I never would have predicted these changes to take place so rapidly.
Indeed I am surprised to be writing about them today as major changes. But they are a growing reality.
The two major changes have a similar theme: decentralization. The first is a decentralization of facilities. The second is a decentralization of leadership. more >>
Cable channel TLC has announced that it will broadcast "America's Toughest Bible Competition," known as the "Bible Bowl," the week after Christmas.
TLC's coverage of the youth Bible competition will be in a reality television format as they follow the progress of a few of the participants, according to Tony Maglio of The Wrap.
Last Easter, I wrote a post about "11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter." Now, the Christmas season is upon us. Despite all the fun of this holiday, this time of year can also be difficult for pastors.
Here are several reasons why:
1. The season feels like it goes on for too long. more >>
Christian relief groups behind an effort encouraging churches to come together and welcome refugees have said it would be wrong for the United States to only welcome Christians and not Muslims.
National Refugee Sunday, a global effort organized by World Relief, World Vision, and other Christian humanitarian groups, takes place on Sunday, Dec.13. The event seeks to mobilize churches to set aside one Sunday to focus specifically on welcoming refugees fleeing war and violence.
They are the largest generation in America's history. At 78 million persons, they surpassed the Boomer generation by two million. Born between 1980 and 2000, they are shaping our businesses, our government, and our culture.
And they are shaping our churches.
As a Boomer, I remember well how pastors were viewed just a few decades ago. In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the "successful" pastors were those who made it to large county seat churches. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the measure of success was leading larger churches. more >>
There is nothing holy about Christmas, according to gospel music singing Pastor Donnie McClurkin.
"We have to stop looking for the accoutrements that come with the holiday. There's nothing holy about the day," McClurkin said during an interview posted to Periscope on Friday. "We look for all the the accoutrements — the lights, the gifts, the ability to provide opulent stuff for our children. That's never what Jesus wanted for us."
McClurkin, the 56-year-old senior pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York — who's also a Grammy Award winning gospel singer — is in Lagos, Nigeria, for the 10th annual event called "The Experience." The event brings ministers and singers together from around the world to speak about their faith and McClurkin did just that when he was questioned about what to tell people struggle during the Christmas season. more >>