The persecution of Chinese Christians at the hands of the ruling Communist Party continues to be documented by a number of human rights groups who noted that entire churches are being demolished in Zhejiang Province, considered the heartland of Chinese Christianity.
Human Rights Watch released its 2016 report of human rights abuses being committed around the world, and noted that China is facing several problems, documenting the arrests of various human rights defenders, including those who have stood up for freedom of religion.
HRW pointed out in its report that government authorities led a campaign in 2015 demolishing church crosses and even entire churches. more >>
Known for his "fiery sermons," Pentecostal Pastor Thomas Lanier Lowery died Sunday at 87, at his home in Cleveland, Tennessee. The cause of death has not yet been released.
Bishop Lowery's ministry spanned over 70 years during which the evangelist, known for his tent crusades, served as the pastor of two churches — the North Cleveland Church of God in Tennessee from 1969 to 1974, and the Washington National Church of God in Washington from 1981 to 1996.
During his tenure at Washington National Church of God the pastor established community ministries and constructed apartments for elderly and median income families. The clergyman also served for 16 years on the Church of God executive committee, and for 34 years on its executive council, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner. more >>
Easter Sunday is a day when many "unchurched" people attend worship services, presenting a golden opportunity for pastors and church leaders to evangelize.
In a recent post for his website Pastors.com, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren offers pastors and church leaders these four questions to contemplate in preparation for Easter Sunday.
1. What Message Will I Be Preaching? more >>
I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.
The only good news in this story is that he had health insurance.
Many pastors do not. more >>
Right now, there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division (300,000 divided by 50 states) and that's an average of 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That's a lot of churches!
Think about it this way: There are 12,000(ish) Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks, but almost 30 times more churches can't saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously?
According to church growth and discipleship multiplication expert Bill Hull, "It still takes 100 church attendees, a pastor and $100,000.00 a year to win a convert. Among evangelicals it is a bit better, 1.7, this is an ugly fact that should grieve us all." more >>
Hillsong Church will open the doors to its third congregation in the U.S. on Sunday, offering six worship services at three campus locations in Arizona.
The new Phoenix site, Hillsong Church Phoenix, is the former City of Grace Church co-pastored by Terry and Judith Crist, and is comprised of three campuses located in Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix. The three campuses will host at total of six Sunday worship services, and the Crists will stay on as Hillsong Phoenix's lead pastors, according to Chrisitan News Wire.
Pastor Crist said the deal was years in the making and marked his church's "greatest step of expansion." In an address to his congregation, Crist further explained how the decision came about. "After eight years of general conversations, followed by the last two years of very specific and serious considerations, followed by a time of seeking God — both with our board and with a few of our key team members — I am so excited to announce to you today that City of Grace is becoming the 16th global location of Hillsong Church." more >>