Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, led by Pastor Mark Driscoll, announced Monday that it will host both certificate and degree programs in Bible and Theology studies at the undergraduate and graduate level at the church's Bellevue location. Classes are scheduled to begin in the Fall of next year.
Corban University has agreed to terms to host a one-year certificate in Biblical Studies, and Western Seminary to host a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity program.
"I am enthusiastic and optimistic about Corban University's partnership with Mars Hill Church," said Sheldon C. Nord, president of Corban University. "It is consistent with our strong desire to be 'Christian thought leaders' – a leading voice on cultural, philosophical and academic issues, with a commitment to raise up future leaders who will champion the cause of Christ in their respective disciplines." more >>
Ed Young, Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, has been in talks with a Los Angeles producer and at least one network about him and his family starring in their own reality show.
"We have not signed anything," Young was quoted as saying in a Dallas Morning News' FD Luxe feature published online Thursday.
The lengthy feature titled, "Dear God: Is Dallas society ready for Fellowship Church's sex-loving, million-dollar minister?" focuses on Pastor Young's family life and successes in Christian ministry. more >>
Mars Hill Church collected over 1,500 coats for people in need throughout the Seattle community as part of their three-week long coat drive in partnership with several organizations.
Each of the megachurch's campuses, including their church in Portland, Ore., gathered new and gently used coats for the massive effort aimed at helping the poor and homeless who will brave what is expected to be one of the coldest winters in Washington state history.
"A number of our churches have held coat drives each year, however, this is the first church-wide coat drive that we've done," said Dante Antonio Miro, senior manager of creative services at Mars Hill. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church officials says reports that a satellite campus will launch anytime soon in Spokane are "a bit premature," despite local news coverage suggesting the contrary.
"While Spokane is on our radar for a future church plant, we are very much in the early stages and we don't have any additional details to share," Justin Dean, a spokesperson for Mars Hill Church told The Christian Post in an email.
Earlier this week, The Spokesman-Review reported that the Mark Driscoll's church was well on its way to opening a 16th campus in Spokane, four hours aways away from its headquarters. more >>
Megachurch Pastor Perry Noble has been addressing hot-topic issues during his church's "You Asked for It" sermon series, and this past Sunday the series continued with his response to the question: "Can a Christian smoke, drink and watch a rated-R movie?"
Noble's church, NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., collected more than 3,500 questions about God, life and culture from its congregation this past summer. The church then invited people to vote on which questions they most wanted answered, and more than 26,000 people responded.
The question about smoking, drinking and movies was the second most voted upon question in the poll, said Noble. In addition to answering the three-part question, he also offered advice on how Christians can determine whether they should take part in other "questionable" activities. more >>