A Texas megachurch is coming to America's fourth largest city through a merger with a smaller, historic congregation.
River Pointe Church, whose main campus is in Richmond, is in the process of expanding into Houston through a merger with the century-old West End Baptist Church.
River Pointe's move into the area, courtesy of the merger, is contrary to the general trend of expanding congregations, according to Allen Jones of the Houston Chronicle. more >>
Former Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll may be making a comeback by starting up a new ministry in Phoenix, Arizona. He was reported to have filed paperwork to incorporate The Trinity Church in late November.
A Patheos report revealed the Articles of Incorporation document for The Trinity Church, which listed Mark Driscoll as a director, as well as Jimmy Evans and Randall Taylor.
Driscoll was once called one of America's "most prominent and celebrated pastors" by Forbes, but he resigned in disgrace as senior pastor of Seattle-based Mars Hill in October 2014 after a confluence of events marred his reputation, including allegations of plagiarism and fostering an abusive work environment. Two weeks after Driscoll's resignation, Mars Hill Church announced that it would dissolve. more >>
A city council in Wisconsin has given the green light for a megachurch to relocate its central worship space to a former sporting goods store.
In a 5-3 vote taken Tuesday, the De Pere City Council approved the request of Life Church Green Bay to develop a former Sportsman Warehouse building.
I never would have predicted these changes to take place so rapidly.
Indeed I am surprised to be writing about them today as major changes. But they are a growing reality.
The two major changes have a similar theme: decentralization. The first is a decentralization of facilities. The second is a decentralization of leadership. more >>
Can a mass exodus of mostly millennials from churches lead to a billion global "gatherings" that meet at coffee shops, workplaces, and homes?
Pastor and church planter Jimmie Davidson is counting on it. He is the visionary behind The Brooks Church, designed to help people who are accustomed to watching church services through the Internet or on TV "become people with a church" wherever they meet.
Although The Brooks is a church planting movement, Davidson refers to the groups as gatherings, much like the early church in biblical times. The Brooks officially launches on Thursday, December 3. more >>
Cuban officials have reportedly ordered the demolishing of all churches in a neighborhood in the city of Santiago de Cuba, an action some Christians are calling a "witch hunt."
"There is a witch hunt against churches in Cuba at this time, mainly against the churches of apostolic and prophetic ministry. The communists have intensified in their hatred and persecution of the church following the Pope's visit to Cuba and the re-establishment of relations with the United States," said the Rev. Alain Toledano, who leads one of the targeted churches in the Abel Santa Maria neighborhood, according to a report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide on Tuesday.
"I request constant intercession on behalf of the churches in Cuba. In our case, this would be the second time that the racist communists have attempted to evict us from our house, throw us out on the street and demolish our temple, only now their diabolical hatred and fury is directed at other congregations too," he added. more >>