A new documentary, "When God Left the Building," slated for release in August, will examine the decline of the American church and the overall deteriorating spiritual condition of the United States.
Thom Schultz, director and president of Group Publishing, set out to examine the fall of several churches and found that in addition to internal issues, external cultural factors are playing a part in the decay of the church.
"The American church as we know it is dying," said Schultz in a statement. "What was once the heart and soul of the community is going away. The majority of churches across the country are either stuck or in a state of decline …" more >>
"Preachers of LA," the faith-based reality show that sparked controversy and critical debate over its flashy season one premiere, returns to the Oxygen network next month with what appears to be more sobering developments in the ministries and lives of its star Christian ministers.
"Season two is full of self-discovery and change with growing families and ministries, incredible women of strength beside them, and ever-changing relationships," according to a press release from Oxygen Media.
What is clear from a new season two supertease trailer is that Bishop Noel Jones and his longtime friend and potential love interest, Loretta are confronted by Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife about the pair's unusual relationship. The confrontation over the status of Jones and Loretta's relationship, which Gibson insists the world needs to know about, apparently causes a "devastating rift" between the couples. more >>
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 >>