Pastor Carl Lentz believes that Hillsong Church NYC's rapid growth and diverse congregation in just three years since its opening is largely due to the church's location in a city known for its diversity.
"I think it's less to do about us and more to do with New York City…we try to reach everyone here whether you're homeless or in the world's eyes, a celebrity, we pray our church can reach you," said Lentz, in an interview with New York's Fox 5. "It's more about the fact that New York has a spectrum of people so we should have the whole spectrum in our church."
Ever since the church was planted in early 2011, many New Yorkers have flocked to meet at Irving Plaza, which is a concert venue, for a worship experience and to hear the 34-year-old preach. Currently, the stateside Hillsong movement has gained more than 5,000 attendees, divided their services into six time slots each Sunday with lines of devotees wrapped around the block for each one, and launched an additional service in Montclair N.J. The church also counts Justin Bieber, Vanessa Hudgens and NBA player Kevin Durant as followers of its ministry. more >>
Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll once again lit up the Twitter-sphere, especially within the communities of his faithful detractors and social media-minded Christians who took his recent tweet about hell as perfect reason to join the fray.
"If you are not a Christian, you are going to hell. It's not unloving to say that. It's unloving to not say that," Driscoll, the unashamedly controversy-prone pastor, tweeted last Friday.
Among the hundreds if not thousands of responses to his tweet, someone with the Twitter username "@almightygod" tweeted: .@PastorMark Isn't threatening non-Christians with hell sort of like threatening adults with coal in their xmas stocking? more >>
Each year we see new stories of Christian leaders who get entangled in scandalous sin. Our experience tells us that this has happened before and will happen again.
Often we ask, "Who was holding this man accountable?" And, "If I can't trust this seemingly godly man, who can I trust?" It is very common and very appropriate to also ask, "How are we supposed to hold leaders accountable?" If they are local church elders, the Bible speaks directly to the question. The Bible gives a very clearly defined method for dealing with sin in church elders.
How does the Bible say that church elders are held accountable? How do you confront elders in the church? more >>
Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church and America's fastest-growing congregation, appeared with Larry King during his online talk show on Monday to discuss why Muslims and atheists are attracted to his ministry, how his ministry style differs from Billy Graham's, and why he doesn't preach about homosexuality.
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The last time Osteen spoke with Larry King was in 2005 on "Larry King Live," after which Pastor Osteen was accused by Christian viewers of suggesting that Jesus was not the only means of salvation. 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 >>
An Indiana megachurch is giving away its biggest Christmas Offering ever – more than $1 million – to help fund Bible translation projects in Asia.
Each year, College Park Church in Indianapolis holds a special collection the Sunday before Christmas to support a specific missions project in one of the neediest parts of the world. The most recent Christmas Offering, collected Dec. 22, is being donated to the world's largest scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"We're committed to the scriptures and believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we feel the most important thing we can do for people around the world that don't have the Bible is to provide the scripture in their heart language," said Nate Irwin, College Park's pastor of global outreach. more >>