A conservative Presbyterian denomination formed in response to the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s increasing acceptance of homosexuality has reached the milestone of 300 member congregations.
"We are blessed to have each and every church and church member in our ECO family. As we grow, it is our prayer that we continue to be a movement that builds flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ," the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians announced on Tuesday.
The congregations listed as the latest ECO members include: Tacoma Central Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, Washington; Lenoir Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, North Carolina; Waldensian Presbyterian Church of Monett, Missouri; First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, California; Calvary Presbyterian Church of Enfield, Connecticut; and First Presbyterian Church of Towanda, Pennsylvania. more >>
World-renowned ministry Hillsong released their highly anticipated feature film "Let Hope Rise" this weekend, and Hillsong UNITED member Jad Gillies says the Pure Flix film will highlight how a mighty God used a group of ordinary devoted people to impact the world for Him.
In the film, Senior Pastor Brian Houston explains that the success of Hillsong is not about themselves but instead it's all about God. "Let Hope Rise" features various clips of the band in their highest and lowest points – praying, touring, with their family, writing songs and more.
Hillsong has grown from a single church in suburban Sydney Australia to an international ministry that now extends to cities on five continents, including London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and Phoenix. In America, Hillsong is recognized for their thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles. Combined, the ministry reaches over 100,000 people weekly. more >>
"In the past, I've been able to lead churches to growth. I can't do it anymore. I don't know what's wrong with me."
A pastor shared those sentences with me just three days ago.
He was frustrated. He was confused. He was exhausted. more >>
A human rights group has warned that despite the passage of a new law in Egypt that aims to protect churches, long-standing restrictions on church construction remains in place, and little is being done to guarantee that radicals who attack Christians will be punished.
"Many Egyptians hoped that governments would respect and protect freedom of religion, including for Christians, after the 2011 [Arab Spring] uprising," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
"Instead, the authorities are ignoring the underlying systemic issues and sending a message that Christians can be attacked with impunity." more >>
Despite being on what he calls a "sabbatical" recovering from an unspecified "health challenge," controversial megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long joined his followers on a prayer call this week in which he revealed he has lost more weight and assured them he will be back in the pulpit next month.
"My wife was telling me that I need to rest and I said I can't till I do this, I know my folk need to hear me. I want them to hear me and I have things in my spirit…I've been away too long," said the 63-year-old Long who leads New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia in explaining why he decided to join the prayer call.
The controversial televangelist turned heads in August when he revealed an emaciated figure he claimed was the result of a new vegan diet. more >>
Christians should be part of a "church family" and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God's purposes for one's life.
"You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community," wrote Warren. more >>