A megachurch based in Michigan has recently approved an expansion for its main building expected to cost an estimated $25 million.
Calvary Church of Grand Rapids, which boasts 3,000 members and approximately 4,200 regular attendees, approved the expansion Sunday evening in a special congregation vote.
Evangelist Francis Chan urged thousands of Christian leaders at the Exponential West conference to keep it simple in regards to church planting strategy, saying that two things will produce believers – unity in the Church and bringing communion back to the forefront.
"I know there's a lot of strategies out there, but I'm saying for fruit that lasts I think we need to rethink this," Chan said on Tuesday of the three-day conference hosted at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, ending Thursday. "We are talking about a miracle and so I'm saying lets abide in Him. Let's seriously believe that we can be one, just as the Father and the Son are one, and pursue that in the Church."
He added, "Let's bring communion back to the forefront of proclaiming His death. I know these things don't seem like they would work. But, we are talking about raising the dead so I think it's our best shot." more >>
The Jehovah's Witnesses have a silent epidemic of child abuse that was recently brought to public attention again after four alleged victims filed lawsuits against the organization.
There are over 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses across the globe, according to the group's website. However, there have been numerous accusations and cases brought against elders and leaders of the organization, alleging child abuse of both young men and women, dating back at least 30 years. Four reported victims brought a lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Organization in Connecticut.
"This is an insidious problem, an epidemic problem with child sex abuse within this organization that so far seems more concerned about protecting its reputation from scandal than about the children," attorney Irwin Zalkin said at a press conference in Connecticut. more >>
Members of a Seattle congregation are holding daily public prayers to protest against a new marijuana shop that has opened a few blocks away from their church.
Over 100 people, including many from Mount Calvary Christian Center in Seattle, Washington, rallied on the sidewalk in front of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop, a marijuana dispensary that opened last week.
"We've done everything we can to let them know we're not pleased with the absolute disrespect and disregard toward the institute of church," said Rev. Reggie C. Witherspoon, senior pastor of Mount Calvary Christian Center to King5 News. "You have three youth organizations within a stone's throw and somehow they let these people do this. Shame on Seattle!" more >>
States with higher rates of charitable giving went for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 and have higher rates of religious practice.
A report published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that the most and least charitable states in America fell in mostly different camps in the 2012 Presidential Election.
Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops on the family heard from a married couple who asked Catholic parishes to welcome same-sex couples as a model of evangelization, and at the same time uphold traditional church teachings on marriage.
"The church constantly faces the tension of upholding the truth while expressing compassion and mercy. Families face this tension all the time," Ron and Mavis Pirola of Sydney told the synod on Monday, Catholic News Service reported.
"Take homosexuality as an example. Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too. They fully believed in the church's teachings and they knew their grandchildren would see them welcome the son and his partner into the family. Their response could be summed up in three (sic) words, 'He is our son.'" more >>