In what could be deemed as a re-introduction to the faith community, Pastor Mark Driscoll attended NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference in early March and shared a new vision for himself and his ministry.
"I genuinely am in a season of learning," Driscoll told Pastor Perry Noble during an on-stage interview that recounted the ex-Mars Hill pastor's early years in ministry — which Driscoll likened to being a kite in a hurricane — and only hinted at the demise of Mars Hill Church.
Driscoll explained that God is preparing him for a new role in his ministry. "I really feel that the next season that God is preparing me for is to minister as a father, as a spiritual father, who has the same affection and devotion and heart for people that I do for my own children," he said. "And I'm a pretty emotional, affectionate, present dad — by God's grace — and I feel that that's the next season of leadership that God has for me." more >>
On a winding road to a comeback, ex-Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll received a standing ovation as he took to the stage at Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference earlier this month, where he admitted that he started in the ministry too young and would have benefited from the guidance of an older mentor.
During an on-stage interview with NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble, Driscoll explained that at age 19 he was "radically saved" after he began reading the Bible in college. From then on, his life seemed to progress at a rapid pace. more >>
Easter Sunday will mark a new beginning for ex-Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll and the congregation of his new Arizona-based Trinity Church, which will hold their "first-ever gathering."
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church has continued his tour around Southeast Asia, focusing this week on Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which he called a "big harvest field" for Christianity.
Kong also spoke about the importance of implementing church "cell groups," which he argued allow even the world's biggest megachurches to effectively care for all of its members.
"What a big harvest field Indonesia is. The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 million to 24 million in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10 percent of the country's population," Kong wrote on Facebook. more >>
Throughout the ages, the Gospel has traversed borders and overcome language and cultural barriers to prick the hearts of mankind. The last 2,000 years of the spread of Christianity have been illustrated in an animated map that charts the Great Commission in the span of 90 seconds.
"The Spread of the Gospel," created by Western Conservatory of the Arts and Sciences, demonstrates how Christianity once extended far and wide from its cradle in the Middle East, experienced a brief period where it lost ground around the 820s AD, and rebounded a little over 100 years later. The map shows the proliferation of Christianity with the added context of the spread of the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Along with Christianity, the rise of Islam, the world's second-largest religion after Christianity, is also depicted — the two faiths overlapping in places like the Arabian Peninsula, in portions of northern Africa, and in parts of Spain and Portugal by the early 700s AD, according to the map. more >>
Hundreds of thousands of Christians are worshiping secretly in a rapidly accelerating house church movement in Iran, as a London-based theological center is aiding the movement by training the next generation of its spiritual leaders.
The Iranian government labels Christianity as a threat to the nation's Islamic identity and imprisons over 100 Christians for worshiping Christ. Such crackdowns on faith, however, have not prevented Iranian house churches from blossoming into a movement too big for the Iranian religious police to contain.
Some estimates, such as one provided by Open Doors USA, record as many as 450,000 practicing Christians in Iran, while other, more optimistic estimates, record over 1 million Christians in the Islamic republic. more >>