Jared Sawyer Jr., a 16-year-old from Atlanta, Ga., who has been preaching for more than half of his life, was ordained as an associate minister at his Baptist church over the weekend and among supporters on Facebook offering him praise were others concerned about his lack of formal theological training.
"I like his ambition but he really should get a seminary degree first or study Theology....too many incompetent self-proclaimed pastors here," wrote Marion Morris on WSB-TV's Facebook page featuring video coverage of Sawyer's ordination. The news item had about 5,700 "likes" and more than a thousand shares, and the on-going about debate about Sawyer's ordination has led to hundreds of comments.
"You do not need a 'degree' to preach God's word. When He (God) calls and we answer, the only documents we need comes from the word of God, not a seminary," wrote Dennis Bates, who made frequent comments on the social network in defense of Sawyer. more >>
Harvest Church Pastor Greg Laurie recently outlined the five steps of temptation beginning with evil thought knocking on "the door of your imagination" and ending with death as the result of the wages of sin.
"Temptation is attractive otherwise it wouldn't be tempting," said Laurie during last Sunday's church sermon. "The devil is really good at this and he's been doing it a long time.
The Southern California pastor, best known for his huge evangelistic outreach events called Harvest Crusades, said that temptation is something that no one lives without experiencing, not even Jesus. more >>
It is a precious commodity in the leadership world. With it you can move your organization through changes and challenges much easier and with greater facility than those who lack it. Those leaders who lack connectivity among their people move slowly and painfully without a system of reliable relationships to mobilize the larger community. And while a lot of leaders claim to have a great team and structure in their organizations, they really don't know the strength of their "network" until it's tested and the depth of its traction produces real movement forward.
Key words? Traction and forward. more >>
Mormon political pundit Glenn Beck, Hillsong pastor and anti-human trafficking activist Christine Caine, and the 40th president's adopted son and conservative columnist Michael Reagan will speak as part of Liberty University's spring convocation series.
Johnnie Moore, the Viriginia-based school's senior vice president of communications, said that the school annually offers dozens of prolific leaders in church, business, science and culture a platform to speak with young evangelicals.
"Liberty's convocation is the largest weekly gathering of Christian young people in America. There's no other environment where you can speak to more 18 to 22 year olds each week," Moore told The Christian Post. more >>
Ron Carpenter, senior pastor of the 19,000-member Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., revealed last October that his marriage has been rocked by his wife's infidelity for the past 10 years, and attributed the turmoil to her unspecified "sickness." Yet, Pastor Ron, as the RWOC family calls him, has no intention of stepping down from the pulpit, not even briefly, because "his integrity [is] 100 percent intact," according to the executive director of the megachurch.
In fact, Pastor Carpenter will be back in the pulpit this Sunday, only one week after announcing at the end of his Jan. 5 sermon that he would immediately be flying to an undisclosed location to seek counseling with his wife and RWOC co-founder, Hope Hilley Carpenter.
"We have a guest speaker that will be here [for mid-week Bible study] while he's away, but he will be back in the pulpit on Sunday," Redemption's Executive Director Travis Hayes told The Christian Post on Wednesday via phone. more >>
An international Christian organization says it will distribute 60,000 blankets to the homeless and needy across the U.S. in January alone.
Gleaning for the World (GFTW), a Virginia-based humanitarian aid organization, is sending the blankets to 10 different states to be given to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks and homeless communities.
Ron Davidson, founder and president of GFTW, estimates that about 90 percent of the groups that distribute the blankets at a local level are churches. Not only do churches have the volunteers and facilities needed to hand out supplies, he told CP, but they can also use their humanitarian efforts as an opportunity to share the gospel message. more >>