Churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly individual assemblies that were disconnected from one another. However, the Transforming the Bay With Christ initiative hopes to change all that and usher in a gospel movement to improve the quality of life for area residents.
"There was no collective sense of what each other was doing," said Mark Labberton, Fuller Seminary President and advocate for Transforming the Bay With Christ, to The Christian Post in late January.
Not only were churches acting as disjointed, individual assemblies that were diconnected from one another, but residents of the Bay Area mirrored that spiritual disconnect. According to a 2014 report from Barna Group, a research organization that studies faith and culture, the San Francisco metro area was considered America's most "churchless" city. more >>
Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their budding future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Sponsored by Southeastern University and overseen and authored by the Leadership Network's Director of Research Warren Bird, Ph.D., the study examined the leader training process of over 300 churches. The findings are detailed in a report titled Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders.
Significant findings include the fact that churches demonstrate a high level of confidence in the success of their programs, and the most important measure of that success is the maturity of the intern. Most churches offer multiple programs and specialties and the number of intern and resident programs has recently seen a brisk increase, the study finds. more >>
It's official. Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll will make his comeback this year at a new church plant in Phoenix, Arizona, called The Trinity Church.
"We have some exciting news to share from Mark Driscoll Ministries. Lord willing, in 2016 we'll be launching The Trinity Church in Phoenix," wrote Driscoll in a blog post publicized through his social media pages.
He also directed those interested in his ministry to a video where he and his wife, Grace, talked more about the new chapter in their life. more >>
Just one thing.
Is it possible to find one common factor in the lives and ministries of the most effective church leaders?
I think so. more >>
Proclaim 16, a four-day convention for professionals in Christian media and the ministry, promises to be a networking opportunity for thousands of Christian communicators.
The National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention will be held Feb. 23-26 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and will feature over 70 speakers, including Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, Anne Graham Lotz and Kay Arthur. Inspirational speaker Jefferson Bethke will also be on hand, as well as thought leaders Albert Mohler and Phil Cooke.
Celebrities Roma Downey, Jennifer Garner and Kevin Sorbo will also be present, along with faith-based filmmaking brothers Steven and Alex Kendrick of "War Room" and "Fireproof" fame. more >>
Jesus Culture has been a community of worship leaders and musicians whose heart is to see a generation impacted by the presence of God since 1999. The Christian Post caught up with the band's leading lady Kim Walker-Smith to discuss their upcoming release, Let It Echo, a project that she claims was birthed from the group's hardest season together.
Walker-Smith maintains that there are quite a "few things different about this record" from their projects in the past.
The band just celebrated the one year anniversary of their new church, Jesus Culture Sacramento. Let It Echo is an extension of their new church. This album includes 12 new songs featuring Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, and more. more >>