Seventy-four percent of large churches offer their budding future leaders or pastors-in-training an internship or residency, a new national study finds.
Sponsored by Southeastern University and overseen and authored by the Leadership Network's Director of Research Warren Bird, Ph.D., the study examined the leader training process of over 300 churches. The findings are detailed in a report titled Leaders in Training: Internships and Residencies Help Churches Shape Future Leaders.
Significant findings include the fact that churches demonstrate a high level of confidence in the success of their programs, and the most important measure of that success is the maturity of the intern. Most churches offer multiple programs and specialties and the number of intern and resident programs has recently seen a brisk increase, the study finds. more >>
It's official. Former Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll will make his comeback this year at a new church plant in Phoenix, Arizona, called The Trinity Church.
"We have some exciting news to share from Mark Driscoll Ministries. Lord willing, in 2016 we'll be launching The Trinity Church in Phoenix," wrote Driscoll in a blog post publicized through his social media pages.
He also directed those interested in his ministry to a video where he and his wife, Grace, talked more about the new chapter in their life. more >>
Just one thing.
Is it possible to find one common factor in the lives and ministries of the most effective church leaders?
I think so. more >>
Proclaim 16, a four-day convention for professionals in Christian media and the ministry, promises to be a networking opportunity for thousands of Christian communicators.
The National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention will be held Feb. 23-26 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and will feature over 70 speakers, including Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, Anne Graham Lotz and Kay Arthur. Inspirational speaker Jefferson Bethke will also be on hand, as well as thought leaders Albert Mohler and Phil Cooke.
Celebrities Roma Downey, Jennifer Garner and Kevin Sorbo will also be present, along with faith-based filmmaking brothers Steven and Alex Kendrick of "War Room" and "Fireproof" fame. more >>
Jesus Culture has been a community of worship leaders and musicians whose heart is to see a generation impacted by the presence of God since 1999. The Christian Post caught up with the band's leading lady Kim Walker-Smith to discuss their upcoming release, Let It Echo, a project that she claims was birthed from the group's hardest season together.
Walker-Smith maintains that there are quite a "few things different about this record" from their projects in the past.
The band just celebrated the one year anniversary of their new church, Jesus Culture Sacramento. Let It Echo is an extension of their new church. This album includes 12 new songs featuring Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, and more. more >>
A Taiwanese church that has been designed in the shape of a massive 55-foot tall blue-glass high heel in order to attract female worshipers is expected to open next month.
Huanqiu.com, an affiliation of the People's Daily Online, said that the building is made almost entirely out of glass, and was completed earlier this week in Ocean View Park in Budai town by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area in Jaiyi County.