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 >>
A member of the staff at a nationally influential megachurch in Texas stressed the importance of media ministries at a major annual gathering of churches and Christian media.
Bryan Bailey, director of Media and Production at First Baptist Church of Dallas, was involved in a moderated discussion on Friday morning as part of the National Religious Broadcaster's annual convention.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Bailey noted that the discussion "had a great group of people." with an audience that was appeared to be "absorbing the information." more >>
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 >>