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 >>
The world is getting a glimpse of the journey Israel Houghton & NewBreed chose to capture in a new trailer for the upcoming concert documentary, "Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia."
In the 30 second trailer, the two-time nominee for the 2016 Grammy Awards is ministering through music to a sea of worshippers during high-energy performances with his band.
The Chinese government's crackdown against Christian churches has reportedly continued, with authorities shutting down a church in the Guizhou province where a pastor cared for orphans, the sick and elderly.
"Most of our congregation was very upset," pastor Su Tianfu Su of Huoshi Church in Guiyang, told Voice of America News on Thursday.
"We feel we're a faithful group, which has done nothing but a lot of charitable work in Guiyang by reaching out to those in need, including orphans and the sick and the elderly." more >>
General overseer of the Nigeria-based Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who was named one of the world's 50 most powerful people in 2008 by Newsweek, told congregants this week that they should not give an offering to his church if they are unsure of their salvation.
Addressing congregants at the opening of the church's annual Holy Ghost Congress on Monday, Adeboye told members that when they give an offering they are sending money to Heaven. He warned, however, that it is a waste to send money to a place if they are unsure if they will enter.
"The Bible teaches that when you are giving to the work of God you are sending money to Heaven. You are sending money ahead to the bank in Heaven. You are laying up your treasures above. And that's the major reason why I decided to take the offering tonight because I want to make an announcement. And I want that announcement to go around the entire Redeemed Christian Church of God," said Adeboye in a recording of the service posted on YouTube. more >>