DULUTH, Georgia — A white Presbyterian minister with a passion to mend societal divides says if racial healing is to happen in the Church, white Christians ought to pay attention to the seemingly small things, even phrases like "ethnic food."
The theme of this years' Catalyst conference in Atlanta was "uncommon fellowship," with various labs and sessions centered on how the Church can build bridges to distressed communities. One such speaker and panelist at CatalystATL was Pastor Scott Sauls who leads Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Christian Post sat down with Sauls at the Infinite Energy Arena, where the conference took place, to further explore how the Body of Christ can be true catalysts for racial reconciliation. more >>
Fresh off a month-long sabbatical which he spent battling an undisclosed "health challenge," controversial megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long declared himself healed on his first day back at the pulpit as a preaching colleague rebuked his congregation and told them he had been suffering for their sake.
"I've been on a journey and just recalibrating myself and like I said I had some health issues and God has healed me. The manifestation is coming through and we stand in that," Long, the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, declared to his jubilant followers in a video recording of his pastoral anniversary service held Oct. 9 and posted to YouTube a week later on Sunday.
Drawing on his own healing narrative, Long then proceeded to conduct a healing service with his congregants for those afflicted with chronic pain. more >>
With the attention given to this year's presidential election, it is evident the importance of Hispanic Americans on politics. But this is not the only arena in which people are looking to Hispanics to drive growth over the next 30 years. Corporations, brands and the entertainment industry are making bold moves to win over this audience, from hiring senior executives with a multicultural background to shifting advertising dollars from English to Spanish (or bilingual) and producing culturally relevant content.
As owner of a marketing firm and Hispanic who has been helping shape messages and position products to reach Latinos over the past decade, I understand the unique elements needed to connect with the Hispanic Community. Additionally, as a person of faith, I also recognize churches, ministries, and Christian businesses have yet to seize a clear vision to impact the first, second and third generation of Latinos that now call the United States of America home. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to engage this receptive and responsive audience.
In order to bridge the gap with this critical demographic, faith organizations must reframe their approach considering four important trends: more >>
A leading Christian periodical has published its annual list of the 100 fastest growing and 100 largest participating churches in the United States and unpacks some of the particular challenges churches encounter today.
Each October, Outreach magazine, in collaboration with LifeWay Research, releases it comprehensive report outlining the growth and size of thousands of Christian congregations across the nation.
"Nationally, 1 in 4 unchurched adults has never regularly attended a Christian church," the report explains. Roman Archer, executive pastor at Next Level Church in New England in Somersworth, New Hampshire, (ranked No. 20 on the fastest-growing list), is quoted saying that the unchurched simply are "not attracted to the idea of church" and suggests that "we've got to go in and relationally build trust and show them we're here to give back." more >>
The senior vice president of the American Family Association has warned that churches in America continue to receive a failing grade when it comes to categories such as prayer, discipleship and worship, and said that unless something dramatic happens, this dark future will remain in place.
"So, the current report card points to failure and will likely continue unless something dramatic happens. Christians today are not only losing ground to Jesus' command to make disciples but the growing population of unchurched refuse to embrace our worldview and are growing more antagonistic to our beliefs about Jesus Christ," Smith wrote in an article on the AFA website, while commenting on the book, Churchless, by George Barna and David Kinnaman, which examined the rising population of adults in America who do not attend church.
"The friction is heating up between these opposite and competing worldviews by an antagonistic, progressive and emboldened effort from popular culture to evangelize the Church," he added. more >>
Hillsong Church Senior Pastor Brian Houston revealed on Friday that his multi-site megachurch based in Sydney, Australia, rarely – if ever – sings the notable contemporary Christian songs "Shout to the Lord" and "Oceans."
In a speech given at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Friday morning, Houston centered his remarks on the need for churches to be innovative and spontaneous.
"When it comes to influence, predictability is our enemy. Because you never get influence from doing things the way they've always been done," said Houston. more >>