A newly enforced nondiscrimination policy issued by the California State University system that requires InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to allow non-Christians to be chapter leaders has forced the nationwide organization to develop a new style of campus ministry, IVCF officials said Tuesday.
"InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is now developing a new style of campus ministry on CSU campuses where we have been banned from participating in campus life as a recognized student organization," IVCF stated. "In order to maintain a ministry presence with 23 chapters on 19 CSU campuses, InterVarsity is introducing creative new ways to connect with students and share the gospel message — though doing so as an 'unrecognized' student group will prove considerably more costly."
IVCF officials added that because it is no longer allowed to participate in campus organization fairs, InterVarsity will make contact with students by deploying new tools such as mobile banner stands, interactive displays, social media, and other techniques that don't rely on established campus structures. more >>
Youth pastors Chad and Julia Veach are set to plant a church in Southern California with the blessing of their pastor, Judah Smith of Seattle's The City Church.
The Veaches recently relocated to Los Angeles, where Chad said they kept sensing God was calling them to for a while. After praying about the church plant, Chad says they are now more than sure that is where their ministry, Zoe Church, is meant to flourish.
"I remember a few years ago listening to Judah preach a message with a tagline, 'A man with a savior is willing to take a risk,'… as we step out in obedience, we keep hearing these words. We're ready to risk it all because He's already risked it all," Chad said in a statement on the church's website. more >>
A majority of Americans consider Barack Obama's presidency a "failure," according to a new poll.
Conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, the poll found that 52 percent of respondents considered Obama's presidency to be more a failure than a success, versus 42 percent who thought the opposite.
As expected, political affiliation contributed to the overall likelihood of a respondent considering the Obama presidency to be a success or failure, noted Aaron Blake of Washington Post. more >>
Francis Chan, pastor and author of Crazy Love, admits that he lacks reverent intimacy with God at times and while he can easily blame his hectic schedule, he says that it is his sin and hypocrisy that are at fault.
Chan says that doing ministry work is a form of expressing love for God but it is not a reason to forget to spend time with Him, which many church leaders do, he explains.
"… I know that I love God. When I sit and think about Him, I'm filled with intense feelings of adoration. I'm convinced that He means more to me than my wife, kids or anyone else on the planet. I just forget to love Him," says Chan in a blog post on Church Leaders. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently released a trailer for "Heaven," the next installment of evangelistic films offered by the My Hope with Billy Graham ministry. "Heaven" features a never-before-released message from Billy Graham, alongside compelling stories of hope and faith, much like "The Cross" and the other impactful programs previously produced.
"'Heaven' is going to be an incredible resource for the Church to use to present the Gospel," said Steve Rhoads, vice president for My Hope. "The trailer only gives a glimpse of the importance of this film in proclaiming the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ. As wonderful as this program is, it is only made truly effective when we pray and ask God to prepare the way."
The film releases on Nov. 7 in the United States and Canada, and churches and individuals involved in My Hope are encouraged to begin praying and planning now for events and gatherings in November, during which they can use this this newly produced video program to reach out to neighbors, family and friends, say BGEA officials. more >>
NEW YORK — A Dominican-American pastor leading a youthful church in a mostly-Hispanic New York City neighborhood said he is grateful to be a part of "the thing" he believes God has been doing through what he described as a surge of "sound and healthy" church plants in the Big City.
His particular part of the harvest, he believes, is in the same neighborhood where he has spent most of his life, and where he has been leading a church plant called Christ Crucified Fellowship for the past three years.
Pastor Rich Perez, 30, told The Christian Post that he felt called at the age of 19 to ministry and was particularly burdened to cultivate his community roots. Christ Crucified Fellowship in Washington Heights is situated in the northernmost part of NYC's borough of Manhattan. more >>