Some of the country's biggest megachurches like Lakewood Church, North Point Ministries, Saddleback Church and The Potter's House have become household names in American culture based on their sheer size and influence. But how do they compare in size to other megachurches outside of North America? A new report has the answer.
According to findings recently published by Leadership Network, many North American megachurches — the largest of which have upwards of 30,000 to 40,000 in weekly attendance — are dwarfed when compared to the weekly attendance of some megachurches around the globe. A database compiled by researcher Warren Bird categorizes these larger megachurches by continent and country, size in weekly attendance, pastorship, the year founded, and whether or not they have multiple campuses.
Researchers found that Asia is home to the world's largest megachurch, and currently there is none that rivals it in size. With a staggering 480,000 in weekly attendance, Korea's Yoido Full Gospel Church got its start in the living room of one of its founding pastors. Headquartered in the capital city of Seoul, it has grown into a multi-site megachurch with a branch in the U.S. The organization was founded in 1958 and is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. It has been headed by senior pastor Young Hoon Lee since 2008. more >>
Lakewood Church's one-day Go Conference for Men was a pit stop where men could refuel, recharge and renew their inspiration in order to get back on track.
In a rare and candid chat hosted by pastor and author Phil Munsey on Friday, Lakewood Church senior pastor Joel Osteen and Life.Church senior pastor Craig Groeschel gave audience members a glimpse into more intimate aspects of their lives, opening up about managing their personal relationships, balancing church and family, and how they got where they are today.
On his relationship with his wife of 29 years, Victoria, Osteen shared that she has helped him become the man he is today, saying, "I wouldn't be who I am were it not for Victoria." He explained that 10 years before the death of his father, the late Rev. John Osteen, Victoria began telling him that he would one day preach. Osteen said that after his father passed, he felt empowered to preach because Victoria had been telling him for so long that he could do it. "We're better together," he told the gathering of men. more >>
In a message tailored to leaders within the local church, North Point Community Church senior pastor Andy Stanley cautioned attendees of Catalyst Cincinnati against putting theology above ministry, encouraging them to keep people first and to be good neighbors in their communities, loving enemies in order to "be the generation to awaken the culture to the wonder of God."
Seeking to help church leaders leverage their ministries, Stanley explained that rigid ministry systems and "lines in the sand" on cultural issues often "bump" people out rather than win them over. "There are no one-size-fits-all ministry rules," he said at the inaugural Cincinnatti event on Friday.
Stanley reminded the audience of 2,500 of how Jesus Christ disregarded status and appearances when he walked among the people, instead putting their needs first. "If Jesus was worried about guilt by association, he would've stayed in Heaven," Stanley said. The pastor added that the Church can have greater impact when it follows Christ's example of putting the needs of the people first. more >>
Hillary Scott, one-third of the popular group Lady Antebellum, is set to release a Christian album featuring her family.
In an open letter on social media Friday morning, Scott introduced her latest musical endeavor and first single, "Thy Will." With the song on its way to country and Christian radio, she also introduced her debut album Love Remains by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family.
"I'm so excited. The day is finally here that I get to share with you all what I've been up to," announced Scott. "I have made a faith-based album titled LOVE REMAINS. The best part about this collection of songs is that it is featuring my mom, Linda Davis, my father, Lang Scott, and my little sister, Rylee Scott, all produced by Ricky Skaggs. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said that retail giant Target's recent decision to allow customers to use bathroom and fitting facilities corresponding to their gender identity rather than biological sex is going "against God's Word."
Ham said in a Facebook post on Thursday: "Well, Target needs to hear Jesus' Words: 'Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female?' (Matthew 19:4).
"They need to hear what Jesus said in Mark 10:6: 'But from the beginning of the Creation, God 'made them male and female.' more >>
Snoop Dogg's recent Instagram post where he sings along to a popular gospel song probably won't make the cut on singing competition shows like "The Voice" or "Sunday Best," but that didn't stop the rapper from a little lighthearted crooning to a hit gospel tune.
In an Instagram post shared with his nearly 10 million followers on Sunday, the American Music Award-winning rapper sang along to Kirk Franklin's gospel hit "Silver and Gold" while filming what appeared to be his personal collection of silver and gold chains, jeweled Africa-shaped pendants, eyewear collection, and other glittering baubles.
"How you starting your Sunday morning off?" Snoop asks viewers, briefly focusing the camera on him — clad in a head scarf — before continuing to pan the room. more >>