Following its five-day student missions conference which drew 16,000 attendees, Urbana 15 released figures on New Year's Day summarizing major milestones reached by the organization and its participants — among those accomplishments, raising over $940,000.
Urbana announced the fundraising feat via Twitter, sharing the good news with more than 11,000 followers. "$940K+ Raised for our missions partners around the world," read the graphic posted to the social media site on Jan. 1.
The funds were raised "the old fashioned way," said InterVarsity Internet editor and media relations liaison Gordon Govier in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday. more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, seeking to further clarify whether pro-life groups would be allowed to participate in the Urbana triennial missions conference, asserted Wednesday that a pro-life group which met its criteria could be considered as an exhibitor.
"If a pro-life organization met the exhibitor criteria, we would be happy to talk to them about being an Urbana exhibitor," said InterVarsity vice president Greg Jao in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday.
Intervarsity was criticized by Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins and Rock for Life President Erik Whittington in a Christian Post op-ed for denying their exhibitor application while also featuring a Black Lives Matter speaker who demeaned pro-life activism. more >>
In an interview with The Christian Post, InterVarsity explained why a Black Lives Matter representative was included at its Urbana 15 student missions conference but a pro-life group was denied an exhibitor application.
InterVarsity's denial of Students for Life had nothing to do with the worthiness of the organization's mission but was based upon an application requirement that the pro-life group failed to meet, InterVarsity vice president Greg Jao told The Christian Post during a phone interview Monday.
"My understanding is that Students for Life is a non-religious organization," Jao said. more >>
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.