The normally outspoken and media-engaged Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, who has attempted to stay away from the spotlight for several months since being embroiled in controversy this past year, admits that it has been a tough season for the church and it is time for reconciliation.
In a 30-minute video on the church's website in which he primarily addresses the Mars Hill congregation (or family), Driscoll admits to the mishandling of a transitional period in which church leaders were dismissed in an uncaring fashion.
"Substantive organizational changes were really caused by our church going to multiple locations and leaders being spread out across our various locations," Driscoll explains in the video released over the past weekend. "At the time we were not, I was not, as sympathetic or empathetic as we should have been." more >>
NewSpring Church, headed by Pastor Perry Noble, celebrated nearly 300 baptisms during Sunday services across its campuses in South Carolina.
Noble took to Twitter to announce that 287 people – children and adults – across the church's 11 campuses had been baptized, while 29 individuals committed their lives to God.
"We see baptism as the first next step a believer should take and because of this, we celebrate baptism often as a part of church," Suzanne Swift, public relations director for NewSpring Church, told The Christian Post on Monday. more >>
If senior pastors want to maintain great leaders within their church, they should allow them to implement their own vision and not view their talents as a threat, says Craig Groeschel, lead pastor of Oklahoma-based LifeChurch.tv.
In a recent interview with Catalyst executive Brad Lomenick, Groeschel discussed how his four-member leadership group has remained intact since forming the team three years after he founded the now multisite megachurch in 1996.
"They're better than I am, that's how it's supposed to be. They should be better than I am at certain things. If they're not, I didn't select the right people. If I don't trust them, I didn't select the right people. And if they don't have the freedom to do what they're supposed to do, then something is not right," said Groeschel. more >>
Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie returns to the 45,000-seat Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California, celebrating 25 years of evangelistic outreach in Southern California with a three-night program called the "2014 SoCal Harvest."
Organizers say the event, planned for August 15-17, will feature "the trademark message of hope that has been delivered by pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie at every Harvest Crusades event since 1990."
"For 25 years, it has been a privilege to deliver a message of hope to millions of people across Southern California and around the world through the Harvest Crusades, and to watch God work in ways we never could have imagined," said Greg Laurie. "The Gospel message we've delivered at each and every Harvest event since 1990 is simple and unchanging, and as a result, more than 421,000 people worldwide have made commitments to put their faith in Christ." more >>
Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina will send off thousands of volunteers to help communities in different cities throughout the United States and Canada next week in an effort to outwardly demonstrate God's love through large-scale servitude.
Led by senior pastor Steven Furtick and wife, Holly, LOVE Week is expected to be the biggest event the church has seen since kicking off the initiative five years ago.
"I'm grateful to lead and be a part of a church where we don't stop at just hearing God's word, we get out there and do something about it," said Holly in a blog post. "We believe you're never more like Jesus than when you're serving, so later this month we will give our time and talents to spend 9 days serving with 107 organizations in over 900 events." more >>
This past Spring, when founding pastor Bob Coy stepped down from Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale because of a moral failure, the congregation was stunned. He had been loved and respected, so the announcement was a shock to say the least. But because of a strong leadership team, a committed congregation, and much prayer, the church is emerging stronger than ever.
After an period of transition, staff teacher Doug Sauder was recently named lead pastor of the 20,000-member church. Serving in various pastoral roles over the last fifteen years at Calvary, Doug has assumed the leadership of the pastoral team which will rotate teachers for the weekend and mid-week services for ten campuses throughout Florida.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Calvary Chapel's new pastor about the transition and the future of the church. Here's what happened: more >>