As a Pennsylvania megachurch that is one of the largest congregations in the United States of America is set to open a new campus, local congregations have been welcoming of the project.
Lives Changed By Christ (LCBC), a multiple campus church with an estimated 10,000 weekly attendance, will soon be opening its fourth campus in York in part to ease the commute of many of its members. While LCBC readies the campus for its March 18 opening, churches in the area are welcoming of the new arrivals.
"We welcome LCBC to our area," said the Rev. Tim Munson, pastor for First Baptist Church of York, in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
Pastors looking to improve their church mostly focus on assessing their church's mission and assessing their church's image in the community, according to a new survey.
According to The Barna Group's findings, 88 percent of pastors surveyed said they were definitely or probably going to "assess your church's vision and mission" and 72 percent said they were definitely or probably going to "assess your church's reputation in the community" in trying to improve their church.
David Kinnaman, who oversaw the research, remarked in a statement that pastors across the country are looking to adjust to the new realities of the culture. more >>
A Chicago pastor who spent three months living on the rooftop of a motel trying to collect enough money to demolish the building, a center of drug violence in the neighborhood, is finally coming down after director Tyler Perry promised to donate $98,000 to the cause.
The Rev. Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church of Chicago's mission was to gather the $450,000 needed to buy the former motel, bring it down, and build a new community center in its place, which would provide youths a chance to learn and develop skills for finding careers.
He had been up there since Nov. 22, 2011. According to the Chicago News Scoop, the 42-eyar-old Brooks only left the rooftop for funerals and to console victims – such as one instance in December in which he spent three hours consoling a mother whose teenage son had been killed in a drive-by shooting. more >>
Christian evangelism and missionary work is most often associated with outreach in impoverished nations around the world – but growing secularism in Europe is forcing some organizations to focus on the continent where much of the church underwent its early development.
The rising trend of secularism has been well documented in recent times – in a 2005 Eurobarometer Poll, 52 percent of European citizens who responded to the survey said they believe in God. In some nations, like Sweden, that number was as low as 23 percent.
As immigrants continue settling in Europe and changing the demographic and social landscape of the continent, however, new evangelism opportunities are unfolding, and some organizations, such as Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, an Italian-based group that provides evangelization, education, and advocacy around the world, are looking to develop new strategies to get Europeans believing in God again. The organization was founded in Italy in 1857 by St. Daniel Comboni and is a congregation of priests and lay missionaries of many nationalities. more >>
Two of American's biggest megachurch pastors – Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church, both in Texas – will share the same stage at the 2012 International Pastors & Leadership Conference.
The three-day conference, scheduled to take place May 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., promises to address the most pressing needs of today's church and bring together some of the biggest Christian leaders in the world today. Besides Jakes and Osteen, Bishop Tudor Bismark from New Life Covenant Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, Bishop Noel Jones from the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., and Dr. Cynthia James, a Christian psychologist providing counseling to more than 140 pastors, will be some of the names present at the event.
The conference is aimed at both pastors and their wives, as well as church executives and their administrative support staffs, and will present strategies for how to balance the business of church with the spiritual needs of the congregation and community at large. more >>
Joel Osteen, senior pastor of America's fastest growing megachurch, has helped dedicate a new cathedral affiliated with Elevate Life Church, telling those in attendance that the new worship center "is a place of destiny."
The Cathedral of Frisco, situated on 27 acres of land in eastern Denton County, extends nearly 100,000 square feet and stretches about 10 stories high. The Gothic-inspired church also sports state-of-the-art technology that allows stadium-style seating for up to 3,000 people.