Leader of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, says he declined a controversial meeting with GOP 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump last month because the billionaire refused to meet with representatives of Black Lives Matter.
Bryant, who previously dismissed black clergy who accepted Trump's invitation to meet on Nov. 30 at Trump Tower in Manhattan as being worse than prostitutes, said if Trump intends to represent everyone as president then he must meet with Black Lives Matter and hear what the group has to say.
"It was in the backdrop of students in Alabama who went and protested at the rally. They were roughed up by Trump supporters. A reporter asked him [Trump] what he thought about it, he said they probably deserved it. After that, the students asked to meet with Mr. Trump and he declined," explained Bryant in an interview with The Christian Post Monday about the timing of the invitation from Trump's camp to meet. more >>
I have been writing on trends in churches for two decades. I certainly don't have a perfect record with my predictions, but my overall record is pretty good.
My methodology is simple: I observe emerging issues in some churches and extrapolate them into major trends.
This year I take this approach with a higher level of confidence than previous years. I have seen most of the following issues grow month by month in 2015, so I don't have to be the brightest person in the world to project them as major trends in 2016. more >>
This week I've been preparing some lectures for my upcoming seminars in the DMin in Church Revitalization and Great Commission Leadership at Southeastern Seminary.
For years, I've kept a running list of characteristics of pastors who lead effective evangelistic churches (that is, churches that are reaching non-believers rather than simply reaching other church members).
Below are eight of those characteristics. more >>
In 1995, God began to speak to a young leader in Hyderabad, India named Satish Kumar, telling him that he would have a very large church, but nothing materialized for the next 10 years.
In 2005, he planted Calvary Temple, starting with 25 members. Now, in 2015, he has more than 130,000 members, adding 60,000 in the last three years alone.
Perhaps even more remarkably, the massive building that houses this congregation — seating 18,000, with additional overflow facilities — was built in just 52 days, despite significant government opposition along the way. (The building is also centrally air-conditioned, which is a tremendous plus in India, and everything surrounding the building, including the beautiful gardens, was completed in the 52-day period.) more >>
Rap mogul Kanye West's brash behavior may have made him a polarizing figure in pop culture, but Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. insists there is more to the entertainer than his public persona.
Wilkerson, the leader of The Rendezvous, a ministry of Trinity Church in Miami, married West and his "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" wife, Kim, in an Italian ceremony last year. Now, the preacher is gearing up to star in his own reality show, "Rich in Faith," which airs on Oxygen network Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
The preacher seems to be fond of the West family, and defended the rapper in an E! report. more >>