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 >>
Four Presbyterian churches in New Jersey will be holding a lecture series about how the United States has become the "hardest mission field."
The Delaware Valley Summer Institute will sponsor the four-night event, titled "America After Christendom: The Hardest Mission Field", from August 11-14. Dr. Darrell Guder, professor of missional and ecumenical theology at Princeton Seminary, will lead the events' presentations.
The churches organizing the event are Lambertville Presbyterian, Titusville Presbyterian, Stockton Presbyterian, and Mt. Airy Presbyterian. more >>
Kevin Durant, the 24-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder forward, recently shared his love for Jesus Christ and baptism story at Hillsong Church in New York City.
Durant may play basketball in Oklahoma City, but the basketball star revealed why he wanted Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz to guide him spiritually. Durant admitted that he was drawn to Lentz because of the way he treated people and liked the fact that the pastor was unfazed by his celebrity.
"I thought you were weird first of all," Durant said while visiting Hillsong and speaking at the service last Sunday. "Where I come from pastors are always in nice suits but you just dress like me. I really appreciate it…" more >>