Known for his "fiery sermons," Pentecostal Pastor Thomas Lanier Lowery died Sunday at 87, at his home in Cleveland, Tennessee. The cause of death has not yet been released.
Bishop Lowery's ministry spanned over 70 years during which the evangelist, known for his tent crusades, served as the pastor of two churches — the North Cleveland Church of God in Tennessee from 1969 to 1974, and the Washington National Church of God in Washington from 1981 to 1996.
During his tenure at Washington National Church of God the pastor established community ministries and constructed apartments for elderly and median income families. The clergyman also served for 16 years on the Church of God executive committee, and for 34 years on its executive council, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner. more >>
I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.
The only good news in this story is that he had health insurance.
Many pastors do not. more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll continues to mount a comeback, with his latest effort being an appearance at megachurch pastor Perry Noble's The Most Excellent Way to Lead conference on Mar. 3, where he is scheduled to speak.
Hosted at Noble's South Carolina-based NewSpring Church, The Most Excellent Way to Lead is a one-day conference that aims to provide leaders with tools to effectively guide their teams. Headlining the event will be "six of the most respected leaders in the country," including Perry Noble, Mark Driscoll, Steven Furtick, Dave Ramsey, Lysa Terkeurst, and Brad Cooper, according to Noble's website.
In a recent Facebook video, Noble expressed his excitement that the former Mars Hill pastor will be speaking at his upcoming conference, and made it clear that he supports Driscoll's planned return to ministry, as previously reported by The Christian Post. more >>
Right now, there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division (300,000 divided by 50 states) and that's an average of 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That's a lot of churches!
Think about it this way: There are 12,000(ish) Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks, but almost 30 times more churches can't saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously?
According to church growth and discipleship multiplication expert Bill Hull, "It still takes 100 church attendees, a pastor and $100,000.00 a year to win a convert. Among evangelicals it is a bit better, 1.7, this is an ugly fact that should grieve us all." more >>
Hillsong Church will open the doors to its third congregation in the U.S. on Sunday, offering six worship services at three campus locations in Arizona.
The new Phoenix site, Hillsong Church Phoenix, is the former City of Grace Church co-pastored by Terry and Judith Crist, and is comprised of three campuses located in Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix. The three campuses will host at total of six Sunday worship services, and the Crists will stay on as Hillsong Phoenix's lead pastors, according to Chrisitan News Wire.
Pastor Crist said the deal was years in the making and marked his church's "greatest step of expansion." In an address to his congregation, Crist further explained how the decision came about. "After eight years of general conversations, followed by the last two years of very specific and serious considerations, followed by a time of seeking God — both with our board and with a few of our key team members — I am so excited to announce to you today that City of Grace is becoming the 16th global location of Hillsong Church." more >>
In contrast to his precipitous fall from grace in October 2014, Pastor Mark Driscoll's Feb. 1 Twitter announcement that he is planting a new congregation, The Trinity Church, in Phoenix, Arizona, has received some positive responses.
On the same day of Driscoll's announcement, Paul Kidd, pastor of North Carolina-based Thrive Church, took to Twitter to express his support for Driscoll: "@PastorMark We support you and the church. As a ministry kid and now Pastor, I have seen all sides ... you have our prayers!"
Support for Driscoll's new venture extends to the Mountain West where the pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Brady Boyd, celebrated the news in a brief tweet: "@PastorMark congratulations!!" more >>