The influential megachurch Life.Church will start a new sermon series this weekend that focuses on the messages behind Americans' favorite blockbuster movies.
"Average movies entertain us. The best ones inspire us. So what can movies tell us about our own lives? Plenty! Grab some popcorn and find a seat — At the Movies premieres July 9-10, only at Life.Church and Church Online," reads the announcement on the church's website.
Founded and led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, Life.Church is a multisite worship community based in Oklahoma with locations in seven states. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee and his family have continued their recent global ministry tour by visiting for the first time Johannesburg in South Africa, with Kong stating the impressive revival in the country has "exploded" something inside them.
"Sun Ho (Official), Dayan and I have been so blown away during this first-ever ministry trip of ours to Soweto, a township of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa, which borders the city's mining belt in the south. We have spent the past days with Bishop Mosa Sono and his really amazing congregation at Grace Bible Church Soweto," Kong wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"What Sun has said in this video perfectly describes all we have felt so far --- we have EXPLODED inside us ... the revival that is happening here in South Africa is real and they are truly winning the lost," he added, noting that he sees a "openness and spiritual hunger for Jesus and His Word" in the country. more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
Saddleback pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren says small congregations can play a significant role and should not be viewed as less valuable because of their size.
"There is no correlation between the size of a church and its significance," Warren said at the Purpose Driven Conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, according to Pastor Randy Craft of Saddleback Newport Mesa. "God is responsible for the quantity of your ministry; you are responsible for the quality."
This is the first Purpose Driven Conference to be held in the United States in 10 years, following the 2006 conference that was attened by more than 2,900 church leaders. more >>
Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress slammed Monday's Supreme Court decision to strike down a Texas law on health standards within the abortion industry by arguing that organizations such as Planned Parenthood put profit before women and do not care about their safety.
"Three years ago I stood on the steps of the Capitol with our now Governor Greg Abbott urging for the passage of this bill, and I think this is a sad day not only for the state of Texas, but for women," Jeffress said on Fox News after the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to strike down key components of Texas's House Bill 2 that required abortion clinics to have sterilized surgical facilities and abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
"Look, all this bill did was ask that abortion providers have at least the same standards as surgical centers," he added. more >>
A Pennsylvania megachurch's congregation voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences on homosexuality and gay marriage.
About three-quarters of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem approved the measure yesterday that involved leaving PC(USA) for the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
In a Facebook post to their official page, FPC Bethlehem noted that the measure to seek dismissal passed with 76.5 percent of the 1,048 voting members present approving it. more >>