This year's Catalyst Atlanta, with more than 9,000 Christian leaders expected to attend the three-day event beginning Wednesday, is spearheaded for the first time in several years by a new executive director.
Tyler Reagin, who was a pastor at a campus of North Point Community Church took the place of Brad Lomenick a year ago, after first being the organization's creative director. Lomenick remains as a consultant and adviser to the highly popular 14 year old movement and organization.
During a recent interview with The Christian Post, Reagin said that after Catalyst took a year to "brand audit" the organization, there should be some noticeable changes to those attending this week. Mainly, the extended time given for the opportunity to interact with other leaders about what they just heard after many of the sessions and deciding on action steps to be taken home to implement. more >>
The redesign of Christ Cathedral by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which is set to cost close to $113 million, will feature an illuminated sanctuary and host up to 8,000 people during outdoor mass, new plans revealed.
"Through this innovative design process, an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the word of God proclaimed and a place for personal prayer and devotion," Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said earlier this week. "It will be a holy place, where God dwells among us."
The Orange County Register reported that the goal is to turn the 35-acre campus, the site of Rev. Robert Schuller's former Crystal Cathedral, into a center of Catholic life 'that blends both traditional design elements and modern architecture.' more >>
NEW YORK — Hundreds of NYC-area nonprofit and church leaders — young and old, red and yellow, black and white — are mobilizing as one body for the very first time in an effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in one of the world's most unique urban centers, thanks to an initiative organized by the Luis Palau Association.
New York City has seen a surge in the past decade or more of contemporary, Millennial- and usually white male-led churches, who stand in contrast, in some ways, to the old guards who put down spiritual roots in the big city decades ago.
Among the veteran leaders are people like Jim Cymbala (Brooklyn Tabernacle) and African-American pastors and civic leaders A.R. Bernard (Christian Cultural Center) and Floyd Flake (Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral), whose combined congregations number more than 60,000 New Yorkers. more >>
NEW YORK — A New York City lawyer that left his family's lucrative practice two years ago to pursue a church plant in Harlem, says he's looking to help spark a revival — that is, a new kind of renaissance in a part of town known historically for being an incubator of the arts and religious life.
Why the play on words?
"It's a nicer way of saying 'revival.' We want to see a renaissance happen, and 'revival' sounds too harsh, it sounds a little too intense," Jordan Rice, 32, told The Christian Post in July. more >>
NEW YORK — Contrary to a time when urban areas were abandoned in a rush of white flight to the more racially-homogenous suburbs, eager and excited church planters are now flocking to cities like L.A. and NYC, holding up the banner of God's call in Jeremiah 29:7 to "seek the good of the city." But, according to urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton, his peers mostly seem intent on seeking the welfare of the safe and gentrified urban areas.
Horton is also a former pastor and previously served as executive director of ReachLife Ministries. He currently works as the national coordinator of Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board, or NAMB.
NAMB is among numerous organizations and networks (like the Orchard Group and Acts 29) that are on mission to evangelize and revitalize cities by training, supporting and sending (usually male) Christians who say they feel called to start a church. With so many new churches being planted and launched (read about a few here, here and here), some observers have expressed concerns that the movement has become a fad. Others, like Horton, have noticed that amid the influx of Millennial-led churches to major cities, some leaders appear to be avoiding, or overlooking the inner city — frequently marked by poverty, high crime and afflicted education systems. more >>
R. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently spoke with the New York Times about Hillsong Church and criticized the movement for watering down the Gospel message.
"It's a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music," said Mohler Jr. to NY Times. "What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality."