Even though he is still embroiled in a scandal for his alleged wrongdoings as senior pastor of the now defunct Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll plans to host a conference on how to build a healthy church this fall.
Driscoll's conference, to be held from Nov. 15–17, will be headlined by Texas-based Trinity Fellowship Church Pastor Jimmy Evans, according to SeattlePi. Also included will be Robert Morris, founder of Dallas/Fort Worth-based Gateway megachurch, and Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
The event will cover issues such as "building a healthy church government," "developing healthy leadership from within," "raising and managing church finances," and "creating a healthy philosophy of ministry." more >>
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is continuing its legal battle against a Pennsylvania megachurch that voted overwhelmingly to leave the Mainline denomination over theological differences.
Last month, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem voted to leave PC(USA) for the more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
FPC Bethlehem held the vote amidst legal action between it and the PC(USA) Presbytery of Lehigh over the congregation's alleged refusal to respect the proper process for seeking dismissal from the denomination. more >>
Lavish "Diamond" Reynolds, the fiancee of Philando Castile, spoke at the The Potter's House church in Dallas on Sunday about Castile's death after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer last week.
"I posted that video so everyone across the world can know that we don't do these things to ourselves, these things are done to us," Reynolds said at the church about the recording of the killing of the 32-year-old Castile, according to NBC News.
"To get it on camera, the immediate aftermath, wasn't for anything except to be heard for justice," she said. "Because at the end of the day the people that are here to serve and protect us, we call upon them when we are in need, but when the officers are the ones that are hurting us who do we call?" more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has condemned what he called "bogus ministers" who have riled against police, arguing that officers are "called by God" in their careers.
Jeffress spoke on "Fox and Friends Weekend" about the murder of five officers in Dallas by a man who said he "wanted to kill white peple, especially white police officers" allegedly in response to police-involved shootings, saying the vast majority of officers in America are good people.
"The New Testament says in Romans 13:4 that law enforcement officers are ministers of God sent by God to punish evildoers," Jeffress said. "When you think about it, police officers are just as called by God to do what they do as pastors and priests were called by God. more >>
Clayton King, the leader of Crossroads Worldwide ministry, has been appointed the interim senior pastor of South Carolina's NewSpring Church after the megachurch's founding and senior pastor, Perry Noble, was fired for alcohol abuse and other "unfortunate choices and decisions."
"Perry Noble is no longer the Senior Pastor at NewSpring Church… As for what is next for us, Clayton King is going to step in as Interim Senior Pastor," the church, with a weekly attendance of 30,000, says on its website.
King "has been a friend to NewSpring since the very beginning of our church," it adds. more >>
Amid the shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers who were gunned down in Dallas, Texas, Thursday night, megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes offers his advice on what people should do moving forward.
"For a long time I've been crying out about the criminal justice system," Jakes said during a 30-minute Facebook livestream titled, "Tragedy in Our Streets."
The Dallas-based minster explained that the tragedy is not only happening in the streets but emphasized that injustice also exists in the courtrooms, prisons, and in big businesses. He also spoke about the prejudices toward poor people, underserved people, and people who sometimes have no voice. more >>