A growing megachurch in Virginia will be moving its congregation to a new $10 million facility that when completed will be about 50,000 square feet.
Believers Church of Chesapeake is planning to move from the city's Western Branch community to Suffolk, with a groundbreaking on the new property scheduled for Monday, Aug. 22.
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham announced that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will no longer host the "first-of-its-kind" World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Moscow following Russia's passing of new laws that severely restrict religious liberties.
In March, Graham announced that the international persecution summit was going to be held in Moscow between October 28-30 because "no church in modern history has suffered more than the church in Russia." Additionally, the conference was to be co-organized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed so-called anti-terrorism bills into law that infringes on the rights of missionaries and evangelists. more >>
Despite constant destruction of churches, tearing down of crosses, and jailing of believers at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government, best-selling Chinese author Yu Jie predicts that "Christianity" is China's future.
Yu, a devout Christian and an author of over 30 books who is active in the Chinese dissident movement, wrote in an op-ed published in the August edition First Things that Christianity and the Chinese urban church movement is laying the "seedbed" for democracy to flourish in the Communist Asian nation.
Although the Chinese regime of Xi Jinping has been active in telling religious leaders that they must adapt to social order of the communist government and "merge religious doctrines with Chinese culture," Yu argues that the Chinese government's hostility is because Xi recognizes Christians as the biggest threat to the communist government. more >>
Christians in Russia have said they are determined to preach the Gospel and fulfill the Great Commission despite tough new laws signed by President Vladimir Putin that ban evangelism outside of churches.
The Slavic Centre for Law and Justice, an affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice, said a new manner of carrying out missionary work in Russia will have to be established.
The law bans all missionary activities in residential areas and requires Christians who want to share their faith with others, even on the internet, to obtain authorization documents from a religious association. It also imposes a fine of $75 to $765 if the violator is a Russian citizen, and a fine of up to $15,265 in case of an organization, while foreigners would be deported, The Christian Post reported last month. more >>
A historic Florida megachurch that experienced a large decline followed by a steady resurgence in membership over the past few years is considering selling off a portion of its property.
Calvary Assembly of Orlando was founded in the 1950s. Considered one of the first megachurches of the United States, at its peak it had around 7,000 members.
However, steep declines in membership have led Calvary Assembly to consider an offer to sell part of the church's property to a developer. more >>
Can a church survive without young people?
On the face of it the answer seems to be "no," according to the Leadership Network, a Christian nonprofit ministry headquartered in Dallas, Texas, that says engaging millennials is the most important decision a church can make regarding its future.
Millennials make up 20 percent of the entire U.S. population with 83 million people — even more than Baby Boomers — and by 2020 will make up 30 percent. more >>