A Lutheran pastor in Minnesota is planning to combat a decline in church attendance by millennials (young adults born after 1981) by opening a "groundbreaking surprise church" targeting the generation and set to open next year.
"When the Prodigal son returned home in Luke 15, he had low expectations for the kind of reception he would receive," states a publicist representing Pastor Matt Anderson in press release. "He expected his father to be as bitter and judgmental as his brother turned out to be. He expected to return as a duty-laden hired hand, not a son.
"But instead, he was enveloped by an inter-generational surprise party that shattered his negative preconceptions and readmitted him into the family. This is the basis for the 'surprise church.'" There is no mention of where the church will be located, but the dateline for the press release is Golden Valley, Minn. more >>
A Southern Baptist couple left their livelihood behind in Georgia for an urban, life changing experience after realizing their calling was to become pastors. Now their sole purpose is to plant a church in Brooklyn while getting their family adjusted to the big city.
Jon and Bonnie Carr's decision to move with their two young daughters last year stemmed from a 2010 New York City mission trip in which Jon felt a need to spread the word of God to a city that lacked a great evangelical presence. After spending seven years in ministry school and leading two Georgia churches, Jon understood his desire to plant a church and his concern for New Yorkers were the factors that defined his calling.
"It was God who stirred our hearts and shaped our desires to move to NYC. Over the course of two years God instilled within us a great passion for the city and urban renewal; as well as a deep burden for the people of the city," said Jon to The Christian Post. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll announced plans for a 15th regional church in Phoenix to be launched sometime in late January or early February of next year.
In making the announcement, Driscoll introduced Pastor Ryan Welsh, who said that he and his family plan to move to Phoenix in mid-August to begin planting the church.
"We want a core group of 150 people and for 30 people to raise up their hand and say, 'I want to be a community group leader,'" Welsh told Driscoll recently during an announcement seen in a video on the church's website. He said they will begin training for the opening as soon as possible. more >>
A fast-growing North Carolina megachurch has been given approval to expand its facilities to include a new 22-acre site.
Elevation Church, the multi-site worship community headed by Pastor Steven Furtick, received unanimous approval by the Charlotte City Council on Monday for a new site. Set to be located in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte, Elevation Church has major plans for the location, according to local media.
"The church wants to construct a 264,000-square-foot building, which would include a 42,000-square-foot worship center with 1,600 seats," wrote Steve Harrison of the Charlotte Observer. "The church may also build a 22,000 square-foot children's ministry and a 200,000 square-foot office, according to its rezoning application with the city." more >>
A megachurch based in Hawaii on the island of Oahu will be moving to a 200-plus acre piece of farmland in order to expand its facilities for worship and education.
New Hope Leeward Church, a nondenominational church founded in 2003 that has about 4,000 regular attendees, signed for the purchase last year and is presently awaiting approval on zoning changes for the spot in the town of Waipahu located in West Oahu.
In an interview with local media, New Hope Leeward Senior Pastor Michael Lwin explained what will be present at the new site, located by Kunia Road. more >>
A recently created Baptist congregation in Nebraska is looking to purchase and renovate an old bar to use as a sanctuary.
Springfield Baptist Church, which began as a satellite of Bellevue Baptist Church in 2010, filed a conditional use permit with the Springfield City Council in June. A vote on their permit for the facility, formerly known as Stack's Bar and BBQ, will be voted on at a public hearing held by the Springfield City Council Tuesday evening.
In an interview with local media, Springfield Baptist administrator and co-founder Lee Smith explained his church's plans for the site. more >>