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 >>
The decline in Americans who identify as Christian shown by a new Pew report is mostly due to those with weak church ties no longer identifying as Christian, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently wrote. Was he correct? The Christian Post contacted Pew Research Center to find out.
The report, released Tuesday, found that Americans who identify as Christian fell from 78 percent to 71 percent of the U.S. population between 2007 and 2014. In the same period, the religiously unaffiliated increased six percentage points, from 16 to 22 percent.
(Note: the report found that the evangelical Protestant tradition, to which Moore belongs, did not see the same decline as Christians as a whole. The number of Evangelicals likely grew overall and declined by about 1 percentage point as a share of the population, which is within the 1.3 percentage point margin of error for Evangelicals in the sample.) more >>
Contrary to recent reports based on studies that emphasize the growth of non-religious people in the United States and the decline of church attendance, Christianity in America is not dying, according to a new survey that examines the nuances and complexities of how people self-identify with faith by Waco,Texas-based Baylor University.
Scholars from Baylor University's Institute of Religion said during a recent conference that reports highlighting the departure of millenials from the organized religion of their parents are being greatly exaggerated.
"There's a story some people want to report — that religion is on life support — but it's just not true," said Byron Johnson, professor of the social sciences at Baylor and founding director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. more >>