Steven Furtick, pastor of the popular Elevation megachurch in North Carolina, has praised his friend and confidante Perry Noble whose firing by NewSpring Church was announced last weekend.
"I love @perrynoble with all my heart. When our church was nothing he and his staff made endless time to help me and our team. He has believed in me, invested in me and been there for me in every season of my pastoral life. He has been, to me, a living example of bold leadership and a singular vision to reach people with the Gospel," said Furtick in a message posted on Instagram Monday.
"God has used his preaching to change the lives of thousands in my home state of South Carolina. His candor and passion have given many pastors around the world permission to dream big and believe God for the impossible. I am one of the multitude who would not be where I am today without his obedience to Christ and love for people. And his stories about biscuits from the pulpit are as legendary as he is. On behalf of the people of@ElevationChurch — I just want to say — we love you P! There's gonna be a traffic jam in Heaven because of you, and your best is yet to come!" Furtick added. more >>
Hundreds of supporters of the popular NewSpring Church in South Carolina that announced the firing of its founding and Senior Pastor Perry Noble on Sunday, due to his alcoholism and other "unfortunate choices and decisions," launched a petition Wednesday to have him reinstated, but Noble doesn't endorse the move.
"This petition was started to show Pastor P that we, as church members, friends, family, and others are standing with and praying for him in this difficult time. We all love him and want him to get the help he needs," said the petition launched Wednesday, seeking 100,000 signatures.
"Let it also be known that once Perry Noble has conquered this storm, with God's amazing grace, we want to see him reinstated as senior pastor. No one is perfect. We are all sinners in need of God's forgiveness. Perry needs our support and our prayers. All things are possible though Christ Jesus. If you have taken the time to sign this petition thank you and God bless. Let's make Perry Noble great again!" it ended. more >>
As the new craze of "Pokémon Go" is leading thousands of Pokémon chasers to churches throughout the country, some pastors are ready to use the opportunity "for good" while others want to keep the phenomenon off their church property.
Pokémon Go, a new augmented mobile reality game released last week that uses phone GPS systems to allow users to roam their communities in search of virtual Pokémon characters, has seemingly taken over the country and has already been downloaded more than 7.5 million times in in the Google Play and iOS Apps Store.
But as the game uses many different community hotspots as locations where users can collect and battle their Pokémon, many churches and other religious institutions across the nation have been picked to serve as gyms and PokéStops, where people can collect digital items that allow them to catch Pokémons. more >>
A conservative Presbyterian church formed in 2012 will soon be splitting one of their regional bodies, or presbyteries, into three entities in response to rapid growth.
The Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians is in the process of dividing up the Presbytery of the Northeast into three new regional bodies.
At present, the Presbytery of the Northeast encompasses the region of New England, stretching North to Maine, as far South as Delware and as far West as Eastern Pennslyvania, with Western Pennsylvania being the Presbytery of the Rivers of Life. more >>
Many people in evangelical Christian circles were left shocked and pensive Sunday when NewSpring Church, a popular megachurch in South Carolina, announced it had fired its founding and Senior Pastor, Perry Noble, for alcohol abuse and other "unfortunate choices and decisions."
Williamston Town Councilman Rockey Burgess told Greenville Online that even though he had heard rumors that Noble was fired, the official announcement on Sunday "did come as a shock" to him.
"But the church isn't made up of the preacher, and the church doesn't worship the preacher," he said. "The church is the people who go there, and we all love one another." more >>
After a week of whispers that he had been fired, NewSpring Church, a popular megachurch in South Carolina with a weekly attendance of 30,000, confirmed Sunday that Perry Noble, the church's founding and senior pastor, has been fired for alcohol abuse and other "unfortunate choices and decisions" and is currently under psychiatric care.
"While this is the most difficult and painful decision we've had to make, unfortunately it was necessary. Perry has made some unfortunate choices and decisions that have caused us much concern," NewSpring Church Executive Pastor Shane Duffey said at the 9:15 a.m. service.
He explained that the church tried for several months to help Perry after confronting him about his issues but he refused to take correction so they were forced to make the "painful" move. more >>