California megachurch Pastor Rick Warren was in Rwanda this week and encouraged residents of the Central-East African country "to be a nation of purpose, dignity and hope," as he met with local leaders helping to advance his PEACE Plan and Purpose Driven Church initiatives.
A website titled "PEACE in Rwanda," linked to Warren's The Peace Plan website, shared several images and updates regarding the Saddleback Church pastor's travels around the country that started on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
In addition to a rally held in Kayonza District that saw hundreds turn out, Pastor Warren joined more than 200 local ministry leaders in Musanze in the northern province to teach them "how to build a healthy church to change the community it serves," according to the Rwanda PEACE Team's updates. That region reportedly also saw 2,000-plus residents turn out for a separate community rally. more >>
DALLAS, Texas – Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and CEO of MegaFest 2013 was joined by the Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings on Wednesday for a press conference to kickoff the three-day inspirational festival that the popular megachurch pastor says will be a "celebration of relationships."
More than 50,000 people from 40 countries are in "Big D" for MegaFest that begins Thursday morning with a taping of two episodes of "Oprah's Lifeclass" in which she and Jakes will tackle the issue of emotional and spiritual healing for the millions of children who are growing up in fatherless households.
Speaking about healing and the purpose of MegaFest, Jakes quoted from part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech that he gave 50 years ago during the March on Washington, and said it was King's dream that everyone would work together and unite together. Jakes commented that the message exemplifies the spirit of MegaFest, which is to bring together people from all walks of life, culture, ethnicity, background and political ideology. more >>
A Texas megachurch is taking steps to make sure its congregation is safe after health officials linked it to a measles outbreak that has resulted in the illness of more than a dozen people.
A statement posted to the Eagle Mountain International Church website says the virus was brought into the congregation by a visitor who contracted it overseas. A daycare center on campus and the staff of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, which the church is affiliated with, were also exposed.
"The ministry has held free immunization clinics for employees and church members to assist them in obtaining the best medical care for their families," the church, led by senior pastors George and Terri Pearsons, said in its statement. "We continue to follow up on pending and confirmed cases to help in any way we can to keep the outbreak contained. We ask that others join with us in prayer over this outbreak, and we believe that God is moving on behalf of each affected family." more >>
Texas has been identified as ground zero for the latest measles outbreak after 25 cases were recently reported and at least 15 of those cases are tied to Eagle Mountain International Church in the city of Newark. The church is led by Terri Pearsons, the oldest daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland who has linked child vaccinations to autism.
The measles outbreak was started by a visitor to Eagle Mountain International Church who had recently visited a country where the disease is common, according to a statement from the church and the Tarrant County Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries, whose campus is home to Eagle Mountain International Church, has offices in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. more >>
City Harvest Church founder and Senior Pastor Kong Hee and five other megachurch members accused of criminal breach of trust were back in court Monday. Prosecutors laid out more evidence suggesting that the defendants used a music production company to funnel money from a church building fund to support the music career of Sun Ho, Pastor Kong's wife.
Choong Kar Weng, the director of Xtron Productions, the firm that managed Sun Ho's music career, took the stand as the prosecution's fourth witness, and revealed that he was unaware of much of the day-to-day activities of the company.
Choong joined City Harvest Church in 1995 and served on its board of directors from 1999 to 2004. He claimed in court that he was brought in as director of Xtron by Kong, although the pastor had no management ties to the firm. more >>
Evangelist Greg Laurie marks his 24th year of bringing his large-scale Harvest Crusade events to Orange County on Friday, and the Southern California pastor said he is as excited as he's ever been about bringing the gospel to thousands in attendance and online.
"You might be surprised to know that speaking at these Crusades year after year never gets old to me," Laurie told The Christian Post via email Thursday. "I love to preach the gospel and I love to see how it impacts the lives of people, for time and eternity."
Laurie, who will be the featured speaker for three consecutive nights at Angel Stadium of Anaheim ending on Sunday, said that he knows very well that because of the large number of people attending, chances are high that some people will be facing their eternal destiny before the end of the year. more >>