Three hundred and fifty-four people came to Christ across the 19 campuses of NewSpring Church in South Carolina last Sunday, and it wasn't due to a revival or even a regular worship service.
During an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, NewSpring Teaching Pastor Clayton King revealed that people came to Christ during a question-and-answer session where people asked: "Will I go to hell if I commit suicide?" or "Do you believe in 'once saved always saved?'"
NewSpring recently introduced a Q&A Christmas series called "Ask," where congregants anonymously submit questions just like these, via text or through a call screener, about issues that are important to them. Questions are answered during the session. more >>
Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, Creflo Dollar and Josh Duggar are just of few of the figures who grabbed our reader's attention in 2015. Check out the top 10 stories of 2015 for The Christian Post.
Read 6-10 below. For 1-5, click here.
10. Pew report highlights increase in "no religion" identifiers. more >>
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 >>