WASHINGTON – Judah Smith, pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Wash., told 8,000 women at the Women of Faith conference on Saturday that they need to realize the magnitude of God's love and he challenged them to consider themselves His most cherished.
"I double dog dare you get alone this week and say to Him, 'Hey God, it's me the one You love,' because you need to hear yourself say it. You are God's favorite!" said Smith.
Smith was the only male speaker on Saturday and he captivated attendees with a refreshing perspective about love. His message began with humorous accounts of his initial concept of love early on in his marriage and emphasized God's incomparable affection against the miniscule scale of the love humans have for one another. more >>
Austin C. Brown, who leads Willow Creek Community Church's diversity efforts, spoke with The Christian Post Wednesday about the Chicago-area megachurch's new "Race Matters" community event, as well as her experiences as a black female leader in "white Evangelical America."
The current "Race Matters" meetings kick off Wednesday night and run through the month of August at Willow Creek's main South Barrington campus, located in predominantly white (65.9 percent), black (24.8 percent) and Hispanic/Latino (24.6) Cook County, according to 2012 census estimates.
The Illinois megachurch, founded in 1975 by Pastor Bill Hybels, hosts more than 20,000 people across six regional campuses every weekend. The nondenominational multigenerational church's new "Race Matters" sessions were organized by Willow Creek's multicultural training team and led by Brown, who declares in her Twitter bio that she is "on a mission to make the racial divide smaller." more >>
Evangelist Pastor Greg Laurie said he believes that every Christian's personal testimony is significant whether their story of coming to know Jesus Christ is less "radical" than another person's story or not.
"How did you come to know Jesus Christ? That is your testimony," Laurie, the leader of Harvest Ministries and pastor of Harvest churches in Southern California, writes in his blog posted Friday. "Some stories [may] be more radical than others, but every testimony is significant."
Laurie shared an email letter from a former member of gang known for its extreme violence. The man came to Christ at a Harvest Crusade more than 22 years ago. more >>
The Richmond Outreach Center (ROC), a megachurch in Virginia, is selling its original worship sanctuary that has been on the market since former senior pastor Geronimo Aguilar resigned, after being charged of sexual aggravation of two minors.
The nearly 70,000 square foot property, listed for $2.6 million, was the ROC's first church building before moving to their current location in 2010. Since then, the building has been leased to a Christian private school, the Elijah Academy, that is now moving to another location in Richmond, which prompted the ROC to list the property on the market.
"We were talking about selling the property months before they were losing their tenants...it's just been a domino effect," said Berry Hofheimer, the selling real estate agent, to The Christian Post. "There has been an unbelievable amount of interest in the property. One group came back yesterday for the third time and the property will be under contract shortly and hopefully sold before the end of the year." more >>
To say NewSpring Church Senior Pastor Perry Noble was stoked about the record number of baptisms that occurred at this year's summer youth gathering, The Gauntlet, would be an understatement. The Anderson, S.C., megachurch pastor shared with online followers this week how "pumped" and "fired up" he was about seeing so many young people publicly declare their decisions to follow Jesus Christ.
"We are still celebrating all that God did at The Gauntlet this year," Noble told The Christian Post Friday in an emailed statement, adding that the 338 salvations and 673 baptisms "is something only the Lord could do."
"We celebrate numbers because every number has a name, every name has a story and every story matters to God. These students are going to change the world with their passion and boldness for the Lord. Being a part of the early morning baptism each year is a highlight of the week and we are still in awe that so many students went public for Jesus," he added. more >>
Editors' Note: In a season where every day seems to bring a new assault on traditional Biblical views, there are nonetheless a whole new generation of young pastors preaching orthodox biblical Christianity and seeing their churches grow exponentially because of it. The Christian Post has picked but a few of scores of pastors enjoying the favor of God in this way, in an effort to find out what about the Gospel resonates in today's generation.
Pastors interviewed are under 40, most, but not all, in urban settings and are attracting Christians over a wide age spectrum, including millennials and Generations X and Y. These pastors uphold traditional biblical views of family and morality, yet attract young people and are gaining national reputations.
Today we spotlight Dharius Daniels, 34, pastor of Kingdom Church in Ewing, N.J., which has a second location in Burlington and is home to 6,100 members. Kingdom Church is a non-denominational independent congregation that is multi-generational and predominantly African-American. more >>