Jan Crouch's death, announced by her son and Trinity Broadcasting Network Tuesday morning, has sent a flood of condolences and fond memory posts on social media, including some from well-known Christian leaders.
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel in Georgia and New York Times best-selling author, took to Instagram with his touching tribute. "Jan Crouch will always be remembered for her love for Jesus and her love for souls. What she and her husband did in building @trinitybroadcastingnetwork is nothing less than remarkable. She gave me my start, I will forever be grateful.@mattandlauriecrouch and family we love you, we stand with you, and we are praying for you!"
Jan and her late husband, Paul Crouch, together built the world's largest Christian cable network and changed the course of Christian television for over 40 years. Last week, Jan Crouch was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke, and her son and TBN successor, Mat Crouch, announced early Tuesday morning that she passed away at the age of 78.> more >>
An expert on helping churches grow their ministries agrees with the recent comments by Life.Church Pastor Craig Groeschel that churches need to be careful in adding new campuses.
In comments made at the recent conference Catalyst One Day in Birmingham, Alabama, Groeschel argued that churches needed to be cautious about adding more campuses.
A conservative Anglican leader stated that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's recent comments on evangelism are "half-right."
At an interfaith event held in London earlier this month, the head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion drew a line between evangelism and proselytizing by saying: "I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph.
"I draw a pretty sharp line, it is all based around loving the person you are dealing with which means you seek their wellbeing and you respect their identity and their integrity." more >>
Life.Church founder and Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel advises church leaders against expanding to multiple sites too quickly.
Speaking at the Catalyst One Day conference earlier this week, Groeschel expounded on such risks by explaining that even Life.Church has had a couple failed satellite campuses.
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
An Ohio congregation once on the brink of closure celebrated its 100th birthday Sunday and is constructing a $13.5 million chuch addition to accommodate it's growing membership.
Joe Porter, spokesman for Whitewater Crossing Christian Church of Cleves, told The Christian Post that while the congregation does not care much for the term megachurch, as it now holds weekend services for some 1,600 people, "we definitely won't apologize for getting big."
To celebrate the momentus occasion in the church's history, Porter said "all four of our services celebrated the past through interviews with previous pastors and historica videos. more >>