DALLAS – Kevin Monzon, 16, has a passion for telling others about Jesus Christ. So do the 46 other high school-aged young people who arrived from Southern California five days ago to begin inviting people to attend Greg Laurie's Harvest America in Dallas Sunday evening.
Monzon, who is already a three-year veteran of street evangelizing with Harvest youth ministry, told The Christian Post how the team from primarily Riverside and Orange counties, have spent much of their time during the long days in Dallas.
"We approach young students, young adults and we just ask them, 'Do you believe in God?' We [often] start with a joke or a soft question," he explained. "We clear up the whole awkward opener thing, but we usually begin, at least I do, with 'Where would you go if you die tonight?'" more >>
Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries will take their Southern California-grown, power-packed worship music and straight-forward Gospel message to a national level for the third year-in-a-row this weekend. This time, Harvest America comes to Dallas on Sunday, and will be livestreamed to more than 3,400 locations across the country, including churches, theaters, and living rooms.
"We are very excited about bringing the Gospel to the DFW Metroplex area," Laurie said. "This is a unique part of our great country. It represents the heartland of our nation and is filled with people who espouse traditional family values, hard work and big dreams."
What began 25 years ago as the Harvest Crusades in huge outdoor stadiums (the outreach events took place primarily in Orange County), however, have now come to include annual live digital transmissions from a chosen city, such as Philadelphia last year, streamed to host venues throughout the nation. more >>
NEW YORK — Chad Veach, formerly on staff at Judah Smith's The City Church in Seattle, Washington, has a suggestion or two for ministry leaders who might be more committed to their methods than they are to exploring new ways of sharing the Gospel's relevancy with today's youth.
Veach, who announced earlier this month that he and wife Julia would be moving back to Los Angeles to plant ZOE (pronounced zo-aye) Church, has a heart for youth ministry and has even been called an "expert" in that particular area of outreach due to a vibrant youth and young adult ministry he oversaw at a previous church. Veach is also a regular speaker at churches and conferences across the nation, which positions him as particularly knowledgeable about how Christians do church in various contexts.
When asked in a recent "CP Newsroom" discussion on what trends he has noticed in Christianity during his travels in the U.S. that he finds encouraging, Veach celebrated how "church has gotten better" and how God seems to be at work everywhere. more >>
The controversial Museum of the Bible, a project spearheaded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, is scheduled open in Washington, D.C. in 2017, and is seen as a threat by an atheist group that claims the intent of the museum is not to educate tourists, but to "influence Congress."
News of the museum's pending construction came not long after Hobby Lobby won a religious freedom case before the United States Supreme Court. The court ruled in June that Hobby Lobby could be exempted from providing four birth control methods that can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy.
Since the announcement of the project, the Museum of the Bible has generated negative responses from secular groups, including the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>
This year's Catalyst Atlanta, with more than 9,000 Christian leaders expected to attend the three-day event beginning Wednesday, is spearheaded for the first time in several years by a new executive director.
Tyler Reagin, who was a pastor at a campus of North Point Community Church took the place of Brad Lomenick a year ago, after first being the organization's creative director. Lomenick remains as a consultant and adviser to the highly popular 14 year old movement and organization.
During a recent interview with The Christian Post, Reagin said that after Catalyst took a year to "brand audit" the organization, there should be some noticeable changes to those attending this week. Mainly, the extended time given for the opportunity to interact with other leaders about what they just heard after many of the sessions and deciding on action steps to be taken home to implement. more >>
Jonathan Lovelace, the pastor on Fox's "Utopia," explained how he managed to bring the Gospel to the reality series in an interview with The Christian Post this week.
The Church Hill, Tennessee native left his church and family to join a group of "pioneers" on "Utopia," which follows them as they attempt to work together to build a perfect society from scratch. As the only Christian on the television series, Lovelace encountered challenging and surprising situations. Nevertheless, the pastor revealed that the "amazing" experience left him with an even stronger faith in God.
"In the beginning there were several atheists on the show, Buddhists, and others that didn't believe in anything. They thought Christians were all the same, and early on they were apprehensive of me, but I never- and it took help from Lord, but I never condemned any of the things they were doing," he told CP. more >>