, national community relations manager for the Souper Bowl of Caring, told The Christian Post about the growth the charity endeavor has had over the years. more >>
A group of politicians from Illinois have nominated the Emanuel AME Church of Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were brutally gunned down during a Bible study last June, for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Thornton Township, Illinois, supervisor Frank Zuccarelli noted in a WBBM-TV report Monday that the nomination was inspired by the stunning decision of the church family to forgive the accused killer of the nine and avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, just days after the attack.
"If anyone was responsible for promoting the peace, it was Mother Emanuel and the church leadership," said Zuccarelli, who traveled to Charleston with other politicians in the aftermath of the attack, according to The Post and Courier. "They demonstrated more love, peace and forgiveness than we have ever seen before. ... They are a great example for us all to follow." more >>
Two Kansas congregations, one a recently created worship community and the other an older smaller congregation, merged into one church.
Mending Place Church and South City Southern Baptist Church, both based in Wichita, finalized their merger on Sunday and now go by the name "Mending Place at South City."
Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their budding future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Sponsored by Southeastern University and overseen and authored by the Leadership Network's Director of Research Warren Bird, Ph.D., the study examined the leader training process of over 300 churches. The findings are detailed in a report titled Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders.
Significant findings include the fact that churches demonstrate a high level of confidence in the success of their programs, and the most important measure of that success is the maturity of the intern. Most churches offer multiple programs and specialties and the number of intern and resident programs has recently seen a brisk increase, the study finds. more >>