Global membership in the United Methodist Church passed the 12.5 million mark in 2012, reaching a record number for the denomination, according to recently released statistics.
Despite continuing its decline in the United States, the UMC maintained a trend of growth in developing countries, which greatly contributed to reaching the record number.
A UMC spokesperson provided The Christian Post with a statement from Scott Brewer, associate general secretary of the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). "In 2012, The United Methodist Church continued to see its greatest growth centered in Africa and the Philippines," said Brewer. "Although there are also conferences in the United States and Europe that also reported increases…the greatest growth is found in what's often referred to as the Global South." more >>
More than 3,600 people attended LifeChurch.tv's first worship services at its newest campus in Moore, Okla., and about 70 people made commitments to follow Jesus Christ last Sunday at the branch of the multisite megachurch founded 7 years ago.
Moore campus pastor Michael Metcalf told The Christian Post that the new campus was launched because of the many LifeChurch.tv worshippers living in the area.
"Many people that live in Moore, Norman, and surrounding areas were attending our South Oklahoma City campus and are passionate about making a difference in their community," said Metcalf. "Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, and we believe a campus in Moore will be a huge catalyst for reaching thousands of people in the community who don't yet know Him." more >>
A high-octane mix of alcohol and demonic involvement caused some in his Ethiopian village to label him insane. His own family had to bind him with heavy restraints when they sought relief from a witch doctor.
"I was one of the people possessed by an evil spirit and was being tormented by the spirit of evil in this land," says Dawit. (His name is changed for his protection.) "I was also a drunk and given the nickname of 'crazy person.' My family would tie me up and take me to the witch doctor to heal me."
But his life went in an unexpected direction when a team showed the JESUS Film in his village. "He was very much touched by the love of Christ," says Gebre, with Great Commission Ministry in Ethiopia. "He cried and cried and cried and finally he received Christ." more >>
Thousands of people throughout Peru trekked to Lima earlier this month to partake in a weeklong national congress where church leaders affirmed their conservative movement and brought together the country's expanding Christian population.
Worldwide Missionary Movement was the organization behind the event that attracted over 70,000 Peruvians for the congress, "Only God Can Make Man Happy." During the event, several preachers spoke on denouncing homosexuality and abortion among other social issues.
While many of the participants were drawn in from areas near the capital city, many came from the highlands as well. In recent times, the growth of Christians has occurred due to converts from rural and remote areas who have heard the Gospel through radio stations. Although some of them continue to practice their indigenous rituals, the church has been accepting of them even though they consider their practices to be pagan. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church officials says reports that a satellite campus will launch anytime soon in Spokane are "a bit premature," despite local news coverage suggesting the contrary.
"While Spokane is on our radar for a future church plant, we are very much in the early stages and we don't have any additional details to share," Justin Dean, a spokesperson for Mars Hill Church told The Christian Post in an email.
Earlier this week, The Spokesman-Review reported that the Mark Driscoll's church was well on its way to opening a 16th campus in Spokane, four hours aways away from its headquarters. more >>