Pastor Rick Warren, whose best-selling books include The Purpose Driven Church, recently talked about what he called the "five renewals" necessary for a resurgence of faith to occur in the United States.
"If we are going to have a resurgence in our nation, a revival, a reformation, a renewal, a re-configuration of the church, when you study church history it always starts through certain stages and the first stage is personal renewal," Warren told The Christian Post backstage during the Resurgence 2013 conference in Seattle last week. "It has to happen in the heart. There has to be a revival in the heart."
Once there is personal renewal, then there is corporate renewal, a renewal within the church's congregation, he explained. more >>
Elevation Church financial leaders revealed their expansion plans to their congregation on Sunday, saying that they plan to build two additional campuses in Charlotte's most affluent neighborhoods within the next two years.
The expansion would increase the church's multisite campuses from eight to 10 with a proposed facility set to open in late 2014 in Lake Norman, and another in Ballantyne by 2015.
During a video shown throughout Elevation's several locations, Chunks Corbett, the church's chief financial officer, said each project will cost over $10 million and while those facilities are on the forefront of Elevation's expansion, Corbett implied the church is already thinking about additional projects. more >>
SEATTLE – Pastor James MacDonald, speaking at a recent Christian leadership conference, said the Bible's central message is about Christian's love for each other.
"The way we treat each other, the way Christians treat Christians is the summa cum laude, summary center of what Christianity is," MacDonald, who is the founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in the Chicago area, told The Christian Post backstage at the Resurgence 2013 conference held at Mars Hill Downtown Church last week.
"If we are not the most loving person that lost people know, that is a fail," he said. "I'm not saying that in judgment of anyone else – trust me, I'm looking in a mirror when I'm saying that. I want to grow in that and I want to encourage my brothers and sisters to grow in that, too. more >>
The Sunday Assembly, the atheist "megachurch" started in the U.K., sold out its inaugural event in Los Angeles with more than 400 attendees, and launched a "40 Dates, 40 Nights" tour around the U.S. and Australia seeking to raise donations for its cause.
"There was so much about it that I loved, but it's a shame because at the heart of it, it's something I don't believe in," British comedian Sanderson Jones, one of the founders of the atheist church, said about attending Christian church, according to The Associated Press. "If you think about church, there's very little that's bad. It's singing awesome songs, hearing interesting talks, thinking about improving yourself and helping other people – and doing that in a community with wonderful relationships. What part of that is not to like?"
The atheist Sunday Assembly, with its roots in London, has spread to major cities like San Diego, Nashville and New York, proving popular among the 20 percent or so Americans who according to a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life poll do not identify with a religious affiliation. more >>
Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has confirmed a visit to disgraced former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in his North Carolina prison on Friday, describing the visit in a public statement as a "private moment."
Jackson, currently serving a 30-month sentence for stealing $750,000 in campaign funds for personal purchases, has started receiving visitors at the Butner Federal Correctional Facility since being admitted on Oct. 29.
Among the former Congressman's guests were Pastor Warren and Saddelback Church's Associate Pastor Anthony Miller. more >>
More than 20,000 people have been invited into homes, businesses, and high school locker rooms in the North Texas area by members of Prestonwood Baptist Church to hear the Gospel message as presented by Billy Graham and his ministry association in an inspiring video shown during this entire week, which included the iconic preacher's birthday celebration on Thursday.
Prestonwood Pastor Jack Graham (no blood relation to Billy Graham) told The Christian Post that this aggressive, 6-month campaign in which he and his staff enlisted hosts from the Dallas-area congregations at three locations to share Graham's My Hope America video "Defining Moments" is not over.
"This is house-to-house witness and evangelism, book of Acts style," Graham explained. "We pray that it's not just a moment, but truly a movement in our church and we are asking God to send revival through our community as a result of this aggressive, proactive intentional sharing of Christ and the Gospel." more >>