"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert praised Pastor Joel Osteen as a "Texan Pope Francis" for his message of inclusion during a recent appearance, though Osteen said he has no desire to become a denomination or have people follow him.
"I like your open message, it is very accepting, non-denominational, you seem like a Texan Pope Francis," Colbert, a Roman Catholic, told Osteen, who is the pastor of Lakewood Church, one of the largest megachurches in America.
Thousands of churches and mission agencies on every continent (except Antarctica) will unite in song later this month to sing the powerful hymn, "Facing a Task Unfinished."
The nearly 100-year-old song, recently remixed by world-renowned contemporary hymn writers The Gettys, will act as an anthem to raise awareness about Christian persecution worldwide.
"Facing a Task Unfinished" was written by China Inland Mission worker Frank Houghton as he reflected on the the Great Commission and the scripture Matthew 24:14 as dedicated his life to sharing the Gospel with people in China. more >>
Churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly individual assemblies that were disconnected from one another. However, the Transforming the Bay With Christ initiative hopes to change all that and usher in a gospel movement to improve the quality of life for area residents.
"There was no collective sense of what each other was doing," said Mark Labberton, Fuller Seminary President and advocate for Transforming the Bay With Christ, to The Christian Post in late January.
Not only were churches acting as disjointed, individual assemblies that were diconnected from one another, but residents of the Bay Area mirrored that spiritual disconnect. According to a 2014 report from Barna Group, a research organization that studies faith and culture, the San Francisco metro area was considered America's most "churchless" city. more >>
Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their budding future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Sponsored by Southeastern University and overseen and authored by the Leadership Network's Director of Research Warren Bird, Ph.D., the study examined the leader training process of over 300 churches. The findings are detailed in a report titled Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders.
Significant findings include the fact that churches demonstrate a high level of confidence in the success of their programs, and the most important measure of that success is the maturity of the intern. Most churches offer multiple programs and specialties and the number of intern and resident programs has recently seen a brisk increase, the study finds. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee has praised Pastor David Yonggi Cho and Grace Kim Sunghae of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest Pentecostal Church in the world, as being "one of the most amazing couples in the history of Christendom."
Kong also said that Cho, who founded Yoido in 1958 and saw it grow into a congregation of 830,000 members, has accomplished "things of biblical proportions very few could imagine possible."
The CHC pastor explained in a detailed post on Facebook some of the history behind South Korea's Yoido, noting that Cho, who is now its pastor emeritus, also founded several other Christian institutions, including Church Growth International, Elim Welfare Town, Hansei University, the International Theological Institute, and the Kookmin Daily newspaper. more >>
Do not ask to rub the eyebrows of a guest who visits your church.
Okay, I'll get to that strange comment shortly.
On the blog and the podcast, we have discussed extensively ways churches have followed up with guests in a positive and affirming manner. In this post, I share stories from church guests where the follow up was not received well. more >>