A California megachurch's recent vote to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) has been confirmed by the mainline Protestant denomination. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a multi-site congregation which has over 3,000 members, recently voted to leave PCUSA.
The PCUSA Presbytery of San Francisco affirmed the vote taken by Menlo Park Presbyterian Tuesday in a meeting. Nicole S. Laubscher, spokeswoman for Menlo Park Presbyterian, told The Christian Post about the time table now that the Presbytery has approved their vote to be dismissed.
"The effective date of dismissal will occur no earlier than 91 days after the Presbytery vote, and as promptly thereafter as practicable recognizing the need to complete necessary purchase and transfer documentation," said Laubscher. "Now that our dismissal from the PCUSA has been approved, we are beginning the formal transfer process into ECO for both MPPC and our pastors. We are in regular communication with the leadership of ECO to ensure a seamless transition at the end of the 91-day waiting period." more >>
With church attendance dropping and the youth losing interest in faith, leaders from all over the world are scrambling to find ways to better engage those who are disillusioned. British-born ministry 3DM proposes an interesting solution to that very problem and already saw great success in the European Union, planting over 500 churches in just five years.
Last month The Christian Post attended a Discipleship and Missions Workshop in Foxboro, Mass. held by the innovative ministry. The event basically functioned as a preview for those in the New England area interested in what it had to offer that could help their ailing congregations. 3DM aims to reshape church culture to something that closely resembles the 1st-century church by returning it to an extended family model.
The ministry uses its own tools and language to do so. More about its Huddles, Missional Communities and Shape Language can be read about in Part 1 and Part 2. The Christian Post had the opportunity to sit and speak with 3DM Central members Eric Pfeiffer and Kristine Blaess. Here's what they had to say about the way we do church, and if their tools could help to keep people inside and outside the faith engaged with the body. more >>
Emerging trends for the multisite church movement, which now includes at least 8,000 sites throughout the U.S., include the findings that churches with multiple locations grow faster, have more lay-person participation, and reach more new believers than single-site churches, according to a study by the Leadership Network.
"More churches will continue to explore multisites, not as a tool for growth but as a means of taking the church to more people and taking a healthy church and reproducing it in other places," said Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development for Leadership Network, during a web seminar Wednesday.
By definition, a multisite congregation is one church meeting in two or more locations under one overall leadership and budget. more >>
NASHVILLE – The head of a global ministry said he found it frustrating that many people, particularly in the West, show indifference when it comes to pointing people to Jesus Christ.
"Hundreds of thousands of people are entering eternity without Christ – that should sober us," said Wayne Pederson, president of Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global), at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Tuesday. "There are huge stakes for eternity. In our culture, this western society, people are just indifferent to that, which is very frustrating."
Pederson said his organization, which seeks to bring the Gospel to those around the world who have not heard the message of Jesus, is trying to heighten the urgency of global ministry. He shared a two-minute video of Reach Beyond members declaring that they will no longer stand by while people are entering eternity without having heard the message of Jesus Christ. more >>
NEW YORK — Chris Broussard, an ESPN analyst who came under fire last year for speaking out on openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, will join rappers Andy Mineo and MC Jin and television stars Mark Tallman and April Hernandez next month in NYC to share how they maintain an authentic Christian witness even in dark places.
The two-day event, titled "Leverage," is being hosted by The Bridge Church, a Brooklyn plant preparing for its official launch on Easter Sunday. James Roberson, pastor of the new faith community, told The Christian Post that "Leverage" will highlight how influential Christians bridge what some might consider a secular-sacred divide.
"We wanted to gather people, leaders we feel that are penetrating the dark areas of society with the light of the Gospel by leveraging their influence. So we're thinking rappers and journalists and actors, and these are generally dark areas, areas where the Gospel's not going. We look at these [people] as missionaries. We feel like they're using the light of the Gospel in areas a lot of people don't go into," explained Roberson. more >>
For more than twelve years I have been helping others to see what has long been overlooked, otherwise missed, or outright ignored in the New Testament: namely, the biblical mandate of the multi-ethnic church as envisioned by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23), described by Luke (Acts 11:19-26; 13:1), and prescribed by the Apostle Paul throughout his writings, most specifically in Romans and Ephesians. Needless to say such teaching, though exegetically sound, is not readily embraced by an Evangelical establishment more enamored by size and growth than with diversity and holistic community engagement.
Nevertheless since the Mosaix Global Network's first national conference in 2010, attitudes have markedly changed. Receptivity to the multi-ethnic church is up across the board; throughout denominations, networks, and conferences, alike. Likewise, an increasing array of local and national influencers is speaking up encouraging biblical diversity in the local church for the sake of the Gospel. The number of practitioners is growing, too, due to intentional multi-ethnic church planting as well as through the transition of healthy but otherwise homogeneous churches. In fact today, according to the latest research, 13.7% of churches throughout the United States have at least 20% diversity in their attending membership (up from just 7.5% in 2000). Beyond this, 14.4% of Protestant Evangelical churches have now reached this marker.
That said, I am sometimes asked: "If this mandate is so clear in Scripture, how has it been so missed throughout history? In other words, who else in the past has shared a similar message or understanding?" more >>