Even though he is still embroiled in a scandal for his alleged wrongdoings as senior pastor of the now defunct Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll plans to host a conference on how to build a healthy church this fall.
Driscoll's conference, to be held from Nov. 15–17, will be headlined by Texas-based Trinity Fellowship Church Pastor Jimmy Evans, according to SeattlePi. Also included will be Robert Morris, founder of Dallas/Fort Worth-based Gateway megachurch, and Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
The event will cover issues such as "building a healthy church government," "developing healthy leadership from within," "raising and managing church finances," and "creating a healthy philosophy of ministry." more >>
Pokémon Go, the popular new augmented reality game app from the Pokemon media franchise that some Christian churches once condemned as evil, is surprisingly now sending many players of the game to local churches, and in some cases, they are being welcomed with open arms.
"Decades ago churches condemned Pokemon as being satanic and evil for children. Now that we're grown we're finally going back to those very churches to tell them we turned out OK and also to stock up on supplies," a message on the meme noted. more >>
A conservative Presbyterian church formed in 2012 will soon be splitting one of their regional bodies, or presbyteries, into three entities in response to rapid growth.
The Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians is in the process of dividing up the Presbytery of the Northeast into three new regional bodies.
At present, the Presbytery of the Northeast encompasses the region of New England, stretching North to Maine, as far South as Delware and as far West as Eastern Pennslyvania, with Western Pennsylvania being the Presbytery of the Rivers of Life. more >>
Russian evangelicals are expressing alarm in light of President Vladmir Putin's signing of a so-called anti-terrorism law last Thursday that imposes harsh restrictions on religious freedom by banning religious gatherings in homes as well as evangelism and missionary activities.
How this law will be applied when it goes into effect on July 20 remains "a very huge question mark," according to Joel Griffith of the Slavic Gospel Association. Other leaders fear the move signals a return to Russia's "shameful past" of Communist persecution of Christians, Radio Free Europe reports.
Griffith told Mission Network News in an interview on Friday that the law "could stop missionary activity to anybody but representatives, registered organizations and groups, it would require every missionary to have documents with specific information proving connections to a registered religious group." more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is continuing its legal battle against a Pennsylvania megachurch that voted overwhelmingly to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences.
Last month, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem voted to leave PC(USA) for the more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
FPC Bethlehem held the vote amidst legal action between it and the PC(USA) Presbytery of Lehigh over the congregation's alleged refusal to respect the proper process for seeking dismissal from the denomination. more >>