JERUSALEM - In a high-energy parting shot to a gathering of several thousand Spirit-filled believers at the closing session of the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem, Israel on Sunday, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Samuel Rodriguez warned that "there is no such thing as comfortable Christianity" and urged the group to use the power God gave them to declare Him to the world.
"When you are filled with God's Spirit everything changes. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are able to do what you were not able to do before. The Spirit came down and Peter did what? He raised his voice…Listen carefully, religion makes us complacent while revival makes us courageous. Today's complacency is tomorrow's captivity," he warned.
Preaching from Acts 2:14 highlighting the reaction of the Apostle Peter after the initial descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Rodriguez urged the believers to "be filled, stand up, and raise your voice." more >>
One Ohio pastor certainly is obeying Jesus when He warns against burying talents in the Gospel of Matthew.
Pastor Lawrence Bishop II, 48, of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, is an experienced bull rider and is known as the "Cowboy Pastor" for turning his church into a rodeo by frequently wrestling and riding bulls during service, a practice he uses to attract new believers.
"You know, the Bible said to compel them to come in, and so that's what we're doing," Bishop told ABC's "Nightline." "It didn't say how to compel them. It just said compel them to come in, so ... this is a tool." more >>
JERUSALEM — Two million people once showed up at a worship service to hear her sing live, but for popular Brazilian worship leader Ana Paula Valadao and the global coalition of worship leaders at the Empowered21 Global Congress in Jerusalem this week, nothing behind their magnetic music will be about them. It's always about Jesus, they say, always.
They are perhaps some of the most popular worship leaders you have never heard of, primarily because for a number of them their following comes from Christian believers outside of the United States.
At a practice session for the worship leaders a day before their first public outing together on Wednesday night at the Spirit-empowered event billed "From The Ends Of The Earth" inside the Jerusalem Pais arena, the unassuming Valadao says she's hoping God ruins their plan. more >>
Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an influential Christian youth organization, has announced that he'll be stepping down from his position of 14 years after receiving the diagnosis that he has myelodysplasia, a form of bone marrow cancer.
Becoming president in 2001, Hill's tenure as head of InterVarsity saw considerable growth in the Madison, Wisconsin-based organization, which had a 10 percent increase in membership and a 23 percent increase in overall involvement.
Gordon Govier, a spokesman for InterVarsity, told The Christian Post that "Alec had planned on announcing his departure from the post in November and a presidential search task force has already been formed." more >>
A Kansas-based megachurch congregation that already boasts of being equal to the size of 150 United Methodist churches combined, is constructing a new $90 million sanctuary that will hold 3,500 people for each of its six Sunday services and will be adorned with a large stained glass structure to illustrate stories from the Bible.
The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, has a facility that encompasses 70 acres and is three blocks long to accommodate its 20,000 members and hosts six to seven services each Sunday.
With the congregation's rapid growth, gaining 1,500 new members in 2014, pastor Adam Hamilton believes the church is ready to embark on a $90 million construction project to build a much larger sanctuary. more >>
The number of congregations belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) fell below the 10,000 mark during 2014, according to statistics released by the denomination.
PCUSA earlier this month reported that it had 9,829 congregations in 2014, which represents a decline from the 10,038 congregations it had in 2013.
110 congregations were listed as dissolved and another 101 were dismissed to other denominations. In contrast, in 2014 PCUSA had 15 new congregations organized. more >>